NBAA Update Archive

Bookmark and Share

NBAA Update #04-41
Monday, October 11, 2004

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Subscribe for free or review the archives at Send your comments about NBAA Update to Send address changes to

Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention Opens Tomorrow; Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans to Attend
Commerce Secretary Donald Evans will make an official visit to the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2004) this Wednesday, October 13, when he will meet with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and business aviation leaders regarding growth of the industry, access to foreign markets and trade promotion. NBAA2004, to be held October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, will feature a record-setting 1,084 Exhibiting Companies, 87 aircraft on Static Display and 75 Informational Sessions. The Opening General Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT on October 12 will be hosted by 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. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For more information about Evans, visit For more information about the Convention, visit:

Senate Passes Tax Relief Bill Extending Bonus Depreciation
Today, the Senate passed a compromise version of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (HR 4520) by a vote of 69 to 17, clearing the way for the bill to be signed into law by President Bush. Once signed into law, the measure will extend, by one year, bonus depreciation enacted in 2003. "Extension of the placed-in-service requirement is great news for the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This is a strong incentive for companies to purchase new aircraft, and the purchase of a new aircraft is a direct investment in the corporate flight department." For additional information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at or visit:

FAA Increasing Number of Slots to Vegas Airports
Over the last several days NBAA has been working with the FAA to increase the availability and number of slots into the Las Vegas area airports. The FAA has agreed to add up to 25 to 30 slots a day for the next few days. Operators are encouraged to re-apply for a previously unavailable slot reservation at their originally intended destination and to be flexible in choosing their arrival and departure times. Operators are urged to refrain from making multiple slot reservations, and should cancel reservations that they are not going to use to allow other operators to have them. On October 9, despite the high demand, 10 to 15 percent of available slot reservations for the STMP were unused. For more information, contact NBAA at

NBAA2004 Air Traffic and Ramp Issues
NBAA2004 and other high-draw Las Vegas events are straining local air traffic and FBOs to their operational limits. Aircraft overnight parking during NBAA2004 in Las Vegas is reported to be at capacity for McCarran International (LAS), North Las Vegas (VGT) and Henderson Executive (HND) airports. Operators are urged not to operate at Las Vegas special traffic management program (STMP) airports unless they have both a STMP and parking (or "drop and go") reservation. In addition, the local news media is reporting a visit by President Bush to Las Vegas on the morning of Thursday, October 14, which may significantly impact departure flights from the three Las Vegas airports. Review the NBAA2004 STMP NOTAM at:

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) have been issued for VIP travel in the following areas: Denver, CO, Milwaukee, WI, Rochester, MN, and Colorado Springs, CO, on October 12, and Tempe, AZ on October 12 to 14. Operators should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel for Las Vegas and Reno, NV, and Central Point, OR, on October 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:

U.S. DOT to Publish Air Charter Broker Policy Statement
NBAA has received a copy of a new policy statement soon to be published in the Federal Register. The policy statement discusses "The Role of Air Charter Brokers in Arranging Air Transportation"; in it, the DOT encourages the role air charter brokers play, specifically as a form of increased competition, and outlines some unacceptable practices the DOT has observed. NBAA believes that this guidance from the DOT will be helpful for NBAA Member Companies in structuring their businesses and advertising to ensure that charter customers fully understand the service they purchase. Air charter operators, air charter brokers and customers are urged to review this policy statement. For more information or to download the policy statement, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at or visit:

European Union's Regulation 785/2004 to Impact International Operators
Operators within, into, out of or over the territory of an E.U. Member State, including its territorial waters, will be affected by E.U. Regulation 785/2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators. The EU's objective of this regulation, which becomes effective April 29, 2005, is to "ensure a proper minimum level of insurance to cover liability of air carriers in respect of passengers, baggage, cargo and third parties." Minimum insurance limits, based on aircraft weight and seating, are specified in this regulation. Most U.S.-based operators will find the war risk insurance provisions to be the greatest challenge. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at or Bill Stine at Download the E.U. Regulation in PDF format at:

Visit ARINC Direct online at

Regional News
NBAA Supports Planned Development for Hilton Head Airport
In a letter to Beaufort County Council Chairman W.W. Newton, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen offered support for the planned airport development for Hilton Head Airport (HXD) in Hilton Head Island, SC. The planned airport improvements include two vital safety related elements: widening the runway from 75 feet to 100 feet, and the runway pavement overlay. The associated increase in pavement strength for the primary runway will make the airport more compatible with current and future turbine-powered business aircraft. Download the letter in PDF format at:

Avoid Travel Delays This Week in North Carolina
An anticipated increase in air traffic is expected this week at Concord Regional Airport (JQF) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in conjunction with this weekend's NASCAR race at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Special traffic management procedures will be in effect from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Operators are advised to check NOTAMs. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Michigan Business Aviation Association Meeting Is Nov. 10
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) Annual Membership Meeting and Legislative Day will be held Wednesday, November 10 in Lansing, MI, at the Anderson House Office Building. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the legislative update will begin at 11:00 a.m. A reception/luncheon with members of the Michigan legislature will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The MBAA joins business and individuals with a common interest of working towards the preservation and development of an air transportation system that includes airport infrastructure and other aviation issues affecting the state of Michigan. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and NBAA Regional Representative John Balsiger will be in attendance at this event. RSVPs should be sent by November 3 to Cindy Schnetzler at For more information, contact Balsiger at

Addison, Texas Airport Improvements
On October 6, the Addison Texas Airport Authority hosted a luncheon for NBAA Members and tenants. More than 100 individuals received updates on the improvements at Addison Airport (ADS) and the construction of its new air traffic control tower, which should be completed by early next year. The city of Addison has provided $200,000 in support of the tower's construction, reflecting the local community's desire to support general aviation and business aviation users. For more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Airport Update: Westchester County Airport (HPN)
Because of Westchester's proximity to New York City and the Indian Point nuclear power plant, government officials are especially sensitive to any real or perceived shortcomings in security at HPN. To enhance security, Westchester County has instituted a procedure by which all aircraft parked on the ramp are required to have locking wheel chocks, which are attached by FBO line service personnel and checked by the county police. Also, Transportation Security Administration inspectors are performing ramp checks to make sure that aircraft are secure. NBAA Member Companies have passed these tests with flying colors: To date, inspectors have not found any unlocked corporate aircraft. Nevertheless, based and transient operators are urged to remain vigilant and abide by NBAA's security best practices. For more information, visit:

NBAA Golf Classic Raises $55,000 for Angel Flight West
On October 10, the NBAA 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament raised $55,000 for Angel Flight West, a not-for-profit organization serving the western U.S. by providing free, non-emergency air transportation in response to medical and other compelling human needs. A total of 325 golfers played three courses at Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit:

View NBAA News Online This Week
Visit the NBAA web site this week for NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention coverage, including articles, photos and PowerPoint presentations, at:

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:

Request Maintenance and Refurbishment Quotes the easy way -

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum


An empty seat is a lost opportunity