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NBAA Update #05-11
Monday, March 14, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Responds To New York Times Story on General Aviation Security
NBAA today sent a letter to the New York Times rebutting the paper's mischaracterization of general aviation security in an article published today about a government report on aviation security. "NBAA has legitimate concerns about the way the Times portrayed our industry's continuing efforts to strengthen security procedures following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This letter will inform readers about the work done by the business aviation community to bolster security." Policies at the Times require Bolen's letter to be submitted only to the paper for publication, so it is not yet available for review on NBAA's web site. The letter will be made available to the Membership as soon as possible. To view a list of efforts by the general aviation community to strengthen security, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/steps.php

Bolen Represents Business Aviation at ATC Panel Discussion
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen represented the business aviation community at a Washington panel discussion focused on funding for air traffic control services in the coming years. "We have the best, safest and most efficient air traffic system in the world, and I was honored to represent the business aviation community in discussing ideas for how the system will be funded in the years to come," Bolen said. "Despite calls from some corners to look to ATC systems in Europe or other nations for solutions to the challenges we face, I believe we need to improve, but not replace, our own system." Also participating in the panel discussion were a former economic advisor to President Clinton and representatives from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Air Transport Association. The meeting was sponsored by the widely respected Transportation Research Forum, one of the oldest transportation organizations in existence. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at [email protected].

NBAA's Sandy Murdock Moderates Panel on Evolving Technology and Regulations
Last week, NBAA General Counsel Sandy Murdock moderated a panel at the American Bar Association Air and Space Law Forum focusing on a variety of topics including certification and operation of very light jets (VLJs); the complexities surrounding operational control of aircraft for Part 91 owners with aircraft on Part 135 operators' specifications; and economic authority for air charter brokers. NBAA actively weighed in on many of these issues during the Part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) process, chaired by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. In the coming months, the FAA will release several notices of proposed rulemaking to which NBAA will respond and Member input will be strongly encouraged. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected].

Senate Confirms Michael Jackson for DHS Deputy Secretary
Last week, the Senate confirmed former Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following the Senate's action, Jackson was sworn in last Friday by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. Jackson is considered to have a favorable view of reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to the general aviation community. To learn more, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at [email protected]; to view statements made by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen about Jackson, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050125-004.php

FAA Issues Notice for Air Carriers Using Part 142 Training Centers
The FAA has issued a notice that requires air carriers, air operators and fractional ownership programs to review the training provided by Part 142 training centers. The Notice, N 8000.294, gives operators 90 days to verify that all training, testing and checking performed by the Part 142 training center are approved by the operator's principal operations inspector (POI) and meet all elements of the operator's approved training program. The FAA believes that misunderstandings of the regulations within Part 142 have led to operators using a training center's approved course to meet the training requirements of the carrier's operating rules without the required carrier oversight to ensure the course meets the carrier's approved training program. NBAA believes that operators should be given more than 90 days to meet the requirements of the notice and is working with the FAA to find an acceptable solution. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected]. Download the notice online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/N8000-294.pdf

Updated Federal Excise Tax Handbook Now Online
Timeshare agreements, interchange agreements, charter services and fractional aircraft services are considered commercial operations by the Internal Revenue Service; therefore, the Federal excise tax on transportation may apply. Learn more on this topic in NBAA's Federal Excise Tax Handbook. This reference - which provides an explanation of what transportation taxes are, how to submit taxes and how to obtain credits and refunds - has been updated to include current tax rates for 2005. Access this document via the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/fet

International Operations Highlighted at This Week's NBAA Conference
The NBAA 32nd International Operators Conference opened this morning in Colorado Springs, CO, where for four days, more than 300 attendees will attend sessions on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning and navigational systems to security and medical issues. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will provide Conference participants with an update on issues effecting them in Washington. The NBAA International Operators Committee, which aids Member Companies in the facilitation of their international flight operations, hosts this annual event and reports on business aviation issues for many regions around the globe. Review the Conference agenda online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2005

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Regional News
Bolen to Keynote Arizona Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be the keynote speaker at the Arizona Business Aviation Association's (AZBAA) annual Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit in Scottsdale, AZ. The Aviation Forum, held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Orange Tree Resort, will feature Bolen's keynote speech, an Arizona airports panel and a session on business aviation security issues. The Golf Benefit will begin with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start on Saturday, April 9 at the Orange Tree Golf Resort. Since the Golf Benefit's inception in 2002, AZBAA has raised and awarded $22,000 in funds to 20 students from three Arizona colleges and universities to promote their aviation studies. For more information or to attend this educational and fundraising event, visit the AZBAA web site at http://www.azbaa.org/annualgolfbenefit.htm or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

California Moves to Protect Airports With Support OF NBAA, Industry Partners
Sponsored by Assemblyman Gene Mullin (19th District), California Assembly Bill (AB) 1358, if passed, will close a loophole in California law allowing residential developers to site charter schools in close proximity to airports without State Aeronautics oversight. According to the California Transportation Commission such a bill is needed "to address airport security, safety and capacity needs." NBAA Members and a coalition of aviation industry partners worked together to convince Mullin to sponsor AB 1358. This collaboration between NBAA and its Members, regional groups and industry partners illustrates an effective approach to protecting airport and airspace systems. To support this bill or to get involved in regional business aviation groups in your area, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

Letter to Airmen Issued for Oregon's Portland International
FAA Portland Tower/Approach Control has issued Letter to Airman No. 05-02 regarding revisions to RNAV standard instrument departure (SID) procedures at Portland International Airport (PDX). The RNAV SIDs KELYY1 and CROWN1 (Portland, OR), which were published effective January 20, are available with the TIMEE, DSD and LKV transitions as of February 15. Other transitions will be advertised as they become available. These RNAV SIDs are GPS-required. For more information, contact Portland Tower/TRACON's Laura Schneider at (503) 493-7506. Download the Letter to Airmen in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/PDX_LTA0502.pdf

Avoid Travel Delays in Atlanta This Week
NASCAR comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20. Business aviation operators heading to Atlanta this week should expect delays and congestion in the area, especially during NASCAR race team arrivals the morning of Thursday, March 17 and during departures the afternoon of Sunday, March 20. Since the racetrack is south of Atlanta, airports to the north may be less congested. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Expected TFR for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel in Florida this week. Though no specific location has been given, it has been announced that VIP travel will occur to a city in Florida this Friday, March 18. 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

Long Island Business Aviation Group to Hold Quarterly Meeting on Mar. 23
New York's Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) will hold its quarterly meeting on March 23 at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant. The guest speaker will be Paul Anderson, vice president of flight operations for United Technologies Corporation, who will discuss his experiences as an Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. The fee to attend is $35, and both members and non-members of LIBAA are welcome. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association Reorganizes
For the benefit of the business aviation community in the greater Puget Sound region, the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) has reorganized itself and will be holding its first 2005 membership drive and luncheon on Tuesday, March 22. Galvin Flying Service will host the event starting at 11:30 a.m. Honeywell Avionics will present a session on runway incursion avionics technology and its application. Lunch will cost $15. To RSVP, contact Gene Clow at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

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NBAA News
NBAA S&D Conference Sets Another Consecutive Attendance Record
NBAA last week announced that its 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference was the best-attended ever, with 1,525 participants, more than 200 of whom were at the Conference for the first time. Additionally, a record 275 Exhibitors were present at this year's event. Scholarships, awards and enthusiastic participation all contributed to the success of this annual event. The NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference has been scheduled for January 25 and 27, 2006, in San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050309-016.php

Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Applications Due Apr. 1
NBAA, in conjunction with its Flight Attendants Committee and 18 corporate sponsors, offers a scholarship program to promote the education and training of aspiring and existing flight attendants and flight technicians. NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship awards will be given to 41 recipients selected by the Committee. Applications must be received by April 1 in order to be considered. To download a scholarship application, which contains a full list of sponsors and awards offered, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/education/scholarships/fltatt

Maintenance Management the Focus of April Conference in Colorado Springs
From April 10 to 12 in Colorado Springs, CO, NBAA will promote the theme "Take Your Knowledge to New Heights" at an event solely focused on business aviation maintenance issues. The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference gives business aviation maintenance managers and technicians the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to their roles in the corporate flight department. Speakers will include NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman, founder and president of the X Prize Foundation and chairman of Zero Gravity Corporation. For the second time, exhibits will be offered at the Conference, featuring products and services of interest to maintenance professionals. The Maintenance Management Conference is coordinated by the NBAA Maintenance Committee. Learn more or register at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmc/200504

Compensation Results Available for 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. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs

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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

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