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NBAA Update #10-10
Monday, March 08, 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

White House to Nominate New TSA Administrator
Today, news sources are reporting that the White House intends to nominate retired Army Major General Robert Harding to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before his retirement, Harding held several military intelligence posts. The nomination requires Senate confirmation, and NBAA will keep Members advised as the process unfolds. For questions or comments, contact NBAA’s Doug Carr at

Urge Your Elected Officials to Join Congressional GA Caucuses
The ranks of Congressional General Aviation (GA) Caucuses – formed last year in the House and Senate to promote the value of general aviation – have continually grown. The House GA Caucus now has more than 100 members and the Senate GA Caucus has 25 members. Using NBAA’s Contact Congress resource, you can send a letter to your members of Congress explaining the importance of business aviation and encouraging them to join the GA Caucuses. To send a letter now, visit:

Sen. Brownback Cautions Against Burdensome Security Proposals
Following last month’s suicidal airplane crash into an IRS building in Austin, TX, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) cautioned against a response that would produce unnecessarily burdensome restrictions on general aviation. “General aviation…facilitates commerce, transportation, safety and rescue operations, and creates jobs for millions of Americans,” said Brownback. “People within the general aviation community are totally committed to the safe and secure operation of the system…We should not let the tragedy in Texas lead to government actions which will further burden the use of general aviation aircraft.” Brownback’s comments, which were quoted in the El Dorado Times (Kansas), can be viewed by visiting:

No Plane No Gain: Another State Proclaims Value of Aviation
Alaska has joined a growing list of states whose elected officials have issued proclamations in recent months recognizing the value of all aviation, including business aviation, to jobs, businesses and economic growth. "Alaska is home to 258 charter flight companies, 53 repair stations and six flight schools," the proclamation, issued by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (R-AK), notes. "In addition, there are 50 fixed base operators in the state. This accounts for more than 9,900 jobs in the aerospace and aviation industries of Alaska." View or download the Alaska proclamation in PDF format at:

NBAA to Highlight Industry’s Haiti Response at Washington Forum
At an event in Washington, DC this week, NBAA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will detail the business aviation community’s work to deliver medical teams and supplies to the island nation of Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake there. Business airplanes have conducted more than 500 fights, transported nearly 2,500 passengers, and delivered several hundred thousand pounds of supplies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting the forum to share expertise on long-term recovery in Haiti. For more information, contact Piccione at

NBAA Member Represents Industry at WAI Conference
Business aviation offers many exciting career opportunities, and that point was made clear in a keynote address provided by Desert Jet President and Chief Pilot Denise Wilson in a keynote address she delivered at the 2010 Women in Aviation Annual Conference. Several years ago, Wilson left an office job, became a professional pilot and launched Desert Jet, an NBAA Member charter company serving Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley of California. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Wilson discusses her career journey and the secrets to her company’s success. This and other NBAA Flight Plan podcasts are available on Apple’s iTunes web site, or on NBAA’s web site at:

EBACE2010 Program Schedule Now Posted Online
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) is the largest educational event in the aviation industry in Europe. Now in its tenth year, EBACE brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, business aviation flight department personnel and others in the industry. With exhibits, education sessions and static aircraft all located at Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport, EBACE is a can’t miss event for European companies that use aircraft to help their businesses grow. The EBACE web site offers an expansive schedule of program offerings, which can be viewed by visiting:

Last Week to Take NBAA Update Reader Survey
NBAA needs your help to make NBAA Update as informative and useful as possible, so please take a few minutes to complete the first-ever reader survey for this publication. As an incentive to complete the survey, your participation will enter you for a chance to win two free passes to the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010), to be held October 19 to 21, 2010, in Atlanta, GA. The deadline for participation is this Friday, March 12. Take the survey now at:

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NBAA Has the Latest on WA State Tax Battle
Washington state legislators continue to consider an excise tax proposal that would impact all aircraft owners in the state. The proposal would implement a tax increase of up to 1,400 percent. NBAA is working with the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association and local businesses to fight the tax. To access NBAA's online grassroots resources and to learn more about how to take action on the issue, visit:

Operators Must be Vigilant With Las Vegas RNAV Departure Procedures
NBAA is encouraging operators utilizing Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) to carefully review pre-departure clearances (PDC) for any changes or amendments. There have been instances where a pilot has received a PDC, but does not read and/or check the entire clearance for any amendments. In these situations, the pilot then flies the wrong departure procedure, placing the aircraft in a potentially dangerous situation. This is extremely prevalent with aircraft not properly flying the STAVV departure when departing Runway 25L/R. Pilot deviations and loss of separation have been reported due to this issue. For more information, visit:

Colorado Event Will Highlight Aviation Value
Business aviation is vital to citizens, companies and communities across the country. This fact is continuously highlighted through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, and it will be underscored at an April 28 "Aviation Saves..." event hosted by the Centennial Airport Business Association (CABA) at Centennial Airport. “Aviation saves lives, jobs, communities, businesses, local economies and more,” said NBAA’s Steve Hadley. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be among the keynote speakers at the event, which will also feature aircraft and company exhibits on display. There is no charge for admission to the event, which will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the ramps between X Jet FBO and Signature Flight Support. To learn more, visit:

South Florida Meeting Is This Wednesday
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its first quarter general membership meeting this Wednesday, March 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jetscape FBO on Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). Featured speaker Jim Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association, will discuss "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

APSI Holds Quarterly Meeting at Teterboro, Mar. 18
Aviation Professionals Sharing Ideas (APSI) will hold a quarterly meeting on March 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Aviation on Teterboro Airport (TEB). Featured speaker Adam Hartley of Universal Weather and Aviation will address the latest developments in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), which requires aircraft operators to report carbon emissions in the EU. For APSI membership information, contact Kerry Sailler at or Amber Salvatore at For more information about the March 18 event, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

Long Island Group’s Quarterly Meeting Is Mar. 24
The Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) will hold its quarterly meeting and dinner on March 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Islip MacArthur Airport (ISP). The keynote speaker will be Bill Garvey, editor in chief of Business & Commercial Aviation. The hotel’s address is 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma, NY and the meeting is sponsored by KeyAir. To RSVP, contact Doris Giambruno at For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

Next Idaho Meeting in Boise, Mar. 25
The next Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will host a networking event on Thursday, March 25th at Jackson Jet Center, 3815 Rickenbacker St., at the Boise Airport from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This event, sponsored by ConAgra and IBAA, is an Air Traffic Controller and Fire & Rescue Appreciation Night and will feature a cash bar and appetizers. RSVP by March 19 to For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at

Westchester Aviation Association Hosts TSA, Mar. 26
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will hold a breakfast meeting on March 26 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY featuring guest speaker Brian Delauter, TSA general manager of general aviation security. The breakfast meeting is free and will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Skytop Restaurant on the airport. Space may be limited; to RSVP, contact John Johnston at or NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

GBAA Compliance & Regulatory Seminar Is Mar. 31
This month’s Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) seminar will cover compliance issues facing the business aviation community. The seminar will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, 3829 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA near DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK). Lunch is included with the meeting registration. The seminar is free to the first GBAA member from each company. Additional company representatives and non-members are $25 each. RSVP to For more information, contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at or visit:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

EBACE2010 Advertising Opportunities Now Available
NBAA is now offering advertising opportunities in the print edition of the EBACE Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies for EBACE2010. The guide is distributed to each EBACE2010 registrant together with their credentials, and includes information on exhibits, meetings, networking opportunities, transportation and more. EBACE is Europe’s premiere annual business aviation event. Print advertisers also have the opportunity to purchase display ads on the EBACE2010 web site. The deadline for insertion orders for print ads is this Saturday, March 13. The art deadline is March 20. To learn more about advertising in the Show Guide, visit:

Learn How to Lead on Asset Management at MMC
Overseeing flight department assets, such as airplanes, hangars and spare equipment, is among the most important responsibilities for aviation managers, and all professionals inside and outside the flight department. At NBAA’s 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), to be held April 6 to 8 in San Diego, CA, Mick Harrison of Vy Professional Services will lead an education session on how to shift “From Asset Management to Asset Leadership.” The session will feature interactive discussion of real world situations to explore how the asset management team extends beyond the maintenance department and how to secure the entire flight department’s commitment to delivering the highest value. For more information on this and other MMC education sessions, and to register, visit:

NBAA Seeks Candidates for Two Positions
NBAA seeks candidates for two positions on the Association’s professional staff: Director, Sales and Regional Forums & Static Displays and Manager, Web Development. The director position will be responsible for coordinating sales and other revenue for NBAA events, products and services, as well as creating strategic sales plans and overseeing Static Display activities. The Manager, Web Development position will develop online tools and products to support NBAA Members. NBAA is an equal opportunity employer. For detailed job descriptions and application information, visit:

NBAA Update

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

PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 21–22, 2010, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 23–24, 2010, San Diego, CA

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

63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)
October 19–21, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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