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NBAA Update #10-20
Monday, May 17, 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

Congress Salutes Business Aviation's Haiti Relief Work
The U.S. House and Senate recently passed resolutions recognizing the business aviation community for coordinating relief missions to help victims of the earthquake that ravaged the island nation of Haiti. The measures specifically mention how business aircraft were vital to the response effort, transporting cargo, supplies and medical specialists to affected areas, and delivering victims to hospitals for treatment. The value of business aviation in providing relief to people and communities in crisis is a central theme of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Review a press release on the Haiti resolution, and read copies of the congressional statements online at:

NBAA Applauds Inclusion of Business Aviation in DOT Planning Group
NBAA commended U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's recent announcement that a committee formed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to chart the future of the U.S. aviation industry includes representation from the business aviation community. The DOT committee has selected Cessna Aircraft Company President and CEO Jack Pelton to represent general aviation, including business aviation. The committee was established to provide recommendations to LaHood on the needs, challenges and opportunities present as the U.S. continues modernization planning. To learn more, visit:

NextGen Planning Should Include All Stakeholders, NBAA Says
While the inclusion of business aviation in a recently formed DOT planning group is a welcome development, NBAA nevertheless wants to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) understands the industry's long-standing support for continued investment in aviation system modernization. That's why this month, NBAA joined several other groups in sending a letter to the FAA underscoring the need for all aviation segments to be involved in the government's planning of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. "We believe it is imperative that all stakeholders are involved as the FAA develops its modernization plans," the letter states. To read the letter, visit:

NBAA Welcomes FAA Non-Citizen Trust Policy Clarification
Resulting from safety concerns, the FAA recently considered placing restrictions on non-citizen owner trust registrations of aircraft. NBAA quickly teamed with other affected parties and sent a letter to the FAA expressing the significant and harmful consequences such a decision would have on the business aviation industry, resulting in delayed transactions and the potential for sales to be halted. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen then met with FAA Acting Deputy Administrator David Grizzle and other officials last week. In response to the industry's urgent concerns, the FAA issued a letter clarifying that the agency continues to process registration involving non-citizen owner trust registrations and that it is not challenging the registration of aircraft currently registered under non-citizen owner trusts. View the FAA letter:

Industry to Be Represented at Airport Officials' GA Policy Forum
When policymakers meet to discuss proposals affecting business aviation, NBAA ensures that the Association's Members are represented. Recently, NBAA representatives were on hand for policy planning forums held by the FAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Next month, NBAA will continue to advocate for business aviation at the 2010 General Aviation Issues and Security Conference, to be held from June 29 to July 1, 2010 in Morristown, NJ. Topics to be covered include the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program, GA airport vulnerability assessment and other high-profile security measures. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

Podcast: Business Aviation at the Half-Year Mark
As NBAA Members know, the business aviation community has in recent years weathered one of the worst economic storms in memory, as a result of the ongoing global recession and misperceptions about the industry. However, recent flight data and other figures suggest that the situation may be stabilizing. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Brian Foley, of Brian Foley Associates, discusses the outlook for business aviation at the 2010 half-year mark. Foley, an analyst who tracks industry data, has issued a press release focusing specifically on the piston aircraft segment. Subscribe to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast on Apple's iTunes web site, or access it directly from NBAA's web site, by visiting:

Digital Flight Data Recorder Deadline Extended to Apr. 2012
In response to a petition from avionics manufacturers and industry stakeholders, the FAA recently agreed to extend the agency's deadlines regarding the recording of datalink communications for commercial and non-commercial aircraft. The new compliance date, after which newly installed datalink systems must include recording capability for aircraft operating under FAR Part 91, is April 6, 2012. The new date for FAR Part 121, 135 and 125 operators is December 6, 2010. For more information on the changes to this rule, visit:

NBAA Answers Frequently Asked Questions on SMS
You've got questions, we've got answers. The decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to specify that a safety management system (SMS) requirement be incorporated into national safety regulations applicable to many business aircraft operators has generated a number of questions from NBAA Members. To provide current information on the SMS regulatory landscape, NBAA has developed answers to the most frequently asked questions about the issue. Although the FAA has yet to issue SMS regulations for U.S.-registered operators conducting domestic flights, certain civil aviation authorities outside the U.S. are developing SMS regulations that will apply to aircraft operating within their country. To review these new FAQs, visit:

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NBAA Responds to Negative Portrayal of Community Airports in Minnesota
When news organizations provide an incomplete or inaccurate portrait of business aviation, and the airports the industry relies upon, NBAA works to set the record straight. A recent story, which aired on Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP Channel 5, portrayed federal funding for the state's community airports in a negative light, overlooking the value of the airports in Minnesota and nationwide. "The segment minimizes the importance of small community airports and the value they bring to Minnesota, and the rest of the country," a letter sent by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reads. "General aviation utilizes these airports, helping make them more economically viable to the communities they serve." To read Bolen's letter in its entirety, visit:

Washington, DC-Area Safety Standdown Is This Week
At the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) Safety Standdown this Thursday, speakers will include Rick Rowe, director of the Bombardier Safety Standdown, MedAire's Dr. Paulo Alves, NTSB's Paul Schuda, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Bruce Landsberg and keynote speaker Rod Machado, aviation humorist, educator and psychologist. The event takes place May 20 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to register, visit:

Westchester Aviation Association Luncheon, May 20
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation are sponsoring the Westchester Business Takes Flight luncheon on May 20 at Westchester County Airport (HPN), at the Million Air facility, Hangar M, 136 Tower Road. The theme of this year's luncheon is aviation and the environment. Speakers will include Larry Salley, County Commissioner of Transportation, discussing environmental leadership; Richard Emery, Hawker Beechcraft Americas, discussing environmental awareness; and Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, former NASA astronaut, discussing the Earth as seen from space. To RSVP, contact Janette Licastrino at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

FAA to Hold Houston Operator Meeting Thursday, May 27
The FAA's Houston-Area Customer Focus Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Houston Airport System HR Auditorium, 16930 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX. The Houston ARTCC and TRACON Operations Support offices will be briefing on the HAATS3C implementation to be deployed July 29, involving numerous revisions to STARs/SIDS of the Houston Terminal, Austin Approach and San Antonio Approach. Airspace changes to College Station and Austin will also be discussed. Operators flying into and out of the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and College Station areas are encouraged to attend this briefing. RSVP to the FAA at either or For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Annual Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers Meeting, Jun. 2
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers (NESD) will hold a lunch meeting on June 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nashua Airport (ASH) in New Hampshire. Former FAA and U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller Greg Thibeault, now with the School of Aviation Sciences at Daniel Webster College, will present on Next Generation air traffic control systems. To RSVP by May 26, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at or Amy Roy at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Dr. Kern Leads Human Factors Seminar in Burbank, Jun. 3
NBAA Members are invited to attend a seminar sponsored by Global Aerospace in partnership with NBAA 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. Dr. Kern's cutting-edge approach grew out of a program developed for U.S. Marine Corps aviators in 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 at the event. For more information, contact Global Aerospace's Richard Kelters at or Burkhart at

Northeast Business Aviation Community to Gather at Teterboro Forum
Those in the greater New York area business aviation community are making plans to attend the NBAA Regional Forum at Teterboro Airport (TEB) on June 10 at Jet Aviation. The NBAA Regional Forums provide day-long education and networking opportunities, and organizers expect nearly 100 Exhibitors, 1,000 Attendees and 25 aircraft on static display at TEB. Education sessions will cover how to track and show the value of your flight department, the future of aircraft value and market and understanding the National Transportation Safety Board investigation process. NBAA staff will be there to provide updates on the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, the latest legislative developments from Washington, DC and the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. The next Regional Forum is set for Chicago on August 18 at DB Aviation at Waukegan Airport. For more information, visit:

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Still Time to Register for Cross-Border Issues Webinar
Online registration is available for this week's U.S.-Canada Cross-Border Issues Webinar on May 20, at 1:00 p.m. ET. A joint effort by NBAA and CBAA, the hour-and-a-half webinar will address common challenges operators face when leaving and returning to the U.S. and operating within Canada, as well as issues that Canadian operators face in the U.S. Speakers will include CBAA President and CEO Sam Barone, Laura Everington from Universal Weather & Aviation and Simon Roussel from Skyservice Business Aviation Inc. To register, visit:

Latest Insider Offers Guidance on Cockpit Discipline
As recently reported in NBAA Update, the FAA has issued an information for operators (InFO) notice that reviewed incidents caused by cockpit distractions, such as portable electronic devices (PEDs) and the notice recommends that operators work to create a safety culture that clearly establishes requirements to promote responsibility in the cockpit. A feature in the May/June issue of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Baldwin Aviation, addresses this timely topic. The article, titled "Cockpit Discipline: How to Create a Safety Culture in the Wake of Recent Incidents," offers guidance on promoting professionalism in the cockpit. The issue is mailing to Members and available online. To read the article and more, visit:

NBAA Announces PDP Updates, Calls for New Providers
The Association has released updated Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives and approved three new courses offered by Aero Institute, Aviation Training Solutions and Convergent Performance LLC. NBAA's PDP is designed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments. Established training organizations and educational institutions, known as approved PDP providers, offer courses year-round through a variety of convenient and flexible delivery methods, including on-site seminars, Internet courses and video instruction. NBAA seeks new PDP providers to develop additional courses. The deadline for provider and course submissions is June 7. For more information, visit:

Member-Get-a-Member Month Continues in May
NBAA is actively building the Association's Membership – and our Members are our biggest advocates. It's more important than ever that our collective voice be heard across the nation and, together, we can grow our Member network to be an even stronger voice for business aviation. If you know of a friend or colleague who would benefit from NBAA Membership, now is the time to refer them. If they join by May 31, they will save 20 percent off their first-year dues, and enter you both for a chance to win one of several prizes – including American Express gift cards, tickets to the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta and more. Joining is easy. Just direct them to and have them enter Promo Code REFERRAL and your name, when prompted. For complete information about this promotion, visit:

Presentations Now Online for EBACE, Maintenance Conference
For those who missed this year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010), held from May 4 to 6 in Geneva, Switzerland, and NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, held from April 6 to 8 in San Diego, CA, presentations and podcasts from those events are now available online. The podcasts and presentations include sessions on operational hot topics, regulatory issues and more. To download files, visit NBAA's events archive at:

Aviation Management Students Can Apply for Conklin Scholarship
Applications are now available online for NBAA's Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, given in honor of the late Alan Conklin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and business aviation leader for more than 60 years. Sponsored by Conklin & deDecker, the scholarship is awarded annually to an aviation student attending a University Aviation Association-affiliated college aviation management program. To download applications, due July 30, visit:

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums

CBAA/NBAA Cross-Border Issues Webinar
May 20, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Introduction to SMS Workshop
May 25–27, 2010, Dallas, TX

Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
June 4, 2010, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 10, 2010, Teterboro, NJ

Understanding Your Aviation Insurance Policy Webinar
June 17, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. EDT

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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