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NBAA Update #10-04
Monday, January 25, 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

In Haiti Crisis, Business Aviation Lends a Hand
In the weeks since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the business aviation community has provided an outpouring of support for disaster relief efforts in the country. Nearly 100 general aviation aircraft flew from the U.S. to the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince in just the first five days after a local airport re-opened to humanitarian flights. NBAA has been tracking the news coverage of business aviation professionals, companies and relief organizations providing help for those impacted by the crisis. Tell NBAA how you or your organization has provided support for Haiti by sending an e-mail to and learn more about business aviation's part in the relief efforts by visiting:

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast Reports from Haiti
Business aviation continues to provide an air bridge for humanitarian missions to reach Haiti with medical teams, supplies and other relief cargo from the U.S. NBAA Flight Plan reports from Haiti in several special episodes this week and will highlight the ways that the business aviation community has been a vital component of the Haiti relief efforts. The first episode is available for download on Apple's iTunes, where listeners can subscribe to Flight Plan and receive new episodes automatically. Episodes are also available any time at:

DHS Reminds Pilots to Screen Passengers from Haiti
In light of the extraordinary circumstances in Haiti, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are reminding pilots of business aircraft that they are required to screen all passengers prior to boarding flights to the United States. As part of the U.S. government's ongoing support of international recovery efforts after the January 12 earthquake, CBP is taking steps to ensure screening procedures are followed, to safeguard the well-being of unaccompanied children rescued in Haiti. For more information, visit:

Requirement for Visa Waiver Travelers Now Enforced
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are reminding U.S.-bound passengers traveling from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries with operators approved to use the VWP that they are required to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Beginning January 20, CBP initiated a 60-day transition to enforced ESTA compliance for air operators. VWP travelers without an approved ESTA may not be allowed to board a U.S.-bound plane. The online application can be found on the CBP web site. For more information, visit:

White House Nominates NTSB Member
Last week, the White House announced the nomination of Dr. Earl F. Weener to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Weener, a fellow at the Flight Safety Institute, has contributed to safety programs across the aviation industry, including fatigue management, runway safety, and approach and landing accident prevention. For more information, contact

Deadline Approaching to Obtain Plastic Pilot Certificates
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, paper-based airman certificates will expire on March 31. Expired certificates will prevent pilots from exercising their privileges, with the exception of temporary or student pilot certificates. Before the expiration date, pilots are required to obtain new, plastic-based airman certificate replacements for a $2.00 charge. In response to privacy concerns, an option has been made available for removing social security numbers from the new certificates. For more information or to submit a replacement certificate request online, visit:

Updated FAA System Allows Earlier Receipt of GA Flight Plan Data
After six years of collaboration between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NBAA, the FAA has deployed a new direct interface between the Flight Service FS21 system and the Traffic Flow Management system (TFMS). Before this interface was introduced, flight plans submitted more than three hours before departure were held and not transmitted to TFMS, resulting in an inaccurate reflection of general aviation demand information to traffic management. As a result of this updated interface, flight plan data can now be seen up to 17 hours prior to departure by traffic management, resulting in improved TFMS predictions of demand. Operators filing IFR flight plans through Flight Service should do so as early as possible to ensure the maximum effectiveness of this enhancement. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at or NBAA's Operations Service Group at

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Minnesota Group's Op-Ed Makes Clear: No Plane, No Gain
The value of business aviation to companies and communities is highlighted in a recent opinion piece authored by a Member of NBAA and the Minnesota Business Aviation Association. The piece, published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, responds to negative media coverage of the local business aviation community. "Missing from the coverage was a balancing view that business aviation actually helps companies enhance their efficiency, increase employee productivity and often reduce total travel costs," the op-ed notes, supporting the point with information from a survey commissioned by the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. The full op-ed is posted to the No Plane No Gain web site, and can be reviewed by visiting:

Virginia County's Leaders Reject Property Tax Hike
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Virginia unanimously rejected a plan to increase the personal property tax rate on aircraft. County officials heard from a number of NBAA Member Companies based at local airports, including Leesburg (JYO) and Washington Dulles (IAD), who explained how the tax increase would make Loudoun County less attractive to business aviation and threaten valuable jobs. As states face budget deficits, NBAA's regional representatives and Tax Committee are closely monitoring state legislative proposals that could increase tax burdens on business aircraft owners and operators, and are speaking out about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities. For information on how to become involved with business aviation regional groups, visit:

AZ Event Supports Business Aviation Career Scholarships
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) invites the region's business aviation community to Scottsdale, AZ, for its 9th Annual AZBAA Aviation Benefit & Reception on March 26 and 27. The event begins with a Friday evening reception at McCormick Ranch Golf Course. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available on a first-come, first-served basis and are filling up fast. The association is also requesting in-kind donations for the auction at the March 27 dinner following the event. All proceeds will go to scholarships for students pursuing careers in business aviation. For more information, contact Christine Hill at

Tampa Group Holds Monthly Meeting Tomorrow
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) will hold its next monthly meeting on January 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Signature Flight Support facility on Tampa International Airport (TPA). Featured speaker Mike McCracken from Hawker Beechcraft will provide the latest insights into the business aircraft market. To RSVP, contact Vic Slacter of OSI Restaurant Partners at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

St. Louis Association Meeting Is This Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting this Friday, January 29 at Syberg's restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Featured speaker Tom Cargin, president of Air Associates, Inc. will discuss the company's new Cessna Pilot Center at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS). GSLBAA President Wayne Hundsdorfer will provide an update on the association's scholarship efforts. The restaurant is located at 2430 Old Dorsett Road, one block east of Highway 270, in St. Louis, MO. There is a $15 charge for members and $20 charge for guests. To RSVP as required by noon on Wednesday, January 27, contact Bev Lehenbauer at (314) 845-3102, NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

Emergency Planning Workshop at Westchester Airport, Feb. 3
The Westchester Aviation Association, Global Aerospace and Fireside Partners are sponsoring an Advanced Forum on Emergency Planning on February 3 at New York's Westchester Airport (HPN) Avitat in White Plains, NY. This event will provide information and tips for company crisis management teams, risk managers and others interested in emergency response planning. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m., and the $30 fee per person is payable at the event in cash or check. The forum is limited to 100 attendees, and reservations must be made by January 27 to Debbie Mojica at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Miami-area TFR Released for Super Bowl XLIV
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the temporary flight restriction (TFR) for Super Bowl XLIV, to be held in Miami, FL on Sunday, February 7. The TFR restricts general aviation access to at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF) and North Perry Airport (HWO) on game day. There have been provisions made to allow participants of the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) to fly to FLL and OPF from any of the DASSP Gateway airports on game day, as long as a waiver is obtained. In addition to the TFR, the FAA has published a number of reroutes for traffic heading to and from the southern Florida area during the week of the Super Bowl. For more information, visit:

Safety Day in Salt Lake City is Feb. 10
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. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the attendee cost for this all-day event is $50. To attend, RSVP to For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Massachusetts Meeting To Be Held in Lexington, Feb. 25
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold its next meeting on February 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Aloft Hotel located at 727 Marrett Road in Lexington, MA. The evening's featured speaker will be former NBAA chairman and former director of travel services for General Motors Ken Emerick. The event is free of charge for MBAA members and for those who become members at the event. The cost is $15 for non-members who RSVP in advance and $25 at the door. To RSVP, contact David Richter at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at For information on MBAA, visit:

Facebook Post Highlights Importance of Local Business Aviation Voices
Following recent visits with local business aviation groups in Ohio, Illinois and elsewhere, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen posted an entry on NBAA's Facebook Fan Page about the importance of local business aviation organizations in highlighting the industry's value to policymakers and opinion leaders. “NBAA has enlisted well-known spokespeople, like Arnold Palmer, to help deliver the campaign's message,” Bolen writes in the post. “But equally important, we've enlisted you - the people in general aviation, whose voices count with elected officials in states and Congressional Districts across the country.” Read the full post, view video clips of Bolen's remarks from the visits with regional groups, and join NBAA's Fan Page at:

NBAA Update

Don't Miss Professional Development Courses at S&D This Week
Spots are still available for the five Professional Development Program (PDP) courses offered in conjunction with the NBAA 21st Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, this week in San Antonio, TX. The three Schedulers PDP courses offered on Tuesday, January 26, will cover communication skills for business aviation leadership, aircraft capacity utilization and travel value analysis for business aviation. Following the Conference, from February 1 to 4, the NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop and Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop will be offered. For more details or to register, contact NBAA's Sandy Wirtz at, or visit:

NBAA Member's Turboprop Helps Reduce Waste, Including Time
Riley Hagan, owner of Waste Reduction Technologies (WRT), is able to sell his company's trash incinerators across the United States from his Baton Rouge base in large part because of his airplane. WRT makes high-tech incinerators that ease the overload on landfills and reduce new waste by more than 99 percent. Since most of WRT's customers are located in rural areas or small towns without airline service, the company needs its Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise turboprop to reach them. WRT is the subject of a Member profile in the January/February issue of NBAA's Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Flight Safety International and mailing now. Review the article in print or online at:

NBAA Leadership Conference Coming Next Month
NBAA's Leadership Conference gathers the best and brightest in business aviation for thought-provoking sessions focused on creative thinking, innovation and new models of collaboration. This year's conference features Dr. Brian Greene, string theorist and author of The Elegant Universe; Dr. James G. Clawson, of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia; and U.S. Airways Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely guided Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River in January 2009. The two-day event provides valuable management education and networking opportunities with the industry's most successful leaders. Learn more and register online now at:

CASS Registration is Now Open
Online registration is now available for the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), the industry's premier business aviation safety event. Co-hosted by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, the 55th Annual CASS will be held from May 11 to 13 in Tucson, AZ. Each year, more than 400 individuals attend CASS, which features presentations by leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. For more information, to make housing arrangements at reduced rates or to register online, visit:

Call for Applications: Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their careers. To support professionals in these positions, NBAA offers the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with 21 sponsors. A total of 40 monetary and training awards worth a combined value of more than $55,000 are available through this year's program. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, to review the list of sponsors and their awards, and to download an application, visit:

International Operators Scholarship Deadline Is This Friday
The deadline to submit applications for NBAA's ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship is this Friday, January 29. This scholarship promotes education and training for business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. The recipient will be recognized at the NBAA 37th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, LA. For more information or to download an application, visit:

No Plane No Gain

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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