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NBAA Update #04-34
Monday, August 23, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Objects to DOT Reinstatement of GA Slot Program at ORD
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week that, effective November 1, 2004, the Airport Reservation Office (ARO) general aviation slot program will be reinstated for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD). NBAA is in the process of obtaining details of the program, such as hours of operation and numbers of slots per hour. In letters sent to Secretary Mineta and FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, NBAA Interim President and CEO Donald E. Baldwin formally objected to the DOT and FAA's reinstatement of the program and the lack of any direct involvement by the general aviation community in the process. For more information and to view a copy of NBAA's letter to Secretary Mineta, visit:

NBAA Again Asks Trenton Not to Publish Tail Numbers
In response to an August 5 letter from the director of New Jersey's Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure affirming its intention to publish the tail numbers of aircraft operating at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) during its voluntary curfew, NBAA Interim President and CEO Donald E. Baldwin has written to the county asking that its position be reconsidered. Publishing aircraft tail numbers "cannot help but reduce the attractiveness of TTN to the business aviation community, contrary to our shared goal of protecting that 'important economic asset' provided by the airport," said Baldwin. For more information, including a copy of the letter, visit:

Reduce ATC Delays Caused by Multiple Flight Plans
NBAA encourages pilots to avoid filing multiple flight plans for the same flight where possible and to cancel other flight plans in the system that will go unused prior to calling for clearance. Multiple flight plans cause ATC confusion and can result in self-imposed operator delays as ATC searches for the correct flight plan to issue a clearance. The overall benefit of reducing multiple flight plans is that ATC will have a more accurate traffic demand count leading to better system planning and an overall reduction in delays. In addition, operators should avoid filing new flight plans for the same flight within 45 minutes of proposed departure time because ATC already will be processing that flight plan and issuing any necessary reroutes. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk's Jo Damato at

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Davenport, IA, and Waterford Township, MI, on August 24; Pottsville, PA, on August 25; and Carlsbad, NM, on August 26. In addition, the NOTAM that officially announces the procedures for the Republican National Convention in New York City is expected to be issued sometime this week. 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:

Seattle Hosts NBAA Regional Forum This Thursday
NBAA will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum on Thursday, August 26 at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA, featuring nearly 40 indoor exhibits, 17 static aircraft and a full slate of informational sessions. NBAA's Regional Forums are learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of business aviation operators, those wishing to learn more about this form of transportation, and vendors across the United States. For more information, visit:

NBAA Convention Opens in Seven Weeks
The NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2004) will be held October 12 through 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with a Static Display of Aircraft at nearby Henderson Airport (HND). Currently, more than 975 Exhibitors have registered for NBAA2004. The indoor Exhibitor total continues to rise steadily and is expected to exceed last year's record total of 1,068 Exhibitors at Florida's Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Members are advised to act quickly to secure limited remaining space on the NBAA Static Display of Aircraft. Las Vegas holds the distinction of being the site of the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention with the highest attendance to date, a record set in 1998 with a total of 31,665 Attendees. For more information, visit:

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Regional News
Flight Restrictions for 2004 RNC in New York City
The 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC) will be held in New York City from August 30 through September 3. Increased security measures are expected and the FAA has distributed a preliminary advisory that outlines the three TFR areas that are anticipated for the event. The NOTAM that officially announces RNC procedures is expected to be issued sometime this week. For more information, visit:

TEB Security Requirements in Effect During RNC
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has informed NBAA that several security requirements will be in place at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) during the Republican National Convention in New York City. The requirements will be in effect from Monday, August 30 at 7:00 a.m., through Friday, September 3 at 7:00 a.m. Be aware that these requirements are subject to change at any time. For the full list of requirements, visit:

New York Operators Advised of Helipad Procedures
As a result of heightened security in New York City, be advised of the following procedures if using the East 34th St. Helipad (6N5): (1) Prior to the flight, forward passenger/crew manifest to the heliport via fax at (212) 889- 9713 or; (2) Passengers will be subject to search and identification check prior to boarding aircraft at 6N5; (3) Only essential baggage should be carried; (4) Security agents are on-duty during all hours of operation to assist in the screening process; (5) Ensure accuracy of passenger/crew names as well as pick-up and drop-off times; (6) Refrain from commenting to media personnel near the facility seeking statements. For more information, contact the general manager at (212) 889-2551 or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Customs Service at CRQ Comes Closer to Reality
NBAA Members at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ), Carlsbad, CA have secured the backing of the County of San Diego, Governor Schwarzenegger and local Customs officials in their effort to provide Customs service at CRQ. While this service will be classified "User Fee Airport Customs Service," local Customs officials have offered to work with CRQ FBOs and aircraft operators on a case-by-case basis to more efficiently grant "over-flight" approvals. Business hour fees are estimated to be between $50 and $450 per clearing. Department of Homeland Security approval still is required before Customs service can be implemented, however. NBAA urges Members to write letters in support of the new service. For more information or to obtain a sample letter, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Avoid Travel Delays Near Bristol, TN
Expect delays and congestion at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) Wednesday, August 25, through Sunday, August 29, in conjunction with a NASCAR event at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Schedulers and Dispatchers Group to Form in Northeast
Several schedulers and dispatchers in New England and Eastern New York have shown an interest in forming a regional group to address issues of concern to business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. To determine the need for and interest in such as group, an informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00 noon at Connecticut's Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC). Lunch will be provided. For location details and to RSVP, contact Amy Roy at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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NBAA's Bob Blouin Resigns
NBAA announced today that NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Robert P. Blouin will resign effective August 31, 2004. "Bob has made enormous contributions to NBAA and the business aviation community in his seven years with the Association, " said Don Baldwin, NBAA Board of Directors chairman and interim president and CEO. "We are sorry to see Bob leave, but we wish him all the best in his new endeavors." Jay Evans, NBAA director, operations, will serve as acting vice president, operations.

White Plains REACHBAC to Feature New NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen
On Friday, September 17, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event in conjunction with the Westchester Aviation Association that features Ed Bolen, NBAA's new president and CEO, along with special guest speaker Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission and currently president of Lovell Communications. The complimentary buffet luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Westchester County Airport (HPN), Hangar E, 85 Tower Rd., White Plains, NY. RSVP to NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at

CAM Exam Applications Due This Wednesday
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination 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. For more information about the CAM Program, contact or visit:

Golf Tournament Player Registrations Now Available Only to Sponsors
Individual player registrations for NBAA's 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament are sold out, but several sponsorships are still available that will include discounted player positions. More than 300 golfers have signed up for this year's tournament, to be held at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort on Sunday, October 10. Proceeds from the Classic 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 needs. For sponsorship information, contact NBAA's June DeFontes at or 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

REACHBAC Event Featuring New NBAA President and CEO
September 17, White Plains, NY

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
September 21, Van Nuys, CA

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 19, Dallas, TX

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

Interactively Share Information and Discuss Topics of Interest to Business Aviation Professionals

Chairman's Charity Classic

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