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NBAA Update #04-20
Monday, May 17, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Secure Access Program Efforts Expand
NBAA met with U.S. House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee staff members last week to press for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) funding to support the goals of NBAA's "Secure Access" program. This funding would be available to the TSA to partner with the general aviation community to develop and implement security programs that permit secure access to restricted air space. NBAA is hopeful that Congress will support these efforts. NBAA also has a number of other initiatives underway to advance the goals of the NBAA Secure Access program, including working with both TSA and the Department of Homeland Security to expand the current TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC) program, developing solutions to give general aviation greater access to TFRs, seeking improvements in the current TSA Waiver program, and continuing to expand NBAA Security Training sessions. For more information on NBAA's Secure Access program, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

Leadership Perspective: NBAA Political Action
A primary role of NBAA is to provide focus and leadership for its Member Companies and the broader business aviation community to ensure that all relevant legislative and regulatory considerations are addressed effectively, particularly in the political arena. Review NBAA Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs Pete West's article about the importance of political action at:

NBAA Update on Airport Noise and Access Restrictions
Today's political environment at local and Federal levels has spurred interest by some airport operators and anti-airport groups to explore options for future Federal legislation that perhaps could seek to phase out Stage 2 business jet operations nationally. The NBAA Staff is focusing resources to meet the new challenge for Stage 2 and other airport access issues. Review more about current issues related to business aviation airport noise and access restrictions at:

Legislative Update on Bonus Depreciation
On May 11, the Senate passed the Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act. Among the provisions of this bill is an extension of the time during which a business aircraft purchased in 2004 may be placed in service by a taxpayer and still qualify for bonus depreciation. It is vitally important that members of the House of Representatives hear from NBAA Member Representatives who think that this legislation would be a deciding or important factor in deciding to commit to purchasing a new aircraft this year. For more information, visit:

Improved Oceanic Flying and Procedures CD Available
First published over a decade ago, the NBAA Oceanic Flying Operations and Procedures Manual has been revised for 2004. This CD-ROM, featuring an improved interface and additional reference material, provides users with a comprehensive reference source for oceanic and inter-continental flight operations. This edition is a compendium of U.S., ICAO and other national documents, both regulatory and advisory, and provides a basic primer for those performing or intending to perform international flight operations. To purchase the CD, visit the NBAA web site at:

EBACE Session to Address Athens Access Issues
With the start of the Olympics only weeks away, those planning on flying to Greece are advised to review the information on the newly established Eurocontrol site at The Games will run from July 15 to September 30, and access to airspace and airports will be constrained during this period. EBACE2004 Attendees may learn more about operational requirements during a presentation by Athina Kapani of Athens International Airport, to be held in Geneva on Wednesday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. For more information about EBACE, visit:

2004 Balchen/Post Award Winners Announced
At the 38th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, NY, awards were presented to airport snow crews for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their airports in safe and operational status during the 2003-2004 winter season. This is the 28th consecutive year that such awards have been presented. NBAA serves on the awards selection committee and commends this year's winners. For more information and a list of winners in the general aviation categories, visit:

FAA Headquarters Buildings Named After Wright Brothers
On May 11, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, following legislation signed into law by President Bush on Friday, April 30, announced that the two downtown office buildings that house the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA will be named after the inventors of powered, sustained, controlled flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright. A formal naming ceremony for the FAA buildings hosted by Mineta and FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey will be held within the next few weeks. One-third-scale replicas of the Wright Flyer and Wright Glider will be hung permanently in the building lobbies. For more information, contact FAA's Henry J. Price at (202) 267-3883 or visit the FAA web site at:

Operation REACHBAC

Regional News
Support for Cincinnati's Lunken Airport Development
On May 14, NBAA Interim President Donald E. Baldwin sent a letter to Cincinnati Mayor Luken in support of the proposed airport development now under consideration for Cincinnati's Lunken Field (LUK). NBAA urges the mayor's continued support for the airport as a community asset and for the needed improvement projects, including pavement strengthening and a runway extension. Download the letter in PDF format by visiting NBAA's LUK web page at:

Boston Logan Peak Period Pricing
Massport has submitted its proposed demand management program to the FAA. Although this is in many ways different from and more limited than Massport's PACE plan that was held unlawful in the late 1980s, it nonetheless discriminates against small aircraft and small operators, and general aviation in particular. Although GA operations accounted for only 7.3 percent of total operations at Logan for the year ended June 30, 2003, those operations averaged 76 per day (27,880 for the 12-month period). NBAA will continue to report updates to Members as this important issue evolves. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at or visit:

Customs and Border Protection Opens Office at Rogers Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at the Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field (ROG) in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed in the Beaver Lake Aviation facility on the airport. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations. The airport also is planning on opening a contract control tower in August. For more information call 479-636-9400 or visit For more information about this or other Arkansas business aviation airports, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Kansas City Group Holds Local Business Aviation Forum This Week
This Thursday, the Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) will host the Kansas City Business Aviation Forum at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. From the static demonstration of new business aircraft to interactive discussions with Kansas City area civic leaders, this forum will showcase the important roles of business aviation within local companies and highlight the economic contributions made to the surrounding community. Additionally, an NBAA representative will be present to discuss the organization's efforts to gain greater access to restricted airports and airspace around the country. For more information or to register, contact KCBAA's Jeff Daniels at or NBAA's John Balsiger at

St. Louis REACHBAC to Feature NBAA Interim President Don Baldwin
NBAA Chairman and Interim President Donald E. Baldwin will highlight an Operation REACHBAC reception and dinner on Friday, June 4 at the Emerson Electric Flight Operations Facility on the Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO. This June 4 event will serve as an excellent opportunity to exchange information, perspectives and opinions with NBAA's leadership. In addition to Baldwin's presentation, Chris Blum, FAA Central Region Administrator, will discuss key issues affecting business aviation. The reception and dinner are complimentary for all members of the business aviation community. For more information or to register, contact NBAA's June Defontes at or visit:

Why Fly?

Atlanta Security Seminar Has Record Attendance
The NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar held on May 11 set a record for attendance, including 43 Attendees representing 29 Member Companies. The Seminar is based upon the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) test program and provides the materials necessary to train company employees to meet the standards required to obtain a TSAAC, which may be launched later this year. Future Seminars will be held in Chicago on June 8, Denver on June 10, Philadelphia on August 15 and Las Vegas on October 15 in conjunction with the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA Announces Winner of 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship
NBAA announces that Jorge Chipollini, a maintenance technician from Springvale, AR, has received the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship. For more information, visit:

NBAA Seeks New Conventions & Seminars Staff Members
NBAA seeks candidates for two new positions on its Conventions & Seminars Staff. The Manager, Exhibits & Static Displays will provide management support for the Director, Exhibits and Senior Manager, Static Displays in all phases of planning, execution and follow-up with regard to the Conventions managed by NBAA and in all aspects of the NBAA Regional Forums. The Administrative Assistant, Conventions & Seminars will provide secretarial, clerical and accounting support. NBAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about these positions or to apply, visit:

NBAA Workshops Improve Flight Department Policies and Procedures
NBAA will host two events in Boston next month: a Flight Operations Manual Workshop (FOMW) on June 7 and 8 and a Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop (MFFDW) on June 9 and 10. The FOMW will introduce Attendees to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and help bring their operations manuals up to date by incorporating the latest policies and procedures. At the MFFDW, Attendees will learn and discuss best practices for operating a flight department, how to develop high-quality policies and procedures, and how to obtain support from their companies, among others. Both events are led by experienced facilitators John Sheehan and Walter Kraujalis and certified as NBAA Professional Development Program Courses. For more information or to register, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
May 25-27, Geneva, Switzerland

June 4, St. Louis, MO

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 7-8, Boston, MA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 9-10, Boston, MA

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
June 8, Chicago, IL
June 10, Denver, CO

Airspace/Air Traffic Committee Meeting
June 10-11, Washington, DC

9th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, Chicago, IL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 25, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 15-16, Hong Kong, China

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Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

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