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NBAA Update #04-21
Monday, May 24, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
EBACE2004 Opens Tomorrow in Geneva; EASA's Goudou to Keynote
The 4th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2004) will begin tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland with an Opening General Session featuring keynote speaker Patrick Goudou, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Session will be moderated by Brian M. Humphries, European Business Aviation Association chairman, and Donald E. Baldwin, NBAA chairman, interim president and CEO. EBACE2004, a three-day Show held from Tuesday, May 25 until Thursday, May 27, is expected to register more than 6,000 Attendees. As of May 19, the event had registered 247 Exhibiting Companies occupying 728 3-meter by 3-meter booth spaces and 37 aircraft on Static Display at Geneva International Airport. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero/welcome/pressroom/20040524.php

NBAA Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Extend Bonus Depreciation
The U.S. Senate has passed the Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act, which includes a provision extending the time during which a business aircraft purchased in 2004 may be placed in service by a taxpayer and still qualify for bonus depreciation (see http://www.nbaa.org/govt/depreciation/200405.php). NBAA urges the U.S. House of Representatives -- which is considering an even broader approach that would allow an aircraft to be ordered as well as placed in service by December 31, 2005 -- to, at a minimum, pass the Senate-approved provision. Further, NBAA urges Member Company Representatives to communicate with their elected officials in the House on this topic. For more information, download NBAA Interim President Donald E. Baldwin's May 21 letter to Rep. William M. Thomas (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/letters/20040521Thomas.pdf

TSA Suspends the Three-Trip Requirement for International Fleet Waivers
NBAA met with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) representatives last Thursday to discuss issues associated with the current TSA Waiver program. During that meeting, the TSA confirmed that it decided to suspend the current "three trip" monthly frequency requirement necessary for operators to qualify for an International Fleet Waiver. This meeting was one of several that NBAA has had with the TSA to outline the operational constraints and economic burdens that this requirement has placed on Association Members. NBAA is pleased that the TSA recognized business aviation's concerns and suspended this requirement. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/waivers

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel within the next few weeks. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Youngstown, OH, on May 25; Nashville, TN, on May 27; and Savannah, GA, from June 8 to 10. Since 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 more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

Operators Encouraged to Participate in NAT SATCOM Test Program
On April 12, the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NATSPG) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) initiated an operational test of the routine use of satellite communications (SATCOM) for waypoint position reporting (WPR). The test program, currently limited to general aviation operators, is open-ended with an initial evaluation to be conducted after 30 days. NBAA Members operating in the NAT Region and equipped with SATCOM capability are encouraged to participate in the test to help validate the benefits of SATCOM in the oceanic environment. To participate, e-mail a completed registration form to Dave Stohr davidstohr@sprintmail.com. Download the registration form in Word format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/satcom/WPR_Test.doc

NBAA Welcomes Fifth GA Desk Specialist
Today Ernest E. Stellings joins the NBAA Staff as its newest General Aviation (GA) Desk specialist at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, VA, where he will provide NBAA Members with face-to-face representation to the FAA on matters pertaining to the daily operation of the National Airspace System. This expansion of services at the GA Desk will provide seamless staff coverage and a more robust schedule. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040519-031.php

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Regional News
NBAA to Meet with FAA About Proposed Peak Period Pricing at BOS
Following a meeting hosted by NBAA today involving aviation users and a flight service organization, NBAA will meet with David Bennett, director of the FAA Office of Airport Safety and Standards, to discuss Massport's proposed peak period pricing at Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). NBAA is concerned that any peak period pricing plan may unjustly discriminate against operators of general aviation aircraft, and that if such a plan is implemented at BOS, it could set a dangerous precedent for the use of such schemes at airports nationwide. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/bos

Significant Airspace Restrictions Expected for DNC and RNC
NBAA remains engaged with various Federal and local government agencies to monitor the restrictions likely to be placed on business aviation during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer. NBAA anticipates that TFR NOTAMs limiting access to the respective areas will not be released more than a week in advance of the events. In the meantime, Members can expect measures to be put in place around lower Manhattan and downtown Boston that will have varying degrees of impact on the business aviation community. When President Bush is on site at the RNC, expect restrictions to increase for the duration of his stay. NBAA will monitor this issue and report known facts to the Membership as soon as practical. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org.

NBAA Opposes New California State Assembly Bill 2107
NBAA opposes California Assembly Bill (AB) 2107, submitted by California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, which would change the requirements exempting aircraft from the state's 7.5-percent use tax on aircraft sales and leases. The measure would allow fewer aircraft owners and operators to qualify for the exemption. AB 2107, presently in its third reading by the Assembly Budget Committee, is winding its way through California's budget-strapped legislature and eventually must gain a two-thirds vote from both houses for passage. NBAA Members, together with other opponents, defeated its predecessor, AB 694. Review bill specifics by clicking "Bill Information" online at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov and entering "2107." For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

FAA Seattle TRACON Traffic Management Briefing to Be Held Jun. 2
The annual FAA Seattle TRACON Traffic Management briefing will be held on June 2 at the Seattle TRACON, 825 S. 160th St., Buren, WA. The briefing will present issues related to severe weather procedures and the flow constraint access plan for the spring and summer season 2004. Briefings are open to all system stakeholders. Jim Burgan, West Coast manager for tactical operations, will discuss the FAA's new Air Traffic Organization and the system operating plan. Subject matter experts will address topics such as national/high-altitude redesign, enhanced traffic management system updates, strategic planning operations, national route program and local traffic management initiatives. RSVP by Tuesday, May 25 to Clifford.Nelson@faa.gov or (253) 351-3550. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org.

Airspace Planning Meeting to Be Held at Salt Lake Airport This Thursday
Wasatch Front corporate operators are invited to attend a Salt Lake City Airspace Planning Meeting at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 27, Million Air Facility (Old Smith Hangar), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, UT. High on the list of FAA priorities is airspace redesign, including airport RNAV procedure. FAA Air Traffic Manager Clark Desing and Salt Lake Center's Sherry Butler will address STC RNAV STAR and DP development and DRVSM implementation, and NBAA Western Regional Representative Dan Burkhart will discuss NBAA issues and current events. This complimentary event will include lunch, courtesy of its sponsors, Million Air Salt Lake City and Gulfstream. For directions call (801) 359-2085 or visit http://www.slcairport.com/transport/directions. For more information or to RSVP, contact Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

St. Louis-Area REACHBAC to Feature NBAA and FAA Representatives
Join NBAA Chairman and Interim President Donald E. Baldwin for a special reception and dinner on Friday, June 4 at the Emerson Electric Flight Operations Facility on the Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be followed by dinner and a briefing by Baldwin. FAA Central Region Administrator Chris Blum also will discuss key issues affecting business aviation. This June 4 event will serve as an excellent opportunity to exchange information, perspectives and opinions with NBAA's leadership. This REACHBAC event is complimentary but RSVPs are required. For more information or to RSVP, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/reachbac/20040604

Customs and Border Protection Opens Office at Rogers Airport (ROG)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at the Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field (ROG) in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed in the Beaver Lake Aviation facility on the airport. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations. The airport also is planning on opening a contract control tower in August. For more information call 479-636-9400 or visit http://www.beaverlakeaviation.com. (Note: This item corrects an error that appeared in last week's NBAA Update about Rogers Airport. NBAA regrets the error.)

EBACE2004

NBAA News
NBAA Announces 2004 Meritorious Service and Doswell Award Winners
The NBAA Board of Directors has selected Stuart Matthews, president and CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, as the recipient of the 2004 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. Past NBAA Chairman Allan B. Lane, retired aviation manager and chief pilot for BP Amoco, will receive the 2004 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040524-033.php

NBAA Member Poll on Term Life Insurance for Pilots
NBAA is conducting an online poll to evaluate Member interest in an NBAA-sponsored term life insurance program for pilots. Participate in the one-question poll at:
http://www.nbaa.org/poll/200405

NBAA Members Receive Aviation Maintenance Awards
On May 18 the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association recognized several individuals, chapters and organizations during its Annual Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas. NBAA commends the following Members who were presented with PAMA Awards: Gary Stephen Goodpaster, The Kroger Co., who was named Maintenance Technician of the Year; Keith B. Lewis, Stevens Aviation, Inc., who was named Avionics Tech of the Year; and Cosgrove Aircraft Service, Inc., which received the Company Appreciation Award. In addition, NBAA Member Jim Janaitis of IBM was presented with the FlightSafety International 2004 Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training. For more information, contact PAMA at editor@pama.org.

Henderson to Host 2004 NBAA Static Display of Aircraft
The NBAA2004 Static Display of Aircraft will be held on Henderson Executive Airport (HND), located approximately 11 miles south of the Las Vegas strip, a 20- to 25-minute drive from the Las Vegas Convention Center. NBAA shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the airport. Exhibitor contracts have been revised and currently are being accepted through June 4. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2004/static.php

Improve Your Flight Department Policies and Procedures at NBAA Workshops
NBAA will host two events in Boston next month: a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 7 and 8 and a Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 9 and 10. The Flight Ops Workshop will introduce Attendees to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and help bring their operations manuals up to date by incorporating the latest policies and procedures. At the Management Fundamentals Workshop, Attendees will learn and discuss best practices for operating a flight department, how to develop high-quality policies and procedures, and how to obtain support from their companies. Both events are led by experienced facilitators John Sheehan and Walter Kraujalis and certified as NBAA Professional Development Program Courses. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Business Aviation Regional Forum Comes to Chicago on Jun. 24
NBAA's Chicago-area Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held on June 24 at DuPage Flight Center on DuPage Airport (DPA), with exhibits located at T-Bird Aviation. NBAA's Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. The Chicago Forum will feature approximately 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 Exhibitors, and hundreds of Attendees. In addition, Informational Sessions will address the importance of the factory/service center relationship, security for business aviation operations, transitioning from paper to electronic charting, runway incursions, aircraft purchase considerations and analyzing the corporate shuttle option. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20040624

Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament Details Now Online
The NBAA 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 10, at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in conjunction with the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention. This year's Classic will benefit Angel Flight West, a not-for-profit organization based in Santa Monica, CA that serves the western United States by providing free, non-emergency air transportation in response to medical and other compelling human needs. Learn more about Angel Flight West at http://www.angelflight.org. For more information about the Classic, to become a Sponsor, or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/2004/golf

NBAA Update Advertising Opportunities Now Available
NBAA Update, business aviation's most informative e-mail newsletter, now offers several advertising opportunities designed for your company to reach a wide audience of business aviation professionals. More than 15,000 subscribers from all segments of business aviation receive NBAA Update each week. To learn more or to reserve your spot, contact Melissa Murphy at mmurphy@nbaa.org or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advertise

Chairman's Charity Classic

Upcoming NBAA Events
EBACE2004
May 25-27, Geneva, Switzerland

REACHBAC Event
June 4, St. Louis, MO

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 7-8, Boston, MA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 9-10, Boston, MA

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
June 8, Chicago, IL
June 10, Denver, CO

9th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, Chicago, IL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 25, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 15-16, Hong Kong, China

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

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

REACHBAC

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