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NBAA Update #09-26
Monday, June 29, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Proposal to Create LASP Rulemaking Committee
NBAA today welcomed a congressional proposal that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work more closely with the general aviation industry on its controversial proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and other security initiatives. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-15-PA) introduced legislation that would require the TSA to create a rulemaking committee with general aviation (GA) industry stakeholders when developing security measures for the industry. The bill was cosponsored by eight other House members. “This legislation shows that Congress understands that we can accomplish more good if we work together rather than separately,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. In the time since the TSA introduced the LASP last October, Bolen has repeatedly called for a rulemaking committee like the one envisioned in the legislation introduced today. View NBAA’s release at:

Homeland Security Funding Bill Includes LASP Concerns
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation, H.R. 2892, which provides over $42 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in fiscal year 2010 and includes $7.7 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Also included with the bill is language from Congress underscoring concerns about the TSA’s proposed LASP, and calling on the TSA to work with the GA community to develop a program that “minimizes adverse effects on general aviation while addressing security concerns” and to “weigh all the costs and benefits associated with new security mandates for general aviation operators and airports.” In addition, the bill provides funding to enhance security training for general aviation pilots. On the Senate side, the pending DHS funding bill includes similar language expressing concerns about the LASP. For more information on the LASP, visit:

Alaska Representatives Welcome Report on GA’s Minimal Threat
Last week, members of Alaska’s congressional delegation echoed a welcome by NBAA and other general aviation groups for a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General concluding that GA poses little risk to aircraft security. The Alaska lawmakers have been closely monitoring developments related to GA security; in February, the delegation raised concerns about the TSA’s proposed LASP, saying: “Our primary concern is that this plan’s far-reaching effects have not been properly weighed against potential threats. We fear the LASP plan may drastically impact the lives of our constituents with little security gain.” For more information on the LASP, visit:

House Passes Legislation to Reduce Carbon-based Emissions
Last week, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The bill creates a "cap-and-trade" system designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2020 and 83 percent by 2050. The bill would require refiners and manufacturers to acquire carbon allowances. Aviation is not addressed in the bill, but the industry would be impacted when refiners and manufacturers pass along the costs to end users. The legislation recognizes the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the appropriate forum to develop an integrated international policy on the regulation of civil aircraft greenhouse gas emissions. No date has been set for Senate consideration of climate change legislation. To learn more about NBAA’s work with other aviation stakeholders on climate change, visit:

FAA Discusses European Environmental Policy With NBAA
The European Union continues development of its own cap-and-trade emissions policy, called the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, or “EU-ETS.” This week, the NBAA Flight Plan podcast includes an interview with Carl Burleson, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) acting deputy assistant administrator for policy, planning and environment, about where the agency stands on emissions trading in Europe, and what the developments on the EU-ETS mean for NBAA Members. To listen to this and other NBAA Flight Plan podcasts, visit:

NBAA’s Letter Balances Journal’s One-Sided Look at Business Aviation
As NBAA Members know, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have been working to correct misperceptions about business aviation through the No Plane No Gain program, so NBAA responded when a recent article in The Wall Street Journal failed to note the many benefits of business aviation. Portions of a letter from Association President and CEO Ed Bolen were published in the June 24 edition of the paper. The letter can be reviewed at:

No Plane No Gain: Dispatches From AK, MN Now on Facebook
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen began posting reports about his No Plane No Gain updates for the business aviation community to NBAA’s Facebook Page. The most recent report, which provides Bolen’s perspectives from his visits at industry events in Alaska and Minnesota, is available at:

NBAA Fights to Protect BARR Program
NBAA has taken action to protect the Association’s Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, in light of a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain Member aircraft data submitted to the FAA as part of the program. This month, NBAA filed a motion before the U.S. Federal District Court to obtain an injunction against releasing the data and requesting the court to further rule the data is not subject to FOIA releases. As a result of NBAA’s filing, the government has agreed not to release the information until a ruling can be made on whether a permanent injunction would be appropriate. That ruling is expected in September; in the meantime, NBAA will keep Members advised as the case progresses and will continue to support the BARR Program. For more information about the BARR Program, visit:

GPS Requirement for Some Operators Flying RNAV Routes Effective July 1
Beginning July 1, 2009, operators filing U.S. area navigation (RNAV) routes (Q and T routes), RNAV standard terminal arrivals (RNAV STARs) and RNAV departure procedures (RNAV ODPs and RNAV SIDs) will need to perform a pre-departure GPS receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) prediction as part of their pre-flight planning when TSO C129 GPS equipment is used to solely satisfy the RNAV equipment requirement. Aircraft with Advisory Circular 90-100A-approved DME/DME/IRU RNAV equipment or aircraft equipped with an approved WAAS-capable GPS having confirmed WAAS coverage along the entire route of flight are not required to complete a pre-departure GPS RAIM prediction. For more information on acceptable methods, procedures and limitations concerning this pre-departure GPS RAIM prediction requirement, see GENOT 09001 at:

Now Available: New NBAA2009 Light Business Airplane Sessions
For the first time, the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will offer two days of Education Sessions tailored to light business airplane (LBA) owners, pilots and entrepreneurs who may be considering the value an airplane can provide to their business. Sessions will identify the top five things that aspiring LBA operators should know; considerations for entrepreneurs wishing to upgrade their aircraft; and technologies available to help owners make the least expensive and most effective use of these aircraft. The agenda for the LBA sessions – which will include a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown – is now available online via NBAA’s interactive Education Sessions Guide at:

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Regional News
NBAA Urges Members to Submit Comments on Burbank Airport Curfew
The FAA has begun a six-month review process to consider a mandatory curfew at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA and NBAA encourages Members to join the Association in providing comments to the public docket. As part of its review, the FAA will approve or reject proposed noise and access restrictions for Stage 3 aircraft on or before November 1 of this year. The 30-day period to submit comments opened June 22. The FAA docket is titled “Notice of Proposed Airport Access Restriction and Opportunity for Public Comment.” NBAA Members are encouraged to submit comments of their own to the docket; NBAA’s previous filings regarding the airport and other resources for submitting comments are available at:

EU ETS International Flight Requirements Seminar Tomorrow, June 30
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) is hosting a seminar tomorrow at McClellan Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA on new international flight requirements for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Annual emissions plans are to be submitted by NBAA Members with operations in the EU by August 31 and are mandatory for anyone operating an aircraft greater than 5,700 kilograms. The seminar will explore issues and available resources to address these important international flight requirements. The event will be held at Premier Jet on the airport, in the second floor of the conference room, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A $25 fee will be charged at the door and lunch will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, contact NBAA’s Dan Burkhart at (858) 651-5963 or

KCBAA Meeting Tomorrow, June 30
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) will hold a meeting tomorrow, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Kansas City Downtown Airport (MKC). The meeting, sponsored by Bombardier, will include the election of new officers and a new board member. Bombardier will make a presentation on the Lear 40XR and the Lear 85. A Lear 40XR will be available for viewing between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Hangar 3 on the airport, located at 200 Richards Road. To RSVP, contact KCBAA at For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at

NBAA Members’ Comments Important to Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension
NBAA thanks Members for submitting comments on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to support the extension of Jackson Hole Airport’s (JAC) land lease. The airport’s land is controlled by a lease from the National Park Service (NPS), which must be renewed for the airport to be eligible for Airport Improvement Program funds. The Park Service’s draft EIS for Jackson Hole received 3,044 total comments. According to Jennifer Carpenter, Grand Teton National Park planner, the NPS is currently “weeding through all the comments and identifying any substantive issues within the comments. The final EIS will be released sometime in the near future.” Notices on the status of on the lease extension will be posted in future issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Portland Airport North Runway Closed for Construction Through October
Through October of this year, the north runway at Portland International Airport (PDX), Runway 10L/28R, will be closed to all air traffic for rehabilitation. The rehabilitation includes preparing the runway for the construction of an extension beginning in 2010. While the north runway is closed, Runway 10R/28L will be the single arrival and departure runway for all turbojet aircraft and most turboprop and smaller aircraft. Operators flying into PDX can call (253) 804-2991 for an automated daily operations briefing including arrival and departure delay information. For more information, contact NBAA’s Operations Service Group at or visit the Port of Portland's web site at:

No Plane No Gain

NBAA2009 Online Registration Now Available
Registration is now available online for the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), to be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL. NBAA2009 will focus on helping Attendees and Exhibitors survive and thrive in these uncertain times. Ranked as the fifth-largest U.S. trade show by Tradeshow Week, the Convention offers sessions, exhibits, static aircraft and valuable networking opportunities all in one place, providing great efficiencies and savings for Member Companies. NBAA Members qualify for reduced rates, and all registrants qualify for early-bird discounts by registering in advance online instead of on-site. Save $50 by registering online today at:

Several NBAA Scholarship Deadlines Fast Approaching
July 31 is the final application deadline for five NBAA scholarships promoting professional development and business aviation careers: the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship; the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship; the NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship; the U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) Professional Development Program (PDP) Scholarship; and the William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. All five scholarships offer tuition reimbursement for currently enrolled students. For requirements, forms and additional information, visit:

Journalists Encouraged to Apply for NBAA’s Gold Wing Award
NBAA each year presents a journalist with the NBAA Gold Wing Award for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on business aviation issues. The award recognizes journalism's important role in reporting the significant contributions of business aviation to the national economy. Entries may be submitted by trade or non-trade media and should have appeared in print, online or on-air between June 1, 2008, and June 19, 2009. Award recipients will receive an honorarium at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Media Kickoff Breakfast. Applications are due August 21. To learn more and download a copy of the application, visit:

Save the Date: Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Jan. 2010
NBAA will host the next Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference from January 27 to 29, 2010, in San Antonio, TX. This annual event provides three days of instruction and training specifically focused on the skills essential for coordinating the use of business aircraft. In conjunction with next year’s Conference, NBAA will offer several Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses, as well as other pre-Conference events on January 25 and 26, including a welcome reception on the evening of January 26. Detailed Exhibitor information will be available as soon as next month. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at, or visit:

Featured Member Benefit: Use of NBAA’s Logo
Did you know that as an NBAA Member, you have access to the “Member of NBAA” logo to include across your organization’s materials? From business cards and stationary, to literature, advertisements and other promotional material, this is a great way to signify your membership in NBAA. And because NBAA Members look to other Members for shared best practices, networking and the products and services they need to make their flight operation more successful, we hope you will display your “Member of NBAA” logo proudly. For more information on usage or to download the most current NBAA logo, visit:

NBAA Marks the Passing of Sam Williams
NBAA was saddened to learn that Dr. Sam B. Williams died June 22 at the age of 88. Williams, founder and chairman of turbine-engine maker Williams International, won NBAA's Meritorious Service Award in 2003 and is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Inventor's Hall of Fame. He was known as “The Father of the Cruise Missile” for his patented invention of a series of small fanjet engines that enabled the creation of the cruise missile as well as a variety of business aircraft. Williams was born on May 7, 1921, in Seattle, WA, and grew up in Columbus, OH. He graduated from Purdue University in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering. “Sam Williams will be remembered for his innovation, engineering genius and tremendous impact on our industry,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Williams is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Gibson Williams, two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

13th Annual Safety Standdown USA
September 28–October 1, 2009, Wichita, KS

PDP Course: Creating and Maintaining a Vibrant Company Mindset
October 18, 2009, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development
October 18, 2009, Orlando, FL

Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 18–19, 2009, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 18–19, 2009, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Human Factors
October 18–19, 2009, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
October 18–19, 2009, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: When Teams Work Well
October 19, 2009, Orlando, FL

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando, FL

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
October 23–24, 2009, Orlando, FL

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