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NBAA Update #04-42
Monday, October 18, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA2004 Draws Over 31,000 and Has Record Number of Exhibitors
NBAA's 57th Annual Meeting & Convention, held from October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, closed with a total of 31,189 Attendees, a 9.2 percent increase over last year's total of 28,574. A record 1,084 Exhibiting Companies occupied a million square feet of exhibit space in the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, 87 aircraft were on Static Display at Henderson Executive Airport and approximately 75 Informational Sessions were offered throughout the week on topics ranging from safety and security to training and the emerging very light jet market. To review NBAA Convention coverage, including articles, photos, videos and presentations, visit the NBAA web site at For more information, visit:

Congress Directs DHS to Report DCA Progress
The FY '05 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations measure recently approved by Congress directs DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Secret Service, to provide a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations by March 1, 2005, on restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and other general aviation airports within 15 miles of DCA for security-qualified charter and general aviation operators. This provision was included at the urging of NBAA and other general aviation groups.

NBAA Cheers Extension of Bonus Depreciation
NBAA applauds Senate passage of a tax relief bill extending bonus depreciation. On October 12, in a rare holiday session, 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.

Tax Bill Modifies Deductions for Personal Use of Business Aircraft
HR 4520 also contains a provision that will affect how companies treat costs of business aircraft flown for personal use. The legislation effectively reverses a decision against Sutherland Lumber, a case used extensively as a basis for tax treatment of personal flights on business aircraft. The President is expected to sign the bill once it reaches the White House, which might not occur before the November elections. Review an overview of the legislation and potential affects for business aircraft operators at:

Opening General Session Draws Overflow Crowd
The NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention got underway on October 12 with the Opening General Session, where new NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told an overflow crowd that the expansion of the exhibition reflects the recent upturn in aircraft shipments. During the session, TSA head David M. Stone said he is "looking forward to moving the ball down the court" regarding NBAA's TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC) proposal.

NBAA, GAMA Officials Assess State of the Industry
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Clay Jones, chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), presented their views of the state of business aviation during the Media Kickoff Breakfast held October 12. For more information, visit:

Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans Attends NBAA Convention
On October 13, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans spoke with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and key leaders within the business aviation community regarding growth of the industry, access to foreign markets and trade promotion. "We are very excited to have a key member of President Bush's economic team focused on the business aviation community," said Bolen. "His interest in the show reflects business aviation's emergence as a significant engine for our nation's economy." Review related photos at:

Security Session Notes Progress, Remaining Challenges
To some observers, it might not appear as if business aircraft operators are making much progress on overcoming the security-related access restrictions imposed on them since 9/11, but during NBAA's Security Session on October 13, a panel of experts asserted that corporate operators are inching closer to the goal of having the same access to airspace and airports as scheduled air carriers.

NBAA Session Gauged Promise and Potential of VLJs
One of the most insightful and best-attended Informational Sessions of the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention was a panel discussion that attempted to predict the impact that very light jets (VLJs) will have on business aviation.

Safety Town Hall Meeting Focuses on VLJs
In addition to being the venue for presentation of NBAA's 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Awards, the NBAA Safety Town Hall Meeting on October 13 served as a forum for a wide-ranging discussion by aircraft manufacturers, operators, insurers and training providers about how the industry is preparing to train the pilots of VLJs.

NBAA Training Initiatives for All Business Aviation Professionals Planned
Standard of Excellence in Business Aviation (SEBA), a joint effort of several NBAA Standing Committees to establish technical development standards for all flight department professionals, was unveiled during a Training Roundtable session on October 14.

U.S. DOT Publishes Air Charter Broker Policy Statement
In today's Federal Register, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a new policy statement that discusses "The Role of Air Charter Brokers in Arranging Air Transportation." In the policy statement, 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 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.

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Regional News
FAA Issues SFAR for Proposed Reservation System for ORD
NBAA has obtained an advance copy of Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 105 "Proposed Reservation System for Unscheduled Arrivals at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport" that will be published in the Federal Register on October 20. The proposed reservation system would restrict the number of unscheduled aircraft arrivals at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) during the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 8:59 p.m., Central Time, beginning November 1, 2004, and continuing through April 30, 2005. NBAA urges Members to submit comments in accordance with the instructions in the SFAR as soon as possible, but no later than Oct 25, 2004. NBAA requests that Members send NBAA a copy of any electronic or written comments they submit. NBAA will also comment on the SFAR, and will post those comments for Member review on the NBAA Web site. To download the SFAR and NBAA's previous letters to government officials, which objected to slot-based access into ORD, visit:

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
As the President continues to campaign throughout the country, operators should anticipate more temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel over the next several weeks. TFRs have been issued for Columbus, Carroll, Xenia, and Cincinnati, OH and St Petersburg, New Port Richey, and The Villages, FL for October 18-19. Operators should anticipate TFRs this week for Mason City, IA, Eau Claire, WI, Rochester, MN, Flint and Traverse, MI, and Minneapolis, MN. 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:

Next Month Is Dallas Regional Forum; 2005 Host Cities Announced
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, the last of the 2004 series, will be held November 18 at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Dallas, TX. Further details are available at NBAA Regional Forums also will be held in the following cities next year: Morristown, NJ, in April 2005; San Jose, CA, in July 2005; Denver, CO, in September 2005; and Atlanta, GA, in October 2005. For more information, visit:

Former NBAA Director of Operations Fred McIntosh Passes Away
Fred McIntosh, who served for nearly 20 years in NBAA's Operations Department, died last week. McIntosh, instrumental in procuring the Small Aircraft Exemption (FAR Part 91, Subpart D) for NBAA Members operating aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds, received the NBAA Staff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. A pioneer in noise abatement for the business aviation community, McIntosh also was the first recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation's Business Aviation Meritorious Award in 1975. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at the Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Road NE, Leesburg, VA, (703)777-1414. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, at the Saint James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall Street, Leesburg, VA.

Five Directors Elected to NBAA Board
The Voting Membership of NBAA elected five Directors to three-year terms during its Annual Meeting: Randal J. Hudon of BellSouth Corporate Aviation and Travel Services, Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM Corporation, John H. Ratcliff of Ford Motor Company, George A. Saling of Altria Corporate Services, Inc., and Douglas Schwartz of AT&T Aviation.

Brown on the Front Line of Access, Security Issues
Heading into his first NBAA Convention as the Association's new senior vice president of operations, Steve Brown shared his first impressions of NBAA and outlined how the Operations Department plans to deal with the challenges of access, security and safety.

Members Encouraged to Participate in New Maintenance Database
One of the NBAA Maintenance Committee's major initiatives soon will come to fruition when the Forum for Enhanced Reliability & Maintainability Standards (FERMS) is rolled out in December 2004.

Operators Testify to Benefits of IS-BAO
On October 13, officials from the International Business Aviation Council held a session designed to showcase the benefits to operators of adopting the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) in their flight departments.

NBAA 8th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $55,000 for Angel Flight West
NBAA 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament raised $55,000 for Angel Flight West. Located in Santa Monica, CA, this not-for-profit organization serves 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.

NBAA Announces New Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship
NBAA announces the creation of the 2005 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship, which will enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference.

NBAA Announces Winners of 2004 Scholarships
NBAA announces the 2004 winners of the United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG)/Professional Development Program (PDP) Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship and NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship.

NBAA Announces 2004 Journalism Award Recipients
NBAA presented its 2004 Gold Wing and Platinum Wing awards during its Media Kickoff Breakfast on October 12.

2004 NBAA Compensation & Benchmarking Survey Now Underway
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:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 18, Dallas, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 19, Dallas, TX

SPDP Course: Elements of Corporate Aircraft Scheduling
February 12, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Effective Written Communications
February 12, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Developing a High-Performance Team
February 13, 2005, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Weather Planning
February 13, 2005, Reno, NV

16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
February 14–16, 2005, Reno, NV

32nd Annual International Operators Conference
March 14–17, 2005, Colorado Springs, CO

March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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