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NBAA Update #09-49
Monday, December 07, 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 Welcomes FAA Steps to Continue Toward ‘NextGen'
On December 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it approved ADS-B equipment standards and will solicit bids for support contracts to continue moving toward a satellite-based national air traffic control system, known as NextGen. According to the agency, the contracts will "complement and enhance major NextGen initiatives already under way, such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast…. The goal is to achieve early NextGen successes to improve safety and bring greater efficiencies to the nation's airspace system." NBAA continues to work with federal policymakers to support aviation system modernization – the Association has representation on each of the key government-industry working groups tasked with modernization planning. Earlier this year, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized the importance of modernization in testimony before a House Committee hearing on the issue. To view a video clip of the testimony, visit:

House Vote on Another FAA Funding Extension Anticipated
This week, the House is scheduled to consider an additional extension to continue FAA funding through the end of March 2010. The Senate is expected to take up the bill shortly. As Congress continues its work on FAA reauthorization, NBAA has advocated for building on the efficient, reliable fuel tax for general aviation to help support FAA funding and aviation system modernization. To review the Association's position paper on the issue, visit:

DHS Secretary Updates Senate Panel on Security Challenges
Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on transportation security efforts since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano testified at the hearing, providing a status update on all modes of transportation, including aviation. She specifically noted the department's work on the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), saying that improving security, while maintaining a strong GA industry, is the goal. She noted that in response to an overwhelming number of comments to the initial proposal, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will issue a revised rule before the end of 2010 that addresses some of the industry's concerns. For more information on the hearing, contact Ashleigh de la Torre, NBAA director of legislative affairs, at

NBAA Flight Plan Discusses LASP With TSA's Delauter
What is the latest on the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program? In the time since the original LASP was withdrawn amidst a deluge of commentary from the business aviation community, the agency has been re-working the plan to take the industry's concerns into account. This edition of NBAA Flight Plan features TSA Deputy Administrator for General Aviation Brian Delauter, who shares his thoughts on when a new LASP might be introduced, and what its main components might be. To access the podcast, visit:

FAA Makes It Official: Don't Fly With Polished Frost
Effective January 30, 2010, a final rule will remove language from Part 91, Subpart F, and Parts 125 and 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations that had permitted aircraft to take off with frost that had been polished to make it smooth on critical surfaces. The FAA first issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding this change on May 8, 2008. In the NPRM, the FAA noted that the adherence of frost to lifting surfaces can cause a number of adverse aerodynamic effects and has been a factor in at least 12 accidents. To review the final rule, visit:

Eurocontrol Increasing Route Charges in 2010
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has reported that Eurocontrol will adopt an increase of 2.7 percent in the unit rate of its en route charges beginning with December 2009 flights. The average weighted unit rate is expected to be approximately 57 euros ($85), but, the unit rate will vary by aircraft weight and the member states in which flights operate. EBAA also reports that European aviation associations are pressing their own national ANSPs to control costs during these financially constrained times. NBAA has long promoted building upon the stable and reliable fuel tax for funding the FAA and modernization of the U.S. aviation system. For additional details and a calculator of approximate charges in Europe, visit:

Hundreds Follow No Plane No Gain on Twitter – Do You?
In the time since a No Plane No Gain Twitter feed was set up last spring, hundreds of followers have added their voices to the conversation. No Plane No Gain sends daily Twitter messages, or “tweets," about the latest news, commentary, video clips, blog entries and other places where the real story of business aviation is being told. Tweets also provide information about helpful resources, like studies, surveys, online toolkits and other resources that help people in the industry quantify the value of business aviation to their companies. Follow the No Plane No Gain Twitter feed by visiting:

Request for Proposals: Automated EDCT Processing and Delivery
NBAA is requesting proposals for the development of an automated, electronic delivery system for FAA estimated departure clearance time (EDCT) notices to its Members. With this new solution, EDCTs issued by the FAA for a Member's flight will be sent automatically to the e-mail addresses of contacts responsible for that aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Ernie Stellings at To review NBAA's request for proposals, visit:

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NBAA Has New Web Resource on NY Airspace
The airspace surrounding the New York metropolitan area is some of the busiest and most complex in the world. Although general aviation is not a factor in traffic at the large, New York City-area airline hubs, NBAA has produced an online resource to provide guidance to operators who frequently fly in the greater New York area. Produced by the NBAA GA Desk staff, this tool describes issues and procedures that are part of the New York terminal and en route areas. Information is provided about several airports in the region, overviews of en route structures and summaries of the New York Metro Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP). To view the resource, visit:

Runways Closed at Peachtree Airport Until Dec. 17
Due to construction at Atlanta's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), three runways will be closed until December 17 at 8:00 a.m. The closed runways are 2R/20L, 9/27 and 16/34. The closures are expected to impact operations at PDK, since the longest runway remaining open, 2L/20R, is only 3,746 feet long and does not provide charted instrument approaches or pilot-controlled runway lighting. For updated airport information, operators are advised check current notices to airmen (NOTAMs) or contact the NBAA GA Desk at

Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting Captures Local Synergy
More than 180 business aviation professionals in the Northwest recently met in Seattle at a first joint meeting of the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association and the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association. Former AMI Jet Charter Chairman and CEO Chuck McLeran and other former members of the AMI/TAG Aviation leadership team for the first time publicly revealed the details of the FAA investigation and subsequent October 2007 certificate revocation that eventually led to the demise of the charter company. McLeran's story and a panel discussion was a cautionary tale to all those involved in FAR Part 135 operations nationwide. For more information on networking and education events in the Northwest, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Monterey Airport Hosts Runway Improvement Session on Wednesday
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) will host a user workshop this Wednesday, December 9, to discuss the airport's runway safety area improvement project. Monterey Peninsula Airport District (MPAD) staff and project consultants will discuss the benefits of an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS), resulting from a two-year study of possible solutions to the airport's lack of a sufficient runway safety area. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the MPAD Board Room on the second floor of the terminal building located at 200 Fred Kane Drive on the airport. To attend, RSVP to Gail Kelleher at or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

North Texas Group Will Hold Year-End Meeting, Dec. 15
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold its year-end holiday meeting and reception on December 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bugatti's Ristorante, located at 3802 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas, TX. The event, sponsored by Satcom Direct and NTBAA, is free for NTBAA members and costs $10 to attend for non-members. At the meeting, NTBAA will announce the launch of a new scholarship program and Satcom Direct will offer an overview of company services. To RSVP, contact NTBAA President Marj DeLong at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Deadline Is Jan. 22 for San Diego-Area Scholarships
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will award two scholarships next year to students pursuing careers in aviation. Applications are being accepted now through January 22. The SDRAA Scholarships are open to Southern California residents enrolled at an accredited two-year or four-year college in the region, studying subjects relevant to aviation. To learn more, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or visit:

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NBAA Chairman Cunningham Sends Letter to Members
In a letter to Members last week, Patrick C. Cunningham, recently elected chairman of NBAA's Board of Directors, discusses the efforts of the No Plane No Gain industry advocacy campaign to leverage advertising, online tools, placements in national media and Members' own voices to tell the real story of business aviation. The letter from Cunningham, director of aviation for PepsiCo, is available at:

Flight Team Commanders Speaking at NBAA Leadership Conference
Former Navy Blue Angels commander George Dom and former Air Force Thunderbirds commander Ron Mumm will be featured speakers at NBAA's 18th Annual Leadership Conference, to be held February 24 to 25 in San Diego, CA. The two will share insights on their experience with embracing quickly evolving technologies, delivering new and better results and managing people with little or no margin of error. The Leadership Conference will also feature Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III as keynote speaker. To learn more, visit:

NBAA Convention Education Session Presentations Available
More than 20 education session presentations are available from the 2009 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, which was held in Orlando, FL from October 20 to 22. Members can download the presentations as a refresher to sessions they may have attended and to also review session materials for presentations that they may have missed. Sessions include topics such as Operator Preparedness for FBO High-Density Operations, What's New in Satellite-Assisted Communications for Your Aircraft, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Business Aviation Pilots. Access the entire suite of presentation topics at:

Featured Member Benefit: Complete Aeromedical Services Program Discount
NBAA has partnered with Virtual Flight Surgeons, Inc. (VFS) to offer Members an exclusive 10 percent discount on the company's Complete Aeromedical Services Program (CASP). CASP is a suite of tools and services for pilots to ensure their FAA medical certificates are protected, including confidential e-mail and phone consultations with VFS physicians; case preparation support for FAA waiver advocacy; and certificate renewal submission and reporting. NBAA Member Companies can also take advantage of CASP's corporate flight physiology and medical procedure reviews. The 10 percent discount off the annual per-pilot fee is available to NBAA Member Companies. For more information, contact VFS at or 1-866-AERO-MED, or 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. Featured items include 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:

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