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NBAA Update #10-52
Monday, December 27, 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

NTSB Seeks Input on FAA Certificate Actions
Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking input on the rules of procedure for the NTSB's review of certificate actions taken by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 2000, the NTSB published an interim final rule that essentially required the Board to take as fact allegations offered by the FAA – a ruling that has affected hundreds of certificate holders who faced an emergency certificate suspension or revocation by the FAA, and who then chose to appeal the emergency nature of the action. NBAA welcomes this initial rulemaking step toward allowing for a fairer opportunity for certificate holders to defend themselves. Comments to the ANPRM are due by February 22. Direct questions to NBAA's Doug Carr at Review the ANPRM at:

Podcast: The Business Aviation Community's 2010 Policy Challenges
From finding an unleaded replacement for avgas, to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) revised Large Aircraft Security Proposal, to the debate over safety management systems, this third and final year-end edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast highlights the progress of the challenges facing business aviation in the policy arena. In this installment, regulators and industry experts discuss the challenges and developments that may come in the new year. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on iTunes and receive new episodes automatically, or listen any time at:

NBAA Awards to Recognize 2010 Safe Flying Achievement
NBAA invites Members to apply online for the Association's annual Flying Safety Awards, which recognize achievement in maintaining safe flying operations and professionalism through years and hours of accident-free service for 2010. These awards are endorsed by the National Safety Council and recipients are acknowledged at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications are due to NBAA by March 1. The 2011 rules and regulations, along with application forms, are being mailed to Members now, and are also available online at:

Call for Nominations: NBAA's Two Highest Awards
The nominations period is open for two distinguished awards given annually by NBAA: the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, which recognizes extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation, and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award, which honors high standards for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. The deadline for nominations is February 25. For more information about eligibility and submissions, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at or visit:

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Take Survey to Improve Regional Group Resources in 2011
The past year marks an extraordinarily successful time for business aviation regional groups. In 2010, NBAA and the Network of Regional Business Aviation Associations (NORBAA) hosted three educational webinars for regional business aviation group leaders, and NBAA's Convention in Atlanta featured an annual Regional Groups Networking Session to provide regional leaders a venue for face-to-face collaboration. To continue offering resources for regional group leaders in 2011, NBAA and NORBAA request feedback to an online survey. Take the survey at:

Business Aviation Professionals Strengthen California Advocacy
Eager to speak with a powerful voice on local issues, the business aviation community in Northern California this month established the Northern California Business Aviation Association. "At NBAA, we do everything we can to support local groups, and having people get together to start a new group is very exciting," said NBAA Director, Regional Programs Dan Burkhart. John Swaney, chief pilot for Hewlett-Packard, added: "Dan has been very helpful in putting us in touch with other groups in NBAA's network, for guidance on planning safety days and other activities." Read the full article at:

NBAA Member Joins Florida Parade With Toys for Tots
NBAA Member Company Sky Limo this year collected over $5,000 in Toys for Tots donations for needy children in south Florida and "flew" the toys on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 in a Sabre 60 business jet. "We're always looking to further immerse ourselves in the community,'" said Sky Limo owner Tom Conlan, "and this was a unique opportunity to do just that." The company has contributed to numerous local charities since its founding in 1998. Read the full article at:

FLL Airport Construction Program Set to Begin in May
FAA FLL Tower and Broward County Aviation Department personnel recently briefed airport customers on upcoming plans for major airport runway construction at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Starting in May, Runway 9L/27R will close for approximately two months for repairs. During that period, Runway 13/31 will become the primary runway. In May 2012, Runway 9R/27L will close for construction and not re-open until 2014. After construction starts on the new RWY 9R/27L, Runway 13/31 will be permanently decommissioned. The airport will operate with a single Runway 9L/27R until the new 9R/27L opens. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Tampa-Area Meeting Set for Jan. 13
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) will hold its next meeting at Signature Flight Support on Tampa International Airport (TPA) on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Ken Burton of STARK Survival. RSVP to TBAA's Daniel Slapo at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

South Carolina Safety Council Schedules Fly-In for March
The South Carolina Aviation Safety Council will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, March 26 at Rock Hill Airport (UZA). 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, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Save the Date: Greater Washington Fundraiser, Sept. 21
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its annual fundraiser and golf event on September 21 at the 1757 Club in Dulles, VA. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

No Plane No Gain

Key NBAA Webinars Up to 60% Off During Holiday Season
NBAA's On-Demand Education (ODE) webinars are available at reduced cost 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 & Commercial Aviation magazine as "the most tightly focused collection of courseware available to the flight department." For more information, visit:

January Webinar Will Help Maximize Your Tax Benefits
Join NBAA Tax Committee members for a live webinar, "Tax Benefits for Business Aviation in 2011," on Thursday, January 13, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Prompted by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, the webinar will explain various tax incentives, when they are in effect, how to take advantage of them, and tax planning tips to avoid pitfalls or traps. The registration fee is per site, so coworkers are encouraged to participate in a team setting. For more information and to register, visit:

International Operators Scholarship Due Next Month
Applications for the 2011 NBAA International Operators Scholarship are due January 31. NBAA offers the International Operators Scholarship in conjunction with sponsor ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. This scholarship applies mainly to those who are entering the business aviation industry or are seeking opportunities to expand their career in this industry. Recipients will be recognized at the NBAA 38th Annual International Operators Conference to be held in March 21 to 24 in San Diego, CA. Learn more about the scholarship and download the application at:

Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Now Accepting Applications
Those interested in contributing to the growth and continuing evolution of the schedulers and dispatchers profession are invited to apply to join the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee. This group is searching for experienced professionals who are willing to share their ideas and talents. The deadline to apply for 2011 consideration is Friday, February 18. For more information about the S&D Committee and to access the NBAA standing committee application for 2011, visit:

NBAA Office Closure for New Year
In observance of the New Year's Day holiday, NBAA's offices will be closed at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 30, and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.

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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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