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NBAA Update #09-48
Monday, November 30, 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 and Others Tell Congress: NextGen Will Grow Jobs
As the White House gears up for a Washington summit this week to explore initiatives for generating jobs, and Congress prepares to consider legislation to create jobs, NBAA joined with a number of other aviation groups in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reminding the lawmakers that investing in a Next Generation, or "NextGen" Aviation System will lead to job growth. "Congress should seize this opportunity to expedite NextGen capabilities and to provide a platform for domestic job creation thereby ensuring that the civil aviation and travel industries – which directly and indirectly generate over ten million jobs and $1.2 trillion in economic activity annually – can continue to positively contribute to growth in the domestic economy," the letter states. To review a copy of the letter, visit:

Senate Committee to Explore Post-9/11 Security Challenges
This week, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to examine transportation security challenges in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The panel's deliberations could touch upon aviation security issues, among others. "Security has always been at the cornerstone of general aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Our industry has adopted a host of measures to further secure airports, airplanes and aircrews against terrorist threats in the years since the 9/11 attacks." NBAA representatives will attend the hearing; to review the Association's position paper on general aviation security, visit:

NBAA Has TSA Repair Station Proposal Comment Link
As NBAA has previously reported, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) affecting aircraft repair stations certificated under FAR Part 145. The proposed regulations would establish requirements for repair stations to adopt and implement a standard security program and to comply with security directives issued by the TSA. Although the proposal appears to steer away from imposing a one-size-fits-all approach to repair station security, NBAA Vice President for Security Doug Carr recently told The Weekly of Business Aviation "We want to make sure we don't create obstacles to getting an airplane repaired, because it will have an impact on safety." The TSA has provided 60 days for public comments on the proposal, and NBAA has produced an online resource with information and a link to register comments. Access the resource by visiting:

Business Aviation Presents Plan for Curbing Greenhouse Emissions
As policymakers from around the world prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark next month, a host of business aviation associations last week unveiled a plan to build upon the industry's continued record of advancements to limit the industry's emissions footprint. The plan targets carbon-neutral growth by 2020, improvements in fuel efficiency by an average of two percent per year until 2020, and a reduction in total carbon emissions of 50 percent by 2050 relative to 2005. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that the targets are based on continuing developments in technology, infrastructure and operational improvements, alternative fuels, and market-based measures. To review a background paper on the plan, visit:

NBAA Marks Passing of Aviation Icon Ed Stimpson
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week recognized the tradition of service to people in and outside the general aviation community that characterized the life of industry legend Ed Stimpson, who passed away in his home on November 25 following a prolonged illness. "The aviation world has lost one of the greatest statesmen it has ever known," Bolen said. "For nearly 40 years, he has been a leader in shaping aviation policy, both in the United States and around the world." To review Bolen's statement in its entirety, visit:

Bolen Tells Forbes: No Plane, No Gain
When the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign launched last February, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association noted that the two organizations would continually explore opportunities to spread the campaign's message through online venues. In the latest such initiative, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen appears in a segment produced for the Forbes Video Network, as part of a feature on the publication's web site entitled The Case For Private Jets. "Over the course of the past several months, the National Business Aviation Association has really put forward a campaign to try to educate people about just how essential business aviation is to our nation's economy and to our transportation system," Bolen explains in the segment. To view the segment in its entirety, visit:

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Commanders Discuss Leadership in Challenging Times
What are the most effective ways to address challenges common to industry professionals in the current business environment? Ever-increasing pressure to deliver new and better results and the need to manage people with little margin for error are also challenges that have faced George "Elwood" Dom, former Navy Blue Angels commander, and Ron "Maxi" Mumm, former Air Force Thunderbirds commander. The two men – who will share principles important to leading teams that rely on high performance, training and skill in their first-ever joint presentation at NBAA's Leadership Conference February 24-25, 2010, in San Diego, CA – share their thoughts on the issues in this episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple's iTunes web site, or download it from NBAA's web site by visiting:

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NBAA Challenges Negative Industry Coverage in Minneapolis
When news outlets in Minneapolis criticized a local company for its use of business aviation last week, NBAA responded with a letter from President and CEO Ed Bolen to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which was published in the November 28 edition of the paper. "Companies of all sizes – in Minnesota and across the United States – view a business airplane as an essential tool for providing customer service, reaching distant company offices, transporting sales and management teams and conducting a host of other types of necessary business flights," Bolen's letter states in part. To review the entire letter, visit:

TADS Hosts Annual Event in Philadelphia Thursday
The Tri-State Area Dispatchers & Schedulers (TADS) will hold its annual December dinner reception this Thursday, December 3 at Maggiano's restaurant at 1201 Filbert Street in Center City Philadelphia, PA. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner followed by a holiday reception with a modest gift exchange. To attend, RSVP as soon as possible to Debra O'Donnell at or Kim Lamond at

GWBAA Holds Annual Reception Friday
Members of the business aviation community in the metropolitan Washington, DC area are invited to attend the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association's (GWBAA's) Annual Holiday Reception, which will be held this Friday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the Landmark Aviation FBO on Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). To RSVP, contact GWBAA President Paige Kroner at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA's Houston Regional Forum Is Jan. 14
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. NBAA's next Regional Forum, to be held in Houston, TX, will take place on January 14 at Enterprise Jet Center, located on Hobby Field Airport. The Houston Forum will feature hundreds of Attendees, 50 indoor Exhibitors, approximately 20 static aircraft and valuable education sessions for those operating in the region. Information on housing and transportation, exhibit information and sponsorship opportunities is now available at:

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NBAA's Education Portal Has Tax Conference Presentations
The entire video recording with synched slides from NBAA's October 18-19 Annual Tax, Regulatory, and Risk Management Conference is now available through the Association's On-Demand Education Portal. This Conference recording is ideal for flight department managers, attorneys, accountants and Part 135 operators interested in reviewing strategies to save money when acquiring, owning and operating an aircraft. Fourteen individual topics, presented by industry experts, are available, including Securities & Exchange Commission Reporting Requirements; Contract Pilots: Tax, Employment Law & Risk Management Issues; and Coping with IRS Personal Use Requirements. NBAA Members are eligible to receive a discounted price. For more information and to order, visit:

Get the Perfect Holiday Gift at NBAA's Online Apparel Store
For the NBAA Member on your holiday shopping list, apparel and merchandise with the NBAA and No Plane No Gain logos are available exclusively at the Association's online NBAA Apparel Store. Featuring hats, shirts, jackets and other merchandise, Members can wear these garments proudly to show their backing of the Association and to help promote the No Plane No Gain message. Learn more or make a purchase by visiting the online store at:

NBAA Announces Call for Speakers at 2010 Regional Forums
NBAA is pleased to announce its call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 2010 Regional Forums. Proposals for presentations on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership and career and leadership development are welcomed. Proposals are due to NBAA by December 7. For more information and to view the call for speakers form, visit:

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January 14, 2010, Houston, TX

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January 27–29, 2010, San Antonio, TX

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

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