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NBAA Update #05-14
Monday, April 04, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Attendance Up 33 Percent at Latin American Business Aviation Event
NBAA and the Associacao Brasileira de Aviacao Geral (ABAG) last week jointly hosted the 3rd Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2005) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This event, the only Latin American exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation, had a record-breaking total of 4,971 Attendees, a 33 percent increase in attendance over LABACE2004. It also featured special appearances by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and ABAG Chairman Anderson Markiewicz; a keynote speech by FAA Deputy Administrator Robert A. Sturgell, who also opened the event at a ribbon-cutting ceremony; and a variety of in-depth informational sessions on operational issues of interest to the Latin American business aviation community. This year LABACE displayed the products and services of 87 Exhibiting Companies at Transamerica Expo Center and 21 static aircraft on Congonhas Airport. NBAA Members are encouraged to learn more about LABACE2005 – including news coverage, Opening General Session presentations and images – by visiting the official LABACE web site at:
http://www.labace.aero

LABACE2005 in the News
Last week's LABACE provided an ideal opportunity for industry representatives, government leaders and consumers to gather and view the latest business aviation products and services from more than 80 Exhibitors. It was a key venue for business leaders to make major announcements, as demonstrated in the resulting news coverage, online at:
http://www.labace.aero/media/coverage.php

House Aviation Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on FAA's Air Traffic Organization
On Thursday, April 7, the House Aviation Subcommittee will hold a hearing on "Transforming the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): a Review of the Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Program Development Office." Those scheduled to speak include representatives from the Department of Transportation and the FAA, the DOT Inspector General, and officials with the Government Accountability Office, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Professional Airways System Specialists. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to testify before the Subcommittee at a separate hearing tentatively scheduled for May 4. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at [email protected].

Congressional Committee to Review Impact of Ban on GA Flights Into DCA
The U.S. House Committee on Government Reform will hold a hearing this Friday, April 8 to consider the economic and security impact of restoring general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) will hold the hearing at DCA to highlight concerns about the regional impact of the ban on GA flights. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will submit testimony for the hearing. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at [email protected].

Request for Member Reports of EGPWS Warnings
Since the January 20 implementation date of domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM), at least two instances have been confirmed of commercial airline flightcrews receiving an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) alert while operating in RVSM airspace. Both instances have occurred as two aircraft passed within close lateral proximity of each other. The FAA is interested in learning whether any other operators have received reports of similar incidents. If NBAA Member flightcrews have experienced similar events – whether inside or outside of RVSM airspace – please report the following information about the incidents to NBAA: approximate date and time, FAA Enroute Center in which the event occurred, aircraft type, altitude, brief description of the scenario and appropriate Member contact information in case more information is needed. Send reports or questions to NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

FAA Asks Operators to Review Climb/Descent Procedures for RVSM Airspace
Some operators have misinterpreted climb and descent guidance for operations in RVSM airspace, and have been incorrectly restricting the aircraft climb/descent rate to 1,000 fpm at all times when in RVSM airspace. Section 4-4-9(d) of the AIM states, "pilots should initiate climb or descent promptly on acknowledgement of the clearance. Descend or climb at an optimum rate consistent with the operating characteristics of the aircraft to 1,000 feet above or below the assigned altitude, and then attempt to descend or climb at a rate of between 500 and 1,500 fpm until the assigned altitude is reached. If at anytime the pilot is unable to climb or descend at a rate of at least 500 feet a minute, advise ATC." For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Begins This Sunday
"Take Your Knowledge to New Heights" is the theme of this year's NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, an event focused solely on business aviation maintenance issues. Online registration is available until April 6; after that date, registrations will be accepted either by contacting NBAA's Dina Green at (202) 783-9000 or [email protected], or in person at the event. Beginning this Sunday, experts will address many topics of interest to maintenance personnel, including regulations, human factors and certification. Speakers will include NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman, founder and president of the X Prize Foundation. The NBAA Maintenance Committee, which sponsors this event, will announce exciting news about its initiatives, and products and services exhibits also will be featured. The Conference will be held April 10 to 12 in Colorado Springs, CO, in conjunction with a separate Maintenance Manual Workshop and Professional Development Program Course on April 13. To register or review the agenda for these events, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmc/200504

EU War Risk/Liability Insurance Regulation Update
Regulation 785/2004 of the European Parliament will take effect on April 30. The regulation sets mandatory liability limits (including limits for war risk) for passengers, cargo, baggage and third parties. The policy will affect nearly all aircraft carriers and operators, both commercial and private, operating flights within, into, out of, or over the territory of an EU Member State. This issue will be included among other timely and important aviation insurance issues discussed at the NBAA Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar on April 26 in Orlando, FL (to learn more or register, visit http://www.nbaa.org/cs/riskmgmt/20050426). Business aircraft operators flying to Europe on or after April 30, 2005, are urged to review a related article on the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/riskmgmt/eu200504.php

Business Aviation Regional Forums

Regional News
Bolen to Keynote Arizona Aviation Forum This Friday
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. this 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, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected] or visit the AZBAA web site at:
http://www.azbaa.org/2005AviationForum.htm

Connecticut Business Aviation Advocates Show Power of NBAA-Affiliated Regional Groups
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group, several Connecticut-based NBAA Members and NBAA's Dean Saucier recently testified before the Connecticut Finance, Revenue and Bond Committee regarding proposed Senate Bill 1231. The measure, introduced by the joint Finance Committee, would repeal tax exemptions affecting aircraft management companies. Testimony outlined how passage of the bill could potentially spur losses in jobs, business and tax revenues for Connecticut. Working together, this strong coalition benefits both NBAA Members and the State of Connecticut, and provides an example of the power of NBAA-affiliated regional groups. For more information, contact Saucier at [email protected]. To learn more about regional groups in your area, contact NBAA's Regional Representatives listed at:
http://www.nbaa.org/contact

Maine Group and NBAA to Testify Today in Support of House Bill 1074
The Maine Business Aviation Association and NBAA representatives will testify on April 4 before the joint Maine Tax Committee in support of House Bill 1074 introduced by Representative Robert Daigle (R- Arundel). If passed, the bill will exempt sales taxes for those providing aircraft service and maintenance. The coalition will contend that current taxes force companies to look to surrounding states in lieu of Maine for aircraft service needs. Working with regional groups such as this one, NBAA can help leverage a community's political power. For more information on this issue, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected]. To learn more about regional groups in your area, contact NBAA's Regional Representatives listed at:
http://www.nbaa.org/contact

Master's Golf Tournament STMP Information
The PGA Master's Golf Tournament will be held at Augusta National Golf Club from April 4 through 11 and demand for general aviation is high at airports in that area. A special traffic management program (STMP) is in place for Augusta Regional (AGS), Daniel Field (DNL), Aiken Municipal (AIK) and Thomson-McDuffie (HQU) for arrivals from April 4 through 11 and for departures April 8, 10 and 11. VFR traffic within the Augusta terminal area will be on a workload-permitting basis as noted in the NOTAM. Atlanta Center advises that VFR traffic (including those who cancel their IFR clearance once enroute) can expect lengthy delays during peak travel times. Parking is at a premium and a reservation slot for arrival or departure does not guarantee a parking spot. Members are advised to call ahead to their FBO of choice to ensure parking will be available. Taxiway A will be closed at AGS to allow for parking, so back taxiing and reduced arrival rates may be required. Reservation slots will not be affected by this possible reduction. For more information, contact Sue Ashley at the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected] or review the NOTAM at:
http://www.faa.gov/ntap/NTAP05MAR17/SP05004.htm

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: Parkersburg, WV, on April 5; Columbia, SC, on April 7; and Fort Hood, TX, Crawford, TX and Brunswick, GA on April 8. 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

Avoid Travel Delays in Virginia This Week
The venue for this week's NASCAR Nextel race will be Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. In conjunction with the race, operators should expect possible delays and congestion at Blueridge Airport (MTV) in Martinsville, VA, especially the morning of Thursday, April 7, and the afternoon of Sunday, April 10. For more information contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

ABACE

NBAA News
NBAA Regional Forum Comes to New York This Month
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, to be held Thursday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY, will feature approximately 40 static aircraft, 60 Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees from the greater New York area. This day-long learning and networking experience will provide informational sessions on a variety of topics, including fatigue avoidance, very light jets (VLJs), supplemental lift options, legal and regulatory issues, understanding WAAS/LAAS and aircraft resale issues. Attendees also will have an opportunity to meet NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier, who will address the topic "Business Aviation Today" during the Forum's opening session. For more information or to register, contact [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20050421

Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar Marks 50 Years This Month
The Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), co-sponsored by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for business aviation operators. Each of the seminar presentations aims to deliver specific information that can be applied directly to business aviation operations. This year's 50th Annual CASS will be held April 26 to 28 in Orlando, FL, and topics will include human factors, proactive cabin safety, risk management for the very light jet (VLJ), airborne collision avoidance systems and maintenance. The event will be held in conjunction with an NBAA Emergency Response Planning Workshop on April 25 and 26 and an NBAA Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar on April 26. To learn more or register for any of these events, visit:
http://www.flightsafety.org/seminars.html#cass

Emergency Response Planning Workshop to Be Held With CASS
Though no one wants an aircraft accident to occur, aircraft operators must be prepared to cope with the aftermath of an aircraft accident. NBAA offers a highly interactive two-day Emergency Response Planning Workshop that provides knowledge and experience available nowhere else. Critical elements in the emergency-response process are highlighted and participants and their organizations learn to ensure the best possible outcome. This event will be held April 25 and 26 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/erpw/200504

NBAA2005

Upcoming NBAA Events
NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
April 10–12, Colorado Springs, CO

NBAA Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 13, Colorado Springs, CO

NBAA Professional Development Program Course: Interpersonal Communications
April 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 20–21, San Francisco, CA

NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 22–23, 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

EBACE2005

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