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NBAA Update #08-14
Monday, April 07, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA to Make Special Announcement at Sun 'n Fun on Apr. 9
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will come to this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In with a very special announcement for the business aviation community. Bolen will make his announcement in a press conference on Wednesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sun 'n Fun Media Tent, located near the Media Center. "I hope everyone will join NBAA at Sun 'n Fun for some exciting news," Bolen said. To review NBAA's Media Advisory concerning the Association's Sun 'n Fun announcement, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2008/20080407-021.php

NBAA's Bolen Moderates Aviation Forecast Panel Discussion at U.S. Chamber
A discussion of the trends that would impact the future of the industry was the focus of a panel Ed Bolen moderated last week at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce entitled, "The Business of Aviation: A Five-Year Industry Growth Plan." "We all know that aviation as an industry is central to the national economy, and will remain so in the years to come," Bolen said. "So, it is very important that we come together as an industry for forums like this one, where we can talk about the major issues and challenges that lie ahead."

Latest Issue of Business Aviation Insider Now Online
The March/April issue of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official Member publication, is now available online. This year, the newsletter has increased from quarterly to bimonthly distribution to provide more of the news and information that Members expect more frequently. The latest issue contains a message from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on new federal security proposals for international business aviation flights, an interview with Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a licensed pilot, and information about NBAA's tax resources for Members. This issue began mailing at the end of March and Members will receive their issues soon, if they haven't already. Review the issue online now at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

FAA Continues to Define the A125 LODA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work with operators of Part 125-size aircraft on matters relating to their letters of deviation authority (LODA), changing decades of policy with regard to the operation of these aircraft. The FAA has revised guidance to inspectors via FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 2, and included a March 31 deadline for compliance with the agency's new expectations. NBAA has been assured by the FAA that six-month-extension letters have been issued to each operator who had requested an extension to this deadline. NBAA encourages Members to continue working on their compliance as described in the handbook, and to notify NBAA of any challenges or problems with regard to the deviation and compliance process. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part125

Canada to Implement Line-Up-and-Wait Phraseology
In Canada, controllers currently use the phraseology "taxi to position" or "taxi to position and wait" when instructing aircraft to enter the departure runway. While most air traffic control phraseology used in Canada conforms with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommendations, there are certain differences. Beginning April 10, in an effort to conform with international best practices, Canada will adopt the ICAO-recommended phraseology "line up" or "line up and wait" when controllers instruct an aircraft to enter the runway intended for takeoff. While not planning to implement it at this time, the FAA is studying the issue for the future. For this reason, pilots should be alert to different phraseologies that may be encountered when operating near runway thresholds. For additional information, download the aeronautical information circular, at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/nam/

FAA Changes RVR 1800 Minima Requiring Use of FD, AP or HUD
As part of an ongoing harmonization effort between the FAA and Joint Aviation Authorities, many runways without centerline or touchdown zone lighting are becoming eligible for runway visual range (RVR) 1800 minima via use of flight director (FD), autopilot (AP) or heads up display (HUD). Approvals for air carrier and FAR 91 Subpart K operators are obtained via Operations Specification C074. FAA AFS-410 has confirmed that Part 91 operators, with the exception of Subpart K operators, do not require approval from flight standards but must comply with charted notes. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace

SAT Designated as Southern Border Crossing Airport by CBP
The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has been officially designated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as an airport where Part 91 and 135 aircraft arriving in the United States from the south (south of 30¡ on the east coast and 33¡ on the west coast) must land for Customs processing. CBP regulations require that aircraft arriving from these locations provide at least a one-hour notice prior to crossing the U.S. coastline or border and land at a designated airport nearest to the border crossing point. While SAT had temporarily been listed as a designated airport, under this final rule it will now be permanently listed. The CBP Guide for Private Flyers will be updated to reflect this change. For additional information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/customs-regulatory/

New EuroControl RNAV Web Resource Available
EuroControl, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, has created a new web-based resource which summarizes the various area navigation (RNAV) technologies in use within Europe. The resource allows users to view country-specific information regarding basic area navigation (B-RNAV), precision area navigation (P-RNAV), and required navigation performance (RNP) approaches, precision approaches, implementation plans and associated web links. To view this web resource, visit NBAA's communication, navigation and surveillance web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/

NBAA Offers New Bonus Depreciation and Expensing Article
While backlogs exist for many turbojet and turboprop models, businesses considering the acquisition of a piston aircraft might find 2008 to be an ideal year to buy. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 marked the return of bonus depreciation and increased limits on the amounts of capital expenditures, which may be deducted as current expenses. A new article available to NBAA Members explores and summarizes the new benefits granted by this act. In addition, some practical considerations for taking advantage of these benefits will be examined. This resource complements other NBAA resources on federal tax topics at:
http://web.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/federal/

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Regional News
Dulles Runways to Change Designations
On June 5, Runways 01L/19R will change designations to 01C/19C. The new west outboard runway, still under construction, will assume the 01L/19R designations. Pilots need to be aware the new west outboard runway will not be commissioned until November of this year and exercise caution when landing at Dulles. Dulles Tower still reports pilots initially lining up to land on the west outboard runway. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

GBAA Scholarship Applications Due This Week
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) this year are offering a number of scholarships to students and aviation professionals. College and technical school scholarships are available to graduates of Georgia high schools pursuing a career as an aviation management professional, aviation maintenance technician or professional pilot. Continuing education scholarships are available to Georgia business aviation professionals. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submission is April 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.gbaa.org

Helicopter Council to Hold Safety Drill in Manhattan, Apr. 12
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council will hold its third annual Heliport Safety Drill on April 12 at the East 34th Street Metroport in Manhattan. The event underscores the value of heliports in the community. Heliport safety drills have enhanced the city's ability to have an emergency continuity plan that includes helicopter response. Operators and heliport personnel will present on several topics, including ramp safety and disaster response. Participants include community members, the New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard and New York Emergency Medical Services. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact David Nuss at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean saucier at [email protected].

Chicago Group to Host Safety Day at DuPage This Month
The Chicago Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a Safety Day on April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event, sponsored in part by NBAA, will be held on DuPage Airport (DPA) at Dragon Leasing Corporation's Hangar at DuPage Flight Center, located at 2727 Freedom Drive in West Chicago, IL. MedAire, FlightSafety International, FACTS, and others, will present on a variety of issues. The fee to attend is $30 for members and $50 for non-members. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected], or to register, visit:
http://www.cabaa.com

ORBAA Meeting to Feature Business Aviation Training Issues
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a meeting addressing business aviation training issues on April 23. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. near Port Columbus Airport (CMH) at the Creekside Conference and Event Center at 700 Creekside Plaza in Gahanna, OH. The meeting, sponsored in part by NetJets and FlightSafety International, will feature speakers addressing a range of training issues such as the impact of training on insurance, web-based training and human factors. RSVP by April 16 to AircraftLogs' Jenn Wainscott at [email protected]. For further information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected].

NBAA's Bolen to Be Featured Guest Presenter at GSLBAA Meeting, Apr. 23
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon will feature a presentation by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will discuss the latest issues facing the business aviation community. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Chesterfield, MO. There is a $15 charge for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at (314) 845-3102, or more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected].

WAA Will Host Annual Business Aviation Community Luncheon in NY
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will host the Fourth Annual Business Aviation Community Luncheon on May 6 at 11:00 a.m. on Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. The event, open to both members and non-members of WAA, showcases the value of local airports and the local aviation community's support for education, safety, security and the environment. Former astronaut and Aviation Week President Tom Henricks will be the featured speaker and, with Bruce Whitman, President and CEO of FlightSafety International, will present the Donald D. Engen Scholarship Award, awarded annually to the top student in the graduating class of Aviation High School in Queens, NY. To attend, contact Margaret Walsh by April 25 at [email protected]. For additional information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

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NBAA News
NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Shaping Up As Strongest Ever
NBAA will host its 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) on April 15 through 17 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village in Daytona Beach, FL. The MMC, designed for those who own aircraft or oversee day-to-day operational activities, will host a record-setting 60 Exhibitors and over 300 Attendees. The three-day event will feature noteworthy speakers including officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Embry-Riddle and Ohio State University, among others. To register or learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200804

Two PDP Courses Will Follow NBAA MMC in Daytona Beach
In conjunction with the NBAA MMC in Daytona Beach, FL, two valuable Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses will be held following the Conference. The courses, entitled "Managing the Aviation Safety Program" and "Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development" will both be held on April 18. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at [email protected]. To learn more about NBAA's PDP, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/pdp

Member Company Record Updates Requested for 2008 Member Directory
The NBAA 2008 Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel will be printed soon. In order to include updated information in the printed directory, NBAA Member Representatives must make changes to their company's Membership record by Monday, April 14. Membership update forms will not be mailed this year. For the first time, Members will update their information online through "My NBAA Profile," NBAA's new online tool that makes it faster and easier for Members to ensure their record is accurate and up-to-date. Changes can be made at any time and will be reflected immediately in the Online Directory. Questions about the update process should be directed to NBAA Membership at [email protected]. To view and update profiles, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/mynbaa

Members Asked to Participate in 2008 Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The 2008 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is now open for participation. This survey, which is a highly rated Member benefit, 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. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participation by a broad range of companies increases the value of the data compiled. As an incentive to participate, NBAA offers survey participants free online access to the compiled survey results. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected], or to begin the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/cbs/

Annual Flight Attendants Conference Agenda Now Online
Registration will soon be open on the Association's web site for the 13th Annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference taking place from June 27 to 28 in Tucson, AZ, and those planning to attend can now view the Conference agenda online. The theme for this year's event is "Going Global, New Challenges for Today's Flight Attendants," and areas of cultural diversity, safety awareness and tips for improving service for global passengers will be highlighted. To review the agenda, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/fac/2008/

NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum in NYC to Address Federal and State Taxes
The NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum, which will be held at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York, NY on May 30, will cover both state and federal aviation tax issues, critical for ensuring proper planning and compliance. Certified public accountants will discuss state aviation taxes, including an overview of strategies for aircraft to be based in the New York City-area. Additionally, a seminar on federal aviation regulations will cover issues pertaining to ownership, leasing, charter and the use of management companies. Other seminars will cover providing flights for political candidates, fuel excise taxes and various non-business uses of general aviation aircraft. Registration is now open.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 9, 2008, Raleigh, NC

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

PDP Course: Customer Service
April 25, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 28–29, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 29–May 1, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

2nd Annual Safety Standdown Europe
May 19, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008)
May 20–22, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
May 30, 2008, New York, NY

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 26, 2008, Dayton, OH

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, Tucson, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2008, Bedford, MA

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events/date/

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http://www.nbaa.org/events

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