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NBAA Update #10-37
Monday, September 13, 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 Comments on President's Transportation Plan
When President Obama introduced a plan last week to invest $50 billion in the nation's transportation system, including funding for aviation projects, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen called the announcement "welcome recognition" that aviation investments promote job creation, spur economic growth, and increase mobility – including for companies that rely on business aviation – and bolster America's leadership position in aviation. Last year, NBAA pointed out the same benefits in a joint industry letter to Congress about the need for a final FAA reauthorization bill. To read the letter, visit:

Bolen Reiterates Support for Accelerated Depreciation
NBAA continually advocates for policies that promote a positive environment for business aviation. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen told the newspaper that President Obama's recent call for extending accelerated, or "bonus," depreciation for the purchase of company assets, including business aircraft, would promote aircraft purchases, which in turn helps preserve manufacturing jobs. "It is an effort to encourage people to buy now as opposed to take a wait-and-see approach for the next six months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months," Bolen told the newspaper. To read the full article, visit:

Contact Congress to Support Accelerated Depreciation for Aircraft
In recent weeks, NBAA has repeatedly called on Capitol Hill lawmakers to support legislation to extend accelerated depreciation for investments in strategic business assets, including aircraft. Now NBAA Members and the business aviation community can reach out to elected officials using the Association's Contact Congress resource, and urge them to support accelerated depreciation bills. The business aviation community continues to grapple with a significant drop-off in flight activity, aircraft sales and job losses in the industry during a challenging economic climate. Accelerated depreciation is a proven investment incentive, and could significantly benefit the business aviation community. Anyone can urge their members of Congress to support accelerated depreciation by visiting:

Podcast: Industry United on Avgas Issue
The general aviation (GA) community has worked in a united front in responding to government's exploration of alternatives for 100 low lead fuel. NBAA is part of a coalition of GA and petroleum industry stakeholders that seeks to address concerns about cost, availability and ease of production. Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president of operations & administration, and Rob Hackman, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association vice president of government relations, talk about the progress the group is making in a recent episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Subscribe to NBAA's podcast on Apple's iTunes or listen anytime online at:

FAA Terminates OpSpecs Web Site
The FAA terminated the web site on August 31 because platform has now become outdated, according to a recent announcement. Originally designed as a portal to share information regarding items such as master minimum equipment lists (MMEL) and operations specifications, the FAA will transfer the content to various other web sites dedicated to a variety specific topics. For example, final documents like MMELs can now be found on the Flight Standards Information Management System. Documents open for public comment are contained on a number of topic-specific web sites identified in the information for operators (InFO) notice. To review the notice, visit:

Two Weeks Left to Participate in Operational Control Survey
NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee is soliciting participation in a survey of aircraft operational control practices. The committee will use the results of the survey in its work to create a resource for NBAA Members that will clarify appropriate roles and responsibilities for operators with respect to aircraft operational control. NBAA is encouraging participation in this short online survey, which is open for participation through Monday, September 27, at:

NBAA2010 to Honor Industry's Contributions to Haiti Relief
Everyone who participated in the business aviation community's response to the earthquake that ravaged the island nation of Haiti earlier this year will be recognized at NBAA's 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. "As a result of this remarkable outpouring of time, expertise and resources, countless lives were not only touched but in many cases saved. We want to recognize this historic airlift with our event," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The tribute will take place as part of a new general session on the Convention's second day, Wednesday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Both the second-day session and the Convention's traditional Opening General Session will take place on the event's exhibit floor. Read a press release about the event at:

Six Business Aviation Legends to Be Recognized as 'Master Pilots' at NBAA2010
Several business aviation legends will be presented with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Certificates from the FAA as part of NBAA2010. Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy, Russ Meyer and Arnold Palmer will receive their certificates in person from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The presentation of the Master Pilot Certificates will be part of the general session on the Convention's second day. "Our congratulations to these individuals on this well-deserved recognition," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read the full press release at:

NBAA2010 Shaping Up As a Strong Show: Will You Be There?
With just over a month remaining until the ribbon is cut to officially open NBAA's 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, Attendee and housing registration for the show is strong, and the show is shaping up as an exciting one, with a full exhibit floor at the Georgia World Congress Center, and a full Static Display of Aircraft at nearby DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Though the Static Display has sold out, host FBO Atlantic Aviation is graciously providing some additional display space to accommodate some of those on the waiting list. For the first time, the exhibit floor will be the location for both the traditional Opening General Session and the new second-day general session described above. Register today to ensure your company is present for this must-attend annual industry event by visiting:

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New Mexico Proclamation Is Latest to Salute Industry
What do Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia all have in common? In recent months, the governors of each of these states have issued proclamations to highlight the importance of business aviation. Now, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) has issued a decree of his own, designating September "Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month." As with previous proclamations, the New Mexico statement sounds themes about the importance of business aviation that are promoted through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. To read the proclamation, visit:

Attend Tomorrow's GBAA Operators Meeting in Atlanta
On Tuesday, Georgia Business Aviation (GBAA) will host an NBAA Convention Planning Operator's Meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Following the welcoming announcement, NBAA will provide participants with information on the NBAA2010 Static Display of Aircraft as well as event-related runway and taxiway closures. Other presenters will cover topics on portable deployment kit and procedures for arrivals and departures during peak periods. For more information, visit GBAA's web site at:

Helicopter Operations Focus of Northeast S&D Meeting, Sept.15
Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers (NEDS) will hold a quarterly luncheon at Avitat Westchester, 85 Tower Road, Westchester, NY, on September 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers include Jeff Smith, chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC), and Mark Arpino, safety manager for Mass Mutual. The discussion will focus on helicopter operations issues, concerns and safety. For more information, contact NEDS's Amy Roy at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Ohio Forum on Emergency Response Practices, 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, and former program director for the National Transportation Safety Board Academy. 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:

San Diego Safety Standdown Features Industry Experts, Sept. 20
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host its 2nd Annual Safety Standdown on September 20 in San Diego, CA. Speakers will include aviation safety expert Dr. Tony Kern of Convergent Performance on human factors; Dr. Paulo Alves, MD, on fatigue; Don Baldwin of Baldwin Aviation on safety management systems and Gulfstream on HUD/EVS/synthetic vision and NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president of safety, security & regulations. For more information, visit:

Attend 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:

Greater St. Louis Meeting to Feature CJ4 on Sept. 24
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 24 at Air Associates of Missouri Flight School, 18600 Edison, Chesterfield, MO. Dirk Vander Zee, regional manager for Cessna Citation, will present information about the Citation CJ4, which will be available for viewing from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Admission costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to GSLBAA by 12:00 noon on September 22 at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Gulfstream G450: Let the Journey Begin

Now Online: Business Aviation Insider Focuses on Technology Issues
The development of technology in business aviation shows no sign of slowing. The September/October edition of Business Aviation Insider, the official Member publication of NBAA, takes a look at some of the latest advances and applications for the industry. Sponsored by SimCom Training Centers, the issue features comments from NBAA's Ed Bolen about the industry's support for technology research and development, as well as articles about safely incorporating Wi-Fi technology into business aircraft, considerations for those planning a move to a glass cockpit and the benefits of ADS-B implementation. Printed copies of the issue are mailing to Member subscribers now. View the issue online at:

Volunteers Needed for NBAA2010 Boys & Girls Club Community Build
NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention provides an opportunity for the industry to show its support for the local host city, and that will be the case this year. Volunteers are needed for the "community build" to benefit the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, located near Peachtree DeKalb Airport, the site of the Static Display of Aircraft. Sponsors have generously supported the build by donating lunch, snacks and refreshments. The sponsors and NBAA are looking for volunteers to help put the build together. Register online today at For more information, e-mail NBAA's Maureen Cameron at, or watch a video from the Boys & Girls Club at:

Get ‘the Real Story' on Safety Management Systems, Sept. 30
With countries around the world preparing to implement International Civil Aviation Organization standards regarding safety management systems (SMS), now is the time for NBAA Members to participate in an important webinar. Join NBAA on Thursday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET for an introduction to key SMS concepts and a review of future SMS regulatory requirements from international civil aviation authorities. The webinar will feature Steve Witowski, ARGUS director of system safety, and Ray Rohr, International Business Aviation Council director of regulatory affairs. To register or learn more about the webinar, visit:

Members Invited to Free 2010 Webinar on 2010 Election Preview
Association Members are invited to register for a one-hour, complimentary live webinar to be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Lisa Piccione, NBAA's senior vice president, government affairs, will moderate this fall 2010 election preview for NBAA Members, which will analyze races involving prominent national figures. Panelists Julian Epstein and Ralph Reed will provide insight into both Democratic and Republican viewpoints. For more information and for Member registration at no cost, visit:

Safety Standdown USA

Webinar: NBAA Election 2010 Preview: Race for Control of Congress
September 23, 2010, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

14th Annual Safety Standdown USA
October 4–7, 2010, Wichita, KS

14th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic
October 17, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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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