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NBAA Update #10-38
Monday, September 20, 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

Senate Advances ‘Bonus’ Depreciation for Business Airplanes
NBAA welcomes last week’s Senate approval of legislation that if passed by the House would extend accelerated, or "bonus," depreciation for business purchases, including general aviation aircraft purchased in 2010 and placed in service by 2011. "Allowing faster capital cost recovery of the purchase of company assets, including business aircraft, is helpful to business aviation and to our economy," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read NBAA's full press release at:

NBAA, Others Call for Prompt Implementation of U.S.-European Union Safety Plan
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently joined with leaders of six other national aviation associations in urging Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to move forward on implementing the U.S.-European Union bilateral aviation safety agreement when he meets with his European counterpart later this month. In a letter to LaHood, the aviation leaders said long-standing cooperation between the U.S. and Europe has led to higher common standards and improved safety records worldwide. The bilateral safety agreement between the U.S. and European Union was assembled two years ago, but has yet to be officially implemented. To read the letter, visit:

Congress Recognizes Essential Nature of Rural Airstrips
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week recognizing the important role of back-country airstrips to local communities. Airstrips support local economic activity, ensure access for emergency missions, provide for flying and other outdoor experiences, and offer many additional public benefits. Bolen noted that over the past year, Congress has repeatedly signaled its support for general aviation (GA). A General Aviation Caucus was formed in the U.S. House in April 2009, and resolutions recognizing the importance of GA to the country have been introduced since. "We welcome this latest recognition from Congress that general aviation plays an important role in generating jobs, promoting commerce in towns across the U.S., providing humanitarian relief and supporting a host of other essential functions," Bolen said. Learn more about the GA caucuses at:

Industry Ad Calls on Congress to Pass FAA Reauthorization
As No Plane No Gain supporters know, NBAA has utilized print and broadcast advertising to promote the value of business aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. This month, NBAA is part of an effort, spearheaded by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, to continue promoting that message in an advertisement placed in two Capitol Hill publications, Politico and Roll Call. The ad, which calls upon Congress to pass a final version of "reauthorization" for the Federal Aviation Administration, points out that the industry generates $150 billion, supports more than 1.2 million jobs and provides a trade surplus for the U.S. – all central messages in the No Plane No Gain program. The ad was also supported by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Air Transportation Association.

Bolen Tells USA Today: ‘No Plane, No Gain’
When USA Today recently took a look at the state of the business aviation industry, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen viewed it as an opportunity to underscore the value of business aviation. "The business airplane is a business tool, and (businesspeople are) trying to make sure they're using the right tool for the right job,” he said. The piece echoes the messaging of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Read the full story and others on the No Plane No Gain web site at:

Podcast: Regulatory Requirements for Charitable Flights
NBAA Members generously make their aircraft available for charitable purposes, and there are important tax and regulatory considerations to review when conducting humanitarian flights. For example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may place limits on the costs that a company can deduct in connection with a charitable flight. Aviation attorneys John Copley and John Hoover provide an overview of how both the FAA and IRS regulate charitable flights in this week’s episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on Apple's iTunes or listen anytime online at:

TSA Clarifies Recurrent Training Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a policy notice to clarify procedures used for non-U.S. citizens seeking recurrent training in the U.S. The new policy notice, which applies to students training in aircraft that weigh over 12,500 lbs., indicates the types of activities that the TSA does not consider "recurrent training." Additionally, the notice outlines improvements that the TSA is making to security threat assessments required for non-U.S. citizens seeking recurrent training. To view a copy of the policy notice, visit:

Advocating for Your Flight Operation in the Insurance Market
When applying for or renewing an aviation insurance policy, the manner in which an insurance agent presents your flight operation to underwriters is very important. In a new article, NBAA Tax Committee member Lou Timpanaro explains that presenting a high-quality and detailed underwriting submission is very important. These details allow underwriters to differentiate your aircraft from the competition and ensure that you receive the best possible insurance value. To view the article, visit:

NBAA, FAA, Industry Working on Performance-Based Navigation Implementations
For years, NBAA has worked with the FAA and other industry stakeholders to implement procedures, which include area navigation (RNAV) arrivals and departures and required navigation performance/authorization required (RNP/AR) approaches at airports across the country. PBN is a key component of Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. San Jose, Reno, Oakland and Raleigh-Durham are just some of the cities where PBN procedures recently have been or are being implemented and where NBAA has been involved. NBAA's staff will solicit the participation of locally based Members in PBN meetings as they are scheduled nationwide, because local operator knowledge of the airspace is critical to the successful outcome of these meetings for business aviation purposes. For more information on PBN, visit:

One Week 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. To access the survey, visit:

AOPA and NBAA Present Sessions for Owner-Operators at NBAA2010
From "Why?" to "How to," NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will help Members make the most of their light aircraft as business tools at each group's annual Convention. Six forums will be presented at the Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference at both NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention, October 19 to 21 in Atlanta, GA, and AOPA’s Aviation Summit, November 11 to 13 in Long Beach, CA. Sessions titles include: How to Use General Aviation for Business Purposes; Tax Benefits of Aircraft Ownership; Single Pilot: Safely; Getting Reimbursed for Flights; Insurance Panel; and Moving Up to a Turbine Aircraft. For more information and to register, visit the 2010 LBA Conference web site at:

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NBAA Honors Georgia Leaders With Silk Scarf Award
Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) Chairman Dave Small and Vice Chairman Jeff Agur were recently presented with the NBAA Silk Scarf Award for their contributions to the business aviation community. The award celebrates their tireless work in promoting business aviation in Georgia and around the country. Small and Agur received the award on September 1 in front of 150 business aviation professionals at the annual GBAA Safety Day in Marietta, GA. Learn about the award at:

Chicago Class B Redesign Shows Importance of Local Industry Involvement
The newly redesigned Chicago Class B airspace serves as a successful model for airspace redesign elsewhere, in part because of participation from local business aviation stakeholders. In-process redesigns include Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Seattle; pending redesigns include Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Washington/Baltimore. To learn more about how Chicago Area Business Aviation Association members helped facilitate the Chicago-area redesign, visit:

Runway Closures Planned at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Sept. 24–27
Rubber removal and runway remarking is scheduled at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) the weekend of September 24 to 27. The primary runway (2R/20L) is scheduled to close between 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24 and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. Runways 9/27 and 16/34 are scheduled to close between 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24 and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27. Runway 2L/20R is scheduled to close between 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27. Operators are encouraged to check the NOTAMs regularly as revisions to the schedule are possible. For more information, contact NBAA’s GA Desk at

Pacific Northwest Charity Event This Wednesday
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:

Citation Information Featured at St. Louis Meeting, 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 p.m. on September 22 at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Wisconsin Business Aviation Association Safety Day, Sept. 28
The Wisconsin Business Aviation Association (WBAA) will hold a Safety Day on Tuesday, September 28. The event will be held at the offices of CR Meyer & Sons, 895 W. 20th Ave., Oshkosh, WI. There is a $35 charge per attendee. For reservations, contact WBAA’s Steve Rehwinkel at For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn 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:

South Florida Annual Fundraiser Scheduled for Nov. 5
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its annual event on Friday, November 5 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton, FL. This networking event for the South Florida aviation community will help support SFBAA's charitable activities and scholarship fund. Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. with awards, a raffle and prizes. SFBAA has arranged for special room rates at the Boca Raton Resort. For hotel reservations call (888) 491-2622. For sponsorship opportunities, contact SFBAA’s Tracy Gough at For more information and to register for the event, visit:

Gulfstream G450: Let the Journey Begin

Online Only: Business Aviation Insider Looks at Industry Use of iPad
An online extra for the September/October edition of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by SimCom Training Centers, takes a look at how Apple’s iPad is becoming a critical tool for business pilots. As of early September, Apple’s online iTunes Store was offering nearly 100 no-cost or low-cost aviation software packages specifically designed for use on the iPad. Applications range from simple programs that calculate weight and balance and center of gravity, to sophisticated packages that supply navigational charts and a wealth of weather data and radar images. A feature on how the iPad and other tablet devices can help you better manage your flight department is slated to appear in the November/December edition of Insider. In the meantime, read the online extra 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. For more information and to register, visit:

Follow NBAA on Twitter for Convention News
In the weeks leading up to the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta and during the event itself, the NBAA Twitter feed at will be updated with news about business aviation's flagship event. Twitter users can search Twitter using the hashtag #NBAA10 for the latest postings related to the show. Attendees and Exhibitors are also encouraged to use that hashtag when tweeting their own announcements to ensure that their information is easily found through the popular social networking application. Sign up to follow NBAA on Twitter today by visiting:

NBAA Webinar: Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Webinar: NBAA Election 2010 Preview: Race for Control of Congress
September 28, 2010, 2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Safety Management Systems: The Real Story
September 30, 2010, 2:00 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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