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NBAA Update #10-34
Monday, August 23, 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

Bolen, Others Tell CNN: 'No Plane, No Gain'
In a CNN story taped at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, WI last month, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other general aviation leaders discussed the value of business aircraft to companies needing "to save money and keep their schedules flexible," as CNN headlined. Bolen said the aircraft are often used by companies "trying to visit three, four sites in the same day, and that can't be done with other modes of transportation." To view the news segment in its entirety, visit:

NBAA Encourages Participation in Small and Mid-Size Company Study
NEXA Advisors, LLC is soliciting participation in a new study examining the value of business aviation to small- to medium-sized companies. The study will analyze the impact of aircraft on enterprise value performance, including the underlying drivers of shareholder value creation (revenue growth, profit growth, asset efficiency, customer satisfaction, etc.). In support of the study, NEXA has developed a survey for private and publicly held companies with less than $1 billion in annual sales, to understand their use of business aviation. NBAA is encouraging participation in this short online survey, which is open for participation through August 30, at:

Qualified Pilots Invited to Participate in Traffic Display Study
Licensed and active NBAA 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 takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and consists of two short video exercises and two sections on TCAS. The Federal Aviation Administration (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:

Podcast: FAA Considers New First-Officer Training Methods
The FAA is considering new training requirements for airline pilots sitting in the right seat, but how can this impact business aviation? "Our Members participate in hiring pilots that have worked for the airlines, and have an interest in their qualifications," NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration Steve Brown says in discussing the issue in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. A rulemaking committee has been formed to look into increasing co-pilot qualifications and Brown is among nine aviation experts on the panel, due to release its findings in September. Learn more about the FAA's consideration of first-officer qualifications, and NBAA's work to represent business aviation, by subscribing to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast through Apple's iTunes, or listen anytime on NBAA's web site at:

Exploring Treatment of Monetary Deposits in Aircraft Transactions
It is common in business aviation for buyers of aircraft to place "fully refundable" deposits in escrow when entering into a letter of intent or purchase agreement. A new article, provided by NBAA Tax Committee Member Keith Swirsky, addresses a myriad of issues concerning monetary deposits, such as "back-to-back" transactions and whether a seller can obtain forfeiture of a deposit in such transactions; the typical approach of Oklahoma City title and escrow companies in the event of a dispute concerning the disposition of the deposit; and best practices. View the article and related aircraft transactions resources on the NBAA web site at:

Bolen Urges Support for CAN at NBAA2010
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen urged NBAA Members and the business aviation community to support the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) by attending the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit to be held the night of Wednesday, October 20, during the 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. The benefit will auction off such donated items as 1,000 gallons of fuel, maintenance services, flight training and other items of interest to flight departments. For more information and to register, visit:

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NBAA and WV Lawmakers Discuss Business Aviation Value
NBAA and other general aviation advocates attended the West Virginia Aviation Conference on August 10 to discuss critical statewide aviation issues with lawmakers. Speakers included Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs; Kate Lang, FAA acting associate administrator of airports; Henry Ogrodzinsky, National Association of State Aviation Officials president; and Greg Pecoraro, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association vice president of airports and state advocacy. Earlier this year, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III (D-WV) declared January 2010 "General Aviation Appreciation Month" in the state and noted that general aviation contributes $616 million, or $333 per capita, to West Virginia's economy, among other benefits. To view the proclamation, visit:

Maine Newspaper's Op-Ed Highlights General Aviation Contributions
General aviation is recognized for its critical contribution to Maine's economy in a recent opinion piece submitted by to the Portland Press Herald by Jeff Northgraves, manager of Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland. "The truth is, whether it's tourism, business, medical care, farmers who use these small planes for crop maintenance, the timber industry – a vital part of Maine's economy – or otherwise, general aviation is a silent but crucial economic contributor to our state," Northgraves writes. General aviation adds $521 million to the states' economy, provides 400 jobs and assists 2,707 pilots through 67 public-use airports. To view the opinion piece, visit:

Business Aviation Value on Display at Chicago-Area Forum
The value of business aviation to companies of all sizes, all across the country was evident by the strong attendance and speakers at NBAA's Chicago-Area Regional Forum last week. More than 830 people attended the forum, held August 18 at DB Aviation on Waukegan Regional Airport, with 76 Exhibitors located indoors and outside, and 23 aircraft on static display. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said the forum's success reflects the importance of the Association's regional networking and education events. For more details and a video news broadcast of the event, visit:

Rising Above the Noise: Florida's Witham Field
Despite the great location, economic benefits and reasonable number of operations at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL, it should come as no surprise that aircraft noise has traditionally been a divisive issue that has pitted airport operators and users against local residents. Yet in the face of such challenges, this airport and its tenants have worked with community officials and residents proactively to address aircraft noise concerns – and ultimately to select NBAA's Close-In Departure Procedure as the optimum noise abatement departure profile. Learn more at:

Tampa Wireless Cabin Communications 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

NTSB Vice Chairman Sumwalt at Georgia Safety Day, 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:

Idaho Plans a Networking Meeting on Sept. 8
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will host a luncheon meeting in Boise at Western Aircraft's hangar on September 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The presenter and event sponsor, Hawker Beechcraft, also will provide aircraft for a static display. The cost for lunch is $15 per person. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or RSVP before September 1 at:

Emergency Response Practices Focus of Ohio Meeting, Sept. 15
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA), in conjunction with Global Aerospace and Simuflite, will hold an Emergency Response Forum focusing on business aviation concerns on September 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on Ohio State University's campus, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH. The forum will be presented by Donald J. Chupp, president of Fireside Partners, LLC, former program director for the National Transportation Safety Board Academy. The program will make use of case studies, supported by photos, video and expert testimony. There will be a $50 charge for ORBAA members and a $100 charge for non-members. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at To register, visit:

Human Factors Focus of 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, winter weather operations and other important safety topics. The event also qualifies for NBAA's Professional Development Program and Certified Aviation Manager Program credits or recertification. For more information, 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:

DC-Area Annual Meeting and Fundraiser, Sept. 30
The Greater Washington Business Aviation (GWBAA) will hold its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on September 30 at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, VA. As always, a portion of the proceeds will benefit GWBAA charitable activities, including the Aero Club of Washington. Course information can be found at For information and to register as a sponsor or player, visit:

NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference

Register Now for NBAA2010 and Save
NBAA is offering a $30 discount for early registration before August 31 for NBAA2010, which will take place from October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, GA. As the premier annual meeting place for the business aviation community, NBAA2010 is the most productive and efficient opportunity for business aviation professionals to learn and connect in one place, at one time. The Convention will feature approximately 25,000 industry professionals, over 100 education sessions and exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center and a Static Display of Aircraft on DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK). For more information and to register, visit:

NBAA Expands On-Demand Education Webinar Offerings
NBAA has expanded the Association's live, interactive business aviation webinars to include seven recent and upcoming presentations. NBAA's initial webinars have proven highly popular with the Association's Members, garnering robust participation, favorable feedback and requests for additional offerings. A supplement to NBAA's On-Demand Education Program, the semi-monthly webinars offer participants live learning opportunities on relevant business aviation topics in multiple educational tracks. All live events are available after they conclude through NBAA's On-Demand Education. Learn more at:

Careers in Business Aviation Day on Facebook
The Careers in Business Aviation Day, which will be held during the 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA, now has a Facebook page to make it easier for students ages 12 to 17 to learn more about this exciting event. The page provides links to additional information on the event, as well as free registration for students, educators and chaperones. Careers in Business Aviation Day will take place on October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. To check it out and become a fan, visit:

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Applications Now Online
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA offers monetary and training awards to meet the career development needs of those responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. Applications for the 2011 scholarships are due November 1. Learn more and download applications at:

NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit

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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