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NBAA Update #10-46
Monday, November 15, 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 Welcomes Graves as New House GA Caucus Co-Chair
NBAA today welcomed news that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) will replace retiring Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-3-MI) as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes in January. "As a pilot and a representative for a congressional district with rural areas that rely on general aviation, Congressman Graves will continue to bring a real-world perspective to his work in the caucus," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. To learn more, visit:

NBAA Reminds New York Times of Business Aviation Security Measures
When a recent New York Times column on business aviation security overlooked a number of initiatives in place to harden the industry from terrorist threats, NBAA responded with a letter to set the record straight. "There are a host of initiatives that ensure business aviation security – measures well understood by Transportation Security Administration officials," said NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr in a letter published in today's edition of the newspaper. To read the letter, and the column it responded to, visit:

Bolen Discusses Midterm Elections and More on AOPA Live
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen appeared on AOPA Live during last week's AOPA Aviation Summit, in Long Beach, CA, where he talked with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Craig Fuller about the value business aviation brings to communities and companies across the United States. Bolen also talked about how NBAA and AOPA work to advocate for general aviation on Capitol Hill, and what the November midterm elections mean for the industry. Watch the interview at:

Business Aviation Value to Small Companies in Focus at AOPA Summit
At last week's AOPA Aviation Summit, NBAA presented a new study by NEXA Advisors, LLC showing the value business aviation provides small and mid-size companies. "We've had data for 10 years that shows S&P 500 companies that use business aviation are more efficient than those that don't," said NBAA Vice President, Operations, Education & Economics Mike Nichols. "Now, for the first time, we have the numbers to prove the same is true for small and mid-size businesses." Review the full article and download a copy of the study by visiting:

NTSB Highlights Family-Assistance Programs; NBAA Has Resources
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman recently discussed the need for aircraft operators to adopt procedures to assist family members and survivors of aviation accidents. Hersman encouraged operators to set up family-assistance programs, a best practice that NBAA has supported with several training opportunities in the last year, including a two-part education session and webinar at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta. Both parts are now available through NBAA's On-Demand Education Program. For more information and to watch the two-part education session on-demand, visit:

Podcast: Safety Management Systems in Focus
November 18 marks the deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have in place regulations regarding safety management systems (SMS). Since the FAA won't make that deadline, what's in store for NBAA Members who operate overseas? In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr answers questions related to SMS requirements. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on iTunes or listen anytime online at:

NBAA Representative Discusses Aviation Safety in Asia
The first Business Aviation Safety Seminar – Asia, held last week in Singapore, brought together government officials and aviation professionals in the Asian business and regulatory community. NBAA was represented at the event by Jason Liao, China Business Aviation Group chairman and CEO, and NBAA's chief representative in Asia, who advised attendees to develop aviation-friendly regulations and reasonable access rules, and to harmonize regulations across Asian countries. "A patchwork of safety requirements across a geographic region can contribute to a reduction of safety as operators attempt to comply with myriad rules and procedures across states," said Liao. Read the details about Liao's presentation at:

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Alaska Tax Fight Highlights NBAA Representatives' Local Advocacy Role
A potentially onerous tax on aircraft registered in Anchorage, AK has been postponed due to advocacy by NBAA Members and staff, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Alaska Airmen's Association, the Alaska Air Carrier's Association and others. NBAA Director, Regional Programs Dan Burkhart said dozens of people attended a city meeting to protest the increase, and Mayor Dan Sullivan agreed to revisit the issue. Similar victories recently were had in Washington State and Florida, demonstrating that NBAA staff can help the business aviation community combat harmful legislation at any level of government. Read the full article about NBAA's regional advocacy efforts at:

Comment Deadline for South Dakota Air Base Expansion Is Today
The period for public comment on plans to expand the Powder River Military Operations Area (MOA) ends today, and changes will impact airspace in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Expanding the MOA will reduce the volume of airspace for general aviation operations when airspace is active for practice and training by the military. Ensure your comments are considered by sending them to Linda DeVine, HQ ACC/A7PS, 129 Andrews Street, Room 337, Langley AFB, VA, 23665-2769, or by fax to (757) 764-1975. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

FAA Central Florida Customer Forum Set for Tomorrow
FAA Southeast Manager for Tactical Operations Mike Artist will hold a customer forum at Tampa International Airport (TPA) on Tuesday, November 16. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics will 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

North Texas Group Hosts Networking Event Tomorrow
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold a networking tomorrow, November 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Black Finn Restaurant, 4400 Beltline Road in Addison, TX. The event will include updates from NBAA's Steve Hadley and discussions of the latest local and regional news regarding business aviation in North Texas. The NTBAA will also seek to fill two open spots on the group's board of directors. There is no charge for this event. RSVP to NTBAA's Marj DeLong at or e-mail Hadley for more information at

Texas Schedulers and Dispatchers Meet in Dallas, Nov. 17
The Texas Corporate Aviation Schedulers and Dispatchers (TCAS) holiday meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 17, at Jet Aviation on Dallas Love Field, starting at 5:30 p.m. Air Culinaire will provide food and beverages, and additional sponsors include Ascend Flight Information Solutions (formerly Air Routing), Scottsdale Air Center, Global Ground Transportation and Colt International. Door prizes will be offered for the holiday raffle, and proceeds will benefit the Disabled Crime Victims Association. For additional information, contact TCAS's Mark Ott at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Teterboro Session on Winter Operations, Nov. 17
Walter Randa, founder of Leading Edge Deicing Specialists, will be the keynote speaker during the Teterboro Users Group (TUG) meeting on November 17 at Teterboro Airport (TEB) focusing on winter flying. The meeting, which starts at 9:00 a.m., will provide 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 NBAA's Dean Saucier at

RSVP by Wednesday for Next Month's Boise Charity Event
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will host a holiday social event to benefit local aviation scholarships on Friday, December 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The program will feature light fare at the home of IBAA's steering committee chair and is open to IBAA members, spouses and friends. Space is limited and RSVPs must be made no later than November 17 with a $20 donation for the scholarships. For more information or to RSVP, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

Las Vegas-Area Customer Forum, Nov. 18
The Clark County Department of Aviation will host the Las Vegas Metro Area Customer Forum this Thursday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Commissioners Meetings Room in the main terminal of the McCarran International Airport (LAS). Speakers include Brandi Kjose and Kevin Johnson from the Las Vegas TRACON Airspace and Las Vegas ATCT/TRACON Traffic Management Offices and Craig Stevenson and Mark Kuck from the Los Angeles ARTCC Traffic Management and Airspace Offices. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Greater St. Louis Group to Hold Education Foundation Forum on Nov. 19
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold an Education Foundation Forum on Friday, November 19 at Syberg's on Dorsett and Highway 270. Area technical schools and universities with aviation programs will be on-hand to discuss their educational offerings, accept constructive input and identify scholarship opportunities. Donations of $15 for members and $20 for guests are requested. To RSVP, contact GSLBAA by 12:00 noon on November 17 at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Georgia Group to Focus on Human Errors, Dec. 2
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA), in conjunction with Global Aerospace's SM4 Program, will hold an Aviation Human Factors Forum focusing on business aviation concerns on December 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064. The forum will be presented by Dr. Tony Kern, an internationally recognized expert in the field of human factors and pilot performance. For more information, contact GBAA's Jeff Agur at To register, visit:

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NBAA Releases Fall 2010 Edition of Management Guide
The Association has released the latest edition of the NBAA Management Guide, an industry how-to manual for business aviation management that assists flight departments with operational, maintenance, administrative and other considerations. The Fall 2010 edition introduces several updates to the Administration and International Operations sections, and is available in both print and PDF formats upon request. NBAA Members are encouraged to request new copies of the guide and familiarize themselves with the changes, and requests must be submitted via the secure online order form. For more information, visit:

Bolen Details New Advocacy Tools on NBAA's Facebook Page
In a new post on NBAA's Facebook page, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen talks about the new NBAA Business Aviation Fact Book, industry studies and videos that are now available to help Members become advocates for business aviation. Read the post now, and become a fan of NBAA on Facebook, at:

NBAA Offers Cross-Generational Managerial Webinar Tomorrow
Employees in today's workplace span four different generations. Whether you're a seasoned veteran managing those younger than you or a skilled GenXer managing upward, a new NBAA webinar can help you manage more effectively by learning how to connect with each generation. Titled "What a Difference a Generation Makes," the live webinar will be held tomorrow, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. and will be moderated by the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee's Sheryl Barden of Aviation Personnel International. For more information and to register visit:

Register Now for 2011 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
From February 9 to 11, 2011, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention, the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will provide valuable information on topics of interest to those responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. The event includes hundreds of exhibits from aviation products and services providers. Learn more and register now at:

Call for Speakers: 2011 Regional Forums
NBAA has announced a call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 2011 Business Aviation Regional Forums. Proposals are welcome for presentations on topics such as safety and risk management; maintenance and technical issues; airspace and airport access; aircraft and flight operations; aviation management; career and leadership development; and aircraft ownership. Proposals are due to NBAA by December 7. For more information and to complete the required form, visit:

Three Employment Opportunities at NBAA
NBAA has one full-time and two part-time job opportunities available immediately. The part- time positions include a GA Desk specialist and Operations Service Group specialist. The full-time position is for a project manager, membership marketing, who will work with the marketing director on NBAA Membership and marketing recruitment, retention and engagement projects and campaigns across direct mail, print, e-mail/web, collateral, telemarketing and events. For more information and complete job descriptions, visit:

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

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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