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NBAA Update #10-47
Monday, November 22, 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 Applauds Selection of Rep. Barrow as House GA Caucus Co-Chair
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed the announcement that Rep. John Barrow (D-12-GA) will serve as Democratic Co-Chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus when the new Congress convenes in early January. "Congressman Barrow is very familiar with the essential role business aviation has in promoting job creation," Bolen noted. "His congressional district includes Savannah, Georgia, which is home to Gulfstream, a major business aircraft manufacturer, and is also a base of operation for companies whose business model depends on access to general aviation airplanes. We are confident that he will be an effective champion for our industry and its priorities, and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the GA Caucus." To read a press release from NBAA on the announcement, visit:

Senators Call for FAA Reauthorization Passage
Last week, Senators John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) called upon their colleagues to pass a final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization package before Congress adjourns for the year. Sen. Rockefeller chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Sen. Dorgan chairs the committee's Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations, Safety and Security. NBAA Members can echo the Senators' call for FAA reauthorization passage by using the Association's Contact Congress resource to urge elected officials to pass a bill that increases the fuel tax for general aviation, in lieu of new user fees, to help fund aviation system modernization. To send your letter to Congress, visit:

November Elections Prompt Congressional Leadership Changes
Following the mid-term elections earlier this month, members of the House and Senate have selected their leadership teams for the 112th Congress, which begins on January 5, 2011. Republicans selected Rep. John Boehner (R-8-OH) as speaker of the house and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7-VA) as majority leader. House Democrats elected current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-8-CA) to serve as minority leader and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5-MD) as minority whip. In the Senate, Democrats re-elected Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as majority leader and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) as majority whip. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) will continue as president pro tempore. Republicans re-elected Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as minority leader and Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) as minority whip. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

FAA Clarifies 'Actively Engaged' for A&P Inspector Authorization
The FAA is changing its definition of "actively engaged" for issuing and renewing an A&P Inspector Authorization (IA). According to the FAA, "an individual must be actively engaged, for at least the prior two-year period, in maintaining aircraft to be eligible to either obtain or renew an IA. "In the past, FAA aviation safety inspectors (ASIs) have allowed IAs who do not work on the shop floor, or who clearly do not work full time with aircraft, to renew after complying with the minimum annual eight-hour training requirement. This proposal is a significant change to long established practice for IA qualifications. NBAA encourages Members to review more information at:

FAA Aircraft Re-Registration Reminder
The FAA will mail aircraft registration notices to owners under new re-registration procedures that went into effect October 1. The registration expiration date and required re-registration period are determined by the month in which the current certificate of registration was issued. NBAA has heard from concerned operators that third-party private companies have sent solicitations to aircraft owners warning them to comply with their notice, or lose their aircraft N-Number. Some operators have perceived this to be a regulatory requirement to file their N-Numbers with the third party company. Aircraft owners can re-register directly with the FAA in accordance with the FAA's schedule using a new form, AC 8050-1A. This does not have to be outsourced to a third-party service provider. For more information, please visit:

What's the Status of SMS Requirements? NBAA Has Details
The November 18 deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the FAA to have in place regulations regarding safety management systems (SMS) has come and gone, yet the FAA is still years away from determining whether a regulatory mandate for SMS even makes sense for business aviation operations. However, with some countries putting SMS requirements in place, NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr discusses what to expect in a new web article produced by the Association. To read the article, visit:

Podcast: Aviation Alliance Ranks Continue to Swell
Since its formation three years ago, the Alliance for Aviation Across America has mobilized individuals and organizations in and outside the aviation community to highlight the role of general aviation as a lifeline to communities across the country. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Alliance Director Selena Shilad discusses the grassroots work that has enlisted industry advocates at the federal, state and local level. Today, the Alliance counts 5,000 members in its ranks, and produces a number of advocacy resources for the industry, which are available on the organization's web site, Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and receive new episodes automatically, or listen to this episode and all others any time by visiting:

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NBAA Welcomes Montana Governor's Recognition for Business Aviation
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) recently issued a letter recognizing the importance of general aviation, including business aviation, in the Big Sky state. "In his letter, the governor specifically identifies business flying as a key benefit for Montana's citizens, companies and communities, "said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Schweitzer's recognition makes Montana the 17th state to go on record recognizing the value of aviation. For more details, read the full press release at:

New Florida Aircraft Sales Tax Legislative Initiative Launching
Earlier this year, NBAA and a coalition of aviation associations successfully advocated for fair tax legislation in Florida so that non-residents could use their aircraft there for a reasonable time period without being subject to the state's use tax on aircraft. Yet the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) recently determined that leased aircraft, even by non-residents, are subject to sales tax payments if the aircraft is used in the state in the first six months of the lease. Because many aircraft are operated under a lease structure, NBAA is working with the coalition to fix this problem through a new legislative initiative. The coalition has prepared a white paper that outlines the issue. For more information, visit:

Southbound NY-Area Re-routes Possible This Week
To accommodate increased aviation traffic in the New York region during the holidays, a number of reroutes are expected this week for southbound traffic out of the area. The U.S. military has released airspace off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts, which will allow the opening of additional routes. Additionally, Traffic Management Initiatives (TMIs) such as ground delay programs and airspace flow programs are possible. Operators should monitor advisories issued by the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center each day to receive information on which routes and TMIs will be in use. NBAA's GA Desk staff forwards this information to Members on a daily basis via the Airspace Alerts Air Mail list. For more information, visit:

Southeast Regional Customer Forum, Dec. 1
The FAA Southeast Region Air Traffic Division will host a Customer Forum to discuss the operations at and around Atlanta. There will be briefings on airport construction, technology, safety and other topics. Also, during registration, attendees will have a chance to pose questions they would like answered to FAA officials. The meeting will be held Wednesday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Concourse B, California Room, near gate B-33. To participate, RSVP via with name, title and organization to Sherrie Callon at (404) 305-6206 For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk 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. The event will be held on December 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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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EBACE2011 Now Online, Exhibitor Lottery Deadline Approaches
The 11th European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2011) will take place May 17-19, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. Jointly hosted each year by the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA, the event features exhibits, a Static Display of Aircraft, education sessions and maintenance & operations sessions (M&Os) – all located at the Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport. Exhibitors may register for the event online, and the deadline for the Exhibitor lottery is December 5. For more information, visit:

Mailing Now: November/December Business Aviation Insider
The 2nd Annual Management Edition of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Delta Private Jets, discusses some of the tools and resources that are designed to help Members deal with the everyday challenges of managing a flight operation. Articles in the November/December issue include a feature on how effective coordination can minimize the impact of aircraft maintenance on the company's flight department, why business aviators are using the iPad as a management tool, best-practices for renewing an aviation insurance policy and more. Printed copies of the November/December issue are mailing to Member subscribers now. View the issue online at:

View Catering Webinar, Save on Flight Attendant Conference
NBAA's live webinar, Catering Standards & Food Safety Best Practices, will help you prepare to avoid an in-flight foodborne illness outbreak. Join industry experts Jean Dible and Paula Kraft, live on Thursday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET as they share information all business aviation professionals need to know. This webinar is being coordinated in conjunction with the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee and all webinar attendees will receive a $50 discount per company off the cost of NBAA's 16th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, taking place June 16 to 18 in San Diego, CA. To register for the webinar, visit:

2011 PDP Course Directory Now Available
NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP) was developed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments. Now available, the annual PDP Course Directory provides course and scheduling information to assist business aviation professionals in planning their career development. It lists courses offered by both NBAA and other approved PDP providers and includes course dates, locations and descriptions. Though full course details and online registration are not yet available, Members are encouraged to use the PDP Course Directory when planning ahead for their 2011 career development needs. Learn more and access this publication at:

Nominations for Meritorious Service, Doswell Awards Due Feb. 25
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two highest awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack "Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes those individuals who have made significant lifelong contributions to aviation. The Doswell Award honors lifelong individual achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. The 2011 award recipients will be officially recognized at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, NV. For more information and nomination guidelines, visit:

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:

Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closure
In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, NBAA's offices will be closed from 1:00 PM ET on Wednesday, November 24, through close of business on Friday, November 26. The Association's offices will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29.

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