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NBAA Update #09-31
Monday, August 03, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Applauds House Resolution Saluting General Aviation
NBAA last week welcomed the passage of a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing the value of general aviation (GA) to the nation's economic and transportation systems. The resolution, H.Res. 508, was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-1-NE) and cosponsored by Reps. Allen Boyd (D-2-FL), Vernon Ehlers (R-3-MI), Peter Hoekstra (R-2-MI), Brad Sherman (D-27-CA) and Vic Snyder (D-2-AR). The measure specifically points to the job creation, economic activity, humanitarian support and business productivity generated by the industry – points all highlighted through the No Plane No Gain advocacy initiative jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. For more information, visit:

Highlights From House Deliberation on General Aviation Value
In congressional deliberations last week over Rep. Fortenberry's resolution on the importance of general aviation, a number of lawmakers offered comments making clear the essential role the industry plays in serving citizens, companies and communities. During debate on the measure, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-8-MN) noted: ''GA provides communities with essential services, and affords large and small businesses the flexibility and mobility that they need to be successful in both large communities as well as small, rural ones.'' Others speaking in support of GA's value included Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-7-MD), Vernon Ehlers (R-3-MI), Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ) and Jerry Moran (R-1-KS). To review a compendium of the comments offered in support of general aviation in the Congressional Record, visit:

DC Congresswoman Reiterates Concerns Over LASP, DCA Access
Additional support for general aviation during last week's consideration of H.Res. 508 was offered by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who emphasized the concerns raised by the House Committee on Homeland Security about the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). ''The entire general aviation sector was about to be buried by the Large Aircraft Security Program, until our committee said 'no!','' she stated. In response, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said: ''We thank the congresswoman for her support of general aviation, including her work to reform the LASP and improve GA access to Washington Reagan National Airport.'' To read Norton's statement, visit:

DHS Wants Your Thoughts on Security
For the first time ever, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting a ''Quadrennial Homeland Security Review'' (QHSR) to provide recommendations that will guide the agency's goals, objectives, programs and policies for the next four years. This month and next, the DHS will conduct three interactive, online sessions designed to take input from people across the aviation spectrum, to inform the work of those producing the study. The National Dialogue Sessions will be held August 3 to 9, August 31 to September 6, and September 28 to October 4. The QHSR is expected to be released in December. Each dialogue session will be accessible at:

NBAA Answers Questions About EU's Emissions Trading Scheme
Have you been curious how to comply with the upcoming European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) requirements or if you're even required to comply? NBAA has created a resource which walks operators through the determination of their need to comply with the EU ETS and the steps needed to submit the required annual emissions monitoring plan as well as the optional emissions benchmarking plan. For more information, visit:

House Panel Reviews Aviation Modernization Progress
Last week, the House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing to review progress on implementing new RNAV and RNP procedures as part of continuing progress toward a ''NextGen'' aviation system. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representative reported that the agency has implemented 59 RNAV routes and 270 RNAV arrival and departure procedures, and that more routes and procedures will be added next month. ''The business aviation community strongly supports aviation system modernization, and we are pleased to see these signs of progress,'' said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To review more about NBAA's position on modernizing the nation's aviation system, visit:

Senate Approves DOT Funding for FY2010
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2010 Department of Transportation funding bill. The measure, which includes funding for the FAA, provides $3.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program and increases in spending for air traffic control modernization. The bill, which is similar to the one that recently passed the House of Representatives, will likely be considered by the full Senate in September. For more information, contact NBAA's Ashleigh de la Torre at

New SIFL Rates Coming Soon
The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the second half of calendar year 2009 have not yet been released by the Department of Transportation (DOT), but are expected in mid-August. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available on the NBAA web site as soon as they are released. SIFL rates are used to apply the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft and impute the income of the employee as required by IRS rules. For additional information, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan Report: Bolen Addresses Oshkosh Forum
The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) annual AirVenture event is always a good opportunity for the general aviation community to discuss shared challenges and opportunities. In a special installment of NBAA Flight Plan posted during AirVenture last week, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen talks about the marketplace and perception challenges confronting business aviation. Bolen outlines NBAA's work with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the many benefits of business aviation through the No Plane No Gain campaign. The podcast is available on iTunes or online at:

NBAA's Convention Resources Boost Exhibitors' Marketing Plans
Everyone knows that NBAA's Convention is business aviation's most effective venue for buyers and sellers to connect. The Association makes the event even more valuable for Exhibitors by supporting their marketing efforts. In the weeks leading up to the show, NBAA makes available the contact information for media representatives registered to attend the Convention, so Exhibitors can get their news into reporters' hands as news outlets are planning what to cover at the event. NBAA's web site also lists the media organizations producing daily news on-site at the show. To review that information, visit:

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Regional News
Bolen to Address Citation Jet Pilots in Aspen
As one of the featured speakers at a September meeting of Citation Jet Pilots (CJP), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will update attendees on the progress of the No Plane No Gain initiative jointly sponsored by NBAA and GAMA, and discuss new education sessions being offered for light business airplane operators like the Citation pilots at this year's NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) in Orlando, FL. Citation Jet Pilots, an organization for owner-operators of the Cessna Citation line of business aircraft, will meet in Aspen, CO from September 3 to 5. For more information on CJP, visit:

NBAA's Piccione to Speak at Ocala, FL Event
In a visit next week with the general aviation community in Ocala FL, NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will provide an update on the No Plane No Gain campaign and other advocacy work by the Association to educate Washington decision-makers about the importance of business aviation and the priorities for the industry. Titled, ''General Aviation at the Crossroads,'' the August 12 event will be held at the Quality Inn Ocala, in Ocala, FL from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To RSVP, contact event organizer David Keith at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

South Florida Schedulers and Dispatchers Meet 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 Cafe. A guest speaker from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will discuss Advance Passenger Information System filings. Breakfast will be provided by SFBAA; to RSVP for the event, contact SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Start Preparing Now for 2010 Vancouver Olympics
For those Members who are planning to attend the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games, a number of requirements will be put in place for the February 2010 event. NBAA has created a web page, based upon information from the FAA, NAV Canada and the Canadian Business Aviation Association, that provides guidance on the procedures for the Vancouver area during the games. For more information, visit:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

NBAA2009 Session to Focus on Media Strategies
In today's 24/7 news environment, contact with the media organizations can make or break businesses and careers. For the first time, NBAA's Convention will feature an education session to give business aviation professionals tools for media relations, so they can become better communicators and ultimately more effective in their overall missions. The session, offered on October 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be presented by Scott Sobel of Media & Communications Strategies LLC, who manages media affairs for Mitsubishi Aircraft. To suggest situations and questions that should be addressed in the program, or for more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at To register, visit:

In Business Aviation Insider: Marketing Firm Relies on Jet
How can Fort Wayne, IN-based LaBov & Beyond Marketing Communications attract clients located across the country? The NBAA Member's business airplane provides employees the flexibility to meet with clients anywhere in the country within just a few hours' notice, allowing the company to compete with larger, national marketing firms for business. Read more in the latest edition of NBAA's Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider. To have your company become a candidate for future Insider profiles, contact NBAA's Patrick Dunne at Bookmark the Insider web site at:

Deadline for S&D Awards Fast Approaching
The August 31 deadline to submit nominations for the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award is fast approaching. The award recognizes an individual who shares outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service, exhibits leadership and has made significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function. For more information, including nomination requirements and forms, visit:

NBAA Seeks More Approved PDP Providers
NBAA is seeking additional providers to offer approved Professional Development Program (PDP) courses. Designed to help business aviation professionals improve their work within a flight department and advance their careers, NBAA's PDP courses can also help professionals qualify and prepare to become Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs). To propose a course, submit a syllabus and detailed description to NBAA's PDP Review Committee by September 1. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans or Sarah Wolf at, or call NBAA at (202) 783-9000. To review required PDP objectives and other information, visit:

Bolen's Oshkosh Dispatch Only on NBAA's Facebook Page
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently posted a dispatch from another of his regular Outside-the-Beltway meetings with people in the business aviation community. Bolen's most recent post details his observations from EAA's AirVenture. The regular dispatches are available only on NBAA's Facebook Page, specifically under the Discussion tab on the Fan Page. Become a fan today, read the post and join the discussion 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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