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NBAA Update #10-44
Monday, November 01, 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

Recent Security Concerns Highlight Need for Continued Vigilance
Although business aviation has never been identified as a security threat, the recent security concerns involving cargo aviation highlight the need for continued vigilance across all of aviation. NBAA is in continuing contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and it is the Association's understanding that last week's events are not anticipated to have an impact on security policies related to the business aviation community. NBAA will continue to work with federal security officials to promote effective measures to enhance general aviation security while accommodating the mobility and flexibility that are the hallmarks of business aviation. For guidance from NBAA on general aviation security, visit:

NBAA, Others Discuss Security Matters With TSA in Recent Meeting
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), and access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) were among the issues discussed at an October 25 meeting of the TSA's Aviation Security Advisory Council (ASAC) for general aviation (GA). NBAA participates in the council, which also discussed GA grant program concepts, standardization of airport credentials and GA incident response. The group agreed to update and revise security guidelines for GA airports in preparation for the revised LASP Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, now expected to be released for public comment later this year or in early 2011. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at To learn more about NBAA's work in this area, visit:

TSA Reminds Industry: 'If You See Something, Say Something'
To address security concerns in any mode of transportation, the TSA earlier this year introduced the 'If You See Something, Say Something' campaign, which builds upon the progress already made by government and industry to recognize and report security threats. The TSA developed the campaign - which includes a toll-free reporting number, as well as videos, posters and other outreach tools - in concert with the general aviation community, to encourage a strengthened partnership with government on security vigilance. View the TSA's video about the campaign at:

Bolen Reminds News Outlets: No Plane No Gain
NBAA's 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta provided an effective opportunity for Association President and CEO Ed Bolen to highlight the value of business aviation with local and national news organizations. As one example, Bolen told the New York Times NBAA's Convention made it clear that "the argument for business aviation as a tool for better productivity is stronger than ever." To read this article in its entirety, and other coverage from recent Bolen interviews, visit the Recent News section of the No Plane No Gain web site:

Podcast: Business Aviation Is a Good Investment Despite Tough Economy
In these challenging economic times, business aviation may be the last thing on the mind of company directors or CEOs. On this week's episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president of operations, education & economics, says this could be the perfect time to invest in business aviation. "We know that business aircraft make companies more efficient, more productive and able to do more with less," he observes. "In this down economy…a business aircraft is going to provide that competitive edge." Nichols also details the resources NBAA makes available for Members to determine the type of aircraft that would be best suited for their business needs. Subscribe to the podcast and receive episodes automatically on iTunes, or listen anytime at:

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NBAA Members: Oppose Anchorage Municipality Planned Tax Increase
Policymakers in the municipality of Anchorage, AK are set to increase a tax on more than 1,000 general aviation aircraft based in the city by 100 percent. If passed, the annual tax on a single-engine aircraft, hot air balloons and gliders will increase from $75 annually to $150 each year, and on twin-engine aircraft from $125 to $250 per year. A public hearing will be held on November 9 and focus on the ordinance (No. AO 2010-81) at the Anchorage Loussac Library's assembly chambers. NBAA encourages Members to oppose this increase, which, if passed, will have no benefit to the aircraft operator. For further information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Last Week for Illinois Tax Amnesty Program
Aircraft owners who might owe sales or use taxes to Illinois have one week left to pay applicable taxes under the state's temporary amnesty program. Illinois established an amnesty period for payment of the taxes, which expires on November 8, allowing taxpayers to remit unpaid taxes without incurring penalties or interest. The amnesty program is for a range of income and business tax liabilities owed to the state for any taxable period ending after June 30, 2002 and prior to July 1, 2009. Illinois is expected to step up tax-collection efforts, with harsh penalties for non-compliance, at the conclusion of the amnesty program. Information on state aviation taxes, including tax rates and exemptions for all 50 states, is available from NBAA's State Aviation Tax Report, at:

Chicago Class-B Redesign Highlights Value of Local Involvement
The newly redesigned Chicago Class-B airspace, which went into effect on October 29, is a model for airspace redesign elsewhere, in part because of involvement from local industry representatives. "Over a dozen other Class-B areas are scheduled to be redesigned in the coming year, so I hope others in the business aviation community will follow the lead set by the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association in becoming directly involved with the redesign planning in their areas," said NBAA's Bob Quinn, regional representative, central region. Operators should note that the latest Jeppesen Database does not include the airspace changes, so flightcrews should review the Jeppesen NavData Alert on the issue. For more information, visit:

Chicago-Area Operators to Meet, Discuss New ATC Routes, Nov. 5
The Chicago Aviation Business Association (CABAA) meeting on November 5 will feature details on the new air traffic control updates, as well as a presentation on the proposed Chicago Vertiport. Lunch will be provided to attendees at the meeting, which will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Hilton Northbrook Pine Room at 2855 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60662. For more information, visit:

Next Pacific Rim Schedulers/Dispatchers Meeting in Seattle This Thursday
The Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will host its next general meeting on Thursday, November 4 at McCormick & Schmick's Harborside Restaurant on Lake Union in Seattle. This is a dinner meeting featuring a presentation by body-language expert Jan Hargrave. Registration for this event begins at 5:00 p.m. PDT and the cost is $25 for PRSDA members and $40 for non-members. RSVP to PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at For additional information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

South Florida Annual Fundraiser, 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 in 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, visit:

Next Pacific Northwest-Area Meeting in Seattle, Nov. 9
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host its next general luncheon meeting on Tuesday, November 9 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The topic for this event will be "Challenges in Emergency Response: Taking Care of Your People and Addressing the Media," featuring speakers Cary Pfeffer, former news reporter, anchor and founder of ClearComm Consulting, and Pete Agur, managing director and founder of The VanAllen Group, Inc. This event will be held at the View Lounge of the Museum of Flight at Seattle's Boeing Field. RSVP to to secure a seat. For additional information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

Georgia Maintenance Seminar and IA Refresher Set For Nov. 10
The Georgia Business Aviation Association and Duncan Aviation have scheduled a Business Aviation Maintenance Seminar and IA Refresher for Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Georgia Aviation Authority's Corporate Hangar at Fulton County Airport (FTY) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. All maintenance and flight personnel are invited. This will be an interesting program with a diverse group of presenters. RSVP to for more information visit:

Public Comments for South Dakota Air Base Expansion Ends Nov. 15
The United States Air Force has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Powder River Training Complex expansion. Expanding the Powder River Military Operations Area (MOA) will significantly reduce the volume of airspace for GA operations when the airspace is active for practice and training by the military. These changes will impact airspace in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming and public comments on these plans will be accepted until November 15. Ensure your comments are considered in preparation of the final draft by sending them to Ms. Linda DeVine, HQ ACC/A7PS, 129 Andrews Street, Room 337, Langley AFB, VA, 23665-2769, or faxed to (757) 764-1975. For more information, please contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

FAA Central Florida Customer Forum set for Nov. 16
The Southeast Manager for Tactical Operations Mike Artist will hold a customer forum at Tampa International Airport in the airport boardroom Tuesday, November 16. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include a NASA briefing, military operations briefing, Tampa operations update, Orlando operations update and panel discussion. Members planning to attend must RSVP with name, title and organization to the FAA's Sherrie Callon at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Teterboro Session on Winter Operations, Nov. 17
Walter Randa, founder of Leading Edge Deicing Specialists, is keynote speaker during the Teterboro Users Group (TUG) meeting on November 17 at Teterboro Airport (TEB). The meeting, which starts at 9:00 a.m., will provide useful operational information for flightcrews, maintenance and airport operations personnel. Additionally, there will be discussions with Teterboro Manager of Airport Operations John Kastens and Teterboro Tower Support Specialist Larry Brady. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at

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Over 2,000 People Follow NBAA on Twitter – Are You One?
The business aviation community uses Twitter to share industry news and information, and NBAA is part of those discussions. More than 2,000 Twitter users turn to NBAA's Twitter feed, @NBAA, for industry news, events and updates. The resource is also a great way for participants to share information and thoughts about events like the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, Regional Forums and others. Follow @NBAA today and learn more about why the business aviation community is taking advantage of social networks like Twitter at:

NBAA Board Revises Bylaws
The Association's Board of Directors recently approved amendments to NBAA's Bylaws, which modify the conditions under which additional nominations for service on the Board are considered. The new NBAA Bylaws may be reviewed at:

SMS Introduction Workshop Coming to Bedford, MA, Nov. 16
In a joint partnership with ARGUS, NBAA will host a two-and-one-half-day Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop in Bedford, MA from November 16 to 18. Through interactive presentations and group exercises, attendees will be provided with details on the safety benefits and business case for developing an SMS. Guidance will also be provided on how to utilize the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) SMS Toolkit, which takes operators through the complete implementation process. For more information and to register online, visit:

Cross-Border Issues Conference: Nov. 18-19 in Montreal
NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) will jointly present a new Cross-Border Issues Conference, November 18 and 19 in Montreal, Canada at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. With over $1.5 billion in goods moving across the border between the United States and Canada each day, many business aircraft operators from both countries make frequent cross-border flights. By bringing together industry experts, including government officials, aviation attorneys and international service providers, this conference will address the challenges faced by operators when crossing the border and flying in the airspace of the U.S. or Canada. Attendees are encouraged to register by November 5 to take advantage of special discounted hotel rates. More information is online at:

CBAA/NBAA Cross-Border Issues Conference

Introduction to SMS Workshop
November 16–18, 2010, Bedford, MA

CBAA/NBAA Cross-Border Issues Conference
November 18–19, 2010, Montreal, Canada

Introduction to SMS Workshop
December 7–9, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Aircraft Registration Conference
February 3–4, 2011, Naples, FL

22nd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
February 9–11, 2011, Savannah, GA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
February 17, 2011, Boca Raton, FL

19th Annual Leadership Conference
February 23–24, 2011, San Diego, CA

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