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NBAA Update #09-50
Monday, December 14, 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

Congress Votes to Extend FAA Funding Through March
The Senate and House of Representatives voted last week to again extend federal aviation programs and taxes, this time until March 2010. With the current funding extension set to expire this month, the new extension will give Congress additional time to act on a multi-year reauthorization package for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Next year, NBAA will continue to work with leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill toward passage of a multi-year FAA reauthorization measure based on the proven fuel tax to support the FAA and aviation system modernization. To learn more, visit:

Department of Transportation Funding Approved
Last week the House and Senate passed H.R. 3288, the consolidated appropriations bill. The measure, which combined six separate appropriations bills, included FY2010 funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT). Among its many provisions, the legislation includes $3.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program and $2.9 billion for FAA facilities and equipment modernization. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. For more information, contact NBAA's Ashleigh de la Torre at

White House to Nominate New FAA Deputy Administrator
Last week, the White House announced plans to nominate Michael P. Huerta as FAA deputy administrator. Huerta currently runs a consulting firm that advises clients on matters related to transportation policy. Huerta served in two senior positions at the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration; more recently, he served on President Obama's transition team for the DOT. If confirmed, Huerta will succeed Acting Deputy Administrator Lynne Osmus. For questions or more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

Podcast: Your Questions, NBAA's Answers on EU-ETS
In the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Steve Brown, senior vice president of operations, addresses questions – several provided directly by NBAA Members – about the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). To take full advantage of NBAA's social media presence, NBAA Members sent their questions for the podcast via NBAA's official Twitter feed (@NBAA) and Facebook Fan Page at Hear the EU-ETS exchange by subscribing to NBAA Flight Plan on Apple's iTunes web site or at:

European Commission Could Approve ETS MRV Procedure Soon
The European Commission's DG Environment recently indicated that Eurocontrol's Pagoda system could be validated and approved as a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) simplified procedure in the near future. According to DG Environment, the final decision will be taken by the European Union Climate Change Committee, which brings together national officials from all EU Member States and DG Environment's officials. The Pagoda service will be provided by Eurocontrol and available to small emitters on-line if approved in January 2010. Member States would then accept Pagoda as a means of compliance under the MRV simplified procedure. For more information on this issue and the latest news from the European Business Aviation Association, visit:

No More No Plane No Gain Ads for USA Today
In response to the latest one-sided story about general aviation that appeared on the front page of today's edition of USA Today, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen announced that advertising purchases for the industry's No Plane No Gain campaign would be discontinued indefinitely. "We've been running ads in USA Today and elsewhere to highlight for Washington policymakers and opinion leaders the essential role business aviation plays for citizens, companies and communities across the country," Bolen said. "However, we've decided it's time to stop spending advertising dollars with a newspaper that has demonstrated such an anti-general aviation bias in recent months." Today's USA Today story is the third in recent weeks to infer mischaracterize general aviation and small community airports. To see the latest print and video ads produced by the No Plane No Gain campaign, visit:

Recent No Plane No Gain News Sampling Available
Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain program, representatives with NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have spoken with a variety of news outlets to carry the campaign's message about the benefits of business aviation. The two associations have also coordinated with people in the industry to help spread the word through the media. NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando provided an effective opportunity to tell the real story of business aviation, and the news coverage highlighted messages that are part of the No Plane No Gain initiative. If you missed any of the media coverage, this compilation provides highlights from among the Convention interviews conducted by NBAA, GAMA and representatives from the business aviation community. See the video at:

Exhibitors: Beware of Show Guide Scams
Exhibitors at NBAA events should be cautious of requests from unauthorized companies to participate in unofficial show publications. The NBAA2010 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies is the only official show guide of NBAA's 63nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) and is produced solely by NBAA. Similarly, the EBACE2010 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies is the exclusive publication of EBACE2010, and is produced exclusively by EBACE Management. NBAA advises Exhibitors that companies and publications not sanctioned by NBAA are not affiliated with NBAA2010 and EBACE2010. Exhibitors placing orders with unauthorized companies and publications do so at their own risk. Exhibitors with questions on their Show Guide listings should contact NBAA's Maureen Cameron at

EBACE2010 Exhibitor and Attendee Info Now Online
The web site for the 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) was recently updated with the latest information for Attendees and Exhibitors. Hosted by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, EBACE is the only major European event focused solely on business aviation, and the 2009 show featured more than 10,000 Attendees from across Europe, Russia and the Middle East. For the latest on EBACE2010, visit:

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North Texas Group Hosts Year-End Meeting Tomorrow
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold its year-end holiday meeting and reception tomorrow, 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 its 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

AZBAA Holds Annual Scholarship Benefit Mar. 26–27
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will hold its 9th Annual AZBAA Aviation Benefit & Reception on March 26 and 27 in Scottsdale, AZ. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment for students pursuing careers in business aviation. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available on a first-come, first-served basis and are filling up fast. For a sponsorship packet or more information, contact AZBAA's Christine Hill at Direct questions about other events and opportunities in NBAA's Western region to the Association's Dan Burkhart at

NBAA Facebook Fans Can Promote Regional Events
Facebook users are encouraged to post information about business aviation events throughout the country on the NBAA Facebook Fan Page. The page is open to any Facebook user who wants to connect with others in the business aviation community and learn more about the industry. For more information, visit:

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NBAA's Inaugural SMS Workshops to Be Held in Houston Next Month
The International Civil Aviation Organization standards mandate that a SMS requirement for non-commercial operators be incorporated into national safety standards by November 2010. To help operators prepare for this requirement, NBAA has partnered with ARGUS International to offer two SMS workshops in Houston, TX this January. The first workshop, Introduction to SMS, offered January 19 and 20, will cover the basics of aviation safety and offer an in-depth look at SMS concepts. The second workshop, offered on January 21, will address the SMS implementation process for operators planning to use the SMS Toolkit developed by the International Business Aviation Council. Attendees who register by December 18 are eligible for a discount. To learn more about these workshops, visit:

Online Store Takes the Hassle Out of Holiday Shopping
Running out of time to get a gift for everyone on your business aviation holiday list this year? Apparel and merchandise with the NBAA and No Plane No Gain logos are available exclusively at the 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:

Light Business Airplane Conference Sessions Available On-Demand
o address the unique challenges and needs of entrepreneurs who rely on their general aviation airplanes to help their businesses succeed, NBAA introduced new Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference education sessions to the 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, held in October in Orlando, FL. The inaugural LBA Conference agenda was designed especially by and for light business airplane operators, and sessions focused on practical tools for flying more efficiently, safely and cost-effectively. These sessions are now available for download anytime through NBAA's On-Demand Education program:

Take Advantage of NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption
NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption is available to all Members using aircraft under 12,500 lbs. or helicopters. The exemption provides the full range of economic options extended to large airplane operators under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.501. This Members-only exemption offers time and money savings, while also giving small aircraft operators the flexibility to use timesharing, interchange, joint ownership and other methods to meet business demands without operating under FAR Part 135. More information on the exemption is available online at An education session offered at the Light Business Airplane Conference at NBAA2009 fully explained the benefits of the exemption. To access NBAA's On-Demand Education recording of that session, visit:

Featured Member Benefit: State Aviation Tax Report
The NBAA State Aviation Tax Report contains summary-level information about a wide range of tax issues affecting general aviation at the state level. Topics such as the sales/use taxes, property taxes, fuel taxes, and aircraft registration fees are covered for each state. Contact information for the appropriate taxing authorities in each state is also provided. The NBAA State Aviation Tax Report provides Members with an invaluable resource when planning for aircraft purchase or sale transactions. In cooperation with guidance from qualified aviation tax or legal counsel, Members can also use the NBAA State Aviation Tax Report to improve their understanding of the tax situation for general aviation in each state. To access this online resource, visit:

NBAA Maintenance Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 12
Applications for the 2010 NBAA Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) are now available online. NBAA's Maintenance Committee administers this scholarship in conjunction with several sponsors to promote the education, training and career development of business aviation maintenance technicians. Recipients will be announced at the NBAA 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference, to be held from April 6 to 10 in San Diego, CA. Applications are due to NBAA by February 12 and may be downloaded at:

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

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