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NBAA Update #07-31
Monday, July 30, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
At Oshkosh, Bolen Tells GA Community to Keep Up Fight Against User Fees
On July 25, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined leaders from several other general aviation (GA) associations in a panel discussion underscoring opposition from the community for new user fees for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Bolen warned that the FAA's own funding proposal, introduced earlier this year, would create an independent board to administer the fees. Such a setup would be a marked departure from the current funding system, in which Congress serves as an oversight board for the FAA, ensuring that all aviation segments are represented. "I think we would all prefer to keep democratically elected officials making the decisions about how to administer tax dollars, rather than giving all the power to a board," Bolen said. To learn more about the issue and how to take action to oppose user fees, visit NBAA's Online Advocacy Center at:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacycenter

NBAA Resource Explains Business Aircraft Tax Law Changes
On June 14, the Internal Revenue Service released the long-awaited proposed regulations on certain non-business use of business aircraft. The new regulations reflect amendments under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and the interim guidance provided in Notice 2005-45 and apply to those taxpayers that permit specified individuals to use business aircraft for entertainment purposes. A new NBAA Member resource provides an overview of the proposed regulations and their effect on business aircraft owners. For more information, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/personaluse/swirsky0730.php

Washington ADIZ Modifications to Take Effect August 30
The FAA will reduce and simplify the geography of the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on August 30. The modifications will remove 1,200 square miles and 33 airports from the existing ADIZ. The new zone will be an almost perfect circle 30 nm across, centered on Washington, minus a triangular section in the northwest area that will exempt Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) from the ADIZ. Additionally, four air traffic control positions will be created at Potomac TRACON that will be dedicated to handling ADIZ traffic, which, in conjunction with the geography changes, are meant to prevent unintentional violations of the airspace. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org.

Congress Enacts 9/11 Legislation to Strengthen Homeland Security Programs
Last week, the House and Senate approved comprehensive legislation to strengthen national transportation security and anti-terror programs. H.R. 1, Improving America's Security Act of 2007, provides additional homeland security funding to high-risk states and cities and expands security screening of air and sea cargo. With regard to general aviation, the bill: 1) requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement a security threat and vulnerability assessment program for general aviation airports within one year; 2) directs the TSA to conduct a feasibility study about providing federal grants on a threat risk-basis to general aviation airports to upgrade of local security programs; and 3) requires the TSA to develop an advance passenger information submittal system for all passengers and crew on foreign-registered general aviation aircraft inbound to the U.S. For additional details, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at rdoubrava@nbaa.org.

FAA Issues New Advisory Circular for Electronic Flight Bag Use
Advisory Circular 91-78 was recently issued by the FAA to provide guidance on the use of Class 1 or Class 2 electronic flight bags under Part 91 and the removal of paper aeronautical charts and other documentation from the cockpit. For more information, view the advisory circular on the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/cns/efb/ac9178.pdf

Flight Service Station Online Feedback and Toll-Free Number Now Available
As a result of the ongoing challenges pilots are experiencing with flight service stations operated by Lockheed Martin, the FAA has established a toll-free number and an online feedback form. The toll-free number is 1-888-FLT SRVC. Customer feedback from this line will be used by the FAA's Air Traffic Organization to better monitor Lockheed Martin's performance levels and to ensure that the contractor-operated flight service stations are meeting agency standards. Pilot comments will be collected and recorded by the FAA and forwarded to Lockheed Martin, who then must respond to pilots within 15 days and notify the FAA. For more information, contact NBAA's Sue Ashley at sashley@nbaa.org or access the online feedback form by clicking the e-mail link under the flight service stations heading at:
http://www.faa.gov/pilots

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA/GBAA Town Hall Meeting July 31 in Atlanta
NBAA and the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a town hall meeting at the Home Depot hangar on Fulton County Airport (FTY) from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 31. Participants based in the Atlanta area will be able to learn more about plans for operations at FTY and in the Atlanta area airspace during NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention and its Static Display of Aircraft, which will take place at FTY from September 25 to 27. A buffet lunch will be served. RSVP to Dave Small at Dave.Small@Coxinc.com or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org or visit the GBAA web site at:
http://www.gbaa.org

NBAA's Mike Nichols to Address Colorado Regional Groups
Next month, NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president of operations, education & economics, will address two Colorado regional groups in Denver and Colorado Springs. Nichols directs NBAA's programs, policy positions and educational efforts related to tax, regulatory, finance and risk management. His keynote address will cover hot topics such as operational control, user fees and tax changes. The first event will take place at the Centennial Airport Business Pilots Alliance luncheon on August 14 at 11:30 a.m. on Centennial Airport (APA) at the Perfect Landing Restaurant. On August 15, he will address the NBAA Southern Colorado Regional Group at the Colorado Springs Airport Radisson Hotel at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at shadley@nbaa.org.

Next Regional Forum Will Cater to Business Aviation Industry Personnel
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will take place on November 8 in Oakland, CA. The FAA's air traffic control management personnel will be available at the NBAA GA Desk/FAA Booth throughout the day to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Western region. NBAA's GA Desk personnel also will brief Attendees on Member services available from the GA Desk that compliment FAA traffic management initiatives. The Oakland Regional Forum also will feature "Airports Under Fire," a presentation on how to fight attempted local airport closures. Current and future business aviation industry personnel are invited to attend. To register, and for more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20071108

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
Last Week for CAM Applications
The application deadline for the next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam is Monday, August 6. The exam will take place on September 24 at NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) in Atlanta, GA. The CAM credential is considered the ultimate recognition for business aviation professionals. Through certification, an individual will gain recognition and credibility within the industry and prove their commitment to the safety, security and effective management of business aviation. NBAA and the business aviation community recognize these professionals as exceptionally qualified and prepared for management roles. For those already certified, re-certification is encouraged to stay current with industry issues and standards. To begin the application process or download the form to re-certify, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

Registration Open for NBAA2007 Professional Development Workshops
Those planning to attend the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention also may register for pre- and post-Convention Professional Development Workshops. Among the two-day Workshops offered is the Emergency Response Planning Workshop, designed to help companies prepare and update emergency plans to effectively respond to an aviation-related crisis. The Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop will provide department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance and basic management practices, and with tools for daily flight management. Aviation department personnel may be interested in attending the Human Factors in Business Aviation Workshop, designed to increase professionalism and safety through communication and leadership tactics. To register for the Convention and related Workshops, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/2007/register

3rd Annual Benefit Auctions to Support NBAA Charities
NBAA will hold its 3rd Annual Benefit Auctions this September during NBAA2007. The Benefit Auctions will support NBAA Charities, a charitable fund established to provide support from the Association and the business aviation community for a wide range of philanthropic organizations, including Angel Flight America, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, the Corporate Angel Network, and the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. 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 dgreen@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/auction

NBAA Calls on Volunteers to Help Build Playground in Atlanta
NBAA is calling on Members to volunteer, and help recruit coworkers and customers to build an aviation-themed playground for the children of Atlanta on Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The project, which commemorates the Association's 60th anniversary and the Georgia centennial of flight, is the result of a partnership between NBAA, The Home Depot, the local community around Fulton County Airport (FTY), and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that rallies and provides resources for communities to increase play opportunities for children nationwide. "Aviation has always inspired the imagination, and NBAA is delighted to work with the local Atlanta community to build this playground, which will introduce kids to the excitement of aviation in a fun way," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To volunteer and for more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/kaboom

Travel$ense 3.81 Update Released
On July 27, NBAA released version 3.81 of its business travel productivity-tracking software, Travel$ense. This update adapts to changes in the airline reservation system used by Travel$ense to ensure proper airline pricing. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by automatically calculating the actual business hours, productivity, trip expenses and family time saved by traveling via business aircraft versus airline alternatives. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/adm/travelsense/update

Call for Speakers: 2008 Leadership Conference
NBAA and its Corporate Aviation Management Committee are planning the 2008 Leadership Conference, which will be held February 27 and 28 in San Antonio, TX. The event is designed for current or aspiring flight department managers, or others in leadership positions within the organization. The Committee is looking for speakers to lead presentations relevant to business aviation managers. For more information on speaking opportunities, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org.

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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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