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NBAA Update #05-47
Monday, November 21, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Call to Action: Members Asked to Contact Congress on Negative Proposals for Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today called upon Members to contact Congress in opposition to two legislative proposals that would be very harmful to the industry. The provisions are included in the Senate version of a spending "reconciliation" bill approved last week. The first provision expands limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees, rather than just senior executives. A second, broader provision will substantially increase taxes for some uses of a company plane. If enacted, the provisions will reduce business aviation activity, impacting tens of thousands of individual employees. NBAA has added a new letter to the Contact Congress web site at http://www.nbaa.org/action, and Members are asked to send the letter to their federal representatives. "NBAA's Members are critical to communicating the industry's views with Congress," Bolen said. "I urge all of our Members to voice their concerns about these proposals with their members of Congress." To access the letter now, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/action/?ISSUE=nbaa0006

U.S. House Passes Fiscal Year 2006 Funding Bill for Transportation Programs
Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 funding for the Department of Transportation and the FAA. The FAA's budget totals approximately $14.3 billion, which is $276 million above current year funding levels and more than $1 billion above the President's request. The Senate is expected to take up this measure when it returns in early December. For more information about specific funding measures included in the bill that are of interest to general aviation, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at [email protected], or review a summary of funding items at:
http://www.nbaa.org/gov

Congress Passes Funding Bill Encouraging U.S. Space and Aeronautics Programs
With Senate passage of the FY2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce funding bill last week, Congress approved $912 million to support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The amount – a $6 million increase over the funding provided for the Directorate in the FY05 funding bill – will advance NASA efforts on critical propulsion, air traffic management, rotorcraft, supersonic boom reduction, hypersonic aircraft research and other import aeronautics technologies. The bill also includes a provision calling for the development of a National Aeronautics Policy for future domestic research and development in the aeronautics arena. NBAA strongly supports these efforts and believes they will serve as a vital foundation in strengthening the U.S. aeronautics program. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at [email protected].

Senate Panel Approves Amended "Age 60" Rule for Pilots
Last week, The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved legislation to raise the current federal "Age 60" retirement mandate for commercial pilots. The bill, S. 65, directs the Department of Transportation to adopt standards proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which allow commercial carrier pilots-in-command to fly up to their 65th birthdays, if flights are with co-pilots aged 59 years or younger. The bill also permits pilots who have been terminated as the result of the current "Age 60" rule to seek re-employment at a commercial air carrier up to the age of 65. The legislation also directs the National Transportation Safety Board to submit a report 24 months after enactment of this legislation to the Senate to report on any safety effects, or submit modifications on aviation safety. The bill now awaits Senate consideration, and the House has yet to consider the matter. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at [email protected].

Final Convention Attendance Beats Previous Orlando Total
Despite a last-minute date and location change for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this year's show drew an excellent turnout, with a final total of 28,796 Attendees, which exceeds the 28,574 Attendees registered at the previous NBAA Convention held in Orlando in 2003. During the show, a record-setting 1,142 Exhibiting Companies displayed their products and services in 4,815 10-foot by 10-foot exhibit spaces in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. This record-breaking Exhibitor total was 5 percent higher than the 2004 total of 1,084. The Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Aircraft also featured 110 state-of-the-art business aircraft, and many of the 75 Informational Sessions drew overflow crowds. To review Convention highlights, including articles, photo galleries, Podcasts, PowerPoint presentations and more, visit the NBAA2005 home page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/2005

NBAA Convention Fund-Raising Initiatives Generate More Than $100,000 For Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
Various fund-raising efforts conducted during NBAA's 58th Annual Meeting & Convention have generated in excess of $100,000 for New Orleans citizens impacted by Hurricane Katrina. "In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the business aviation community provided a tremendous amount of assistance for Gulf Coast citizens impacted by Hurricane Katrina," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA is pleased that the Convention was able help our industry build upon its generosity to New Orleans citizens with several initiatives to provide financial support to the ongoing relief efforts." For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20051115-074.php

The Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Transactions in the U.S.
After much debate, the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol (collectively known as the "Convention" or "Treaty") has been ratified by the requisite number of countries and will be in effect on March 1, 2006. This will have a substantial impact on aircraft transactions involving aircraft and engines, as it will apply to all transactions involving aircraft that are certificated for at least eight seats (including crew), helicopters that are certificated for at least five seats (including crew) and engines rated at least 550 horsepower. It is imperative that operators become familiar with the issues surrounding aircraft registration and perfection of liens. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/capetown200511.php

Do I Need to Re-register for the FAA e-STMP Web Site?
Yes. The FAA has enhanced the electronic Special Traffic Management Program (e-STMP) web site. All operators, including previously registered users, must re-register to use the e-STMP web site. Re-registration may begin on Tuesday, November 22 on the FAA's web site at http://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp. The FAA has made several enhancements in an attempt to provide an easier interpretation of reservation requirements and slot availability. Changes include a new reservation number format, the ability for operators to request a destination and alternate in one submission, the option to request a secondary slot time should the first not be available, and the requirement for a confirmation of the reservation 24 to 8 hours prior to the arrival or departure. More information about the changes may be viewed in a PowerPoint presentation given at the recent NBAA Convention, available for download (3.2 MB) at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/update/?20051111_evans.ppt

Operators Urged to Comply With Naples (Italy) SIDs for Noise Abatement
At a recent International Business Aviation Council Governing Board meeting, the Italian Business Aviation Association representative noted that within the last few months there have been over 275 reported violations of the Naples Airport (LIRN) noise abatement procedures by business aircraft. Of greater concern, "N" registered aircraft were responsible for 17 percent of these violations. As a result, the Italian civil aviation authorities are discussing developing significant penalties for violators. Noise violations are prevalent during VFR daytime conditions, when aerial sightseeing is tempting for aircraft departing Runway 24 and not complying with the published SID's altitude requirements. Review the requirements online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/eur/20051121.php

Business Aircraft May Operate at Sydney Airport in Australia During Curfew
The Australian Business Aircraft Association (ABAA) reports that certain business classes now may operate at Sydney Airport during curfew hours. The ABAA submission for additional aircraft was approved by the minister for transport and regional services on November 8, 2005. All aircraft listed weights are actual operating weight and not MTOWs. For more information, contact David Bell at [email protected] or download the list of approved aircraft in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/sea/sydney20051108.pdf

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Snowbird Season Starts This Week
This week marks the start of the annual Snowbird Season with its associated significant rise in traffic levels to and from southern Florida airports. NBAA has reported extensively on new changes to procedures and airspace made by the FAA, which should allow for a more efficient flow of traffic up and down the East Coast. All operators are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the changes. Review the details at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/fao/

Fort Lauderdale to See Increase in Arrival Rates
Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) should see an increase in arrival rates this year as a number of changes have been made to operations at FLL by the FAA. In particular Runway 9R/27L will be used routinely and assigned to aircraft capable of using that runway. For departures, a new taxi flow will be utilized during peak departure times that will flow traffic to Runways 9L and 13. When Runway 27R is in use, crews should be prepared with numbers for both a full-length departure as well as a departure from the B5 intersection; use of B5 will facilitate the "taxi in" flow to the airline gates for arrivals to Runway R27R. Finally, the Custom hours at FLL have been permanently extended until 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

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NBAA News
NBAA Hires Vice President, Membership Marketing
NBAA has hired association marketing veteran Connie Penne as its new vice president, membership marketing. She will officially join NBAA on November 28. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20051118-075.php

Annual Report Now Online
The 2005 NBAA Annual Report, which recently mailed to the Membership, is now available online in HTML and PDF formats at:
http://www.nbaa.org/annualreport

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will close for the Thanksgiving holiday this week at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, and will reopen on Monday, November 28.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 19, 2006, Boca Raton, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 20, 2006, Boca Raton, FL

17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 25–27, 2006, San Antonio, TX

Leadership Conference
February 22–23, 2006, Dallas, TX

33rd Annual International Operators Conference
March 20–23, 2006, Tampa, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 30, 2006, St. Louis, MO

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 13, 2006, Dallas, TX

Maintenance Management Conference
April 17–19, 2006, Dallas, TX

EBACE2006
May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 9–11, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2006, Washington, DC

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, 2006, Dulles, VA

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 23–24 2006, Denver, CO

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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