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NBAA Update #09-43
Monday, October 26, 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

Data Shows NBAA's Convention Remains Industry's Most Valued Event
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said that the Association's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) remained an essential venue for the business aviation community, in spite of the formidable headwinds the industry has endured in the past year. "Even in the tough climate we're in, the business aviation community puts a premium on face-to-face meetings and communications, and this year's show provided the ultimate opportunity for that type of interaction," Bolen said. Attendance for NBAA2009 totaled 22,980 with 1,075 Exhibitors – 91 percent of the Exhibitors for last year's Convention. "The support for this show proves that it remains an absolutely essential venue for the buyers and sellers in our industry to connect and promote a true and positive image of business aviation," Bolen said. Learn more at:

No Plane No Gain: Arnold Palmer Voicing Support for Industry in New Ads
Golf legend and accomplished businessman Arnold Palmer is lending his voice to support the value of business aviation to U.S. citizens, companies and communities in a new video and print advertising campaign for No Plane No Gain, the advocacy program jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Palmer speaks to the benefits of business aviation in the ads and responds to those who would devalue the use of an airplane for business. For example, in one print ad, Palmer states: "People who build business airplanes make things fly. People who use them make things happen. A few others make things up." In one of the video spots, Palmer states plainly: "For more than 50 years, using business airplanes is the single most productive thing I have done." Check out all the new ads at:

NBAA, GAMA Unveil No Plane No Gain 'E-Valuation' Toolkit
NBAA and GAMA last week unveiled a new online resource to help businesses of all types and sizes calculate and explain the value a business aircraft brings to a company's overall business objectives. The idea behind this resource is to give people the tools they need to help them measure and explain the value of the asset to others. Review the press release at:

Members of Congress Urge No User Fees in 2011 White House Budget
House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello (D-IL-12) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Petri (R-WI-6) recently drafted and sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that user fees not be included in the Administration's fiscal year 2011 proposal for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding and aviation system modernization. In addition to Reps. Costello and Petri, the letter was signed by 116 other House members. 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. Download the letter in PDF format at:

Bolen to Testify on Aviation Modernization This Week
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will underscore the business aviation community's ongoing commitment to aviation system modernization in testimony before a congressional hearing focusing on the progress of "NextGen" efforts. On October 28, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee will consider a report from the RTCA, an organization that provides consensus-based aviation policy guidance. The RTCA report details the progress of modernization efforts to date and provides recommendations on aviation system technologies and procedures. NBAA supports the continued transition to an aviation system that is satellite-based rather than today's ground-based navigation system. To read the Association's guiding principals on modernization policy, visit:

Aviation Hero Sullenberger to Keynote NBAA Leadership Conference
Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III, the iconic pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, will be the keynote speaker at NBAA's 18th Annual Leadership Conference, to be held February 24 to 25, 2010, in San Diego, CA. "We are delighted that Captain Sullenberger will join us for our 2010 Leadership Conference," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "He is recognized around the world as a person whose experience and dedication to professionalism were key to his steady leadership in a moment of great adversity. I can think of no one better suited to this event." Review the press release at:

NBAA, AOPA Will Begin Co-Hosting Light Business Airplane Conferences
Representatives from NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating that they will co-host Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conferences beginning in 2010. The MOU formalizes the relationship between the two associations for coordinating and collaborating on the presentation of LBA Conferences to be held in conjunction with each of the two organizations' major annual events. For more information, visit:

NBAA to Offer New SMS Workshops With Respected Training Vendors
NBAA has partnered with ARGUS International, Baldwin Aviation and AeronomX to offer new Safety Management System (SMS) Workshops for the business aviation community. These respected training vendors will provide the knowledge necessary for NBAA Members to understand safety management systems and implement them into their flight operations. Review the press release at:

Olympics Information to Be Offered as On-Demand Education
The 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games are fast-approaching. Activation and deactivation dates for Olympic airspace restrictions will coincide with the opening and closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler, BC, on January 29 and March 24, respectively. NBAA is working with the FAA, Canadian Business Aviation Association, NavCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to present webinar in early November about Olympics airspace restrictions. Details will be announced soon via the NBAA On-Demand Education web site at In the meantime, resources on this topics are available on the NBAA web site at:

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Airspace Reminder for Operators in Washington, DC Area
Washington Center (ZDC) reminds operators that the CASANOVA transition (on the OTT6 and RAVNN3 STARs) for arrivals into Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) conflicts with the DC flight restricted zone and is therefore prohibited for use by general aviation (GA) aircraft. This reminder is also printed on charts for the Nottingham Six (OTT.OTT6) and the RAVNN Three RNAV (RAVNN.RAVNN3) approaches. ZDC has had to take GA aircraft off this transition on a regular basis, which creates an extra workload for the center personnel and significant additional airborne mileage for the aircraft taken off the route within ZDC. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

North Texas Group Hosts Meeting Tomorrow With Industry Overview
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold an industry briefing and lunch sponsored by Air Culinaire tomorrow, October 27, at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field. Marj DeLong, president of MarketLift, will give a review of the NBAA 62nd 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:

Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Meeting This Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, October 30, at Executive Beechcraft on Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) starting at 11:30 a.m. Hoot Gibson, former NASA astronaut and naval aviator, will be the featured luncheon speaker. The luncheon will be sponsored by Hawker-Beechcraft, who will have a Premier 1A and Hawker 4000 on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a charge of $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Last Week to Register for South Florida Meeting and 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 as soon as possible. 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

Meeting on AMI/TAG Experience in Seattle, 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 then will 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:

HAA's 2nd Annual Safety Standdown to Be Held in Houston, Nov. 12
NBAA supports the Houston Aviation Alliance in hosting "Aviation Two Step: Safety and Security, Texas Style," a safety event on Thursday, November 12. The day of aviation safety and security presentations will feature presentations on safety management systems, emergency preparedness, ADS-B, maintenance best practices and more. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at Enterprise Jet Center on Houston Hobby Airport, 8620 W. Monroe Road. For more information, e-mail HAA at or contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at


NBAA Announces New Board Chair, Vice Chair and Officer
NBAA's Board of Directors announced last week that voting Members of the Association elected Scott A. Moore of Luck Stone, Corp. to a three-year term during NBAA's Annual Meeting of Members. The Board also announced that Patrick C. Cunningham has been appointed to succeed Jeffrey W. Lee as chairman, and Richard Shine, CEO of Manitoba, Corp., has been appointed to fill the Board vice chairman/treasurer's post vacated by Cunningham's ascendancy to the chairmanship. Review the press release at:

Online Resources Bring NBAA's Convention to Those Unable to Attend
Last week, NBAA provided on-site, online coverage of NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL. The NBAA2009 Online News Bureau web site features web articles, photos, podcasts, and a new feature – NBAA TV – highlighting the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show. Coverage of the Convention's Opening General Session and sessions on Membership offerings, safety, security, operations and other topics are now available. Select education sessions also will be available for purchase through NBAA's On-Demand Education in the coming weeks; watch future issues of NBAA Update for details. Visit the NBAA2009 Online News Bureau site now at:

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast Provides Convention Highlights
The latest installment of NBAA Flight Plan reviews last week's NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, touching on the show highlights in interviews with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other Association staff, as well as some of the individuals who provided their perspectives at the event. Listen to the podcast at:

Companies Find Value in Exhibiting at NBAA Convention
For Exhibitors, the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention always has been the best venue to see as many customers as possible – all in one place and at one time. Especially in the current economic climate, last week's Convention provided one of the most efficient ways for companies to make the most of their marketing dollars. Review profiles of NBAA2009 Exhibitors like Aerospace Optics of Fort Worth, TX, of Columbus, OH, and Veeder-Root of Simsbury, CT, at:

NBAA2009 Participants Encouraged to Take E-mail Survey
NBAA is committed to offering world-class events that provide the best educational, career-development, networking and sales opportunities for the business aviation community. To gather feedback from Attendees and Exhibitors at last week's NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the Association has hired an independent company to conduct a survey. Those present at the Convention in Orlando last week should watch for the Attendee survey to arrive via e-mail today and the Exhibitor survey to arrive via e-mail later this week. If you have questions about the survey, contact NBAA's Dina Green at For more information about NBAA2009 results, visit:

Charity Benefit Raises $168,000 to Support Life-Saving CAN Missions
NBAA announced last week that $168,000 was raised at the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit held during NBAA2009 in Orlando, FL, with the proceeds going to Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which provides free transportation on business aircraft for cancer patients. "We are truly delighted that we were able to help raise so much for such a worthy cause, and we are most appreciative to those who gave so generously," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. For more information on the fund-raising results, visit:

NBAA Recognizes Record Number of 30 New CAMs This Year
NBAA has announced 30 individuals who successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) exam during the September 2008 through September 2009 period. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. Read the press release:

NBAA Social Media Session a Solid Success
One education session at NBAA2009 was not published in the official program, yet packed the room with an estimated 100 Attendees. The session designed for both new and experienced social media users covered what social media is, how peers are using it and how it is changing the way business aviation communicates. For example, NBAA has found Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to be great resources to share information about the value business aviation, and to confront misperceptions about the industry. The Association maintains an active Twitter feed ( and Facebook fan page (, as does the No Plane No Gain campaign ( Read the web article about the social media session held at NBAA2009 by visiting:

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