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NBAA Update #10-17
Monday, April 26, 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, Others Answer EPA's Call for Unleaded Fuel Plan
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) calling for ideas for transitioning to an unleaded fuel for general aviation avgas. In its ANPR, the EPA acknowledged: "Converting in-use aircraft/engines to operate on unleaded aviation gasoline would be a significant logistical challenge, and in some cases a technical challenge as well." NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aviation Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association and National Air Transportation Association in a unified response to the EPA. To review the industry's response, visit:

Introduction of Senate Climate-Change Bill Postponed
As NBAA has previously reported, the U.S. Congress has long considered carbon emissions from aviation as part of a broader debate over emissions from all transportation sectors. Although business aviation only accounts for a small fraction of transportation emissions, the industry has a long, continuous record of reducing aircraft emissions. The Association is closely monitoring a congressional climate-change bill that was expected for introduction today, but was postponed as other issues dominate the policy agenda. For more information regarding NBAA's advocacy efforts concerning aircraft emissions, visit:

NBAA Representing Business Aviation at DC Chamber Event
As Washington aviation policymakers gather for an annual forum to consider planning for the nation's aviation system, the business aviation community will have a voice in the discussions. Lisa Piccione, NBAA's senior vice president for government affairs, will join representatives from the airlines and other stakeholders in a discussion focused on aviation system modernization at the event, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business aviation community has long supported aviation system modernization, and NBAA has looked to the Chamber event as an opportunity to remind policy leaders about the importance of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities with an advertisement included in a handout for all Chamber forum attendees. To learn more about the advertisement, visit:

Tennessee Joins Other States in Saying: No Plane, No Gain
Standing on the steps of the state capitol in Nashville, TN, last week, governor Phil Bredesen announced April as General Aviation Appreciation Month. Pointing specifically to the value of business aviation, the proclamation issued by the governor states that the use of general aviation by businesses and Tennesseans is "directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the state." The governor is an active pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. Accompanying Bredesen as he signed the proclamation was NBAA Director of Legislative Affairs Dick Doubrava and several top officials of Tennessee state government. The Tennessee proclamation comes on the heels of those from Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Vermont and West Virginia. Read the Tennessee proclamation in its entirety at:

NBAA and CBAA Offer Resources for U.S.-Canadian Cross Border Issues
NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) are offering new resources to cover operational challenges between the two countries. There are unique cross-border issues that U.S. operators face when flying to and within Canada and others that Canadian operators face when coming into and flying throughout the U.S. NBAA is seeking feedback and gauging interest in a conference that would cover these topics. International operators are invited to complete a short survey on the topic, which will help shape the conference, at NBAA will also host a webinar moderated by CBAA at 1:00 p.m. on May 20. Learn more and register at:

Podcast: Experts Discuss Impact of SMS Requirements on GA
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the aviation agency of the United Nations, has been developing requirements for safety management systems (SMS) for NBAA Members and the general aviation community. Don Spruston, International Business Aviation Council director general, and Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security & regulation, describe these rules as a systematic, universal way of addressing safety. Learn more about how this could affect your operations in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, available on iTunes and online at:

10th Annual EBACE Features Prominent Government, Industry Experts
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010), to be held from May 4 to 6 in Geneva, will feature Jorg Leichtfried, a member of the European Parliament who serves on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and the Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia, who advises aerospace companies, financial institutions and other organizations, and is routinely quoted by the world's leading news organizations. EBACE2010 will highlight a decade of achievements for the industry. For more information and to register, visit:

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Colorado Event to Show How ‘Aviation ‘Saves' This Wednesday
It happened in Missouri. It happened in Washington State. And now, an upcoming forum in Colorado is the latest regional initiative to be considered a local No Plane, No Gain event. A one-day "Aviation Saves" event to highlight the ways that general aviation (GA), including business aviation, serves communities will be held at Colorado's Centennial Airport (APA) this Wednesday, April 28, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. "It's an advocacy event," said David Purvis, vice chair of the newly renamed Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA), online at, which is sponsoring the event. Purvis notes that the intent of the grassroots event is to show people how all of GA, including business aviation, "saves lives, communities, businesses, jobs…all the things that are often under-appreciated about GA." To learn more, visit:

Regional Events in Texas, California, Georgia and Missouri This Week
One of the ways NBAA Members can get more involved in business aviation issues at the local level is by attending meetings hosted by the more than 60 regional business aviation organizations based nationwide. Regional meetings this week include those hosted by the North Texas Business Aviation Association, which will sponsor a Safety Management System (SMS) Forum in Dallas on April 27; the Southern & Northern California Schedulers & Dispatchers (SONO), which will have its spring meeting in El Cajon, CA, on April 29; the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA), which will host its annual membership meeting and fundraiser in Marietta, GA on April 30; and the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association, which will hold a luncheon meeting on April 30. For full event details, visit the NBAA web site at:

NBAA Addresses Business Aviation Value at Recent Industry Events
At an Aero Club of Washington DC luncheon this afternoon where Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was the featured speaker, NBAA took the opportunity to recount the business aviation community's disaster relief efforts in response to the Haiti and Chile earthquakes. "In the first hours following the earthquake, the general aviation community went to work to determine needs and begin coordinating people and companies from across the country to match critical resources to those in need," said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president of government affairs. Separately, Piccione and other representatives from general aviation groups met with Jeffrey B. Mullan, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO, at a Massachusetts Airport Management Association quarterly meeting to discuss the value of general aviation to the Bay State. For more information, contact Piccione at

Temporary Runway Closures Planned at TEB During VOR Outage
While the Teterboro (TEB) VOR is out of service through April 28 for scheduled maintenance, there will be several temporary closures of Runway 1/19. During the closures, when air traffic is on a south-flow configuration, operators can expect to arrive and depart using Runway 24. The airport authority will only close Runway 1/19, utilizing visual approaches to Runway 24 during VFR conditions and no significant delays are anticipated as a result. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

Temporary Flight Pattern Change at FLL
Due to runway maintenance work, Runway 9L/27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will be closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. from May 16 to July 6. This closure will reroute flights to Runway 13/31 during those hours. Operators should become familiar with the appropriate noise abatement procedures in order to mitigate the impact on the surrounding communities. For more information, visit:

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

Shouldn't Everyone in Business Aviation Have an NBAA Membership?
You count on NBAA for advocacy. You rely on NBAA for the best safety and operational resources the industry has to offer. You look to NBAA for premier events, like the Association's Annual Meeting & Convention. Shouldn't all companies that rely on business aviation have access to these resources? May is "Make-Me-A-Member" month for NBAA, and Members who refer a company for Membership receive a 20-percent discount off their first-year dues if their referral joins by May 31. Additionally, NBAA's referring Members will be entered to win one of several prizes, including an American Express gift card and two tickets to the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. For more information about this promotion, visit:

New Webinar Has Tips for Grassroots Advocacy
You asked for it and NBAA listened. It's NBAA's goal to provide tools and resources for advancing the industry's priorities at the local level. A recent webinar, titled "Using the Web to Maximize Your Regional Group's Effectiveness," provides basic information that will help your regional organization create and maintain a web site that will help you mobilize your peers to take action on the policies affecting business aviation in your local area. The session covers web site hosting, site maps and user experience, as well as social media and networking. Tips for successfully utilizing NBAA's Local/Regional Groups Air Mail listserv will be discussed as well. To access the webinar, visit:

Few Seats Remain for Webinar on Federal Excise Tax Applicability
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. The registration fee is per site so coworkers are encouraged to participate in a team setting. For more information and to register, visit:

Deadline for CAM Board Nominations This Week
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board is seeking nominations for qualified CAMs interested in serving as elected directors on the CAM Governing Board. To qualify for this elected position, candidates must be CAMs in good standing and able to serve a three-year term. Participation includes at least two meetings and online support throughout the year. For more information and to nominate a candidate by this Friday, April 30, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more about the CAM Program at:

NBAA's SMS Workshop Comes to Dallas on May 25–27
The use of safety management systems (SMS) will be in focus at an NBAA Introduction to SMS Workshop at Dallas Love Field next month. The workshop, the result of a joint partnership between NBAA and Aeronomx, will be offered May 25 to 27. The forum covers the basics of aviation safety and SMS concepts. Guidance also will be provided on how to utilize the International Business Aviation Council's SMS Toolkit, which is designed to take operators through the complete SMS implementation process and provides many valuable tools and reference materials. To learn more and register online, visit:

Travel$ense 3.87 Update Released
NBAA has issued an update, version 3.87, for the Association's business travel productivity-tracking software. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by calculating actual business hours, productivity, and trip expenses saved by traveling via business aircraft. All Travel$ense users are advised to download and install the update. To update your software, visit:

Your Business Aviation Insider Again Takes Top Design Award
NBAA's bimonthly Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, arrives in your mailbox free of charge, with the latest industry news and information for the diversity of companies that rely on a business aircraft to succeed. It's a publication that has repeatedly won top awards, including top honors in 2009 from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership. Most recently, the publication won the 2010 American Inhouse Design for the third straight year. Members may view the publication archives at If you aren't already receiving your own copy of Business Aviation Insider and would like to, request a print subscription by updating your NBAA Communications Preferences using the My NBAA Profile tool online at:

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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