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NBAA Update #10-27
Monday, July 05, 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 Welcomes House Support for 'Bonus' Depreciation
Last week, NBAA commended the support from members of Congress who signed a letter calling for accelerated, or "bonus," depreciation for purchase of aircraft and other business equipment this year. "On behalf of our Members, and the entire general aviation community, NBAA is grateful for this broad bipartisan show of support for this jobs-creating stimulation for the entire industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To read NBAA’s press release on the matter, visit:

Congress Approves Another FAA Funding Extension
Last week, Congress approved a 30-day extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding and programs. At the end of the 30 days, Congress must either finish its work on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill or extend current law again to provide time for lawmakers to continue deliberations on the matter. Neither the House nor Senate bills include new user fees, and instead would help fund system modernization with an increase in the jet fuel tax. Learn more about the business aviation community's commitment to FAA reauthorization and aviation system modernization by visiting:

House Panel Approves 2011 Transportation Funding Bill
Late last week, the House Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation approved an FY 2011 funding measure, which includes $16 billion for Federal Aviation Administration programs in the coming fiscal year. The proposed funding bill would provide nearly $9.8 billion for FAA Operations, $3 billion for FAA Facilities and Equipment, $3.5 billion for Airport Improvement Grants and $198 million for Research, Engineering and Development programs. It is expected that full House Appropriations Committee will take up the bill for consideration in the near future. For questions or more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA Concerned About Liability Laws
Last week, the House of Representatives passed HR 5503, Securing Protections for the Injured From Limitations on Liability Act, which would broaden liability for deaths that occur as the result of an accident on the high seas. The bill amends the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) and could possibly increase the liability risk of the general aviation (GA) community. During House debate on the bill, NBAA and other GA associations urged the House to carefully consider the possible "unintended consequences" that this bill might have on general aviation. View the letters sent by NBAA and others in the industry by visiting:

Hurricanes in the Forecast: Be Prepared
A hurricane can materialize during any month of the year, and as storms begin to impact the U.S. coastline, NBAA’s GA Desk has published a helpful overview of what operators need to know before, during and after a hurricane. Learn more at:

Podcast: NBAA Informs FAA's Work on Safety
As NBAA has previously reported, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently called upon ICAO member states to require commercial and non-commercial operators to have a safety management system (SMS) in place, and several countries have established SMS rules for NBAA Members. The FAA has formed an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to consider workable implementation procedures for the industry in the U.S. NBAA participates in the committee, and in the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr discusses what he's telling his fellow ARC panelists. Subscribe to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast through Apple's iTunes, or listen anytime on NBAA's web site by visiting:

Members: Refresh Knowledge of RVSM Guidance
In November 2009, the FAA replaced Interim Guidance (IG) 91-RVSM with a more traditional and permanent guidance document, Advisory Circular (AC) 91-85. While the same guidance essentially is included, the AC does contain some changes, such as the elimination of the requirement to record altimeter readings on initial level-off unless operating in Class II airspace and similar refinements. Members can refresh their knowledge of RVSM guidance by reviewing AC 91-85, available online at:

NBAA Members: Participate in FAA Icing Survey
NBAA encourages Member pilots to participate in an online survey to assess their operational icing knowledge. Decision Research is working with icing experts at the FAA Technical Center and NASA to help the FAA plan for development of new icing training products tailored to the needs of Part 91 and Part 135 operators. Survey participants are eligible to enter a drawing for an Apple iPad. To participate in this aviation safety research project, visit:

UK Delays Aircraft Importation Changes
Many NBAA Member Companies conducting flights in Europe import their aircraft into the United Kingdom, because the UK values aircraft over 24,000 pounds at zero for value added tax (VAT) purposes. Recently, during debate on an emergency budget, the UK government announced a proposal to impose VAT of up to 20 percent on imported aircraft. After further consultation, the implementation date for this change has been delayed until January 1, 2011. Under European Community rules, the UK is unlikely to apply any change to the importation process retroactively, as aircraft that have been correctly imported cannot have their status changed or reversed. For more information, visit:

NBAA Charity Benefit to Support Corporate Angel Network
The 2010 NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit with Live and Silent Auctions will be held on Wednesday, October 20, in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010). The sole beneficiary of this year's benefit is Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a charitable organization that eases the burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers using empty seats on business aircraft. Attending the Charity Benefit and participating in the Live and Silent Auctions are ideal ways for companies to show support for CAN, which is more important now than ever in this economic climate. For more information or to register for NBAA2010, visit:

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NBAA Vigilant on Access at Santa Monica
Another battle was waged last week in the long fight to preserve business aviation access to Santa Monica Airport (SMO), when NBAA was joined by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in filing a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit saying Santa Monica officials lack authority for keeping certain jets from the airport. Santa Monica tried to ban Category C and D jets from SMO in 2008, prompting an immediate challenge from FAA officials. On June 28, AOPA joined NBAA in filing a "friend of the court" brief siding with the FAA, noting: "FAA, as intended by Congress and recognized by Courts, weighs the efficient use of airspace nationwide." To read a web article on the issue, and a copy of the brief from NBAA and AOPA, visit:

Massachusetts Lawmakers Join to Support Business Aviation
Just as in Washington, where congressional caucuses have recently formed in support of general aviation, state legislators are also banding together in support of the industry. A group of 75 Massachusetts lawmakers consider business aviation central to jobs in the Commonwealth. Local businesses depend on their aircraft to grow, prosper and ultimately hire, says State Representative and Caucus Chairman Don Humason. The caucus also advocates for the small airports used by general aviation as sources of highly skilled jobs, which generate additional income tax for the state. Learn more at:

Surface Metering Departure Procedures Implemented at JFK
Operators are advised that departure surface flow metering procedures have been implemented at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) during peak departure periods. These procedures are designed to reduce ground congestion and reduce fuel burn, among other things. Metering procedures will be required daily between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. local time. These times could be extended during periods of inclement weather. For complete details on the metering procedures, review the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bulletin online at:

Minnesota Group to Meet July 14
The Minnesota Business Aviation Association will hold a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, July 14, at the Target Hangar on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) starting at 11:30 a.m. Cessna Aircraft Company will provide display airplanes, including the newly certified Citation CJ4 with winglets and a Caravan 675. Attendees must park at Signature Flight Support, where transportation to the event will be provided by van. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at

Attend Chicago-Area ‘Maintenance Mania Day,’ July 16
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) is holding a “Maintenance Mania Day,” sponsored by Emery Air, Inc., on Friday, July 16, at 46 Airport Drive, Rockford, IL. The day starts with a networking session from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., and is followed by a variety of maintenance instruction sessions, with lunch provided. The keynote speaker will be Brian Shul, retired Air Force SR-71 pilot. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at, and to register, visit the CABAA web site at:

Ohio Association Meeting at Aviation Hall of Fame, July 16
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on Friday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) located inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. The meeting will include a panel discussion and chance for attendees to later tour the United States Air Force Museum. There is a charge of $20 for the luncheon, with net proceeds to be donated to NAHF. RSVP to ORBAA's RoyceAnn Martin at by Friday, July 9, or for more information contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Michigan Event to Support Scholarships, July 19
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold its annual Memorial Golf Classic supporting aviation scholarships on Monday, July 19 at Lyon Oaks Golf & Banquet Center, Wixom, MI. Registration will take place at 9:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. The event will conclude with a 19th Hole reception and dinner at 5:00 p.m. For additional information contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at or visit:

Register for Pacific Northwest Charity Event, Sept. 22
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host the 2nd Annual PNBAA Charity Golf Event on September 22 at Redmond Ridge Golf Club, just outside Seattle. Proceeds from this event will benefit Seattle’s Aviation High School and other charities. Registration, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities for this event are now available online. For more information, visit the PNBAA web site at:

NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)

NBAA2010 Careers in Business Aviation Day: Explore the Possibilities
NBAA is inviting middle and high school students interested in careers in aviation to attend the Association's Careers in Business Aviation Day at no charge on Thursday, October 21, the closing day of the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. Attending NBAA's Convention is one of the best ways for students to learn about and be inspired by business aviation. Further details will be provided about this mentoring day in the coming months; in the meantime, direct inquiries to NBAA's Maureen Cameron at For more information about NBAA2010, visit:

Upcoming Webinar to Help Navigate Aviation Contract Language
The second installment in NBAA's Aviation Insurance Webinar Series will be held on Thursday, July 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The live webinar, titled “Contractual Considerations in Aviation Insurance,” will be moderated by Sean Fitzgibbons, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and presented by Melissa Harder, Willis Global Aviation, and Lou Timpanaro, Frank Crystal & Co., Inc. Learn important facts about what you can do and what to avoid when entering contracts for aircraft leases, hangar agreements and service contracts. For more information and to register, visit:

Aviation Students: Don’t Miss July Deadline for NBAA Scholarships
NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through sponsorships, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and that number is nearly matched in monetary and training awards for working professionals. There are several scholarships with July 30 deadlines that benefit aviation undergraduate students as well as applicants pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. For full details and to download applications, visit:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Independence Day Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, July 6.

14th Annual Safety Standdown USA

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

PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
October 17, 2010, Atlanta, GA

19th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
October 17–18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
October 17–18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 17–18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

PDP Course: Human Factors
October 17–18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

PDP Course: Customer Service Programs
October 18, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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

PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
October 22–23, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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