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NBAA Update #04-49
Monday, December 06, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Business Aviation's Excellent Safety Record Detailed
Three recent high-profile aviation accidents have resulted in dramatically increased media attention on the safety of business aviation. NBAA has responded aggressively to the media regarding business aviation safety and these efforts have prevented a number of misleading and/or inaccurate stories. Unfortunately, one national news organization, ABC News, ran a story on November 29 that stated the fatal accident rate of "corporate aviation is 2.5 times greater than the major airlines." ABC added that "the fatal accident rate for more than 50 times higher than that of the commercial airlines." The basis for ABC's statements are statistics developed by the FAA that we believe inappropriately include a broad spectrum of general aviation aircraft in their calculation – including piston-powered airplanes, turboprops, business jets, helicopters, balloons, dirigibles and gliders. This overly broad categorization of aircraft misrepresents the accident performance of specific components within those broad categories. For corporate operations, the fatal accident rate is 0.014 per 100,000 hours – which is nearly identical to that of the scheduled air carriers (0.012 per 100,000 hours). For more information, visit:

Kerik Nominated to Lead Department of Homeland Security
On Friday, December 3, former New York City police commissioner Bernard B. Kerik accepted President Bush's nomination to succeed Tom Ridge as the secretary of homeland security. Kerik helped lead New York City in its response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ridge, who resigned on November 30, took office on January 24, 2003, as the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and led a department with more than 180,000 employees. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at

NBAA Member Products and Services Survey Launched
NBAA is conducting a comprehensive review of the products and services it offers. Critical to that review is Member input. To gather those views, a brief, automated survey is "in the field" now. Members may receive an e-mail invitation to complete an online survey, which is averaging 11 minutes to complete. If you do receive an invitation, please respond as soon as possible. Your opinions are vital to us as we develop programs for the Membership. For more information, contact NBAA's David Almy at

Risk Assessment Aids in Reducing Aviation Accidents
Last year, the NBAA Safety Committee published a series of recommendations ranging from ground handling to flight operations that can be implemented regardless of flight department size or type of aircraft. During the next few weeks, the Committee will review these recommendations and other fundamental techniques – looking specifically at how they relate to recent aviation accidents involving day and night approach, landing and departure phases of flight – and provide insight into their use. In the meantime, view the Safety Committee recommendations online at:

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standards to Be Developed
Between November 30 and December 2, NBAA participated in a series of meetings at RTCA, Inc. in Washington, DC, that formed the framework for the development of minimum aviation system performance standards (MASPS) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). RTCA Special Committee 203 was created, recognizing that Federal agencies and commercial operators currently are operating or seeking to operate UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS). This multi-year effort will help ensure the safe, efficient and compatible operation of UAS within the NAS. Unmanned aircraft using these standards are expected to operate in U.S. airspace. Products to be developed will include standards for command, control and communications systems along with sense-and-avoid systems for unmanned aircraft systems that will be provided to the FAA as recommendations for any future regulatory action. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at

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Regional News
NBAA Files Brief in Naples Court Case
On November 29, NBAA, joined by three other trade associations and a Stage 2 aircraft operator, filed a brief asking a Federal court in Washington, DC to uphold the FAA's decision finding the Naples Stage 2 ban unreasonable. In its decision last August, the FAA held that the Stage 2 ban violated Naples' obligation, as a Federal grant recipient, to make the airport available for public use on reasonable terms. Based on that finding, the FAA barred Naples from receiving Federal AIP grant funding as long as the Stage 2 ban remains in place. The FAA's decision is on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. For more information, visit:

New Regional Group Has Formed in Maine
The newly formed Maine Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) filed for incorporation on November 30. The group's officers are: Jim Hopkinson, president; Matt Orne, treasurer; and Don Godfrey, secretary. Chief among MEBAA's initial projects will be petitioning the state of Maine to bring about tax relief for the benefit of the aviation community. The group's next meeting will be January 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Conference Room 2 at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) air terminal. For a membership application, contact Hopkinson at or Bob Hutchinson at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Plans for Washington, DC-Area Regional Group Underway
Recently, many operators of business aircraft in the greater Washington, DC area have expressed an interest in forming a regional group. This Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) would function much like the other regional groups affiliated with NBAA across the nation. Companies using airports and airspace in the DC area are encouraged to contact for more information. Include your name, title, company name, phone number and the DC-area airport you use. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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Community Presentation About Business Aviation Now Available Online
NBAA has created a "Real World of Business Aviation" PowerPoint presentation for use by its Members. This file, which provides a brief overview of the concept and benefits of business aviation, was created for use in presentations to community groups. NBAA Members, and others interested in demonstrating the value of business aviation, may customize this presentation for their specific needs. Download the 1 MB PowerPoint file online at:

Applications for Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Due Dec. 17
The NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee, in cooperation with sponsors The VanAllen Group, Pentastar Aviation LLC and The Schwan Food Company, established the Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference. The 2005 NBAA Leadership Conference is scheduled to be held March 1 to 2, 2005, in Miami Lakes, FL. Applications for this year's scholarship must be received by Friday, December 17, 2004. For more information about this and 10 other NBAA scholarships, visit:

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due Jan. 17
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam will take place on March 3, 2005, in Miami, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference. Applications for the exam should be submitted no later than January 17, 2005. Applications may be submitted online, or the application can be downloaded and submitted by mail or fax. The CAM exam will be held three times in 2005: March 3, April 14 and November 14. Applications for any CAM exam must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the exam. For more information, contact Sarah Dicke at or visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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