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NBAA Update #06-01
Monday, January 02, 2006

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to update@nbaa.org. Send address changes to membership@nbaa.org.


Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA, Industry Representatives Meet With Red Cross on Disaster Planning
On Tuesday, December 27, NBAA and representatives from flight departments, Angel Flight America and Corporate Angel Network met with Red Cross and government officials to develop a disaster response plan that utilizes piston- and jet-powered general aviation aircraft. The lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita clearly highlighted the value of general aviation aircraft, but without proper coordination, these aviation assets can go unused or be misrouted. Industry volunteers led the general aviation aircraft coordination effort following Hurricane Katrina, when local and federal organizations struggled to cope with the magnitude of the massive natural disaster. The Red Cross hopes to have a procedure and resource in place before the next hurricane season that will effectively utilize volunteered pilots and aircraft to aid in disaster response efforts. For additional information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

Applicability of IRS Ruling on Passive Loss Limitations to Aircraft Dry Leases
The IRS recently issued Revenue Ruling 2005-64 (see http://www.nbaa.org/member/admin/taxes/federal/passive-activity-loss/2005-064.pdf) holding that losses incurred by an S corporation in leasing its aircraft without pilots and crew (i.e., under a dry lease) to a related C corporation were passive losses. While this ruling applies to dry leases of aircraft to C corporations, it ordinarily would not apply to dry leases of aircraft to pass-through entities, such as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. To learn more about this Revenue Ruling, download the following file:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/federal/passive-activity-loss

VLJ and STMP Session Videos From 2005 NBAA Convention Now Available
Select Informational Sessions at the 2005 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention were videotaped and are now available for download from the NBAA web site. Two sessions currently are available to NBAA Members: "Very Light Jets (VLJs): Progress Update and Future Promises Panel Discussion With Industry Leaders," which provides a status update on products, services, training and insurance as well as an interesting discussion about what the future may hold for this segment of the business aviation industry, and "Mountain Ski Season STMP Information Briefing," an in-depth discussion on special traffic management programs (STMPs), operator best practices and future enhancements intended to increase predictability and efficiency and emphasize accountability. Note: Due to file size and other factors, videos might take time to download. To download the videos, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2005/videos

IS-BAO User Session Featured at Boca Raton Regional Forum, Jan. 19
An International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Users Session will be held in conjunction with the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on January 19 in Boca Raton, FL. Ray Rohr, IBAC standards manager, will provide an overview of IS-BAO and moderate the panel discussion, which will include IS-BAO-registered operators and an auditor to provide valuable insights regarding the IS-BAO process. The operators will discuss their IS-BAO implementation and how the IS-BAO and safety management system has affected the culture, safety and security of their flight departments. The auditor will address important issues in IS-BAO implementation and maintenance. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Avitat Boca Raton. In addition to this and other sessions, the Regional Forum also will feature 25 aircraft on Static Display, 50 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. For details or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20060119

Limited Space Still Available for Boca Raton Executive Workshop, Jan. 18
NBAA and the VanAllen Group will host an Executive Workshop on Business Aviation on January 18, the day before the NBAA Regional Forum in Boca Raton. This private, highly interactive and informative workshop will explore critical subjects such as how to start an aviation services needs analysis, how to determine solution and services options, how to structure and organize services, which safety and service issues to address, and what costs and legal issues are involved. Participants in this program will be your executive and management peers, and seating will be limited to no more than 25. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20060119/exec.php

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Advisory: Ski Country Reservations
Operators are advised of challenges with the slot reservation process at Denver Ski Country airports as well as at Sun Valley (SUN), Twin Falls (TWF) and Jackson Hole (JAC) airports. Due to the seasonal high demand, slots are reserved almost immediately once they become available 72 hours out. NBAA reminds operators that Denver (ZDV) and Salt Lake (ZLC) Centers are policing these reservations closely. Once identified, abusers of the system are being denied use of the extra slots or are contacted by FAA representatives. Required reroutes to Denver Ski Country airports are published when demand requires it; NBAA urges operators to check the FAA Advisories Database at http://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/advAdvisoryForm.jsp on day of travel to verify if required reroutes are published that day. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/ski

Navy Continues Plans for Central California Military Operating Area
The U.S. Navy and FAA are preparing an environmental assessment for a proposed military operating area (MOA) located approximately 35 miles south of Fresno, CA. The operating area would be 30 nm wide by 70 nm long and (depending on sector) from 5,000 MSL to FL 350, and include Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties, significantly impacting north-south air traffic. The Navy and FAA will share environmental details of the MOA at two public meetings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, Lemoore High School, 101 East Bush St., Lemoore, CA, and January 10, Corcoran City Council Chambers, 1033 Chittenden Ave., Corcoran, CA. Environmentally related correspondence concerning this action must be postmarked by January 24 and sent to Commander Strike Fight Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (Code N30), 001 K St., NAS Lemoore, CA 93146-5002 (ATTN: Lemoore MOA). For more information, visit http://www.lemoore.navy.mil/moa or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

Idaho Business Aviation Association Networking Luncheon, Jan. 19
Business aviation operators are invited to attend the winter networking meeting of the Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA). The luncheon meeting, sponsored by Iviation, will be held Thursday, January 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Murphy's Bar and Grill, 1555 Broadway Ave. in Boise, ID. The featured keynote speaker will be former FAA administrator and airline executive David Hinson. A $10 door fee includes the buffet, and dress is business casual. RSVP by January 16 to Mike Pape at mpflys@aol.com or Wayne Werner at wwerner@velocitus.net. For more information, visit http://idbusinessaviation.com or contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

Flight Department Essentials

NBAA News
NBAA Recognizes 14 Certified Aviation Managers
In 2005, 14 individuals successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. "NBAA congratulates these CAMs on their achievement," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Through the successful completion of the certification process, these individuals have proven their knowledge and management skills to both their employers and the business aviation community." For more information and a list of the CAMs, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20051228-077.php

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due Jan. 10
The next CAM Exam will take place on February 24 in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference, which will be held February 22 and 23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Applications for the exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than January 10. For more information, contact cam@nbaa.org or visit the CAM web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

Nominations for NBAA Meritorious Service and Doswell Awards Due Feb. 24
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the 2006 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the 2006 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 24. Award winners will be officially recognized at the Annual Gala of the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention in October 2006. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards

Regulatory 'Hot Topics' Forum to Be Held Feb. 24 in Dallas
Significant regulatory activities and Congressional actions continue to affect the business aviation industry. Changes prescribed by the IRS, FAA and DOT have an impact on many aircraft owners, flight departments, charter operators and air charter brokers. This NBAA Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum is designed to provide flight department personnel and their accountants, attorneys and advisors a basis for understanding and addressing some of the most important issues facing business aircraft operations today. These issues will be discussed at an intermediate to advanced level. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/regforum/20060224

Advertising Opportunities in NBAA Membership Directory
NBAA is now accepting insertion orders for the 2006 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. The 2006 edition will be available online and in print and will be delivered to NBAA's more than 7,000 Members. For more information, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at (202) 783- 9266 or bschwalen@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/ratecard/2006directory/

New Year's Schedule for NBAA Headquarters
NBAA's Washington, DC, office is closed today for the New Year holiday. It will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, January 3. The Association wishes readers a safe and happy new year!

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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

Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses
January 23, 24, 28, San Antonio, TX

Professional Development Program Course
February 21, 2006, Dallas, TX

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

Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum
February 24, 2006, Dallas, TX

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 27–28, 2006, Dallas, TX

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
March 1–2, 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

Professional Development Program Course
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

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http://www.nbaa.org/events

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http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

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