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NBAA Update #09-12
Monday, March 23, 2009

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to update@nbaa.org. Send address changes to membership@nbaa.org.


Business Aviation News & Issues
Congress Extends FAA Funding, Continues Work on Reauthorization
Last week, Congress approved legislation extending the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) programs and funding through the end of September. Congress now has until September 30 to pass a multi-year FAA reauthorization or extend the current bill again. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed his support, saying: "We appreciate the work the committees are doing to complete the reauthorization process, and we will continue to support their efforts." In February, NBAA joined with several other aviation groups to urge the new Congress to complete the FAA reauthorization process "at the earliest possible time in order to expedite the modernization and expansion of our national air transportation system and foundation for future growth of the economy." To review the industry letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/letters

NBAA Thanks Sens. Roberts and Brownback for Supporting Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week thanked Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) for writing a letter to President Obama expressing concern that recent, misinformed statements about business aviation may fan a flame of negative sentiment toward the industry. The senators emphasized that many small and mid-size businesses rely on business aircraft to travel directly to airports not serviced by commercial airlines. "NBAA commends the senators for cutting through the over-heated rhetoric and sound bites and highlighting the true importance of business aviation to the national interest," Bolen said. Learn more and review the full letter at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090319-029.php

No Plane No Gain Interview Delivers Message to 150 Markets
Last week, No Plane No Gain's television interview push continued, with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen providing a lengthy interview with "First Business," a TV show produced in Chicago and broadcast to 150 television affiliates nationwide, including in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and other large media markets with opinion leaders included in the viewing audience. View a video clip of Bolen's interview at:
http://www.noplanenogain.org/index.php?m=51&s=410&id=48

NBAA Calls On JetBlue to Pull Online Ad Campaign
As JetBlue airlines boarded the anti-business aviation bandwagon last week with new Internet ads deriding business aviation, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen called on the carrier to pull the ads. In a letter, Bolen said the ads were "nothing more than an attention-grabbing stunt to fill airline seats by maligning the people and businesses who spend billions with your airline and others each year, while also generating more than a million jobs and providing a lifeline for towns across the country." To view Bolen's letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090320-030.php

New NBAA Resource Details Aircraft Transaction Process
The Aircraft Transactions Working Group of NBAA's Tax Committee has developed a new resource that identifies many important considerations to be taken into account when buying or selling an aircraft. Acquiring an aircraft requires attention to detail to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations and to optimize state and federal tax planning. Members can use the comprehensive list of considerations to organize the aircraft transaction process and take advantage of links to numerous NBAA Member resources related to the acquisition or sale of a business aircraft. To access this resource, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/member/admin/registration/actrans1.php

New NBAA Resource Provides Best Practices for Aircraft Deposits
Security deposits and escrow accounts are commonly used in business aircraft transactions and are widely viewed as appropriately safe instruments. In the current economic crisis, however, aircraft owners and buyers should be aware of risks associated with using security deposits and escrow accounts and best practices for mitigating those risks. NBAA's new resource outlines best practices and guidelines, such as ensuring that funds are held separately from those of other depositors and having thorough knowledge of the institution holding the funds and how they are invested. To access the resource, written by aviation attorney and NBAA Tax Committee Vice Chairman Ed Kammerer, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/registration/deposit-escrow

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Regional News
NBAA Encourages Members to Oppose Proposed Illinois Tax
NBAA is concerned about a proposed Illinois state tax on business aviation that would inaccurately classify business aircraft as luxury items and impose a five percent "luxury" tax on aircraft valued at over $500,000. The new tax would be levied in addition to existing state and local use taxes and would drive business aviation operations and jobs out of Illinois. NBAA opposes the tax and strongly encourages Illinois-based Members to contact their state representatives in opposition this onerous legislation. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/member/admin/taxes/state/il/illinoisluxurytax.php

Runway Closures at Bradley International Airport
Due to scheduled runway reconstruction at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT, Runway 6/24 will be closed from April 13 to June 22. For the duration of the closure, Runways 15/33 and 1/19 will remain open, providing several instrument approaches to the airport, including one instrument landing system approach to Runway 15/33. During the reconstruction, Runway 15/33 will also be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on several consecutive weekends, which are yet to be determined. NBAA's GA Desk recommends that operators check FAA notices to airmen to confirm which runways will be available before flying to BDL. For more information, contact the GA Desk at gadesk@nbaa.org.

NBAA's Lisa Piccione Will Address Massachusetts Group Today, Mar. 23
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association will hold its annual meeting today, March 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Aloft Lexington Hotel in Lexington, MA. Guest speaker and NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will provide an update on the Association's work to advocate for the industry in the midst of a challenging legislative and regulatory environment. To RSVP, contact the group's Larry Jorash at larry.jorash@signatureflight.com or NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

GBAA Will Host Operations Benchmarking Event in Atlanta, Apr. 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a Flight Operations, Maintenance & Safety Benchmarking Program on April 1 at the Home Depot hangar on Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta, GA. The event will provide a forum for the regional business aviation community to share best practices through several discussion sessions. The sessions will be followed by a lunch with suppliers and vendors. The event is free for GBAA members, but attendance is limited to three members per organization. To RSVP, contact GBAAadmin@mindspring.com. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

AZBAA Will Host 8th Annual Scholarship Benefit in Scottsdale on Apr. 4
Members of Arizona's business aviation community will gather in Scottsdale, AZ, on April 4 for the 8th Annual Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) Scholarship Benefit and Awards Dinner. Since its inception in 2002, AZBAA has awarded 49 scholarships worth $68,750 to students pursuing careers in business aviation at Arizona colleges and universities. The event will be held at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. For more information, contact AZBAA President Ryan Horst at rh@pinnacleaviation.com or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.azbaa.org

SDRAA to Host 3rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser in Oceanside on Apr. 27
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host is 3rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser on April 27 at Arrowwood Golf Course in Oceanside, CA. SDRAA is committed to supporting aviation education, and each year its golf tournament benefits students in the San Diego area pursuing careers in aviation. Last year's event raised nearly $10,000 to support SDRAA's scholarship fund. For tickets, details on sponsorship opportunities or scholarship information, contact SDRAA Director-at-Large Fred Gammon at golf@flysandiego.org or visit:
http://www.flysandiego.org

Save the Date: GBAA Annual Membership Meeting, May 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host its annual Membership Meeting and Fundraiser on May 1 at the Marriott Stone Mountain Evergreen Resort outside Atlanta, GA. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to GBAA's charitable and scholarship activities. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org or visit:
http://www.gbaa.org

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NBAA News
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Applications Due Mar. 31
The March 31 deadline to apply for the NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship is fast approaching. This year, NBAA is offering more than 30 training awards to candidates interested in improving their cabin safety and service skills. The scholarships will be awarded by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee at the NBAA 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, to be held from June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, LA. Completed applications may be submitted by mail to NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters, by fax to (202) 331-8364 or by e-mail to scholarships@nbaa.org. For more information or to download an application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/fltatt

NBAA Congratulates International Operators Scholarship Recipients
NBAA congratulates the recipients of this year's ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship: GE Aviation safety engineer Alex Wulz and Masco Corporation pilot Jay Orwin. The recipients of the $5,000 scholarship were determined by NBAA's International Operators Committee and will be formally presented to Wulz and Orwin at NBAA's International Operators Conference (IOC) in San Diego, CA held from March 30 to April 2. This year's IOC will offer sessions on international flight operations and will feature a dedicated Safety Day. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/ioc/2009

Aviation Security PDP Course Offered at IOC
NBAA will offer a Professional Development Program (PDP) course on "Aviation Security" in conjunction with the International Operators Conference next week in San Diego, CA. The course will be taught by Dr. Thorsten Hisam, director of professional education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and will provide practical information for ensuring the safety and security of passengers, employees and company assets. The course fulfills NBAA PDP Business Management Objective 5 and Technical and Facilities Services Objective 6. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org. To register for the course, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/pdp/security/20090403.php

Maintenance Management Conference Focuses on Navigating Change
NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), held this year at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in Louisiana from April 15 to 17, will address the theme of "change," a timely topic as company flight operations continue to undergo restructuring. The event will help maintenance managers and other personnel adapt to the economic climate, with sessions on technology trends, operational hot topics, regulatory issues and professional development. In addition, more than 80 maintenance service providers will be featured in the exhibit hall. The MMC is approved as an FAA Inspection Authorization Renewal Course and qualifies in attaining and maintaining CAM certification. For more information and to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/2009

Sign Up for Two New PDP Courses at MMC
Two new PDP courses are being offered in conjunction with NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference, each of which meets separate PDP objectives. The first course prepares Attendees to create a maintenance manual that can be executed at all levels of activity. The second course teaches effective communication techniques, including optimum use of verbal and non-verbal communications skills. Both courses will be held on April 14. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org. To register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/pdp

Featured Member Benefit: Free Member Access to On-Demand Webinars
For Members who missed NBAA's sold-out webinar series on the Business Case for Business Aviation, the Association has made all three of these sessions available through its On-Demand Education Program. NBAA developed the webinar series to help Members quantify the benefits of business aviation to their companies and confront negative perceptions about business aviation. Each webinar, valued at $300, is offered free to NBAA Members. Members are encouraged to provide an opportunity for all flight department personnel to watch the webinars together as a professional development group activity. To access the webinars, visit:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

B/CA Recognizes Quality of NBAA On-Demand Education
NBAA welcomed a recent Business & Commercial Aviation article recognizing the quality and substantive rigor of NBAA's On-Demand Education resources. The article, written by veteran industry journalist George Larson, notes: "In the association's catalog are nearly 20 high-octane packages on CD-ROM, podcast format or streaming video covering fuel supply chain management, IS-BAO, training challenges, satellite communications, traffic management, safety, health, environmental issues, how to prepare for enforcement actions, planning for emergency response, security, enhanced vision systems and operational control issues. It is likely the most tightly focused collection of courseware available to the flight department." To review NBAA's On-Demand Education resources, visit:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

Call for Nominations: NBAA CAM Governing Board
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) is calling for nominations for governing board positions. All nominations must be received by April 30, prior to the CAMGB meeting scheduled for June 1 through 3. Nominees must be CAMs in good standing and able to contribute to the work of the CAMGB. Nominations may be submitted by mail or e-mail. To submit a nomination or for more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org. Learn more about the CAM Program at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

NBAA Board Revises Bylaws
The Association's Board of Directors recently approved amendments to NBAA's Bylaws, which clarify qualifications for Board service and representation of NBAA Members on the Association's Board. The current NBAA Bylaws may be reviewed at:
http://www.nbaa.org/bylaws

NBAA Continues Work to Engage Youth in Aviation
As part of NBAA's ongoing work to interest young people in aviation careers, Association staff members frequently participate in aviation-themed events for children and young adults. As one recent example, NBAA's Jo Damato, director, operations & educational development, earlier this month participated in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Women in Aviation & Space Day. Hundreds of girls and boys learned about the contributions made by women throughout the history of aviation, science and space exploration. For more information and to see photos of the day, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/2009/youth.php

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Upcoming NBAA Events
36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30–April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Aviation Security
April 3, 2009, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 9, 2009, Dallas, TX

PDP Course: Managerial Communications
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

24th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 20–21, 2009, Orlando, FL

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 12–14, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Non-Business Aircraft Use: An In-Depth Compliance Workshop
May 28, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, 2009, St. Paul, MN

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 25–27, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando, FL

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events

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