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NBAA Update #04-29
Monday, July 19, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Proposed DOL Final Rule Could Impact Flight Department Structure
The recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division final rule proposed for 29 CFR Part 541 could have a far-reaching impact on the business aviation flight department personnel structure. NBAA is coordinating several options to assist Members in responding to the designation of a corporate pilot as a nonexempt employee. NBAA anticipates releasing a more detailed recommendation later this week after conferring with legal counsel on the ramifications of this final rule. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

NBAA Meets with DOT and FAA on Charter Management Issues
NBAA recently hosted a meeting on the issue of aircraft charter management, commonly called "piggybacking." The meeting was productive, with government and industry participants agreeing conceptually on all issues. FAA and DOT officials presented concerns that arise when Part 91 aircraft and crew are added to a charter certificate and those flights are flown under Part 135. To address these concerns, industry officials provided an overview of aircraft charter management operations that ensure flights meet FAA and DOT regulations. In the coming months, NBAA will draft a series of white papers to educate the industry on this issue, and the FAA will initiate an education process with its inspectors. This topic will be addressed at an NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum on August 27 and a Meet the Regulators Session on October 12 during the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. For more information about these events, visit:

NBAA: New York City TFRs Should Not Be Made Permanent
NBAA believes that the temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) planned for the New York City area in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC), to be held August 30 to September 2, should not be made permanent, an outcome favored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). NBAA feels that making the RNC TFRs permanent sets a bad precedent and could lead to limitations on operations in other metropolitan areas. For more information, contact NBAA at

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel this week in the following areas: Saint Louis, MO on July 20; Cedar Rapids, IA on July 20; and Winnetka, IL on July 22. Since TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:

Hong Kong Forum Focuses on Business Aviation in Asia
Last Thursday and Friday, NBAA hosted its ABACE Forum at Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. Nearly 300 Attendees from more than 20 countries participated in the event, which focused on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services. On Thursday, NBAA moderated a well-attended special session titled "What Is Business Aviation?" where panelists discussed the issues, opportunities and challenges facing business aviation in Asia, and on Friday, NBAA hosted a roundtable discussion with more than 60 industry officials from all over Asia. Plans for ABACE2005, to be held next summer in Shanghai, also were developed. For more information, visit:

FAA Publishes NPRM for Portable Oxygen on 135 Flights
The FAA has been made aware of the critical need for improved service to passengers who must travel with oxygen while aboard aircraft. Consequently, the FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to propose an SFAR to permit the use of certain portable oxygen concentrator devices on aircraft, subject to conditions. NBAA seeks Member comments regarding this proposed rule, which the Association may incorporate into its reply comments. The FAA particularly seeks technical information about other assistive devices that may be of benefit to users of medical oxygen delivery systems. Operator comments may be submitted to NBAA's Mike Nichols at or submitted directly to the FAA online via (reference Docket FAA-2004-18596). Download a copy of the proposed rule at:

Business Aviation in Today's Economy

Regional News
Noise Abatement Procedures for New York City Helicopter Operators
Helicopter operators are reminded of recommended flight paths when transiting New York City. Noise abatement issues previously have affected the south end of Manhattan, particularly the Battery Park City Complex. Some aircraft have flown in close proximity to Battery Park adjacent to the seawall and at or below buildings heights. Additionally, several aircraft have "cut across" the lower end of Manhattan. The Eastern Region Helicopter Council advises that the noise abatement procedures for transiting Manhattan are either (1) to cross the city via the Central Park Route at a preferred altitude of 1,400 feet AGL, or (2) to fly around the south end of Manhattan, well out over the water and thus avoiding the Battery Park City Complex, at a preferred altitude of 1,000 feet AGL. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Kissimmee Airport Runway Construction Begins Aug. 2
Kissimmee Airport (ISM) construction will begin on August 2. Runway 15/33 milling and paving will take approximately 60 days. During the construction, Runway 06/24 will be available for operations except for a 48-hour period when both runways will be closed during runway intersection paving. Both runways also may be closed at brief intervals for additional painting and grooving. When complete, Runway 15/33 will change its coordinates to 14/32 due to magnetic variation. ISM airport management will provide notification of this activity at least seven days prior to construction commencement and also will post information on Operators should contact local Flight Service Stations to check NOTAMs for information related to the ISM runway closures. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

Avoid Travel Delays in New Hampshire This Week
A special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect from Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25 in conjunction with the New England 300 Nextel Series NASCAR race on July 25. The following New Hampshire airports may be affected: Laconia Municipal (LCI), Manchester Airport (MHT) and Concord Municipal (CON). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA Regional Forum Comes to Seattle on Aug. 26
On August 26, NBAA will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Galvin Flying Service on Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA. This event will feature approximately 50 Exhibitors, 25 aircraft on Static Display and 800 Attendees. Briefing topics will include security for business aviation operations, getting the most from aircraft OEMs, regulatory options for business aviation operations, planning domestic flights into RVSM airspace, flight department management systems, a local group update, and more. The Seattle-area Regional Forum will be held in conjunction with a Maintenance Management Workshop on August 25 and a Regulatory Issues Forum on August 27 (see next section for details about these events). For more information about the Seattle Regional Forum, visit:

Chairman's Charity Classic

NBAA Develops Simplified RVSM Letter of Authorization to Assist FAA
NBAA has responded to the FAA's request to develop a simplified reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) letter of authorization (LOA) process for Part 91 operators seeking RVSM approval. The first draft of this simplified process has been sent to the FAA for its review, and a meeting to discuss each point will be scheduled in the near future. NBAA diligently seeks to have language, through Handbook 8300.10, that will assist FAA Airworthiness Safety Inspectors (ASI) evaluate the Part 91 RVSM operator application. For more information, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at

Seattle Is Site of Next Maintenance Management Workshop on Aug. 25
Maintenance managers, maintenance technicians, and anyone responsible for the maintenance function in the business aviation flight department are invited to attend an NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop on August 25 in Seattle. This event, organized by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, will provide aviation maintenance managers an opportunity to learn the latest information on issues affecting the maintenance community. Topics to be addressed include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues, environmental and aviation regulations, personnel and asset management, aircraft reliability and productivity measures. For more information or to register, visit:

Reimbursing for Personal Use of Aircraft? Learn About Regulatory Issues
You've been told that the FAA won't let the boss pay for his personal flights on the company's airplanes. Trouble is, the boss is insisting that he wants to pay instead of getting a "perk." Is there a way to make the boss and the FAA happy? There just may be. Attend the NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum in Seattle on August 27 to find out how. For more information or to register, visit:

Chairman's Charity Classic Expected to Raise More Than $65,000
The NBAA 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 10, at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in conjunction with the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention. Proceeds from this year's scramble-format tournament will benefit Angel Flight West, a not-for-profit organization based in Santa Monica, CA that serves the western United States by providing free, non-emergency air transportation in response to medical and other compelling human needs. Last year NBAA raised $65,000 for an Orlando-area charity, and this year's total is anticipated to be the largest yet, with more than 300 golfers and 50 sponsors expected. For more information, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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