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NBAA Update #03-34
Monday, August 25, 2003

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political 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.


CHANGES PROPOSED IN CANDIDATE TRANSPORTATION COMPENSATION
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is proposing changes to rules governing the rates and timing of payment for private aircraft travel by political candidates. The FEC said the goal of the proposed rule is to establish "a single, uniform valuation scheme for campaign travel that does not depend on whether the service provider is a corporation, labor organization, individual, partnership, limited-liability company or other entity, or whether the destination city is served by regularly scheduled commercial service." The proposed rules would apply to all Federal candidates, including publicly funded Presidential candidates. NBAA encourages Members to send comments by September 19 to travel2003@fec.gov or Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20463. NBAA is reviewing the proposed rule for its impact on Member flight departments that carry Federal elected officials. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org or Mike Nichols at mnichols@nbaa.org.

LONGMUIR AFFIRMS NBAA DEDICATION TO SAFETY, SECURITY AND ACCESS
More than 140 people attended last Thursday's REACHBAC event at DuPage Airport near Chicago, including NBAA's Immediate Past Chairman Phil Roberts of PAR Travel Tech and NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee Chairman Steve Hawkes of BP America. During her speech, NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir focused on the topics of business aviation safety, security, access and acceptance, noting that safety continues to be NBAA's leading priority and that "access to airports and airspace is more critical than ever for our Members, particularly with what seem like daily pop-up TFRs. NBAA is working proactively with the FAA, Congress, and state and local officials to protect your access to airports and the National Airspace System." For more information, contact NBAA's Joe Ponte at jponte@nbaa.org.

RHODE ISLAND USE TAX EMERGENCY REGULATION
If you are planning to fly to Rhode Island anytime soon, be aware that the state recently has issued an "emergency regulation" that provides that if an aircraft (a) stays overnight in Rhode Island, or (b) makes more than three trips to Rhode Island in one month, or (c) flies from and to a point within Rhode Island, that aircraft will be subjected to a 7-percent use tax in Rhode Island. A public hearing will be held in mid-October to determine whether the temporary emergency regulation will be made permanent. As currently drafted, this emergency regulation applies to Rhode Island residents and non-residents alike (companies and individuals) and to all "non-commercial" (business and general aviation) aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

NBAA2003 STARTS IN SIX WEEKS; SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET HONORS SAFE FLYING
The NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention starts six weeks from tomorrow in Orlando, FL, and one of the highlights of this event will be the Safety Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 9. The Banquet will honor the recipients of the 2003 NBAA Flying Safety Awards, including seven companies that will receive the milestone 50 Year Safety Flying Achievement Award. Also recognized at the Banquet will be Sam B. Williams, recipient of the 2003 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation; Byron M. "Skip" Reed, recipient of the 2003 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award; Fred McIntosh, recipient of the NBAA Staff Lifetime Achievement Award; and six First Century of Flight Award winners: Serge Dassault, David Ewald, Edward King Jr., Jerome F. "Jerry" Lederer, Ray Siegfried and John Tucker. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030825-051.php

NBAA LAUNCHES NEW E-MAIL NEWSLETTER FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
NBAA has launched a new e-mail newsletter called NBAA Exhibitor Update. Designed for NBAA's Associate Members, this publication covers the latest news, announcements and deadlines for Exhibitors and Sponsors at NBAA events. Members of the business aviation community may subscribe for free or review past issues at http://www.nbaa.org/exupdate. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030819-050.php

TSA TO ENABLE OPERATORS BASED INSIDE DC ADIZ TO RELOCATE AIRCRAFT
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing to enable aircraft operators, who are currently based inside, but can not operate within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area ADIZ, to relocate their aircraft outside the boundaries of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area ADIZ. If you are unable to operate within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area ADIZ because of your aircraft's inability to maintain two-way communication with Air Traffic Control, or monitor CTAF, and the lack of operable transponder requirements, and you would like to relocate your aircraft outside the Washington DC Metropolitan Area ADIZ boundaries, you are requested to supply specific information to TSA by September 12. For a list of the information requested by TSA, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/adiz.php

SOUTH CAROLINA'S NEW PROPERTY TAX LEGISLATION AFFECTS AIRCRAFT
Like most states, South Carolina is facing budget-deficit concerns. Instead of raising taxes on aircraft, the state has chosen a progressive approach to keep aircraft and aviation businesses in South Carolina. Through legislation, which has been signed by the governor, individual counties now have increased flexibility in setting property tax rates on aircraft. The intent of the legislation is to allow border counties with busy general aviation airports to set a tax rate that will allow them to be competitive with adjoining states and thus attract business into South Carolina. The old property tax rate was pegged at 10.5 percent; the new legislation will allow counties to set a rate between 4 percent and 10.5 percent. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at mnichols@nbaa.org.

ARE THERE SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR FLYING TO NBAA'S CONVENTION?
In anticipation of a large number of aircraft operating to and from the Orlando, FL area in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention this October, the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center has established a Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) for this event. Slot reservations will be required for domestic, non-scheduled IFR arrivals and departures at Orlando-area airports from October 5 through October 9. Operators are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with the NOTAM at:
www.faa.gov/ntap/NTAP03AUG7/SP03039.HTM

REACHBAC TO FEATURE NBAA PRESIDENT AND ATLANTA OFFICIALS ON SEPT. 8
On Monday, September 8, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event in conjunction with the Georgia Business Aviation Association that features Shelley A. Longmuir, NBAA's new president, along with guest speakers Anita Terry McDonald, port director for U.S. Customs, and Willie Anderson, director of the Immigration & Naturalization Service in Atlanta. The complimentary buffet luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA. RSVP with NBAA's June DeFontes at jdefontes@nbaa.org. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/reachbac/rb_2003_09_08.htm

MIAMI HAS NEW RUNWAY OPENING ON SEPT. 4
Miami International Airport (MIA) has a new runway (8/26) that is scheduled to open on Thursday, September 4. Runway 8/26 primarily will be used for arrivals. Operators should be on the alert not to confuse Runway 8/26 with the existing Runway 9/27, which runs parallel to 8/26. For more information contact NBAA's Sue Ashley at sashley@nbaa.org.

BE ALERT TO POSSIBLE FLIGHT ACTIVITY INCREASE IN CAROLINAS THIS WEEKEND
This weekend's NASCAR race venue is the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. Congestion and delays are not expected in the North Carolina and South Carolina regions. However, be aware that race-related traffic might result in an increase in flight activity on the afternoon of Saturday, August 30, and both the morning and evening of Sunday, August 31. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

SEPT. 10 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold a general meeting and membership drive at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 at the Boca Raton Marriott Hotel, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486, tel: (561) 392-4600. Speakers will brief the group on recent developments at Naples, Stuart and Boca Raton airports. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided. Take this opportunity to meet with your business aviation colleagues in South Florida and sign up to be an SFBAA member. RSVP with Maureen Cole at (561) 307-2501 or mcole@galaxyaviation.com. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

DELAWARE REGIONAL GROUP TO BE FORMED AT WILMINGTON, DE-AREA AIRPORT
Anyone interested in forming a regional airport group at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, DE is invited to a luncheon at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16 at the DuPont facility, 199 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the level of interest in forming such a group, what will be involved in maintaining the organization and what will be expected from members of the group. For security purposes, advance RSVPs are required to Neil Andrews of DuPont Aviation at (302) 996-8000. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

MAINTENANCE TOOLBOX RAFFLE TO BENEFIT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
The winner of the NBAA Maintenance Committee Snap-On Toolbox Raffle has donated the prize to the Western Michigan University College of Aviation Maintenance in order to promote the development of future business aviation maintenance technicians. The Toolbox Raffle, sponsored by Richard Childress Racing, raised a total $3,420 for the Committee's 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship, bringing the total scholarship fund to $6,681. Learn more about the Scholarship or download an application at:
www.nbaa.org/scholarships

OCT. 6 CAM EXAM APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEXT MONDAY
NBAA will offer the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam on Monday, October 6 in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. Applications for the October 6 CAM Exam date must be mailed to NBAA postmarked no later than next Monday, September 1. To help applicants prepare for the exam, an official CAM Study Guide is available in CD-ROM format for a fee by request to NBAA. For more information about the CAM Program, Application or Study Guide, visit:
www.nbaa.org/cam

SEPTEMBER DISPATCH NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
NBAA Dispatch is a newsletter for the Association's schedulers and dispatchers. The September issue of this publication is currently mailing to Members and is also now available online. Sponsored by LimoLink, the issue features a message from the chair of the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, Kellie Rittenhouse of Pentastar Aviation, as well as articles about the 2004 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, research and web site tips, regional group news, upcoming events and more. See the issue online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/dispatch/2003/02


AVKIDS.COM HONORED BY USA TODAY AND MICROSOFT
NBAA's AvKids.com web site has been selected as a "Best Bet" on the USA TODAY Education web site for the week of August 22 to 29. "Best Bet" sites are chosen based on their educational value to USA TODAY subscribers; fewer than 150 sites are selected each year for this honor. AvKids.com also has been included among educational references on Microsoft's web site for its popular Flight Simulator software. Learn more about AvKids at:
http://www.avkids.com