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NBAA Update #05-18
Monday, May 02, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen to Testify Before Congress Committee on Status of Aviation Trust Fund
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will join other government and aviation leaders in testifying Wednesday, May 4 before a Congressional subcommittee that is holding a hearing to examine the financial condition of the FAA Airport and Airway Trust Fund. In recent weeks, some government and aviation industry officials have contended that the FAA is faced with declining trust fund balances, a reduced general fund contribution and increasing operational costs. These claims indicate willingness for renewed consideration of general aviation user fees. Bolen's appearance before Wednesday's subcommittee hearing is part of NBAA's ongoing work to represent business aviation on the matter of funding changes for the FAA. To learn more about NBAA's continuing efforts, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

NBAA Commends Prompt Action in House Committees on Bills to Reopen DCA to General Aviation
On Thursday, April 28, NBAA praised Congressional leaders for advancing two recently introduced pieces of legislation for reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation. "By their actions, House leaders are reaffirming that the time has long since come and gone for federal security officials to implement a plan that protects security while bringing economic activity back to National Airport," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

At FAA Funding Forum, Bolen Challenges Calls for User Fees
At a forum held last week to consider changes to the funding mechanism used by the FAA for providing air traffic services, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged a panel of aviation industry officials who support user fees as a primary means of revenue generation for air traffic service providers. For more information, visit:

Joint Industry Response Letter Challenges Forbes Article on Charter Safety
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, NATA President and CEO James Coyne and GAMA President and CEO Peter Bunce on Friday, April 29 sent a joint letter to the editor of Forbes challenging a recent article about charter aircraft operators ("Flight of Fear," Forbes, May 9). The industry letter follows a statement NBAA issued on the same article earlier this week, available online at Download the joint letter in PDF format at:

NBAA Responds to USA Today Article on Business Aircraft Use
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on April 29 issued a statement in response to an April 26 article, published in USA Today, which focused on business aircraft use. NBAA also has sent a letter to the editor of the newspaper concerning the matter. View Bolen's statement online at:

Update to Operational Policy/Procedures for RVSM
The FAA has announced that effective May 12, pre-flight coordinated conditional approvals for non-RVSM aircraft to cruise in RVSM airspace will be eliminated. This is the only significant change made in the April 14 revision of "GEN04009: Operational Policy/Procedures for RVSM in the Domestic U.S., Alaska, Offshore Airspace and the San Juan FIR," compared to the November 24, 2004, edition. As a reminder, the FAA only accommodates limited categories of non-RVSM aircraft in RVSM airspace. For more information, view the document at:

Change in Documentation Requirements for Crew Members Entering Mexico
Effective May 1, crew members now are required to have a passport for entry into Mexico. In addition to presenting a passport, crew members may be asked to show their pilot certificate and fill out an immigration survey form. Passengers only should be required to provide "proof of citizenship." NBAA is awaiting an official translation of the rule that established the new documentation requirements. For more information, operators should contact their flight planning service providers or NBAA's Berty Damato at

New Insurance Requirements Now in Force for the EU
On April 30, Regulation 785/2004 of the European Parliament took effect. The regulation sets out mandatory liability limits (inclusive of war risk) in respect of passengers, cargo, baggage and third parties and will affect almost all aircraft carriers and operators, both commercial and private, operating flights within, into, out of, or over the territory of an EU Member State. Such Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. For more information, visit:

EBACE2005: A Premier International Meeting Venue for Top Government Figures
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a world-class forum for government officials to meet and share knowledge and information. Attendees have the opportunity to speak directly with notable government officials, including representatives from EASA, Eurocontrol, the European Commission, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other government entities. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will join European Business Aviation Association CEO Brian Humphries in hosting this year's Opening General Session, which will be held Wednesday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Learn more about EBACE2005 or register online at:

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Regional News
NBAA Representatives to Speak at Professional Pilots Meeting This Wednesday
The Professional Pilots Association's next meeting will be Wednesday, May 4 at the Lane Aviation facility at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, OH. Featured speakers include NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown and NBAA Regional Representative Durwood Heinrich. These and others will discuss issues such as user fees, security requirements and airport access restrictions. All NBAA Member pilots in the Ohio region are invited to attend. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening meal is free to the first 150 registrants, courtesy of Lane Aviation. Reservations are required; RSVP to For more information, visit or contact NBAA's Heinrich at

Van Nuys in Danger of Further Restrictions
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) recently engaged a consulting firm to initiate a study at California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in accordance with FAR Part 161. The study points include: a landing fee system based on aircraft noise levels, fines for noise regulation non-compliance, a daytime noise limit, a cap on the number of Stage 3 aircraft based at VNY, expansion of the night curfew and establishing a cap or phase-out for helicopters. NBAA considers these proposed measures a serious threat, which, if actually implemented, would greatly constrain VNY's ability to serve the business community. The long-term study is expected to take three to five years to complete. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or NBAA's Jeff Gilley at, or visit:

Planned Aircraft Property Tax Increase at Virginia's HEF Is Reversed
The Manassas (VA) City Council voted to cancel a proposed 3,000-percent property tax increase for business aircraft based at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF). Testimony from NBAA, the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association and NBAA Members based at the airport describing the potential negative economic impact of the proposed tax on business aviation operators and the local community caused council members to reconsider and later abandon the planned increase. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

CRQ Requesting Operator Comments on Noise Study
San Diego County is currently updating its FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ). One aspect of the plan involves evaluating operational procedures for their potential to reduce noise exposure on airport vicinity noise-sensitive land uses. Consultants are evaluating six operational measures such as developing a new instrument departure and amending the quiet hours. The FAA takes into account whether or not aircraft operators were included in the study and whether or not operators showed a willingness to carry out the recommended changes. The county is requesting business aviation's input. NBAA needs Member help to protect business aviation interests at CRQ. To receive an electronic information package, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Notice of Outage and Procedures at Reno International
The FAA has announced an ILS Replacement Project at Reno International Airport (RNO) that will encompass a complete replacement of the ILS system for Runway 16R and the antenna for the Back Course for Runway 34L. The project is scheduled to take place from June 6 to August 26, 2005. A series of instrument procedures will be impacted by this outage, which will have an operational impact at RNO due to the loss of the ILS and/or Back Course Antenna. For full details of the outage and procedures affected, visit:

FAA to Implement SOIA Procedures at Cleveland Hopkins May 12
The FAA will be implementing simultaneous offset instrument approach (SOIA) procedures at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE) for Runways 6R/6L effective May 12. Details of the procedures for SOIA are contained in Cleveland Air Traffic Control Tower Letter to Airmen 05-02. A site implementation team meeting (with call-in capability) will be held on May 9 to discuss details of this SOIA implementation; details are provided in the meeting agenda. The FAA also has made available a document titled "Pilot Information for Flying the SOIA Procedure at CLE," and pilots are strongly encouraged to be familiar with the procedures described in this document. For more information, contact Acting Air Traffic Manager Pete DiFranco at (216) 898-2020. To view all documents mentioned above, visit:

TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been issued for Mississippi's Jackson and Canton areas on May 3. 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:

Avoid Travel Delays in South Carolina This Week
Darlington, SC, is the site of this week's NASCAR Nextel Series Cup race. Operators are advised to avoid expected race-related delays and congestion in the vicinity of Darlington County Jetport (UDG), especially Thursday, May 5 and Sunday, May 8. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Business Aviation Attendance Encouraged at FAA ATC/Customer Sessions
The FAA ATC System Command Center and its customers will hold six Collaborative Traffic Flow Management sessions to focus on the upcoming severe weather season and review procedures, new initiatives, and national and regional issues. One-day sessions on May 17 and 18 will be hosted by Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field (DAL); sessions on May 24 and 25 will be held at Honeywell Corporate Headquarters in Morristown, NJ; and sessions on June 15 and 16 will be hosted by America West Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. Two main panels will lead the discussion, an FAA panel and a customer panel, which will include business aviation schedulers, dispatchers and pilots. The FAA strongly encourages NBAA Members to attend these free sessions, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at

NBAA Members Encouraged to Attend Washington-Area ATC Briefing
Flight department personnel are invited to the Washington (DC) Area Severe Weather Briefing on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. The session will be held at the Independence Air training facility, 515 Shaw Rd., Dulles, VA. Dispatchers, schedulers and flight operations personnel are encouraged to attend. Panel participants will be representatives from IAD FAA Tower, Potomac TRACON, Washington Center and the ATC System Command Center. FAA representatives will be present to answer local ATC questions and concerns with a focus on the severe weather impacts between customers and FAA. For security purposes, RSVPs are required in advance via e-mail to For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at


NBAA Chairman Updates Members on Challenges and Changes
NBAA Chairman Ken Emerick today sent a letter to the Membership addressing key issues such as user fees, communications, grassroots participation and the election of four new NBAA Board members. "NBAA is fully committed to serving its Members and promoting the best interests of business aviation. We want to keep you well informed about the Association and hope that you will agree that what we are doing is consistent with our mission," wrote Emerick. Members may view a copy of the letter online at:

NBAA Board Elects Four New Directors
NBAA announced on April 29 the election of four new Directors. "Over the past several months, NBAA's Board of Directors has sought candidates who are familiar with business aviation, and who bring diversity and balance to the Board through a variety of professional skills and experiences, geographical and cultural backgrounds, familiarity with the safety culture of our community and other assets," said NBAA Chairman Ken Emerick. For more information about the new Directors, visit:

Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation Program Unveiled at CASS
Last week during the FSF/NBAA 50th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), the new NBAA Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation (SEBA) technical development program was further unveiled for use within corporate flight departments of all shapes and sizes. From outlining "best practice" technical training standards to providing detailed career development programs for all business aviation professionals, the SEBA program is a new resource designed to assist flight departments in the coordination of their training and education programs. For more information on the SEBA program, visit:

Association Newsletter to Become Members-Only Benefit This Summer
NBAA Update, ranked as the third-most-important product or service the association provides, is a primary means for NBAA to communicate with its Membership. Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen mailed a letter to Members to announce that this summer, the newsletter will become a Members-only benefit. Any employee of an NBAA Member may subscribe to NBAA Update online at For more information, review a copy of the letter in PDF format at:

Request for Proposals: 2006 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Presenters
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee currently is planning the program agenda for the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 25 through 27, 2006, in San Antonio, TX. The Committee requests presenters for this event, which is expected to draw more than 1,500 Attendees. Presentations are selected based on their quality and their benefit to business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. All proposals must be submitted to NBAA by July 1. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at

Federal Tax Forum Less Than Two Weeks Away
Attorneys, tax professionals and flight department staff are invited to participate in an NBAA Federal Tax Forum in Boston on Friday, May 13. After providing an overview of Federal Aviation Regulations that bear on tax planning, this one-day seminar will cover topics such as tax depreciation, expensing heavy maintenance for tax purposes, avoiding recapture/capital gains through a like-kind exchange, IRS audit initiatives focusing on aircraft, Federal aviation excise taxes, passive activity losses and the fringe benefit issues associated with personal use of a corporate aircraft. Learn more or register at:

Flight Attendants Conference Marks 10 Years in June
NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee will host the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference on June 17 and 18 in Atlanta, GA. This event will include sessions on cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips and professional development. Attendees also will learn about the safety and regulatory requirements that can maximize cabin safety for both passengers and crew. Flight attendants, flight technicians and other flight department professionals will take away options, procedures and techniques that they can immediately put to use in their daily operations. For more information or to register, visit:

June Workshops in San Francisco Benefit Flight Department Managers
NBAA is offering two Professional Development Program-approved Workshops this June in San Francisco. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 20 and 21 uses the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the basis for providing participants with all materials needed to develop or update an excellent flight operations manual, custom tailored to your operations. And whether you are just moving into the management ranks or have been there awhile, the NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 22 and 23 will offer you new ways of achieving excellence. Practical, proven techniques are presented and discussed to make your flight department more effective and efficient. To learn more or register for either event, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
NBAA Federal Tax Forum
May 13, Boston, MA

May 18–20, Geneva, Switzerland

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 2, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

NBAA 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 17–18, Atlanta, GA

NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 20–21, San Francisco, CA

NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 22–23, San Francisco, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 7, San Jose, CA

August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
November 14, New Orleans, LA

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 15–17, New Orleans, LA

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