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NBAA Update #09-27
Monday, July 06, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Has Significant Concerns with Climate-Change Bill
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen recently cited concern over congressional legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The business aviation community has a record of continuous improvement on environmental stewardship,” Bolen noted, pointing out that the industry has long promoted proposals to contain carbon emissions while preserving mobility. Passed last week, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454), does not explain the cost of the legislation to the industry, does not re-invest funds raised into aviation infrastructure and does not reflect industry principles set forth earlier this year. In February, NBAA joined with 19 other aviation associations in offering a constructive set of principles to frame discussions about policy tools to address aviation and climate change. View the document at:

NBAA Advocating For Industry on Flight Time and Rest Rules
NBAA is representing industry as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers potential new flight time and rest rules, under an initiative the Agency is calling a “Single Level of Safety.” NBAA was integral to the development of crew duty and rest rules in 2005, and the Association is concerned that proposals developed at that time as part of an Aviation Rulemaking Committee would be undone. “It remains a frustration to industry to continue to be called to support rulemaking issues without results,” Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president for safety, recently told an industry publication. NBAA Members can read more about flight and duty time limitations in the NBAA Management Guide at:

Bolen to Represent Business Aviation in Meeting with DOT Secretary
This week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will represent the business aviation community at an Aviation Stakeholders Summit, hosted by Department of Transportation Secretary (DOT) Ray LaHood. The event will be focused on aviation traffic management in the New York area and include representatives from the FAA, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and aviation association executives. General aviation does not contribute to congestion at New York airports, but NBAA has worked with government and industry stakeholders to promote measures to enhance the available capacity in the area. Last year, NBAA and other GA associations provided the FAA with a list of specific capacity-enhancing techniques that could be quickly implemented at New York's LaGuardia Airport. To view the agenda for the July 10 meetings, visit:

FAA SAFO Provides Guidance for Fighting Lithium Battery Fires
As personal electronic devices (PEDs) continue to increase in popularity, the risk of fire resulting from the lithium batteries that power them has also increased. As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) providing guidance on how to safely extinguish fires caused by disposable lithium and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The guidance refers to the need not only to extinguish a fire, but also to cool the batteries to prevent thermal runaway and re-ignition. A link to related FAA training videos is also provided in the SAFO. For more information, review the SAFO at:

Part 135 Operators May Obtain Digital Signatures for WebOPSS
The FAA is developing the Web-Enabled Business Operations Safety System (WebOPSS) to better manage the issuance of operations specifications (OpSpecs) to Part 135 air carriers and other certificated entities. This web based system will greatly enhance and improve the current process for managing OpSpecs. In the coming months, FAA will work with Part 135 operators to transition from the current Industry Operations Specification Subsystem to the new WebOPSS interface. In order to access the new system, operators will need to purchase digital signatures. The FAA has established a contact point for operators that need more information on the digital signature purchase process. For more information, visit:

FAA In-flight Fire Training Video Now Available
To address the issue of in-flight fires, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance through Advisory Circular (AC) 120-80 in 2004. Subsequently, Information for Operators (InFO) 09010 has now been issued, highlighting a training video, developed by the FAA Technical Center Fire Safety Branch, designed to complement the AC. The video, which is highly recommended for all flight crewmembers, discusses the dangers of in-flight fires, how to detect and locate hidden fires, and how to effectively combat them. For more information review the InFO at:

Who’s Exhibiting at NBAA2009? Companies Just Like Yours
For hundreds of NBAA Members, the Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (AM&C) remains a must-have on the marketing calendar, even in these tough times. For example, Rocky Mountain Propellers says the Convention has been a major contributor to its success for more than a decade. With only nine employees at the Erie, CO business, the AM&C enables Rocky Mountain Propellers to reach out and build the business in a way that would be impossible to do solely from their small operation. "Between the customers we pick up there, and the word-of-mouth that sends new customers to us while we’re there, over the years our business has continued to pick-up and a lot of that has to do with the show," said company spokeswoman Nancy Todoverto. To learn why hundreds of companies value NBAA’s AM&C, even in a challenging business climate, visit:

No Plane No Gain on Air: Video Compilation Now Available
Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain program in February, the campaign has spoken with a variety of news outlets, and coordinated interviews with people in the industry, to explain the importance of business aviation to the nation's economic and transportation systems. The interviews have included a number of appearances on national and local television programs, and the No Plane No Gain web site now has some highlights from the coverage. View the short video at:

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Regional News
Access Challenges at California Airports: Burbank in Focus
Throughout the summer, the NBAA Flight Plan podcast is focusing on challenges to access at general aviation airports in California, and the potential of those challenges to set precedent at airports elsewhere. Following on an overview of the situation in a June 16 installment of NBAA Flight Plan, this week’s podcast focuses on Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Jol Silversmith, an associate with the law firm Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP, discusses the situation at Burbank Airport, and what NBAA and local leaders in the business aviation community are doing to represent the industry. Now available on iTunes, you can download podcast episodes at:

Dulles Airport Construction Delays Expected Late July
A project to renovate Runway 19C/1C at Dulles International Airport (IAD) may generate taxi delays for operators this summer. Runway 19C/1C will be closed for a significant amount of time and expected to begin in late July, requiring the use of Runway 19R/1L and 19L/1R. Until 19R/1L (the west runway) is connected via Taxiway W2 to the main airport area, the 19C/1C closure will result in significant taxi time increases for aircraft moving between 19R/1L and the general aviation ramp areas. NBAA will publish more information about this project as it becomes available. For additional details, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

Weekend, Nighttime Runway Closures at Teterboro Airport This Month
New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) is planning a rehabilitation of Runway 6-24 this summer that will require airport closures for fixed-wing operations for three weekends, as well as five nighttime closures from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The tentative dates for the weekend closures are July 10 to 12 and July 17 to 19, and a 24-hour weekend closure with a date to be decided. For confirmation of runway closures, Members are advised to monitor notices to airmen (NOTAMs). For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at For more information on Teterboro Airport, visit:

Dallas Love Field Pilots Association Luncheon, July 14
The Dallas Love Field Pilots Association luncheon meeting will feature with presentations from the Dallas aviation community. NBAA's Steve Hadley will report on current events and challenges and opportunities for the local business aviation community. Lance Phillips, of Flight Safety, will also discuss new developments in their industry sector. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum located at 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas Love Field, Dallas, TX. Lunch sponsored by Flight Safety. For reservations and more information, e-mail or Hadley at

Denver Group Meeting at Two Area Airports, July 14-15
The Centennial Airport Business Association will host a two-day regional business aviation event for its next quarterly meeting, on July 14 and 15, featuring Capt. Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, NASA astronaut. The first day’s events will be held at Centennial Airport (APA) at the SunBorne Companies' hangar, located at 8073 Wallace Court in Englewood, CO. The second day’s events will be held at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport at Mountain Aviation's hangar, 9656 Metro Airport Ave., Broomfield, CO. Both events begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and Capt. Gibson's presentation at 12:30 p.m. A static display of aircraft will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception and a second presentation by Capt. Gibson at 6:00 p.m. To attend, RSVP by contacting For more information, contact Brittany Davies at, or NBAA’s Steve Hadley at

Michigan Association Event Supports Scholarships, July 20
The Michigan Business Aviation Association will hold its 9th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 20. For years, the tournament has helped aspiring aviators, aviation managers and maintenance technicians enrolled in aviation-related college and technical school programs throughout Michigan. This year’s tournament will be held at Lyon Oaks Golf and Banquet Center, 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI. For additional information contact the NBAA’s Bob Quinn at For registration information visit the MBAA website at:

PRSDA Will Hold Next Meeting at Three Vancouver FBOs, July 23
The next Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) meeting will be held at three different FBOs at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on July 23. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Million Air Vancouver. Landmark Vancouver will host dessert and a presentation on the aviation planning for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada Customs will provide CANPASS information and updates. Dinner is $25 for PRSDA members or $40 for non-members. RSVP by July 17 to PRSDA’s Michaelle Olson at For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

NBAA's 2009 Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Available
NBAA Members can evaluate their flight departments with a comprehensive review of personnel salaries and operational data. The results are based on survey responses from 751 aviation departments, which provided compensation data for 3,832 employees. Online access to the compiled results of the survey is available at no cost to survey participants. Participants may purchase hard copies of the results for $100. NBAA Member Representatives who did not participate in the survey may purchase online access to the survey results for $150 and hard copies for $250. Survey results are not available to non-Members. For more information, contact NBAA at, or view the survey results at:

Register for Flight Operations Manual, Flight Department Management Workshops
Time is running out to register online for this month's NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop and NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop, both offered in Alexandria, VA, through the Association’s Professional Development Program (PDP). The Flight Operations Manual Workshop, held July 20-21, will incorporate the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop, offered July 22-23, will provide education for flight department managers on safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues. The workshops will be held at the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria. For more information, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at To view a full list of PDP offerings and register for courses, visit:

NBAA Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Scholarship Recipients
NBAA recently announced the recipients of the 2009 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarships. The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee recognized the 37 scholarship recipients during the Association's 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, which drew over 100 business aviation professionals to New Orleans, LA, on June 26 and 27. NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee promote education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. For a full list of recipients and sponsors, please visit:

View Session Videos Instantly With NBAA On-Demand Education
NBAA’s On-Demand Education portal offers instant video access to operational sessions recently presented at NBAA events. Among the offerings are sessions originally presented by industry experts at the 2009 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, including Runway Analysis; Understanding Handling Fees; U.S. Cross-Border Issues; and Flight Planning in Today’s Complex Airspace. These and 14 other sessions from the S&D Conference are available for viewing collectively at flight department meetings or individually. For more information, contact NBAA’s Jo Damato at or visit:

NBAA Member Directory: Most Comprehensive Industry Guide
The 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel is the most comprehensive guide to business aviation resources in the industry, providing a networking tool to thousands of business aviation professionals on a global scale. For ease of use, the printed Member Directory sorts Member data into several different lists, including by company name, geographic location, aircraft tail number, home-base airport, occupation and products and services. Members have already started receiving the printed edition of this publication and mailings should be complete within the next several weeks. Members may order additional copies for $100 each by sending requests to; this publication is not available to non-Members. The very latest NBAA Member listings may also be accessed via NBAA’s password-protected Online Directory, available at:

Are You Taking Advantage of Your Company’s Membership?
Did you know that every employee of a Member Company has access to Member benefits and services? So if your company is an NBAA Member, you can take advantage of Member benefits and resources as well. Create your log-in, and immediately access exclusive benefits such as Air Mail, the Online Directory and all of the Members-only resources available on our web site. Create your account today at:

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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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