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NBAA Update #04-27
Monday, July 05, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA to Host Regional Forum in Hong Kong Next Week
On July 15 and 16, NBAA will host its first international Business Aviation Regional Forum at Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre on Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), featuring informational sessions, indoor exhibits and static aircraft. Exhibitors for this event will include Atlantic Turbines, Satcom Direct, Universal Weather, Gulfstream, Metrojet Ltd., B/E Aerospace, Gore Design, Deer Jet, Embraer, Bombardier, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre, Elite Traveler and Flying Magazine. Among the many activities planned, the NBAA-moderated session "What Is Business Aviation?" on July 15 will discuss the issues, opportunities and challenges facing business aviation in Asia, with representatives from manufacturers, handling organizations and government officials. For more information, visit:

On Capitol Hill: Potential Aircraft Deduction Limitations
Lawmakers in Washington are eyeing the corporate jet as a possible source of additional revenue for the U.S. Treasury. Current legislation includes the Corporate Jet Tax Reform Act of 2004 (HR 4352) and an amendment to a recently-passed Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act that would serve to counter-balance the positive effect of the bonus depreciation provision that already is an approved part of the act. These bills would limit the deductions a company can take if corporate aircraft are used for personal flights. NBAA is actively working to educate lawmakers on the valid reasons for personal use of corporate aircraft, the negative effects of this legislation and the reimbursement/payment limitations placed on companies operating under FAR Part 91. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at or Mike Nichols at, or visit:

Leadership Perspective: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
"Since 9/11, the business aviation community increasingly has focused on business aviation security issues. But when asked what is the most important issue to NBAA and to our community, I never hesitate to answer safety," says NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Robert P. Blouin. "It doesn't matter how secure an operation is; if it's not safe, no one will have confidence in the operation. The prize is safety, and all else follows." Read Blouin's full Leadership Perspective article at:

NBAA Participates in Business Aviation Response to EASA ER Document
NBAA recently met with other International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) member organizations in Le Bourget, France, to develop a unified business aviation response to the recently published European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Essential Requirements (ER) for air operations and flightcrew licensing. The group reviewed questions posed in the ER document and then developed and discussed appropriate responses on behalf of the business aviation industry. Claude Probst, the EASA rulemaking director, also joined the group for an open discussion of the document. The EASA ER document ultimately will provide the backbone for guiding the processes that EASA will use in developing operational regulations, which in turn will affect business aviation operations in the European Union while EASA assumes its responsibilities as the operational regulating authority in the EU. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at or visit:

What Is the NBAA Political Action Committee?
In response to recent inquiries from the NBAA Membership, NBAA is making information about its Political Action Committee (NBAA-PAC) available to its Members. NBAA-PAC is a vehicle for voluntary participation in the nation's political process by members of the business aviation community. Personal funds and dollars from political action committees associated with NBAA Member Companies directed to "NBAA-PAC" enable NBAA-PAC to contribute to the campaigns of Federal candidates that understand, appreciate and support business aviation. A viable NBAA-PAC is more important than ever in light of the critical legislative and regulatory issues affecting business aviation, including security, bonus depreciation, taxes, user fees, and airport and airway system access and infrastructure investment. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at


Regional News
Jackson Hole Airport Adopts Stage 2 Limitation
On June 28, Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) began enforcing a rule prohibiting operations of Stage 2 aircraft weighing less than 75,000 pounds. Unlawful operation of aircraft may result in a fine and a mandatory court appearance. The airport has asserted the authority to impose the ban under a provision of the 2003 FAA reauthorization act (Vision-100) to which the requirements of Part 161 do not apply. Extensions are available in limited cases. NBAA continues to oppose legislation such as this, which circumvents FAA jurisdiction and processes. For more information, contact George Larson, airport director, at (307) 733-7695, or visit:

New Heliport Proposed for Boston
The Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC), the City of Boston and industry groups have worked together to establish a heliport in downtown Boston, which tentatively will open sometime during 2005. For those doing business in downtown Boston, this heliport will serve as a welcome alternative to the city's increasingly congested ground traffic. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Arrival Route Test for CVG Satellite Arrivals
In order to reduce complexity in the northwest corner of CVG airspace and to support new arrival patterns for the opening of a fourth runway at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), a new Center arrival route is being established for CVG satellite airports, which includes Lunken Field (LUK), Blue Ash (ISZ), Clermont County (I69) and Butler County (HAO). Effective July 18, the TARNE STAR will be unavailable for CVG satellite arrivals. Indianapolis Center instead will route arrivals via VHP RID RID113 CAMMS direct destination. This test will last 180 days and will be evaluated at least once every 60 days. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

FXE Construction Impacts FLL in Florida
Runway 8/26 at Florida's Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE) will be closed for repaving from July 12 to 23. During this time jet/turbojet traffic will be unable to use FXE. Additionally, the entire airport will be closed from July 16 to 19 to allow for paving of the runway intersection. Operators should utilize Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) during that time period, which is expected to increase FLL's operations by approximately 55 flights per day. FLL management intends to close a taxiway for additional parking areas and to make available the use of Runway 9R during heavy demand times. Finally, FXE Runway 8/26 will be closed Monday through Friday from July 23 to September 22 for additional runway maintenance. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

Avoid Travel Delays in Chicago Region This Week
A special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect from Thursday, July 8 through Sunday, July 11 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily in anticipation of a significant number of aircraft traveling to the Chicago area during the Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR races in Joliet, IL. Anticipate congestion and delays especially at Romeoville Lewis University Airport (LOT) and Joliet Regional Airport (JOT). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Chicago-Area Forum Photos Now Online; Seattle Forum Is August 26
NBAA's successful Business Aviation Regional Forum on June 24 at DuPage Airport (DPA) near Chicago featured a total of 1,149 Attendees, a record- breaking 73 Exhibitors and 31 static aircraft. Plans are now underway for NBAA's next domestic Regional Forum on August 26 at Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle, WA. The Seattle event will be held in conjunction with an NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop and NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum. To review photos of the Chicago Forum, visit For full details about the upcoming Seattle Forum, visit:

Business Aviation in Today's Economy

NTSB Representatives Visit NBAA Headquarters
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) visited NBAA Headquarters on July 1 to discuss business aviation safety issues, safety initiatives and the promotion of NBAA's safety culture for business aircraft operators. View the meeting participants at:

Testing Committee Develops Future Certified Aviation Manager Exams
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board Testing Committee met at NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters from June 22 to 24. The Testing Committee is responsible for the CAM Exam test item development and question bank, and during this meeting the committee developed 65 new CAM test questions. As chair, Dr. Guy Smith of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University welcomed the committee and three new Certified Aviation Managers: Mark Chaney of Coca Cola Bottling Co., Craig Fitzsimmons of ConAgra Foods and Juergen Wiese of BMW. Participation in test item development is one way CAMs may receive recertification points for the CAM Program. The next CAM Exam will be administered on October 11 in Las Vegas, and applications for this exam are due by August 25. For more information about the CAM Program, visit:

Job Opportunities at NBAA
NBAA has two openings in its Washington-based Conventions & Seminars Department. A Traffic Manager is needed to oversee production and budgeting of promotional brochures for the Annual Meeting & Convention, EBACE, LABACE, ABACE and several smaller events worldwide. Individual would be required to organize, schedule, coordinate and produce marketing materials working with Staff, designers and printers. In addition, an Administrative Assistant is sought to provide varied and complex secretarial, clerical and accounting support to two senior managers. Duties include organizing office activities, handling travel requests, keeping updated schedules and coordinating the flow of communications for the department. For more information, including links to full job descriptions, visit:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Independence Day Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Chairman's Charity Classic

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Pre-Convention Seminars
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

13th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

Professional Development Program Course
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

57th Annual Meeting & Convention
October 12-14, Las Vegas, NV

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
October 15, Las Vegas, NV

Post-Convention Seminars
October 15-16, Las Vegas, NV

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 18, Dallas, TX

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

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