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NBAA Update #07-22
Monday, May 28, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Asks CNN Network to Pull Deceptive Ad by Airline Lobby
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week sent a letter to CNN Airport Network requesting that a TV advertisement sponsored by the Air Transport Association (the airlines' lobbying group) be removed from the network's programming lineup because the ad contains misleading and false information about the general aviation community. NBAA's letter, based on research about CNN's advertising policies, notes that CNN has a policy against accepting misleading and false ads. The letter also provides facts to refute the false and misleading claims made in the ad. To review Bolen's letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/cnn20070528.pdf

Information-Packed EBACE Breaks All Previous Records
The 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007) set a new attendance record last week by drawing 11,267 Attendees, a 15 percent increase over the 2006 total of 9,743. This three-day event provided many informative sessions designed to promote the safety and operational excellence of the European business aviation community. EBACE2007 also featured 354 Exhibitors occupying 1,423 booth spaces, an improvement over last year's 292 Exhibitors in 1,206 booth spaces. A record-setting 61 business aircraft were displayed, with 56 business aircraft on the Static Display at Geneva International Airport and five aircraft (including four helicopters) at Geneva PALEXPO. To view show highlights, including articles, photos and podcasts, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

Duats.com: An Electronic Alternative to Flight Service Stations
The FAA and vendor Lockheed Martin are aware of problems such as dropped calls, extended wait times and dropped flight plans with automated flight service stations across the country, and they are working to resolve those issues. NBAA suggests CSC DUATs as an alternative to utilizing the flight service stations, especially in this transition period. Free access to CSC DUATS is available to U.S. pilots, flight and ground instructors, and other approved users in the U.S. aviation community. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/fssalternative.php

Where Can I Find Information About Air Charter Brokers?
NBAA announces a new web resource designed specifically for both air charter brokers and consumers who utilize brokers to arrange air transportation. This resource provides an overview of current Department of Transportation (DOT) policy and rulemaking initiatives regarding the role air charter brokers play in arranging air transportation. In addition, NBAA Members are able to access a number of articles that help to define the key concepts presented in DOT policy statements. To access this resource visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/brokers

First Georgia Aviation Day to Take Place During NBAA Convention
At the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) this September in Atlanta, GA, NBAA will help commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Georgia by proclaiming Thursday, September 27, to be Georgia Aviation Day. In addition to the Georgia Centennial of Flight, NBAA also will celebrate its own 60th anniversary as an association, as well as Cessna's 80th anniversary, Hawker Beechcraft's 75th anniversary and Gulfstream's 40th anniversary. To learn more about the world's largest purely civil aviation event, or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/2007

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Regional News
Illinois Legislature Passes Aviation Tax Exemptions
Illinois Senate Bill 455 last week passed both houses without an opposing vote in either house and will go to the governor for signature. The bill creates important sales and use tax exemptions of benefit to commercial and non-commercial operators, maintenance/repair facilities and completion centers. The exemptions include a fly-away exemption for aircraft purchased in the state and exemptions for customization repairs pre-purchase evaluations. Part of the exemption is limited to carriers; other parts seem to apply to aircraft not registered in Illinois. For more information, view the legislation:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/state/il/ilsb0455.pdf

Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Facing Radio Congestion
Las Vegas Air Traffic Control is requesting the help of all pilots in reducing radio congestion on tower frequencies. The FAA's request to pilots is not to call the tower to announce "in line" or "in sequence" positions or "holding short number X" while awaiting takeoff clearance. Given LAS Tower's tools, this type of information is already available, and while these radio calls are common at many airports around the country, due to the continually high traffic volume at LAS, the transmissions are interfering with tower communications with airborne aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

Seattle Meeting to Feature Astronaut Gene Cernan, June 4
On June 4, the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) and Bombardier will host a membership meeting featuring guest speaker Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon. Other items on the agenda include an update on PNBAA activities, an airport access committee update and a membership committee update. The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nordstrom Hangar at Boeing Field in Seattle. To RSVP, contact Gene Clow at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at [email protected].

Tri-State Area Dispatchers & Schedulers Meeting, June 5
The next Tri-State Area Dispatchers & Schedulers meeting will be held at the DuPont Facility at New Castle County Airport, June 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will feature special guest speaker Jamail Larkins, FAA ambassador for aviation and space education, who will provide a briefing and update on the user fee funding debate – a top priority for everyone in the business aviation community. Larkins' presentation will cover the historical financing mechanism for the FAA and the potentially devastating impact that the airlines' lobbying campaign could have on general aviation if they are successful in implementing a user fee system. Larkins also will discuss what meeting attendees can do to get involved. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers Host Presentation, June 20
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers (NESD) will feature Captain John M. Cox, Safety Operating Systems, Tom Winn, Air Security International, and Dustin Cordier, Flight Safety International. Members of the business aviation community are invited to this luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The meeting will be sponsored by Air Chef Holdings and Jet Aviation TEB. On-site registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. To register in advance, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Georgia Group to Hold Safety Day on Aug. 21
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host Safety Day 2007, to be held on August 21 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta. The association will host a program from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., where Bob Agostino, Bombardier Business Aircraft director of flight operations, and Greg Feith, National Transportation Safety Board, will discuss issues related to management, flight operations, technical operations and scheduling. For more details, and to register for the event, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.gbaa.org

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
NBAA Members Urged to Participate in Compensation Survey by May 31
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 deadline for completing the 2007 edition of the survey is this Thursday, May 31. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are urged to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. For more information and to participate in the survey, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cbs

Reminder: Business Aviation Regional Forum in St. Louis on June 8
NBAA will host its next Regional Forum at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport on June 8. The day-long event features the following speakers: Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations & administration; Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis County executive; John Nations, City of Chesterfield mayor; and Joe Pestka, Missouri Department of Transportation aviation administrator. In addition, Joanne Barbera, Cooling & Herbers, P.C, will discuss regulatory and federal income tax implications of non-business aircraft use. Patty Campbell, MedAire, Inc. will discuss planning for a pandemic, and Greg Winton, Aviation Law Experts, will cover crew resource management and the reasonable reliance defense to FAA enforcement actions. For more information, and to register for the event, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070608

NBAA 12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA will host the 12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference from June 29 to 30, in San Diego, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. After NBAA Flight Attendant Committee Chair Mike Hesslink, FlightSafety International, and NBAA's Steve Brown open the Conference, keynote speaker Peggy Post, noted etiquette expert and co-director of The Emily Post Institute, Inc., will discuss ways to use etiquette to improve service, solve problems and respond to rudeness. Nora Marshall of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will discuss the NTSB and FAA conclusions on the February 2, 2005, accident involving a Bombardier Challenger at Teterboro Airport. The event also features multiple breakout sessions, which cover topics from management and leadership techniques to catering. To register for the event, and to learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/fltatt/2007

Exhibit at NBAA2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

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

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
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

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

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
September 28–29, 2007, Atlanta, GA

11th Annual Safety Standdown
October 22–25, 2007, Wichita, KS

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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