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NBAA Update #10-49
Monday, December 06, 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 Comment Deadline Extension for 'Actively Engaged' Proposal
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a change in the definition of "actively engaged" for issuing and renewing an A&P Inspector Authorization (IA). The comment period for the notice of proposed policy published on November 5 (75 FR 68249) is now extended to January 17, 2011. 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." This proposal is a significant change to long-established practice for IA qualifications. NBAA encourages Members to review more information at:

Bolen Tells Industry Summit in Wichita: 'No Plane, No Gain'
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was joined by a panel of general aviation organization leaders last week at an "On Air" Summit of the Wichita Aero Club, where he spoke about the importance of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign in educating policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities. "We've got a really good story to tell," Bolen said. "The power of our community is in every congressional district, every media market and every community across the United States: real people, good people, doing great things with airplanes." To read more about the panel's discussion, visit:

Podcast: East Coast Business Flying During the Holidays
This time of year, changes to the airspace to accommodate aviation traffic on the East Coast impact both commercial and general aviation (GA) flights. In this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA's Dean Snell, based at the GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center, talks about what operators should know and where to get the latest airspace information. Subscribe to Flight Plan on iTunes and receive new editions automatically, or listen any time at:

Bermuda Provides Additional Time to Comply with ICAO Standards
The Department of Civil Aviation in Bermuda has issued a notice providing operators additional time to implement the provisions in Annex 6 Part 2 of the International Civil Aviation Organization standards, which contain a number of requirements, including the need to implement a safety management system. These standards apply to aircraft over 12,500 pounds or turbojet-powered aircraft. Operators conducting flights to Bermuda now have until April 1, 2011, to comply with the requirements. Although regulations in Bermuda currently require aircraft on the Bermuda register to comply with provisions in Annex 6 Part 2, NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council worked with regulators to gain this extension for foreign-registered aircraft. To review the notice, visit:

SMS and Your Bottom Line: NBAA Has the Story
Although any action from the FAA regarding safety management system (SMS) requirements appears to be a long way off, if ever, many operators who have voluntarily implemented an SMS have seen its benefit to their company's bottom line and a way to comply with future international requirements. Brint Smith, vice president, aviation for John F. Throne & Co. Insurance Marketing, Inc., notes that many companies are already implementing best safety practices, and already essentially have an SMS in place, although it may not be in writing. Read the full story by visiting:

United Kingdom Planning VAT Changes, Jan. 4
On January 4, the United Kingdom is expected to implement two changes regarding value added tax (VAT) policies. First, aircraft over 8,000 kilograms (17,635 pounds) will no longer be applied a zero rating for VAT purposes. Second, the standard VAT rate in the UK will be increased from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. With these changes, the zero rating of aircraft over 8,000 kilograms will not be available, and operators will not be able to import aircraft into the UK and obtain a zero VAT rating. Aircraft correctly imported into the UK prior to January 4, and already in free circulation, will retain their import status and zero VAT rating. For more information, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Industry Veteran Jason Liao as Asia Chief Representative
Longtime Asian business aviation leader Jason Liao has been named NBAA's chief representative in the region. Liao was a founding member of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), and currently serves as the association's vice chairman. He will provide ongoing representation, consulting and other services in support of NBAA and its Members in the Asian region. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "We are thrilled to have Jason's expertise to help represent NBAA in Asia, and inform the Association's work on behalf of business aviation in the region." To learn more, visit:

NBAA, China Rendez-Vous to Jointly Promote Asia Events
NBAA and China Rendez-Vous, Ltd., will jointly promote each other's upcoming events in the Asian region: Hainan Rendez-Vous 2011, scheduled for April 1 to 4, 2011, on Sanya Airport, at Hainan, China, and the 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012), scheduled for February 28 to March 1, 2012, at Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center on Hongqiao Airport. "The upcoming events being produced by NBAA and China Rendez-Vous will both have strong participation from people and companies in the region's business community, and this promotional partnership will strengthen the value of both events for participants," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To learn more, visit:

National Aviation Hall of Fame Seeks New Leader
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) in Dayton, OH, has consistently told the dynamic story of aviation in America by honoring its visionaries and pioneers. Recently, the NAHF announced that it is conducting a search for a new executive director to lead the organization. "Most importantly, we're looking for a leader with significant executive experience, who can grow the long-term capacity of the organization," said NAHF trustee Bud Sittig. NBAA has been a proud supporter of the Hall of Fame since 2002. Learn more at:

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NBAA Honors Nebraska Leader With Silk Scarf
Last month, NBAA presented ConAgra Foods Aviation Vice President Jim Hollenbeck with the Association's Silk Scarf Award during a luncheon at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community. Hollenbeck has led ConAgra Foods' Aviation department since its inception more than 30 years ago. "Over the years, Jim's leadership and strategic vision have helped our Aviation group create a competitive advantage for ConAgra Foods," said Scott Messel, the company's senior vice president and assistant secretary. Learn more at:

Holiday Traffic Program in Effect for Rocky Mountain Area
Arrival slots will be required for all domestic, non-scheduled IFR arrivals at Eagle County/EGE, Aspen-Pitkin/ASE and Rifle/RIL daily between December 17 and January 3 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. local (1500z-0059z). Arrival slots will also be required for all domestic, non-scheduled IFR arrivals at Bozeman Gallatin (BZN), Sun Valley Hailey Friedman (SUN) and Jackson Hole (JAC) daily between December 21 and January 2 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. local (1600z-0359z). Slots can be obtained thru the FAA e-STMP web site, and for more information, visit NBAA's Rocky Mountain area STMP web page:

North Texas Group Hosts Year-End Meeting Dec. 9
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) will hold its 2010 year-end luncheon at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, at the CAE/Simuflite training center, 2929 W. Airfield Drive DFW Airport. CAE/Simuflite will sponsor the luncheon featuring Dr. Stephen Swartz and Steve Joiner, both with the University of North Texas. Their topic will be the new Aviation Program now offered by UNT. There is no charge for NTBAA members to attend, and a $10 donation for non-members. RSVP to Marj DeLong at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Greater DC-Area Annual Holiday Reception, Dec. 9
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association's (GWBAA's) annual meeting will be held at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at the Signature Flight Support Facility on Thursday, December 9. The annual meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a reception to include refreshments and door prizes. RSVP to GWBAA's Paige Kroner at or for more information, e-mail NBAA's Harry Houckes at

South Florida Holiday Meeting Scheduled on Dec. 9
The South Florida Business Aviation Association's annual meeting will be held in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, December 9, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by December 5 to Jeff Ramsden at for exact location and event details, or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Pacific Northwest Holiday Networking Social in Seattle, Dec. 9
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association will host its holiday networking social on Thursday, December 9 at the Boeing Field Airport Terminal Building from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Tampa-Area Meetings in December and January
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) will hold a holiday gathering from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Champps Americana, located at the International Mall in Tampa on December 9. In addition, the group will meet on January 13 for a focus on safety featuring Ken Burton from STARK Survival Training. For more information or to RSVP for the December meeting, contact TBAA's Daniel Slapo at by December 7, or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Arizona Group Event Includes Toys for Tots Collection, Dec. 10
Membership and community appreciation lead the Arizona Business Aviation Association's (AZBAA's) agenda as part of its annual holiday gathering on Friday, December 10, at which members are asked to contribute unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program to benefit children across the region. The event will be from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Scottsdale AirCenter, Scottsdale Municipal Airport, 15290 North 78th Way, Scottsdale, AZ. RSVP to AZBAA's Tommy Walker at For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Bay-Area Meeting Includes SMS Overview, Dec. 14
Aviation professionals are invited to join others from the Bay-area business aviation community for an organizational meeting and lunch on Tuesday, December 14. Michael Dworkin of Dworkin Associates will present an overview of safety management system requirements. Lunch is at attendees' expense and will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd. at the Shoreline Golf Course in Mountain View, CA. RSVP with John Swaney at, or for more information contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

San Diego Event for Current, Prospective Members, Dec. 16
Join the San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) and MedImpact in networking with the local aviation community, learning about upcoming events and benefits of membership. Business aviation professionals in Southern California are invited attend to learn more at a reception Thursday, December 16, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the MedImpact Hangar, located next to Crown Air at the Magellan facility, 2006 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA. RSVP with SDRAA's Debi Carlston at For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

No Plane No Gain

Insider Tells How NBAA Member Manages Growth With Business Airplane
Names and Numbers, based in Pittsburg, KS, produces phone books and business directories for nearly 100 communities in 14 states. Since Ken Brock purchased the small company with five directories in 1974, he has been able to grow his business by using business aircraft to reach small and rural communities from Washington to Mississippi. "If we can help people understand how doable and affordable it is to have a flight department, then a lot more companies would be flying today," Brock said. Read this story and more in the latest issue of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Delta Private Jets, at:

More Than 60 Training Awards Offered Through Maintenance TRACS
Applications are now being accepted for NBAA's 2011 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS), which is administered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee and generously supported by several sponsors. Both current and aspiring maintenance technicians are encouraged to apply for aircraft, engine and avionics training awards. Applications are due in February. Download the application at:

Webinar: Experts Call Attention to In-Flight Food Safety
Business aviation professionals can help ensure the safety of in-flight food through NBAA's On-Demand Education webinar series. Jean Dible, president and founder of GA Food Safety Professionals, and Paula Kraft, founder and co-cower of Tastefully Yours Catering, provide tips and safety information for pilots, passengers and flight attendants in an archived webinar, now available for download at:

Call for Speakers: Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Conference
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is planning for the 16th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, to be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA from June 16 to 18, 2011. Speakers who would like to present during the conference to over 150 cabin safety professionals on topics related to the safety, security and service of the business aviation passengers are invited to contribute proposals. To contribute suggestions, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at or 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:

Attend Maintenance Webinar, Save on Conference
Next week's live NBAA webinar, "Communicating with the Maintenance Department," will highlight the importance of interdepartmental communication with the goal of working together to keep company aircraft flying. Join NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Brad Townsend of DuPont Aviation as he moderates a panel of industry professionals, live on Thursday, December 16, at 2:00 p.m. EST. The panel will discuss how effective communication and coordination can minimize the impact of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on a flight department. All webinar attendees will receive an $80 discount per company off the cost of NBAA's 26th Annual Maintenance Management Conference, taking place April 5 to 7, 2011, in San Diego, CA. To register for the webinar, visit:

NBAA Has Business Aviation Gifts, Apparel This Holiday Season
Looking for a unique gift for the business aviation professional in your life? NBAA is now offering branded apparel and merchandise featuring the NBAA and No Plane No Gain logos. The jackets, shirts and hats can be worn proudly and given to friends, colleagues and family to show your backing of the Association and reinforce the No Plane No Gain message. Visit the online apparel store at:

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Webinar: Communicating With the Maintenance Department
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Introduction to SMS Workshop
January 25–27, 2011, Houston, TX

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