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NBAA Update #07-47
Monday, November 19, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Committee Members: Airlines Should Stop Promoting 'Distortions' About GA
During a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing last week to examine airline delays and customer service issues during the holiday travel period, airline CEOs were advised to stop mischaracterizing and blaming general aviation (GA) for this year's record-setting airline delays. At the hearing, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) admonished airline executives for their ongoing public relations campaign to "distort" general aviation, and criticized the airlines for attempting to undermine GA's contributions to the system through the fuel tax. He also urged the airlines to "do what is right." Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) told the airlines to "get off GA's back." To review a document NBAA has assembled to challenge some of the airlines' mischaracterizations about GA and delays, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/userfees/fingerpointing.php

U.S. Military to Help Curb Holiday Travel Delays
In an effort to curb travel delays during the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. military is allowing use of the VACAPES area, located off the mid-Atlantic coast, to civilian air traffic from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25. A modified Amber 761 Route will become available, and the notice will be published on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) advisory database. Additionally, the FAA likely will utilize traffic management initiatives this holiday week to balance demand with air traffic capability, and may implement ground delay programs including GAAPs and airspace flow programs. NBAA recommends that operators file flight plans early and check the FAA's OIS web page and advisory database on the planned day of travel. For more information, including links to additional resources, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace

FAA Publishes Advisory Circular Regarding Landing-Phase Runway Overruns
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of landing overrun incidents, the FAA has published an advisory circular (AC) to address the issue. The AC provides guidance for pilots and operators of turbine-powered aircraft to identify, understand and mitigate the risks associated with landing-phase runway overruns. In addition, detailed information is provided to assist in the development of company standard operating procedures to further mitigate those risks. The FAA developed this latest AC in partnership with the Turbine Aircraft Operations Subgroup, a government and industry group focused on issues affecting turbine-powered general aviation aircraft. To download the AC in PDF form, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/AC_91_79.pdf

FAA Solicits Industry Feedback on Outdated and Unnecessary Rules
The FAA has asked for industry feedback on rules that the agency should amend, remove or simplify. The FAA values industry input on how to prioritize policy and rulemaking efforts and regularly solicits industry input to assist in reviewing the total regulatory burden placed on different segments of aviation. The comment period for this notice is open for 60 days, and closes on January 14. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected], or download a copy of the notice at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/adm/fr1107.pdf

NBAA King Air Subcommittee Requests Operator Feedback
The newly formed NBAA King Air Subcommittee of the NBAA Technical Committee serves to drive improvements in aircraft, equipment and operations, while maintaining the highest level of safety. A key component of this mission is to allow operators and manufacturers to work together in addressing important aircraft issues. The Subcommittee, which meets twice a year, is looking for additional members in the areas of both flight operations and maintenance. It also is requesting participation in a brief survey that will help set priorities and goals for the coming years. For more information, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at [email protected]. To download the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/committees/tech/kingair

NBAA Resource Provides Guidance on New FET Liabilities
The final regulations (T.D. 9356) issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Self-Employment Contributions Act may affect the treatment of qualified subchapter S subsidiaries (QSubs) and single-member limited liability companies (SMLLCs) for the purposes of federal excise taxes (FET). The IRS may interpret the regulations, which will take effect on January 1, 2008, to treat an SMLLC or QSub as an entity that provides "transportation services" to its member or shareholder, thereby subjecting the contributions and payments to the SMLLC or QSub to the FET imposed under Internal Revenue Code Section 4261. Aircraft owners, including aircraft in fractional programs, having an aircraft or share in a QSub or SMLLC structure should consult their tax professional for tax advice about possible implications. Additionally, a new FET resource is now available to NBAA Members at:
http://www.nbaa.org/member/admin/taxes/federal/fet/fet91.php

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Hong Kong to Host ABACE2008 in February
The 3rd Annual ABACE Forum (ABACE2008) will take place in Hong Kong on February 14 at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. The event is one of five NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums to be held next year, and the Association's only international forum. NBAA Regional Forums are one-day learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. ABACE2008 will feature business aviation vendors, industry leaders and experts from around the world as they join together with the emerging Asian market. Over 50 Exhibitors will display the latest aircraft, helicopters, aviation equipment and services, and Information Sessions will provide updates on the latest developments in business aviation. To learn more, visit:
http://www.abace.aero

FAA Potomac TRACON to Implement New Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
The FAA's Potomac terminal radar approach control (TRACON) will implement new standard terminal arrival routes (STARs) for arrivals from the west to both Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). These STARs will fully replace existing arrival procedures from the west. Operators filing the old procedures on or after December 20 will have their fight plans rejected. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected]. To view a chart of the old and new STARs, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/potomacstars.php

Washington DC Group to Hold Annual Meeting and Elections
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its annual meeting and board of directors election at the Signature Flight Support facility at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on Friday, November 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A reception to welcome incoming board members will follow. All business aviation professionals are invited to attend. Free parking will be available in Lot 10, adjacent to Signature. To RSVP, send attendee and company names to [email protected] For more information, contact the GWBAA's Bob Blouin at [email protected] or NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
Online Registration for 19th Annual S&D Conference Is Now Open
NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be held next year from January 29 to February 1 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Georgia. The Conference will feature keynote speakers Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest, and Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation. The Conference also will host a number of Information Sessions and Schedulers Professional Development Program courses addressing current needs and issues for the profession, such as customer service, emergency preparedness and standards for international operations. To view the full Attendee program, learn more about hotel and travel accommodations or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/sdc/2008

Last Chance to Apply for Next CAM Exam
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam will take place in January, and is the first to be offered in a computer-based testing format. The CAM Exam is recognized in the aviation community as a benchmark for business aviation professionalism. Those certified as CAMs gain esteem and credibility within the industry and recognition for their professional commitment to safety, security and effective management in business aviation. With the recent addition of computer-based testing, the exam now will be offered at over 250 testing sites every other month beginning in January 2008. Three paper-based exams still will be offered next year. Applications for the January CAM Exam must be received by November 26. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

Priority Lottery Deadline for EBACE2008 Exhibitors Is Nov. 30
Next year, the 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) will return to Geneva PALEXPO and Geneva International Airport from May 20 to 22. EBACE is the preeminent forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. The event will feature over 350 Exhibitors and nearly 12,000 Attendees. The EBACE2008 Exhibitor Prospectus mailed last month, and also was distributed at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention in September. The priority lottery deadline for Exhibitors is November 30. For more information visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

New in 2008: NBAA Quick Turns Offers Sponsorships
The Association's newsletter for NBAA Member maintenance personnel and others responsible for the maintenance function, NBAA Quick Turns, is now offering sponsorships. The publication mails three times a year to Member Representatives at companies operating aircraft, as well as to maintenance managers and other maintenance personnel listed in the Association's database. In addition, each issue is sent to 7,000 NBAA Member employees and distributed to thousands more at NBAA events. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/ratecard/quickturns.php

Act Now to Secure Sponsorships for NBAA Dispatch
Sponsorships are now available for NBAA Dispatch, the Association's newsletter catering specifically to schedulers and dispatchers. The publication mails three times a year to Member Representatives at companies operating aircraft and to all schedulers and dispatchers listed in the Association's database. Every issue of NBAA Dispatch features a message from the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee chair, news about NBAA's S&D Conference and other Committee activities. Also included are updates on scholarship programs, Schedulers Professional Development Program courses and regional news and guidance. Next year, the newsletter will be distributed in January, May and September. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/ratecard/dispatch.php

NBAA S&D Committee Accepting Membership Applications
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is now accepting applications for membership. The Committee provides input to NBAA on issues associated with scheduling and dispatching business aircraft, as well as other issues associated with business aviation service personnel. It also sponsors the annual NBAA S&D Conference, providing an important opportunity to exchange information on common solutions to problems faced by schedulers and dispatchers. Individuals interested in contributing to the growth and continuing evolution of the profession are encouraged to apply. The S&D Committee application for 2008–2009 is available online now at:
http://www.nbaa.org/committees

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, and will remain closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26.

Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 14, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, Daytona Beach, FL

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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