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NBAA Update #07-27
Monday, July 02, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Lauds House Leaders' Rejection of Aviation User Fees
NBAA on June 28 commended aviation policymakers in the House of Representatives for introducing FAA funding legislation that promotes transformation to the Next Generation Air Traffic System based on established aviation excise taxes rather than a user fee structure. "These House leaders have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to strengthening the nation's aviation system with legislation that builds on a proven funding mechanism rather than a foreign-style user fee," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070628-051.php

Bolen Confronts United Airlines Over Deceptive E-mail
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has sent a letter to Glenn Tilton, president and CEO of United Airlines, denouncing the company's "Contact Congress" e-mail initiative – an attempt to mislead frequent fliers into supporting the airlines' user fee plan. In the letter, Bolen condemns United's emotional appeals that fail to shed light on the serious debate over aviation system modernization and funding. "For example, your e-mail provides no factual information about what is needed for system transformation, but instead makes a blatant attempt to encourage ill-informed support from people who are justified in their frustration with this summer's unprecedented airline delays." Review Bolen's letter at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/ual20070702.pdf

NBAA Focuses on Upcoming GA Security Changes
At the St. Louis Regional Forum in June, NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration, discussed forthcoming general aviation (GA) security policies. Brown alerted Attendees to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) effort to develop a security program for larger GA aircraft. The TSA could release the proposal for public comment this summer with possibly two to four months allowed for feedback. If the TSA follows established rulemaking procedures, implementation of the final rule could take from 12 to 24 months. In addition to security, Brown also discussed the FAA's increased focus on runway safety areas (RSAs). Many older airports, GA airports in particular, are not in full compliance with all technical aspects of RSAs and could face shorter runways and consequently, decreased access. EMAS has been identified as a possible solution to provide rapid but safe overrun area while preserving runway length. To hear more, listen to the podcast available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070608

Bombardier Opens Registration for This Year's Safety Standdown
Registration has begun for the 11th Annual Safety Standdown to be held in Wichita, KS from October 22 to 25, in partnership with Bombardier, NBAA, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. This year's event will cover a variety of critical safety topics on issues such as human factors, international procedures, medical and emergency training, aviation law and security. Safety Standdown is free for all Attendees, and participants can receive credit for NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager Program. The registration deadline is September 22. For more information and to register online, visit:
http://www.safetystanddown.com

When Are IRS Commercial Transportation Taxes Due for Part 91 Flights?
Business aircraft operators often utilize interchange or joint ownership agreements, affiliated group operations and demonstration flights permitted by the FAA under Part 91, Subpart F of the Federal Aviation Regulations. While this section of Part 91 applies only to large (12,500 lbs or greater), turbine-powered multi-engine airplanes, and fractional program aircraft, the NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption enables piston airplanes, small airplanes and all helicopters to utilize these cost reimbursement options, provided the operator meets all exemption requirements. Although these flights are non-commercial for FAA purposes, the IRS is not bound by the FAA's definition of a commercial or non-commercial flight. Thus, even if operated under Part 91, a flight may be considered commercial by the IRS and subject to federal excise taxes. To learn more about this issue, visit NBAA's new Member resource at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/federal/fet91501.php

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Regional News
Coded Departure Route Advisory Circular Published for General Aviation
General aviation (GA) became eligible in June 2006 to participate in the use of coded departure routes (CDRs) system-wide. FAA Advisory Circular 91-77 was issued with detailed information on the use of CDRs for the GA community. As a result of the recent change, GA customers can now communicate their ability to accept CDRs by noting "CDR Capable" in the remarks section of their flight plans for those airport city pairs in which CDRs exist. NBAA supports the expansion of this program and encourages Members to take advantage of the benefits. To send feedback, contact Ernie Stellings at [email protected], or download the AC at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/cdr/gacdr_ac.pdf

Chicago O'Hare to Change Runway Names
On July 5, Runway 9R-27L at O'Hare International Airport (ORD) will be renamed to Runway 10-28 and will undergo a 3,000-foot extension as part of the O'Hare modernization program. Additionally, the existing Runway 9L-27R will be renamed Runway 9R-27L on August 30, and the new north runway will be designated Runway 9L-27R in November 2008. During construction, the threshold of Runway 10-28 will be temporarily relocated. Operators are encouraged to check NOTAMs for ORD to obtain the most up-to-date information on runway name changes and threshold relocations. For more information, visit Chicago's Department of Aviation web site at:
http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/runways

NBAA's Brown to Address Dallas-Area Aviation Businesses
On July 16, Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations & administration, will address the Dallas Love Field Pilots Association (DLPA) on the most important issues facing business aviation today. The luncheon will be held on the 2nd floor meeting room of the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will start at 12:00 noon and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact DLPA President Bob Chrampanis at [email protected] or NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected].

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NBAA News
NBAA Announces 53 Scholarship Recipients During Flight Attendants Conference
The Association recognized the 53 recipients of the 2007 NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship during the NBAA 12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, which drew more than 250 individuals to San Diego, CA, on June 29 and 30. Supported by 18 sponsors, the scholarship is designed to promote education and training for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians. To review the list of recipients and sponsors, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070702-052.php

Applications for September CAM Exam Due Aug. 6
NBAA created the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program to recognize excellence within the field of business aviation and to raise the bar on leadership and management within flight departments. Applicants are tested for knowledge and experience in five subject areas: leadership, personnel management, operations, technical and facilities services, and business management. Those who achieve certification can expect to gain recognition and credibility within the industry. Candidates wishing to start the certification process must first qualify by submitting a CAM application. The next CAM Exam application deadline is August 6. To learn more about the CAM Program and to begin the application process, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

NBAA Expects Record Attendance for 60th Anniversary
NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) to be held this year in Atlanta, GA, from September 25 to 27, is expected to draw record attendance, building on last year's enormous successes. NBAA2006 broke numerous records with 33,088 Attendees, 1,140 Exhibitors, 5,235 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces, 115 aircraft on Static Display and over 100 Information Sessions. Between 2005 and 2006, the Convention rose from 37th to 8th place for the largest U.S. trade show, and NBAA expects to set yet another milestone this year. Registration for NBAA2007 is now available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/2007/register

3rd Annual Benefit Auctions Now Accepting Donations
NBAA will hold its 3rd Annual Benefit Auctions this year during the 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta. The Benefit Auctions will support NBAA Charities, a charitable fund established to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community. Items donated for 2006 ranged from flight attendant service to original aviation photography. NBAA is now accepting donations for both the Live and Silent Auctions. The Live Auction will be held during the NBAA Benefit Gala on the evening of September 26. Silent Auction items will be on display in the Georgia World Congress Center in Lobby C during the Convention. To donate items for the Benefit Auctions or for more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/auction/

NBAA2007 Benefit Gala Planned for Wednesday, Sept. 26
This year's Benefit Gala will be held the evening of Wednesday, September 26, in the Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center. One event highlight will be the 3rd Annual Live Auction where acclaimed auctioneer and member of the business aviation community, Dick Friel, will lead a round of bidding to benefit NBAA Charities. He and his wife Sharon have conducted more than 2,600 charity auctions, raising millions of dollars for schools, civic, cultural and healthcare organizations worldwide. Friel has been the senior vice president of marketing for Aviation Partners and Aviation Partners Boeing for the past 15 years. For more information on the NBAA2007 Benefit Gala or Gala Sponsorships, contact NBAA's Deb Hanson at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/gala

Advertising Space Available in the NBAA2007 Show Guide
Advertising still is available in the NBAA2007 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies. The guide is distributed to all Attendees and contains pertinent information about exhibits, Information Sessions, social gatherings, shuttle bus service and other events at NBAA2007. Show Guide advertisers also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase web advertising on the NBAA2007 official Convention web site. Insertion orders for advertising in the NBAA2007 Show Guide are due next Friday on July 13, and artwork is due July 27. For more information on purchasing advertising, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/sponsorships

Online Directory

Upcoming NBAA Events
Application Deadline for September CAM Exam
August 6, 2007

Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
September 23, 2007, Stone Mountain, GA

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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
September 28, 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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