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NBAA Update #09-37
Monday, September 14, 2009

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-newsletter providing a synopsis of the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community, as well as information about NBAA activities, Member benefits and upcoming industry events. Subscribe for free or review the archives at

House GA Caucus Briefed on Hudson River Airspace Modifications
Members of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus and their staffs received a briefing last week on recent modifications proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations in New York City-Hudson River airspace following the tragic August 8 accident between two GA aircraft. Participating in the briefing were FAA officials and representatives from the GA community. The FAA announced that its proposed modifications would be issued for public comment shortly. NBAA welcomed the FAA's plan, noting that it is based on input from a working group with industry and government. Both Senate and House aviation committees are scheduled to holding hearings this week on issues associated with the modifications, and NBAA will submit testimony for both hearings. The FAA's press release on the agency's proposal is available at:

NBAA Comments on Southers Nomination to TSA Post
Last week, President Obama nominated Erroll G. Southers to serve as assistant secretary of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "As NBAA Members know, our industry has a number of very important concerns before the TSA," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We will be closely monitoring the progress of this nomination, and working to ensure that Mr. Southers has a full understanding of the unique operating needs of our Members." The nomination must now be considered by the Senate. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

Senate Considers DOT Funding for FY2010
Having returned from its August recess, the Senate is considering the fiscal year 2010 Department of Transportation funding bill, with passage expected sometime this week. 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 House of Representatives approved its version of the bill earlier this year. Once the Senate completes its consideration, the House and Senate will convene a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills. For more information, contact NBAA's Ashleigh de la Torre at

NBAA Continues Fight to Protect BARR Program
s part of NBAA's ongoing effort to preserve the Association's Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) Program, NBAA today filed final arguments with the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC to shield data included in the BARR registry from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Last year, an investigative news outlet filed a FOIA request demanding BARR data, which NBAA, with guidance from legal counsel, has continued to oppose. "NBAA understands the reasons Association Members value the BARR Program, and the need to protect the information submitted through the BARR," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown. "We have brought all possible resources to bear in this fight, and we will keep Members advised as the case progresses." The court is expected to make a final ruling sometime this fall. For more information about the BARR Program, visit:

NBAA Applauds CAN for Well-Deserved Recognition
As NBAA Members know, business aviation supports people and communities in times of crisis. The role of business aviation in supporting humanitarian initiatives – a central theme in the No Plane No Gain program – was highlighted in an event held on Capitol Hill last week to recognize Corporate Angel Network (CAN) with the Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying Award, issued by the National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance. Congressional lawmakers in attendance at the event included Rep. Allen Boyd (D-2-FL), co-founder of the GA Caucus. NBAA submitted the nomination for the honor; to learn more, visit:

Kings Preview LBA Conference on NBAA Flight Plan Podcast
This week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast features an interview with aviation veterans John and Martha King. The Kings discuss the importance of NBAA's LBA Conference for entrepreneurs who fly light airplanes for business. They also highlight many of the sessions offered at the LBA Conference, including one they will present on what they wish they had known before they made the big step up to jet use. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or listen online at NBAA's web site:

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Santa Monica Continues Attempt to Ban Some Business Jets
The City of Santa Monica recently filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in regards to the FAA's recent decision that the city cannot ban Category C and D business jets from Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In its decision, the FAA said Santa Monica's proposed ban would "unjustly and unreasonably" discriminate against certain aircraft. The court has not yet scheduled a briefing or hearing for the city's appeal, and NBAA will continue advocating for business aviation in this matter, and working to preserve access for all business aircraft at SMO. For more information on Santa Monica's attempted ban, visit:

Bolen Provides No Plane No Gain Report in CO
As one of the featured speakers at the recent inaugural meeting of the Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) in Aspen, CO, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen updated attendees on the progress of the No Plane No Gain initiative, including the work NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association are doing to advocate for the business aviation community. Bolen and other speakers detailed the importance of business aviation "to the economy and prosperity of our country," noted a release issued by CJP after the event. The No Plane No Gain campaign issues a newsletter detailing activities each week; to review the newsletters or subscribe, visit:

Ohio Meeting Wednesday at Port Columbus Airport
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a meeting this Wednesday, September 16 at Lane Aviation on Port Columbus Airport (CMH). Keynote speaker Pete Agur, founder of The VanAllen Group, will address "Opportunities in a Challenging Economy." ORBAA President Dave Vornholt will discuss the role of the organization. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes lunch. RSVP to RoyceAnn Martin at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

Plan to Attend SFBAA Safety Day, Sept. 18
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host its first Safety Day on 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 event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheltair facility on the airport, located at 1100 Lee Wagener Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Lunch will be provided by Silver Lining In-Flight Catering. RSVP to SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Exciting Aviation Careers on Display in Chicago, Sept. 19
The nation's top aviation schools will highlight the many career opportunities in aviation at the Aviation Career Exposition on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place at Chicago Executive Airport, 1071 South Wolf Road, Wheeling, IL in Hangar 10, Bays 1 and 2. The keynote speaker will be Jamail Larkins, chairman of Careers in Aviation. The event is sponsored by the airport, Chicago Business Aviation Association, Signature Flight Support, Atlantic Aviation and Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. For more information about this free event, visit:

CAM Credits Available for Attending WAA Seminar, Sept. 23
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) and Embraer will host a seminar on safety management systems (SMS), the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and other issues on September 23 at Westchester County Airport (HPN). The free meeting will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Building 1, the "News Center." Those pursuing NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program are eligible to receive credit for attending these sessions. The International Business Aviation Council's Kathy Perfetti will discuss International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) SMS requirements and standards. IBM's Bob Murtha will discuss EU-ETS emissions reporting requirements and deadlines. NBAA's Lisa Piccione and Embraer's David Baloff will provide an update on current legislative priorities. RSVP by September 21 with Embraer's Mariana Tran at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

TFR Issued for G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Sept. 24–25
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been published for the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, which will be held from September 24 to 25. Access for aircraft arriving or departing Pittsburgh International (PIT) or Allegheny County (AGC) airports will require a TFR waiver that must be requested 96 hours in advance of the proposed flight. All aircraft flying into PIT or AGC must be cleared through TSA inspection at North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) in Bridgeport, WV, which is the only gateway airport approved by the TSA for this event. All aircraft departing PIT or AGC will also be required to clear TSA inspection, which must be requested 96 hours in advance. At Finleyville Air Park (G05) and Pittsburgh-Monroeville Airport (4G0), all flight operations are prohibited during the summit. For detailed information, visit:

GWBAA's Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Is Sept. 29
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its annual meeting and fundraiser on September 29 at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course in Virginia. As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds will benefit GWBAA's charitable activities. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Sponsorships are still available, and NBAA's Harry Houckes can be contacted for more information at For event details and to register, visit:

Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Meeting Is Sept. 29
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers (NESD) will hold a lunch meeting on September 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Groton-New London Airport (GON) in Connecticut. Presenter Mark Mata from Satcom Direct will discuss flight tracking, flight deck freedom and partnerships with Air Routing International (ARI). A representative of the Coleman Group will discuss results-driven marketing communications for business aviation. The lunch will be held at Lanmar Aviation on the airport, located at 201 Tower Avenue, and is sponsored by The Coleman Group. RSVP by September 22 to NESD's Amy Roy at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Cold Weather Safety in Focus for New England Event, Oct. 7
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG), the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA) and NBAA are sponsoring a cold-weather operations seminar on October 7. Several industry experts, including NASA's Dr. Judith Van Zante and Walter Randa of Leading Edge, will give presentations, and representatives from local airports will share procedures for ice and snow removal, equipment and braking action. The event will be held at the main terminal building on Hanscom Field (BED). There is a $25 charge for non-members of either CBAG or MBAA to cover lunch and morning beverage. The fee will be waived for those signing up as members at the event. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

PNBAA and PRSDA Host Joint Meeting in Seattle, Nov. 12
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) and the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will host a joint dinner meeting on November 12 at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA. Information about the program, including speakers and topics, will be announced in future issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at, or visit the PNBAA web site at:


NBAA2009 Is Just Around the Corner – Register Now!
NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will feature FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard and golf legend Arnold Palmer as keynote speakers at the Opening General Session. The program will offer nearly 100 education sessions covering safety, maintenance, airspace and airport access, flight operations, aviation management and the state of the industry. An all-new Light Business Airplane Conference will offer programming for entrepreneurs who rely on a light general aviation airplane for business. NBAA2009 will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). To register, visit:

Bolen Blogs on the Latest in Congress; Comments Welcome
New to NBAA's Facebook Fan Page is a blog from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on how people can make their voices heard on the legislative challenges facing business aviation. NBAA fans can share thoughts on a variety of industry topics and comment on regular posts from Bolen and other NBAA staff members. "Using social media, like our Facebook page, allows NBAA to be part of the online business aviation community and conversations," said Bolen. Read the posts and share your thoughts by visiting:

Last Chance to Make Safety Standdown Reservations
The 13th Annual Bombardier Safety Standdown will be held in Wichita, KS from September 28 to October 1. Co-sponsored by NBAA each year, the event will feature Bombardier's James Hoblyn, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce as keynote speakers at the opening session. Industry safety experts will present sessions throughout the four-day event. The Safety Standdown begins September 28, with a full-day CPR and safety skills training course. The deadline to secure hotel rooms at the block rate is today, September 14. To register and make reservations, visit:

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Adds New Sponsor
In an effort to further professional growth within the scheduling and dispatch function, NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee administers scholarship programs that provide monetary and training awards for business aviation professionals. For the S&D Scholarship, NBAA recently welcomed a new sponsor, Jet Aviation FBO & Charter Sales, which joins ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats, Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., Chevron Global Aviation, Air BP Aviation Services, Jeppesen DataPlan and AC-U-KWIK. All S&D Committee scholarship applications are due October 30 and the recipients will be announced at the NBAA 21st Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held from January 27 to 29 in San Antonio, TX. For more information and to download applications for these and other NBAA scholarship programs, visit:

Corrected: 2010 Regional Forum Schedule
Last week's NBAA Update included the schedule for NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums in 2010 and erroneously listed an event in Nagoya, Japan. The item should have listed the following forums only: Houston, TX on January 14; Van Nuys, CA on March 11; Teterboro, NJ on June 10; and Chicago, IL on September 9. There will not be an event in Nagoya. NBAA apologizes for any confusion. For more information, visit:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

13th Annual Safety Standdown USA
September 28–October 1, 2009, Wichita, KS

13th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
October 18, 2009, Orlando, FL

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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