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NBAA Update #07-45
Monday, November 05, 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
FEC Proposes Changes for Candidate Travel; NPRM Available on NBAA Web Site
Last week the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend its regulations for candidate travel to ensure consistency with statutory changes recently made by Congress. The proposed regulations would revise the rates and timing of payment for campaign travel on non-commercial aircraft. Under the new law, rates and conditions regarding campaign funds candidates may spend for travel on certain business aircraft differ depending on the office sought. The law also states that not only the candidate for election, but also those individuals traveling on behalf of candidates or their authorized committees, such as campaign staff, are subject to the regulations. Comments are due by November 13, and a hearing will be held on November 15. To read the NPRM, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/carriage/fr1007.pdf

ICAO Group Considers Terminating North Atlantic Airspace VOLMETS
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) North Atlantic Systems Planning Group is considering the possible termination of the high frequency (HF) VOLMET weather broadcasts, meteorological information for aircraft in flight, to free up much-needed HF spectrum for other aviation requirements. It is unclear if business aviation operators still are using this source of weather information when operating in the North Atlantic airspace (NAT) ICAO region. As a result, NBAA has created a one-question survey asking respondents whether or not they use the VOLMET system, and is encouraging all those who operate in the NAT to participate, regardless of their answer. To participate in this survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/volmetwx

Don't Miss This Week's NBAA Regional Forum in Oakland, CA
This week in Oakland, CA, NBAA will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Oakland International Airport (OAK) on Thursday, November 8. The event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 30 static aircraft on display and hundreds of Attendees. Following an address by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and regional officials, sessions will cover top issues facing business aviation today. Featured topics include effective ways to advocate for the value of airports in local communities, managing expectations in aircraft transactions and other industry issues and trends. In addition, NBAA GA Desk and FAA representatives will be on hand to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Northern California region. The next Regional Forum will be held March 27 in San Antonio, TX. For details about this week's forum in Oakland, or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20071108

Do I Need a First-Class Medical Certificate to Fly Internationally?
NBAA recently became aware that a U.S. Part 91 flightcrew was grounded in Europe following a safety assessment of a foreign aircraft (SAFA) check, despite the fact that both pilots held valid second-class medical certificates. While possession of a valid second-class medical certificate is sufficient to exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot certificate in the U.S., the requirement is inconsistent with ICAO standards and recommended practices. NBAA urges pilots exercising commercial and airline transport pilot privileges flying internationally to possess a current first-class medical certificate. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org, or visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/faq/cache/304.html

NBAA Navigator Provides NOTAM News and Winter Season Guidance
Produced by NBAA's GA Desk, the latest issue of NBAA Navigator is now available online. This biannual newsletter is designed to keep Members informed about current and future National Airspace System initiatives. The fall issue describes planned "D" NOTAM changes, part of an effort to modernize the NOTAM product. It also includes winter season guidance and tips on special traffic management programs, playbook routes and GAAPs. Printed issues are mailing to Members during the month of November. To download an advance copy of the issue in PDF format and learn more about the new "D" NOTAM changes, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/navigator

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
IS-BAO Workshop to Follow Oakland Regional Forum This Friday
Following the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Oakland, CA, the International Business Aviation Council will present an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Implementation Workshop, which will take place this Friday, November 9. The Workshop is designed to assist operators implementing, or considering implementing, IS-BAO safety best practices, and will include a detailed discussion of the guidance provided by IS-BAO, as well as presentations on the risk assessment process, developing a safety management system and audit considerations. The event will be held at the KaiserAir Oakland Jet Center at 8433 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA, and the cost is $400. For more information, contact IBAC's Kathy Perfetti at kperfetti@ibac.org. To download a registration form and copy of the agenda, visit:
http://www.ibac.org/is-bao/Audit%20Workshop.htm

Governor Spitzer Announces Funding Measures for 42 NY Airports
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer recently announced approval of more than $16.6 million in funding for 42 airports across the state. As part of the Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005, the funding is designated to support infrastructure, security and economic development projects. The state also will leverage $3.5 million in additional funding. The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) played a key role in the passage of the 2005 Bond Act, which allocated $76.4 million to New York airports over five years. NYAMA works to ensure that aviation is supported by state efforts as part of a comprehensive transportation plan, and continues to seek new opportunities to strengthen the aviation industry across the state. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Hundreds of Local Students Participate in Westchester County Aviation Career Fair
In an effort to excite and interest young people about aviation, the Aviation Education Corporation, Westchester County Airport (HPN) and the local aviation community around White Plains, NY organized the Fourth Annual Aviation Career Fair. On October 10 and 11, approximately 1,300 local students in grades six through 12 attended the event held at HPN. Students were able to speak with aviation and aerospace educators, engineers, research scientists and others who participated in the fair, and received NASA educational material, student memberships in the Experimental Aviation Association and model rocket kits, among other take-away items. Many students won raffles for items ranging from aircraft models to sessions in full-motion simulators sponsored by Flight Safety International. For more information, contact Hank Grudberg at hankflys50@optonline.net or NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Schedulers and Dispatchers to Meet Next Week in Seattle
Next week on November 15, the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will hold a meeting in Seattle, WA at the Museum of Flight on Boeing Field-King County International Airport (BFI). Registration and networking will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation by Jim Sweeney, vice president of Weather Modification Inc. and president of Fargo Jet Center. The evening will conclude with a giveaway drawing at 8:00 p.m. The event is open to both PRSDA members and non-members, and the cost for dinner is $25. To attend, RSVP by this Friday, November 9 to PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at maolson@flyglobalnow.com. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at kivey@nbaa.org.

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
Two NBAA Staff Members Recognized for Excellence in Their Fields
Two members of NBAA's professional staff – Controller Angie Fariñas and Director of Operations & Educational Development Jo Damato – were recently recognized for leadership in their respective fields. Fariñas, a certified public accountant, was nominated by her peers for the Nonprofit CFO of the Year Award. The award represents a collaboration to honor financial executives in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area for contributions in exceptional leadership, operational excellence and a commitment to promoting improved accountability and financial reporting practices. Last month, Damato was separately honored with the Florida Institute of Technology's George M. Skurla Outstanding Alumni Award for possessing "a demonstrated commitment and an exemplary record in advancing the aviation and aerospace industry." "NBAA congratulates these two outstanding individuals for the well-deserved recognition each has received," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

NBAA Restructures Member Dues
Following extensive research and Member feedback, NBAA has announced its decision to increase and restructure Member dues for the first time in over five years, making it easier to join or renew. This change is effective January 1, 2008, and will be reflected in Members' 2008 renewal notice. In addition to the e-mail sent recently to each Member Company, Members also will receive a personal letter including their new dues amount. With the user fee battle at the forefront, and the costs to provide Member benefits and services rising with inflation, this is a necessary step to maintain the level of excellence that Members have come to know and trust from NBAA. To access the new dues calculator and review FAQs, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/dues

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2008 Tax Committee Seminars
NBAA is currently offering sponsorships in conjunction with several 2008 events supported by the Association's Tax Committee. The events include the NBAA Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum on February 22, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, FL; the NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum on May 30, 2008, in New York, NY; and the NBAA 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference in October 2008 in Orlando, FL. For inclusion in the February printed event brochure, sponsorship forms and logos must be submitted by November 13. To download the sponsorship form, or for more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/ratecard/tax08.pdf

CAMs Gain Recertification Points at NBAA Seminars
NBAA and the business aviation community acknowledge Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) as professionals who have reached a distinct level of industry knowledge and are qualified to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. As part of the NBAA CAM Program, those already recognized as CAMs must recertify every three years to stay current with industry issues and standards. Points toward recertification may be gained by attending the following NBAA events next spring: 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference; Leadership Conference; Maintenance Management Conference; 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar; and 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference. To begin the recertification process, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/adm/cam/recertification.php

Daytona Beach Will Host 2008 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference will be held next year from April 15 to 17, in Daytona Beach, FL. The three-day Conference is business aviation's only event dedicated to aircraft maintenance and technical operations management. Conference Attendees are business aviation professionals with management responsibilities and purchasing authority for aircraft maintenance, technical operations and hangar facilities compliance. The event is designed to share the latest in product developments and industry trends. To register or learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200804

Save the Date: 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
The dates for NBAA's 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference – the industry's best educational and networking event for business aviation flight attendants – have just been announced. The two-day event will take place next year on June 27 and 28 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, AZ. The annual Conference focuses on the critical role of the business aviation flight attendant in the safe transportation of passengers and crew, and covers issues such as cabin safety and security, business aircraft passenger service and career management. More information will be published on the NBAA web site as it becomes available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 8, 2007, Oakland, CA

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

SPDP Course: International Scheduling
November 9, 2007, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Weather and Aircraft Performance
January 28, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Resource Management for Aviation Leaders
January 28–29, 2008, Savannah, GA

19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 29–February 1, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Aviation Security for the Business Aviation Flight Department
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Building a Higher Performance Flight Department Team
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

3rd Annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2008)
February 14, 2008, Hong Kong

Regulatory Hot Topics Seminar
February 22, 2008, Fort Lauderdale, FL

PDP Course: Flight Department Finance and Budget Accounting
February 26, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Leadership Conference
February 27 – 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
February 29, 2008, San Antonio, TX

35th Annual International Operators Conference
March 10 – 13, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 27, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

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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