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NBAA Update #09-39
Monday, September 28, 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

Bolen Provides Wichita Aero Club with No Plane No Gain Update
When NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen provided a recent No Plane No Gain campaign update to the Wichita Aero Club, local news media outlets were on hand to hear his remarks about the value of business aviation. Bolen told The Wichita Eagle and ABC affiliate KAKE-TV that business aviation is vital to the nation's economy and transportation system. Read the stories and see the interviews at the No Plane No Gain web site:

NBAA Welcomes Report Showing Business Aviation's Value
NBAA last week welcomed a new study showing that companies using business aviation outperform those that do not. The study concludes: "Business aircraft users had a dominant presence, on average of 92 percent, among the most innovative, most admired, best brands, and best places to work, as well as dominating the list of companies strongest in corporate governance and responsibility." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen commented, "This study shows what the people in the business aviation community have always known: a business airplane is the sign of a well-managed company, because business aviation helps companies of all sizes be more efficient, productive and competitive." For more information and to view the study, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan Reviews Study on Business Aircraft Value
The recently released study, conducted by NEXA Advisors and entitled, Business Aviation – An Enterprise Value Perspective examines how companies included in the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 performed in revenue growth, profit growth and asset efficiency from 2003 through 2008. Business aircraft use was tied to key enterprise drivers outlined in the study; S&P 500 executives were also extensively interviewed, and an independent cross-reference of findings was performed. In this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, study author and NEXA Advisors Managing Director Michael Dyment details the noteworthy connections his report makes between well-run companies and those that use business aviation. To hear the podcast, visit:

Rep. Graves, GA Caucus Respond to Negative Small Airport Coverage
As people in the business aviation community know, the recent stories mischaracterizing small airports and general aviation in USA Today and on NBC's Today show prompted a flood of response from the industry. Now, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO-6) has added his voice to the concerns raised about the news coverage, with a "Dear Colleague" letter to his House colleagues pointing out that the public-use airports increase aviation system capacity, enhance security and provide other valuable benefits. NBAA and other general aviation groups have written to members of the GA Caucus to request their support in signing Rep. Graves' Dear Colleague letter, and 13 members of Congress have added their signatures to the congressman's letter. View the letters and learn more at:

Congress Passes Three-Month FAA Funding Extension
Last week, the House and Senate passed legislation extending Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and funding through December 31, 2009. By that date, Congress will either finish its work on the FAA reauthorization bill or extend current law again. NBAA recently joined a host of other aviation groups in signing a letter urging Congress to use the time provided by a new extension to complete work on multi-year FAA reauthorization. "A comprehensive reauthorization of the FAA would provide desperately needed funding for airport and airway system improvements that will help make aviation safer and more efficient, while creating or maintaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs," the letter states in part. "Investments in our national airspace infrastructure will enable the U.S. aviation system to improve its already enviable safety record as well as increase capacity." To review a copy of the letter, visit:

Learn the Tax Benefits of Flying Light Business Airplanes
NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention will feature programs and a static display of aircraft designed by and for companies that operate light general aviation aircraft. One session, NBAA Tax Benefits of Using an Aircraft for Business, will make owners and prospective owners of light business aircraft (LBA) aware of the state and federal tax benefits they will receive when using aircraft for business purposes. The tax treatment of personal and entertainment use of business aircraft also will be discussed as well as details on private operations (Part 91) and placing the aircraft into commercial service (Part 135). For more information on this and other LBA Conference offerings, visit:

Professional Development Opportunities Available at NBAA2009
Professional Development Program (PDP) courses will be available for people in or aspiring to managerial positions at NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) in Orlando, FL. This year's PDP courses will offer training in technical operation, emergency preparedness, managing fundamentals for flight departments and employing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Credits from PDP courses can be applied towards becoming a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), a certification of industry knowledge and leadership skills. To learn more, visit:

Speak Directly With NBAA Staff at This Year's Convention
You can ask questions or take concerns and suggestions directly to NBAA senior executives and Membership Division staff at a Member Discussion taking place at the Convention this year. The discussion is a great opportunity to give your opinion on potential new Membership programs, share ideas for new benefits and services and provide feedback on your overall Member experience. The NBAA Member Discussion will be held on Tuesday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room S320G of the Orange County Convention Center. NBAA staff will also be available any time at the NBAA Headquarters Booth, #3335, during the Convention. To view the full schedule of events for NBAA2009, visit:

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GWBAA Meeting, Annual Fundraiser Tomorrow
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) annual meeting and fundraiser is set for tomorrow, September 29, at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, VA. As in prior 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. For more information and to register, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

Plan to Attend Tomorrow's San Diego Safety Day
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will hold its first Safety Standdown tomorrow, September 29, at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad, CA, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event, featuring a slate of nationally recognized speakers, will cover safety management systems, flight deck automation and Southern California air traffic control planning and phraseology. Attendance qualifies for NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program credit. For more information, contact SDRAA at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or visit the SDRAA site at:

CABAA Will Hold Mentoring Meeting Tuesday
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual mentoring meeting on Tuesday, September 29, at Lewis University, One University Parkway, Aviation Building, Unit #282 in Romeoville, IL. A Boeing representative will give a presentation on the future of the aviation industry, and NBAA Regional Representative Bob Quinn will discuss issues including the TSA's LASP, safety management systems and an overview of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. For more information, visit:

Arizona Group Continues Advocacy Work at Scottsdale
A recent survey sponsored by the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) reinforces the association's position and the Scottsdale Airport Commission's vote to adopt a proposal to increase the weight limit for current aircraft operating out of Scottsdale to 100,000 lbs. "It's clear that the residents of Scottsdale, once presented with the facts, realize the campaign being conducted by a vocal minority isn't based in fact," said AZBAA President Mike Goode. The City Council will meet on October 13 to decide on the issue and AZBAA needs your support. For more information and to get involved, contact Chad Willems at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

First Annual Ohio Aviation Forum Is Oct. 6
A forum dedicated to the discussion of traffic flow management and collaborative decision-making will be held at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH on October 6. This first annual Ohio Aviation Forum, hosted by Aerospace Enterprises, will feature a number of presentations by NASA, Kent State University, the Air Force Institute of Technology and others. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at or visit:

Wisconsin Group Holds Safety Day Oct. 7
The Wisconsin Business Aviation Association (WBAA) will hold a Safety Day on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the Johnson Controls Hangar, 300 E. Citation Way, Milwaukee, WI. Sponsored by Johnson Controls and Gulfstream, the program will include topics on human factors challenges, a swine flu update, airport accident response and safety management systems. There is a $35 charge per attendee. To RSVP, contact Steve Rehwinkel at For more information, visit:

Cold-Weather Ops Seminars at Teterboro, Bedford Next Month
The Teterboro Users Group, Westchester Aviation Association, Morristown Aviation Association and NBAA are sponsoring a cold-weather operations seminar on October 6 at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG), the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA) and NBAA are sponsoring a cold-weather operations seminar October 7 at Hanscom Field Airport (BED), in Bedford, MA. The seminars will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and several seats are still open at both locations. While there is no admission charge, a $25 fee is requested for food and beverage expenses. To register for the Teterboro location, contact Julia Muriale at, and for the Bedford location, contact Michele Posey at Direct other questions to NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Date Change: Utah Business Aviation Safety Day now Feb. 3, 2010
The Utah Business Aviation Association will host its second annual Safety Day at the Million Air FBO at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on February 3, 2010. The date was moved from November 4, 2009 to the new date. Please make a note of this change on your calendars. For more information on the event, stay tuned to future editions of NBAA Update, and sponsorship and registration info contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at


FAA, NTSB Leaders Address Bombardier Safety Standdown This Week
Nearly 500 people are expected to attend the Bombardier 13th Annual Safety Standdown, held this week in Wichita, KS. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joins FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Deborah Hersman, Bombardier's James Hoblyn and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce as speakers this year. The four days of education sessions and skills training courses are officially co-sponsored by NBAA, the FAA and NTSB. NBAA's Doug Carr, senior vice president of safety security and regulations, will be on-site and can be reached for more information at

NBAA Presents Pandemic Planning Webinar
NBAA invites operations personnel and managers involved with company and customer safety to view a live webinar, "Pandemic Planning & Employment Issues," this Thursday, October 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Paulo Alves, MedAire's vice-president, aviation and maritime health worldwide; Attorney Greg Ripple of NBAA Member Company Miller-Johnson; and NBAA's Jo Damato, Director, Operations and Educational Development. Business aviation is particularly vulnerable to pandemics due to the confined workspaces on aircraft and the possibility of exposure to the flu when traveling abroad. Learn more and register for the webinar at:

ABACE Returns to Hong Kong in 2011
NBAA's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be held January 18 and 19, 2011 at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) on Hong Kong International Airport. "NBAA recognizes the importance of the Asian region to the future of business aviation, and we will work very closely with our Exhibitors and colleagues at the Asian Business Aviation Association to promote the growth of our industry in that part of the world," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. All elements of the ABACE Show will be located at HKBAC with exhibit booths, education sessions and registration placed inside the hangars, and the Static Display of Aircraft right outside on the ramp. 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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