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NBAA Update #10-15
Monday, April 12, 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 Weighs In on DHS Security Roadmap
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), which contains a number of recommendations for the development and execution of DHS security policies that affect stakeholders across a variety of civilian and government capabilities. The report, mandated by Congress, involved three separate rounds of public interaction and comment. NBAA provided DHS with a number of comments related to counterterrorism and domestic security management, disaster planning and recovery, and homeland security planning and capability. For additional information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at or read the review online at:

EPA Expected to Publish Lead Emissions ANPRM Soon
Within the next few weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on a reduction in lead emissions from Avgas. The EPA has determined that lead emissions from general aviation aircraft may have health and environmental impacts, and the EPA's notice will call for input from industry on fuel solutions for replacing 100LL fuel. NBAA is working on the issue with an industry coalition that includes the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Transportation Association and others. For more information, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at

Following NTSB Learjet Report, NBAA Offers Tire Pressure Guidance
Following last week's National Transportation Safety Board report on the September 19, 2008, crash of a Learjet 60 in South Carolina, NBAA's Safety Committee has developed a brief on tire safety best practices. "Operators should ensure they have developed appropriate procedures to ensure tire pressures remain within allowable limits," notes Keat Pruszenski, manager of customer support engineering for Michelin North America, Inc.'s Aircraft Tire Company Division. The brief is also the subject of this week's NBAA Flight Plan, the Association's weekly podcast. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on iTunes or listen online at To read the brief, visit:

Bolen Moderates NextGen Panel at Key Washington Conference
As aviation industry experts gathered last week for a conference to discuss aviation system policy planning, the business aviation community was represented in the dialogue. At a symposium hosted by RTCA, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen moderated a panel on continuing efforts to build toward a Next Generation Air Transportation System, known as NextGen. "At no point have we seen so much consensus and optimism for finally making NextGen a reality," Bolen said. Panel members also included representatives from the Government Accountability Office, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation and staff from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. To review a web article about Bolen's panel forum, visit:

NBAA Challenges Media's Negative Portrayal of Flight-Blocking Program
When news outlets aired a story produced last week by the investigative journalism organization ProPublica, questioning the need for NBAA's Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the Association was quick to explain the need for the BARR. NBAA's Dan Hubbard, senior vice president, communications, told USA Today that "privacy is important to business fliers because competitors can learn of potential deals by tracking planes." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reminded CNBC: "Companies use these airplanes to do things that can't be done on the commercial airlines. They're flying to cities without commercial air service, they're doing three or four cities a day." Bolen's CNBC interview is available online at:

State Legislators in DC Hear No Plane, No Gain'
State legislators from across the country gathered in Washington last week for a forum hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators. NBAA was among the groups working to highlight the value of business aviation at the local level, where NBAA Member Companies and other businesses serve as a base for employment. "When state legislators gather in Washington to talk with federal elected officials about the essential industries in their states, we want to be sure business aviation is a part of that picture," noted NBAA's Dick Doubrava, director, legislative affairs, who attended the event. To read a web article about the event, visit:

EBACE2010 Marks Industry Milestones – Register Today
Since the inaugural European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in 2001, the visibility of EBACE has helped inform senior figures from European governmental institutions about the value of business aviation in the region. This and other milestones will be recognized at this year's EBACE, the largest educational aviation event in Europe. Advance registration numbers are 30 percent higher than this time last year, and hotel bookings are up nearly 15 percent. More than 400 Exhibitors are registered to fill Halls 6 and 7 of the Geneva Palexpo. The Static Display of Aircraft is sold out with 63 aircraft planned for display. On May 4, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and EBAA President and CEO Brian Humphries will hold a ceremony to recognize the industry's accomplishments. Register today by visiting:

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Outlook Improves in WA State Tax Battle
The general aviation community has reason for optimism in light of recent developments in a hard-fought battle to stop a proposed 0.5 percent annual excise tax on all aircraft based in the state. On April 10, lawmakers in the state's House of Representatives approved an overall state tax bill without the increase, which had been included in earlier versions of the legislation. The State Senate has already signaled its opposition to the excise tax proposal, and is expected to vote on the House bill sometime today. The welcome news follows a weeks-long advocacy campaign in which NBAA and its Members worked as part of a unified grassroots coalition that mobilized in opposition to the measure. "Although the final vote hasn't been taken on this issue, it's important to recognize the work done by NBAA Members and others to ensure that the industry has been heard in the debate over this proposal, which could have such a detrimental impact on business aviation," said NBAA's Kristi Ivey, northwest regional representative. To learn more about the issue, visit:

Airspace Restrictions in DC This Week
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been released in conjunction with President Obama's Nuclear Summit in the Washington, DC area. General aviation (GA) operations will be prohibited in the DC Flight Restricted Zone on April 12 and 13, with the exception of those aircraft operating under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). In addition, GA operations will be prohibited in the special flight rules area (SFRA) April 12 and 13, except for aircraft on IFR flight plans arriving or departing Washington Dulles International (IAD), Baltimore Washington International (BWI) or Manassas Regional/Davis Airport (HEF). No GA flights will be allowed to transition the SFRA airspace even if on an IFR flight plan, unless they are arriving or departing IAD, BWI or HEF. Direct questions to NBAA's Operations Service Group at

NBAA Joins Rep. Graves at Sun N Fun Town Hall
When Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) hosts an April 17 Town Hall meeting to hear from the aviation community during Sun n Fun in Lakeland, FL next week, NBAA Members will be represented in the discussion. Rep. Graves, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and its Aviation Subcommittee, joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to hold the forum, which will focus on the industry's top priorities. NBAA's Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs, will join AOPA President Craig Fuller and others at the event, to be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17. Rep. Graves answers NBAA's questions in an article that appeared in the Sept-Oct 2008 edition of Business Aviation Insider; that article can be viewed by visiting:

TEB VOR Outage May Cause Delays
Routine maintenance of the VOR at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) will require the facility to be shut down from April 8 to 30, affecting a number of approach and departure procedures. While no significant delays are anticipated during normal operations, problems could arise if winds force south departures to use TEB Runway 19, instead of the favored Runway 24. Also, aircraft that are not GPS-equipped will not be able to use the TETERBORO SIX departure procedure during the outage and can expect radar vectors instead. For more information regarding this outage, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

NBAA Member Action Needed on Florida Tax
The Florida House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 173 to remove the onerous use tax on aircraft operators visiting from out of state. The legislation would allow aircraft owners to remain in Florida for up to 21 days during the first six months of ownership without being subject to use tax. Unfortunately, the accompanying senate bill that would provide similar relief has stalled. In order to become law, Senate Bill 220 (SB 220) must move out of committee and be passed by the senate. With the legislative session ending in a few days, NBAA Members are encouraged to contact members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee and encourage them to seek passage of SB 220. For more information, visit:

Minnesota-Area Luncheon Meeting on Apr. 14
The Minnesota Business Aviation Association will hold a luncheon meeting this Wednesday, April 14, at Signature Flight Support (MSP), Best Jets International, at Hangar 8. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and feature a presentation by Dassault Falcon's Pete Hoicombe on the Falcon 7X, as well as a static display of the aircraft. Attendees should park at Signature Flight Support, where transportation to the hangar will be provided. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Meet 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 this Thursday, 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

South Florida BAA Pilots Breakfast, Apr. 20
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host a breakfast for pilots on Tuesday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport's (FXE) Jet Runway Cafe. Featured speaker, Barry Byrd, the FAA's FAASTeam program manager, will discuss risk management. Breakfast will be provided. To RSVP contact SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

North Texas SMS Forum to Be Held 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 Donald 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

Colorado Group Gets New Name, Plans Advocacy Event
The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA), formerly known as the Centennial Airport Business Association, is sponsoring an advocacy event at Centennial Airport (APA) on Wednesday, April 28, to showcase how aviation saves lives, communities, businesses and local economies. 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 NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other industry leaders. In addition, a static display of aircraft will be held between X Jet and Signature Flight Support at the airport. To learn more, visit:

GBAA Annual Meeting in Marietta, 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:

FAA to Host Seattle Meeting and Customer Forum
The FAA will host a two-day Runway Safety Action Team Visit and Customer Forum Meeting for Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on May 4 and 5. The meeting will be held in the Summit Conference Room of the main terminal building at 17801 International Blvd. (Pacific Highway S.), Seattle, WA 98158. For additional information, contact the FAA's Christine Chesak at or review the meeting agenda at:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

NBAA's 25th Maintenance Management Conference Breaks Records
Last week, NBAA's 25th Annual Maintenance Management Conference held in San Diego, CA, drew its highest attendance ever, with 350 people participating – an increase of more than 16 percent over last year's total of 292 Attendees. Additionally, the number of Exhibitors increased from 63 in 2009 to 83 in 2010, a 30 percent gain. Additionally, 30 people received the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) this year, up from 22 in 2009. To review a press release about the conference, visit:

NBAA Changes Date for Chicago Regional Forum
NBAA has changed the date for the Association's Chicago Business Aviation Regional Forum to August 18. The event will continue to be held at DB Aviation in Waukegan Airport (UGN), in Waukegan, IL. The new date will make it easier for Attendees to participate in both the Regional Forum and the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association's golf tournament on August 19, the proceeds of which benefit aviation scholarships. For more information, visit:

Business Aviation Insider Offers Tips on Ditching Training
The March/April 2010 edition of Business Aviation Insider offers guidance on ditching training for flight crews in the Tips & Tools section of the publication, which is sponsored by Southeastern Jet Corporation. Aircraft ditchings are relatively rare, but two such events in 2009 underscore the fact that pilots need to be ready to handle a wide range of unexpected challenges whenever they take off. To view this and other articles from the March/April issue, visit:

Webinar on Federal Excise Tax Applicability Coming Apr. 29
Determining the applicability of federal excise taxes, including fuel taxes, on business aviation flights is important, yet sometimes confusing. On Thursday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m., NBAA will feature a live webinar, "Federal Excise Taxes Applicability: Remitting Taxes, Obtaining Refunds and Credits." Gain the tools to understand which taxes apply to which flights, how to calculate taxes due, how to obtain credits and refunds, and how to properly complete forms and remit taxes. To register and for more information, visit:

Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar Fast Approaching
Online registration is available for the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), the industry's premier business aviation safety event. Co-hosted by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, the 55th Annual CASS will be held from May 11 to 13 in Tucson, AZ. Each year, more than 400 individuals attend CASS, which features presentations by leaders of industry, government officials and university researchers. For more information, to make housing arrangements at reduced rates, or to register online, visit:

International Operators Conference Presentations Now Online
Presentations from NBAA's 37th Annual International Operators Conference, held from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, LA, are now available online. The conference, coordinated by NBAA's International Operators Committee, brought together expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies in both the cockpit and cabin. To view the presentations, visit:

European Safety Standdown

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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