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NBAA Update #10-08
Monday, February 22, 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

NBAA Speaks With Government Officials, Media Following Austin Crash
Following last week's crash of a general aviation airplane into a building in Austin, NBAA has been in contact with government officials and media organizations, expressing sympathy for the tragedy, but also pointing out that one incident should not reflect on the general aviation community as a whole. In a message to NBAA Members, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen outlines his work to ensure that policymakers understand the business aviation community's continuing emphasis on security. To review Bolen's message, visit:

Podcast: No Plane No Gain Marks One-Year Milestone
When the No Plane No Gain advocacy initiative launched a year ago, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association said the program would focus on educating policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities nationwide. The two associations have delivered on that commitment with a blended-impressions campaign including advertising, media relations, a dedicated web site, a presence in the social media realm, resources to help the business aviation community join in the effort, and much more. The February 18 edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast looks at the campaign's first year, and considers what's to come. Hear the podcast at:

Vermont Proclaims Aviation Value
As NBAA Members know, several state and local government officials, including those in West Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky, have recently issued statements recognizing the value of all aviation, including business aviation, to economic development. Last week, Vermont did likewise, as Governor Jim Douglas proclaimed February Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month in the state. At a ceremony attended by NBAA representatives and officials with other general aviation associations, the governor highlighted the value of all aviation, including general aviation, to the state. To review details of the event, including a copy of the proclamation, visit:

FAA Launches New Safety Web Site
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a new web site to familiarize operators with safety management systems (SMS). Through the use of an SMS, operators can identify and manage risks. With industry-developed offerings such as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and new SMS Workshops, NBAA provides Members with a variety of tools to assist with SMS implementation. To view the new FAA web site and learn more about NBAA's SMS Workshop to be held March 2 to 4 at the NTSB Training Academy near Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), visit:

FAA Invites Participation in NOTAM Survey
The FAA System Operations Safety Management, Safety Assurance Group is conducting an assessment of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) System. As part of the assessment, the group has created an online questionnaire to gather input from frequent, professional NOTAM users, including flight crews, schedulers and dispatchers. The objective of the assessment is to identify operational issues that may have resulted from the conversion of local ("L") NOTAMs to distant ("D") NOTAMs and the addition of keywords at the beginning of each NOTAM. Participation in the assessment is voluntary and all responses are anonymous. To access the survey, visit:

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for First Half of 2010
The Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for January 1 to June 30. This data is necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. The rates are needed to impute a traveling employee's income, as required by the IRS Rules. NBAA Members may access the SIFL rates and NBAA's personal use calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of non-business trips, at:

EU-ETS Includes Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) has been expanded to include Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Operators conducting flights to or from these countries or European Union countries and territories already included in the EU-ETS are required to monitor and report their aviation emissions for those flights as part of their compliance with the EU-ETS. For additional information, visit:

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NBAA Members Needed to Oppose WA Tax Proposal
Leaders in the Washington state aviation community, including representatives with NBAA Member Companies, have been instrumental in reaching out to register opposition to HB 3176, a proposal to place a 0.5 percent excise tax on aircraft. NBAA is dedicating significant resources to fight this new tax, but Members still need to contact their elected officials and voice opposition to the tax. As an example of its impact, if this bill passes, the owner of a $10,000,000 aircraft will pay $50,000 in new taxes each year. The NBAA web site contains information on how to contact the governor of Washington state and lawmakers, including those who sponsored the bill. For more information, visit:

Massachusetts Meeting Features Former NBAA Chairman
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 featured speaker is Ken Emerick; he will share his experiences as former NBAA chairman and former director of travel services for General Motors. The cost is $15 for non-members who RSVP in advance and $25 at the door. To RSVP, contact MBAA's David Richter at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at or visit:

Chicago Group Meets Friday
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, February 26, at Signature Flight Support in Hangar 19 on Chicago Executive Airport (PWK). The luncheon is co-sponsored by Signature and Dassault Falcon Jet. The Dassualt 7X will be on display before and after lunch. There is a $10 fee for members to attend and $15 for non-members. The FBO's address is 1020 South Plant Road in Wheeling, IL. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at Register by Wednesday, February 24, at:

St. Louis Association Meets Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting Friday, February 26 at Syberg's restaurant at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will feature Robert MacKenzie, sales director for Aviation Partners, discussing blended winglets. The restaurant is located at 2430 Old Dorsett Road, in St. Louis, MO. There is a $15 charge for members and $20 charge for guests. To RSVP, contact GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

Pacific Northwest Safety Day Is Mar. 4
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host its 2nd Annual Safety Day on March 4 at Seattle's Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI). Speakers include National Test Pilot Schools founder Sean Roberts, former National Transportation Safety Board investigator Greg Feith, Bob Agostino, the "father of the Safety Standdown" and aviation safety analyst John Nance. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at To register, visit:

Newly Restructured North Dakota Group Meets Mar. 7
The North Dakota Business Aviation Association (NDBAA, formerly the North Dakota Aviation Association) will host an informational program for attendees in conjunction with the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium being held from March 7 to 9 in Fargo, ND. Session topics include updates on WAAS approaches, a Garmin 696 demonstration, bird-control issues, educating the public about general aviation, and a briefing on the state of the industry. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at, or visit:

South Florida Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Mar. 10
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its first quarter general membership meeting on Wednesday, March 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jetscape FBO on Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). NATA President Jim Coyne will be the featured speaker, and his remarks will focus on the future of general aviation. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Silver Lining Catering. RSVP to SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA Update

Compensation & Benchmark Survey Deadline Extended to Mar. 19
NBAA's industry-standard Compensation & Benchmark Survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. NBAA Member participation from a variety of flight departments is essential to its continued success as a valuable Member resource. To give operators additional time to participate, the survey deadline has been extended to Friday, March 19. In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Don Henderson, chief pilot for KeyCorp, talks about how his flight department uses the survey to guide salary administration and to evaluate aircraft operations. Listen to the podcast, titled “Compensating Your Employees in a Tough Economy,” at Begin taking the survey now at:

This Week's Leadership Conference Features ‘Sully' Sullenberger
NBAA's 18th Annual Leadership Conference held this week in San Diego, CA, focuses on creative thinking, innovation and new models of collaboration. Highlights include two sessions on the challenges of sustainable leadership and a session on the use of social media in aviation departments. Famed Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III, will serve as keynote speaker, and former military commanders George Dom and Ron Mumm will also be featured. Registration is still available online and on-site. To learn more, visit:

Register for CASS by Friday and Save
The 55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) will be held May 11 to 13 in Tucson, AZ, and those who sign up by this Friday's early registration deadline will save $100. Co-sponsored by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation, the event offers technical presentations, informal discussion, personal interaction and exhibits. Presenters will examine topics such as training to prevent in-flight upsets; current helicopter safety issues; tools for SMS implementation; fatigue risk management by small operators; head-up guidance system technology; and more. Learn more at:

2010 Flying Safety Award Applications Due Mar. 1
NBAA urges 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 2009. Applications must be completed and submitted to NBAA by next Monday, March 1. Learn more or download application forms at:

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Mar. 8
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards. All nomination packages must be completed and delivered to NBAA by Monday, March 8. For more information and nomination guidelines, visit:

NBAA Announces Sponsorship Opportunities for 2010 Tax Seminars
NBAA is offering sponsorships in conjunction with 2010 ?events supported by the Association's Tax Committee. The events include the NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum on June 4 in Chicago, IL; the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference this October in Atlanta, GA, and new regional workshops under development?for Part 91 flight department personnel. Sponsorship forms and logos must be submitted by March 15 for inclusion in the June 2010 printed event brochure. To download the sponsorship form, or for more information about this and other NBAA event sponsorship opportunities, visit:

NBAA Seeks Candidates for New Sales Position
NBAA is looking to fill a director-level position that will be responsible for coordinating sales and other revenue for the Association's events, products and services, and also for creating strategic sales plans across all divisions of the organization. This position will also oversee Static Display activities at NBAA events. For a detailed job description, visit:

No Plane No Gain

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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