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NBAA Update #10-13
Monday, March 29, 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 Approves FAA Reauthorization Legislation
Last week, the Senate passed a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and continue transformation to a Next Generation Air Transportation System, or "NextGen." The House approved its initial version of the bill last year. The House and Senate bills reject user fees, and instead will fund NextGen with an 11-cent-per-gallon increase in the jet fuel tax. Now, the two bills must be reconciled into a single piece of legislation before being sent to the President. In the meantime, Congress has approved a 30-day extension of current FAA programs in an effort to provide time for lawmakers to hammer out differences between the two measures. For more information, visit:

TSA Nominee Withdraws From Consideration
Last week, the White House nominee for the top post at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) withdrew his name for consideration. The nominee, Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding, a retired Army intelligence officer, withdrew from consideration as director of the agency just over two weeks after President Obama submitted his nomination for consideration by the U.S. Senate. The Administration's choice for heading up the TSA is important to the business aviation community as the agency re-works the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program introduced in 2009 to much concern from the industry. NBAA will keep Members advised on continuing developments related to future nominees. For questions or more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

CBP Reminds Operators of APIS Requirements
Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are issuing preliminary penalty notices to operators not complying with Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements. According to CBP, some operators are not making APIS transmissions for flights departing the United States for an international destination. Final regulations issued in 2009 require all private aircraft operators conducting international flights to provide passenger manifest and aircraft information via APIS no later than 60 minutes prior to departure. NBAA offers Members a competitively priced APIS transmission service that provides numerous value-added features. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or, or visit:

CARE Promotes Industry's Haiti Missions in DC
Representatives from NBAA and the all-volunteer crisis-response group, Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE), were in Washington, DC last week to meet with policymakers and opinion leaders on and off Capitol Hill to detail the business aviation community's outpouring of support for efforts to help those impacted by the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti. CARE volunteers attended a Capitol Hill luncheon featuring humanitarian GA organizations, and met with several members of Congress, as well as Administration officials and others. Read more online at:

Insider Tells the Story of Business Aviation's Mission to Haiti
Following the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti, it became clear that business aviation could help solve the transportation challenges confronting federal government agencies and nongovernmental relief organizations. The latest edition of Business Aviation Insider tells the inspiring story of how NBAA Members, recognizing the severity of the Haiti crisis, responded generously with an outpouring of offers for support. The internationally themed March/April issue, now arriving in Member mailboxes and sponsored by Southeastern Jet Corporation, is now available online at:

Operators Encouraged to Complete Survey on Safety Culture
The Turbine Aircraft Operations Subgroup (TAOS), formed in 2005, is part of the FAA's General Aviation Steering Committee. The primary purpose of the group is to study safety practices for turbine-aircraft operators and make recommendations to the FAA. To further these efforts, TAOS created a short survey seeking input from pilots about safety-related practices and programs. Operators are encouraged to complete this important survey by April 30. To access the survey, visit:

NBAA Offers Fuel Cost Saving Strategies
NBAA today released Ten Critical Strategies for Long-Term Fuel Savings, a new white paper that provides a variety of steps for saving critical dollars on aircraft fuel bills, both in the short-term and long-term. Opportunities to save fuel and reduce operating costs abound for business aircraft, potentially saving entrepreneurs and companies that rely on business aviation thousands of dollars per year. "NBAA continually seeks ways to help its Members minimize costs, and fuel is one of the largest variable costs of operating an aircraft today," said Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president of education, operations & economics. Learn more at:

EBACE Celebrates a Decade of Accomplishments and Excellence
The 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) will not only commemorate a decade of being Europe's premier business aviation event, but also several milestones. In 2001, EBACE launched as the first event in Europe dedicated solely to business aviation and showed policymakers and the public the industry's value in supporting jobs, boosting productivity, efficiency and competitiveness for businesses, and enhancing transportation access for communities across the European region. Today business aviation enjoys steady growth across Europe in the first decade of this millennium. Today, business aviation represents some 7 percent of IFR traffic in Europe, and the fleet is cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than at any time in its history. Learn more about this year's EBACE, or register, by visiting:

European Safety Standdown Coming in May
On May 2 and 3, Bombardier, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA will present the 4th Annual European Safety Standdown. This yearly event focuses on reducing human errors, the underlying cause of most accidents, by combining skill-based and knowledge-based training. Featured aviation safety expert presenters will include Rick Rowe of Bombardier, Dr. Tony Kern of Convergent Performance and Professors Glenn Harmon and Antonio Colomer of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This year, new workshops will be offered for pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and managers. For more information and to register, visit:

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WA State Senate Rejects New House-Proposed Aviation Taxes
General aviation groups fighting to defeat a burdensome new tax on all aircraft in Washington state have made significant progress. The Washington State Senate, which had already removed a proposed increase of up to 1,400 percent in aircraft registration costs from the state revenue plan, last week effectively rejected amendments in the House budget proposal calling for a different, but equally onerous, tax based on a complicated chart of aircraft types and manufacture dates. NBAA's Kristi Ivey, northwest regional representative, encouraged NBAA Members that have been engaged in the advocacy effort to write to any and all state senators and thank them for rejecting excessive taxes on aviation. NBAA Members are also encouraged to contact Washington House representatives and ask them to reconsider the onerous tax increase. For more information, contact Ivey at or visit:

Arkansas Officials Make Clear: No Plane, No Gain
Arkansas recently became the latest state to proclaim the value of all aviation, including business aviation, to the state, and local news organizations took notice. As one example, Batesville ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Channel 8 interviewed Batesville Regional Airport (BVX) Manager Mary Amos, who reported: "Probably 90 percent of the airplanes that come in are corporate jets of different types…I really think if this airport wasn't here, Batesville would really be hurting." The video and story are online at:

Missouri GA Community Educates Lawmakers on Business Aviation Value
NBAA Members last week joined members of the Missouri Pilots Association and Missouri Airport Managers Association to meet with lawmakers in Jefferson City for the fourth annual Missouri Aviation Day. More than 100 representatives from the general aviation community informed lawmakers of general aviation's benefits to citizens, companies and communities in Missouri and across the country. To read the full story, visit:

Podcast: Colorado Event to Highlight Necessity of Business Aviation
In what might be considered a local No Plane No Gain event, one Colorado group is working to promote the value of aviation, including business aviation, to the state. The Centennial Airport Business Association (CABA) is sponsoring an event called "Aviation Saves" to tout the importance of general aviation to businesses, companies and communities. The event is the focus of this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast. David Purvis, CABA vice president, echoes the No Plane No Gain themes in declaring: "We want to show people how aviation saves lives, communities, local economies, businesses, and jobs" in Colorado. To hear the podcast, visit:

New York Aviation Group Making a Difference with Lawmakers
The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) held its annual Advocacy Day in Albany last week, meeting with state legislators on issues affecting the local business aviation community. Several NBAA Members and representatives from the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) and the Long Island business Aviation Association (LIBAA) were among the 37 participants who urged lawmakers to join the State Assembly aviation caucus, and repeal New York's sales and use tax and the charter tax. Regional aviation groups across the country are mobilizing at the grassroots level to address proposed new aviation taxes and other local industry priorities. To learn more about NBAA's support for state and local advocacy, visit:

Revised RNAV Arrival and Departure Procedures Coming to Tampa
Nine revised area navigation (RNAV) arrival and departure procedures will be published and implemented at Tampa International Airport (TPA) on April 8. Once implemented, operators of turbojet aircraft capable of flying these RNAV procedures should file one of the new procedures to avoid reroutes, potential delays and to reduce cockpit workload and ATC communication on flights that arrive at or depart from TPA. The FAA will conduct a pre-implementation teleconference to address implementation issues this Thursday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. Operators with terminal RNAV capability on their aircraft who fly in and out of TPA are encouraged to participate in the call. The call-in number is (770) 210-7101 and the access code is 5501. For more information on RNAV procedures, visit:

Connecticut Business Aviation Group Meets Apr. 7
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) will hold its spring meeting on Wednesday, April 7, at the New England Air Museum. State Representative Antonio Guerrera, co-chair of the Connecticut legislature's joint transportation committee, and Caren Kittredge, chair of the Bradley International Airport board of directors, will discuss legislative issues regarding business aviation. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m., and attendees will be permitted free access to the New England Air Museum starting at 3:00 p.m. The event is free for CBAG members; non-members will be asked to join CBAG for a $25 fee. The museum is located at Bradley Airport, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. To assist in planning, please RSVP to and for more information contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

PDP Courses for Maintenance Professionals in San Diego, Apr. 8–9
NBAA is offering two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses with essential training on team leadership and maintenance procedures in conjunction with the 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), held from April 6 to 8 in San Diego, CA. The first course, "Technical Operations Policy and Procedures Manual Development," prepares maintenance professionals to create a manual benchmarked to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The second course, "Highly Effective Teams at Work," uses videos, role-playing, breakout sessions and group discussion to help participants think differently about how teams work, and learn to motivate people more effectively. To learn more about these courses and to register, visit:

SDRAA Hosts Annual Scholarship Event Apr. 26
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host its annual scholarship fundraiser on April 26 at the Crossings at Carlsbad near McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA. SDRAA is committed to supporting aviation education, and each year proceeds from its golf tournament benefit a scholarship endowment for students in the San Diego area pursuing careers in aviation. Last year's event raised nearly $10,000 to support SDRAA's scholarship fund. For registration or details on sponsorship opportunities, contact or visit:

GBAA 11th Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Set for Apr. 30
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host its annual membership meeting and fundraiser on April 30 at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel in Marietta, GA. In addition to supporting GBAA activities, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to GBAA's charitable and scholarship activities. During last year's event, GBAA awarded nine academic scholarships to Georgia high school graduates and GBAA members. For more information, contact Dave Small at or visit:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

International Operators Conference Comes to New Orleans This Week
The International Operators Conference will provide resources for individuals responsible for transporting of business aviation travelers to global markets. Starting today and running through April 1 in New Orleans, LA, session topics will include legal and cultural issues facing operators and passengers, security and international regulations, environmental issues, and customs, border and quarantine updates. "In the global world we all now live in, aviation issues are constantly changing, and this conference will help professionals stay abreast of those changes," said Bill Stine, NBAA director of international operations. More information and session details are available at:

NBAA to Receive Prestigious National Aviation Hall of Fame Award
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has selected NBAA to be the recipient of the 2010 Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award. The Spirit of Flight Award, which is presented annually to a group or organization that has made significant contributions to America's aviation heritage, is the most prestigious award given by NAHF. The award will be presented to NBAA on July 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, OH. For more information and to view past recipients of the annual Spirit of Flight Award, visit:

NBAA Silk Scarf Award Presented to Past Chairman Jeff Lee
Last Friday, Jeff Lee, president of the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) and flight department manager for IBM, was presented with the NBAA Silk Scarf Award for his contributions to the general aviation community. The award, presented by NBAA Chairman of the Board Pat Cunningham at Westchester County Airport (HPN), celebrates Lee's many contributions, including expanding WAA's Career Fair, establishing the WAA Safety Day and helping to manage community relations. In addition, Lee worked closely with the Teterboro Users' Group and Morristown Aviation Association (MAA) to provide safety forums and seminars on topics such as emergency egress, firefighting, cold weather operations and international operations. Learn more about NBAA's awards at:

Silent Auction and Raffle Benefit NBAA Maintenance Scholarship
At the upcoming 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference to be held April 6 to 8 in San Diego, CA, NBAA will host a Silent Auction and Snap-on Tool Chest Raffle to benefit the Association's Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS). The scholarship program offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians monetary support to pursue aircraft, engine and avionics training and further their careers. All Silent Auction items were generously donated by NBAA Members and the tool chest was donated by Snap-on Tools. For more information on the Silent Auction and to download the donor form, visit:

2011 S&D Conference Session Proposals Due Apr. 2
Session proposals for the 2011 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference are due this Friday, April 2. The S&D Conference is a yearly educational event that provides valuable information to business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. The event includes hundreds of exhibits from service providers and aviation product suppliers. The NBAA S&D Committee is accepting proposals for education sessions relevant to the S&D profession on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership and career and leadership development. Send all proposals to NBAA's Jo Damato at or visit:

NBAA Online Tax Seminar, Just in Time for April
With April 15 fast approaching, now is the time to visit NBAA's online tax seminar presentations at the NBAA On-Demand Education Portal. Presentations include a video recording with synched slides from NBAA's 18th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, originally held last October in Orlando, FL. Presentations on 14 different topics from the conference are available and are ideal for flight department managers, attorneys, accountants and Part 135 operators. NBAA Members are eligible to receive a discounted price. For more information and to order, visit:

Did You Know About the NBAA Jobs Board?
The online NBAA Jobs Board lists dozens of open positions for business aviation professionals at companies hiring across the country. Some of the most recently posted opportunities are for maintenance managers in Missouri and Florida, flight support specialists in Massachusetts, maintenance technicians in Arizona and Wisconsin and pilots in Ohio, Michigan and California. To view all the open positions or create an account to gain greater professional exposure, 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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