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NBAA Update #04-32
Monday, August 09, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Names Edward M. Bolen President and CEO
After a thorough and deliberative process, the NBAA Board of Directors has selected Edward M. Bolen to serve as the next president and CEO of the organization. Bolen is widely credited for his important contributions as president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). His policy expertise and dynamic leadership style will give NBAA an even more powerful voice on the issues important to NBAA. "I am looking forward to working with NBAA's Members and its Professional Staff to ensure business aviation has access to the nation's airports and airways," Bolen said. "The challenges we are facing in this area are coming from a lot of fronts, but by working in a thoughtful and coordinated manner, we can meet any challenges." Bolen's term begins on September 7. For more information, visit:

DHS Issues General Aviation Security Advisory
Late last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a general aviation security advisory following a recent interagency review of "new and unusually specific information about where Al-Qaeda would like to attack." On August 1, the U.S. Government raised the threat level to Code Orange for the New York City, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, areas. The August 6 advisory urged the general aviation community to be alert, citing "Al-Qaeda's continued efforts to plan multiple attacks against the United States possibly employing commercial or general aviation aircraft, including helicopters." NBAA urges Members to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Airport Watch Hotline at (866) GA SECURE. Members should also review NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security at:

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
TFRs for VIP travel continue to be issued regularly and on short notice. Operators should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel this week in the following areas: Ft. Walton, FL, Pensacola, FL, Panama City, FL, Niceville, FL, Des Moines, IA, and Crawford, TX, on August 10; Dayton, OH, and Albuquerque, NM, on August 11; and Las Vegas, NV on August 12. 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:

Flight Restrictions in New York Anticipated for RNC
The Republican National Convention (RNC) will be held in New York City from August 30 through September 3. As with the Democratic National Convention held in Boston in July, TFRs and security procedures are anticipated to have a significant impact on general aviation operations. In addition, helicopter operators who wish to operate in New York City can expect enhanced security initiatives. Although the NOTAM has not yet been published, NBAA has been advised that Teterboro Airport (TEB) should remain open to general aviation operators with minimal impact. Also, a special traffic management program (STMP) is not anticipated. NBAA will share information as soon as it is available via the NBAA Airspace Alerts e-mail list. To sign up for the Airspace Alerts list, visit:

SIFL Rates for the Second Half of Calendar Year 2004
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently revised Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2004, to December 31, 2004. These data are necessary when applying the IRS's aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft and impute the income of the employee as required by the Internal Revenue Service Rules Section 1.61-21(g). The new SIFL rates and NBAA's Personal Use Calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of personal trips, are accessible via the NBAA Tax, Finance & Insurance web site at For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at or visit:

NBAA Announces Dates for ABACE2005 in Shanghai
NBAA announces that the First Annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005) will debut August 9 through 11, 2005, at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and Hongqiao International Airport in China. Exhibits, static aircraft and briefings will showcase business aviation to operators, non-operators, regulators and decision-makers from Asia and companies from the United States conducting business in that region. For more information, visit:

Federal Aviation Administration Creates New Safety Web Site
In order to better communicate with the aviation community, the FAA has established a new safety web site. Currently available are searchable listings of aviation safety seminars and events nationwide. Future plans are to expand the site to include a searchable online aviation library, streaming video on aviation safety topics, interactive learning, and automated administration of the FAA Wings program. For more information, 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:

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Regional News
California Adopts Budget Amending Aircraft Sales and Use Tax Law
The California governor and legislature acted quickly last week to negotiate and pass a budget deal that significantly modifies the exemption requirements for the state's aircraft sales and use tax. Beginning on October 1, 2004, aircraft purchased by California residents will be subject to the state's sales and use tax if, among other requirements, the aircraft is in the state more than half of the time during the first 12 months of ownership. The new requirements will expire on July 1, 2006, unless extended by the legislature. For additional details about the two California bills, AB 2114 and SB 1100, and the final law, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or Mike Nichols at, or visit:

Multi-Center ANRs to Miami International Airport (MIA) to Be Amended
The FAA Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZMA) needs to amend multi-center advanced navigation routes (ANRs) to Miami International Airport (MIA) along the west coast of Florida to support the Center TRACON automation system (CTAS), a computerized set of programs designed to aid centers and TRACONs in the management and control of air traffic. These changes are necessary to keep CTAS from inadvertently resequencing aircraft requiring excessive vectors and/or speed control to meet meter times. For more information, contact Ron McKenzie, FAA Southern Region, at (404) 305-5627. For the list of changes, visit the NBAA web site at:

Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Naples Appeal
A Federal appeals court has set the briefing schedule in the case involving the Stage 2 ban at Florida's Naples Municipal Airport (APF). Last August, the FAA determined that the ban on Stage 2 aircraft at Naples was unreasonable and prohibited Naples from receiving certain Federal financial assistance as long as the ban remains in place. The Naples Airport Authority appealed the FAA's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the court recently set the briefing schedule for the case. The Naples Airport Authority's brief opposing the FAA's decision is due September 13; the FAA's brief defending its decision is due November 12; and the brief of NBAA and others in support of the FAA's decision is due November 19. Following the briefing, the Court may decide to hold an oral argument, yet to be scheduled. A decision in the case likely will come in 2005. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at or visit:

Panama City Plans Move Forward for New Airport
Panama City, FL is moving forward with plans for a new commercial service airport in central Bay County, which if constructed would replace the existing Bay County International Airport (PFN). This project is one of less than a handful of new airports being planned across the country. The required Environmental Assessment Report already has been completed by the airport sponsor, and preparation of an FAA Environmental Impact Statement currently is underway. With a number of public hearings already held, the FAA's Record of Decision is anticipated in 2005. In the initial phase, an 8,500-foot main runway with a 5,000-foot crosswind runway are planned. General aviation facilities represent a key element of the airport planning as well. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or Jeff Gilley at, or visit:

Martin County, Florida Elections Scheduled for Aug. 31
The next few weeks could be critical for Witham Field Airport (SUA) in Stuart, FL, as a number of county commission seats will be determined in this local contest. NBAA continues to work with local Members to encourage voting in favor of the existing airport and to counter a negative ad campaign run by forces determined to downsize the facility and reclaim airport land for other uses and non-airport development. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Dulles Seeks Solutions for Traffic Congestion
NBAA recently participated in an FAA operations assessment at Virginia's Dulles International Airport (IAD). Composed of various airport users, the group has put forth a number of suggestions for FAA and ATC review to help ground and air efficiency at the airport. The closure of Runway 12/30 due to construction, increased airline traffic due to the addition of a new low-cost carrier using Dulles as its hub, and the continued banning of general aviation operations at Reagan National Airport (DCA) all have added to delays at IAD. Runway occupancy time is a standout item in the suggestions. One immediate request for all pilots operating at Dulles is to expedite clearing the active runway upon landing in order to allow for departures and tighter separation of aircraft on final approach. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Avoid Travel Delays in Western New York State
Operators should expect increased air traffic this week at New York's Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) and Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (ELM) in conjunction with a NASCAR race on Sunday, August 15 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Traffic may be affected starting Wednesday, August 11 through Sunday evening. Operators should plan flights accordingly to avoid potential delays. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

California Transportation Commission Appoints New Member
In July, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) appointed Sandy Waters, vice president of NBAA Member KaiserAir, to the Commission's Technical Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (TACA), which is mandated to advise the CTC on state aviation policy and funding. Recently, TACA efforts have resulted in the state returning needed funds to the aeronautics account and a bill affecting airport land use compatibility. Dan Burkhart, NBAA director of regional programs and chairman of CTC-TACA, reminds Members that their participation in state and local affairs is crucial in affecting aviation policy and access. For more information, contact Burkhart at

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CAM Exam Applications Due This Month
If you are an existing or aspiring aviation manager, your successful completion of the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination will recognize your knowledge and management skills. The next CAM Exam will be administered Monday, October 11 in conjunction with the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Applications for the October 11 CAM Exam must be submitted to NBAA postmarked no later than Wednesday, August 25. To help applicants prepare for the exam, an official CAM Study Guide is available from NBAA upon request for a fee. For more information about the CAM Program, visit:

CAM Governing Board Seeks Public-at-Large Director Position
The Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board seeks a candidate to fill the public-at-large director position. This individual should not have a direct involvement in the CAM Program, but should benefit from the services provided by Certified Aviation Managers. For example, a typical business aviation passenger, charter customer or member of the public not directly involved in business aviation would be appropriate candidates for this position. For more information about the CAM Governing Board or this position, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or For more information about the CAM Program, visit:

Static Display Sold Out for Seattle Regional Forum on Aug. 26
Following successful summer events in Chicago and Hong Kong, NBAA will bring its Business Aviation Regional Forum to the Seattle area on August 26. Galvin Flying Service on Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) will host approximately 50 Exhibitors, 25 aircraft on Static Display and 800 Attendees. Static Display space for this event has sold out and limited indoor booths remain. 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. Members of the business aviation community based or doing business in the Pacific Northwest are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit:

Regulatory Issues Forum to Address Demonstration Flights
Question: My aircraft is for sale. A prospective purchaser wants to take a demonstration flight, but I don't have any pilots. Can I charge the prospective purchaser for the crew costs and expenses of the demo flight? Answer: Under FAR 91.501(b)(3) and (d), the answer is "yes and no." Attend the NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum on August 27 in Seattle, WA to answer this and other questions you might have about demonstration flights and other regulatory issues. For more information or to register, visit:


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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