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NBAA Update #10-30
Monday, July 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 Urges Aircraft Owners to Verify FAA Registration Information
A new re-registration requirement that will go into effect later this year may cause problems for some aircraft owners if their address information in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Registry is out of date. Aircraft owners are required to report a new address to the FAA within 30 days of the change. The FAA estimates that almost 45,000 aircraft are known to have bad addresses. Because the FAA will mail re-registration notifications to the addresses in the FAA Registry, NBAA urges all aircraft owners to proactively verify that their address in the FAA Registry is correct. If any update needs to be made, aircraft owners can do that directly with the FAA or through qualified aviation counsel for more complex registrations (e.g., owner trusts). FAA Registry data can be checked on the FAA web site via the following link:

At AirVenture, Bolen Discusses Security With DHS, TSA Leaders
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was joined by NBAA representatives today in a meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole to discuss ways to enhance aviation security while facilitating mobility. The meeting was held on the grounds of the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) 2010 AirVenture Oshkosh, which began today. "Business aviation is important to our nation's job base, to productivity for companies, to providing air transport for towns across the country and to humanitarian efforts," Bolen told the security officials. "We need to ensure that we have a dialogue on security that recognizes the industry's benefits and unique operating characteristics, and today's meeting represented a positive step in that direction." Joining Bolen for the meeting were NBAA Board members Richard Shine, CEO, Manitoba Recycling and Dr. Charles Reagan, associate to the president for Kansas State University. To read more about NBAA's advocacy work on security, visit:

TSA Eliminates International Waiver Requirements
On Monday, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced that they will be eliminating the burdensome process for companies using business aviation to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S. The move will reduce the bureaucracy and travel delays that have beset the waiver program in recent years, while preserving stringent security protocols. "Companies across the world that rely on business aviation will welcome today's announcement, because it recognizes the importance of international commerce to the U.S., and the central role of business aviation in driving that economic activity," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more at:

Coalition Calls for Confirmation of U.S. Representative to ICAO
NBAA and 11 other aviation organizations today sent a letter to Senate leaders calling for the confirmation of a permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The position has remained unfilled for over a year, and the letter from industry, sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, notes that concern over the lack of representation is growing as preparations are being made for an ICAO meeting this month that will "determine global actions and priorities in the areas of aviation safety, security and environment." To read the letter in its entirety, visit:

FAA's Latest Congressional Funding Extension Expires Aug. 1
As the most recent congressional extension of funding and programs for the FAA is set to expire this week, the House and Senate are working to reconcile the differences between their bills to reauthorize the FAA. The current funding extension expires on August 1, and if Congress is unable to approve a final, multi-year reauthorization bill by that date, lawmakers are expected to approve another extension of current law. NBAA supports a multi-year reauthorization bill that will enable the agency to do critically needed long-range planning, and make the long-term investments in airport infrastructure and technology that are required to modernize and expand the nation's aviation system. The reauthorization bills help fund the transformation to a Next Generation (NextGen) system in part through an adjustment in the general aviation jet fuel tax to 36 cents, instead of instituting new and onerous user fees. Learn more at:

Senate Committee Approves 2011 DHS/TSA Funding Bill
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $45.1 billion Homeland Security Department funding bill for FY 2011. As with the bill passed earlier by the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate's legislation would provide the TSA with over $8 billion for transportation security initiatives. The bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate, which will likely not happen until after the August congressional recess. For questions or more information, contact NBAA's Ashleigh de la Torre at

House Panel Advances Transportation Funding Bill
In action last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the pending FY 2011 transportation funding measure. The bill provides $16 billion for FAA programs in the coming fiscal year, including 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. Also included was $2 million for a research and development program to replace leaded aviation fuel with a future viable alternative in piston engine aircraft. The bill also funds 122 new safety inspector positions as well. The full House is expected to take up the bill this week. For questions or more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA Supports Passage of Bonus Depreciation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week urged passage of an amended proposal to renew "bonus" depreciation for investments in business aircraft. The Senate is considering amendments to the House version of the Small Business Tax legislation that would include a variety of incentives aimed at boosting U.S. economic recovery. "The business aviation community has joined with many other business groups across the country in supporting this incentive for companies of all sizes to accelerate purchase of essential equipment, including general aviation aircraft," said Bolen. Read the full press release at:

FAA Says No to Proposed Ban on 121.5 ELTs
The FAA, with support from NBAA and other aviation groups, is taking steps to stop a proposal to prohibit the manufacture, sale or use of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) transmitting on 121.5 MHz. The recently introduced Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposal prompted the FAA to send a letter to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration stating that the continued use of 121.5 ELTs "is of utmost importance to the aviation community." It is now up to these agencies to work out a more measured approach to the ultimate phasing-out of the 121 MHz ELTs, in keeping with the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). For more information on this topic, visit:

Bolen Welcomes Hightower as New EAA President
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen responded enthusiastically to an announcement today by the EAA that pilot and business leader Rod Hightower has been selected as the association's new president. "Rod has an impressive record both as an accomplished pilot and a businessperson, and those assets will serve him well as EAA's new president," Bolen said. "We look forward to working with him to build upon the strong relationship that has long existed between NBAA and EAA." The announcement came as EAA opened its 2010 AirVenture event in Oshkosh, WI. Hightower succeeds Tom Poberezny as the organization's president; Poberezny will remain as EAA chairman and chairman of the association's annual AirVenture event. To read a press release about the announcement, visit:

Aviator-Journalist Miles O'Brien to Emcee CAN Benefit
The NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit, held at the Association's Convention each year to raise money for Corporate Angel Network (CAN), will feature one of aviation's own as master of ceremonies this year, with veteran aerospace news broadcaster Miles O'Brien presiding over the event. "We're very excited that Miles O'Brien will join us for this year's NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As an aviator, Miles is ideally suited to share in the fun and banter with the auctioneer and audience at the event." For more information, visit:

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Visit NBAA's Big White Tent at AirVenture in Oshkosh
NBAA invites Members, pilots and aviation enthusiasts to stop by NBAA's tent during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which runs from July 26 to August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. Visitors to NBAA's air-conditioned hospitality tent, number 465, can attend one of three education sessions, meet NBAA staffers including NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and compete for prizes and giveaways. Education sessions will include topics such as the tax benefits of aircraft ownership, getting reimbursed for flights, and the history of DC-3 airplanes as business aircraft. Prizes will be given away, including a free ticket to NBAA's 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention this October, and NBAA and No Plane No Gain-branded hats are on sale for $10 each. For more information, visit:

FAA to Implement Next Phase of Houston Airspace Redesign, July 29
The next phase of the Houston Area Air Traffic System Airspace Redesign Project (HAATS 3C) will be implemented and included in the new charting cycle on July 29. This phase significantly changes the standard terminal arrivals (STARs) and standard instrument departures (SIDs) on the west side of Houston TRACON airspace as well as eastbound departures out of San Antonio. The changes will also affect Severe Weather Avoidance Procedure (SWAP) playbook routes. Details can be found at:

Canadian Agency Targets Certain Part 91 Operations
The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has made the misguided assertion that U.S. FAR Part 91 operators carrying Canadian customers between Canada and the U.S. are providing a "publicly available" service and require a CTA license. Under this assertion, the CTA took action in 2009 against an NBAA Member/Part 91 operator. In response, Mike Nichols, NBAA's vice president of operations, education & economics, testified at a Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC) hearing as an expert witness and the TATC dismissed previously awarded monetary sanctions. During CTA's appeals process, NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CABA) will remain engaged and inform Members of any developments. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

DC-Area Meeting Features NBAA's Piccione, Aug. 11
NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will speak at the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association's (GWBAA) legislative and tax luncheon on August 11 at DCA's Signature Flight Support from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Additional guest speakers will include Virginia Department of Aviation Director Randall Burdette and Maryland Office of Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki. For more information and to register, visit:

Georgia Safety Day Scheduled for Sept. 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its annual Safety Day on September 1 at the Hilton/Atlanta Marietta in Marietta, GA. This year's event will feature a briefing by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairmen Robert Sumwalt, in addition to presentations on safety management systems, crew resource management and hypoxia awareness. NBAA recognizes that regional safety days help pilots and operators using all sizes and types of aircraft to improve their procedures and processes, and encourages NBAA Members to attend these events to mitigate in flight risks and learn safer fight operations. For more information about the event or to register, visit:

PNBAA Hosting Two Upcoming Events
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) has two upcoming events in the Seattle area. On July 28, PNBAA will host a maintainers luncheon at Clay Lacy BFI from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Staff members from Aircell will provide a presentation on business aircraft Internet connectivity. For more information, contact PNBAA's Darwin Stout at Next month, PNBAA also will host a barbecue in conjunction with the Blue Angels practice session prior to the SeaFair Air Show. The event will be held on August 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Galvin Flying Services BFI. To attend, RSVP to

Register for the PNBAA Charity Event, Sept. 22
PNBAA will host the 2nd Annual PNBAA Charity Golf Event on September 22 at the Redmond Ridge Golf Club in Redmond, WA. 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:

14th Annual Safety Standdown USA

Want to Use Your Aircraft for Business? See NBAA's New Resource
Owner-flown aircraft can provide companies with all of the efficiency, productivity and financial benefits that can be realized with business aviation. To best serve company employees who are considering whether an airplane can help them in the conduct of businesses, NBAA today released a new primer, titled How to Use Your Airplane for Business, which provides practical guidance on how and why companies should consider allowing the use of personal, employee-flown aircraft for business purposes. Review the publication online now at:

Podcast: At Oshkosh, Business Aviation History of DC-3 Highlighted
As EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh gets underway this week, the NBAA Flight Plan podcast focuses on the role of the Douglas DC-3 in supporting a broad range of military and civilian mission types. In this edition of the podcast, famed San Francisco broadcaster Jim Gabbert describes his first-hand experience with the DC-3. Gabbert today owns the DC-3 that was issued Army Air Corp General Hap Arnold, and flew presidents including Roosevelt and Eisenhower, and other dignitaries. A gathering of DC-3 airplanes is expected at this year's EAA AirVenture show, and NBAA will have an education session on the history of the aircraft at the Association's big white tent, #465 on the event grounds. Listen to the podcast or subscribe via iTunes at:

Business Aviation Insider Offers Guidance on EFBs
All across business aviation, from light business airplanes to large cabin aircraft, electronic flight bags (EFBs) are becoming a valuable tool in the cockpit. With advances in technology, EFBs now can perform a variety of functions, such as displaying aircraft position on navigational charts and performing flight-planning calculations. For operators planning to utilize EFBs, the FAA offers a number of risk-mitigation strategies. Learn more about the agency's guidelines for EFBs in the July/August edition of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by South Carolina Power Team, online at:

Call for Speakers: 2011 NBAA Leadership Conference
NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee is seeking presenters for the Association's 2011 Leadership Conference, to be held February 23 to 24, 2011, at the San Diego Hilton. The 2011 conference theme will be "Engaging Leadership," and all potential presentation submissions should include a title, brief description of the topic and some background on the presenter. The deadline is August 31, and submissions should be sent to NBAA's Jay Evans at

NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010)

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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