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NBAA Update #09-42
Monday, October 19, 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

On Eve of NBAA2009, Excitement Surrounds Industry’s Premier Event
Preparations are nearly complete for NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), which is on track to live up to its reputation as the year's signature event for business aviation. "We are very excited about the way this year’s show is shaping up," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "While we don’t expect to test the all-time highs of recent years, this is clearly going to be a very worthwhile event.” The show will feature more than 1,000 Exhibitors and nearly 100 aircraft on Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport, including a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and Boeing 737. An all-star Opening General Session will include Arnold Palmer, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Forbes publisher and business aviation pilot Rich Karlgaard and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers International President Tom Buffenbarger. NBAA2009 will also have the most robust lineup of education sessions ever offered, including the first-ever Light Business Airplane Conference. To learn more, visit:

Lawmakers Encourage TSA Nominee to Work With General Aviation
The Senate Commerce Committee last week held a hearing on the nomination of Erroll Southers to be the next administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Southers, who was nominated by President Obama in September, serves as assistant chief in the Office of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. During the hearing, several senators encouraged Southers to work closely with aviation stakeholders on security efforts, one being the Large Aircraft Security Program. The committee will likely vote on Southers’ nomination in the coming weeks. For further information, contact NBAA’s Ashleigh de la Torre at

Rep. Tiahrt Introduces Bill in Support of GA Jobs
Last week Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-4-KS) introduced H.R.3844, the General Aviation Jobs Act. The measure would extend the current accelerated depreciation allowance for another two years and allow accelerated depreciation on the purchase of new business aircraft from five years to three. “Business aviation industry employs more than 1.2 million people,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We thank Representative Tiahrt for his bill, which will help support those jobs.” The letter asks the President to reject user fees and to build on the system of fuel taxes for GA's contribution to FAA funding and modernization. The text of the legislation is available in PDF format at:

New Harris Survey Makes Clear: No Plane No Gain
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), co-sponsors of the No Plane No Gain industry advocacy campaign, last week released a survey that provides a clear and accurate portrayal of business aviation that is at odds with many recent mischaracterizations about the industry. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that the typical company that owns an aircraft is a small or mid-sized business relying on a single airplane to fly a broad mix of employees on business trips utilizing community airports. The full survey, based on random interviews with more than 500 pilots and passengers on business aircraft flights, is available at:

NBAA Flight Plan Goes Behind the Numbers in Recent Business Aviation Survey
A recent Harris Interactive survey commissioned by NBAA and GAMA shows the true nature of business aviation: the many small and mid-sized businesses that rely on an airplane, and the ways the aircraft helps those businesses be more efficient, productive and successful. In the most recent episode of NBAA Flight Plan, David Krane with Harris Interactive discusses what he learned after surveying more than 500 business aviation pilots and business aircraft passengers for their first-hand perspectives. Companies use their aircraft, “To go to customers’ offices, to go to new business opportunities or to go to other company facilities,” Krane says. To hear the podcast, visit:

FAA Commits to Fix Simulator Issue in Part 61 Final Rule
Responding to concerns raised by NBAA, the FAA is expected to release a correction this week to a final rule amending Part 61 that was published in August and dramatically limited the use of flight simulators to accomplish required flight training. The forthcoming correction will ensure that qualified flight training candidates can complete their training in Level C and D simulators without restrictions. The FAA plans to discuss this issue at the “Meet the Regulators” session at NBAA2009 this Thursday, October 22, in Orlando, FL. The session will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room S310AB at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, contact NBAA’s Jay Evans at

FAA InFO Warns Against Trace Frost and Snow on Wing Surfaces
In an effort to remind aircraft operators about the ongoing hazard of frozen contamination on aerodynamic surfaces, the FAA has issued Information for Operators (InFO) 09016 with guidance on how to combat the problem. The FAA determined that several fatal accidents have been caused by the presence of relatively small amounts of frost or snow on wing surfaces at takeoff. For more information, review the InFO at:

FAA Releases Updated Airport Compliance Manual for AIP Grants
The FAA has released a revised version of its “Airport Compliance Manual,” which offers guidance on the terms of compliance for federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. All airports that receive AIP grants must comply with these terms, known as “grant assurances.” For example, airports that receive AIP grants are generally prohibited from granting “exclusive rights” to specific users or “unjustly discriminating” among users. The manual helps to explain what these terms mean in practice. To view the manual online, visit:

Closing the Deal: Build the Right Team to Choose the Right Aircraft
You don’t just walk into a local dealership and buy a light business aircraft on a whim. A panel at NBAA’s Light Business Airplane Conference will focus on “Making an Informed Decision: Choosing the Best Airplane for Your Needs and Closing the Deal,” to be presented Thursday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. at NBAA2009. The session will highlight the importance of building the right team to support an aircraft acquisition, identifying the best plane to meet specific needs and understanding the right questions to ask throughout the acquisition process. Learn more about this and other sessions developed by and for light business airplane operators at:

NBAA2009 Online News Bureau: From Orlando to Your Computer
The NBAA Online News Bureau returns this year to cover the Association’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention for those that cannot be in attendance or would like information on various events and education sessions. The site provides articles, podcasts, photos, NBAA Member snapshots and a new feature – NBAATV – from the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Stay on top of the latest from NBAA2009 every day of the convention, Tuesday through Thursday, by visiting:

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Scottsdale City Council Approves Measure Welcoming Business Aircraft
NBAA applauds the Scottsdale City Council for unanimously approving an aircraft weight limit increase for Scottsdale Airport (SDL), from 75,000 lbs. to 100,000 lbs. The approval follows more than a year of advocacy by the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA). “Ultimately, this issue was about the economic impact for the city of Scottsdale,” said AZBAA President Mike Goode. “There are many local businesses that will benefit from companies choosing to be based out of SDL.” For more information, contact NBAA’s Dan Burkhart at To read the full release, visit:

Runway Construction at Dulles Prompts Temporary Taxi Changes
Due to the ongoing rehabilitation of Runway 1C/19C at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia, a number of taxi procedures will temporarily change beginning today, October 19. The FAA expects the taxi procedure changes to be in effect for approximately 60 days. Specific procedures may be altered as conditions dictate. To review the FAA’s presentation outlining these procedures, visit:

North Texas Group Hosts Meeting Oct. 27 With Industry Overview
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold an industry-briefing lunch sponsored by Air Culinaire on October 27 at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field. Marj DeLong, president of MarketLift, will give an overview of the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) and Mark Chase, president of Chase & Associates, will make a presentation titled “An Industry Update by the Numbers.” The luncheon is free for NTBAA members, but there is a charge of $10 for non-members. The FBO is located at 8611 Lemmon Ave on the airport. For more information, contact NBAA’s Steve Hadley at or visit:

Last Week to Register for SFBAA Meeting and Annual Fundraiser, Nov. 6
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its annual meeting, fundraiser and golf classic on Friday, November 6 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds will benefit SFBAA's charitable activities. The event will begin with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m. Space is limited and attendees must register by October 23. A special SFBAA room rate is available for event attendees. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact SFBAA's Tracy Gough at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Maintenance Seminar Coming to Raleigh, Nov. 12
The 2009 Corporate Aviation Maintenance Seminar will be held November 12 at Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU). This event is an opportunity for maintenance personnel in the business aviation community to share information, network and receive updates in the maintenance arena. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast and lunch. This year's program will be held at the Progress Energy Hangar on RDU, 1650 East International Drive. To RSVP, contact Jim Griffin at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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. For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at, and to register for this event, visit:

U.S. Customs Service Returns to Manassas Airport, Dec. 1
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start performing aircraft clearances at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia, beginning December 1. Airport Manager Juan Rivera reported that the customs service will be on-call and available seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. For more information, contact Rivera at or NBAA’s Harry Houckes at


Special Editions of NBAA Update and NBAA Flight Plan During NBAA2009
Daily special editions of NBAA Update, as well as Convention-focused episodes of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, will be published throughout this week during NBAA2009. Stay tuned for daily digests of news and events from the show as well as sneak peeks of the next day’s events. Today’s podcast features NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen talking about the importance of the Convention to the business aviation industry. To learn more about both NBAA Update and NBAA Flight Plan and to subscribe to either, visit:

Social Media Education Session Changes Location, Not Content
For the first time ever, an education session on social media will be held at NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention this week. The session will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, in Room S320E at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Explore this new and dynamic way of communicating and connecting online, including the sites and tools used, and hear from a panel of business aviation professionals about how social media has changed the landscape of the industry for them and how your business may be able to benefit from these emerging technologies. Learn more at:

NBAA2009 Session to Highlight Educational Opportunities for S&Ds
In preparation for the NBAA 21st Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference next year, NBAA S&D Committee Chair Dorette Kerr and a roster of other presenters will discuss the importance of providing educational opportunities to schedulers, dispatchers and administrative employees in a session this Tuesday, October 20 at NBAA2009. The presenters, including NBAA Chairman of the Board Jeff Lee and Board Member Elizabeth Dornak, will offer examples of how the training offered at the S&D Conference has helped make their flight departments more efficient and professional. The session will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room S320CD at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, contact NBAA’s Jo Damato at or visit:

NBAA, NATA Coordinating Two January Events to Deliver More Value
NBAA and The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have announced plans to coordinate NATA's 2010 FBO Leadership Conference, taking place from January 25 to 26, with NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held from January 26 to 29. Coordinating the two events in the same city with corresponding dates will provide increased value for Members in both associations and allow for increased networking, marketing and educational opportunities in one location. Attendees will still be required to register for each event separately through NBAA and NATA, respectively. For more information and to register for the NBAA S&D Conference, visit:

Datalink NEXRAD Radar Saves Lives:Learn How to Use This Valuable Tool
Thunderstorm activity is responsible for 25 percent of all fatal aircraft accidents. Dr. David Strahle knows just how dangerous storms can be. In college, he was trapped near several thunderstorms, losing control of his light airplane and, eventually, conducting an emergency landing at a military base. “I learned firsthand how urgently we needed more accurate and efficient storm tracking systems and immediately set out to make it happen,” said Dr. Strahle, today considered the “father” of Datalink NEXRAD weather radar, a system that has accomplished the goal of improved weather tracking. This course, being held during NBAA’s Light Business Airplane Conference in Orlando this week,will introduce attendees to Datalink radar and teach proper interpretation of in-flight NEXRAD radar images. For more information on this and other sessions created for and by LBA operators, visit:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

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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