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NBAA Update #05-08
Monday, February 21, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Meets With FAA Officials To Discuss Business Aviation Best Practices
Last week, NBAA joined several other general aviation organizations in meeting with Federal Aviation Administration officials to discuss best practices for business aviation. As an Association that has long led the way in developing and promoting safe operational guidelines, NBAA was pleased to participate in the meeting. In addition to a discussion about the need for a continued focus on best practices, NBAA reiterated the Association's concern about the methods FAA uses to track the safety record for business aviation, which produces an unclear and misrepresentative depiction of the true safety record for business aircraft. "Until the FAA can provide clear data for analysis, the root causes of accidents cannot be clearly established," stated NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "In other words, our concern is not just about numbers - it's about having the information needed to ensure that effective decision-making takes place and the outstanding safety record for our industry is maintained." Although scheduled several months ago, the meeting followed last Tuesday's crash of a Citation CE-560 in Pueblo, CO, the 6th turbine-powered general aviation accident since October of last year. To learn more about the meeting, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at To view the statement NBAA issued following the meeting, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Legislation To Restore GA Access To DCA
Last week, NBAA welcomed the introduction of House and Senate legislative proposals requiring the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation to re-open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation aircraft operators. Sen. George Allen (R-VA) introduced a proposal, as did Representatives Tom Davis (R-11-VA) and Jim Moran (D-8-VA), and NBAA has met with congressional staff to discuss the details of both bills. More broadly, NBAA continues to work diligently with members of congress to restore access to DCA and other airports and airspace, and to expand implementation of the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC), which provides an effective approach to general aviation security. To learn more about NBAA's congressional advocacy efforts on behalf of the business aviation community, contact Lisa Piccione at

NBAA Welcomes Confirmation of Michael Chertoff as DHS Secretary
Last week, NBAA welcomed confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Michael Chertoff as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "NBAA applauds Michael Chertoff's confirmation as DHS Secretary," said Ed Bolen. "We look forward to having an opportunity to familiarize Mr. Chertoff with the priorities of the business aviation community, and to working with him to develop policies that protect America's aviation security interests, while recognizing economic realities and the need to preserve personal freedoms." To learn more about NBAA's work with DHS officials, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

Public Company SEC Reporting – Part II
Accurate reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of personal use of corporate aircraft, as described in last week's NBAA Update, is critical for public companies. Reporting requirements and court cases are detailed in a new article, "Personal Use of the Company Aircraft: IRS vs. FAA vs. SEC", which has been posted to the NBAA web site. Flight department staff in public companies should provide this information to their tax and securities attorneys to ensure proper reporting by your company. To view the article, visit:


Regional News
Ed Bolen to Serve As Keynote Speaker at First Meeting of Washington-Area BizAv Organization
Ed Bolen will be the featured speaker at the first general membership meeting of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) on Friday, February 25 at the Signature Flight Support facility at Washington Reagan National Airport. Bolen will provide an update on priority issues for the business aviation industry. In addition, attendees will be briefed on the activities of GWBAA's committees on Membership, Operations, Communications and Events. Participants do not need to be GWBAA members to attend. For more information, visit:


NBAA's 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference A Success
NBAA's annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was held February 13-16, 2005, at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada. With more than 1,500 attendees and 275 exhibitors, this year's Conference proved tremendously successful for all. NBAA thanks all participants for attending the conference. To learn more about the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, visit:

Standards of Excellence In Business Aviation Information Available
The Operations Committee of NBAA, in collaboration with the Flight Attendants, Schedulers & Dispatchers and Maintenance Committees, has developed the Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation program (SEBA) to encourage continuing education practices within the business aviation community. Technical in nature, it complements the management guidelines contained in the Professional Development Program (PDP) and provides career training guidance for six categories of operating disciplines. To learn more about SEBA, visit:

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Feb. 25
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. For more information, including nomination guidelines, visit:

2005 Flying Safety Awards Applications Due Mar. 1
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards exemplify NBAA's focus on aviation safety, and are demonstrative of the high degree of professionalism inherent in safe business aircraft operations. The awards have brought worldwide attention to the safety record for business aircraft and have been endorsed by the National Safety Council. All applications for the 2005 Awards must be postmarked no later than March 1. For more information or to download applications, visit:

NBAA Corporate Aviation Leadership Conference Scheduled for March 2005
"Survive and Thrive–Proactive Leadership in a Reactive World" is the theme for this year's NBAA Corporate Aviation Leadership Conference, scheduled for March 1-2, 2005 at Don Shula's Hotel in Miami Lakes, FL. Conference sessions will focus on proactive conflict management, change leadership, security and other topics designed to provide valuable insights into real-world management and leadership issues. Expert presenters will make it a worthwhile experience for existing and future leaders. For more information, visit:

NBAA International Operators' Conference to be Held Mar 13-15 in Colorado Springs, CO
The 32nd Annual International Operator's Conference (IOC) will be held at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO, from Sunday, March 13 – Thursday, March 17, 2005. As one of NBAA's premier conferences, the IOC showcases informational sessions on key regional and operational issues provided by business aviation's leading international authorities. A full agenda and registration information are available at:

Call for Nominations: 2005 European Business Aviation Awards Due Mar. 15
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year, nominations are due by March 15. For more information about EBACE2005, which will be held May 18 through 20 in Geneva, Switzerland, visit For more information on how to submit a nomination for the European Business Aviation Award, visit:

Housing Reservations Available for 58th Annual Meeting and Convention
Housing reservations for the 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled for November 15, 16, and 17, 2005, in New Orleans, LA, are now available. Reservations can currently be made online, by phone, by fax or by mail, but to avoid duplications on hotel selection, please utilize only one of these methods to make your reservations. Hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is best to book hotel reservations as soon as possible. For more information contact Travel Planners at (212) 532-1660 or click on the housing link at:

Business Aviation in Today's Economy

Upcoming NBAA Events
Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 21–22, Miami Lakes, FL

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
February 23–24, Miami Lakes, FL

Leadership Conference
March 1–2, Miami Lakes, FL

PDP Course: Management Control Procedures
March 3, Miami Lakes, FL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
March 3, Miami Lakes, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 10, Teterboro, NJ

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

March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
April 14, 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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