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NBAA Update #10-01
Monday, January 04, 2010

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

Aviation Security Is Focus of Several Upcoming Congressional Hearings
The recent terrorist attempt aboard an international airline flight has heightened congressional concern over aviation security, and prompted several committee leaders to call for hearings on the issue. Today, the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over aviation security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), announced a hearing, scheduled for January 20 and focused on events related to the December 24 flight on which the terrorism attempt was made. NBAA will continue to highlight for policymakers the business aviation community's emphasis on security. To review the Association's information on security enhancements, visit:

NBAA In Continuing Contact With Security Officials Following Last Week's Events
As the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have begun implementing changes to commercial airline security programs in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing plot, NBAA has remained in continuing contact with federal security officials to monitor the specifics of the required changes. At this time, there is no indication that the TSA will impose additional security requirements for general aviation operations. Passengers aboard inbound international airline flights may face enhanced screening measures at airline security checkpoints and prior to boarding the aircraft. Passengers on domestic airline flights also may face added random security measures. NBAA encourages Members to follow government requirements for departing and arriving into the U.S. For more information, contact NBAA at or visit:

USA Today Continues Negative Portrayal of Community Airports
Last week, USA Today published another in a series of stories from the paper in recent months questioning the value of funding for small community airports. NBAA has responded to the one-sided perspective provided by the paper; a letter from Association President and CEO Ed Bolen, published in the December 16 edition of the paper, points out that the coverage "distorts the truth about small community airports and the value they bring to Americans nationwide...The kinds of projects your story calls into question often support airports in towns with little or no airline service – airports that provide a transportation lifeline for small businesses, schools, universities and other organizations, and serve as regional development engines that generate jobs and economic activity." To view the letter, visit:

NBAA Congratulates 200th IS-BAO Operator
The International Business Aviation Council recently issued its 200th Certificate of Registration for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which sets best practices for business aviation. IS-BAO was developed by the industry, using contributions from companies on four continents. Benefits range from direct value-added for a flight department, to broad community benefits through widespread application of a voluntary, professional safety standard. "IS-BAO has become the global standard of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve a high level of safety and professionalism," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information about IS-BAO, visit:

EBACE Marks 10th Anniversary This Year in Geneva
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) – the premier industry education event for the European business aviation community – will mark its 10th anniversary in Geneva in 2010. From May 4 to 6 at Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport, EBACE2010 will bring together operators, policymakers and decision-makers from Europe, North Africa, India, Russia and the Middle East to learn about the latest equipment, regulations and safety procedures. Exhibitors will meet face-to-face with thousands of business aviation professionals. The priority lottery deadline for EBACE2010 Exhibitors is January 15. For more information and to download the Exhibitor application, visit:

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NBAA Continues Advocacy on Upcoming Santa Monica Developments
In September, the City of Santa Monica filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in regards to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) decision that the city cannot ban Category C and D business jets from Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Most recently the court authorized NBAA to participate in the appeal as an "amicus curiae" (literally, "friend of the court"); NBAA expects to file comments in support of the FAA, and to advocate on behalf of the interests of business aviation in this matter. Last week, the court issued an order finalizing the briefing schedule for participants; Santa Monica's brief will be due on April 5; the FAA's reply brief on June 4; and NBAA's joint amicus brief with AOPA on June 21. For more information, visit:

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 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 the "Midwest Region" and "Western Region" airspace pages on NBAA's web site at:

Ohio Group Meets in Cleveland, Jan. 13
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a meeting next Wednesday, January 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Constant Aviation facility on Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will discuss the importance of promoting a positive image for business aviation, and Earl Morse of Honor Flight will speak about his organization's charitable mission. The two presentations reflect the core messaging in the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which educates policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation. RSVP by January 6 to ORBAA's RoyceAnn Martin at For full meeting details, visit:

Ed Bolen to Speak at CABAA Meeting on Jan 15
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will speak at the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) annual meeting next Friday, January 15. As at the January 13 ORBAA event, Bolen will deliver a presentation on promoting a positive image for business aviation and provide a progress report on the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. The Chicago meeting will start with a networking reception at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and speakers. The event, which costs $20 for CABAA members and $30 for non-members, will be held at the Drury Lane meeting center located just outside Chicago, in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. For more information and to register, visit:

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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Podcast: 2009 Business Aviation Highlights, Part II
A number of the business aviation community's challenges from Washington in 2009 were prompted at least in part on misperceptions about the industry. In response, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association launched the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation for citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, the second of a two-part retrospective, reviews the progress the campaign made throughout the year, and highlights other important industry events in and outside Washington. To hear the podcast, visit:

Applications Now Available for 2010 Flying Safety Awards
NBAA invites Member flight departments to submit applications for the Association's Flying Safety Awards. The 2010 awards recognize achievement in flying safety and professionalism through years and hours of accident-free service for the year ended December 31, 2009. These awards are endorsed by the National Safety Council, and recipients are acknowledged at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications are due to NBAA by March 1. Direct questions to NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more or download application forms at:

NBAA Regional Forum Visits Houston on Jan. 14
NBAA's next Regional Forum will take place on January 14 at Enterprise Jet Center, located on Hobby Field Airport in Houston, TX. In addition to approximately 50 indoor exhibits and 20 static aircraft, the Houston Regional Forum will feature sessions on regulatory issues related to EU-ETS, challenges and opportunities for business aviation, runway excursion prevention, and aircraft ownership and operations considerations. Details about housing, transportation and the agenda are available at:

International Operators Scholarship Applications Due This Month
Applications for the 2010 NBAA International Operators Scholarship are due January 29. 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 all operational positions by promoting education and training. Recipients will be recognized at the NBAA 37th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held from March 29 to April 1, in New Orleans, LA. Download the application now at:

NBAA Issues 2009 Annual Report
The 2009 NBAA Annual Report is now available online. The annual report highlights NBAA's activities in 2009 and features a message from new NBAA Chairman Patrick Cunningham reviewing the major initiatives the Association undertook in 2009 to advocate for the business aviation community and provide support for all Members that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses efficient, productive and successful. The report also provides an independent auditor's report and financial statements. Download the file in PDF format 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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