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NBAA Update #09-52
Monday, December 28, 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

Recent Security Incident Highlights Need for Continued Vigilance
Although business aviation has never been identified as a security threat, the attempted terrorist action aboard a commercial airliner on December 25 underscores the need for continued vigilance across all of aviation. NBAA is in continuing contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and it is the Association's understanding that last week's events are not anticipated to have an impact on security policies related to the business aviation community. NBAA will keep Members advised, and will continue to work with federal security officials to promote effective measures to enhance general aviation security while accommodating the mobility and flexibility that are the hallmarks of business aviation. To learn more about NBAA's work in this area, visit:

FAA InFO Reiterates ICAO Commercial Operator Certificate Requirement
The FAA has issued Information for Operators (InFO) 09019 to assist commercial air carriers (i.e., operators certificated under FAR Part 135) 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 commercial air carriers must carry onboard their aircraft a standardized certified true copy of their AOC when flying internationally. The ICAO requirement takes effect January 1. For more information, review the InFO at:

IRS Announces Adjusted Aviation Excise Tax Rates for 2010
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published 2010 inflation adjustments to excise taxes on commercial air transportation. As adjusted, the domestic segment fee will be $3.70; the international arrival/departure tax is unchanged at $16.10; and the tax for Hawaii and Alaska flights (which applies only to departures) will be $8.10. The IRS did not modify the 7.5 percent tax that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial air transportation. These tax rates are applicable until March 31, 2010, to coincide with the pending FAA reauthorization. At that time, Congress will have an opportunity to extend or modify these rates. To view NBAA's excise tax resources, visit:

NBAA Committee Provides Guidance on RNAV Departures
NBAA's Access Committee has provided additional guidance to operators for handling aircraft flight path deviations during RNAV departures. The guidance, available on NBAA's web site, follows basic principles emphasized by the FAA. Foremost, standard operating procedures should ensure that the flightcrew has entered the correct runway, standard instrument departure (SID) and SID transition into the flight management system. After takeoff, flightcrews must engage lateral navigation (LNAV) as soon as airplane flight manual limitations permit. View the complete guidance from the Access Committee at:

Podcast: The Year in Business Aviation, Part I
As NBAA Members know, the business aviation community faced many challenges in 2009, from Washington, DC and elsewhere. The TSA's controversial Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, the aircraft emissions proposals introduced in the U.S. and overseas, continuing concerns over user fees as part of FAA reauthorization, and ongoing work to preserve access at local airports were just a few of the issues confronting the industry. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, the first of a two-part retrospective, reviews the progress made on these and other issues, and highlights the importance of grassroots activism. To hear the podcast, visit:

No Plane No Gain Advertising Emphasis Continues
When the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign launched earlier this year, one of the identified goals of the program was to reach people in all corners of the industry with the campaign's message about the value of business aviation. Two recent advertising placements are intended to meet this objective; the ads, featuring American legend and esteemed businessman Arnold Palmer, appear in Business Jet Traveler and Aviation International News. In recent months, No Plane No Gain ads have appeared in a variety of other print, broadcast and online venues. To view the ads published in Business Jet Traveler and Aviation International News, visit:

NBAA, Other Groups Concerned Over UK Security Proposal
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom's Department for Transport published a proposal that would establish new, binding and mandatory aviation security standards for all airports not exclusively used by the military. Although unrelated to last week's events on a commercial airliner, the standards would apply mandates to airports serving aircraft with an MTOW of between 15,000 and 45,500 kg for the carriage of employees and other passengers or goods as an aid to the conduct of company business. Unless airports develop alternate measures, business aircraft would be subject to full airline-like security measures. Unlike the U.S. approach to security, which places security requirements on the aircraft operator, the UK approach appears to burden airports with security measures. The proposal seeks comments by March 3, and NBAA is working with the British Business and General Aviation Association and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) to respond to the proposal. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at or visit:

EBACE2010 Exhibitor Booth Applications Due by Jan. 15; Register Online Now
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) is the largest aviation education event in Europe. Held in Geneva, Switzerland and jointly hosted by NBAA and EBAA, this three-day event features exhibits, a Static Display of Aircraft, education sessions, and maintenance and operations sessions (M&Os) at the Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport. The priority lottery deadline for Exhibitors is January 15, and booth space applications are available on the EBACE2010 web site. For more information, visit:

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Ground Safety Reminders Issued for Aspen and Billings
Due to recent ground incidents at Aspen/Pitken County Airport (ASE) and at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked pilots to be vigilant in ground operations at these airports. At both airports, passengers deplaning or preparing to board have crossed hold lines to take pictures of surrounding scenery. The FAA has produced "hot spot brochures," which highlight caution areas at the airports. To view the brochures, visit NBAA's "Midwest Region" and "Western Region" airspace pages at:

Utah Safety Day Is Feb. 10 in Salt Lake City
The Utah Business Aviation Association (UBAA) will host its second annual Safety Day on February 10 at the Million Air FBO on Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), in General Aviation Hangar 7. Presenters at the event include "Father of the Safety Standdown" Bob Agostino, NBAA's Doug Carr, former U.S. Senator Jake Garn, FlightSafety's Shannon Forrest, MedAire's Ginger Bartos and Utah Aeronautics' Pat Morley. Event details, including registration information, will be published in upcoming issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact UBAA at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

PNBAA Safety Day Set for Mar. 4 in Seattle
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host its second annual Safety Day at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA on March 4. The all-day event will feature prominent industry speakers covering a wide range of safety topics affecting business aviation operations. Further event information and instructions for how to register will be published in future issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

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NBAA's Houston Regional Forum Is Jan. 14
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking events 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 will take place on January 14 at Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston, TX. Hosted by Enterprise Jet Center, the event will feature indoor exhibits, static aircraft and education sessions, including an update on the European Union emissions trading scheme. To learn more and view the agenda, visit:

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. With this new resource, EDCTs issued by the FAA for a Member's flight will be sent automatically to e-mail addresses of contacts responsible for the aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Ernie Stellings at or visit:

Call for Speakers: NBAA Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA's Flight Attendants Committee has issued a call for speakers for the Association's 15th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, to be held June 24 to 26, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the event 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

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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 10, 2010, Teterboro, NJ

15th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 24–26, 2010, San Diego, CA

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