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NBAA Update #10-18
Monday, May 03, 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

This Week's EBACE to Celebrate Global Reach of Business Aviation
Jointly hosted by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010) returns to Geneva this week, featuring more than 400 Exhibitors displaying their products and services and 63 state-of-the-art business aircraft on the sold-out Static Display. In recognition of this year's milestone event, NBAA and EBAA have released a white paper detailing significant industry developments in Europe over the last 10 years, and they also will host a special celebration on May 4 to mark a decade of industry accomplishments since the inception of EBACE in 2001. To review the white paper and learn more about plans for this week's EBACE, visit:

NBAA Highlights Value of Business Aviation at U.S. Chamber and GA Caucus Events
At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 9th Annual Aviation Summit, an annual industry policy event held on April 28 in Washington, DC, NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione spoke before top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation about the essential role business aviation plays in creating jobs, providing a lifeline to small communities, helping companies of all sizes be more productive and efficient, and delivering emergency relief to people in need – all core themes of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. In talking with U.S. congressional representatives and staff at a separate General Aviation Caucus event at the U.S. Capitol the same day, Piccione also stressed the importance of business aviation to the nation's economy and provided an update on the No Plane No Gain campaign's progress. Learn more about No Plane No Gain efforts at:

Congress Approves FAA Extension Through July 3
Last week, Congress extended FAA funding and programs through July 3, 2010. By that date, Congress must either finish its work on the FAA reauthorization bill or extend current law again to provide time for lawmakers to hammer out differences between the House and Senate versions. The two bills must be reconciled into a single piece of legislation before being sent to the President. Neither the House nor Senate bills include new and onerous user fees, and instead would help fund system modernization with an increase in the jet fuel tax. For more information, visit:

FAA Issues InFO on Cockpit Distractions
Recent incidents and accidents have demonstrated that pilots may become distracted by using portable electronic devices (PEDs) for personal activities unrelated to their responsibilities for conduct of a flight. In a newly released information for operators (InFO) notice, the FAA reviews incidents such as the loss of situational awareness by two pilots conducting a Part 121 air carrier flight, leading to a 150-mile fly-by of their destination. The FAA recommends that operators work to create a safety culture that clearly establishes guidance, expectations and requirements to control cockpit distractions, especially those caused by PEDs. For more information, review the InFO notice at:

NBAA Offers Valuable New Community Outreach Resources
NBAA's group of highly qualified, experienced regional representatives continually work with community leaders, NBAA Members and the larger business aviation community throughout the year on a range of local, state and regional issues. Now the Association has released new community outreach resources to support regional group efforts. These checklists can help users effectively advocate on behalf of issues involving their regional business aviation group, company flight department or general aviation airport – whether those issues are concerned with safety, noise or legislative actions that could negatively impact the business aviation industry. View or download the new checklists online at:

NBAA Tips on Preparing for Thunderstorms and Summer Flying
This week's episode of NBAA Flight Plan podcast offers a wealth of tips, tools and information to prepare light business airplane operators for thunderstorms and flying in the summer weather. John Collins, a CFI in South Carolina, discusses the risks of hazy weather and being prepared for thunderstorms with new technologies. Listen now or subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan podcasts at:

Business Aviation Legend Chuck McKinnon Honored in Paris
On April 19, more than 350 aviation officials gathered near Paris to honor U.S. business pilot Chuck McKinnon, who helped save historic Le Bourget airport in the late 1960s. Now 94, McKinnon is a legend in business aviation. He was a captain for United Air Lines and founded IBM's flight department. He opened IBM's European flight department at Le Bourget in 1960, and fought the French government when it attempted to close that airport, where Lindbergh landed in 1927. Learn more at:

Baldwin Aviation

Good News on Florida Use Tax Reform Legislation
Florida use tax reform legislation recently approved by the state legislature is a win for Florida's economy and for out-of-state aircraft owners. If signed by the governor, the new rules will go into effect July 1, 2010. Newly purchased aircraft by non-residents living in another state will be able to fly to Florida and remain for up to 21 days during the first six months of ownership, and an aircraft may enter or remain in Florida exclusively for the purpose of flight training and repairs with no time constraints during the first six months of ownership without the potential liability of a Florida use tax. NBAA and the South Florida Business Aviation Association worked with other groups to educate legislators on the importance of this legislation to Florida's economy. For more information, visit:

Massachusetts Grassroots Efforts Help Save State Aviation Tax Exemption
Grassroots efforts in Massachusetts recently helped defeat a budget amendment that would have repealed a state aviation tax exemption. State Representative Denise Provost (D, Somerville) had put forth Amendment 168 to the budget proposal, which would have reinstated a provision by Governor Patrick to remove the aircraft sales tax exemption. However, the amendment was defeated after a tremendous effort by the Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus, in concert with letter and telephone campaigns by members of NBAA, the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and other groups. This positive outcome underscores the vital role of aviation caucuses and local grassroots initiatives in working through issues affecting general aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at Learn more about MBAA at:

Colorado Group Shows Business Aviation Value at ‘Aviation Saves' Event
The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) last week hosted an inaugural event to promote the value of the many aspects of business aviation. Colorado's 74 public-use airports employ more than 340,000 people and generate more than $32 billion in annual economic activity. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said that the business aviation community has a good story to tell. "We generate jobs, we are a lifeline to small and rural communities and provide humanitarian aid when disaster strikes," he said. View a video clip of the event on No Plane No Gain's YouTube feed at:

NBAA to Address Business Aviation Value at Nevada Conference This Week
At this week's annual Nevada Airports Association Conference, NBAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will discuss the value of business aviation, provide an update on NBAA's No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign and recount the business aviation community's disaster relief efforts in response to the Haiti and Chile earthquakes. The conference will be held this week from May 2 to 5 in Reno, NV. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or visit:

TEB Airport Closure in May Due to Runway Construction
As a part of the ongoing rehabilitation of Runway 6/24 at Teterboro Airport (TEB), a 15-hour airport closure has been scheduled from Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 12:00 p.m. During that time, both Runway 6/24 and Runway 1/19 will be closed, making the airport unavailable to fixed-wing aircraft; however, helicopter operations will be permitted. Since the closure is weather dependent and details could change leading up to the closure, operators are encouraged to check the local notices to airmen (NOTAMs) for updated information. It is anticipated that this will be the final airport closure of the ongoing Runway 6/24 rehabilitation project. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

‘Miracle on the Hudson' Copilot to Speak at Minnesota Luncheon, May 12
Jeffrey Skiles, first officer on the US Airways 1549 flight that crash landed in New York City's Hudson River, will be the guest speaker at the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) luncheon on Wednesday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is sponsored by Bombardier Business Aircraft and will be held at Key Air Twin Cities on Anoka County Airport in Blaine, MN. Bombardier will have a Global 5000 and Lear 45 on static display. The event is free for MBAA members and $25 for non-members. RSVPs are required to MBAA's Christine Wetherell at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

FAA Customer Forum for Northern California Operators, May 27
Business aircraft operators in the Northern California area are invited to participate in an FAA Customer Forum on May 27. This meeting will provide briefings from various air traffic facilities, including the San Francisco control tower, North California TRACON and Oakland Center (ARTCC). The location and times for the meeting will be the San Francisco International Airport Administrative Offices on the 5th Floor (RWY28R Conference Room), from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to attend in person can obtain more information from FAA's Dave Foyle at For more information about news and events in NBAA's Western Region, contact Dan Burkhart at

Burbank-Area Members Invited to Join NBAA at Human Factors Seminar
Members are invited to attend a seminar sponsored by NBAA and Global Aerospace titled "Now It's Personal: the Human Error Challenge" on June 3 in Burbank, CA. Presenter Dr. Tony Kern will lead attendees to rethink their approach to human error reduction by presenting the case for empowered accountability and the latest approach to human factors in aviation. Dr. Kern's cutting-edge approach grew out the need for a personal awareness and self-management program developed and delivered to U.S. Marine Corps aviators during recent combat operations. Members are encouraged to take this educational opportunity to refresh their human factors knowledge and meet NBAA's Western Region Representative Dan Burkhart, who will be on-hand at the event. For more information, contact Global Aerospace's Richard Kelter's or Burkhart at

Gulfstream G250

Five European Companies Recognized With Flying Safety Awards
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) today announced the recipients of the 2010 EBAA Flying Safety Awards, given to five organizations for outstanding safety records. "Our organizations work throughout the year to facilitate development and dissemination of best safety practices for business aviation operations, and part of this effort is to honor and recognize the records of achievement in maintaining safe flying operations that these five organizations exemplify," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. Learn more at:

Safety Standdown Continues Today in Geneva
Offered by Bombardier in partnership with NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, the 4th Annual Safety Standdown Europe is a non-commercial effort to improve business aviation safety by combining skill-based training with knowledge-based training. Held May 2 and 3 in conjunction with EBACE2010, today's sessions focused on professional airmanship, fatigue, flight crew leadership and crew resource management, and new this year were safety workshops for pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and management. The U.S. version of Bombardier's Safety Standdown, held in partnership with NBAA, the FAA and NTSB, will be held October 4 to 7 in Wichita, KS. For more information, visit:

Follow EBACE on Twitter for News and Updates
During this week's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, the EBACE Twitter feed at will be updated with news from Europe's flagship business aviation event. Twitter users can search Twitter using the hashtag #EBACE for the latest postings related to the show. Exhibitors are also encouraged to use that hashtag when tweeting their own announcements to ensure that their information is easily found through the popular social networking application. Sign up to follow EBACE on Twitter today by visiting:

Register Now for Next Week's CASS
From May 11 to 13 in Tucson, AZ, the 55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar will offer technical presentations, informal discussion, personal interaction and exhibits. Last year more than 400 business aviation specialists emerged from the seminar with new knowledge and ideas. Presenters will examine such topics as training to prevent in-flight upsets; current helicopter safety issues; tools for safety management system (SMS) implementation; fatigue risk management by small operators; head-up guidance system technology; and much more. CASS is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for corporate and business operators. Each of the seminar presentations aims to deliver useful, specific information directly applicable to corporate and business operations. Learn more and register today at:

Refer a Member in May for a Chance to Win!
Know of a friend or colleague who would benefit from NBAA Membership? Now is the time to refer them! May is NBAA's Member-Get-a-Member Month – refer a company for Membership, and if they join by May 31, they'll receive a 20 percent discount off their first-year dues, and you'll each be entered to win one of several prizes, including our Grand Prize $250 American Express gift card and two tickets to the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta – for you and the colleague your refer. The more companies you get to join, the better your chances are to win. Direct all referrals to join online at and have them enter Promo Code REFERRAL and your name, when prompted. For complete information about this promotion, visit:

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums

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/Flight Technicians Conference
June 24–26, 2010, San Diego, CA

63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)
October 19–21, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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