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NBAA Update #07-11
Monday, March 12, 2007

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 Calls Upon Congress to Reject Ruinous User Fees, Tax Hikes in Big Airlines' FAA Funding Plan
Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, testified last Thursday before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that the airline-backed FAA user fee plan risks disaster for the national aviation system and for small and mid-size businesses in rural areas across the country. Bolen argued that the reauthorization bill is not a modernization plan, as the FAA claims. "The facts, and history, tell a different story," he said. To review Bolen's written testimony and learn more about the myths and realities in the FAA funding debate, visit http://www.nbaa.org/gov. To write your members of Congress to oppose user fees, visit http://www.nbaa.org/userfees. To review the related NBAA press release about the testimony, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070308-016.php

NBAA Resources for Part 135 Operational Control Compliance
NBAA has advocated with the FAA for aircraft owners and the charter industry on issues surrounding operational control of aircraft. FAA issued Notice 8000.347 and a new A008 Operations Specification for charter operators addressing these issues. Following a detailed review of Notice 8000.347, NBAA proposed numerous changes to the FAA. Agency officials indicated in a recent meeting with NBAA that the FAA will adopt many of NBAA's recommendations and include the changes in FAA inspector training and guidance to be issued at a future date. The FAA has made no changes to the A008 Operations Specification itself, nor did NBAA recommend any changes to the final version of that OpSpec that was published. Part 135 operators must review the notice and A008 OpSpec and work towards compliance. The FAA indicated in the notice that it was their intent for all Part 135 operators to have accepted the new A008 OpSpec by March 15. NBAA has valuable resources for NBAA Members on operational control at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/wetlease

New AC on RNAV Operations Redesignates Type A and B Procedures
FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 90-100A, titled "U.S. Terminal and En Route Area Navigation (RNAV) Operations" and dated March 1, designates U.S. RNAV STAR and SID procedures as RNAV 1, and RNAV Q routes and T routes as RNAV 2, based on aircraft navigation equipment requirements. This AC reflects new performance-based navigation criteria that has been harmonized with International Civil Aviation Organization requirements, and addresses RNAV systems using positioning inputs from GPS/GNSS and DME, and IRU. Effective March 15, equipment notes on all affected U.S. RNAV SID and STAR procedures will be modified to reflect these new requirements. All notes referencing Type A and B will be replaced, and AC 90-100, dated January 7, 2005, will be cancelled. Download AC 90-100A at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/ac/AC90-100A.pdf

Should Part 135 Operators File "T" Before Tail Number on Flight Plans?
According to Section 4-2-4 of the Aeronautical Information Manual, "air taxi or other commercial operators not having FAA-authorized call signs should prefix their normal identification with the phonetic word 'Tango.'" Operators also should list their aircraft ID on the flight plan form as TN123AB for tail number N123AB. Air taxi or other commercial operators that have a company call sign should file the call sign and flight number; for example, Flight Options Flight 904 would file OPT904 in Block 2 of the flight plan and identify their flight over the radio as Options 904, no "Tango" required. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org or visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/faq/cache/79.html

2007 National General Aviation Award Winners Announced
Each year, the General Aviation Awards Program and FAA recognize aviation professionals for their contributions to aviation safety and education. The awards represent a cooperative effort between the FAA and a dozen industry sponsors, including NBAA. The 2007 award winners are: Michael Gerard Gaffney of Lake Saint Louis, MO, Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Paul James New of Jackson, TN, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; Jerry Dee Luttrull of Riverside, CA, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Cheryl Ann De Filippo of Deltona, FL, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present the awards in July at EAA AirVenture 2007 in Oshkosh, WI. NBAA congratulates the winners. For more information, contact Alexander Hill at (303) 485-8136 or GenAviationAwds@aol.com.

London Luton Airport to Require Slots for General Aviation Aircraft
According to AirRouting's London office, Luton Airport will become an IATA Level 2 coordinated (schedules facilitated) airport, effective March 25. From this date, general aviation aircraft will have to request slots, which will significantly affect their ability to use the airport, since the number of available slots, especially during peak times, falls short of meeting current demand. Operators should contact their handler to confirm slot availability at their earliest convenience. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org.

New APIS Notification Requirement for Several Caribbean Countries
A new Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (eAPIS) notification requirement became effective on February 1 for private and commercial flights to and from member states of the Caribbean community (CARICOM), which are: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. No special visas are required of citizens of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, U.S. and their dependent territories, as well as nationals and residents of CARICOM states (except Haiti). Contacting your handling organization or FBO at your destination may facilitate the notification process. For more information about the procedure, review the eAPIS section of the CARICOM web site at:
http://www.caricomimpacs.org

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Regional News
NBAA's Regional Forum Visits Fort Lauderdale
NBAA is hosting its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on March 22 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about it. The Fort Lauderdale event will feature approximately 50 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and hundreds of Attendees. Sessions will be held on the top issues facing business aviation today, with a special focus on aircraft ownership, security and ethical dilemmas facing flight departments. Both indoor and Static Display space is sold out. Register or see the list of Exhibitors at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070322

Bedford Is Now a Gateway Airport Into DCA
Under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), all general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) must depart from an approved "gateway airport." In February, the TSA announced that Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA, has become a DCA Access gateway airport, joining 18 other airports. NBAA believes that the DCA Access gateway airports are just a start on the road to increasing GA access at DCA, and NBAA will continue to work with the TSA on this issue. For more information, visit NBAA's DASSP web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/dassp

New STAAV THREE RNAV SID to Be Implemented at Las Vegas
At 6:00 a.m. on March 20, the STAAV THREE RNAV departure procedure will be implemented at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, replacing the TRALR departure. This new procedure will be assigned to all appropriately equipped turbojet aircraft departing over MLF, BCE, DVC, ILC, etc. If an aircraft cannot make the climb restrictions for the STAAV THREE, the crew should notify Clearance Delivery and they will be assigned the Las Vegas THREE departure. The benefit of the new STAAV THREE procedure is a shorter flight and faster climb to altitude but a longer taxi. For further instructions regarding this departure procedure, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/las

Arizona Group Hosts 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit, Mar. 31
Members of Arizona's Business Aviation Association (AzBAA) will gather in Scottsdale for the 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Awards Dinner. The proceeds will fund scholarships for worthy students who are pursuing careers in business aviation and are enrolled in an Arizona college or university. Since its inception in 2002, AzBAA has awarded 39 scholarships for a grand total of over $43,700. The focus of these recipients is as varied as the individuals themselves, and in the past has included business flying, fixed base operator management, aviation law, airframe and powerplant mechanics, and aviation safety. For more information, contact Debbi Laux at (480) 333-3725 or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.azbaa.org

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NBAA News
Flight Departments Encouraged to Participate in NBAA Survey
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 2007 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. The deadline for completing the survey is Monday, April 16. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. To begin the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs

Call for Nominations for the 2007 European Business Aviation Award
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), co-producers of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), request nominations for the 2007 European Business Aviation Award. The award, which was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, is presented each year to one or more individuals during EBACE. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero/welcome/pressroom/20070306.php

International Operators Conference to Be Held in San Diego This Month
Hosted by the Association's International Operators Committee, the NBAA 34th Annual International Operators Conference will be held March 26 through 29, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California. 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. For agenda details and online registration, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/ioc/2007/

Maintenance Management Conference Now Three Days Long
The 2007 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, business aviation's single dedicated event for individuals involved in aircraft and facility management, will be held April 2 through 4 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California. This year's theme is "Learn from the Past, Live for Today, Plan for the Future," and includes a third day to accommodate the many important issues facing the aviation maintenance industry today. The three-day event is FAA inspection authorization (IA) approved for eight hours of credit. Additionally, both a Maintenance Manual Workshop and a Professional Development Program (PDP) Course will be offered on April 5 following the Conference. For more information and online registration, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200704

Registration Open for This May's Safety Standdown Europe
New in 2007, Safety Standdown Europe is a non-commercial effort by Bombardier, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) to provide insight and knowledge designed to change the way operators think about safety. The information presented at the Safety Standdown is not aircraft or manufacturer specific. The seminar will be held May 24 and 25 in Geneva, Switzerland, immediately following the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007). Space is limited. For additional details and to register, visit:
http://www.safetystanddown.com

Certified Aviation Manager

Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 22, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, FL

34th Annual International Operators Conference
March 26–29, 2007, San Diego, CA

Maintenance Management Conference
April 2–4, 2007, San Diego, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 4, 2007, West Chicago, IL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 26, 2007, White Plains, NY

FSF/NBAA 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 8–10, 2007, Tucson, AZ

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
May 21, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007)
May 22–24, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
June 1, 2007, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2007, St. Louis, MO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 20, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 25–26, 2007, San Diego, CA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 27–28, 2007, San Diego, CA

12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 29–30, 2007, San Diego, CA

Application Deadline for September CAM Exam
August 6, 2007

Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2007)
August 9–11, 2007, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007)
September 25–27, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 8, 2007, Oakland, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 9, 2007, Oakland, CA

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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