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NBAA Update #09-41
Monday, October 12, 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

NBAA2009 Is One Week Away: Are You Registered?
NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), the premier event for the business aviation community, is just one week away. NBAA2009 will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center, with more than 100 aircraft on Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). The year’s event will feature over a thousand Exhibits and will host thousands of Attendees from every segment of the business aviation industry, from 82 countries around the world. To register now, visit:

House Letter Re-Affirms Support for Fuel Taxes for FAA Reauthorization
In the past week, Capitol Hill news organizations and industry trade publications have reported that House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello (D-12-IL) and Ranking Member Thomas Petri (R-6-WI) have been circulating a letter asking President Obama to keep general aviation user fees out of the White House’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal. “The current system of aviation excise taxes has proven to be a stable and efficient source of funding for our aviation system,” the letter notes. “We believe that user fees will place an undue administrative burden, and associated costs, on system users – particularly small businesses and general aviation users.” NBAA supports continued aviation system modernization by building upon the proven fuel tax mechanism for FAA funding. To learn more, visit:

NBAA Applauds Georgia Governor’s General Aviation Proclamation
NBAA last week welcomed a proclamation by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, recognizing the essential role general aviation plays for the state and its businesses. “We thank Governor Perdue for sending this welcome message about the importance of the jobs, business productivity, access to small airports and humanitarian initiatives that our industry supports,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Many of the benefits cited in the proclamation are among the central themes of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To review a full copy of the proclamation, visit:

USDA Increases Agricultural Inspection Fees for Commercial Operators
Effective November 1, the agricultural inspection fees that certain commercial operators, including Part 135 carriers, must pay upon arrival to the United States will be increased. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will increase the fee for inspection of commercial aircraft to $78 and the fee for inspection of international passengers to $5.50. NBAA’s website provides more details about these fees and information on exemptions that may be available to commercial operators. For more information, visit:

SID Compliance Essential as FAA Expands RNAV Off-the-Ground Phraseology
As the FAA continues to expand the use of area navigation (RNAV) Off-the-Ground (OTG) phraseology, all pilots must ensure that after takeoff they maintain strict compliance with the lateral and vertical tracks of all RNAV standard instrument departure routes (SIDs). Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will implement RNAV OTG phraseology on October 15, following Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), where it is currently in use. When cleared via RNAV OTG phraseology, pilots must engage lateral navigation (LNAV) as soon as permitted by the airplane flight manual, no later than at an altitude of 500 feet. Pilots must ensure that all three elements of the cleared SID have been loaded into the flight management system: the departure runway, the SID itself and the transition. For further guidance, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan: Humanitarian Flights in a Turbulent Economy
Peter Fleiss, executive director of Corporate Angel Network (CAN), discusses the humanitarian flights his organization manages in the latest episode of NBAA’s Flight Plan podcast. Fleiss talks about how the economy has affected the mercy flights CAN organizes to connect cancer patients with business aircraft operators for transportation to treatment centers across the country. CAN will be the recipient of funds raised at the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit, held during the 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, next week. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on iTunes or listen online at:

Learn to Demonstrate Business Aviation Value at NBAA2009
At NBAA2009 next week, three sessions will lead attendees through specific steps to document and demonstrate the value business aviation brings to their companies. First in the series, on October 20, will be a discussion led by NEXA Advisors, focusing on the firm’s recent study of business aircraft use as an enterprise driver. On October 21, NBAA’s Lisa Piccione and Dan Hubbard will brief attendees on the No Plane No Gain initiative and how to draw from it to demonstrate the value of a company’s airplane operations. On the final day, NBAA Members from Guardian Jet will discuss specific financial and operational metrics that can be used to document a flight department’s contribution to a company’s successes. For more details on these sessions, visit:

LBA Session: Maximize Your Bottom Line, Avoid Tax Pitfalls
How well do you understand state and federal tax benefits for light business airplanes? “What happens when the IRS claims a business airplane is primarily for hobby use?” asks Daniel Cheung, a business airplane tax expert with Aviation Tax Consultants. “Is it really a smart idea to set up an LLC in Delaware if your airplane is based elsewhere?” This session will answer these and other questions as Cheung discusses income tax compliance rules, as well as sales and use tax planning at an education session being held on October 21 as part of NBAA’s Light Business Airplane Conference. “At this session you’ll learn how to create tax plans that work to your advantage, maximizing your bottom line and saving money,” Cheung adds. For more information about this and other Light Business Airplane Conference education sessions, visit:

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Scottsdale City Council to Vote on Weight Restriction Tomorrow
The Scottsdale, AZ City Council will vote on the airport’s Strategic Business Plan tomorrow, October 13. The Council will also vote on a proposal in the plan to increase the airport’s aircraft weight limit from 75,000 to 100,000 pounds. This increase is not likely to come up for a vote again soon and NBAA strongly encourages Members using Scottsdale Airport to attend. Any businessperson affected by the decision can request to speak before the council. NBAA also recommends Members contact each City Council Member prior to the meeting to express support for the increase. The meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Kiva Room at the Scottsdale City Complex. For more information, contact Chad Willems at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Special Air Traffic Procedures in Place for NBAA2009
Operators flying to the NBAA’s 2009 Annual Meeting & Convention should be aware of the special procedures to be implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in anticipation of the increased traffic to the Orlando area. Pilots should be aware of the FAA’s new procedures, including frequency information, inbound and outbound route information and ground operating procedures for Orlando-area airports. There is no slot reservation program. For more information, review the FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) at:

Florida Lawmakers to Consider New Tax Legislation
NBAA continues to work with Florida legislators on aircraft Sales and Use Tax concerns. While the House and Senate Bills differ on tax rates, both bills, as currently written, address Use Tax exemptions related to aircraft temporarily in the state for certain purposes. The bills, S.B. 220 and H.B. 173, would provide for Use Tax exemptions for non-resident aircraft owners during the first six months of ownership entering the state for short documented visits for purposes such as maintenance, repair and training. NBAA will continue to monitor the progress of these bills and keep Member Companies informed. For more information contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at

NBAA Hosting Four Regional Forums in 2010
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums provide a venue for exchanging information about airport policies, environmental protocols, safety and security proposals, taxation and other issues. Regional forums also offer an opportunity to underscore the importance of the industry to local leaders in business and government. NBAA hosts several Regional Forums each year, bringing together local aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers and customers. In 2010, NBAA will hold the following Regional Forums: in Houston, TX on January 14, in Van Nuys, CA on March 11, in Teterboro, NJ on June 10 and in Chicago, IL on September 9. To learn more, visit:

Teterboro Peer Education Event This Wednesday
Aviation Professionals Sharing Information (APSI) will hold a meeting this Wednesday, October 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Meridian North Hangar on Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The educational program will focus on various aviation organizations and opportunities to get involved. The format will allow for group discussion and will be open to questions. The event also provides a valuable peer-to-peer networking opportunity. To RSVP as required and for information about APSI membership, contact APSI president Omar J. Diaz at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

GBAA Hosting Equipment Training Program Nov. 10
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host an inspection authorization renewal and an auxiliary power unit (APU) training program at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) on November 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. APU Engineer and Instructor Jeff Clarke will cover line maintenance and troubleshooting for the Honeywell 36-Series APU. The training program is sponsored by Dallas Airmotive and is free of charge for participants, but seating is limited. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Paul McKinny at (214) 207-6922. To RSVP, send an email to:

PNBAA/PRSDA Meeting on TAG/AMI Experience, Nov. 12
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) and the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will host a joint meeting on November 12 at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle. A presentation will be made by Chuck McLeran, former CEO of AMI Jet Charter and U.S. executive of TAG Aviation, on the FAA’s revocation of the AMI Air Carrier Certificate. McLeran will then be joined by a panel of industry experts to answer questions. The cost to attend, including dinner, will be $40 (NBAA apologizes for the misprint of $35 in last week’s NBAA Update). Seating will be limited so RSVP early. For more information and to register for this event, please or contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at, or visit:


Civil Air Patrol to Receive NBAA’s Humanitarian Award
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be presented with the NBAA Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award during the 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention next week in Orlando, FL. The CAP will be recognized for its efforts to provide disaster relief for people and communities in times of crisis. "The Civil Air Patrol provides an essential service to this country, supplying not just aircrews, but also ground teams, doctors, nurses, paramedics and others to support rescue efforts following a disaster,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

LBA Standdown Helps Pilots Deal Safely With the Unexpected
“In a single-pilot airplane, the full responsibility of operating the aircraft safely falls to the pilot,” says NBAA’s Doug Carr, vice president, safety, security & regulation. “The pilot has to deal with any and every situation he or she encounters.” The Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown HELPS pilots meet that responsibility. The half-day program offers sessions presented by industry experts focused on issues that affect all operators, all with the single pilot in mind, including fatigue, aviation health and icing. “The fundamental goal of this Standdown,” says Carr, “is to help pilots to focus on safety in ways that perhaps they haven’t in the regular course of getting their FAA certificate.” For more information about this and other Light Business Airplane Conference education sessions, visit:

Get Popular Swine Flu Planning Webinar On-Demand
NBAA’s popular Pandemic Planning & Employment Issues webinar, recorded on October 1, is now available via the Association’s On-Demand Education. Business aviation is particularly vulnerable to pandemics due to the confined workspaces on aircraft and the possibility of exposure when traveling internationally. This seminar – originally broadcast over the internet – assists operations personnel and safety managers in planning to respond to safety and legal issues in the flight department. The panel includes 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. Download the webinar online now at:

Participate in NBAA’s Live and Silent Auctions On-Site and Remotely
The NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit at NBAA2009 will feature Silent and Live Auctions with proceeds supporting the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which coordinates free flights aboard business airplanes to transport cancer patients to treatment centers. The bidding for both auctions will take place during the Charity Benefit Reception starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21 in The Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL. NBAA Members who are unable to attend the reception can bid ahead of time online on items offered through both the Silent and Live Auctions. Auction items include a Vancouver Olympics package worth $20,000, a trip to Hawaii and a chance to fly along with business aviation photographer Paul Bowen on an air-to-air photo shoot. For a full list of items and information on how to bid online, visit:

Women in Corporate Aviation Networking Event at NBAA2009
NBAA’s Jo Damato will is slated to speak at the third annual Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) Networking Reception next week during NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention. The reception will be on Wednesday, October 21, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center Room S230F. This event will include the WCA Career Scholarship presentation followed by a presentation about the Women in Corporate Aviation group. For more information contact Damato at

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching
The deadline to submit applications for all NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Scholarships is October 30, only a few weeks away. The NBAA S&D Committee offers several education and training scholarships each year to promote professional growth for schedulers and dispatchers. Scholarships may be awarded for amounts up to $10,000 per applicant. The S&D Scholarships are sponsored by ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats, Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., Chevron Global Aviation, Air BP Aviation Services, Jeppesen DataPlan, AC-U-KWIK and Jet Aviation FBO & Charter Sales. Award 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 scholarship applications, visit:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

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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