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NBAA Update #09-44
Monday, November 02, 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

NBAA Challenges USA Today's Negative Portrayal of Small Airports
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today sent a letter to editors at USA Today in response to the newspaper's most recent one-sided account about small community airports. Two articles, which appeared in today's edition of the paper, negatively portray funding for the airports, and the businesses and others that rely on them. "Our nation's integrated system of public-use airports is specifically designed to ensure that Americans – including those living in communities that are unable to attract or retain commercial airline service – have at least some access to the air transportation system," Bolen's letter states. "Unfortunately, the vital contributions provided by community airports, and the millions of people who rely on them, were completely missing from your coverage." Portions of Bolen's comments about the value of small airports to communities were included in one of the two stories published today. NBAA Members can submit comments by visiting For the full version of Bolen's letter, visit:

Bolen Reiterates Commitment to NextGen Before Congress
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week told members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation that the business aviation community remains committed to modernizing the nation's air traffic control system. Bolen testified in support of the recommendations included in a recent report from the RTCA about "NextGen" progress. "While much has changed for the industry I represent as a result of the recession, one thing has remained constant – our continued support for modernization of the nation's air traffic control system," Bolen said. For more information, visit:

Congressional GA Caucuses Grow to 17 Senators, 80 House Reps
The General Aviation (GA) Caucus in the Senate, co-chaired by Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE), has reached 17 members. The most recent member to join is Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee. "We are thrilled that Sen. Grassley continues to support general aviation with his membership in the Caucus," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. A similar caucus in the House of Representatives has grown to 80 members from 35 states, according to caucus co-chairs Reps. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-3-MI) and Allen Boyd (D-2-FL). "NBAA is pleased to see that the GA Caucus has seen so much growth in such a short time, and that elected officials recognize the vital transportation link general aviation provides to communities in every state," Bolen said. An updated list of caucus members can be found at:

Commerce Committee Approves Southers for TSA
The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Erroll Southers as the next administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The White House announced the nomination in September, and the matter must now be considered by the full Senate. To review NBAA's statement on the nominee, visit:

Forbes Interview Highlights No Plane No Gain Message
As NBAA Members know, one of the objectives for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign is to reach CEOs and other company leaders with messages about how business aircraft help support a company's overall business objectives. A recent video interview between Ed Bolen and Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard focuses on the reasons companies of all sizes rely on a business airplane. The interview is available on the Forbes web site, and has been promoted on the site's home page. To view the interview, visit:

Changes Coming to Mode S Exemptions for European Flights
The process for obtaining Mode S exemptions is changing for operators flying in Europe. As of December 31, the Eurocontrol Mode S Exemption Coordination Cell (ECC) will close. The ECC has been responsible for granting Mode S exemptions for operators who are late in equipping compliant transponders due to technical issues. After the closure, the individual National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) will be responsible for granting exemptions on a state-by-state basis. For more information, visit:

FAA Releases SAFOs on Approach and Landing Safety
The FAA released two safety alerts for operators (SAFOs) last month recommending that flightcrew training emphasize decision-making during approaches and landings in inclement weather. The SAFOs were issued in response to National Transportation Safety Board investigations of runway overrun accidents over the past several years. The first SAFO addresses maximum performance landings on contaminated runways. The second addresses rejected landings due to low visibility. Both SAFOs recommend increased flightcrew training to prepare for these situations during the critical landing phase. For more information, view the SAFOs at:

NBAA Flight Plan: Social Media and Business Aviation
Social networking is a valuable tool and growing in popularity with companies in the business aviation community. This week, NBAA Flight Plan looks at the growing presence of social media and how it can help you and your organization. Ryan Keough, of Cutter Aviation (on Twitter as @RyanKeough,@CutterAviation), and professional flight instructor Josh Hunter (@instructorjosh and on Facebook at Josh.Hunter04) outline ways they use social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and others to meet new clients and share their message to a wide and interested audience. NBAA has a growing presence on Twitter (@NBAA) and Facebook ( to share official NBAA news and business aviation tips and information. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan by searching for the podcast on iTunes or online at:

Business Aviation at Work: Airplane Helps Fagen Succeed
Ron Fagen knows the value of business aircraft. The president and CEO of Fagen, Inc., a green-energy builder, would not be a leader in industrial construction without business airplanes. "I started this company with a pickup truck and a five-man crew," says Fagen. "If I didn't have the airplanes I've flown over the years, I would probably have just a 12-man crew and two trucks." Read how Fagen has used business aviation to benefit his company in the most recent edition of NBAA's bimonthly Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, by visiting:

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FAA Disapproves Burbank's Part 161 Application for Nighttime Curfew
On October 30, the FAA issued an order disapproving a nighttime curfew on all operations at California's Bob Hope Airport (BUR) under Part 161 of the FAA's regulations. The FAA found that the application fulfilled only two of the six statutory requirements that must be met by an applicant in order to obtain the agency's approval. The FAA also found that Burbank did not demonstrate that there would be a future noise problem and concluded that the curfew would worsen congestion elsewhere in the Los Angeles basin. NBAA and its Members had been among the parties that opposed the ban, and submitted comments explaining why the proposal did not meet the statutory criteria, which were cited by the FAA in support of its decision. For full details and to review the FAA order, visit:

New England Business Aviation Professionals to Meet Thursday
The Business Aviation Professionals of New England (BAPNE) will hold a networking and informational meeting on Thursday, November 5 from noon until approximately 1:00 p.m. at GFW Aero Services, 81 Perimeter Rd, Nashua, NH. Joe Byron, of Honor Flight New England, will discuss humanitarian missions and transporting veterans to Washington, DC, and Roy Rankin, manager of Nashua Airport (ASH), will present information and updates on area airports. There is no charge for BAPNE members, and there is a $20 fee for non-members. For more information, contact Holly Whitaker at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

South Florida Meeting and Fundraiser on 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:

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. To RSVP, send an e-mail to For more information, contact GBAA's Paul McKinny at (214) 207-6922 or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

HAA Safety Standdown Coming to Houston, Nov. 12
NBAA supports the Houston Aviation Alliance (HAA) 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 at 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

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:

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

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NBAA2009 E-mail Survey Open for Attendees
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LBA Buyer's Guide Helps Small Businesses Be Efficient
Light business airplanes can provide fast, flexible and cost-effective access to manufacturing facilities and customers. While the benefits of business aviation are clear, researching an airplane purchase can still be daunting. To make the aircraft selection process more efficient for small businesses, NBAA has released a brand-new publication called the NBAA Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide. The buyer's guide provides a an overview of specifications and performance data for every light business airplane (LBA) currently in production, including single and twin-engine piston aircraft, turboprops and light jets. Members may download the publication in PDF format at:

Redesigned NBAA Airports Handbook and PowerPoint Now Available
NBAA recently released the new, redesigned NBAA Airports Handbook and accompanying PowerPoint presentation. These new tools help Members explain to local residents and civic leaders why airports are essential community assets. They also provide guidance on how business aviation operators can work with airports to ensure access and promote aviation safety. The printed version of the handbook, which includes an enclosed DVD titled Your Community Airport, is available free of charge to both Members and non-Members via e-mail request to NBAA at Both the handbook and PowerPoint presentation (but not the video) are available as digital downloads at:

NBAA Swine Flu Planning Seminar Available On Demand
Because of the urgency of the H1N1 flu pandemic issue and the high level of NBAA Member interest, the Association is offering a recording of a webinar held last month via its On-Demand Education Program. Business aviation is particularly vulnerable to pandemics due to the confined workspaces on aircraft and the possibility of exposure when traveling internationally. This webinar assists operations personnel and safety managers in planning to respond to safety and legal issues in the flight department. To learn more and access the webinar rebroadcast online, visit:

No Plane No Gain

Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 14, 2010, Houston, TX

21st Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 27–29, 2010, San Antonio, TX

18th Annual Leadership Conference
February 24–25, 2010, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 11, 2010, Van Nuys, CA

37th Annual International Operators Conference
March 29–April 1, 2010, New Orleans, LA

25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
April 6–8, 2010, San Diego, CA

10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010)
May 4–6, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 11–13, 2010, Tucson, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 10, 2010, Teterboro, NJ

15th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 24–26, 2010, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 9, 2010, Chicago, IL

19th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
October 17–18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)
October 19–21, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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