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NBAA Update #10-25
Monday, June 21, 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 Continues Consideration of TSA Nominee
Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation reported out, or approved, the nomination of John Pistole, the White House nominee for the top post at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The action follows hearings on Pistole's nomination held by the Commerce Committee earlier this month; Pistole's nomination has also been considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. NBAA will continue to monitor the progress of Senate action on Pistole's nomination; for questions or more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

NTSB Makes Recommendations for Humanitarian Aviation Groups
After reviewing four fatal accidents involving volunteer pilots flying medical patients between 2007 and 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) listed three areas for improvement to prevent similar accidents. Numerous charity flight organizations use aircraft to transport patients and family members to centers for treatment, and the NTSB recommends that organizations shore up standards in verification of pilot currency; provide disclosure to patients that flights are not conducted under the same rules as commercial operations; and provide written safety guidance, best practices and training materials for volunteer pilots. To read the NTSB's safety recommendation letter, visit:

FAA Equipment Upgrade May Impact Operators
From June 25 to 26, the FAA will transfer software applications that run on servers at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) to new servers located at the Traffic Flow Management Production Center (TPC) in Atlantic City, NJ. The transfer is in preparation for the ATCSCC's relocation to a new command center in Warrenton, VA in early 2011. During this move, operators will not be able to acquire e-STMP or e-CVRS reservations and will lose access to a number of other FAA operational web pages. Once the transition is complete, all pages will resume normal operation. The transition could be delayed or canceled if inclement weather develops. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

NBAA Addressing Helicopter Access in the Northeast
Pilots and aviation professionals are encouraged to submit feedback and comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the New York North Shore Helicopter Route. NBAA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Eastern Regional Helicopter Council and other aviation groups share concerns that the proposed regulatory changes would mandate the use of the New York North Shore Route by helicopters operating in the North Shore area of Long Island. This could significantly impact the local region and has possible nationwide implications. NBAA has told the FAA that this rule engages in a "dangerous precedent of imposing noise abatement rules without the rigor of actual data collection, objective measurements and cost benefit analysis," in a recent letter. Submit your own comments to the public docket at:

Helicopter Version of IS-BAO Coming Soon
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has reached a formal agreement with several international helicopter associations to develop and make available a version of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) specifically for helicopter operators. IS-BAO is a 10-year-old set of continuously updated industry-developed best practices that use a safety management system (SMS) to address the management of operations, maintenance, training and other safety-related processes. For more information about this new program, visit:

Operators Encouraged to Participate in FAA's GA Survey
NBAA Members are invited to take a short General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey by the FAA that compiles the number of hours flown each year and the reasons people fly. Survey results are used to help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes and measure aviation safety and accident rates. Printed survey forms will be mailed to a sampling of operators, who may complete the form either in hardcopy or online. For additional information, visit:

NBAA2010 Remains Top Venue for Industry Decision Makers
Surveys show that NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention represents the most productive and efficient opportunity for business aviation buyers and sellers to connect – all in one place, all at one time. Those who attend NBAA's Convention and spend time on the exhibit floor are the industry's decision makers – the top executives, sales and marketing directors, and flight department personnel who play a central role in the purchase process for their companies. From October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, NBAA2010 will feature nearly 25,000 business aviation professionals, exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center, static aircraft on DeKalb Peachtree Airport and over 100 education sessions. Review statistics about the world's largest civil aviation trade show at:

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TSA Adds Saginaw, MI International Airport as DASSP Gateway
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the addition of Saginaw International Airport (MBS) in Freeland, MI to the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), which allows certain general aviation aircraft to apply for access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Flights granted access under the DASSP must be screened at an approved FBO on a gateway airport prior to arriving at DCA. In Saginaw, screening will be conducted at Avflight Corporation. The addition of the new gateway airport comes as TSA General Aviation Branch Manager Brian Delauter has indicated an interest in reviewing DCA clearance procedures with industry stakeholders. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at or visit:

South Carolina Company Shows That Planes Mean Gains
When entrepreneurs in Greenville, SC, recently gathered at an expo to showcase the value of small and mid-sized companies to the area's economy, one businessman looked to the event as an opportunity to highlight how a strategic asset – business aviation – helps many of those companies succeed. Steve Wiley, with NBAA Member Company Special Services Corporation, displayed the company's new Cirrus SR-22 outside the front doors of the event, which drew more than 300 people. "There's a great misperception out there, but using an airplane is not just for a rich man or a big business," Wiley said. "We were able to show that small aircraft are a perfect way for small business to reach new clients." To read a web article about Wiley's advocacy for business aviation, visit:

California's Van Nuys Airport: Economic Engine, Community Connector
Van Nuys is an important component of Southern California's economic makeup, annually contributing $1.3 billion to the regional economy, and for nearly 50 years, aviation education has been a prime community connection, with airport programs annually reaching roughly 50,000 people. Though airport access regulation has long represented challenges for the business aviation community at VNY, NBAA continues to work with airport stakeholders to have meaningful dialogue regarding airport economics, noise issues and community relations. Read the full Airports in Focus article about VNY at:

Westchester Meeting to Highlight Northeast Routes, eAPIS, Jun. 22
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) is sponsoring a panel discussion on Severe Weather Avoidance Plan, Coded Departure Plans and alternative routings with NY TRACON Manager Ralph Tamburro and Westchester County Airport (HPN) Tower Manager and IBM Captain Bob Ferretti. The breakfast seminar will be held at the Skytop Restaurant at HPN on June 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In addition, a senior inspector from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been invited to give an overview of the past year of eAPIS. For more information, contact WAA representative and NBAA Board member Jeff Lee at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA's Bolen to Address South Florida Meeting, Jun. 22
This week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) meeting on June 22 at Avitat Boca Raton, 3300 Airport Road on the airport, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bolen will provide an update on the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign and underscore the importance of industry involvement. For more information or to RSVP, contact SFBAA President Jeff Ramsden or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Massachusetts Association Will Feature Rep. Humason, Jun. 24
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold a meeting featuring Massachusetts Representative and House Aviation Caucus Co-Chair, Donald Humason, at 6:00 p.m. on June 24 at the Aloft hotel in Lexington, MA. Rep. Humason will discuss his legislative background and how efforts by his office, the caucus and grassroots outreach recently helped to shelve the proposed repeal of an aircraft sales tax exemption. The meeting is free for members, guests and those who join MBAA at the event. Non-members who register in advance will be charged $15 and non-members who pay at the door will be charged $25. To RSVP, contact MBAA's David Richter at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Industry to Be Represented at Airport Officials' Security Forum
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be among the policy leaders gathering to discuss the status of the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program, the general aviation airport vulnerability assessment conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and other security priorities for the industry at the 2010 General Aviation Issues and Security Conference, to be held from June 29 to July 1, in Morristown, NJ. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)

Opportunities Abound at NBAA2010: Where Business Aviation Powers Business
The NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) offers some of the most efficient ways for companies to make the most of their marketing dollars in a challenging economic climate. Exhibitors meet face-to-face with colleagues and customers to cultivate existing relationships and build new ones – all in one place, saving them time and money. Show guide advertising puts your company name at the fingertips of thousands of Attendees, and a variety of sponsorship opportunities offer creative ways for companies to display their message prominently throughout the show. Learn more about exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship opportunities online at:

Talking With Type Clubs: NBAA Details Meetings on Facebook
Although business aviation is a diverse community, the industry can benefit tremendously when people band together around common causes and interests. So it is with those who benefit from the safety and other information shared through type clubs formed to support individuals and companies using a specific airplane: When type club members share knowledge, the organization's entire membership benefits. Attending a club's meeting provides an opportunity for NBAA to hear from those using light GA airplanes for business about how NBAA can help support their operations. A recent posting to NBAA's Facebook page from Association President and CEO Ed Bolen discusses the clubs he's visiting, and what he's discussing with them. Read the posting by visiting:

New Resource for Navigating Aviation Insurance Policies
As NBAA Members know, insuring a business aircraft is nothing like buying insurance for a car, home or commercial property, which is why NBAA hosted a live, interactive webinar on June 17 to help Association Members consider the basics of aviation insurance decision-making. Webinar presenter Stuart Hope, of Hope Aviation Insurance, said that aviation insurance is uniquely different than other lines of casualty insurance and each insurance company has its own policy form, and many have multiple forms. In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Hope walks participants through five key areas for consideration when it comes to insurance policies. Read an article reviewing webinar highlights and listen to the podcast featuring Hope online at:

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums

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

Contractual Considerations in Aviation Insurance Webinar
July 15, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Introduction to SMS Workshop
July 27–29, 2010, Denver, CO

Business Aviation Regional Forum
August 18, 2010, Chicago, IL

14th Annual Safety Standdown USA
October 4–7, 2010, Wichita, KS

63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010), with pre- and post-Convention Seminars
October 19–21, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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