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NBAA Update #04-51
Monday, December 20, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
TSA's Stone Commits to TSAAC
Rear Admiral David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on December 17 that the TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC), which has been used as the basis for granting waivers for certain international operations, is likely to be modified and used in the future to facilitate business aviation access to security-restricted airspace and airports in the United States. His comments came at a meeting at NBAA's Washington Headquarters with NBAA's Board of Directors. This marks the first time that the agency's leadership has publicly discussed TSAAC to facilitate domestic security access. "We are very pleased with Admiral Stone's determination and look forward to working with TSA to make this happen," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information on TSAAC, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

NBAA Board of Directors Elects Officers
On December 17, the NBAA Board of Directors announced the election of Kenneth E. Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel Services as chairman. The Board also announced the election of current Treasurer Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM Corporation to additionally fill the post of vice chairman. The elections were held to fill vacancies created by the departure of Board Chairman Donald E. Baldwin, who has resigned to pursue career interests. "Ken Emerick and Jeff Lee are proven leaders who have brought their time, talents and energy to furthering the goals of our organization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "I'm looking forward to working with them to build on our efforts to serve our Members and help NBAA become an even more powerful advocate for the business aviation community." Bolen added, "I also want to take this opportunity to recognize the significant contributions of Don Baldwin during his tenure as chairman." For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20041217-085.php

President Approves Intelligence Reform Legislation
On December 17, President Bush signed into law the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The new law will significantly restructure the government's intelligence collection and reporting structure along with additional changes to aviation security. NBAA's analysis of the bill identifies the new requirements applicable to general aviation. For more information or to download the Act in PDF format, Members may visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/govt/108th/s2845.php

FAA Amends Regulatory Compliance Date for Fractional Operations
On December 14, the FAA issued a notice that corrects the date by which all fractional operations must be in compliance with FAR Part 91, Subpart K. NBAA was expecting the correction that changes an incorrect December 17, 2004, compliance date to February 17, 2005. All fractional operations will be in compliance with the new rule by the February 2005 deadline. For further information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at mnichols@nbaa.org.

New Traffic Management Program Reduces Delays to South Florida
On November 23, the FAA launched a new traffic management program, the General Aviation Airport Program (GAAP). NBAA worked with the FAA for over a year to develop new technology and procedures to alleviate some of the massive delay issues associated with Florida airports and traffic flows from the Northeast United States during the fall/winter "snowbird" season. GAAP was immediately successful and produces some impressive delay-reduction statistics. With future refinements it is hoped GAAP will replace some traditional STMPs around the country in the coming months. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/gaap

NBAA Requests Clarification of Proposed SIC Type Rating Rule
On December 15, NBAA submitted comments on the proposed rule that provides for the issuance of a second-in-command (SIC) pilot type rating. In particular, NBAA wants to ensure that the proposed rule states: (1) it would not be required for domestic operations in the National Airspace System, and (2) it is in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Annex 1. For more information, including a copy of NBAA's comments on the proposed rule, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/sic

Safety Tip on De-Icing Practices: Keep It Off the Wing
Although regulations contained within FAR Parts 91 and 135 allow departures when frost adhering to wings and stabilizing or control surfaces has been polished to make it smooth, no such provision is contained in Part 121. In fact, the requirement is for a "pre-takeoff contamination check, (which) determines that the wings, control surfaces and other critical surfaces...are free of frost, ice or snow." Polishing frost in order to make it smooth is not allowed. The NBAA Safety Committee's Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Program Manual likewise calls for complete removal of frost, ice or snow before departure. When deicing, operators should be familiar with the hold-over time for the type of deicing fluid being used. For more information, download FSAT 04-05 at http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fsat/fsat0405.doc or visit the "Standard Operating Procedures" sections of the manual at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/manual

USDA to Increase APHIS Fees
Commercial operators arriving in the United States from a foreign location may be subject to Federal inspection fees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced, in the December 9, 2004, Federal Register, an increase in Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) fees, effective January 1, 2005. APHIS fees increase to $4.95 per passenger and $70 per aircraft. Exemptions may be available (e.g., aircraft moving solely between the United States and Canada). For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org.

IBAC Requests NBAA Member Input for Airport Access Study
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), of which NBAA is a member, encourages NBAA Member Companies to participate in an ICAO study of airport access problems. NBAA Members that routinely experience access problems at specific airports, whether caused by air traffic procedures or ground constraints (not including Stage 2 restrictions), are invited to describe the circumstances in full detail. Submissions must represent protracted and ongoing issues that constrain operations into and out of airports. NBAA Member identities will be kept confidential and will not be revealed in the final ICAO report. To participate, send an e-mail message with "Airport Constraints" noted in the subject line to NBAA at mlarsen@nbaa.org.

NBAA Requests Member Participation in CNS/ATM Survey by Jan. 11
IBAC and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently formed a joint committee on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). This committee was formed to explore and help shape the integration of today's corporate flight operations into tomorrow's regulated and technical airspace requirements. It is made up of representatives from IBAC, GAMA, NBAA, and other industry groups, as well as avionics manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, service providers and research groups. The task for this committee is to recommend feasible solutions to the demanding requirements of airspace and traffic management in the global arena. NBAA Operating Members are strongly encouraged to assist the committee by participating in an online survey by January 11. It should only take about five minutes to complete. Learn more at:
http://www.gama.aero/surveys/IBAC-GAMA/2004/start.php

Passenger Air Transportation Tax for 2005
As a reminder, the IRS recently published Revenue Procedure 2004-71, which provides inflation-adjusted tax items for 2005. Section 3.29 specifies the applicable rates for 2005 for the following passenger air transportation taxes: domestic segment fee ($3.20); international arrival/departure tax ($14.10); and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights ($7.00). This Revenue Procedure did not modify the 7.5-percent percentage tax that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial transportation. Download Rev. Proc. 2004-71 in PDF format at http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/revproc/2004-71.pdf. For more information, visit the Federal excise tax resources on the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/#federal

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

Regional News
NBAA Seeks Speakers for 2005 Business Aviation Regional Forums
NBAA seeks speakers for three Business Aviation Regional Forums to be held on the following dates: April 21, 2005, at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY (note new date); July 7, 2005, at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA; and September 15, 2005, at Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO. "The caliber of programming at Business Aviation Regional Forums mirrors that of our many other seminars throughout the year," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Conventions & Seminars Kathleen Blouin. "Bringing this level of content on the road to our Members is important to the mission of the Conventions & Seminars Department and NBAA." Speaker abstracts for the Regional Forums must be submitted to NBAA by January 14, 2005. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20041217-084.php

New York Regional Forum Date Is Now Apr. 21
The date of NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY, has been changed to April 21. Regional Forums bring together business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel at some of the best airports and FBOs in the nation. These day-long learning and networking experiences are 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 April 21 event agenda and other details will be available soon. The 2005 Exhibitor Prospectus (including the Application for Space) for all 2005 Regional Forums currently is available for download online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

ABACE2005

NBAA News
Call for Nominations: NBAA Meritorious Service and Doswell Awards
NBAA is now accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the 2005 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the 2005 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations for both awards are due by February 25. Award winners will be officially recognized at the Annual Gala of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November 2005. Recent winners of the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award are Stuart Matthews (2004), Sam B. Williams (2003) and James D. Raisbeck (2002), and recent winners of the Doswell Award are Allan B. Lane (2004), Byron M. Reed II (2003) and J. Robert Duncan (2002). For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20041220-086.php

Update for 2003 and 2004 NBAA Membership Directory on CD
Due to the recent Microsoft update for Windows XP, Service Pack 2, there are some issues in functionality with the 2003 and 2004 versions of the NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel in CD format. Windows XP SP2 adds many security restrictions to Internet Explorer, including the disabling of a special protocol that the BookWorks Browser utilizes to run the Directory. Contact NBAA's Marketing & Communications Department at (202) 783-9280 or membership@nbaa.org with questions, or download a fix provided by the vendor at:
http://www.ags.com/cdrom/cd_sp2fix.html

Applications for International Operators Scholarship Due Jan. 31
The NBAA International Operators Committee and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats are dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats together offer the 2005 International Operators Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the NBAA 32nd Annual International Operators Conference, March 14 to 17, 2005, in Colorado Springs, CO, and will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA and the sponsor. Applications for this year's scholarship must be received by January 31. For more information or to download an application form, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

NBAA Headquarters Holiday Schedule
This week, NBAA's Washington Headquarters will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 27. Next week, the offices will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3. NBAA wishes its Members safe and happy holidays.

Interactively Share Information

Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 27, 2005, Miami, FL

Regulatory Issues Forum
January 28, 2005, Miami, FL

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 21–22, 2005, Florida

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
February 23–24, 2005, Florida

SPDP Course: Basic Corporate Aircraft Scheduling
February 12, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Effective Written Communications
February 12, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Building a High-Performance Team
February 13, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Meteorology
February 13, 2005, Reno, NV

16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
February 14–16, 2005, Reno, NV

Leadership Conference
March 1–2, 2005, Miami Lakes, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 10, 2005, Teterboro, NJ

32nd Annual International Operators Conference
March 14–17, 2005, Colorado Springs, CO

LABACE2005
March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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

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

LABACE2005

EBACE2005

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