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NBAA Update #09-33
Monday, August 17, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Christopher Hart Sworn in as Member of NTSB
Last week, Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Hart joined the NTSB after a long career in transportation safety. Most recently, Hart was deputy director for air traffic safety oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Chris is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings, so he understands how the business aviation community operates," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We look forward to working with him." To learn more about his appointment, visit:

European Countries Adding Time to Submit ETS Plans
Authorities in Germany, Sweden and Italy will provide more time for operators to submit annual emissions-monitoring plans and optional emissions-benchmarking plans for compliance with the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Aircraft operators assigned to Sweden for ETS administration must submit their plan(s) by October 15, 2009. Italy now requires operators to submit their plan(s) no later than September 30, 2009. Germany and the UK have not set a specific date, but Germany's will be in late September or early October 2009 and the UK in late November 2009. Those operators required to comply with the EU ETS assigned to other EU member states should plan to submit their annual emissions monitoring plan and optional emissions benchmarking plan by the original deadline of August 31, 2009. For more information, visit:

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1 to December 31. This data is necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. The data also is needed to impute the traveling employee's income, as required by the IRS Rules, Section 1.61-21(g). NBAA Members may access the SIFL rates and NBAA's personal use calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of personal trips, at:

Arkansas Officials: Aviation Vital to State's Economy
At an event last week hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Arkansas' highest-ranking elected officials gathered to promote the job creation, economic development and other benefits business aviation brings to the state. GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce was joined by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Governor Mike Beebe (D-AR) in applauding the 3,500 manufacturing jobs and $1 billion the industry contributes to the statewide economy. Bunce highlighted the work of the No Plane No Gain initiative to promote the value of business aviation. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was on hand and said, "This event highlighted the essential role business aviation plays in serving citizens, companies and communities across the U.S." To learn more about the event, visit the campaign's web site at:

NBAA Tells FOX Business News: Planes = Gains
When Fox Business News wanted to explore the government's recent decision to purchase Gulfstream and Boeing Business Jet aircraft, the network turned to the No Plane No Gain campaign for perspective on the news. NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration Steve Brown told the network why governments and businesses alike value business aircraft: "These are productivity tools that allow people to save time, work en route, and be more efficient and productive, which is what I think we'd want our government to be." Watch the clip at:

Bombardier Safety Standdown Is Next Month
The 2009 Bombardier Safety Standdown takes place from September 28 to October 1, 2009, in Wichita, KS, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Hotel. Held in partnership with NBAA, the FAA and the NTSB, the event is one of the leading business aviation safety events. The Safety Standdown focuses on improving human performance in aviation, and features subject-matter experts presenting on topics such as crew resource management, professional airmanship, advanced aerodynamics for business aviation and fatigue countermeasures. For additional information, visit:

Who's Exhibiting at NBAA2009? Companies Just Like Yours
For hundreds of NBAA Members, the Association's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) remains a must-have on the marketing calendar, even in these tough times. For example, Gulf Coast Avionics has been exhibiting at NBAA Conventions for more than 10 years, because as company owner Rick Garcia says, "We get the opportunity to meet with people we wouldn't otherwise know existed and that's good for our business." To learn why companies like this one value NBAA's Convention, especially in a challenging business climate, visit:

Small Aircraft Exemption Explained at NBAA2009
NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention will feature education sessions just for owner/operators of general aviation airplanes used for business. One session designed specifically for operators of aircraft less than 12,500 lbs., presented by Kent Jackson of Jackson & Wade, LLC, will explain the advantages of timesharing, interchange, joint ownership and other options for NBAA Members. Known as the NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption, the program mirrors FAR 91.501 which gives large jet operators the flexibility to use timesharing, interchange, joint ownership and other methods to meet business demands with their aircraft without operating under FAR Part 135. For more information on this and other Light Business Airplane sessions, visit:

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Regional News
Martha's Vineyard VIP TFR Released
Members should be aware of a recently published temporary flight restriction (TFR) for Martha's Vineyard, which will be active from August 23 to 30. This will be a complex TFR with a 10 nm ring centered on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Access into and out of Martha's Vineyard (MVY), which is inside the TFR, will require a TFR waiver which must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to the flight operating. Aircraft will be required to clear TSA inspection prior to operating into MVY at one of three designated gateway airports. The gateway airports will be Theodore Francis Green State in Providence, RI (PVD), Barnstable Municipal-Boardman/Polando in Hyannis, MA (HYA) and Westchester County in White Plains, NY (HPN). Flights departing MVY will also need to obtain a waiver and clear TSA inspection prior to departure. Members can find detailed information on NBAA's web site at:

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast: Access Challenges at SMO
This NBAA Flight Plan podcast provides the fourth installment in a series about challenges to access at general aviation airports in California, and the potential of those challenges to set precedent at airports elsewhere. Santa Monica Airport (SMO) officials have tried to ban business airplanes, but NBAA and local business aviation experts, like attorney Patrick Bailey, continue their efforts to preserve business aviation access at SMO. Listen to the podcast or subscribe to Flight Plan on iTunes by visiting:

Airport in Focus: Leesburg Executive Airport
Situated 37 miles outside downtown Washington, DC, Virginia's Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) connects companies of all sizes to opportunities in the nation's capital. Opened in October 1964, Leesburg Executive got its start when radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey sold his grass airport east of town and gave some of the proceeds to build JYO. Today, the airport features four flight schools and one full-service FBO. To learn more about JYO, visit:

NBAA's Piccione to Address California Industry Gathering
Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs, will address a meeting of the Valley Industry Commerce Association's Aviation Committee, to be held at Van Nuys Airport on August 25. Piccione will discuss issues and challenges for the business aviation community at the state and federal level, and the steps NBAA Members can take to support the industry's priorities. The event is sponsored by NBAA and the Van Nuys AirTel Hotel. RSVP to NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Dallas S&D Luncheon to Feature APIS Rules, Aug. 20
The Texas Corporate Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers (TCAS) is holding a luncheon sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation's FlightPak, Monarch Air and CAE SimuFlite, on August 20, at 11:30 a.m. at CAE SimuFlite, 2929 W. Airfield Drive, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Universal Weather & Aviation representatives will discuss the new Part 91 APIS rules that went into effect on May 18 and a drawing for door prizes will be held at the end of the meeting. To RSVP, contact Jim Williams, at For more information, contact Mark Ott at mark_ott@jetaviation.comor NBAA's Steve Hadley, at

GWBAA Potomac TRACON Tour Set for Tuesday, Aug. 25
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will host a tour of Potomac TRACON on Tuesday, August 25 at 10:00 am. There will be an opportunity for Q&A, and to discuss airspace and operations issues with a PTC operations manager and several PTC supervisors. To attend, RSVP by Friday, August 21 to For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

GBAA Annual Safety Day Set for 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. Topics on this year's program include practical SMS, deteriorating pilot skills, travel risk mitigation, emergency preparedness and facilities maintenance best practices. Each attendee will receive one point credit toward NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) application or CAM recertification. For more information and to register, visit:

Register for PNBAA Charity Event, Sept. 23
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation (PNBAA) will be hosting its 1st Annual Charity Golf Event benefiting Aviation High School and Civil Air Patrol at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge on Wednesday, September 23. A reduced PNBAA hotel rate at the Marriott Redmond Town Center is available for this event. For more information or to register, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

Next Idaho Business Aviation Meeting Set for Sept. 24 in Nampa
The Idaho Business Aviation Association will host its next general luncheon meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Avcenter FBO in Nampa, ID. John Newton, vice president of pre-owned aircraft sales for Cessna Aircraft Company, will be the featured speaker, and a static display will include a Citation Jet and a Columbia 400. RSVP to or for more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

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NBAA News Earns Top Nod With Gold Circle Award
NBAA recently won the 2009 Gold Circle Award in the "General Association Web Site" category for its web site, The Gold Circle Award competition is sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership. First launched in 1995, is the most comprehensive online source for the business aviation information needed by industry professionals. In 2008, the web site was comprehensively redesigned to improve site-wide usability, update the site's look and feel, and provide better information for supporting the Association's advocacy efforts. This year, the Gold Circle Award competition received over 300 entries across several categories, including magazines, newsletters, blogs, podcasts and innovative communications. For more information, visit:

Business Aviation Insider Interviews Sen. Nelson
Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) of Nebraska has dedicated his public-service career to bridging the gaps between rural and urban areas and as such, his commitment to the importance of business aviation has been unwavering. "Planes on the plains, particularly in Nebraska, aren't extraneous; they're essential," the senator tells Business Aviation Insider in the most recent edition of the bimonthly Association publication. Insider is a free benefit to all NBAA Members and can be viewed at:

NBAA's Advocacy Resources Connect You With Your Representatives
With congressional lawmakers back in their home states for the August recess, NBAA has online resources to help Members build relationships with 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:

Three 2010 S&D Scholarships Open to Applicants
Applications for three NBAA scholarships are now available online to working professionals. Two scholarships – the Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship and the Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship – promote education, training and career enhancement for schedulers and dispatchers by offering monetary and training awards. Applications for both are due October 30. A third scholarship – NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship, sponsored by The VanAllen Group – provides up to $850 for qualified candidates to attend the 2010 NBAA Leadership Conference, held February 24 to 25 in San Diego, CA. To learn more about these and other NBAA scholarships, visit:

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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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