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NBAA Update #04-39
Monday, September 27, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Countdown: Only Two Weeks Until NBAA2004 Opens in Las Vegas
From Tuesday, October 12 through Thursday, October 14, the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention will feature more than 1,050 Exhibitors in the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as at least 89 aircraft on Static Display at Henderson Executive Airport (HND). On Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Convention Center Room N245/N246/N247, the NBAA2004 Opening General Session will be hosted by new NBAA President and CEO Edward M. Bolen and will feature keynote speakers David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and nationally known political commentator for Fox News Channel. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The deadline for advance registration is this Friday, October 1; after that date registrations will be taken on-site in Las Vegas for an additional fee. Learn more about registering via fax, mail or web site by visiting:

The Emerging Very Light Jet Market: Impacts on Business Aviation
At the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, a panel of senior level executives will discuss the impact of very light jets (VLJs) on business aviation with key industry players. This structured Q&A session will cover a range of issues, including the changes that might be required to use VLJs in Part 135 operations, the potential use of VLJs in Part 91 flight departments, as well as certification and operational issues such as operating and acquisition costs and maintenance facilities. The session will be held Wednesday, October 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Convention Center Room N235/N237. For more information about this and other Informational Sessions to be held during the Convention, visit:

NBAA Safety Committee to Host IS-BAO Informational Session
Does your flight department safety management system meet the "Gold System?" If you want to know the answer and how it could enhance the safety of your operation, plan on attending the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Informational Session during the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention. The session will be held on Wednesday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Convention Center Room N239/241 and will include presentations and a question-and-answer session with operators, an auditor and a program standards manager. Adopting a safety management system is recommended by the NBAA Safety Committee. View the full set of Safety Committee recommendations online at:

TFRs for VIP Travel
Currently, temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) exist for New York, NY, and Jacksonville, FL, until September 28. Operators also should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel within the next few weeks for the following areas: Oakland County, MI, on September 28; Daytona Beach, FL, and Duluth, MN, on September 29; Coral Gables, FL, on September 30; Cleveland, OH, on October 5; St. Louis, MO, on October 8; and Tempe, AZ, on October 13. 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:

NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption Extended
The FAA has approved NBAA's request to extend Exemption 7897, more commonly known as NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption. The current Exemption Extension 7897 expires on September 30, 2004. Exemption 7897 is valid for the next two-year period, expiring on September 30, 2006. In this extension, NBAA is granted an exemption from 14 CFR 91.409(e) and 91.501(a) to permit NBAA Members to operate small civil airplanes and helicopters of U.S. registry under the operating rules of 14 CFR 91.503 through 91.535 and to select an inspection program as described in 14 CFR 91.409(f). This exemption is subject to conditions and limitations. For more information, visit:

IS-BAO Implementation Involves, and Benefits, the Entire Flight Department
NBAA encourages Member flight departments to implement the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which contains a safety management system. The companies that have received the IS-BAO Certificate of Registration to date report that completing the IS-BAO registration has been a team-building experience and a milestone that the entire flight department shares in accomplishing. According to Charles Culver of NBAA Member Costco Wholesale, "Up to now I had looked at IS-BAO as a solution to developing a better Ops Manual, but now I also see it as a way to improve safety throughout our department by changing the way we think about and respond to everything we do." A number of companies also report that IS-BAO registration has reduced their insurance rates. For more information, visit the official IS-BAO web site at:

FAA Weather Policy and Standards Focus Group at NBAA2004
The FAA Weather Policy and Standards office will conduct a small user focus group during the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas to help the agency develop aviation weather roadmaps and concepts of use for new weather products coming from the research and development community into experimental and operational use. Pilots for corporate flight departments and fractional ownership management programs that routinely fly technologically advanced aircraft are invited to attend. During an informal discussion, pilot participants will be asked to help the weather policy staff understand what it is pilots need to fly safely and efficiently. The focus group will be held October 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room N229. Space is limited; reply to Debi Bacon by October 7 at

Regional News
FAA and Mineta Meet to Discuss Slot-Based Access at ORD
The FAA and Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta met on Friday, September 24 to discuss the planned reinstatement of the airport reservation office (ARO) at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Although the rule reinstating the ARO has not been published, the ARO procedures are expected to limit all IFR and VFR unscheduled flights – both Part 91 and 135 operations – to four flights per hour from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day. These limits are likely to be imposed starting November 1. The rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register this week, with a brief comment period. Once the new rule is published, Members are urged to comment on the new procedures. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Avoid Travel Delays This Week in Alabama
The FAA has created a special traffic management program (STMP) for this weekend's NASCAR race in Talladega, AL. On Sunday, October 3, any aircraft operations to Talladega Municipal Airport (ASN) or Anniston Municipal Airport (ANB) will require a reservation during the hours of 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. GMT. Additionally, on Saturday, October 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. GMT, a temporary control tower will be operational. For additional information, consult NOTAMs or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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

September Issue of Quick Turns Now Online
NBAA Quick Turns is the Association's new electronic newsletter dedicated to the promotion of corporate aviation maintenance practices and safety. The September issue includes a message from NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Bill McBride, Home Depot, and articles about how business aircraft operators can capitalize on large-fleet reliability programs, and how to be safe when working high above the hangar floor. In addition, it provides a review of the August 2004 NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop and a preview of the 2005 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, to be held April 10 to 13 in Colorado Springs, CO. To review the issue, visit the Quick Turns web site at:

How and When Can Electronic Flight Bags Be Used?
Although the FAA advisory circular was published last year, there still are questions about how and when Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) can be used. The NBAA Operations Committee's Emerging Technology Workgroup will host a forum that will focus on EFBs with presenters from the FAA and industry during the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention. This session will address what these devices do and how to transition to a paperless cockpit legally. It will be held Tuesday, October 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Convention Center Room N239/241. For more information about this and other Informational Sessions to be held during the Convention, visit:

Flying and Jaguar Raffle to Support Corporate Angel Network at NBAA2004
In cooperation with NBAA and Jaguar Cars, Flying magazine will devote its exhibit at the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention to stage the Everyone Wins fundraising raffle benefiting Corporate Angel Network (CAN). One winner will receive a one-year lease to either a 2005 Jaguar XK8 Convertible or XJ8L Sedan, contributed by Jaguar Cars. The net proceeds of this year's raffle ticket sales will benefit CAN's designated local charity, the Pediatric Cancer Care Center of the Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas. NBAA2004 Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Flying exhibit at Booth #2016 in the North Hall to participate in the raffle. For more information about NBAA2004, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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