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NBAA Update #10-33
Monday, August 16, 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

American Icon Neil Armstrong Says: No Plane, No Gain
The No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign has enlisted American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong to be featured in a series of advertisements. NBAA Members had the first opportunity to see one of the new ads featuring Armstrong in the July/August edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official Member publication. More recently, the ad has been featured in the August editions of Aviation International News and Business & Commercial Aviation. In the ad, Armstrong points out: "Business aviation enables you to be where you need to be, when you need to be there, every time." The ad will appear in other venues in the weeks to come. To view a full copy of the ad, visit:

Bolen Highlights Business Aviation Value for The Wall Street Journal
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently briefed The Wall Street Journal on the state of the business aviation industry, and the many reasons why companies of all sizes, all across the U.S., rely on a business airplane to remain productive and competitive, especially in a challenging economy. "I think a CEO or a senior executive, board of directors and shareholders should all have an attitude of when the business airplane makes good sense, when it's the right tool for the mission, then it should be used," he said. Bolen's interview has been published on the Journal's web site; to read the story, visit:

NBAA Salutes Sen. Stevens, a Champion for Aviation
Following the August 9 airplane crash in Alaska that took the life of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and four other people, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recalled Stevens' lifelong support for all aviation, including general aviation. "He understood, and made sure others understood, the critical role aviation plays in our nation's economy and transportation system," Bolen said. "He fought constantly to keep the United States the world leader in all aspects of aviation, including general aviation." Stevens and eight others were aboard a 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter that crashed about 20 miles north of Dillingham, AK. To read NBAA's full statement, visit:

Haiti Relief Missions to Be Recognized
The business aviation community has a long tradition of providing flights to help people and communities in times of crisis. That was certainly the case in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti – people and companies from across the industry provided airplanes and other assets to help affected victims. Next month, the nation's oldest aviation association will recognize that work with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. The National Aeronautic Association will include among its recipients for the 2010 National Public Benefit Flying Awards the "volunteer pilots and other volunteers conducting flights in support of the Haitian relief efforts." Representatives from the business aviation community have been invited to attend the ceremony. To learn more about the event, visit:

NBAA Encourages Owner Participation in FAA Survey
Each year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) surveys owners of general aviation aircraft 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 survey to complete and remit the form by the August 31 deadline. For more information, contact the PA Consulting Group's Theresa Tennant at

FAA Renews NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption
The FAA has renewed NBAA's long-standing Small Aircraft Exemption for an additional two years, until September 30, 2012. The exemption allows operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and all helicopters to utilize the limited options for cost reimbursement permitted under Part 91, Subpart F, of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Common situations where cost sharing may be helpful include the transportation of a guest on a company aircraft, or use of the aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. This exemption is only available to NBAA Members. To learn more about the exemption, visit:

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2010
The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for July 1 to December 31. This data is necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. The rates are needed to impute a traveling employee's income, as required by the IRS Rules. Members may access the SIFL rates and NBAA's personal use calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of non-business trips. Access the calculator at:

Podcast: NBAA Updates Industry During Congress' August Recess
Each year, when Congress breaks for its annual August recess, NBAA staff attends local events across the U.S. to highlight the value of business aviation. As the tradition continues this month, Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs, updates NBAA Flight Plan on the work the Association is doing to advance the industry's agenda, and reiterates the continuing need for NBAA Members to make their voices heard with their representatives in the nation's capital. Subscribe to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast through Apple's iTunes, or listen anytime on NBAA's web site by visiting:

New Sessions at NBAA2010 Are Just for Owner-Operators
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will help Members make the most of their light general aviation (GA) aircraft as business tools this fall at each group's annual Convention. Six sessions will be presented at the Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference, to be held both at the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010), from October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, GA, and the AOPA Aviation Summit, from November 11 to 13 in Long Beach, CA. Session topics will include using GA aircraft for business purposes, aircraft ownership tax benefits, single pilot safety, flight reimbursement, insurance issues and moving up to turbine aircraft. Full LBA session details will be posted online soon; in the meantime, review the main NBAA2010 web site at:

Baldwin Aviation

Don't Miss This Week's Chicago-Area Forum
Chicago-area operators and business aviation industry personnel are invited to attend NBAA's Chicago Regional Forum on August 18 at DB Aviation in Waukegan Airport (UGN), in Waukegan, IL. The learning and networking event will provide attendees with valuable education sessions on understanding aircraft dry lease and management agreements, challenges and opportunities for business aviation, how to stretch your insurance premium dollar, how to create an "airborne office" and other important issues. This event will feature nearly 20 business aircraft on static display and over 60 indoor Exhibitors displaying the latest products and services. To review the full agenda and to register, visit:

Colorado Group Responds to Mischaracterization of Business Aviation
When a Denver television news outlet aired a story last week that negatively portrayed a utility company's use of business airplanes, the Colorado Aviation Business Association was quick to point out that viewers weren't given the whole story about the efficiency and productivity benefits aircraft provide for companies of all sizes, in the Denver area and across the country. The regional group sounded a call to action for an industry response, which includes contacts with the news organization, as well as message points and other resources for responding to the story with the facts about business aviation. To review the call to action and submit your own response, visit:

NY Lawmakers Form the Newest Aviation Caucus
Policymakers in New York State are raising their hands in support of all aviation, including business aviation, by forming a New York Legislative Aviation Caucus, in part to encourage policies that are supportive of business aviation. According to NY State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), business airplanes are "mobile assets," and Lupardo wants to promote legislation that keeps the aircraft, and the jobs that come with it, in the state. To read an NBAA article with more, visit:

NBAA Continues to Oppose Proposed Curfew at Burbank and Van Nuys Airports
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote to the ranking officials on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in response to a proposed nighttime curfew at Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). In a letter to Reps. James L. Oberstar (D-8-MN) and John Mica (R-7-FL), Bolen said that a nighttime curfew would impact the utility of the national air transportation system as a whole. Reps. Brad Sherman (D-27-CA), Howard Berman (D-28-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-29-CA) requested that language be inserted in the pending FAA reauthorization bill to authorize a ban on aircraft operations between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. at the airports. "NBAA and our Member Companies are committed to working with communities through local fly friendly programs, aircraft upgrades to Stage 4 technology and using aircraft specific departure and arrival profiles," said Bolen. For more on this issue, visit:

Martha's Vineyard TFR Coming, Aug. 19–29
As part of the security surrounding the President's trip to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts this month, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been issued for the Martha's Vineyard area for August 19 to 29. NOTAM 0/8986 has been issued, detailing the TFR in addition to the FAA's flight advisory for the event. Access to Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY) will be available via several gateway airports and through a TSA waiver process. Operators should note that waiver applications must be submitted at least 72 hours before planned departure. For more information, and to view the NOTAM and flight advisory, visit:

NTSB Vice Chairman to Address Southeast Conference, Aug. 24
The Southeast Corporate Aviation Management Association (SECAMA) is hosting Training, Standardization and Compliance Conference on August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 5400 NW John Q. Hammons Drive, Concord, NC. Primarily directed toward flight department managers, maintenance managers and department standardization and training personnel, the program will feature a keynote address by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt. A complimentary lunch will be provided. For more information contact Aggie Mitchard at To register, visit:

Tampa Cabin Tech and Communication Meeting, Aug. 26
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) will hold a meeting titled "Cabin Networking and Communication" on August 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Conference Room, Lobby A, Service Building of Tampa International Airport (TPA). The event, presented by Banyan Air Service in partnership with Thrane & Thrane and Satcom Direct, will feature sessions on the use of wireless devices in the cockpit, new technology for global connections and an update on lighter hardware already being installed on King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft. For more information, contact TBAA's Daniel Slapo at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Annual Georgia Safety Day Set 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 NTSB Vice Chairman 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 improve their procedures and processes, and encourages Members to attend these events to mitigate in-flight risks. For more information and to register, visit:

Visit NBAA's Regional Calendar for September Event Details
NBAA regularly helps promote regional business aviation group meetings, including local Safety Days, Advocacy Days and fundraisers held nationwide throughout the year. In addition to the listings above, upcoming regional events include an Idaho networking meeting on September 8, a San Diego Safety Standdown on September 20, a Pacific Northwest charity event on September 22 and a DC-area meeting and fundraiser on September 30. For the full details, visit NBAA's regional events page at:

Safety Standdown USA

NBAA Members Qualify for Discounted Rates at NBAA2010
Online registration for the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) is available for both Exhibitors and Attendees, and NBAA Members qualify for discounted registration rates. Everything you need to know about NBAA2010 is online, from Exhibitor, advertising and sponsorship opportunities, to Attendee information, housing and transportation guidelines, NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit details, the program schedule and more. The event will be held from October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, GA, with a Static Display of Aircraft at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Learn more at:

Upcoming Webinars to Cover Medical and Post-Accident Practices
NBAA regularly offers live webinars to help Member Companies ascend in their careers and flight operations. The first of two upcoming webinars will be "Protecting Your Medical Certification: Tips for Professional Pilots" on Thursday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The presentation will cover the steps that flight department managers can take to help pilots with their medical certification issues. A second webinar, "Family Assistance Response After an Incident/Accident," will air on August 26, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The first of two webinars on this topic will cover an aviation incident's impact on family members, best response practices and training as a critical enhancement to emergency response plans (ERP) and safety management systems (SMS). Register or learn more now at:

New Facebook Page for Business Aviation Insider
As the official Member publication of NBAA, Business Aviation Insider is a must-read for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. NBAA recently launched a Facebook page for Business Aviation Insider to provide a space for readers to interact and comment on topics covered in the bimonthly publication. Do you have an account on Facebook? If so, check out and become a fan of NBAA's Insider page at:

Discover Project Bootstrap: NBAA Debuts New FAQ Page
Project Bootstrap is a proposed higher-level aviation maintenance certification program in a new certification category called "aviation maintenance technical engineer" (AMTE), combining the traditional Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license, FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) and avionics technician skill sets. Developed by the NBAA Maintenance Committee's Advanced Education Subcommittee in collaboration with the aviation industry, the certification would serve as the benchmark for a new class of technician prepared to service complex aircraft and help advance their careers. NBAA has created a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to help those interested in learning more. To get started, visit:

Gold Wing Award Applications Due This Friday
Members of the media are encouraged to apply for the 2010 NBAA Gold Wing Award, presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation, by trade or nontrade media, in print, web-based or broadcast formats. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, August 20. Learn more 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 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention

Corporate Angel Network

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