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NBAA Update #03-40
Monday, October 6, 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 [email protected].


NBAA URGES GRASSROOTS EFFORT IN SUPPORT OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION
NBAA remains focused on the need for enactment by Congress of the FAA Reauthorization bill (HR 2115) because of several critically important provisions, including the $100 million in relief for general aviation entities affected by government action on September 11, 2001; a Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) access mandate for "qualified" general aviation operations; and increased funding for general aviation airports. NBAA Member Companies and the broader business aviation community are strongly encouraged to contact their elected officials in the House and Senate and emphasize how essential the legislation is to their companies. Any contact made by NBAA Members in Ohio with Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) is of particular importance at this time. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected], or visit the NBAA Contact Congress web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/congress

NBAA 56TH ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION OPENS TOMORROW
NBAA2003, to be held this week from October 7 to 9 in Orlando, is expected to include a record-setting 1,067 Exhibiting Companies, 105 aircraft on Static Display and more than 70 Informational Sessions. Visit the NBAA web site this week for Convention coverage at:
http://www.nbaa.org

NBAA2003 OPENING GENERAL SESSION BEGINS AT 8:00 A.M. TUESDAY
Tomorrow's Opening General Session will feature a special welcome by NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir, as well as luminaries from the aviation community on hand to help NBAA commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Session participants will include FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, House Aviation Subcommittee chairman John L. Mica (R-FL 7th), astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, and Wright Brothers National Memorial park ranger Darrell Collins. The Opening General Session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium above the main entrance of Hall C in the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Complimentary Florida orange juice, coffee and croissants will be served from 8:00 a.m to 8:30 a.m. For details about this year's Convention, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/2003

FOR NEWS AND VIEWS OF THE NBAA CONVENTION, VISIT NBAA.ORG THIS WEEK
Visit the NBAA home page at http://www.nbaa.org throughout the week for the latest news and views of the world's largest purely civil aviation event -- the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. In addition to providing the latest NBAA news and press releases about the Convention, the NBAA web site will show almost-live views of the exhibit floor provided by two webcams posted inside the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Visit the webcam home page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2003/webcams

JACK OLCOTT TO RECEIVE AMERICAN SPIRIT AWARD
NBAA will present the American Spirit Award to President Emeritus John W. Olcott during the NBAA President's Luncheon on Tuesday, October 7 at the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. The award recognizes individuals within business aviation who exemplify the courage, pursuit of excellence and service to others that characterize the men and women who created and nurtured the American aviation community. "In his eleven years as NBAA president, Jack Olcott did an outstanding job serving the needs of the Membership and the business aviation community," said NBAA Chairman George A. Saling. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20031003-060.php

NBAA STANDING COMMITTEES TO MEET DURING THE CONVENTION
During NBAA2003 this week, members of NBAA's 15 Standing Committees will meet to showcase Committee activities and preview future initiatives. NBAA Committees work to identify issues and challenges affecting business aviation and determine courses of action. To review the NBAA2003 Program Schedule, which lists Committee meetings during the Convention, visit http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/2003/attendees/programschedule.htm. To review Standing Committee web pages and recent action for each Committee, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/committees

NBAA2003 PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE; MEDIA INVITED TO OCT. 7 BREAKFAST
The latest NBAA2003 Press Conference schedule is posted online at http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2003/press/conf. In addition, NBAA invites the media to attend the NBAA/GAMA Kickoff Media Breakfast on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 a.m. in Orlando/Orange County Convention Center Room 314, where NBAA will host a presentation and announce the recipients of this year's NBAA Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence and NBAA Platinum Wing Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20031002-058.php

TFRs EXPECTED THIS WEEK
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) to affect Lexington, KY, Portsmouth, NH and Manchester, NH on Thursday, October 9. NBAA continues to monitor restrictions to airspace and advise its Members of the latest TFR locations that could cause major disruptions. Since the TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For additional dates and locations of anticipated TFRs, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

NBAA LAUNCHES NEW AIRSPACE ALERTS E-MAIL LIST
NBAA has created a new Airspace Alerts e-mail list to provide a single source for distributing information about upcoming Presidential TFRs and other airspace issues considered to have a significant impact on NBAA Member flight operations. To subscribe, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/airspace/alerts

FAA TO CONDUCT INDUSTRY MEETINGS IN CONJUNCTION WITH NBAA THIS FALL
NBAA is assisting the FAA with logistical details for a series of training sessions designed to explain to the FAA regional staff and industry the newly-released Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on September 17. FAA staff will hold three meetings with current fractional providers and on-demand charter operators for an in-depth review of the new and revised FARs, the policy behind the rules, FAA's guidance for the rules and how the FAA will oversee the rules. The meetings will be held this October and November in Baltimore, MD. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20031003-059.php

WHAT IS "TIME SHARING"?
Time sharing is defined in 14 CFR 91.501 (c)(1) as an "arrangement whereby a person leases his airplane with flightcrew to another person, and no charge is made for the flights conducted under that arrangement other than those specified in paragraph (d) of this section." Paragraph (d) lists the 10 "charges" that are allowed, amounting to roughly twice the cost of fuel for the flight. Full operating costs will not be recovered. Other limitations such as aircraft size, country of registration and company structure can complicate this type of arrangement. Operators should seek the advice of tax specialists and legal counsel when setting up a time-sharing agreement. View aircraft operating and leasing references, including the NBAA Operating & Leasing Package, at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/#opleasing

NBAA RENEWS REQUEST FOR FAA TO INVESTIGATE NEW SMO LANDING FEES
Last Thursday, October 2, NBAA filed a revised Part 16 complaint with the FAA asking the FAA to investigate the new landing fees at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in California. The fees were adopted by the Santa Monica City Council on June 10, 2003, over the objections of NBAA, and went into effect August 1. The new complaint, which replaces the complaint NBAA initially filed last July, includes two new parties joining NBAA in objecting to the new fees: Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and Bombardier Aerospace Corp. Under the FAA's Part 16 procedures, the City of Santa Monica has approximately three weeks to answer the new complaint, then further pleadings are exchanged over the next 20 days. The FAA then decides whether to institute a formal investigation. View NBAA's revised Part 16 compliant online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

NAPLES AIRPORT AUTHORITY RAISED FUEL FLOWAGE FEE ON OCT. 1
Effective October 1, just in time for the "high season," the Naples (FL) Airport Authority raised fuel flowage fees by $.05 per gallon at Naples Municipal Airport (APF), bringing the fuel flowage rate to $.40. A ban on Stage II business aircraft remains in effect at the airport even though the FAA has ruled it illegal and cut off new Federal funds to the Authority. The airport has lost most of its scheduled airline service and now without Federal funding will probably have difficulty attracting air carrier service back to the airport. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected] or visit the NBAA Naples web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/apf

PRIMARY RUNWAY CLOSURES AT MORRISTOWN IN OCTOBER
The primary runway (5/23) at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) will be closed from 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays throughout October to enable the deer fence project to proceed as planned, weather permitting. Check NOTAMs before proceeding to or from MMU during Saturdays and Sundays in October. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

WATERBURY-OXFORD AIRPORT (CT) RUNWAY CLOSURE ON OCT. 7
This Tuesday, October 7, the runway at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for painting. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8. Check NOTAMs before traveling to or from this airport. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

ALASKAN REGION WEB SITE HAS BEEN UPDATED
The FAA Alaskan Region Air Traffic Division has posted two new items to its web site: (1) For the proposed establishment of Class E airspace at Manokotak, visit http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/manokotak.htm, and (2) for the proposed establishment of Class E airspace in Mentasta Lake/Mountains Area, visit http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/mentasta.htm. For more information, the main Alaskan Region home page is:
http://www.alaska.faa.gov

WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT 2ND ANNUAL CAREER FAIR ON OCT. 24-25
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY will hold its 2nd Annual Career Fair on October 24 and 25 to introduce students to aviation and welcome neighboring communities to the airport. The Career Fair will be held on October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, a Job Fair will be held on October 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

UPCOMING FORUM SCHEDULE SET, TO INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS
NBAA announces several upcoming Business Aviation Regional Forum dates in the United States and abroad. They are: November 13, 2003, in Scottsdale, AZ; March 10, 2004, in West Palm Beach, FL; May 2004 in London; June 24, 2004, in Chicago; July 2004 in China; August 26, 2004, in Seattle; and November 18, 2004, in Dallas/Ft. Worth. "Using the template that works so well for the NBAA Conventions -- exhibits, static displays and informational sessions -- we can educate local communities on the benefits of business aviation while addressing issues important to the particular business aviation climate of that region," said Kathleen Blouin, NBAA vice president, conventions & seminars. For more information, contact NBAA's Suzanne Cole at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

NBAA UPDATE CELEBRATES 100TH ISSUE TODAY
Today marks the 100th issue of NBAA Update, one of the best information tools for the business aviation community. The publication was created in November 2001 to better meet the NBAA Membership's need for timely delivery of the latest operational, regulatory and political news in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. Today, Update continues to provide breaking news, alerts and useful guidance for the business aviation community. To subscribe or review the NBAA Update archives, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/update


NBAA TO HONOR HONEYWELL FOR SUPPORT OF CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
At the NBAA President's Luncheon on Tuesday, October 7, Association President Shelley A. Longmuir will recognize NBAA Member Company Honeywell, Inc. for its significant support of the Corporate Angel Network, a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to fly cancer patients free of charge to major treatment centers around the country by using empty seats on routine corporate flights, enabling many patients to access potentially lifesaving treatment that otherwise would not be available to them. Honeywell has been a participant in the Corporate Angel Network since 1983, flying a total of 463 flights, including 18 so far this year. To commemorate Honeywell, Inc.'s participation in CAN, an original painting by aviation and maritime artist Peter R. Westacott of AvData will be presented to the company. For more information about CAN or to get involved, visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org