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NBAA Update #04-46
Monday, November 15, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Dallas Business Aviation Regional Forum Is This Thursday
On Thursday, November 18, NBAA will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL), Dallas, TX. The event will feature nearly 30 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors, and hundreds of Attendees. Regional FAA officials, local elected officials, airport officials and NBAA Staff will be on-hand for a series of briefings throughout the day, including sessions on leveraging technology for improved customer service, security for business aviation operations, the very light jet (VLJ) market, aviation insurance, aircraft market trends, approach-and-landing accident reduction, DRVSM and more. For more information, visit:

FAA Seeks Comments on New Second-in-Command Type Rating
The FAA will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a second-in-command (SIC) pilot type rating for those who complete required SIC training. The purpose of the rule is to make FAA pilot type rating requirements conform to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements and allow U.S. flight crews to continue to operate in international airspace without the possibility of being grounded for not holding the appropriate pilot type rating. The SIC type rating would not be required for operations within the domestic airspace of the U.S., according to the NPRM. The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2004; comments will be due by December 16, 2004. Review the advance copy of the NPRM in PDF format at:

NBAA Seeks Department of Treasury Guidance on JOBS Act
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have requested immediate guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury on tax law changes affecting business aviation operations. The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, signed by the President on October 22, 2004, limits business deductions when certain officers, directors or owners use company aircraft for recreation, entertainment, or amusement flights, as defined by section 274 of the Internal Revenue Code. NBAA and GAMA have asked the Department of Treasury to clarify whether the Act enlarges the scope of section 274, and to further define the application of the section. Review the letter to the Department of Treasury at:

IBAC and GAMA Establish CNS/ATM Committee
Last week, NBAA's Steve Brown and Bill Stine participated in meeting with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and GAMA to establish a joint committee to define business aviation's requirements in the areas of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM). Within the next month, the joint committee will publish a CNS/ATM survey requesting operator input on their issues on the subject. Survey results will be incorporated into a report to be submitted to the Air Navigation Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by Spring 2005. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at at

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel in the following areas: Little Rock, AR, on November 18 and Crawford, TX, on November 18-19 and 22-28. 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:

Deadline for Compensation & Benchmarking Survey Extended
The deadline for participating in the 2004 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey has been extended to November 30. This 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. 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:


Regional News
2005 NBAA Regional Forum Schedule Is Now Set
NBAA has finalized the dates and locations for three Business Aviation Regional Forums in 2005. They are: April 27 at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY; July 7 at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA; and September 15 at Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO. The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. These events typically feature 60 Exhibitors, 30 aircraft on Static Display, hundreds of Attendees and a variety of briefings on topics of interest to the business aviation community. For more information, visit:

Avoid Travel Delays in Florida This Week
The final race of the 2004 NASCAR season will be held this Sunday in Homestead, FL. Congestion and delays are anticipated for this event. Most of the airspace congestion will occur on Thursday, November 18 and then again on Sunday, November 21. Airports to avoid due to congestion are Kendall-Tamiami (TMB) and Homestead Air Force base (X51). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

New York TRACON Issues Standard Procedures for Departures from NYC Heliports
Last week, the New York TRACON/LaGuardia Tower issued Letter to Airmen (LTA) 04-3 to provide the standard procedures for pilots to obtain clearances and releases from Manhattan heliports. Download the LTA in PDF format at:

Cincinnati Approves Lunken Improvements
The Cincinnati City Council has approved Lunken Field's (LUK) master plan, which includes an extension of the municipal airport's main runway and other improvements that reflect the facility's "continuing role as a corporate and general aviation reliever airport." Besides approving the extension of Runway 3R/21L from 6,100 to 7,000 feet, the city also has endorsed increasing the weight-bearing capacity of the runway to 100,000 pounds. The "preferred airport layout" outlined in the master plan includes construction of maintenance run-up pads to minimize noise and relocation of the ATC tower, an existing taxiway and the Airport Road levy. The master plan also identifies possible locations for other future facilities, such as corporate hangars.

South Florida Group to Hold Golf Tournament and Member Meeting on Dec. 7
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold a general membership meeting and its first annual golf tournament on Tuesday, December 7 at the Atlantis Country Club & Inn in Atlantis, FL. Both members and non-members of SFBAA are invited to attend the event, which includes lunch and dinner. Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations, will be the featured speaker at dinner and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local aviation scholarship fund. To register, call Maureen Cole at (561) 307-2501 or For more information, contact Don Roller at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Maine to Gain New Business Aviation Group
NBAA Members in Maine are in the process of forming a business aviation group to address issues affecting aviation in the state. Key tasks of this group will be advocacy, influence, education and industry interaction. For more information, contact Jim Hopkinson at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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Two Scholarships for Schedulers and Dispatchers Due Nov. 30
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee administers two scholarships in conjunction with several corporate sponsors: The 2004 Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship and (new this year) the 2004 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship. Applications for both scholarships are due by Tuesday, November 30. 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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