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NBAA Update #10-11
Monday, March 15, 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

U.S. Senate Debates FAA Funding Bill
Last week, the U.S. Senate moved closer to approving legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next three years. Lawmakers looked to the discussion as an opportunity to point out the importance of business aviation. "The small businessman or woman...uses those planes every day, in every way, for very important purposes," Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said. "To travel around the state and the country, to do commerce, to haul parts, to haul people – it is a very significant contribution to our economy." The No Plane No Gain web site has excerpts from Dorgan's statement, available at:

Business Aviation Represented at TSA Policy Working Group
Last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hosted a recently formed working group focused on general aviation security policy, and NBAA provided the business aviation community's perspective. The group reports to an Aviation Security Advisory Committee formed several years ago to foster public- and private-sector collaboration on security policies. Participants focused on federal grants and access credentials for community airports, Temporary Flight Restrictions, general aviation incident management and ways to strengthen federal agency coordination. "Clearly, there are a number of other issues for this group to address," noted NBAA's Dick Doubrava, director, legislative affairs. "We look forward to continuing our participation in the group." For more information, contact Doubrava at

FAA Outlines Plan for NextGen
At the FAA's annual "Forecast Conference" last week, agency officials outlined an updated plan for the transitioning to a Next Generation ("NextGen"), or satellite-based air traffic control system. The FAA's plan includes increased access to non-radar airspace and small airports. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen spoke at the event, and the Association continues to work with federal policymakers on aviation system modernization. "NBAA has representation on each of the key government-industry working groups tasked with modernization planning," Bolen noted. Bolen has repeatedly emphasized the importance of modernization in congressional testimony. For more information, visit:

Bolen to Testify at House Hearing on Aviation Safety
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will testify at a hearing focusing on on-demand charter safety statistics, to be held this Wednesday by the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. The subcommittee hearing is among several scheduled for this year to examine aviation safety data. "Aviation remains the safest form of transportation," Bolen said in preparing for the hearing. Nevertheless, we know that one accident is too many, and we must learn from every fatality." To view NBAA's information on the business aviation community's safety record, visit:

General Aviation Community Marks the Passing of John Baker
NBAA honored the legacy of aviation industry legend and former Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association president John Baker, who died last week at his home in Angier, NC. "John Baker was a leader in general aviation (GA), in every sense of the word," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "He saw a period of significant growth and expansion, and he never did anything halfway. With John's passing, GA has lost one of its most effective champions." Read Bolen's full statement at:

At U.S. Chamber, NBAA Recounts ĎAir Bridge' After Haiti Earthquake
Last week, NBAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Lisa Piccione described the business aviation community's outpouring of support for efforts to help victims struck by the January 12 earthquake on the small island nation of Haiti. "As we learn more about this disaster's toll and the outpouring of aid and assistance, the business aviation community is proud to be an indispensable part of our country's emergency infrastructure system," Piccione told event participants. To read a web article about Piccione's presentation, visit:

Wall Street Journal Radio Highlights Industry's Haiti Relief Efforts
Business airplanes have conducted hundreds of flights, transported thousands of passengers and delivered several hundred thousand pounds of supplies to Haiti for earthquake-relief efforts. In an interview with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the Wall Street Journal's morning radio show recently highlighted the missions flown by NBAA Members, many of which were coordinated through CARE (Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies). The show is broadcast on more than 170 radio stations nationwide. To hear Bolen's interview, visit:

Changes Coming for Aircraft Re-Registration Rules
FAA Counsel has provided a status update on aircraft re-registration rulemaking changes, which were originally proposed in 2008. A final rule could be published some time this summer, based on the timing of the review by the Office of Management and Budget. NBAA, while supporting an accurate aircraft registry, has actively lobbied for changes to the FAA's initial proposal which would be unduly burdensome. To review the FAA's proposal, NBAA's comments and developments on this issue, visit:

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NBAA Podcast Has the Latest on WA State Tax Proposal
This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast provides the latest on the general aviation community's work in Washington state to oppose a new tax on aircraft owners there. Washington legislators adjourned near midnight March 11 without agreement on the tax, which would raise aircraft registration fees by as much as 1,400 percent. "It's Members of NBAA, the Washington Aviation Coalition and others who have gotten us this far," said NBAA's Kristi Ivey, northwest regional representative. She explained that other states may follow Washington's lead and propose tax hikes of their own if the Washington tax is approved. Learn more about how to make your voice heard by listening to the podcast online or from Apple's iTunes web site:

Court Clears Way for Runway Safety Area at BDR
A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the city of Bridgeport, CT last week, allowing the city to acquire an acre of land adjacent to Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR) to build an engineered-materials arresting system (EMAS) for Runway 6/24. The addition of an EMAS runway safety area at BDR has been a source of conflict for nearly a decade because the airport is owned by Bridgeport but located in Stratford. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

FAA Approves Weight-Limit Increase at Scottsdale Airport
The FAA last month approved increasing the maximum takeoff weight at Arizona's Scottsdale Airport (SDL) to 100,000 lbs. The FAA's approval follows an advocacy campaign started a year ago by NBAA and the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA). Following advocacy efforts by NBAA, AZBAA and the local community, the Scottsdale City Council voted last November to lift the previous takeoff weight restriction of 75,000 lbs., which had prevented business aviation aircraft from making long-distance flights from SDL. NBAA's web site has extensively covered developments at SDL; to read a web article on the advocacy campaign, visit:

New Fee at LAS Customs Reporting Facility
A new $200 Airport Facility Use Fee has been in effect since January for operators of non-commercial aircraft needing to clear Customs at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). Beginning April 1, new procedures will be in place for the collection of the fee. LAS Ramp Control will keep track of aircraft requesting the West Side Customs facility, and will submit a monthly report to the Airport Finance Office. Airport officials will collect the fee from the primary tenant (i.e. FBO) used by the operator to clear Customs, and the FBO will bill the operator. For more information on the rates and charges at LAS, visit:

Tampa Bay Group Meets Mar. 24
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) will hold this month's meeting on March 24 at 9:00 a.m. at Signature Flight Support on Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida. The meeting will be an interactive planning session for future events, including a discussion of the organization's mission and goals. For more information and to RSVP, contact Vic Slacter at or Daniel Slapo at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Greater Washington Aviation Open Benefits CAN, May 24
The Greater Washington Aviation Open is a charity golf tournament and auction that will benefit the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) and the many cancer patients CAN serves. To date, the annual event has raised over $1.5 million for CAN. The event, held at the Lansdowne Golf Resort in Lansdowne, VA, will be an opportunity to bring the aviation community together for a day of camaraderie and fundraising for a great cause. For more information, to register or to sponsor the event, check out:

Next Idaho Meeting in Boise, Mar. 25
The next Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will host a networking event on Thursday, March 25 at Boise Airport Jackson Jet Center, 3815 Rickenbacker St., from 4:30 p.m. 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. Respond by March 19 to For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Steve Brown to Speak at Safety Event in San Antonio, TX
The Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT), a non-profit regional group comprising NBAA Member flight departments, holds its annual "Safety Smackdown" on March 29 and 30 in the hangar at 1000 Skyplace Boulevard on San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in Texas. NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration, will speak at the event, which also will offer sessions that satisfy the training requirements of the FAA, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. Participation is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact PCAT's Ben Lewis at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at To learn more, visit:

Northeast International Operations Seminar Coming Apr. 13
For those unable to attend the NBAA's 37th Annual International Operators Conference, the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA), the Teterboro Users Group (TUG) and the Morristown Aviation Association (MAA) will offer a day-long International Operations Seminar for pilots, scheduler/dispatchers, aircraft technicians and flight attendants. The event will be held at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown, NJ, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. Mark Rosekind, nominee for the National Transportation Safety Board. RSVP forms are available at local associations and must be returned by March 24 to For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Colorado Event to Make Clear: No Plane, No Gain
The importance of all aviation, including business aviation, to local economic vitality is central to the No Plane No Gain campaign. It's also a message that will be front and center at an April 28 event hosted by the Centennial Airport Business Association (CABA) at Centennial Airport. "Aviation saves lives, jobs, communities, businesses, local economies and more," the event's organizers say, and that critical role will be underscored by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who is scheduled to speak at the event. To learn more, visit:

Pacific Northwest Safety Day Supports Professionals, Students Alike
Attendees of the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) annual Safety Day raised $2,500 for students from Aviation High School, the only college preparatory aviation-themed high school in the Northwest. The "Human Side of Aviation" was the focus of the 2010 Safety Day, because statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show about 75 percent of aviation accidents are due to human error. With more than 150 attendees, the safety day was the largest yet for the PNBAA. Read the full story at:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

Learn to Control Budgets and Operational Costs at MMC
The range of responsibilities for a maintenance manager is broad and requires a variety of skills to run a successful operation. While keeping equipment in optimum shape may come easily, budgeting and controlling operational costs can be difficult to understand and master. Brandon Battles, vice president of Conklin & de Decker, will explore this topic and offer advice and real-world tips at the 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference from April 6-8 in San Diego, CA. Battles' course, "Operational Costs – The Elephant in the Hangar" will cover the importance of developing an accurate budget for operational costs and examine the many variables that make the comparison of operational costs difficult. More information on this course and others is online at:

Register Now for NBAA International Operators Conference
Registration is now open online for NBAA's 37th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held in New Orleans, LA, from March 29 to April 1. The four-day Conference offers strategies and best practices for professionals responsible for transporting businesspeople to global markets. The agenda includes regional reviews of airspace, security and cultural issues, and features speakers from around the world. A full safety day designed specifically for international operators is also part of the program. The event will also provide networking opportunities. To review the full agenda and to register, visit:

NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey deadline Mar. 19
If you have not yet participated in the 2010 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey, there is still time. The deadline is this Friday, March 19, giving you the opportunity to complete the survey. Participants will receive free online access to survey results. The regular purchase price for access to the online survey results is $150. For information visit:

Mar. 25 Webinar Covers Crew Scheduling, Fatigue Management
NBAA will offer a webinar on Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. on crew scheduling and fatigue management with Dr. Durwood Heinrich presenting proactive safety concepts. Highlighted areas will include human error, organizational safety culture, stress, risk management, fatigue management and crew duty management. The webinar is ideal for scheduler/dispatchers, pilots and cabin crew members, safety officers, chief pilots, aviation managers and directors of operations. To register and for more information, visit:

NBAA Seeks Candidates for Two Exciting Positions
NBAA seeks candidates for two positions: Director, Sales and Regional Forums & Static Displays and Manager, Web Development. NBAA is seeking a highly driven sales professional for the director position to coordinate sales and other revenue for NBAA events, including the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention which is the number five show in the U.S. and the largest purely civil aviation event in the world. The director will also develop strategic sales plans and oversee Static Display activities. The Manager, Web Development will develop online tools and products for NBAA's award winning website. NBAA is an equal opportunity employer, and offers outstanding benefits including flight instruction. For detailed job descriptions and application information, visit:

NBAA Update

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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