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NBAA Update #10-12
Monday, March 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

Senate Poised to Approve FAA Reauthorization Bill
Following several days of debate, the U.S. Senate is poised to approve legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next three years. The three-year reauthorization bill under consideration mirrors similar proposals previously supported by NBAA and other general aviation groups. Importantly, the measure would increase the general aviation fuel tax – from 22 to 36 cents per gallon – to help support aviation modernization instead of resorting to user fees, which have long been met with opposition from the general aviation community. NBAA will keep Members advised as the situation unfolds at the Association’s news site at:

Senate Committee to Consider TSA Nominee
The Senate Commerce Committee oversees federal aviation programs, and announced there will be a confirmation hearing for retired Army Major General Robert Harding to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Commerce Committee’s hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23; if the nominee is approved, the nomination would then be considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Before his retirement, Harding held several military intelligence posts. For more information, contact NBAA’s Doug Carr at

NBAA Reiterates Industry’s Commitment to On-Demand Safety
In testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen highlighted the business aviation community’s ongoing commitment to safety for on-demand operations. “There is no greater priority to NBAA and its Members than aviation safety,” Bolen told lawmakers, “and we will continue working with government leaders in support of the shared goal of keeping the U.S. aviation system the safest in the world.” Read more about the hearing and review Bolen’s testimony online at:

Bolen Highlights Industry’s Value at Congressional Hearing
NBAA is routinely on Capitol Hill to communicate about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country. The visibility surrounding congressional committee hearings provides an especially effective opportunity to educate policymakers about the industry’s value, and in his testimony before last week’s hearing about on-demand charter safety, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reminded policymakers: “Business aviation plays a vital role in the nation's economy and transportation system. The industry helps generate over one million jobs, serves towns with little or no airline service, helps companies be more efficient and competitive and supports people and communities in crisis.” For more details, visit:

New Article Details Timing Considerations in Aircraft Acquisitions
The process of acquiring an aircraft requires careful consideration of the timing of all elements involved in the transaction to allow for a closing without delays. In a new article, aviation attorney and NBAA Tax Committee member Keith Swirsky explains that by developing a timeline for the transaction in advance, buyers can be fully prepared for a successful closing. For example, certain elements of the transaction, such as arranging financing for the purchase, may require longer lead times. Finally, when scheduling a closing date, buyers and their advisors should be cognizant of common delays that may result from unanticipated repairs to the aircraft or delayed parts. For more information, review the article at:< br>
Podcast: Focusing on Human Error Issues in the Maintenance Arena
This week’s episode of NBAA Flight Plan looks at human error in the maintenance arena. Dr. Tony Kern of Convergent Performance reports: “No matter what level of the maintenance or operations function we’re discussing – the most junior A&P, the most senior maintenance supervisor – the errors…are less about technical skills than about self-awareness and self-management.” Dr. Kern, who will present at the Conference, says his presentation will help “give everyone a fresh start in the battle against human error.” This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Maintenance Management Conference, scheduled for April 6–8, 2010, in San Diego, CA. To hear the podcast, visit: To learn more about the Conference, or register to attend, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

WA Excise Tax Changes Shape, Requiring Intensified Advocacy
Over the weekend, general aviation (GA) groups marked progress in the hard-fought grassroots effort to defeat an onerous new tax on all aircraft in Washington state, but a new proposal from legislators has raised alarm, and underscores the need for industry to redouble its advocacy on the issue. On the plus side, the aviation coalition in Washington state cheered the removal of the proposed tax – an increase of up to 1,400 percent in aircraft registration costs – from the Senate version of a state budget plan. However, that progress stands to be erased, in light of a proposal from House lawmakers to abandon the original tax in favor of a new, equally onerous taxation method based on a complicated chart of aircraft types and manufacture dates. NBAA’s Kristi Ivey, northwest regional representative, said the vocal support that defeated the original proposal is needed again. “This new House proposal can’t be called an improvement by any stretch of the imagination,” she said. Access NBAA's online grassroots resource for the WA aircraft tax proposal and take action by visiting:

RNAV SIDs to Be Implemented at Philadelphia International
Area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departures (SIDs) will be implemented on April 1 at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Pennsylvania. The FAA will conduct a pre-implementation teleconference for these procedures this Wednesday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. Operators with terminal RNAV capability on their aircraft who fly in and out of PHL are encouraged to participate in the call. The call-in number is (404) 305-7351 and the access code is 4586. To learn more about RNAV SIDs and the implementation at PHL, visit:

Phoenix CBP to Test New Landing Rights Program
In an effort to improve efficiency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct a 120-day pilot program beginning March 29 at airports in Phoenix, AZ. Landing rights requests must be received by CBP at the intended port of arrival by 2:00 p.m. PT on the business day prior to the day of intended arrival. CBP will consider requests for landing rights not within normal operating hours on a limited basis. Changes to the tail number or crew/passengers of an approved landing rights request must be accompanied with a new Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS) filing to CBP at the intended port of arrival during normal operating hours and four business hours prior to arrival. This pilot program will end on July 17, 2010, and CBP will then determine whether or not to implement the program. For further information, contact NBAA’s Dan Burkhart at For more information on CBP, go to:

STMP for Augusta Area Airports, Apr. 5–12
As part of a long-standing effort between the FAA and industry for managing one-time aviation traffic considerations surrounding special events, a special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect for airports in the Augusta, GA area from April 5 to 12 during the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Arrival slots will be required daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Augusta Bush Regional Airport (AGS), Daniel Field Airport (DNL), Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK) and Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU). For additional information, view the FAA’s Special Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM, at:

Michigan Legislative Day Luncheon Runs Tomorrow in Lansing
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold the Annual Meeting and State Legislative Luncheon on Tuesday, March 23. The meeting will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. in Speaker’s Library (2nd Floor) of the Capitol Building, 100 N Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI. The meeting will be followed by the group’s annual Legislative Luncheon in the North Corridor, 1st Floor of the Capitol Building. For more information, contact Tara Paksi at or NBAA’s Bob Quinn at

Missouri Celebrates Aviation Day on Wednesday
NBAA is supporting State Aviation Day in Missouri on Wednesday, March 24 in Jefferson City, MO. The event will be held in the Capitol Building Rotunda from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and lunch will be served. This will be an opportunity to meet with state legislators and express concern about sustaining funding for aviation needs in a time of significant state budget challenges for aviation investment. Contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn for more information at

Emissions Are Focus of Chicago Business Aviation Group Meeting Friday
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, March 26 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon will include a presentation by Adam Hartley from Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc. His presentation will provide clear guidance on how to comply with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Other topics will include flight operations covered by the EU ETS, required emissions monitoring and reporting plans, and benefits of participating in the 2010 emissions benchmarking plan. For additional information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at, or visit:

Greater St. Louis-Area Meeting on Mar. 26
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on Friday, March 26 at Million Air St. Louis (SUS), located at 549 Bell Ave. in Chesterfield, MO, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sherman Griffith and Al Baylis of Gulfstream Aerospace will make a presentation on the new Super Mid-Size Gulfstream G250. The G250 cabin mock-up will be available for viewing from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. A $15 registration fee for members and $20 for guests will assist GSLBAA with expenses for non-sponsored luncheons. Reservations should be made by noon on Wednesday, March 24, with Bev Lehenbauer at, or contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn for details at

Steve Brown Addresses San Antonio Safety Event Next Week
NBAA’s Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration, will be a featured speaker at the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training’s (PCAT’s) annual "Safety Smackdown" on March 29 and 30 in the hangar at 1000 Skyplace Boulevard on San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The event will also offer sessions on NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) qualification and recertification that also satisfy requirements of the FAA, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations and the Occupational Safety and Health 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:

New England Group to Host Tax Issues Awareness Session
NBAA Tax Committee Chair Ed Kammerer will highlight important tax and regulatory issues in a session featured at the Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers (NEDS) meeting on April 14 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut. Kammener’s presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the business aviation tax and regulatory landscape, including sales and use taxes, federal excise taxes, entertainment use rules, bonus deprecation and the impact of charter operations. The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oxford Airport 121 restaurant. To RSVP, contact or Amy Roy For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

NTBAA Hosts SMS Forum in Dallas, Apr. 27
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA), Global Aerospace and CAE Simuflite will sponsor an “Advanced Forum in Safety Management Systems (SMSs)” on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Dallas – DFW Airport North Outdoor World Hotel. The program is specifically created for business aviation flight departments, risk managers, safety officers, FBO management and others interested in SMS integration. Presenters include Don Baldwin, president of Baldwin Aviation, and Don Chupp, president of Fireside Partners, formerly with the National Transportation Safety Board. There is a 100-attendee limit with a $20 charge per person for NTBAA members and $25 for non-members. For more information and to RSVP, contact Marj DeLong at

Colorado ‘Aviation Saves’ Advocacy Event, Apr. 28
The Centennial Business Aviation Association (CABA) is sponsoring a one-day event at Centennial Airport (APA) on Wednesday, April 28, entitled “Aviation Saves” to tout the importance of general aviation to businesses, companies and communities. The event will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is free of charge. An 11:00 a.m. luncheon, reserved for aviation-related business and industry professionals, will feature leaders like NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen speaking on the current state of general aviation and the industry’s future. In addition, a static display of aircraft will be held between X Jet and Signature Flight Support at the airport. To learn more, visit:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

Bolen Congratulates Cessna’s Pelton on Lindbergh Award
This week, NBAA congratulated Cessna Aircraft Company President and CEO Jack Pelton, who has been selected to receive the 2010 Lindbergh Award. According to the Foundation's web site, the award "is presented annually to individuals whose work over many years has made significant contributions toward the Lindbergh's concept of balancing technology and nature.” The award will be presented to Pelton at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, FL on April 14. Pelton has served on NBAA's Board of Directors since October 2009. To review a press release about the award, visit:

Webinar Focuses on Fatigue Management Education, Training
On March 25 at 2:00 p.m., a new NBAA webinar focusing on “Crew Scheduling & Fatigue Management,” will be presented by Dr. Durwood Heinrich with Proactive Safety Concepts. Dr. Heinrich will review fatigue factors related to today’s busy operating environment where lengthy flights are more and more common. This webinar is ideal for any flight department professional involved in crew scheduling, including the scheduler/dispatcher, pilots and cabin crew members, the safety officer, the chief pilot, and the aviation manager or director of operations. To register and for more information go to:

SMS Workshop to Be Held in Las Vegas Area, Apr. 13–15
The use of safety management systems (SMSs) by business aircraft operators is an important part of the safety strategy for business aviation. NBAA has partnered with ARGUS International to offer an “Introduction to SMS” workshop at the Henderson, NV Executive Airport next month. The workshop, offered April 13–15, covers the basics of aviation safety and SMS concepts. Guidance also will be provided on how to utilize the International Business Aviation Council SMS Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to take operators through the complete SMS implementation process and provides many valuable tools and reference materials. To learn more about these workshops and register online, visit:

Application Deadline Extended for 2010 Flying Safety Awards
NBAA is now inviting Member flight departments to submit applications for the Association's Flying Safety Awards through March 31. The 2010 awards recognize achievement in flying safety and professionalism through accident-free service for the year ended December 31, 2009. The awards are endorsed by the National Safety Council, and recipients are acknowledged at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention. Direct questions to NBAA's Jay Evans at, and learn more or download application forms at:

Deadline for Flight Attendant Scholarships Is Fast Approaching
NBAA encourages business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians who aspire to further their professional development to apply for the Association’s Flight Attendants/Technicians Scholarships. To date, the scholarship program has helped over 300 professionals advance their careers in business aviation. Scholarship applications are available online and the deadline for submission is March 31. Recipients will be acknowledged at the NBAA 15th Annual Flight Attendants Conference in San Diego, CA, held June 24–26. To apply online, 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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