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NBAA Update #06-14
Monday, April 03, 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 [email protected]. Send address changes to [email protected].


Business Aviation News & Issues
Tax Relief Act of 2005 Slated for Further Consideration; Members Urged to Oppose Harmful Legislative Proposals for Industry
Congress has convened a House-Senate Conference Committee to consider H.R. 4297, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005. The Senate version of the bill 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

NBAA Succeeds in Favorable DOT Part 375 Rulemaking Initiative
Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule amending FAR Part 375, which relates to foreign civil aircraft operations within the United States for aircraft not engaged in common carriage. NBAA petitioned the DOT, advocating that it exclude certain business aviation activities using U.S.-registered foreign civil aircraft from the requirements and restrictions of Part 375. DOT agreed with NBAA and, effective April 27, intra-company chargebacks, interchange agreements, joint ownership structures and time-sharing agreements may be permitted. For more information, review the final rule at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/pt375rule.pdf

NBAA Favorably Influences FAA's New Operational Control/Wet Lease Opspec
NBAA has been actively engaged since last fall in a policy initiative that will affect all Part 135 operators. After numerous meetings with NBAA and National Air Transportation Association representatives, the FAA is developing a new operations specification to be released this summer that will clarify issues of operational control and wet leases. In preparation for the opspec's release, the FAA is conducting a series of briefing sessions to educate FAA inspectors, Part 135 certificate holders and aircraft owners on issues surrounding managed aircraft charter, with a specific focus on operational control, wet leasing and fictitious business names. NBAA will participate in all 10 planned outreach sessions, the first of which was held March 29 in Las Vegas. For further details, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/part135/wetlease

FAA General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics Survey Underway
In the coming weeks, all turbine aircraft owners and a random sampling of piston aircraft owners will receive the FAA's annual General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics (GAATAA) Survey. This serves as the FAA's only source for important information on the general aviation and non-scheduled Part 135 fleet, the number of hours flown and the reasons people use general aviation aircraft. Data collected with this survey are essential to calculating accident rates, helping to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, and forming the basis for critical research and analysis of aviation issues. NBAA strongly encourages owners to take this opportunity to contribute to quality aviation data; please respond if you receive a postcard or letter inviting you to take part in this important study. Accurate representation and full participation benefit the entire aviation community.

Dallas Regional Forum Poised to Be a Record-Breaker on Apr. 13
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, slated for April 13 at Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Texas, is expected to be the largest yet, with 1,200 projected Attendees, 75 confirmed Exhibitors and more than 25 static aircraft. At Business Jet Center, located on the airport, compelling informational sessions will focus on very light jets, aircraft acquisition, safety best practices and legislative priorities for the business aviation community. Additionally, FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) management personnel and NBAA GA Desk employees will co-host a booth to answer questions about air traffic management procedures in the Southwest, and explain how NBAA GA Desk services complement FAA ATC initiatives. Learn more about this event or register online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20060413/

What Is the Operational Information System (OIS)?
The FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) maintains a web page that provides the status of the National Airspace System, lists current traffic management initiatives and provides links to many other valuable operational subjects of concern to schedulers, dispatchers and pilots. That web page is known as the Operational Information System, or OIS. The OIS displays information on numerous subjects, including ground delay programs, ground stops, airport closures and deicing delays. The OIS is a free online product that is available at http://www.fly.faa.gov/ois. For a better understanding of the different terms, techniques and programs associated with traffic flow management, operators may download the FAA publication "Traffic Management for Flight Ops Personnel" from the ATCSCC web site at:
http://www.fly.faa.gov/Products/products.jsp

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Local Efforts Result in New Procedure at Connecticut's OXC
As a result of the collaborative efforts of the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, NBAA and FAA, a new procedure soon will be implemented at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT. Within the next few weeks, a change will occur that will enable NY TRACON to control operations from the surface to 6,000 ft. Bradley Control will handle aircraft from 6,000 ft. until transition to Boston Center. Additionally, once the Riverhead Radar utilization is established, NY TRACON will assume radar coverage responsibilities from 3,000 ft. north of OXC to facilitate running approaches to Runway 18 when using radar. The Riverhead Radar will enable NY TRACON the ability to use radar to the surface, which previously was questionable. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Runway Options at Florida's Witham Field to Be Decided on Apr. 11
Martin County Commissioners will meet on April 11 to decide which runway safety area option to implement at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL. Several of the proposed options would result in shortening the usable runway length and limiting business aircraft operations at the airport. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at 2401 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL 34996. Operators throughout the state should plan to attend and make their voices heard. Letters of support to maintain the current runway length should be sent to the five Martin County Commissioners at the above address. For more information on the county commission, visit http://www.martin.fl.us. For more information on SUA, contact Dave Smith at (772) 781-4720 or [email protected] or NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

NBAA's Steve Brown to Speak at DC-Area Luncheon This Friday
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the new Flight Works Hangar at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia. NBAA Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Brown will cover a wide range of topics affecting the business aviation community in his presentation and be available for audience questions. To RSVP, send your name, company name and telephone number to GWBAA's Bob Blouin at [email protected]. For more information, visit the GWBAA web site at http://www.gwbaa.com or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

Arizona Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit Is This Week
This April, the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will host its 5th Annual Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale. NBAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will discuss critical issues in business aviation at the forum on April 7, while the charity golf tournament and banquet will be held on April 8. For more information, visit the AZBAA web site at http://www.azbaa.org or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

New York Luncheon to Feature Industry Leaders on Apr. 26
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will join Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn and FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell at the Westchester Aviation Association's (WAA's) 3rd Annual Business-Aviation Luncheon, a community event designed to showcase the involvement of businesses and aviation in humanitarian and educational initiatives. The luncheon will include a display of very light jets and honor organizations involved with the WAA Aviation Career Fair as well as two charitable organizations, Corporate Angel Network and Angel Flight Northeast. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m. in Hangar E at Westchester County Airport (HPN), 85 Tower Rd., White Plains, NY. NBAA Members are invited to attend by contacting NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen by April 15 at [email protected].

NBAA2006

NBAA News
International Operators Conference Survey Results and Presentations Online
At the NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference in Tampa, FL, last month, the Association's International Operators Committee asked Attendees to answer questions concerning crew rest issues as they pertain to their own international operations. The survey indicates that most business aviation operators have special considerations that they apply to international operations. Committee member Gary Dietz coordinated the survey and provided results to the more than 500 Attendees during the Conference. The survey results are now published, along with more than 35 Conference PowerPoint presentations, on the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2006

Maintenance Management Events Offered This Month in Dallas
NBAA encourages current and aspiring maintenance managers to register for the Maintenance Management Conference to be held April 18 and 19 in Dallas, TX. This event provides Attendees with the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to their role in the corporate flight department, and it also qualifies as an approved FAA I.A. Renewal course, good for eight hours. Sessions will cover aircraft maintenance outsourcing, future cabin technology, emergency response plans, satellite communications, leadership and many other topics. Additionally, 30 tabletop exhibits will display products or services directly involved with the maintenance of business aircraft. Pre-Conference networking events will be held April 17 and two additional seminars of interest to maintenance personnel will be offered on April 20. For the full agenda or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmc/200604

CAMs May Earn Re-Certification Points at Conference
Two NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses are being offered in conjunction with the upcoming NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Dallas, TX, offering valuable opportunities for Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) who wish to renew their certification. "Dynamics of Empowered Leadership" will be offered on April 18 and 19 as an integral part of the Conference proceedings. This segment of the Conference meets PDP Objective L3 and is worth three points toward CAM re-certification. "Applied Economics and Marketing" will be held on April 20, the day following the conclusion of the Conference. This Course meets PDP Objective BA4 and counts as two points toward re-certification. For more information on re-certification requirements, contact NBAA at [email protected]. To learn more or register for these events, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmc/200604

CAM Governing Board to Hold Elections
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board will hold its upcoming meeting and elections from May 30 to June 1 at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The goals of the meeting are to elect individuals nominated to be on the governing board, update the CAM Exam and administer other aspects of the CAM Program. Since the governing board's last meeting in October 2005, 15 individuals have earned the CAM designation. The next two CAM Exams will be held on April 20 in Dallas following the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference and on October 16 prior to the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando. Direct questions to NBAA at [email protected], or visit the CAM web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

Compensation & Benchmark Survey Deadline Is Apr. 17
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2006 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. The deadline for completing the survey is April 17. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at [email protected] or visit:
https://secure.nbaa.org/member/ops/cbs

EBACE2006

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
May 8–9, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

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

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
June 2, 2006, San Francisco, CA

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, Washington, DC

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 19–20, 2006, Denver, CO

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 21–22, 2006, Denver, CO

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

4th Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2006)
August 10–12, 2006, São Paulo, Brazil

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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