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NBAA Update #04-50
Monday, December 13, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
GAO Releases Report on General Aviation Security
Last Friday, the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, released its long-awaited report on general aviation security. The report acknowledges NBAA's long-standing recommendations that suggest the need for a threat-based, risk-management approach to general aviation security. The GAO highlighted the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) program, developed with NBAA, as an example of government and industry partnerships helping to solve the challenge of general aviation security. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at Download a copy of the study in PDF format at:

DHS Secretary Nominee Withdraws From Consideration
On Saturday, December 11, Bernard Kerik, nominated by President Bush to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), withdrew his name from consideration following questions surrounding the immigration status and employment tax irregularities of a nanny he employed. The White House has indicated its support for Kerik's decision to withdraw. NBAA expects the White House to quickly identify another nominee for the post.

Member Survey Deadline Is Midnight Tonight
More than 1,000 NBAA Members have completed an association products-and-services survey, rating nearly 100 selected initiatives and helping to guide future planning. The online survey is by e-mail invitation. If you have received an e-mail invitation (the e-mail subject line includes "NBAA Member Survey") and not had an opportunity to participate, please do so by midnight tonight, Monday, December 13, when NBAA will end data collection. We are grateful for your participation. For more information, contact NBAA's David W. Almy at

New Equipment Suffix for FAA Flight Plans
NBAA reminds Members that Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) will be implemented in Domestic U.S. airspace between FL 290-410 (inclusive) at 0901 UTC on January 20, 2005. Effective January 5, when filing an FAA Flight Plan, with the exception of operators filing through DUATS and Flight Service Stations, RVSM-compliant operators/aircraft are expected to file /Q or /W, as appropriate, for flight between FL 290-410 (inclusive). This will allow the FAA to see that operators are filing correctly for flight in RVSM airspace as the implementation date approaches. Operators filing through DUATS and some flight service stations may not file "/Q" until January 20. For more information, review the "Area of Operations Specific Information" section of the FAA web site at:

Safety Tip on Pre-Flight Planning: Know Before You Go
The NBAA Safety Committee's Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Program Manual provides a section on standard operating procedures that includes pre-flight planning. Subjects covered include but are not limited to aircraft, publications, weather, runway conditions, fuel requirements, crew experience and alternates. Download the "Standard Operating Procedures - Fixed Wing" section of the program manual online at:

FAA to Publish Proposed Rulemaking for Alcohol Use Disqualifications
The FAA will publish in the December 14 edition of the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the current regulations that apply to airmen who fail or refuse an alcohol or drug test. These changes are being proposed to conform the FAA's regulations to changes in the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol regulations. The proposal is to add medical disqualification factors to the substance abuse provisions for the three classes of medical certificates. Proposed additions to the definition of substance abuse are: (1) An alcohol test result of 0.04 or greater breath alcohol concentration on an alcohol test required by the DOT or an agency of the DOT, and (2) a refusal to submit to an alcohol or drug test required by the DOT or a DOT agency. Comments are invited and will be accepted by the DOT until March 14, 2005. Read the preliminary NPRM at:

FAA Releases Updated Information on Deicing Holdover Times
The FAA has issued Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Air Transportation (FSAT) 04-05, updating deicing holdover times for the 2004- 2005 winter flying season. The tables correlate the holdover times based on temperature, type of fluid used and type of precipitation. Download the complete bulletin in Word format at As a refresher, flightcrews also should review Advisory Circular 135-17, "Pilot Guide - Small Aircraft Ground Deicing." Download a copy of AC-135-17 in PDF format at:

Amendments to Canadian Regulations Proposed to Improve Runway Safety
The Canadian transport minister recently announced proposed amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to improve the safety of runway approaches in poor visibility. According to a Transport Canada press release, the proposed amendments will help enhance safety for crew and travelers by establishing the minimum visibility at which an approach can be conducted using an aircraft's instruments. For more information, visit:

2005 IS-BAO Implementation Workshops
Nine IS-BAO Implementation Workshops were conducted in 2004 due to increasing demand from operators for an introduction to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop is designed 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. Approximately 8 to 10 workshops will be held in 2005, including: January 27 in Miami, FL; March 10 in Teterboro, NJ; June 2 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; July 8 in San Jose, CA; and September 16 in Denver, CO. To suggest holding a workshop in your area, contact IBAC at Review the workshop schedule at:

King Air Returns to Smithsonian
A Beechcraft King Air 90 on display from 1998 to 2000 in the NBAA-sponsored Business Wings exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum returns to the popular Washington, DC attraction this week. The aircraft will be on display for approximately six months, after which it will be placed on permanent display – suspended from the ceiling – at the Smithsonian's new Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport in Virginia. The King Air was introduced in 1964 and is considered to be the world's most popular turboprop business aircraft. For now, the King Air is on display in the Air Transportation gallery, adjacent to the west end of the museum's main building on the Mall in downtown Washington. For more information, contact NBAA's David W. Almy at Visit the Business Wings exhibit online at:

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

Regional News
Helicopters May Fly Into Yankee Stadium TFR
Helicopter operations will be permitted in restricted airspace protected by a TFR around New York's Yankee Stadium during the times it is in effect, provided certain conditions are met. A list of conditions is provided on the NBAA web site. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at or visit:

Contact Congress

NBAA Recognizes Nine Certified Aviation Managers
Nine individuals successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination administered on October 11 in Las Vegas, NV. "NBAA congratulates these CAMs on their achievement," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Through the successful completion of the certification process, these individuals have proven their knowledge and management skills to both their employers and the business aviation community." Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. For more information, including a list of the newest Certified Aviation Managers, visit:

NBAA Revises and Expands PDP Objectives, Seeks New PDP Providers
NBAA has revised and expanded its Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives, bringing the total number of objectives to 30. The changes were made in order to align PDP more closely with the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program, NBAA's formal certification program for current and aspiring flight department managers. The association now seeks new educational providers to develop courses that meet the new PDP objectives. Interested parties should contact NBAA to receive an application kit, and all applications are due by February 28, 2005. For details, visit:

Applications for Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Due This Friday
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 this Friday, December 17. For more information about this and 10 other NBAA scholarships, visit:

Bill Stine Celebrates 25 Years With NBAA
On December 10, NBAA formally recognized Director, International Operations William H. Stine II for 25 years of service as a staff member. Since 1979, Stine has been the association's spokesman on matters involving international business aviation, communications, navigation and surveillance. For more information, visit:

Peter Diamandis to Be Guest Speaker at NBAA Conferences
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman, founder and president of the X Prize Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in February as well as the NBAA Leadership Conference in March. He also is tentatively scheduled to speak at the Maintenance Management Conference in April. The X Prize Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting the formation of a space-tourism industry through a $10 million prize. Diamandis also serves as the chairman of Zero Gravity Corporation, a commercial space company developing private, FAA-certified parabolic flight utilizing Boeing 727-200 aircraft. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from MIT and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, he has conducted research in a number of fields, including molecular genetics, space medicine and launch-vehicle design. For more information about NBAA Conferences, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 27, 2005, Miami, FL

Regulatory Issues Forum
January 28, 2005, Miami, FL

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 21–22, 2005, Florida

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
February 23–24, 2005, Florida

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

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

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

SPDP Course: Meteorology
February 13, 2005, Reno, NV

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

Leadership Conference
March 1–2, 2005, Miami Lakes, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 10, 2005, Teterboro, NJ

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

March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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