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NBAA Update #09-32
Monday, August 10, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
FAA Administrator Babbitt to Keynote NBAA2009
Attendees at NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention will have the opportunity to hear from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator J. Randolph "Randy" Babbitt, who will be a featured speaker at the Convention's Opening General Session. "Randy is a veteran pilot and internationally recognized authority on aviation policy," noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "I know our Members will be very interested to hear his thoughts on the FAA's priorities in the years to come." This year's Convention will be held in Orlando, FL, from October 20 to 22. For more information about NBAA2009, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast Has the Latest on Emissions Policy
Regulation of transportation emissions was an important component of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454) passed by the House of Representatives this June. With Congress in adjournment for its annual August recess, the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast features a conversation with Lisa Piccione, NBAA's senior vice president of government affairs, addressing industry's concerns with H.R. 2454 and the status of the environmental policy debate in Congress. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen online at:

NBAA Writes Op-ed on Government's Gulfstream Purchase
As last week's news coverage of the government's purchase of Gulfstream aircraft cast business airplanes as an excessive alternative to airline travel, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted an opinion piece to major newspapers setting the record straight about the value of business aviation. "The reality is that public and private organizations of all shapes and sizes face a multitude of transportation challenges," Bolen points out. "The most appropriate way to address these challenges depends on the situation. And often, the situation necessitates the use of a business airplane. Read the full opinion piece at:

NBAA Applauds AvJet for Coordinating North Korea Mission
NBAA commends Member Company AvJet for its professionalism and efficiency in providing air transportation for former President Bill Clinton on his August 4 humanitarian mission to North Korea to free two imprisoned American journalists. Clinton made the trip in a Boeing Business Jet managed and operated by AvJet. "We applaud AvJet for its outstanding work, on very short notice, to coordinate between a number of government officials here in the U.S., and the governments of several nations, so that this important mission could be conducted," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Their work demonstrates the value of business aviation in providing safe, flexible and secure transport."

French Visas Not Needed for Business Aircraft Flightcrews
As of August 1, U.S. citizen airline crew members, as well as flightcrews of business aircraft on duty for their companies, no longer need a visa to operate in France or in transit via France. Crew members who already made visa appointments with the French General Consulate in Washington, D.C. are kindly requested to cancel them in order to free slots for other applicants. For additional information, visit:

NBAA Leadership Council: Taking Charge of Business Aviation's Future
In an e-mail to Members last week, NBAA Board Chairman Jeff Lee announced NBAA's Leadership Council as one of five ways Member Companies can get involved in charting the future of business aviation. The NBAA Leadership Council reinforces the Association's mission of promoting an environment that fosters business aviation in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to the full suite of NBAA Member benefits, Leadership Council Members will receive a regular detailed political briefing, recognition at NBAA shows and in Association publications and more. For additional information or to become a Leadership Council member, contact NBAA's Chris Strong at or visit:

In Tough Times, Shows Like NBAA2009 Remain Highly Valued
A recent survey in Trade Show Week magazine makes clear that in a challenging economy, trade shows like NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention are especially valuable for connecting buyers and sellers. The survey found that 96 percent of CEOs and other senior executives say they are attending their industry's most important events this year. All attendees "continue to see the value of participating in conventions and tradeshows," and Exhibitors rely on the events to market their products and stay in touch with customers. NBAA has posted a web article that details the many ways shows like NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention remain critical to Exhibitors and Attendees alike and provides a link to Convention registration. To view the web article, visit:

Cost-Saving Methods in Focus at LBA Sessions
Smart business people are always looking for ways to do more with less. Using a general aviation airplane for business travel is a proven way to increase productivity and enhance effectiveness. The Light Business Airplane (LBA) education session series at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) in Orlando, FL will highlight practices to cut down on business flying expenditures. For example, Universal Weather & Aviation will present "Free Online Flight and Fuel Planning Resources," exploring a range of fuel planning tools for saving money, including many that are free and offer mobile device access. To learn more about the many LBA education sessions offered at NBAA2009, visit:

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Regional News
NTSB to Examine New York Airspace in Wake of Collision
According to several news outlets, the National Transportation Safety Board plans to examine congestion in the New York airspace as part of an investigation of a fatal collision on Saturday, Aug. 8. Nine lives were lost when a Piper Lance collided midair with a sightseeing helicopter operated by Liberty Helicopters above the Hudson River. Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairwoman, declined to speculate on the cause of the crash due to the ongoing investigation. She told reporters that NTSB would examine the collision and the safety of operations in New York and issue recommendations to FAA regulators if necessary. "We extend our condolences to the families of the victims involved Saturday's tragic accident," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information on the investigation, visit the NTSB web site at:

Program Announced for GBAA Safety Day, Aug. 26
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its Annual Safety Day on August 26 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA. This year's program features a slate of industry experts leading seminars on travel risk mitigation, communications in emergency preparedness planning, implementing a safety management system and many other important topics. Participants working toward their NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) application or recertification will receive one point of credit for attending. To secure the discounted hotel rate, make reservations by this Wednesday, August 12. To review the detailed program, register and make reservations, visit:

SFBAA Safety Day To Feature Agostino, NSTB's Feith
The South Florida Business Aviation Association will host its first annual Safety Day on Friday, September 18 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Featured speakers include Bob Agostino, "Father of the Safety Standdown," and former National Transportation Safety Board Senior Air Safety Investigator Greg Feith. The program will also include interactive demonstrations by the Broward County Fire & Rescue Department, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the American Red Cross. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sheltair FBO on the airport, located at 1100 Lee Wagener Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Lunch will be provided by Silver Lining In-Flight Catering. To RSVP as requested, contact Jeff Ramsden at

Save the Date: SDRAA Safety Standdown
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association will hold its first Safety Standdown event on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at Jet Source located at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. Set to start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., the event promises to be an excellent information resource for the Southern California's aviation community and include a slate of nationally recognized speakers and panelists. Education sessions will offer NBAA Certified Aviation Manager credits and focus on safety management systems, flight deck automation, ATC phraseology and local airspace and regional airport infrastructure will be covered at the event. The topics and speakers have been specifically selected to reflect the real issues that face today's flight departments with every presentation designed to provide usable takeaways. For more information, contact or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Airports in Focus: Denver's Centennial an Asset for Tech Center
Denver's Centennial Airport (APA), situated in the heart of the city's Tech Center, 30 minutes from downtown and surrounded by 23 business parks, is an unquestionable asset for local business. "This airport supports more than 6,000 businesses in a five-mile radius," says APA Executive Director Robert Olislagers. According to the 2008 Colorado Airport Economic Impact Study, APA creates 10,485 jobs and has an economic impact of $987 million. Recently, the airport has implemented a model runway construction communications program and a successful neighborhood Noise Roundtable. APA celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 and through its Centennial Airport Foundation raises funds to support aerospace education, math and science at Denver-area schools, colleges and museums. Read a full profile of Centennial Airport in NBAA's Airports in Focus series at:

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NBAA Resources Help You Connect With Your Representatives
Local, state and federal officials actively depend on advice from constituents to successfully craft legislation impacting the people in their states and congressional districts. With lawmakers back in their home states for the August recess, NBAA has online resources to help Members build relationships with their elected officials, and make their voices heard on the business aviation community's concerns. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at, or download NBAA's online advocacy resources at:

Improve Your Safety Program With NBAA2009 IS-BAO, SMS Sessions
For flight departments considering or currently implementing a safety management system (SMS), NBAA will offer a complete series of education sessions at this year's Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) focusing on common questions and issues. The sessions will introduce SMS and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). In the "SMS Regulatory Requirements and Practical Tips" session, participants will hear from companies that have implemented the IS-BAO and the benefits they have realized. The "IS-BAO Help Desk" session will feature IS BAO auditors fielding participants' questions about the process. SMS and IS BAO sessions will be offered each day of NBAA2009, October 20 to 22. For more information, visit:

Travel$ense 3.85 Update Released
NBAA has issued a maintenance update, version 3.85, for its business travel productivity-tracking software, Travel$ense. The maintenance update addresses changes to the airline reservation system used by Travel$ense, which prevented some non-stop airline flights from appearing on the list of comparable airline flights. All Travel$ense users are advised to download and install this update. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by automatically calculating the actual business hours, productivity, trip expenses and family time saved by traveling via business aircraft. For more information, visit:

Featured Member Benefit: NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data to help NBAA's Member Companies better evaluate their flight departments. Free to participating Members, or available for a fee to Members only, this indispensible business tool helps support the creation and administration of effective and efficient flight departments. Data from the 2009 survey is available to survey participants for free online and for $100 per hardcopy report. Members who did not participate are also eligible to purchase results in print and online. For full details or to order results, visit:

Follow NBAA on Twitter
NBAA Members and anyone interested in keeping tabs on business aviation news and information can follow the Association on Twitter. From information on seminars and forums, to podcasts and press releases, stay in touch with NBAA news by following the Association 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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