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NBAA Update #09-45
Monday, November 09, 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 Closely Monitoring Cockpit Laptop Proposals
In the aftermath of a recent airline incident where aircraft cockpit laptop computer use was linked to pilot distraction, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are considering legislation to ban laptops and other electronic devices from airline cockpits. Doug Carr, NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation, told NBAA Members last week that the Association is concerned about "the possibility of legislation that could restrict laptops, EFBs, cell phones and other electronic devices in aircraft cockpits. We're acutely aware of the critical operational and safety needs for these devices on the flight deck," Carr added. NBAA met with Senate Commerce Committee staff last week prior to the bill's introduction. The new bill, S. 2745, applies to Part 121 operations and does not impact general aviation operations. Read the draft bill at:

Senators: FAA Reauthorization Passage Needed
Last week, a bipartisan group of 35 senators sent a letter to the Senate leadership calling for passage of a final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The letter notes that passage of the pending reauthorization measure, S.1451, would provide much-needed funding for airports and other infrastructure, while also providing funds and direction for continued transition toward a Next Generation Air Traffic System, or "NextGen." "From rural America to our largest cities, the entire country will benefit from what the FAA bill will provide," the letter states. NBAA continues to work with leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill toward passage of a final, multi-year FAA reauthorization measure. To review the senators' letter, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Brownback/Roberts Bill Supporting GA Jobs
Last week, Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the General Aviation Depreciation bill, a measure to extend the current accelerated depreciation allowance for aircraft purchase. "We thank Senators Brownback and Roberts for introducing this legislation to bolster the industry's role in supporting over a million jobs," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The senators' proposal comes just weeks after Rep. Todd Tiarht (R-4-KS) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. For more information, contact NBAA's Ashley de la Torre at

Importance of Business Aviation Emphasized at AOPA Event
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce reported on the progress of the No Plane No Gain program during the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit. At a gathering of general aviation leaders, Bolen said the campaign's message about the benefits of business aviation is resonating with Washington policymakers. Bunce agreed, pointing to the increasing membership in the ranks of the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses. In a separate session, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt mentioned his support of a letter Bolen recently sent to USA Today in response to the newspaper's report on funding for small public-use airports. "Ed Bolen wrote a great letter on the importance of GA airports," Babbitt said. To read Bolen's letter to USA Today, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan: New Toolkit Helps Measure Aircraft Value
The Business Aircraft E-valuation Toolkit is a new resource to help people in the business aviation industry measure and communicate about the value of an airplane in supporting a company's overall business objectives. In this episode of NBAA Flight Plan, Michael Dyment of NEXA Advisors explains how NBAA Members can apply the resources in the toolkit to their own operations. NEXA Advisors coordinated the development of the toolkit in conjunction with the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan from the podcast section of Apple's iTunes web site, or listen from NBAA's web site:

FAA Publishes Deicing Program Update for Winter 2009–2010
The FAA has released Notice 8900.98, its annual update for operators required to have an FAA-approved deicing program. The deicing program update applies primarily to Part 121, 125 and 135 operations and provides FAA inspectors and aircraft operators with information on holdover times, a listing of qualified deicing/anti-icing fluids and recommendations on various other ground deicing/anti-icing related issues. While this update does not apply to operations conducted under Part 91, NBAA recommends that all Members review the notice for information that may impact winter flights. To review the notice, visit:

Members Invited to Participate in 2010 Olympics Survey
NBAA invites Members who plan to use the company airplane for travel to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to participate in a short online survey. NBAA will use the data gathered to assist with the facilitation of travel to and from the Vancouver area during the games, to be held between January 29 and March 24, 2010. In order to access the survey, or for more information about the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, visit:

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U.S. Customs Service Returns to Manassas, Dec. 1
.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

GBAA Hosts 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) tomorrow, 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

Denver Group Presents Economic Outlook Wednesday
The Centennial Airport Business Association (CABA) will hold its fourth quarter membership event at the SunBorne Company's office this Wednesday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. The event will be held in Suite 270 at 8100 South InterPort Boulevard on Centennial Airport (APA). The featured speaker, Jodie Brown, founder and president of Summit Solutions, will discuss the current job market in the business aviation industry. The meeting will also include updates on CABA's growth to incorporate more of the Colorado aviation community and upgrades to the association's web site and use of social media tools. To attend, RSVP to Mike McCready at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

HAA Safety Standdown Coming to Houston Thursday
NBAA supports the Houston Aviation Alliance (HAA) in hosting "Aviation Two Step: Safety and Security, Texas Style," 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. NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president of safety, security and regulations, will also be on hand. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Enterprise Jet Center on Houston Hobby Airport, 8620 West Monroe Road. For more information, e-mail HAA at or contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Maintenance Seminar Coming to Raleigh This Week
The 2009 Corporate Aviation Maintenance Seminar will be held this Thursday, 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 and PRSDA Discuss AMI/TAG Experience This Thursday
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) and the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will host a sold-out joint meeting this Thursday, 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. For more information on other events in the Northwest, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Nebraska Group Holds Luncheon Meeting This Week
The Nebraska Business Aviation Association will hold a luncheon meeting at Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, this Thursday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Kiewit Engineering Midwest Aviation hangar, located at 3709 Doolittle Plaza on the airport. The luncheon will include a presentation on the Learjet 85. To attend, RSVP by tomorrow, November 10, to John Mansfield at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Chicago Group Meets on Technology for LPV Approaches
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a meeting this Friday, November 13, in Wheeling, IL on Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) avionics systems. The meeting will be held at the Westin Chicago North Shore hotel located at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue and will start with a networking session at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon and the presentation at 11:45 a.m. Gary Harpster of Duncan Aviation will discuss WAAS technology and systems installation for GPS-enabled lateral precision performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches. For more information and to register, visit the CABAA web site at:

Dallas Schedulers and Dispatchers to Meet on Nov. 17
The Texas Corporate Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers Group (TCAS) will hold its annual holiday meeting and dinner at Dallas Love Field (DAL) on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Jet Aviation-Dallas at its facility on the airport, located at 7363 Cedar Springs Road. The event is co-sponsored by Pegasus Flight Support, Colt International, World Fuel and Business Jet Access. The dinner will feature a raffle to support the Disabled Crime Victims Assistance organization. For more information, contact TCAS president Mark Ott at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

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NBAA Encourages Aviation Education, Careers
Lisa Piccione, NBAA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, cheered students pursuing aviation careers at a forum last week hosted by Southern Illinois University. At the event, titled, "Aviation and the Future," Piccione discussed legislative developments in Washington, including the status of proposals important to the business aviation community. Piccione concluded by presenting NBAA's Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship and UAA Janice K. Barden Scholarship to two students. The Ginocchio and Barden awards are part of NBAA's larger scholarship program, which offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students through the generous support of sponsors. To learn more, visit:

Business Aviation Insider Reports on EU-ETS Developments
With work continuing on the development of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider features an interview with Carl Burleson, director of the FAA's Office of Environment and Energy, and that agency's lead representative on the EU-ETS. "Our view is that you've got to get the permission of the country of origin in order to apply emissions trading," Burleson tells Insider. "Hopefully, we can do this in a fashion that's collaborative and negotiated." This article and others in Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official bimonthly Member publication, are available online at:

Housing, Registration Open for 2010 S&D Conference
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference provides valuable information on topics of interest to those responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. The event includes hundreds of exhibits from aviation products and services providers. Registration is now open for the 2010 S&D Conference, to be held from Wednesday, January 27, through Friday, January 29, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Review the list of hotels near the center offering special conference rates, and learn more about getting to and around San Antonio, TX. All this and more information is posted at:

Featured Member Benefit: NBAA's Business Aviation Jobs
Whether you need to find a job or fill a job, NBAA can help. The Association's new Business Aviation Jobs resource is designed to make it easier for business aviation professionals to find the newest available positions and gain greater exposure to hiring companies. In turn, companies are able to post openings to NBAA's Business Aviation Jobs site to find the most qualified people in the industry to fill their positions. NBAA's two-month introductory offer ends November 15, giving free job postings for NBAA Member Companies seeking to fill job openings – so be sure to act now and take advantage of this savings. After that, employers can pay a small fee for a single, 30-day job posting and receive discounts for multiple postings. Start using this resource now at:

NBAA Veterans Day Office Closure
In observance of the federal Veterans Day holiday, the Association's offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12.

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

25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
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55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
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