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NBAA Update #09-29
Monday, July 20, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Member Martha King Outlines Concerns Over TSA's LASP
In testimony before Congress last week on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA's) controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), Martha King, co-founder of NBAA Member Company King Schools, Inc., warned the program could stifle thousands of small and mid-size businesses with no tangible security benefit. “The general aviation community has been very proactive in developing and implementing a large number of workable and effective security measures,” King told the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. For more on King's testimony and information on NBAA's advocacy efforts regarding the LASP, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan Discusses LASP With Martha King
Immediately following her Capitol Hill testimony last week, Martha King told NBAA Flight Plan that she delivered a clear message to lawmakers about the industry’s concerns regarding the TSA’s proposed LASP: “What we want is an ongoing, active partnership between the general aviation industry, and the government – TSA – to take a look at what can be done that would be cost-effective, workable and minimally restrictive to commerce and our liberties,” King said. Hear the entire interview by visiting:

NBAA Lauds Removal of Air Marshall, No-Fly List Proposals From LASP
NBAA welcomed comments from John Sammon, TSA assistant administrator for transportation sector network management, acknowledging that proposed requirements for air marshals and third-party no-fly-list matching and audits have been dropped from the TSA’s LASP. Sammon made his comments before a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection that focused on general aviation security. The provisions are among the concerns articulated by NBAA and its Member Companies about the proposal. For more information about NBAA’s position on the LASP, visit:

NBAA Member Welcomes Opposition to Private No-Fly List
Following the TSA’s acknowledgement last week that proposed requirements privatizing no-fly-list providers had been dropped from the LASP, Ed Vesely with NBAA Member Company Welsh Aviation thanked Rep. Pete Olson (R-22-TX), for his proposal to disallow the TSA from contracting with private auditors to manage the no-fly lists. Olson introduced a measure blocking that idea as part of a recent bill to fund the TSA. “Rep. Olson’s work has led the TSA to abandon third-party security audits – a function that should be only overseen by government authorities to ensure confidentiality of the information obtained,” Vesely said. To review the full press release, visit Olson’s site at:

TSA Names Brian Delauter Acting GM for General Aviation
The former federal security director at Georgia’s Savannah International Airport, Brian Delauter, has been selected to serve as the TSA’s acting general manager for the General Aviation Branch. According to the TSA, Delauter has an extensive general aviation background and holds multiple FAA licenses, including commercial single-engine land, commercial multi-engine land, airline transport pilot and flight instructor single-engine, multi-engine and instrument. To review the press release announcing Delauter’s appointment, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Introduction of Senate Reauthorization Package
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the introduction of Senate legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernize the nation’s aviation system. “The priorities outlined by the general aviation community for reauthorization are reflected in the bill,” Bolen said. The Senate Commerce Committee plans to consider the bill this week. To read NBAA’s full press release about the legislation, visit:

House Panel Approves FY10 Transportation Funding Bill
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee completed work last week on its FY10 transportation funding bill. The bill, which provides fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Transportation, FAA and a number of other federal agencies, includes $9.35 billion for FAA operations; $2.9 billion for the FAA Facilities and Equipment Program, including $785 million to modernize the air traffic control system; and $3.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program. The bill also provides funding for an additional 180 FAA aviation inspector and aircraft certification positions and $13 million for accelerated research on alternative fuels. The full House is expected to take up this legislation shortly. For more information about the legislation, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

House Legislation Aims to Assist Rural Airports
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) recently introduced H.R. 3159, “The Small Airport Relief Act,” which aims to assist rural and small regional airports that could lose federal funding due to reduced flight operations. The bill directs the FAA to continue to provide Airport Improvement Program funding grants to such airports for a period of two years, even if they fall below the current level of 10,000 passenger boardings required to receive the funds. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate. “We commend Rep. Smith and Sen. Nelson for their efforts to assist rural and small airports. The last thing we need is for these airports, already struggling in this difficult economy, to lose this vital funding,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. For more information about the legislation, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

FAA Finalizes Age Limit for Part 121 Pilots
On July 15, the FAA issued a final rule that raises the mandatory retirement age of airline pilots from 60 to 65. This final rule reflects the requirements of the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act (Public Law 110-135), signed by President George W. Bush on December 13, 2007. Since then, airlines have allowed pilots to continue flying until their 65th birthday. For additional information contact NBAA at, or read the rule at:

NBAA Congratulates Russ Meyer on Hall of Fame Enshrinement
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said on July 18 that the induction of Russ Meyer into the National Aviation Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to his legacy of innovation and dedication to the people and companies in the general aviation community. “Russ Meyer is a visionary who embodies the spirit and passion that are the hallmarks of general aviation,” Bolen said of the former chairman and CEO of the Cessna Aircraft Company. “We are delighted that his countless contributions to our industry have been recognized with his induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.” To review NBAA’s press release about Meyer’s enshrinement, visit:

Bolen Taking No Plane No Gain Message to Oshkosh
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be on hand at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) AirVenture show to discuss how the No Plane No Gain program is educating Washington decision-makers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation. At AirVenture, EAA Board Chairman and President Tom Poberezny will moderate a discussion with Bolen and leaders of other general aviation associations about the major issues facing general aviation, and what is being done in Washington and elsewhere to address those issues. The panel will be held on Tuesday, July 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Pavilion 6; NBAA Members can also catch up with Bolen at NBAA's AirVenture tent, which will be in its traditional location, Booth 465, located along the flight line. To learn more about AirVenture, visit:

NBAA2009: The Most Effective Way for Buyers, Sellers to Connect
Surveys of Exhibitors and Attendees at NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention confirm what many in business aviation already know: the Convention is the most productive and efficient opportunity for business aviation buyers and sellers to connect. “A high percentage of NBAA Convention Attendees influence the purchasing process,” said Kathleen Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, conventions, seminars & forums. Blouin pointed to survey data showing that 79 percent of Convention Attendees have either the final say or strong influence in making a purchase decision, selecting a supplier and recommending purchases in one or more of the product/service categories measured. To learn more about how NBAA’s Convention can boost your company’s marketing plan, visit:

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Regional News
NY Passes Permanent GA Aircraft Sales-Tax Exemption
New York Governor David Paterson has signed into law S. 5516, which repeals the sunset date for the state sales-tax exemption on the maintenance and repair of general aviation aircraft. The bill makes the tax exemption permanent, which was to have expired on December 1, 2009. The original enactment of the exemption in 2004 led to an increase in economic activity and employment in the aviation sector and enabled New York to stay competitive with neighboring states. NBAA and the New York Aviation Management Association were instrumental in helping pass the legislation, keeping the bill in front of the senators throughout the entire process as well as having members of both organizations writing and calling legislators. For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

TSA Adds Richmond, St. Louis Gateway Airports to DASSP
The TSA last week announced the addition of two new gateway airports to the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), which allows certain general aviation aircraft to apply for access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Flights granted access under the DASSP must be screened at an approved FBO on a gateway airport as the last point of departure prior to arriving at DCA. Effective July 15, the following FBOs and airports are new gateways for the DASSP: Richmond Jet Center at Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Virginia and Executive Beechcraft at Chesterfield Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Missouri. Last week’s announcement raises the total number of gateway airports with DCA access to 28. For more information about the DASSP, visit:

Carolina Aviation Meeting at Monroe Airport, July 28
The next Carolina Aviation Professionals (CAP) meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Monroe Regional Airport (EQY) in Monroe, NC, near Charlotte. For more information or to RSVP, contact CAP’s Julie Layne at or NBAA’s Harry Houckes at

Business Communications Focus of Houston Meeting, July 30
The Houston Regional Aviation Professionals (HRAP), formerly known as Houston Schedulers and Dispatchers, will hold its quarterly meeting on July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriot Houston Hobby, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX. The event, sponsored by Enterprise Jet Center, Avfuel, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Marriot, will begin with a networking and social hour followed by dinner, presentations and business aviation announcements. Jan Hargrave of Hargrave & Associates will give a presentation titled "The Importance of Nonverbal Communication Skills and Strictly Business Body Language,” and other regional matters will be discussed at the meeting. RSVP to HRAP’s Zinnia Lerma at or Heather Hardwick at For more information, contact NBAA’s Steve Hadley at

South Florida Schedulers & Dispatchers Meeting, Aug. 7
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host a breakfast for schedulers and dispatchers on Friday, August 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport’s (FXE) Jet Runway Café. A guest speaker from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will discuss Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings. Breakfast will be provided by SFBAA; to RSVP for the event, contact Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

NBAA2009 Features Light Business Airplane Education Series
NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will feature an in-depth series of education sessions customized for pilots, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning more about how light business airplanes can support their businesses. The sessions will cover topics such as the various types of business uses for general aviation aircraft, medical certification standards for pilots and much more. Attendees also will get specific business advice including tax provision assistance and introductions to money-saving programs for insurance and fuel. The sessions will begin on October 21 at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing for business owners who are deciding on the purchase or lease of an airplane. For more information, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at or Dina Green at, or visit:

Still Time to Register for Flight Department Management Workshop
It’s not too late to register for this week’s NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop, to be held this Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 to 23, in Alexandria, VA. Offered through NBAA’s Professional Development Program (PDP), the event will provide essential education for flight department managers on safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues. Attendees also will have extensive opportunities to meet and interact with fellow flight department managers and will receive standard templates, forms and checklists useful for daily flight department operations. For more information or to register, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at or visit:

Applications for NBAA Scholarships Due July 31
important scholarships due by July 31. These scholarships offer tuition reimbursement from $1,000 to $25,000 to students who meet varying criteria, including those who: are pursuing careers in business aviation management; demonstrate honesty, integrity and selflessness in their dealings with others and who have a passion for aviation; are officially enrolled full-time as an aerospace engineering or aeronautical systems maintenance engineering major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; are enrolled full-time in a university offering the NBAA Professional Development Program; or are pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. For more information and to download applications, visit:

Review 2009 Flight Attendants Conference Highlights Online
The NBAA 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference (FAC), held June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, LA, was deemed a great success despite the challenging economic environment, with approximately 115 people in attendance. The FAC focused on the theme of “Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety” by addressing aviation and worldwide scenarios from the past and educating on how safety may be improved in the future. The event addressed the concepts of safety management systems and risk management for both flight attendants and others within a flight department, and it also encouraged lively discussion about best practices. Review 2009 event highlights at:

Call for Speakers: 2010 NBAA Leadership Conference
The 2010 NBAA Leadership Conference will be held in San Diego, CA, from February 24 to 25, and the theme will be “Lead the Future: Beyond People, Planes and Passion.” NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC) is issuing a call for speakers for presentations on themes relevant to an audience of current and future flight department managers. Proposals are due September 1 and should include a brief resume of the speaker, proposed topics and any issues of relevance to the CAMC. Conference sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to submit proposals, contact NBAA’s Jay Evans 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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