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NBAA Update #04-30
Monday, July 26, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Urges Members to Support Security and Bonus Depreciation Legislation
NBAA Members should support a provision in the FY '05 Department of Homeland Security appropriations legislation promoting access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified general aviation flights, as well as a provision in the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 that would extend "bonus depreciation" on new aircraft purchases for one year. NBAA urges Members to communicate with their elected officials in the House and Senate, asking them to enact these measures upon their return from the August recess to the nation's capital. For more information, visit, or contact NBAA's Pete West at or Douglas Carr at Contact your elected representative by visiting the NBAA Contact Congress web site at:

Clarification on New Department of Labor Regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new final rule in the April 23 Federal Register, titled, "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees." This document provides guidance regarding the exempt status of particular occupations, including pilots. It is important to note that, for pilots, there is essentially no change in the DOL's position. NBAA recommends that flight department managers work with their management/human resources representatives to determine the impact of this rule on their flight departments, including pilots and other employees. For additional guidance, including definitions of "exempt" and "nonexempt" in this context, visit:

TFRs Published for the DNC
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Boston have been published and are available on NBAA's web site at In addition to the DNC TFRs, operators can expect additional TFRs for VIP travel this week for the following areas: Portland, OR on July 26; Camp Pendleton, CA on July 26 and 27; Ontario and Riverside, CA on July 27 and 28; Yakima, WA on July 30; and Tucson, AZ on July 31. 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:

91.141 TFRs Expected to Double Following DNC
At the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention next week, the Democratic nominees for president and vice president will begin receiving U.S. Secret Service protection identical to that of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, which will result in an instant doubling in the amount of 91.141 TFRs affecting the business aviation community. In addition, NBAA expects increasingly shorter lead times for notification of 91.141 TFRs. Operators should continue to use the various tools provided by NBAA and the FAA to stay ahead of the changing environment leading up to the election in November. For more information about emerging TFRs, airspace alerts and NOTAMs, visit:

Online Survey for NASA-Sponsored Study
NASA is conducting research into a set of technologies that would enable instrument operations to relatively low minimums (near Category 1 limits) into airports that do not have control towers. Operators are encouraged to take an anonymous and brief web-based survey about this NASA-sponsored study of on-demand operations, available online at:

Business Aviation Community Forms CNS/ATM Committee
A joint committee of business aviation operators (represented by the International Business Aviation Council, IBAC, and its members) and manufacturers (represented by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, GAMA, and its members) has been established to support a project to define business aviation's requirements for future CNS/ATM (communications, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management) in business aviation cockpits. A project manager has been named, Vic Nagowski of ARINC, and the first meeting will be held at NBAA Headquarters on August 19 and 20. The committee will develop a set of business aviation positions/requirements on CNS/ATM issues that can provide a basis for standardized representations, not only to the International Civil Aviation Organization, but also by IBAC member associations and GAMA members to their respective regulators. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at

Mode S Implementation Dates for the EU
Eurocontrol is introducing Mode S in the central area of Europe to address air traffic growth and radio frequency congestion issues. Mode S Elementary Surveillance implementation dates are as follows: (1) For aircraft flying IFR as general air traffic (GAT), new production aircraft must have been compliant by March 31, 2004, while aircraft retrofits must be completed by March 31, 2005. (2) For aircraft flying VFR in Mode S designated airspace, new production aircraft must be compliant by March 31, 2005, and retrofits must be completed by March 31, 2008. Eurocontrol's planned operational implementation of Mode S Enhanced Surveillance was intended "from 2005 onwards," but although Germany, France and the UK are working on the program, no firm date exists as of July 2004. For more information, visit the Eurocontrol Mode S web site at:


Regional News
Avoid Travel Delays in Northeast Pennsylvania
This week's NASCAR races will take place at the Pocono International Speedway near Wilkes-Barre, PA. Special traffic management procedures (STMPs) are in effect for arrivals on Thursday, July 29 and departures on Sunday, August 1, at the following airports: Wilkes-Barre (AVP) Hazelton (HZL) and Mount Pocono (MPO). Plan flights accordingly to avoid delays and congestion. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA Security Seminar Comes to Philadelphia; Limited Space Available
The next NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar will be held in Philadelphia on August 24. Based on the proof-of-concept security project developed in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), these "train-the-trainer" sessions give participants the material necessary to train their employees to meet the requirements contained in the NBAA Security Protocol and obtain a TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC) should that program be rolled out nationally. Although space is limited, a few vacancies for the Philadelphia program remain. For information on the Seminar or to register, visit:

Business Aviation in Today's Economy

NBAA Launches New Term Life Insurance for Pilots Service
Based on a high level of Member interest in such a program, NBAA is introducing a new term life insurance for pilots service in conjunction with The Pilot Insurance Center in Addison, TX. Competitively priced term life programs also will be available soon for other members of the flight department, including technicians, schedulers, flight attendants and administrative personnel. The term life rates for pilots are exceptional and are likely to be better than other programs available. For more information, NBAA Members should contact The Pilot Insurance Center at (800) 380-8376 or NBAA's Joe Ponte at

Dispatch Newsletter Provides 2005 Conference Preview
Sponsored by LimoLink, the latest issue of the NBAA Dispatch newsletter includes a message from the 2004 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee chair, Susan Ramsay, and previews the 2005 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Also included are news about new training awards, job tips, a list of upcoming regional group meetings and more. For more information about the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee or NBAA Dispatch, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at Review the July issue online at:

P&W 300 Series Subcommittee Seeks Operators
The NBAA Technical Committee and its eight Subcommittees are run by operators who work directly with manufacturers to address operator issues, but to be effective, they need the support of both operators and manufacturers. The NBAA Pratt & Whitney (P&W) 300 Subcommittee meets once or twice a year and currently is made up of mostly PW305 operators, who have played a key role in the maturation of this engine. Now the Subcommittee is recruiting additional operators to represent the PW306A, PW306C and PW308C engine models. The next meeting of the Subcommittee will be August 19. To suggest P&W 300 series engine issues for consideration at this meeting, or to join the Subcommittee, contact Subcommittee Chairman Tom Fullerton at or NBAA Staff Liaison Eli Cotti at Visit the Subcommittee web page at:

Carriage of Federally Elected Officials
Question: If my company carries a U.S. senator running for re-election on a Part 91 flight, may the company receive compensation from the senator? If so, at what rate? Answer: Under FAR 91.321, your company may generally receive compensation from a candidate in a Federal election as required under the Federal Election Commission rules. The answer to the question: "At what rate?" is more complex. Attend the NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum on August 27 in Seattle, WA to answer this and other questions you might have about the carriage of candidates and elected officials. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA Seeks Official Caterer for 2004 NBAA Static Display
NBAA seeks an official caterer for its Static Display of Aircraft at the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention this October in Las Vegas. This year's Static Display will be hosted by Henderson Executive Airport (HND), and the clientele will include both owners and potential buyers of business aircraft. NBAA requests proposals from potential caterers by August 6. For more information, contact NBAA's Andy Schweickert at or 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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