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NBAA Update #10-31
Monday, August 02, 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 Extends FAA Authorization, Adds Safety Provisions
Congress has approved another extension of FAA programs and funding as lawmakers continue work on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill. The extension bill, HR 5900, titled the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, runs through September 30. It also includes new pilot training and aviation safety rules for flights conducted under FAR Part 121. Neither of the pending FAA bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate includes new user fees. View the bill at:

House Completes Work on FY11 Transportation Bill
Last week, the House passed its FY2011 transportation appropriations bill. 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. The measure also proposes $2 million for a research and development program to replace leaded aviation fuel with a future viable alternative in piston-engine aircraft, and provides for 122 new FAA safety inspector positions. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

House Legislation Criminalizes Laser-Pointing at Pilots in Flight
Last week, the House passed HR 5810, the Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2010. This measure creates federal penalties, including up to a five-year prison term, for anyone convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft in flight. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-3-CA) and was the outgrowth of concern about numerous incidents where lasers were pointed at aircraft in flight. The legislation now awaits Senate consideration. For additional details, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

Podcast: What Aircraft Re-Registration Means for NBAA Members
In spite of objections from NBAA and other industry groups, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published an onerous new rule for aircraft re-registration. As reported in last week's NBAA Update, FAA officials believe more than a third of the aircraft registries in its database are outdated or inaccurate and cite the problem as the reason the agency is calling for all aircraft owners to re-register their aircraft within a three-year period. In the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast, aviation attorney Frank Polk with McAfee & Taft describes what the new rule means for NBAA Members. Listen online or subscribe via iTunes at:

At AirVenture, GA Groups Discuss AvGas Future
During a panel discussion of general aviation (GA) group leaders at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) 2010 AirVenture Oshkosh event last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees that the GA community is well coordinated and making progress in its efforts to work with government officials on the issue of alternatives for 100 low lead fuel. "It is critically important that we in general aviation continue to work together on this issue, and because of the joint commitment from the community, there has been visible progress made on the matter," Bolen said. NBAA is part of a coalition of stakeholders that are seeking an approach that addresses concerns about cost, availability and ease of production. Learn more about the recent discussion on aviation gas at:

Props for Palmer and No Plane No Gain at AirVenture
For nearly a year, American icon and esteemed businessman Arnold Palmer has served as a voice for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, educating Washington policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to his Latrobe, PA company. Palmer's unmatched credibility and persuasive message have been attracting notice, as demonstrated at a "Meet the Administrator" session held last week as part of EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh event. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told session participants: "You can't get better as a spokesperson than Arnold Palmer...that's powerful." Read a web article about the session, and the discussion about No Plane No Gain, at:

AOPA and NBAA Announce Lineup for Joint LBA Conference
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and NBAA will help Members make the most of their light general aviation airplanes as business tools this fall at each group's annual Convention. AOPA President and CEO Craig L. Fuller and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen unveiled the six forums that will be presented as the Light Business Airplane Conference at both the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, GA, and the AOPA Aviation Summit, November 11 to 13 in Long Beach, CA. "Business aviation involves the use of any general aviation airplane for business and our jointly hosted conference really drives that point home," Bolen said. Review the press release and the related AOPA Live video interview featuring Fuller and Bolen at:

NBAA Encourages Owner Participation in FAA Survey
Each year, the FAA surveys owners of general aviation aircraft in order to develop the General Aviation & Part 135 Activity Survey, which is used by the FAA for planning purposes and by the industry for statistical data. The PA Consulting Group, an independent research company, is assisting the FAA with this survey. NBAA strongly encourages all aircraft owners who have received the printed survey to complete and remit the form either in hardcopy or online by the August 31 deadline. For more information, contact the PA Consulting Group's Mandy Pom at or visit:

Qualified Pilots Invited to Participate in Traffic Display Study
NBAA licensed and active pilots with Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) experience are invited to participate in a traffic display study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center to gather data on how pilots will react to new types of traffic displays. The study will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and will consist of two short video exercises of traffic displays with questions and two sections of questions on TCAS. The FAA will consider the results of the study while developing guidelines for the manufacturing of traffic information displays and systems in the cockpit. To learn more about the study or to participate, visit:

Exhibitor Service Center Puts Industry's Biggest Event at Your Fingertips
The NBAA2010 Exhibitor Service Center is a new tool from NBAA that offers Exhibitors a secure online portal with access to exhibit-planning resources. NBAA launched the service center to provide Exhibitors with a way to receive news and details about the 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention as well as reminders of policies, procedures and official show logos. NBAA2010 is the most productive and efficient opportunity for business aviation buyers and sellers, with approximately 25,000 industry professionals expected at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Visit the service center at or read the full web article at:

Baldwin Aviation

California's Business Aviation Opponents Take Case to Congress
Business aviation access in California has been in contentious debate for years, as local officials with Van Nuys (VNY) and Bob Hope (BUR) airports have lobbied for restrictions on companies that rely on business airplanes from using the airports, most recently advocating for a nighttime curfew. The local officials' arguments for the curfew and other restrictions, which are rooted in noise concerns, have largely failed thus far, thanks in part to NBAA's advocacy efforts. However, in spite of the industry's successful work to protect full access at the airports to date, NBAA Members have recently been given cause for renewed concern over the issue, because the airport officials have decided to take their case to Congress. Read the full article at:

TSA Adds Two Airports as DASSP Gateways
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the additions of Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY, and Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Nashville, TN, 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. Starting on August 18, DASSP screening will be available at SheltAir Aviation Services in Farmingdale and at Signature Flight Support in Nashville. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at or visit:

Kentucky Proclamation Honors Business Aviation
NBAA last week welcomed a proclamation recognizing the importance of general aviation to Kentucky and declaring July 2010 "General Aviation Appreciation Month." The proclamation, issued by Governor Steven Beshear (D-KY), notes that "general aviation aircraft support a variety of services vital to Kentucky businesses and communities, including business mobility and economic opportunity, agricultural spraying, police and fire protection, access to medical treatment, disaster relief and a wide range of resources critical to those in isolated areas." These and other benefits of business aviation cited in the proclamation echo the themes communicated through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. For more information, visit:

Wisconsin Proclamation Recognizes Industry's Value
Continuing the trend of states citing the value of business aviation, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) recently declared the week of July 26 "Wisconsin Aviation Week," recognizing the essential role that all aviation, including business aviation, plays in the state. Doyle noted that in Wisconsin, business aircraft improve citizens' lives by providing vital emergency medical transportation, and enhances public safety by assisting law enforcement. "We thank Governor Doyle for recognizing the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities in Wisconsin," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

Greater DC-Area Legislative and Tax Luncheon, 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:

North Texas Luncheon to Highlight Medical Support, Aug. 17
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold a luncheon, sponsored by Medaire, on August 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the FlightSafety Learning Center located at 3201 East Airfield Drive, at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Kevin Kelly, North and South American Business Development Director of Remote Diagnostic Technologies for Medaire, will discuss a new cutting edge in-flight and ground medical support product for flight departments. There is no charge for NTBAA members to attend and a $10 donation for non-members. To RSVP, contact NTBAA's Marj DeLong at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

NBAA Live Webinar for Regional Group Leaders, Aug. 26
This month, NBAA will offer its third webinar for regional business aviation group leaders, titled "Business Aviation: Building Scholarship and Mentor Programs." The 90-minute program will provide regional leaders with strategies and resources needed to develop effective local scholarship and mentor programs, illustrated with case studies from colleagues around the country. The agenda will include discussions addressing the value of supporting local youth and guiding them in their quest for aviation knowledge. Log-in instructions will be provided prior to the webinar, which will take place August 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To sign up or for more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or Dan Burkhart at

San Diego Safety Standdown, Sept. 20
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host its 2nd annual Safety Standdown on September 20 in San Diego, CA, focusing on how human factors relate to safe flight operations. Keynote speaker Dr. Tony Kern, an author and aviation safety expert, and other presenters will provide attendees with practical information and insight on safety management systems (SMS), winter weather operations, and other important safety topics. The event also qualifies for NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) and Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credits or recertification. For more information, visit:

Safety Standdown USA

Fly Your Own Airplane? NBAA's Business Aviation Insider Is For You
The July/August edition of Business Aviation Insider includes features specifically for NBAA Members who rely on light business airplanes. The issue, sponsored by South Carolina Power Team, has articles on what to expect when moving up to a jet; how flying time and experience have improved light jet safety; setting up effective operating and safety systems and the unique safety considerations faced by owner-operators. All employees of NBAA Member Companies can sign up to receive printed copies of Business Aviation Insider by mail at no additional charge. To subscribe, update your communications preferences at or read the issue online at:

Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament Returns at NBAA2010
The NBAA 14th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 17, at Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, GA, in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention. NBAA Board Chairman Patrick Cunningham will preside over this year's tournament and the proceeds will benefit NBAA Charities, which raises funds to support philanthropic organizations and initiatives that use general aviation airplanes for humanitarian purposes. Since the tournament was founded in 1997, it has raised over $400,000 for various charities. For more information and to register, visit:

Now Online: Back-to-Back Aircraft Transactions Article
In a "back-to-back" aircraft purchase and sale, an aircraft broker buys an aircraft from the seller and sells it to the ultimate buyer. While not a common structure for an aircraft transaction, the back-to-back has recently been used more often. NBAA Tax Committee Member Alan Burnett has prepared a new, in-depth article, titled "Back-to-Back Aircraft Transactions 101," that discusses many of the issues implicated by a back-to-back, including the potential risks and strategies to minimize these risks. This is the newest addition to a host of resources on NBAA's web site outlining best practices in aircraft purchases and sales. The article is available online at:

NBAA Leadership Conference Speaker Submissions Due Aug. 31
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

At Oshkosh, NBAA Gives Tax Tips for Business Flying
Entrepreneurs and others visiting NBAA's tent at last week's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh learned the significant money savings that can be realized when deducting taxes for the business use of an airplane. Lou Meiners, Jr., an aviation tax expert with Advocate Consulting, told session attendees: "Not many people know that if entrepreneurs are flying their aircraft for business reasons, there are deductions and tax incentives for doing so." Review the full article at:

NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference

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

Protecting Your Medical Certification: Tips for Professional Pilots Webinar
August 19, 2010, 2:00 p.m. ET

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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No Plane No Gain

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Chicago

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