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NBAA Update #06-09
Monday, February 27, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Tax Relief Act of 2005 Slated for Further Consideration; Members Urged to Oppose Harmful Legislative Proposals for Industry
Congress returns to Washington this week and may convene a House-Senate Conference Committee to consider H.R. 4297, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005, which contains two very harmful proposals for business aviation. One provision expands limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees, rather than just senior executives. A second provision substantially increases taxes for any personal use of a company plane, abolishing the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) valuation. With possible House and Senate meetings as early as this week, NBAA urges Members who have not yet voiced opposition to the proposals to do so by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/action/?ISSUE=nbaa0006

Cessna Chairman Pelton Proposes Business Approach to Fund FAA
Calls to replace the aviation fuel tax with new user fees to fund improvements to U.S. airspace management are not supported by a business case, said Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton on February 24 in a speech to government and industry officials at the Aero Club of Washington (DC). "I propose we address some basic business questions before we implement more policies or procedures that could potentially add cost or make the system more burdensome than it already is," said Pelton, who also serves as chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Information about this event, including the transcript of Pelton's speech and photos, is available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/photos/20060224

New Aircraft Registry Requirements Take Effect This Week
This Wednesday, March 1, aircraft and engine transactions may have an additional registry requirement when the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol (i.e., the International Registry) takes effect. The new International Registry 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 (or the equivalent). This registry is in addition to the FAA registry and there are new laws pertaining to aircraft transactions and the perfection of interests in aircraft and engines. For more information on the International Registry, review:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/capetown

NBAA Examines SEC Proposed Rule Changes
NBAA is examining proposed changes to public company executive perk and related party transaction reporting. Public companies that allow non-business use of business aircraft may be affected by these changes. NBAA is examining the proposed regulations to determine their potential impact on companies and prepare comments on them. Industry input is welcome; contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] with comments. The proposed regulations are available for download in PDF format at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/S7-03-06.pdf

Operators Urged to Crosscheck FMS Waypoints With RNAV SID Chart
As a result of unexpected deviations by commercial and business aircraft flying RNAV SID procedures, the FAA is strongly encouraging pilots to crosscheck the waypoints loaded into their aircraft's FMS with the waypoints listed on the RNAV SID chart. When programming the FMS for an RNAV SID, pilots should load the departure runway, the specific SID procedure and the transition every time they are programming the FMS. Pilots are reminded to carefully review the route for accuracy, especially when re-programming after a runway change. Failures to program all three elements into the FMS have resulted in course deviations where aircraft flew from the common waypoint on the SID directly to the transition waypoint without flying the intermediate waypoints on the transition route. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen at [email protected].

FAA Issues Notices on Taxi Into Position and Hold Procedures
The FAA has published two general notices (GENOTs) affecting FAA Orders 7110.65R and 7210.3U concerning taxi into position and hold (TIPH) procedures. Both notices go into effect March 20. In order for TIPH to be used at any towered airport in the U.S. as of March 20, the manager of that facility must have determined that an operational need exists considering factors such as capacity, efficiency and user input. A facility directive, approved by the appropriate FAA Terminal Service Unit area director, must be in place by that time. At facilities where TIPH continues to be used after March 20, actual procedures for the use of TIPH also will go into effect. For further details and copies of the GENOTs, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/tiph20060227.php

Must the SIC of an Aircraft Flying Internationally Have a Type Rating?
Yes, the second-in-command must have a type rating. On August 4, 2005, the FAA released a final rule that changed 14 CFR 61.55 "Second-in-command qualifications." The changed rule requires pilots who plan to fly outside U.S. airspace and land in foreign countries, and who are acting as second-in-command of an aircraft certificated for operations with a minimum flightcrew of at least two pilots, to obtain an appropriate pilot type rating. The rule established a new "SIC type rating" that will meet this requirement, and pilots must comply with this requirement no later than June 6, 2006. More information about the new SIC rule may be found on the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/sic

EBACE2006 Provides Gathering Place for European Business Aviation Community
The 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), themed "Where Europe Connects With Business Aviation," will be held May 3 through 5 at the Geneva Palexpo Conference Center located immediately adjacent to the Geneva International Airport. This event, the only exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation in Europe, will feature sessions on topics such as business aviation traffic in Europe and future technology requirements, very light jets (VLJs), the single European sky and SESAR, security, business helicopters, operation of EU-registered aircraft into the U.S. and Europe, and fractional aircraft operations. More than 9,000 Attendees, 800 vendor-sponsored exhibits from 300 companies, and 50 static aircraft are expected. To review the preliminary program, register or make housing arrangements online, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

Corporate Angel Network Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the non-profit that coordinates free flights for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft, rang the NASDAQ closing bell on February 22 to commemorate the organization's 25th year of service. "Corporate aircraft add immeasurable value and efficiency to doing business in general, and benefit the economy as a whole," said Peter H. Fleiss, executive director of CAN, during his bell-ringing remarks. "The major corporations who generously participate in Corporate Angel Network take that one step further. They combine business activity with corporate social responsibility to provide an otherwise unattainable benefit to cancer care." Since its founding nearly 25 years ago, CAN has arranged nearly 25,000 flights and currently provides about 200 patient flights a month. For more information, visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

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Regional News
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to Address Minnesota Group, Mar. 2
On Thursday, March 2, the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will host a luncheon meeting for members and local officials. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will address the issue of local airport access and how it affects the national air transportation system. Bolen also will discuss user fees, proposed personal use tax changes and how both could affect the business aviation industry. MBAA will hold the event at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel St. Paul, 11 Kellogg Blvd. East, St. Paul, MN. For more information, contact MBAA's Dave Clark at (952) 261-5945 or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].

California Group to Address Safety With NBAA VP of Safety & Regulation, Mar. 2
On Thursday, March 2, the Southern and Northern California Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (SONO) will host a meeting on hot topics in business aviation that will feature NBAA Vice President of Safety & Regulation Douglas Carr, who will address safety and security issues facing the NBAA Membership. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at JetSource on Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA. RSVP to Michelle Lalor at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

NBAA's Piccione Featured Speaker at Montana Aviation Conference, Mar. 3
The 22nd Annual Montana Aviation Conference will be held March 2 to 4 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. This event, which brings together Montana operators, aviation organizations and government officials, will feature educational sessions, exhibits, a mechanic refresher seminar, career development information for students and more. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will be a guest speaker on March 3, and NBAA will host a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. prior to her presentation. NBAA Members in the region are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, contact Montana Aeronautics Division's Patty Kautz at [email protected]. For more information, visit http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/aviation/calendar.shtml or contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].

Piccione Also to Speak at Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, Mar. 7
The Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium will be held from March 5 to 7 at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck, ND. This event provides educational sessions, aviation vendors and static displays of interest to pilots, operators, FBOs, airport managers and aviation students. A highlight of the event will be an awards banquet and North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame Induction, and keynote speakers will include NBAA Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione, who will speak at the luncheon on March 7. NBAA Members in the region are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm, call North Dakota Aviation Council's Jim Lawler at (701) 663-0669, or contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].

Iowa Airports Reception to Feature Piccione Presentation, Mar. 8
The Iowa Public Airports Association (IPAA) will host its annual Day at the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. This event allows Iowa elected officials to meet with representatives of the state's airports and aviation community and discuss public policy issues. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will give a brief presentation at 12:15 p.m., and NBAA also will sponsor a light lunch. For more information, visit the IPAA web site at http://www.iowaairports.org/legislateupdt.htm or contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].

Northern California TRACON to Host Bay Area Traffic Management Forum, Mar. 9
Mather, CA's Northern California TRACON will host the Bay Area Traffic Management Forum on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. Agenda topics will include new NCT sectors, new routing between Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), SFO precision runway monitor (PRM) scheduled outage, progress report on simultaneous offset instrument approach (SOIA) at SFO, information on the upcoming Airspace Flow Program and how it will affect the Bay-area airports, and runway updates for SFO, San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). An optional tour of the TRACON facility will be provided. NBAA Members in the area are encouraged to attend. To RSVP and obtain directions, reply by March 1 to FAA's Geoff Ross at [email protected]. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected].

Upcoming Changes to ATL RNAV Procedures
A number of changes for the Atlanta (ATL) RNAV SID and STAR procedures will go into effect on Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 a.m. Among the changes are revisions to waypoints in the procedures at the 40 DME of ATL to put them in line with existing airways and jet routes where possible. Three fix, radial and distance locations (FRDs) used in preferred departure routes have been replaced with named fixes, and additional SID procedures have been developed for departures to the east, south and west. Finally, approximately 200 changes have been made to the coded departure routes (CDRs) out of ATL. For a complete description of upcoming changes, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/atl/

Kansas City Group Reports on MKC Runway Construction, Holds Elections
During the Kansas City Business Aviation Association luncheon meeting earlier today, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) Airport Manager Mike Roper spoke about the Runway 1-19 rehabilitation project schedule for the spring and summer of 2006. Officer elections also were held. To learn more about the outcome of today's meeting, contact KCBAA President Keith Parker at [email protected] or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].

NBAA Encourages Regional Groups to Focus on Safety
Safety, a cornerstone of the business aviation industry, should be an integral part of each business aviation regional group. For assistance in locating event speakers to discuss safety or other topics at upcoming regional group meetings, contact one of NBAA's five Regional Representatives, listed online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/contact/regional.php

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NBAA News
Leadership Conference Highlights NBAA Professional Development Initiatives
Last week more than 180 people gathered in Dallas, TX, for NBAA's annual Leadership Conference. In addition to providing a keynote address during the event, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen presented Blair Robson of ExxonMobil with his official Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) certificate. NBAA Board Members Pat Andrews of ExxonMobil Corporation, David Maib of Target Corporation, Patrick Cunningham of PepsiCo and Steve Nielsen of Yum! Brands all made presentations. Maib, along with a St. Cloud State University representative, introduced NBAA's new university outreach initiative, which will involve working with universities through local business aviation groups in order to provide internships and other opportunities for aspiring business aviation leaders. The winners of the 2006 NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship were recognized at the event; those recipients are listed online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2006/20060130-007.php

International Operators Conference Comes to Tampa This Month
The NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference will be held March 20-23 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Florida. This four-day event offers valuable information on virtually every issue that challenges a flight department involved in international operations. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning and navigational systems to security and medical issues. The Tampa Marriott has already sold out due to popular demand, so NBAA has added a second hotel to accommodate Attendees, the Wyndham Harbour Island, only a two-minute walk from the Marriott. Wyndham reservations must be made by this Friday, March 3, to receive the reserved rate. For full Conference details, to make hotel reservations or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2006/

Flying Safety Award Applications Due This Wednesday
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations. All applications for these awards must be submitted to NBAA for verification no later than this Wednesday, March 1. The 2006 Rules and Regulations and application forms are available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/awards/safety

Applications for April CAM Exam Due This Thursday
NBAA will administer a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam on April 20 in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference. Applications for the exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than Thursday, March 2. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) seek to recognize excellence in the field of business aviation and raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the CAM web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

EBACE2006 Exhibitor Directory Insertion Orders Due This Friday
Insertion orders for the EBACE2006 Directory of Exhibiting Companies – which will be distributed to nearly 9,000 Attendees at the 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), May 3 to 5 in Geneva, Switzerland – are due this Friday, March 3. For those who submit insertion orders, the artwork deadline is March 10. EBACE is the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. The Directory includes information on EBACE exhibits, meetings, social gatherings, shuttle bus schedules and other events. For more information, contact NBAA's Maureen Cameron at [email protected] or Melissa Murphy at [email protected], or download the details at:
http://www.ebace.aero/exhibitors/advertising.pdf

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

Professional Development Program Course: Applied Economics and Marketing
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006)
May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

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

Federal Tax Forum
June 2, 2006, San Francisco, CA

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, Washington, DC

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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