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NBAA Update #05-10
Monday, March 07, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on TSA
On March 3, the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee held an oversight meeting on the President's proposed FY 2006 budget for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security David Stone was questioned closely about a number of issues including general aviation security. Subcommittee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) expressed his concern about the continued lack of progress by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation. Chairman Rogers inquired about the status of the report that the TSA was directed to submit to Congress on actions DHS/TSA are taking to reopen the airport to general aviation. Admiral Stone indicated that the TSA has submitted a draft of the required report to the DHS for final review, but that recent changes in top DHS leadership will require additional time for a full review of the draft report before DHS can send it on to Congress. Rogers responded that he expected the final report to be submitted to Congress no later than April 1. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and NBAA Government Affairs staff recently met with Chairman Rogers to discuss expansion of the TSAAC program, as well as the situation at DCA. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at rdoubrava@nbaa.org.

NBAA Comments on NTSB Proposal Expanding Pilot Reporting Requirements
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement in response to a proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to expand reporting requirements for business aviation pilots: "NBAA has broad concerns about the NTSB's proposed expansion of reportable items for the business aviation community," Bolen said. "As proposed, the increases in reporting for accidents and loss of aircraft electronic displays, coupled with the addition of in-flight resolution advisories, will add a significant paperwork burden to an already rigorous regulatory-compliance process for our Members, and in some cases could limit an operator's aircraft use. We believe that NTSB has yet to fully explain the benefit to the public of increasing the reporting burden on business aircraft operators." To learn more about the requirements, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

NBAA Reviewing Proposed FAA Upgrades for Aircraft Voice, Data Recorders
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to increase the duration of recording times for cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) and digital flight data recorders (DFDRs). The proposal also seeks to increase the data recording rate of certain DFDR parameters, physically separate the CVR and DFDR, and improve the reliability of the power supply to both the CVR and DFDR, among other changes. The rule would affect operations conducted under both Part 91 and 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). NBAA is analyzing the proposed rule for impact on Member Companies. Comments to the proposed rule are due on April 29. For additional information on the proposal, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/FAA-2005-20245.pdf

Compensation Results Available for the NBAA Survey
Compiled compensation data now is available for the 2004 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey. Compiled operational benchmark data will be released at a later date. The results are based upon survey responses from 676 aviation departments that provided compensation data for 4,308 employees. Online access to the compiled results of the survey is available at no cost to survey participants. Participants may purchase hard copies of the survey results for $50. NBAA Member Representatives who did not participate in the survey may purchase online access to survey results for $50 and hard copies for $100. Survey results are not available to non-Members. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs

LABACE2005 Comes to Brazil This Month
The 3rd Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2005) will be held March 31 to April 2 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. LABACE, the only Latin American exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation, is designed for corporate leaders, flight department personnel, government officials and any potential operators considering this form of corporate transportation. LABACE will feature nearly 300 exhibits inside Transamerica Expo Center Hall C, nearly 20 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport and networking opportunities with close to 4,000 professionals. In-depth informational sessions will cover operational issues such as helicopter operations in busy terminal areas, CNS/ATM activities and Latin American operations, RVSM in Latin America and very light jets (VLJs). For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.labace.aero

New Chairs Named for DHS, DOT Subcommittees
On March 2 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a reorganization plan that brings new chairmen to several of the Appropriations subcommittees. The full Appropriations Committee now is chaired by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) continues as the ranking minority member of the full committee. Of particular interest to business aviation are leadership changes at the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. The Transportation Subcommittee (which has jurisdiction over DOT and FAA funding) now is chaired by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO). Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will continue as the subcommittee's ranking member. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) will chair the Homeland Security Subcommittee (responsible for funding of the DHS and TSA), with Sen. Byrd remaining as the subcommittee's ranking minority member. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at lpiccione@nbaa.org.

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Regional News
Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Columbus, OH, on March 9; Louisville, KY, and Montgomery, AL, on March 10; Memphis, TN, on March 10 and 11; and Shreveport, LA, on March 11. 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

FAA Seeks Higher Business Aviation Use of SOIA/PRM Approaches at SFO
The FAA is seeking higher business aviation use of simultaneous offset instrument approach (SOIA)/precision runway monitor (PRM) approaches at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Last October 26, SFO implemented the capability to conduct simultaneous approaches to runways 28R and 28L in weather conditions of 2,100-foot ceiling and 4 miles visibility and greater, a procedure known as a SOIA, which utilizes an LDA PRM 28R and ILS PRM 28L approach. In order for pilots to participate in these procedures, they must have completed FAA required training. All general aviation pilots must be familiar with the Aeronautical Information Manual with regards to closely spaced approaches and SOIA. FAA videos also are available for guidance. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/sfo20050307.php

Letter to Airmen Addresses National Airspace Redesign at McCarran
The FAA has released Las Vegas TRACON Letter to Airmen No. 05- 01 regarding revisions to RNAV standard instrument departure (SID) procedures at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport (LAS). On March 17, the following RNAV SID procedures will become effective: BOACH TWO, COWBY TWO, PRFUM TWO, SHEAD THREE, and TRALR TWO. The revisions to these procedures included the relocation of ROPPR, CEASR, and FORGE Waypoints. Additionally, the new SIDs will include a charted depiction of an assigned altitude of FL 190. However, as is being utilized currently, Las Vegas Tower Clearance Delivery will assign an interim altitude of 7,000 feet MSL. After initial contact with departure control, aircraft will be cleared to a higher altitude as traffic permits. Review the full letter online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/LAS_LTA0501.pdf

Traffic Management Initiatives Anticipated at LAS for NASCAR Weekend
NASCAR moves to LAS this Sunday, March 13 and anticipated air traffic is expected to be high during the race weekend. Los Angeles Center and LAS Tower personnel are expected to put traffic management initiatives in place due to demand from both commercial and private aircraft throughout the weekend. This may cause considerable arrival delays to LAS particularly for those who file their flight plans within an hour of their departure time. The best plan would be to file early and consider alternate airports such as North Las Vegas (VGT) and Henderson Executive (HND). Also, the Monday following a NASCAR race is historically the third largest departure day for LAS. For more information, contact NBAA's Sue Ashley at sashley@nbaa.org or the NBAA GA Desk at gadesk@nbaa.org.

CABAA Works to Alleviate the Need for Low-Altitude Flying Across Lake Michigan
On March 2, the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA), working in conjunction with FAA officials, announced progress towards reducing low-altitude flying over Lake Michigan while operating in and out of satellite airports. After several meetings between CABAA and Chicago TRACON, Chicago Center and FAA's Midwest Tactical Operation, FAA officials recognized the potential safety hazard and currently are devising a plan that allows airplanes to cross the Northbrook, IL, VOR (OBK) at 14,000 feet on their way to western satellite airports. Approved changes to the new procedure could come as soon as this month. For more information, visit the CABAA web site at http://www.cabaa.com or contact NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at dheinrich@nbaa.org.

MEBAA Update, Membership Drive
In part due to the efforts of the Maine Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), state bill LD 1074 has been submitted to the Maine Legislative Finance Committee for approval. "An Act to Stimulate Economic Development in Maine's Aviation Industry," sponsored by Representative Robert Daigle, would extend an exemption to include sales or leases of any aircraft and repair or replacement parts used exclusively in aircraft or in the overhauling or rebuilding of aircraft. Currently, the only tax exemption is on the sales tax of aircraft purchased or leased from a non-resident and then immediately moved out of state. MEBAA was officially organized in December 2004 and is conducting a membership drive. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
Ed Bolen Addresses NBAA Leadership Conference
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen addressed the Association's Leadership Conference in Miami Lakes, FL. This year's event, titled "Survive and Thrive – Proactive Leadership in a Reactive World," focused on topics designed to provide insights into real-world management and leadership issues. "I'm pleased to see the high level of turnout and enthusiastic participation from everyone in attendance at this year's Conference," stated Bolen. "Forums like this one provide a great opportunity to interact with our Members, update them on our work on their behalf and hear about their concerns." For more information about the 2005 Leadership Conference, contact NBAA's Sandy Wirtz at swirtz@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/leadership/2005

NBAA, GAMA Co-Host Dinner Recognizing Stimpson Career
Last week, NBAA and GAMA co-hosted a dinner for 280 attendees to recognize the contributions made by former GAMA President Edward Stimpson to the general aviation community. The dinner, which took place at Washington, DC's Willard Hotel, featured addresses by DOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the TSA David M. Stone, and other notable figures. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen served as master of ceremonies at the event and bestowed a crystal eagle statuette upon Stimpson. The eagle is symbolic on two levels: Stimpson represented the U.S. (which has the eagle as its national symbol) as ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization; the eagle is also the symbol for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where Stimpson served on the board of trustees and was its chairman from 1987 to 1994. To learn more about the event, contact NBAA's Deb Hanson at dhansen@nbaa.org.

NBAA Bolsters Regional Staff With Creation of Central Region
NBAA has created a new regional position to represent Members in the central area of the United States. Former Board Member Durwood Heinrich has been appointed to fill the post. "Across the country, a voice is needed when policies are being developed that impact access to airports and airspace, operational safety and aviation security for business aircraft operators," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA and its Regional Representatives have long provided that voice for our Members at the Federal, state, local and municipal levels. I am pleased that we are strengthening our advocacy efforts by expanding the Regional Representative Program, and I'm delighted that Durwood Heinrich has been selected as Representative for the Central Region." For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050307-015.php

NBAA Announces International Operators Scholarship Winner
The 2005 recipient of the NBAA International Operators Scholarship is Gina Marinaro. Sponsored by ExxonMobil and the Avitats and administered by the NBAA International Operators Committee, this scholarship is given annually to applicants pursuing education and training as a means to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. Marinaro has worked at Air Routing International since 1997 in support of international flight planning operations. She is a student in aviation management at Mountain State University and also is pursuing FAA dispatcher certification. The scholarship will be presented by ExxonMobil's Melissa Overbay next week during the NBAA International Operators Conference, March 14 to 17 in Colorado Springs, CO. For more information about this and other NBAA scholarships, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

Citigroup Top Provider of International Airport Feedback
In 2004, NBAA received more than 900 International Airport Feedback reports from its Members, most of which are now submitted via the NBAA web site at http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/intl/feedback. To encourage the ongoing flow of this critical operational information, NBAA annually awards a free admission for the NBAA International Operators Conference to the NBAA Member Company providing the most reports during the preceding year. This year's winner is Citigroup, which submitted more than 18 percent of the 2004 reports. The next highest submitters were International Pilot Services, United Technologies and Honeywell, respectively. NBAA thanks all organizations that submitted and continue to submit these reports. This year's International Operators Conference will be held next week in Colorado Springs, CO. To learn more or register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2005

Travel$ense Release 3.73 Update
On February 28, NBAA released Travel$ense version 3.73, an update to the Association's business travel productivity-tracking software. This update adapts to changes in the reservation system used by Travel$ense that prevented users from obtaining comparable airline flights on Delta Airlines. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/adm/travelsense/update

Flight Attendants Conference to Be Held This June in Atlanta
The NBAA 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18 in Atlanta, GA. This year the theme of the Conference, which is organized by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee, is "Celebrating 10 Years as an NBAA Committee: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." The agenda will feature sessions on cabin safety, catering and issues of interest to both contract and full-time flight attendants. Event date and details will be finalized and released by April. For more information about the Flight Attendants Committee and its past Conferences, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/committees/fltatt

European Business Aviation Awards Nominations Due Next Week
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year, EBACE2005 will be held May 18 through 20 in Geneva, Switzerland. Award nominations are due March 15. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050114-003.php

EBACE2005

Upcoming NBAA Events
NBAA 32nd Annual International Operators Conference
March 14–17, Colorado Springs, CO

LABACE2005
March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
April 10–13, Colorado Springs, CO

NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
April 14, Colorado Springs, CO

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 21, Farmingdale, NY

NBAA Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 25–26, Orlando, FL

NBAA Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar
April 26, Orlando, FL

FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 26–28, Orlando, FL

NBAA Federal Tax Forum
May 13, Boston, MA

EBACE2005
May 18–20, Geneva, Switzerland

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 2, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

NBAA 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 17–18, Atlanta, GA

NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 27–28, San Francisco, CA

NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 29–30, San Francisco, CA

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

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

Business Aviation in Today's Economy

LABACE2005

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