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NBAA Update #09-51
Monday, December 21, 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

USA Today Prints NBAA Letter Defending Small Airports
When USA Today ran a third recent, one-sided story mischaracterizing small community airports on the newspaper's front page, NBAA quickly responded once again, with a letter to the paper's editors printed the same week the story ran. Community airports are fundamental to small communities and the national transportation system, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in the letter. "The kinds of projects your story calls into question often support airports in towns with little or no airline service," he noted. Read the letter by visiting:

FAA InFO Reiterates ICAO Air Operator Certificate Requirement
The FAA has issued a new Information for Operators (InFO) advisory, InFO 09019, to assist operators in complying with a requirement from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to carry a valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC) when flying internationally. The ICAO requirement, described in ICAO Annex 6, states that all operators must carry onboard their aircraft a standardized certified true copy of their AOC when flying internationally. Operators are advised to take action immediately, as the ICAO requirement takes effect January 1. For more information, review the InFO at:

Podcast: Business Aviation Gives Back
As the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign continually points out, companies using business aviation frequently make their airplanes available for humanitarian missions – an especially welcome practice during the holiday season. In this episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Jay Wilhelm with STS Leasing, based in Lubbock, TX, talks about the ease of arranging humanitarian-support missions and the organizations that can help interested businesses get involved. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on Apple's iTunes or listen any time at:

Online Exhibitor Application for EBACE2010 Now Available
The 2010 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE2010) is the perfect venue for companies who want to showcase the essential role business aviation plays in supporting jobs, mobility and economic opportunity in Europe. Jointly hosted by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, the leading association for business aviation in Europe, EBACE is the largest, aviation-focused, education event in Europe. Held in Geneva, Switzerland, this three-day event features exhibits, an incredible Static Display of Aircraft, education sessions and maintenance and operations sessions (M&Os) at the Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport. Priority lottery deadline for Exhibitors is January 15, 2010. For more information, visit:

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GBAA Foundation Opens 2010 Scholarship Program
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) Foundation offers scholarships to full-time students and working professionals pursuing continuing education. Applications for the GBAA Foundation 2010 Scholarships are now available online. For full-time students, scholarships are available to Georgia high school graduates enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and technical schools in fields of study related to aviation, including aeronautics, maintenance, management, operations and engineering. Continuing education scholarships are available to GBAA Members. Applications are being accepted now through March 15. Requirements and application forms are available on GBAA's webs site:

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 Silk Scarf Presented to Two Teterboro Airport Leaders
NBAA's Silk Scarf Award was recently presented to two leaders of the Teterboro Users' Group (TUG) for their distinguished advocacy work on behalf of business aviation. The award recipients are Peter Bellini, President of TUG and former flight department manager for Becton Dickinson, and Bill Mack, Director of TUG and former flight department manager of National Distillers. Joe Ritorto, TUG Senior Advisor, was also recognized as a former Silk Scarf Award recipient. For more information on Northeast business aviation news and events, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA Facebook Fans Can Promote Regional Events
Facebook users are encouraged to post information about business aviation events on NBAA's 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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Fred Towers Receiving Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award
NBAA today announced that the Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award, issued annually by the Association's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, will be presented to Fred Towers, services review program manager for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., during NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 27–29, 2010. "Fred's dedication to quality and professionalism is equaled by his enthusiasm for reaching new career heights," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. "Clearly, he personifies all of the qualities this award seeks to recognize, and we congratulate him for this well-deserved honor." To review the full press release about the award, visit:

NBAA Announces Six New Professional Development Program Courses
NBAA last week announced the approval of six new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses offered by five different PDP providers. Among the new courses available are "Effective Leadership in Business Aviation" and "Enhancing Productivity through Business Aviation," both offered by Aviation Training Solutions. Also available are "Pilot Reliability Certification," offered by Convergent Performance LLC; "Principles of Aviation Leadership," offered by Sinclair Community College; "Business in Aviation," offered by Ohio University; and "Emergency Planning for Business Aviation," offered by Aviem International, Inc. To read the full news release, visit:

NBAA International Operators Scholarship Applications Due Jan. 29
Next year's International Operators Scholarship awards will be presented at the NBAA 37th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held from March 29 to April 1, in New Orleans, LA. Administered by the NBAA International Operators Committee, this scholarship is offered by NBAA in conjunction with sponsor ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. The scholarship is designed to increase the safety and professionalism of operational positions by promoting education and training. Applications are due to NBAA by January 29 and may be downloaded at:

Call for Speakers: NBAA Flight Attendants Conference
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee has issued a call for speakers for the 2010 Flight Attendants and Technicians Conference, to be held June 24-26, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the 15th Annual Conference will be "Fifteen Years of Safety, Service and a Commitment to Excellence." Potential presenters should focus on issues related to cabin safety and services, along with professional development for those seeking a career in business aviation. All proposals must be submitted to NBAA by February 1. To learn more about this opportunity, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

Travel$ense 3.86 Update Released
NBAA has issued a technical update, version 3.86, for its business travel productivity-tracking software, Travel$ense. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by automatically calculating the actual business hours, productivity, trip expenses and family time saved by traveling via business aircraft. This latest update resolves a change in the airline reservation system used by Travel$ense, which prevented the program from obtaining airline flight and fare data. The update restores access to the data, and all Travel$ense users are advised to download and install it by visiting:

Reach 23,000 Aviation Professionals, Advertise in NBAA Update
NBAA is inviting companies to consider advertising in NBAA Update, the association's weekly e-newsletter. NBAA Update reaches the inboxes of 23,000 aviation professionals from 8,800 companies each week. NBAA Update readers inlcude business aviation industry leaders, owner-operators and flight department professionals of all specialties. After the NBAA web site, NBAA Update is the Association's next most popular communications offering, according to a 2009 survey, with more than 80 percent of readers expressing satisfaction with the newsletter. For more information, contact NBAA's Aimee Kaufman 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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