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NBAA Update #04-24
Monday, June 14, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Approves NBAA-Initiated Direction to Return Members to DCA
NBAA's goal of restoring access to Reagan National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified general aviation operations (including those flown under Part 91 and Part 135) was furthered through inclusion of report language in the fiscal 2005 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations measure approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week. "Report language" is a legislative tool used by Congress to provide direction to Federal departments/agencies. "We are pleased with what has been achieved so far," said NBAA's Pete West. "Our attention now shifts to the Senate. We will pursue certain modifications, such as removal of a reference to 'gateway' airports, and will focus on doing so without affecting the significant progress we've made." For more information, contact West at, or visit:

Aircraft Weighing 12,500 No Longer Subject to 12-5 Rule
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently released a "technical change" in Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) applicability that excludes aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less from having to participate in the program. The TFSSP "is applicable to scheduled and charter (passenger and cargo) operations to, from, within, or outside the United States that use aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds." Operators that are no longer required to participate in the TFSSP should contact their TSA Principal Security Inspector to be properly removed from the TSA database. For more information and an updated TSA 12-5 Inspection Region Map, visit:

Leadership Perspective: NBAA Membership
For more than 57 years, NBAA has championed the interests of companies operating aircraft for business transportation. The Association also helps organizations that provide products and services to operators, enabling such companies to connect with their customers more effectively. How does the Association accomplish these objectives? For more information, review an article by NBAA's Joe Ponte about the importance of NBAA Membership at:

New DRVSM Documents Available on FAA Web Site
The FAA has posted two new Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM) documents to its web site. "Basic Operator Information on DRVSM Programs" (dated June 1, 2004) provides a basic overview of the DRVSM program, including program objectives, background, regulation and guidance, an overview of the RVSM authorization process and an explanation of basic DRVSM policies. "DRVSM Operational Policy and Procedures: FAA Notice" (dated May 31, 2004) contains DRVSM operational policy and procedures. For more information about DRVSM maintenance or certification issues, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at or Bill Stine at For DRVSM operational questions, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at Download the FAA's DRVSM documents online at:

NBAA Participates in Safety Conference on Regulatory Harmonization
Last week NBAA participated in a safety conference on regulatory harmonization co-sponsored by the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). More than 300 people from user communities worldwide attended three days of presentations on a broad range of regulatory issues, both domestic and international. CNS/ATM, operational, certification and maintenance issues affecting both U.S. and European operators also were discussed. Many international issues concerning NBAA, such as medicals, second-in-command and type ratings, were formally presented and will be considered by these rulemaking bodies in the future. Decisions made at this conference are important to NBAA Member Companies, which increasingly travel internationally. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at

NBAA to Host ABACE Forum in Hong Kong This July
On July 15 and 16 in Hong Kong, NBAA will host its first international Business Aviation Regional Forum, which is planned as a pre-cursor to the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) that will debut next year in Shanghai. The ABACE Forum in Hong Kong will feature aircraft from Gulfstream and Bombardier, indoor exhibits from Metrojet and B/E Aerospace, and more. The purpose of this event is to identify opportunities and challenges for business aviation growth in China, to prioritize those issues and to put together a plan for moving forward. The ABACE Forum will be hosted by Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). For more information, visit:

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Regional News
Business Aviation Regional Forum Comes to Chicago Next Week
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held on Thursday, June 24 at DuPage Flight Center on DuPage Airport (DPA) in West Chicago, IL, with exhibits located at T-Bird Aviation. The Chicago-area Forum is expected to be the largest one yet, with more than 70 Exhibitors, 30 aircraft on Static Display and 1,000 Attendees. In addition, Informational Sessions will address the importance of security for business aviation operations, the factory/service center relationship, transitioning from paper to electronic charting, runway incursions, aircraft purchase considerations and analyzing the corporate shuttle option. For more information about this and other upcoming Regional Forums, visit:

FAA Identifies Legal Issues Raised By Logan Peak Period Pricing Plan
In a June 10 letter to the Massachusetts Port Authority, the FAA identified a number of legal issues that will have to be resolved with respect to the peak period pricing proposal for Logan International Airport (BOS), including the effect of a flat fee on operators of small aircraft. For more information or to download the letter, visit:

FAA Alaskan Region Proposes Decommission of Nome Middle Marker
The FAA Alaskan Region Airway Facilities Division is considering decommissioning the Nome Middle Marker located on final approach to Runway 27, and associated with the Instrument Landing System, Runway 27 (ILS Y RWY 27 and ILS Z RWY 27), at Nome, AL. For details on the proposal and its impact, visit Direct questions to FAA Alaskan Region's Robert van Haastert at or NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Washington State Requests Help Identifying Significant System Airports
As an element of a Congressionally mandated five-year transportation plan, Washington State must identify its significant airports, and business aviation operators using Washington airports are asked to provide feedback in this area. "Significant" airports are primarily identified as being vital to the statewide economy and providing cross-state mobility to people, goods and services. An Aviation Advisory Committee, on which NBAA participates, will use survey results and state-provided information to prioritize the airport list. NBAA Members may share feedback via an online survey at For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

2004 Teterboro Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Award Winners
New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) recently held a Noise Symposium and Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Awards Luncheon. Awards were presented to based aircraft operators that did not operate their aircraft during voluntary restraint periods and did not exceed applicable noise limits during the year 2003. NBAA would like to congratulate the following award recipients: Wham Leasing, Private Air Group, Intercon Inc. and J. Flecher Creamer & Sons Inc. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at

Business Aviation Safety Conference Slated for October
Bombardier Learjet is scheduled to hold its annual Safety Standdown from October 26 to 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, KS. The seminar, which features a number of noted safety experts, is designed for operators of any type of business aircraft. Details will be posted to the NBAA web site in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Learjet's Dave Ryan at or NBAA's Bob Blouin at

NBAA Security Seminars in Chicago and Denver Well Received
Last week the NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar Series moved West to Chicago and Denver. Attendees in these cities responded positively to the Seminar, giving high ratings to course presenters, material and hand-outs. Two more Security Seminars will be held this year in Philadelphia on August 24 and Las Vegas on October 15. For more information or to register, visit NBAA Members also are reminded to review and use NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security, posted online at:

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NBAA Chairman Baldwin Will Not Seek NBAA Presidency
NBAA Board Chairman Donald E. Baldwin, who currently serves as interim president and CEO, has withdrawn his name from consideration as president of NBAA. "I was very honored that colleagues encouraged me to seek the NBAA presidency; however, I have decided it is best for me not to seek the permanent position of NBAA president," said Baldwin. "I am very happy to continue in my role as NBAA chairman and interim president/CEO. The Association has some very exciting and challenging times ahead. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with NBAA's very dedicated professional staff." For more information, contact NBAA's Cassandra Bosco at

Request for Training Awards: New Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA is creating a new training scholarship to benefit business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. NBAA Member Companies are invited to donate professional development training awards, such as scheduler/dispatcher training courses or dispatcher licenses, for this new scholarship. For more information or to make a donation, contact NBAA's Jay Evans by July 7 at, or visit:

NBAA Gold Wing Award Applications Due July 16
Applications for the 2004 NBAA Gold Wing Award are due July 16. Entries should have appeared in print, online, or on-air between June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004. For more information, visit:

Private Pilot Ground School at NBAA Headquarters
Beginning June 21, a private pilot ground school will be offered at NBAA's Headquarters office in Washington, DC. The ground school will be taught by instructors from Aviation Adventures, a flight school based at Manassas, VA and Leesburg, VA airports. This provides an opportunity for NBAA Members, Staff and the business aviation community to enjoy the convenience of a downtown DC location for ground school. Employees of local NBAA Members interested in learning to fly are encouraged to attend. The tuition is $280 and books/supplies are an additional $175. The course will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings through August 9. For more information or to register for this ground school, contact Aviation Adventures at (703) 530-7737 or NBAA's Mike Nichols at

NBAA Conventions & Seminars Department Seeks Two New Staffers
NBAA seeks candidates for two newly created positions in the Conventions & Seminars Department. The Traffic Manager, Conventions & Seminars will provide comprehensive assistance in all aspects of marketing NBAA-managed Conventions – including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, EBACE, LABACE and ABACE – and NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums. The Administrative Assistant, Conventions & Seminars will provide secretarial, clerical and accounting support to this department. NBAA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information or to apply, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
August 24, Philadelphia, PA

Maintenance Management Workshop
August 25, Seattle, WA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
August 26, Seattle, WA

Regulatory Issues Forum
August 27, Seattle, WA

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