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NBAA Update #04-40
Monday, October 04, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Eight Days to Go: NBAA2004 Launching With Record Exhibitor Count
NBAA will hold its 57th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2004) from October 12 through 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Compared to last year's Convention – which included 1,068 Exhibitors – this year 1,084 Exhibiting Companies are registered for NBAA2004, including those appearing only at the Static Display of Aircraft, where 87 aircraft will be shown. More than 75 Informational Sessions also are scheduled. The Opening General Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. on October 12 will be hosted by NBAA's new President and CEO Ed Bolen, and special guests will include TSA head David M. Stone, journalist and political commentator Fred Barnes, astronaut Neil Armstrong and test pilot Scott A. Crossfield. For more information, visit:

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel in the following areas: Cleveland, OH, on October 5; Gainesville, FL, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Oakland County/Farmington Hills, MI, on October 6; Ft. Myers, FL, and Wausau, WI, on October 7; St. Louis, MO, from October 7 to 9; and Tempe, AZ, from October 12 to 14. 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:

Mount St. Helens Could Disrupt Northwest Operations
The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a Level 3 Volcano Alert for Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The NOAA Volcanic Ash Advisory Center's most recent advisory on October 3 warns that seismic activity remains elevated and an explosive eruption could occur with little or no warning. For more information or to review related advisories, visit:

2004 NBAA Compensation & Benchmarking Survey Now Online
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2004 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:

Safety Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Very Light Jet Training Guidelines
The NBAA Safety Committee Town Hall Meeting will feature the presentation of the NBAA 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Award to four Member Companies – KaiserAir, Inc., NCR Aviation Department, NiSource, Inc. and TXU Business Services – and a special presentation of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. After the award ceremony, there will be a briefing on the NBAA Safety Committee's Training Guidelines for Single Pilot Operations of Very Light Jets and Technically Advanced Aircraft. This project has been underway since 2003 and will be of interest to manufacturers, regulators, insurance underwriters, training providers and operators. The Town Hall Meeting will be held during NBAA2004 on Wednesday, October 13 in Room N239/241 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information about this and other NBAA2004 Informational Sessions, visit the web at:

Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation Provides Career Guidance
The NBAA Operations Committee, in conjunction with the Association's Flight Attendants, Schedulers & Dispatchers and Maintenance Committees, has developed guidance for those seeking to enhance their technical skills. The Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation (SEBA) will be presented at the Training Roundtable to be held during NBAA2004 on Thursday, October 14 at Las Vegas Convention Center Room N239/241. Convention Attendees who want to enhance their technical skills but are unsure of how to proceed should stop by this informative and groundbreaking session to learn more from Committee representatives as they provide their recommendations. For more information about this and other NBAA2004 Informational Sessions, visit the web at:

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Regional News
FAA Proposes Legal Action Against City of Chicago's Meigs Closure
The FAA on October 1 announced that it is taking legal action over the 2003 closure of Meigs Field, which could result in penalties against the city of Chicago. As the basis for its action, the FAA is citing the agency's regulatory responsibility to preserve the National Airspace System and ensure the traveling public has reasonable access to airports. The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $33,000, the legal maximum, against the city and, separately, is initiating an investigation into possible violations by the city of its Federal grant assurances and its airport sponsor obligations. For more information, contact Steve Whitney at or visit:

Las Vegas STMP for NBAA2004
The FAA has published the Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) for the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. The STMP will require all IFR flights to or from the Vegas area to obtain a slot reservation prior to filing a flight plan. The STMP program will be in effect from October 8 to 18. Slot reservations will be required for McCarran International (LAS), Henderson Executive (HND), North Las Vegas (VGT), Boulder City Airport (61B), and Jean Airport (0L7). Additionally, most FBOs in the Las Vegas area will require ramp reservations. Review the NBAA2004 STMP NOTAM at:

Las Vegas ATC Addresses Sunday Departure Delays at McCarran
The Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Tower has issued Letter to Airmen No. 04-03 regarding Sunday departure delays at McCarran International Airport (LAS). During peak demand periods on Sunday it is not uncommon for aircraft to experience departure delays of 60 minutes or more at the airport. To assist the general aviation community and to avoid lengthy departure delays it is recommended that whenever possible operators schedule departures from McCarran International Airport during the following times: (1) before 9:00 a.m. or (2) 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit:

Storm Damage Again Disrupts Travel in Florida
Although many airports in the region are recovering quickly from hurricane damage, some normal services may not be available. Localized power outages continue and road travel may be hampered due to flooding and cleanup of storm debris. Hotel accommodations in some areas are scarce and automotive gasoline may be in short supply. Remnants of the storm passing through the Southeast may make travel conditions in these areas difficult. Operators are again advised to call ahead to check on the status of their destinations and to review NOTAMs carefully. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or for information on TFRs, airspace alerts and NOTAMs, visit:

Avoid Travel Delays in Kansas This Week
NASCAR Nextel and Busch series races will be held in Kansas this week. Special air traffic procedures are in effect for Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri from Thursday, October 7 through Sunday, October 10. No airborne IFR or VFR flight plans will be accepted during the period. Consult NOTAMs for all air traffic procedures in the area. Airports where there will be added congestion and possible delays include Kansas's Olathe (IXD), Lawrence (LWC) and Kansas City (MCI) airports, and Missouri's Kansas City Airport (MKC). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Idaho Business Aviation Association Fall Meeting is Oct. 21
The Idaho Business Aviation Association, a regional business aviation group dedicated to strengthening business aviation interests in Idaho, will hold its fall luncheon meeting on Thursday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Boise Executive Terminal located at the Boise Airport. This quarterly meeting is sponsored by Cessna Aircraft Company, and Cessna Chairman Russ Meyer will be the keynote speaker. NBAA Regional Representative Paul H. Smith also will be in attendance at this event. The fee is $10 payable at the door, which includes the buffet, and dress is business casual. RSVP by October 18 to Mike Pape at or Tony Hulse at For more information, contact Paul Smith at

Dallas Business Aviation Regional Forum Details Now Online
All business aviation industry personnel are invited to attend the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, to be held November 18 at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Dallas, TX. NBAA's Regional Forums are day-long learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation operators, those wishing to learn more about this form of transportation, and vendors across the United States. Special rates for hotel and airline reservations are now available. These details – as well as the preliminary agenda, Exhibitor list, Attendee registration materials and Exhibitor Prospectus – are located online at:

Sandy Murdock to Join NBAA
NBAA is pleased to announce that J.E. "Sandy" Murdock will join the Staff on October 18 as senior vice president of administration and general counsel. "I have known and worked closely with Sandy for nearly a decade," noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "He is a top-notch aviation lawyer and is highly respected in policy circles. I think he will be a great addition to our Staff." For more information, visit:

NBAA's Ponte Approved as Newest Member of NAHF Board
Joe Ponte, vice president of membership, marketing and regional programs for NBAA, has been approved as the newest member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. The National Aviation Hall of Fame, headquartered in Dayton, OH, is an organization dedicated to celebrating the air and space advancements made possible by America's innovators and visionaries. For more information, visit:

NBAA Welcomes New Traffic Manager
NBAA welcomes Maureen Cameron in the newly created position of NBAA traffic manager, conventions & seminars, where she will be responsible for the trafficking of all promotional brochures, advertisements and other materials produced for Association events. For more information, visit:

Evolving the National Airspace System Session at NBAA2004
In order to meet air traffic demands now and in the future, the FAA is transforming the business of air traffic control. The agency is looking and acting more like a business – with a focus on its customers, the users of the nation's airspace. The routes to success are plotted through several plans to meet air traffic demand. During NBAA2004 next week, meet a panel of FAA experts to learn how the FAA's new Air Traffic Organization is executing the short-term flight plan, implementing the mid-term operational evolution plan and leading the aviation community into the future through the Joint Planning and Development Office. This session will be held October 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room N243 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit:

Human Factors Workshop on Aviation Threat Awareness
In conjunction with NBAA2004 in Las Vegas, NBAA will hold a day-long Human Factors Workshop called "Aviation Threat Awareness and Counter Tactics and the Human Factors Implications for Dealing with a Terrorist Attack" on Monday, October 11, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Pavillion 10 of the Las Vegas Hilton. Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) are portable missiles that pose a current and demonstrated threat to corporate aviation both within the United States and throughout the world. This aviation threat avoidance and counter tactics training focuses on the threat of portable surface-to-air missiles that could be fired by terrorists at corporate aircraft. This Workshop provides an immediate, proactive operational approach by enhancing a pilot's understanding of the threat and potential actions in the event of a missile strike. Workshop registration and separate payment required, which includes registration for the NBAA Convention. For more information, visit:

Flight Attendants Presentation on Ergonomics Issues
NBAA will hold a Flight Attendants Presentation on "Ergonomics and the Flight Attendant/Flight Crewmember" during NBAA2004. This session will examine aircraft cabin ergonomics, analyze injury records, provide ways to prevent on-the-job injuries and address the special health needs of flight attendants. Cabin safety professionals concerned about lifting bags properly, moving safely on and around the aircraft, and staying healthy are invited to attend. The session will be held Wednesday, October 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Las Vegas Convention Center Room N238/240. For more information about this and other NBAA2004 Informational Sessions, visit the web at:

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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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