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NBAA Update #04-52
Monday, December 27, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Final Version of FAA Flight Plan 2005–2009 Is Released
The FAA has released the final version of Flight Plan 2005–2009, a rolling, multi-year strategic effort setting a course for the FAA through 2009. The FAA's self-stated mission is to provide the safest and most efficient air transportation system in the world. To achieve that end, the Flight Plan has four main goals: increased safety, greater capacity, international leadership and organizational excellence. According to FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, "Our goal was to develop a tighter, more disciplined Flight Plan with improved performance targets, fewer initiatives and a plan that is more responsive to the entire aerospace community." The original and subsequent versions of the Flight Plan were written in consultation with the representatives of the aviation industry; NBAA's staff has been involved in shaping the Flight Plan and will stay engaged with the FAA in developing future editions. NBAA's goal is to ensure that the growth and economic expansion of business aviation is served by the direction the Flight Plan will lead the U.S. aviation community. "NBAA looks forward to providing advice and support as we build capacity and a safer aerospace system that serves America's needs," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at or visit:

NBAA Salutes DHS Deputy Secretary James Loy for Exemplary Public Service
Following the December 20 announcement that Admiral James Loy will leave his position as deputy secretary of homeland security, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen publicly saluted Loy for his service to the nation. "Throughout his tenure in public service, Admiral Loy has played a key role in shaping transportation security policy," said Bolen. "In each of his capacities, he has shown himself to be a sincere listener, skilled administrator and thoughtful leader. He served our country well with his commitment to balance security interests, economic needs and personal liberties. We thank Admiral Loy for his service, and wish him well in his future pursuits." For more information, visit:

Safety Tip on CFIT: Know Where You Are
Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) is defined in FAA Advisory Circular 61-134 as occurring "when an airworthy aircraft is flown, under the control of a qualified pilot, into terrain (water or obstacles) with inadequate awareness on the part of the pilot of the impending collision." In such scenarios, situational awareness is lost. Regardless of whether operators are in mountainous terrain or the flatlands, they constantly should know where they are in relationship to the topography around them. CFIT remains the primary cause of aviation fatalities and to address this issue, the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has produced the Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Toolkit and the CFIT Checklist; learn more at For more information, review AC 61-134 and NBAA Safety Committee Recommendations online at:

CNS/ATM Survey for Corporate Flight Departments
NBAA invites corporate flight departments to participate in a Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Joint Committee Survey conducted by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The joint committee was formed to explore and help shape the integration of today's corporate flight operations into tomorrow's regulated and technical airspace requirements. It is made up of representatives from IBAC, GAMA, NBAA, and other industry groups, as well as avionics manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, service providers and research groups. The survey, which must be completed by January 11, is located online at:

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

Regional News
TFR Issued for New York City
FDC NOTAM 4/3797 creates a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over New York City in conjunction with expected New Year's celebrations. From 8:00 p.m., December 31, until 2:00 a.m., January 1, aircraft flight operations are prohibited below 4,000 feet over Manhattan Island from 96th Street to 23rd Street, between the East River and Hudson River. Though no airports fall within this area, several heliports and a seaplane base will be affected. Operators who fly out of West 30th Street Heliport (JRA), Pan Am Metroport Heliport (6N4), East 34th Street Heliport (6N5) and New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane Base (6N7) are cautioned to review the NOTAM for complete restrictions. View the NOTAM at:

Fulton County Airport Tower Discontinues Midnight Shift
Beginning January 1, the control tower at Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta, GA, will discontinue its midnight shift and adopt new hours: weekdays, closed 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.; weekends, closed 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The airport itself will remain open 24 hours a day. During hours the control tower is closed, control of the airspace will revert to Atlanta TRACON. Pilots should follow guidelines established for utilizing facilities that have no tower personnel on duty. This closure is a result of a Fulton County Commission decision to withdraw its funding for operation of the contract tower at FTY for the overnight shift. NBAA has joined with the Georgia Business Aviation Association in voicing its concern to the commission over the decision. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or download NBAA's December 27 letter to the commission at:

Past Board Member Heinrich Honored at Texas Gathering
More than 100 members of the Southwest U.S. business aviation community gathered on December 18 in Addison, TX, to honor past NBAA Board Member Durwood J. Heinrich, who received the NBAA Silk Scarf Award. Heinrich stepped down from the NBAA Board of Directors on December 17 following his retirement from Texas Instruments, where he was director of aviation and chief pilot. He received the award for his contributions to the aviation industry, particularly through his participation on several NBAA Standing Committees and on the NBAA Board. For more information, visit:

NBAA GA Desk Participates in DFW Aviation Career Expo
NBAA and its GA Desk recently participated in the Dallas area's first aviation and transportation career expo, held at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Thousands of students attended the event, where more than 35 agencies, companies and organizations displayed aircraft, vehicles and aviation services. For more information, contact FAA Southwest Region's Debra Myers at or NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Speakers Needed for Regional Forums in Farmingdale, San Jose and Denver
NBAA seeks speakers for three Business Aviation Regional Forums to be held on the following dates: April 21, 2005, at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY; July 7, 2005, at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA; and September 15, 2005, at Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO. Speaker abstracts for the Regional Forums must be submitted to NBAA by January 14. For more information, visit:

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Two Students Receive 2004 NBAA Fanning Maintenance Scholarship
NBAA has selected two students to receive the 2004 NBAA William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Shannon Stuart Spangler and Anna Romer each will receive $2,500 to further their education as they pursue careers as aviation maintenance technicians. For more information, visit:

Call for Nominations: NBAA's Two Highest Awards
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the 2005 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the 2005 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 25. Award winners will be officially recognized at the Annual Gala of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November 2005. Recent winners of the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award are Stuart Matthews (2004), Sam B. Williams (2003) and James D. Raisbeck (2002), and recent winners of the Doswell Award are Allan B. Lane (2004), Byron M. Reed II (2003) and J. Robert Duncan (2002). For more information, including nomination guidelines, visit:

NBAA Staff Makes Holiday Donation to DC-Area Charity
NBAA employees recently donated canned goods and toys to Martha's Table, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to fulfilling the needs of low-income and homeless children, families and individuals. For more information, visit:

NBAA Headquarters Holiday Schedule
This week, NBAA's Washington Headquarters will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3. NBAA wishes its Members a safe and happy new year.


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

Maintenance Management Conference
April 10–13, Colorado Springs, CO

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 21, Farmingdale, NY

Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar
April 26, Orlando, FL

FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 26–28, Orlando, FL

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