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NBAA Update #04-44
Monday, November 01, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Don't Forget to Vote
NBAA encourages all members of the business aviation community to vote in tomorrow's election. Presidential elections drive not only who sits in the West Wing, but also the eventual selection of more than 2,600 Federal political appointees – from cabinet secretaries on down – who manage the U.S. government day-to-day. Also, although the House of Representatives is by most accounts assumed to remain in Republican control, control of the Senate is reported to be less certain, with several aviation-related Congressional chairmanships expected to change hands. Please don't forget to vote tomorrow, November 2.

FAA Releases STMP NOTAMs for Ski Country Airports
Operators are advised that the FAA has issued STMP NOTAMs for the ski resort airports. Airports that will be affected are: Garfield County Regional Airport (RIL) in Rifle, CO; Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) in Montrose, CO; Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) in Telluride, CO; Walker Field Airport (GJT) in Grand Junction, CO; Aspen-Pitkin County Airport/Sardy Field (ASE) in Aspen, CO; and Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Eagle, CO. All of the STMPs will be in effect from November 23 to April 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Evans at or visit the NBAA web site at:

NBAA, Members Work With FAA for Fall 2004 Enhancements to STMP Process
A small group of NBAA Members first met with NBAA Staff and FAA traffic management representatives last fall to discuss processes and issues associated with special traffic management programs (STMPs). So many new ideas were shared to improve the STMP process that a decision was made to start a STMP Enhancements (STMPE) Workgroup as a subgroup of the Joint FAA/Industry Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Workgroup. The STMPE Workgroup has since met five times to develop enhancements. Short-term enhancements are limited to changes to the ESTMP web site at, to be implemented this month. Long-term enhancements will follow in 2005. For more information, visit:

Alien Training Clarified
Recent press reports may have created confusion about the scope and definition of "recurrent training" contained in the October 19 TSA memo clarifying requirements as they apply to the new rule on the training of aliens by flight schools and instructors. According to the TSA, recurrent training as it applies in the new rule does not include "flight reviews, proficiency checks or any other check whose purpose is to review rules, maneuvers, or procedures, or to demonstrate a pilot's existing skills." The TSA issued the October 19 memo to make it clear that such defined activities were not meant to be included in the "flight training" requirements being applied under the new rule to alien pilots on aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less. For more information and a copy of the TSA memo, visit:

NBAA Highlights Business Aviation Careers
NBAA recently demonstrated its commitment to promoting business aviation careers by participating in the Southern Illinois University Career Fair on October 22. Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations, addressed key technology trends, career choices, security requirements and the future impact of very light jet operations during his keynote speech, and Douglas Carr, NBAA director, government affairs, addressed flight department compensation and internship opportunities during a university/industry advisory committee meeting. Held each year and organized by the school's Aviation Management Society, the Career Fair attracted 30 different companies recruiting college graduates. For more information, contact Carr at

Dallas IS-BAO Implementation Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 19
An IS-BAO Implementation Workshop will be held in Dallas on Friday, November 19. The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations (including NBAA), is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IBAC presents IS-BAO Implementation Workshops to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the IS-BAO, to accredit potential IS- BAO auditors and to provide information to other interested parties. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop complements NBAA's Flight Operations Manual Workshop. For more information or to register, visit:

2004 NBAA Compensation & Benchmarking Survey Deadline Nov. 19
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. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, November 19. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:


Regional News
Continued Reliever Airport Support Is Vital for Minneapolis-Area Members
In a recent letter to Minneapolis's Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), NBAA stated that continued current and future reliever airport support by the MAC is vital to the mission of NBAA Members. NBAA reasserted its strong support for the MAC to utilize Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) revenues in support of its reliever airport system. NBAA also submitted comments stating that the MAC can and should use passenger facility charges (PFCs) as a way to provide revenues for the reliever airports in the MAC system. For more information, visit:

DFW to use RNAV SIDs Starting Nov. 2
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) will implement the use of RNAV SIDs for certain turbojet aircraft on November 2. For full details, visit:

NY Sales Tax on GA Aircraft Maintenance and Storage Eliminated
The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) and the Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA), with support from NBAA, were instrumental in having legislation (S.7471/S.6114/A.9716) enacted in New York that eliminates the sales tax on general aviation aircraft maintenance and storage. This bill should generate more business for repair facilities in New York as well as save tax dollars for those who have maintenance performed in New York. The exemption goes into effect today, November 1. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Avoid Travel Delays in Phoenix, AZ, Area
An STMP will be in effect this Thursday, November 4 and Sunday, November 7 in conjunction with the NASCAR Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix, AZ. Phoenix Goodyear (GYR) and Glendale Municipal (GEU) airports are expected to experience air traffic and ramp congestion and delays. The STMP will include, but not be limited to: no IFR in-flight filing within 100 miles of the airport; Phoenix Class B traversing restrictions; and on-the-ground procedures at GYR. Consult NOTAMs and plan flights accordingly to avoid added congestion and delays. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

North County Community Airports Association: Making a Difference
In an effort to form a closer partnership with the City of Carlsbad, CA, the North County Community Airports Association (NCCAA) recently interviewed candidates for Carlsbad City Council. The result is an agreement from candidates and incumbents to form an airport working group as an information exchange and to address issues at Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA. NCCAA is located at CRQ and is made up of NBAA Members and other airport operators. The organization has been successful in turning around a strong anti-airport effort and is influential in airport planning matters. NCCAA is an example of how a strong aviation user group can improve their airport environment. To find a regional group or start one, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at Learn more about NBAA's regional efforts at:

AZBAA Meets to Discuss Light Business Jets
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will meet on November 9, when representatives from Eclipse Aviation will present an update on Eclipse 500 developments. The meeting will be held at the Scottsdale Airport (SDL) Aviation Business Center conference room at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit the AZBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Possible Trenton Airport Group Focus of Nov. 10 Meeting
A meeting to determine the feasibility of establishing a Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) group will be held on Wednesday, November 10, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson & Johnson facility at TTN in Trenton, NJ. Several TTN tenants have shown an interest in forming this group. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

LIBAA Annual Dinner on Nov. 9 to Focus on VLJs
The Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) will hold its annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, November 9 at the 56th Fighter group at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with guest speaker Mark Biagetti, COO of Avocet Project, who will speak about very light jets (VLJs). For reservations, contact Maureen at (631) 756-5500, or for more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Scholarship for Idaho Students Announced at IBAA Fall Meeting
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) has announced the creation of an IBAA Scholarship fund, which will finance tuition for two high school students to attend the Idaho Aviation Career Academy next spring. The announcement was made during the fall meeting of the group in Boise on October 21, which drew over 90 members and featured a display with Cessna's 2004 Citation Sovereign. The meeting's keynote speaker was NBAA Board Member and Associate Member Advisory Council Chairman Roger Whyte, vice president of worldwide sales for Cessna. For more information about IBAA, contact Mike Pape at; direct other questions to NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Dallas Business Aviation Regional Forum Details Online
The next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum will 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. NBAA is accepting Attendee registrations and Exhibitor applications for this event. For more information, including an Exhibitor Prospectus, current Exhibitor list, registration instructions and preliminary agenda, visit:

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NBAA's Ponte Retires
NBAA Vice President, Membership, Marketing & Regional Programs Joe Ponte will retire at the end of this month. "I am grateful to Joe for all he has done for NBAA over the course of his career and for the assistance he has provided to me since I came on board in September," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

Deadline for Barden Aviation Scholarship Is Next Monday
Through the Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, NBAA annually awards $5,000 to five undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. The deadline for the 2004 scholarship is next Monday, November 8. Several other NBAA scholarships also have upcoming deadlines, including two scholarships benefiting business aviation schedulers and dispatchers, the new Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship and the International Operators Scholarship. For more information or to download application forms in PDF format, 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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