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NBAA Update #10-14
Monday, April 05, 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 Urges Congress to Renew Accelerated Aircraft Depreciation
Last week, NBAA joined with 81 other organizations in signing on to a letter to House and Senate leaders calling for renewal of an accelerated-depreciation policy for aircraft purchase that expired last month. Accelerated, or "bonus," depreciation is widely believed to encourage the purchase of a variety of manufactured goods, including new aircraft – leading to increases in aircraft manufacture, and the jobs that come with it. The letter noted that extension of the accelerated-depreciation policy is "sorely needed now to help spur sales and create jobs." View the letter in PDF format at:

NBAA Tells Washington Aviation Forum: No Plane, No Gain
Dozens of state aviation officials were the latest to hear from NBAA about the value of business aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. Last week, Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president for government affairs, emphasized the importance of business aviation at an annual legislative conference of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), held in Washington, DC. "NBAA representatives are on Capitol Hill day in and day out promoting the message of the No Plane No Gain program," Piccione noted. "But our advocacy work doesn't stop there – it's also important to speak to decision-makers from outside the Beltway, so that they can echo our message when they're talking with members of Congress while here." To review a web article about the event, visit:

FAA Issues SAFO on Thickened Anti-icing Fluid
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a safety alert for operators (SAFO) regarding the possible effects of thickened anti-icing fluid on takeoff rotation for airplanes with unpowered elevator controls. According to SAFO 01001, pilots have reported instances in which significantly increased back-pressure was required on the flight controls in order to rotate the aircraft, after the application of Type II or Type IV anti-icing fluids. The FAA recommends that flightcrews be trained to anticipate the possible control column forces that may be necessary to rotate the aircraft to the takeoff attitude when the airplane is treated with thickened anti-icing fluids. Review the SAFO in PDF format at:

FAA Calls for Contamination Testing of Halon Fire Extinguishers
As a result of warnings from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding the possibility of contaminated halon gas in fire extinguishers, and a recommendation from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to check the quality of halon gas in extinguishers, the FAA has issued SAFO 10004. While this alert is largely targeted at providers of halon fire extinguishers, it is important that aircraft operators ensure that the extinguishers in use in their operations have been appropriately tested for contamination. Review the SAFO in PDF format at:

Podcast: Safety Expert Discusses Trends and Issues
As NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) gear up for the 2010 Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), FSF President Bill Voss discusses safety trends and best practices for business aviation operations. Voss discusses the role of automation in influencing safety trends, and the challenges of ensuring companies' safety programs have the funding and resources needed in a challenging economy. The CASS is scheduled for May 11 to 13, 2010, at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple's iTunes web site, or download it from NBAA's web site at:

EBACE2010 Positioned for Success
With just over a month until the ribbon cutting starts the 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010), NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are anticipating a strong show. As of April 1, more than 400 Exhibitors had registered to display at Geneva Palexpo, and the Static Display of Aircraft was sold out with 63 aircraft registered for display at Geneva International Airport. Learn more or register now at:

EBACE Will Showcase a Decade of Business Aviation Milestones
Since the inaugural EBACE in 2001, the event has always focused on the emerging trends, challenges and opportunities facing business aviation. For this, the 10th Annual EBACE, NBAA and EBAA have produced a white paper detailing the significant developments for the European business aviation community over the last 10 years – from steady marketplace growth, to a heightened recognition of the industry's benefits, to measureable progress on the legislative and regulatory priorities for business aviation. At EBACE, EBAA and NBAA will co-host a reception on May 4, titled "Celebrating the Global Reach of Business Aviation," to recognize the industry's decade of accomplishment. The reception will be held between Halls 6 and 7 in Geneva Palexpo at 6:00 p.m. Geneva time. To learn more and read a copy of the white paper, visit:

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Garfield County Airport Closed to Fixed-Wing Ops Through Nov. 18
Garfield County Regional Airport (RIL) in Rifle, CO will be closed to fixed-wing operations starting today, April 5, through November 18 due to runway and taxiway construction. Helicopter operations will continue to be permitted during the construction. The project includes a realigned runway and new runway lighting, additional aircraft parking space, new instrument landing equipment and other safety improvements. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at

Chicago-Area Safety Standdown Is Apr. 9
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) and Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) will hold a Safety Standdown at the Hilton Hotel in Northbrook, IL, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event will focus on risk management, emergency response preparedness, balancing stress and safety management systems. Flight Attendant and Cockpit Crew Training Seminars (FACTS Training) will be provided by AirCare Solutions. Direct questions to NBAA's Bob Quinn at All Chicago-Area Safety Standdown registrations should be made online via the CABAA web site at:

Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association Meets Apr. 15
The Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will host a networking meeting at the Grotto conference center and botanical gardens in Portland, OR on April 15. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. with registration, followed by dinner and industry news and updates. The cost to attend is $25 for PRSDA members and $40 for non-members. Contact PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at to RSVP by April 9. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

North Texas SMS Forum to Be Held 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 (SMS) 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 for NTBAA members and $25 for non-members. For more information and to RSVP, contact Marj DeLong at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

FAA to Hold Customer Forum in Florida, Apr. 29
The FAA will conduct an air traffic customer forum for the Central and Panhandle Florida area on April 29 in Orlando, FL. The event will be held at the JetBlue Orlando Support Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for customers to attend presentations from various FAA air traffic facilities in the area and to interact with FAA air traffic personnel. For more information, or to register to attend, contact FAA's Bill White at or NBAA's Operations Service Group at

Greater Washington Safety Standdown at NTSB Training Academy, May 20
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) plans to hold its fourth annual Safety Standdown on May 20 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Academy in Ashburn, VA. Speakers will include Dr. Paul Schuda of the NTSB. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting GWBAA's Jim Garland at To register and for additional information, visit:

NBAA Regional Forum Coming to Teterboro, Jun. 10
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, to be held June 10 at Jet Aviation at the Teterboro Airport (TEB) in Teterboro, NJ, will feature nearly 1,000 Attendees, over 60 indoor exhibits and 20 static aircraft. Valuable education sessions will focus on safety, tax and regulatory policies, flight operations and other important issues. In addition, NBAA staff members will be on hand to provide updates on the Association's No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign and the latest legislative developments from Washington, DC. For more information, visit:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

International Aircraft Transactions Conference Only at EBACE2010
This year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) will feature the International Aircraft Transactions Conference at Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland on May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This new seminar will introduce considerations for companies purchasing or leasing a business aircraft. Leading experts will discuss topics including the state of the new and used aircraft marketplace, taxation, financing and leasing, registration, and the value added tax in Europe. The registration fee is $395 for NBAA or European Business Aviation Association Members and $495 for non-members, and includes continental breakfast and lunch, seminar materials and EBACE2010 registration. For more information, visit:

Attendance Soars at NBAA's 2010 International Operators Conference
A total of 500 Attendees participated in NBAA's 37th Annual International Operators Conference, held last week from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, LA. The attendance total was an increase of nearly 20 percent over that for 2009, when 421 people were on hand. This annual event, planned in conjunction with NBAA's International Operators Committee, brings together a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies in both the cockpit and cabin. "In the global world we all now live in, aviation issues are constantly changing, and this conference helps industry professionals stay abreast of those changes," said Bill Stine, NBAA director of international operations. PowerPoint presentations from this event will be posted online in the coming week. For an event overview, visit:

Insider Story Shows How IS-BAO Works for Small Flight Departments
A story in the March/April 2010 edition of Business Aviation Insider profiles two small companies operating Beechcraft King Airs to show how a flight operation of any size can implement the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to augment and improve their safety management systems (SMS). IS-BAO is a set of best practices for helping achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. At the core of the IS-BAO is a scalable SMS tool for all business aircraft operators. Read this and other articles from the March/April issue, sponsored by Southeastern Jet Corporation, by visiting:

NBAA Seeks Candidates for CAM Governing Board
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board is calling for nominations to a director position. All nominations must be received in writing by April 30, to be reviewed at the governing board meeting scheduled for June 7 to 9. Nominees must be CAMs in good standing and able to contribute to the work of the governing board. Nominations may be submitted by mail or e-mail. To submit a nomination or for more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more about the CAM Program at:

European Safety Standdown

25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
April 6–8, 2010, San Diego, CA

European Safety Standdown
May 2–3, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Conference
May 3, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

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 Taxes Seminar
June 4, 2010, Chicago, IL

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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