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NBAA Update #07-12
Monday, March 19, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Promotes Aviation System Modernization Through Proven Funding Methods
Representing the general aviation community at an FAA forum held on March 15, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen underscored the industry's long-standing commitment to aviation system modernization, and touted the effectiveness of proven funding streams. A new FAA funding proposal pushed by the big airlines would abandon the current, ultra-efficient funding system for one based on new user fees and massive tax hikes. "The big airlines' FAA proposal is not a modernization plan; rather, it is a ploy to reduce congressional oversight and shift taxes," Bolen stated. "We urge Congress to dismiss this scheme and get on with the serious work of expanding our nation's air traffic capacity, so that it can benefit all Americans and remain the world's largest, safest and most efficient." Learn more at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070315-018.php

NBAA Says Airline-Backed FAA Proposal Threatens Jobs, Access, Economic Growth
The plan advocated by the major airlines and the FAA for FAA "reauthorization," or funding, threatens vital air service and economic growth of small communities and rural areas, said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, in speaking on March 13 at an industry-wide panel on Capitol Hill. He said the general aviation community, which includes NBAA and its 8,000 Members, "is committed to working with Congress to transform and modernize the nation's aviation system. Likewise, we are committed to modernization policies that support the continued growth of each aviation segment, including general aviation." For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070313-017.php

NBAA Hosts Regional Forum in Fort Lauderdale This Thursday
NBAA will visit Florida this Thursday, March 22, when it hosts a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). The NBAA Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community and local business leaders. 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. Subsequent Regional Forums will be held April 26 in White Plains, NY; June 8 in St. Louis, MO; and November 8 in Oakland, CA. For details about the Fort Lauderdale event or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070322

NBAA Comments on FAA Aircraft Registration NPRM
In a recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the FAA proposes a requirement for each applicant for aircraft registration to send the registration application within five days of the sale or transfer of the aircraft. While NBAA supports the FAA's efforts to improve the data quality of the FAA registry, it advises that five days is too short of a timeframe, given the complex nature of most business aircraft transactions and potential global travel of some of the individuals who may be involved in the business aircraft sale or transfer of ownership. NBAA recommends a 14-day timeframe to return the registration after the sale or transfer of the aircraft. Review the NPRM, which explains current applicable regulations and the FAA's rationale for proposing the change, and NBAA's letter commenting on the NPRM, at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/registration

NBAA Encourages Operators to Participate in FAA Survey
The FAA in early March sent invitations for participation in its annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Accurate survey data is critical in developing the FAA's accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data also is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes. Since the vast majority of NBAA's Operating Members operate one or two aircraft, this survey will play an important role in accounting for their activity. The FAA will survey 84,000 aircraft operators, which is approximately one third of active general aviation and non-scheduled Part 135 operators, and includes all turbine and Part 135 aircraft. NBAA strongly encourages all operators who received a survey invitation from the FAA to complete the survey. Accurate representation and full participation benefits the entire industry.

Progress Report: Next Generation Air Transportation System
The FAA is completely transforming air traffic control from a ground-based system of radars to a satellite-based system through the Next Generation (NextGen) Air Transportation System Integrated National Plan. NextGen is critically important to the future of aviation, including military, commercial and general aviation. NBAA has been closely involved in the planning effort of NextGen via participation in various workgroups. It is important for NBAA Members to have an appreciation for how the National Airspace System will change over the next two decades. Review the FAA fact sheet about NextGen progress at:
http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=8336

Is a Mode S Exemption Available for Operators Who Rarely Fly in Europe?
Eurocontrol offers an occasional access exemption to the Mode S enhanced surveillance (EHS) requirement for U.S. operators who are scheduled to fly less than 30 hours per year in European Mode S-designated airspace. In order to qualify for this exemption, the aircraft must be equipped with Mode S elementary surveillance (ELS). When granted, the occasional access exemption is valid until March 31 of the year following that in which it was granted. Upon submission of proper documentation to Eurocontrol, the exemption may be renewed. Operators are reminded that the deadline for compliance with Mode S requirements is March 31. Aircraft operating in Mode S-designated airspace must either meet the equipage requirements or receive an exemption from Eurocontrol prior to March 31. For more information, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/cns/modes

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
RNAV Procedures Implementation Delayed at Charlotte Airport
The implementation of the seven new RNAV SIDs and four new RNAV STARs at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT), originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, has been delayed due to a navigation database problem with two of the procedures. The problem was fixed after the release of this database cycle. Because the next navigation database update will be released on April 12, the implementation of these procedures is now slated for April 17. The new departure procedures include the ANDYS ONE, BUCKLE ONE, DEBIE ONE, HARAY ONE, JACAL ONE, LILLS ONE and MERIL ONE departures. The new arrival procedures include the ADENA ONE, HUSTN ONE, JOHNS ONE, and SUDSY ONE arrivals. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected].

Attend Capitol Day in New Hampshire Next Month
The Granite State Airport Management Association (GSAMA) will hold its GSAMA at the Capitol Day on April 5 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This initiative is designed as an advocacy campaign to encourage New Hampshire legislators to support the aviation community. It also is an opportunity to discuss user fees and the effect they could have on the well-being of the state's aviation industry and economy. For more information, contact GSAMA's Dale Wilde at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Tri-State Dispatchers and Schedulers to Meet in Philadelphia on Mar. 27
The Tri-State Dispatchers and Schedulers (TADS) will hold its quarterly meeting on March 27 at 12:00 noon in the ACE-INA Hangar of Philadelphia Northeast Airport (PNE). Each quarterly TADS meeting features a presentation on topics of interest to most schedulers and dispatchers. At the March meeting, Avfuel will give a presentation about contract fuel. For more information or to RSVP, contact TADS's Sharon Martin at sharon.martin@ace- ina.com or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers to Meet in New York on Apr. 4
The Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers (NEDS) will hold its quarterly meeting on April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Main Terminal Building at Republic Airport (FRG) in New York. Meteorologists Shafie Sabry and Bill Korbel will discuss the upcoming severe weather season, and Flight Safety International will give a presentation about U.S. airspace, route planning and severe weather operations. Both members and non-members of NEDS are welcome to attend, and membership applications will be available. For more information, contact NED's Dianne Tarantino at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

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NBAA News
International Operators Conference to Feature Expert Speakers, Oceanic CD
More than 400 Attendees are expected at NBAA's 34th Annual International Operators Conference, to 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. As part of the registration fee, each Attendee will receive a copy of the recently updated NBAA Oceanic Flying Operations and Procedures Manual, a CD-ROM valued at $200. To review the agenda or register online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/ioc/2007/

Advertise in EBACE2007 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies
Distributed to registrants at the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007) with their credentials, the EBACE2007 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies will include pertinent information relative to exhibits, meetings, social gatherings, shuttle bus schedules and other events. This publication is helpful in familiarizing visitors with the happenings at Europe's most important business aviation event. To advertise, contact Melissa Murphy at (785) 856-5111 or [email protected]. Insertion orders must be received no later than March 23, and artwork must be received by March 30. To learn more about EBACE and to download advertising guidelines, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

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

NBAA's April Conference to Focus on Maintenance
The 2007 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, business aviation's single dedicated event for individuals involved in aircraft maintenance and facility management, will be held April 2 through 4 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California. 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 titled Vendor Management will be offered on April 5 following the Conference. For more information and online registration, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200704

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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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Vendor Management
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

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

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

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Public Relations and Marketing for the Business Aviation Flight Department
April 27, 2007, White Plains, NY

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
May 7–8, 2007, Tucson, AZ

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

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Aviation Resource Management
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Mastering Communication Skills
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

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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