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NBAA Update #05-21
Monday, May 23, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
New Legislative Action on Personal Use of Corporate Aircraft Deduction Limitations and Excise Tax on Jet Fuel
The Senate passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (the "Highway Bill") on May 17, which authorizes surface transportation spending through fiscal year 2009. The Senate legislation includes two provisions that could have an impact on business aviation if signed into law. The first amendment would expand the limitation on the deductibility of business expenses for entertainment use of employer-provided aircraft to all employees. The second amendment of concern would change procedures for paying the fuel tax on jet fuel. The IRS has stated that substantial amounts of jet fuel are being diverted to highway use – the Senate Highway Bill proposes that, if an airport is not served by a direct pipeline and is considered "secure" from fuel diversion, the fuel delivered to an airport will be sold inclusive of tax at 24.4 cents per gallon. Then, the entity that purchases the fuel at the airport (usually an FBO), and actually delivers fuel to an aircraft, can claim a refund for the difference between 24.4 cents and 21.8 cents per gallon. NBAA opposes both amendments in the Senate-passed bill and will work to eliminate or obtain necessary clarification to limit the scope/requirements of these two provisions to minimize the impact on the industry. Members are strongly encouraged to learn more about the legislative proposals by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/20050523.php

NBAA Praises U.S. House Legislation Directing DHS to Reopen DCA to General Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen hailed last week's passage of two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives that would reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation. "The nation's business aviation community is grateful to the House for its strong bipartisan support for ending the prolonged closure of DCA to general aviation, which has taken a huge economic toll on the region, the nation, and certainly the business aviation community," said Bolen. To view Bolen's full statement, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050523-030.php

EBACE2005 Is Strongest EBACE Event to Date
The 5th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2005), held Wednesday, May 18, to Friday, May 20, in Geneva, closed with a total of 7,667 Attendees, an 18.2-percent increase over last year's three-day total of 6,487. Attendance at the show has more than doubled since its founding in 2001, which registered 3,620 people. Additionally, a record 278 Exhibitors increased the size of the exhibits on display by more than 20 percent, and 51 state-of-the-art business aircraft were on static display at Geneva International Airport, a more than 40 percent increase over last year. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and EBAA CEO Brian Humphries led the Opening General Session on May 18 in a review of the issues shaping business aviation, both in Europe and globally. Members are encouraged to learn more about EBACE2005 – including news coverage, Opening General Session presentations and images – by visiting the official EBACE web site at:
http://www.ebace.aero

EBACE2005 in the News
Last week's EBACE provided an ideal opportunity for industry representatives, government leaders and consumers to gather and view the latest business aviation products and services from 278 Exhibitors. It was a key venue for business leaders to make major announcements, as demonstrated in the resulting news coverage, online at:
http://www.ebace.aero/welcome/inthenews.php

FAA Notice Affects Part 91K and 135 Operators and 142 Training Centers
Last week, NBAA's FAR Part 135 Committee met with FAA headquarters staff, seeking clarification to FAA Notice 8400.294, titled "Air Carrier, Air Operator and Fractional Ownership Program Training Conducted by 14 CFR Part 142 Training Centers." The notice, published earlier this year by the FAA, has created confusion among certificate holders, training centers and FAA inspectors. The FAA assured NBAA that the notice contains no regulatory changes; it was intended to clarify existing regulations and ensure that FAA inspectors and certificate holders understand that the training program is the responsibility of the certificate holder. NBAA Members are invited to send questions regarding this notice to info@nba[email protected] by Friday, May 27. NBAA will compile and submit these questions to the FAA for a Frequently Asked Questions web page under development. Review the notice online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135

Beware of the Fellow Employee Exclusion
Many aviation insurance policies contain the Fellow Employee Exclusion, which is designed to eliminate coverage in an employee-versus-employee lawsuit. To learn how this might affect your company and what options might be available to you, read a related article on the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/riskmgmt/fellow200505.php

Changes to APIS Become Effective in Two Weeks
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing on June 6. In addition to the current requirement for transmission of manifest information for passengers and crew members onboard commercial vessels and aircraft in advance of arrival in the United States, operators will be required to transmit information in advance of departure from the United States as of June 6. An Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission also will be required for crew members and non-crew members onboard commercial aircraft that overfly the United States. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis

NBAA2005

Regional News
Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. A TFR has been issued for Rochester, NY, on May 24. TFRs also can be expected for the following areas on May 27: Annapolis and Thurmont, MD, and Jackson, WY. 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

McCarran Construction Project
The service life of the asphalt on runway 01/19 and taxiway Delta/Bravo at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas has come to an end. Construction to remove and replace the asphalt began last week. Initially, it was intended to leave open runway 01/19 with a displaced threshold; however, construction workers objected to the close proximity of overhead traffic. This has resulted in an even further displaced threshold, leaving little allowable use. If weather or factors demand it, LAS Airport Authority is able to decrease the displaced threshold and move the construction workers to another project with a 90-minute notice. This resurfacing project is expected to run through December. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected].

Heavy Demand and Construction at Dulles
Construction season is underway at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and heavy demand at peak travel times may cause delays through the summer months. Users should avoid IAD daily from 11:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Ground stops and miles-in-trail spacing are routine in those time frames. Single arrival flow over MULRR from ZNY and ZBW, which results in expanded miles in trail, weather/winds and military caps, adds to the delays, so extra fuel also would be a good consideration. Taxiway construction is slated to continue through September. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected] or NBAA's Sue Ashley at [email protected].

Leesburg (VA) Begins Construction on Jun. 1
Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Virginia begins construction on June 1, significantly reducing its runway length for a better part of the summer. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected] or NBAA's Sue Ashley at [email protected].

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 regard 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

Helicopters With Exemption May Transit Yankee Stadium TFR
Though a TFR exists around New York's Yankee Stadium when baseball games are played there, helicopters may transit the restricted airspace when the TFR is in effect, provided they have applied for and received a letter of exemption from LaGuardia Airport (LGA). This exemption is only for aircraft either landing or taking off from a New York City heliport, and is not available to operators who simply desire to transit the TFR. To apply for an exemption, contact LGA's Leo Prusak at (718) 779-1220. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Avoid Travel Delays in North Carolina This Week
The Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, will be the site of this week's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Due to race-related traffic, airspace around the area will be congested, and operators should plan flights accordingly. Concord Regional Airport (JQF) is the airport of choice; although the ramp maybe congested, JQF personnel should be able to get aircraft in and out in a timely manner. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers to Meet in Portland on Jun. 10
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers Group will hold its next quarterly meeting from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 10 in Portland, ME. NBAA Members are invited to attend this luncheon session, which will include a talk by featured speaker Deb Johannes, FAA manager, requirements/transition flight. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Perizzolo by June 3 at [email protected] or (860) 446-8621. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Golf Tournament
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association will hold its 29th annual golf tournament on June 4 at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course at Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. Early registration is now being accepted and on-site registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. on June 4. This year's proceeds will be benefit Wings of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides volunteer flights for charitable and humanitarian purposes; learn more at http://www.wings-of-hope.org. To register for the golf tournament, call Dorothy White at (636) 537-0363 or visit http://www.gslbaa.org. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].

Certified Aviation Manager Program

NBAA News
NBAA Announces New Maintenance Training Scholarship
NBAA announces the creation of the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) for aviation maintenance personnel. Created to promote professional development and business aviation maintenance careers, the Maintenance TRACS program is administered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee and made possible by the following 10 corporate sponsors: Bombardier Aerospace, CAE SimuFlite, Cessna Aircraft, FlightSafety International, Global Jet Services, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Raytheon Aircraft and Rolls-Royce. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050523-031.php

November CAM Exam Applications Due by Sept. 28
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program identifies qualified professionals to lead corporate flight departments and companies using business aircraft. Whether you are an existing or an aspiring aviation manager, you can prove your knowledge and management skills through the successful completion of a certification exam. An upcoming CAM Exam is scheduled to be administered on November 14, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications for the November 14 CAM Exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than September 28. Applications may be submitted online, or the application can be downloaded and submitted by mail or fax. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

June Event to Benefit Corporate Flight Attendants and Flight Technicians
The NBAA 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference is designed to benefit existing and aspiring corporate flight attendants and flight technicians, as well as those who want to manage corporate flight attendants. On June 17 and 18 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA, this event will include sessions on cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips and professional development. Learn more or register at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fltatt/2005

Business Aviation Regional Forums

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 7, San Jose, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
July 8, San Jose, CA

ABACE2005
August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
September 16, Denver, CO

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
November 14, New Orleans, LA

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 15–17, New Orleans, LA

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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ABACE2005

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