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NBAA Update #04-26
Monday, June 28, 2004

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].


Business Aviation News & Issues
Grassroots Strength of NBAA Members Is Critical to Success of Issues Before Congress
Although significant progress has been experienced in recent weeks in the Congressional process pertaining to NBAA-supported Reagan National Airport (DCA) access and bonus depreciation measures, it is critically important that representatives of NBAA Member Companies continue to express themselves to their elected officials by fax, e-mail or face-to-face interaction. Members are invited to download and use sample letters provided by NBAA on the web at http://www.nbaa.org/gov. 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

Mayor of West Chicago Praises Value of Business Aviation at NBAA Forum
Michael Fortner, mayor of West Chicago, IL, addressed Attendees at NBAA's Chicago-area Business Aviation Regional Forum at DuPage Airport (DPA) last Thursday. In his comments, Mayor Fortner stated that the City of West Chicago has taken a progressive stance to attract businesses, and one of the ways this has been accomplished is through a close and strong working relationship with DPA. The airport, which primarily serves the business aviation community, enables opportunities for economic development. More than 1,100 people attended the Regional Forum, where a record-breaking 73 Exhibitors displayed their products and services and 31 aircraft were on Static Display. NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held July 15 and 16 at Hong Kong International Airport in China. Learn more about NBAA's Regional Forums at:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

Part 135 Operators Now Must Use Unique APIS Carrier Codes
As of June 23, air carriers must use unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) data to U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP). Part 91 operations are not subject to APIS requirements. NBAA's online APIS Submission Service has been modified to require an APIS carrier code. If an operator has an IATA code, that code must be used, as coordinated with CBP APIS account managers. Otherwise, carriers must obtain an APIS carrier code directly from CBP using the APIS registration form. CBP requires approximately two to three business days to process APIS carrier code requests. In operation for over two years, NBAA's online APIS Submission Service processes an average of over 100 trips a day. CBP's planned web-based APIS submission service is expected to be available in August. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis

FAA Releases ATC Traffic Flow Management Web Tutorial
The FAA ATC System Command Center, in conjunction with NBAA GA Desk Staff, has developed a fluid, web-based tutorial that explains terms, techniques and programs associated with ATC Traffic Flow Management in the National Airspace System. The tutorial, developed in response to NBAA's request to the FAA for an Advisory Circular to explain the fundamentals of TFM, is divided into 13 short modules. NBAA recommends that Members incorporate this useful material into basic and recurrent training for all operations department personnel, especially pilots, dispatchers, and schedulers. To review the tutorial, select "Traffic Management for Pilots" from the "Products" menu at http://www.fly.faa.gov. For more information about the NBAA GA Desk, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/gadesk

NBAA Safety Committee Meets With NTSB Member
The NBAA Safety Committee recently concluded a series of meetings in Washington, DC by discussing safety issues with Richard Healing of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Board member Healing outlined aviation issues facing the NTSB and encouraged Safety Committee members to provide input on issues that were identified by NBAA and its Members. The Very Light Jet Training and Operating Guidelines also were discussed at the meeting, and these will be the focus of the NBAA Safety Town Hall Meeting held at the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas this October. For more information on the Committee, including a list of Safety Recommendations, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/committees/safety

National Air and Space Museum Extension Celebrates Six-Month Anniversary
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at the Washington, DC region's Dulles International Airport (IAD) celebrates its six-month anniversary this month. The companion facility to the original NASM building on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC features 60 space artifacts and 80 aircraft, including business airplanes such as the Cessna Citation and Learjet 23. The new facility has been financed primarily through private donations, including more than $1 million contributed by NBAA and business aviation community members. The museum is still collecting money to complete the center. Donors of $100 or more can have their names (or the names of designated honorees) placed on the National Aviation and Space Exploration Wall of Honor located on the walkway that leads into the center. For more information, visit:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/getinvolved/giving/wallofhonor

Hong Kong Forum to Identify Opportunities, Challenges for Business Aviation in Asia
On July 15 and 16 in Hong Kong, NBAA will host its first international Business Aviation Regional Forum, which is planned as a pre-cursor to the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) that will debut next year in Shanghai. Among the many activities planned, the NBAA-moderated session "What is Business Aviation?" on July 15 will discuss the issues, opportunities and challenges facing business aviation in Asia, with representatives from manufacturers, handling organizations and government officials. The ABACE Forum will be held at Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre on Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). For more information, visit:
http://www.abace.aero

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Regional News
NBAA Successful in Clarifying GA Security Mandates in New York
A New York State Terrorism Bill, parts of which could have had negative implications for business aviation operators and airports, failed to reach the floor of the state legislature this week. NBAA submitted a letter to New York Governor Pataki expressing concern about a provision in the bill. There were some components in the bill that were considered by some to be controversial, and as a result, the bill could be reviewed and presented next year. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected]. Download NBAA's letter to Pataki in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/letters/20040527Pataki.pdf

FAA Publishes Flight Restrictions for DNC in Boston
The 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held in Boston, MA from July 26 to 29. As part of the increased security measures, the FAA will issue a temporary flight restriction (TFR) that is expected to close Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) to general aviation operations and to restrict operations at surrounding airports. Additionally, in anticipation of a large number of aircraft operating to and from the Boston area in conjunction with the 2004 DNC, there will be a special traffic management program (STMP) for IFR traffic landing at Bedford (BED), Beverly (BVY), Lawrence (LWM) and Norwood (OWD) airports. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/restrictions/2004/dnc

New York Senate Proposal Supports Elimination of Petroleum Business Tax
NBAA and other interested aviation groups such as the New York Aviation Management Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association petitioned the New York legislature to review aviation taxing procedures and eliminate the current tax assessed on fuel and services. As a result, the New York Senate Aviation Industry Tax Cuts Proposal supports the elimination of the petroleum business tax on all kero-jet fuel and aviation gasoline effective next year. Additionally, this package proposes the exemption of private repair services from sales tax to encourage owners of private aircraft to have repairs done by New York businesses. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].

New Jersey's Mercer County to Publish Aircraft Data on County Web Site
New Jersey's Mercer County executive has mandated that all aircraft (except military, police and emergency aircraft) operating between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. (voluntary curfew times) will be posted on the Mercer County web site once per quarter effective July 1. The "N" number will appear on the web site, as well as the date the operation took place, regardless of whether or not a noise complaint was filed. Less than .2 percent of all complaints occur at night. NBAA and its Members at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) are discussing the best means to approach the mandate. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Avoid Travel Delays in Florida This Week
Daytona International Speedway is the site of this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Expect race-related congestion and delays starting Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday morning, July 4. Affected airports will be Daytona Beach International (DAB), New Smyrna Beach Municipal (EVB) and Ormond Beach Municipal (OMN). Operators should plan flights accordingly. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Safety Standdown Comes to Wichita This October
Bombardier Aerospace will hold its annual Safety Standdown from October 26 to 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, KS. Operators of any type of business aircraft are invited to attend this safety seminar free of charge. The following topics will be presented: medical and emergency training, professional airmanship, fatigue countermeasures, aviation psychiatry and aviation psychology, applied aerodynamics, landing accidents and icing management. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/SafetyStanddown2004.php

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NBAA News
NBAA and NAHF Agree to Future Collaboration
Last week NBAA Chairman and Interim President Donald E. Baldwin and National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Executive Director Mike Jackson met at NBAA Headquarters to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which states the intent of each organization to form new alliances and collaborate on activities. Currently, the organizations share many common goals and objectives, including the promotion, preservation and advancement of aviation interests both in the United States and worldwide. For more information and a photo of the signing, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040624-042.php

What Is the NBAA-Political Action Committee?
The NBAA Political Action Committee (NBAA-PAC) is a vehicle for voluntary participation in the nation's political process by those associated with NBAA Member Companies and the broader business aviation community. The contribution of personal funds – as well as contributions from other political action committees associated with NBAA Member Companies – to NBAA-PAC (up to $5,000 per calendar year) provides the pool of resources enabling NBAA-PAC to contribute to the campaigns of candidates for Federal elective office that understand, appreciate and support business aviation. A viable NBAA-PAC is more important than ever before in light of the critically important legislative and regulatory issues affecting business aviation, including security, bonus depreciation, taxes and user fees, airport and airway system access and infrastructure investment, and other issues. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at pwest[email protected].

NBAA Introduces Quick Turns Maintenance E-Newsletter
NBAA Quick Turns is the Association's new electronic newsletter dedicated to the promotion of corporate aviation maintenance practices and safety. The debut issue of the newsletter mailed this month and is available for review online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/quickturns

Seattle to Host Several Events of Interest to Maintenance Professionals
This August, NBAA is offering several events in Seattle, WA of interest to maintenance managers, maintenance technicians, or anyone responsible for the maintenance function in the business aviation flight department. The NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop on August 25, organized by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, will provide aviation maintenance managers an opportunity to learn the latest information on issues affecting the maintenance community. Topics to be addressed include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues, environmental and aviation regulations, personnel and asset management, aircraft reliability and productivity measures. Registration for this Workshop includes admission to a Business Aviation Regional Forum on August 26. Maintenance Management Workshop Attendees also may pay a separate fee to attend the Regulatory Forum August 27. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmw/20040825

NBAA Seeks Controller
NBAA seeks an individual for the position of controller. Individual will report to the president/CEO, manage a staff of three accounting professionals and be responsible for overall accounting functions. Must be CPA or CPA candidate with a BA/BS and more than five years in accounting. NBAA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about this and other NBAA job openings, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/jobs

NBAA2004

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

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
August 24, Philadelphia, PA

Maintenance Management Workshop
August 25, Seattle, WA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
August 26, Seattle, WA

Regulatory Issues Forum
August 27, Seattle, WA

Pre-Convention Seminars
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

13th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

Professional Development Program Course
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

57th Annual Meeting & Convention
October 12-14, Las Vegas, NV

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
October 15, Las Vegas, NV

Post-Convention Seminars
October 15-16, Las Vegas, NV

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 18, Dallas, TX

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

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

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