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NBAA Update #10-51
Monday, December 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

Congress Approves Expanded Tax Benefits for Business Aircraft Purchase
Last Friday, NBAA welcomed a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to give U.S. companies tax benefits to help preserve manufacturing jobs, while allowing companies immediate access to the benefits of business aircraft. The bill was signed into law by the President the next day. To read NBAA's press release, visit:

Advisory Group Urges Significant NextGen 'Equipage' Investment
The Department of Transportation's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) last week made 23 recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation, including several focused on next steps toward developing a Next Generation ("NextGen") air traffic control system. One recommendation called for an investment from the government to equip cockpits with NextGen technology such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), which can help operators fly more direct routes, saving time and fuel. "There have to be incentives to equip early; we want to see accelerated benefits," said Jack Pelton, Cessna Aircraft Company president and CEO, and the person representing general aviation on the committee. NBAA submitted comments to the committee to help inform its work; to review those comments, visit:

Congress Approves FAA Reauthorization Extension
Over the weekend, Congress approved a three-month extension of programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill, H.R. 6473, extends taxes and authority for the FAA through March 31, 2011. This extension is the 17th passed by Congress in lieu of a full, multi-year reauthorization package for FAA funding and aviation system modernization. NBAA and others in general aviation have repeatedly called for a multi-year package, to help facilitate long-term aviation modernization planning. To read NBAA's position on aviation system modernization, visit:

Harrison Ford Honored With Prestigious Wright Brothers Award
One of the general aviation community's own was honored on December 17 for his long-standing advocacy in support of aviation at the Aero Club of Washington's annual Wright Memorial Dinner, which was attended by hundreds of aviation leaders from government and industry. Each year, the National Aeronautic Association's (NAA's) Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is presented at the Wright Memorial Dinner, and the 2010 Trophy was awarded to Harrison Ford in recognition of his many contributions to aviation. The Wright Memorial Dinner was emceed by NBAA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Lisa Piccione, who has also served as the 2010 President of the Aero Club of Washington. To read a web article on Ford's award, visit:

CBP Reaches Out to Pilots Through New e-APIS Publication
This month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a newsletter to provide aircraft operators with updates and best practices for complying with Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements. The monthly publication was created with input from NBAA and other stakeholders. In the December edition, CBP provides tips on how operators can avoid common errors made on APIS transmission and reviews the agency's policy on dealing with non-compliance issues. The electronic newsletter is sent to all airplane owners registered for the CBP eAPIS portal. To view the newsletter, visit:

UK Civil Aviation Authority Issues SMS Notice
The United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority has issued a notice reminding operators that implementation of a safety management system (SMS) will be necessary to comply with regulatory requirements in the coming years. According to the notice, the European Aviation Safety Agency is planning to implement SMS requirements for many non-commercial aircraft in 2012. While the FAA has not yet developed SMS requirements for business aircraft operators, U.S.-registered aircraft must comply with the regulations of the foreign country in which the aircraft is operated. International Civil Aviation Organization standards specify that member states begin implementing SMS requirements for non-commercial aircraft over 12,500 pounds or turbojet-powered aircraft, meaning that other regulators will likely take similar actions. For more information, visit:

Year-End Podcast Analyzes 2010 Business Aviation Marketplace
If you could sum up the business aviation marketplace over the past year in two words, the words might be "stabilization" and "recovery." As Honeywell President, Business & General Aviation Rob Wilson stated during NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention last October: "The situation has stabilized, but the forecast and pace of recovery is slower than we'd all like to see." In this, the second of three year-end editions of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, 2010 marketplace conditions in the U.S. and around the world are discussed. Subscribe to Flight Plan on iTunes and receive new episodes automatically, or listen any time at:

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NC Governor Proclaims: 'No Plane, No Gain'
NBAA applauded North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC) for proclaiming December 3 to 10, 2010, as "Aviation Appreciation Week." The proclamation declares: "Given the vastness of North Carolina, from our western mountains to our coastal beaches, to all points in between, our communities depend upon aviation for access to medical treatment civil defense, mobility, economic prosperity and natural disaster relief." To view a copy of the North Carolina proclamation and a press release, visit:

Slot Reservation Requirement Eased for Flights to Toronto
For operators going to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), the requirement for arrival and departure slots has been removed between 3:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. local time on Sundays through Fridays for a year. The one-year moratorium is in place, effective immediately, after which the situation will be reassessed. For more information, visit:

TFR Information Released for Super Bowl XLV
Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation – including all types of aviation traffic – in the host city for the National Football League's Super Bowl championship. The FAA has released details on temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, TX, on February 6. A 10 nm TFR around the event will prohibit general aviation operations at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY) and Grand Prairie Airport (GPM) from 3:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time. There will be no slot requirements in place for any of the Dallas-area airports. For additional details on Super Bowl XLV, visit:

Pilot Breakfast to Discuss Sea Rescue at Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 5
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold a breakfast for pilots on January 5, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Jet Runway Café on Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). Guest speakers, Lt. Cmdr. Dan Deutermann and Cmdr. Dave Saunders from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami, will present on the intricacies of how a Coast Guard aviation search and rescue mission is implemented for downed aircraft at sea. They will also display equipment and discuss techniques for survival and rescue after a successful ditching. For more information or to RSVP, contact SFBAA President Jeff Ramsden

South Carolina Safety Council Schedules Fly-In, March 2011
The South Carolina Aviation Safety Council will hold its inaugural Safety Council event on Saturday, March 26 at Rock Hill Airport (UZA), and anyone interested in attending is asked to save the date. The event will feature a briefing by National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt. For more information about the program, or to register, visit:

Safety Standdown Set for Tampa Bay, April 2011
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) in conjunction with the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam Tampa Office) will hold its first General Aviation Safety Standdown on April 16 in the Tampa Bay area. The event will cover six safety-related topics, including high-risk phases of flight, en route and cruise, as well as flight planning and decision making. Save the date, and learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting TBAA's Daniel Slapo at

No Plane No Gain

2011 Regional Forums Begin in Boca Raton
NBAA has announced the schedule for Business Aviation Regional Forums for 2011, including Boca Raton, FL on February 17; Dallas, TX on April 14; White Plains, NY on June 8 and San Jose, CA on July 14. NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer-networking venues featuring dozens of industry Exhibitors, a Static Display of Aircraft and education sessions. "Each of these Regional Forums allow NBAA to hear from Association Members, so we can best support their needs," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. For more information, visit:

Key NBAA Webinars Up to 60% Off During Holiday Season
NBAA's On-Demand Education (ODE) webinars are available at reduced pricing for the remainder of December with previously recorded live webinars discounted by 25 percent off the regular price. That's an additional 25 percent off savings for Members who already receive a 25 percent discount on ODE products compared to the non-Member price. Members who purchase all 12 webinar recordings as a package will receive an additional 10 percent discount. These online offerings have been described by Business and Commercial Aviation magazine as "the most tightly focused collection of courseware available to the flight department." For more information and to purchase, visit:

SMS Workshops Coming to Fort Lauderdale, Houston
NBAA will host a two-and-a-half-day Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from January 12 to 14, and in Houston from January 25 to 27. Attendees will attend interactive presentations, group exercises and 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 for either workshop, visit:

NBAA Offices Closed for the Holidays
In observance of the Christmas holiday, NBAA's offices will be closed at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 23, and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 27.

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Introduction to SMS Workshop
January 12–14, 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Webinar: State Aviation Taxes
January 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: What a Difference a Generation Makes
January 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to SMS Workshop
January 25–27, 2011, Houston, TX

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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