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NBAA Update #05-22
Monday, May 30, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Plan to Reopen DCA to General Aviation
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed a plan introduced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to resume general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). "This is great news," Bolen said. "The plan represents a significant breakthrough in our long-standing effort to promote access to airports and airspace for the general aviation community. We know that the plan is onerous at this point, but it is a first step in normalizing general aviation operations at DCA. NBAA will work with security officials and leaders in Congress to build upon this plan with reasonable procedures that ensure security without prohibiting mobility." Bolen's assessment was reflected in remarks made by Admiral David Stone, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. At a news conference to outline the plan, Stone said: "This is the first step, and we want to get started and then make whatever adjustments can be made to the program so it makes more sense or it can be expanded." For information on last week's announcement, the details of the plan and NBAA's ongoing work to preserve access for business aviation, visit:

Bolen Address to NJ Aviation Hall of Fame Honors Jack Olcott
In comments at the annual New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame dinner last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recognized the contributions made to business aviation by former NBAA President Jack Olcott, who was inducted in 2001. Bolen went on to discuss the national interest in a strong and vibrant air transportation system. Bolen's comments detailed his participation in several Washington forums, his testimony before congressional hearings and his meetings with congressional staff in recent weeks to discuss the future of the U.S. air traffic control system and FAA funding. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Hubbard at

Visual Warning System for DC ADIZ Now Operational
The National Capital Region visual warning system (VWS) became operational on May 21. The VWS is a ground-based system that uses low-level beams of alternating red and green lights designed to alert pilots that they have violated the Washington, DC air defense identification zone (ADIZ) or flight restricted zone (FRZ). Pilots who are seeing this signal should immediately contact ATC on an appropriate local frequency or 121.5/243.0 and exit the ADIZ airspace. This system is only being implemented in the Washington, DC area; pilots who observe laser activity elsewhere should follow the procedures outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 70-2, Reporting of Laser Illumination of Aircraft. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at or visit the NBAA web site at:

Changes to APIS Become Effective Next Week
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing next Monday, June 6. In addition to the current requirement for transmission of manifest information for passengers and crew members onboard commercial vessels and aircraft in advance of arrival in the United States, operators will be required to transmit information in advance of departure from the United States as of June 6. An Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission also will be required for crew members and non-crew members onboard commercial aircraft that overfly the United States. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

General Aviation Awards Application Now Available
The General Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and aviation industry sponsors, including NBAA, to annually recognize outstanding individuals in the fields of avionics, flight instruction and maintenance. In addition, the FAA annually recognizes outstanding individuals serving the national safety program as aviation safety counselors. The awards highlight the important roles these individuals play in promoting aviation safety, education and professionalism. Revised this month, the PDF application/nomination form now allows users to fill out the form digitally. For more information, download the form at:


Regional News
MBAA Testifies Before Michigan House Transportation Committee
Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) members on May 24 testified before the Michigan House Transportation Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to educate committee members about the importance of business air travel to the state's economy and the need for sufficient funding to preserve, develop and assure safety at Michigan airports. The MBAA recognizes the need to improve state and local officials' understanding of aviation in order to identify a funding source to replace the Airport Safety and Protection Plan, Michigan's five-year $1 billion funding program that was supported by MBAA and passed by the legislature in 2002. Following the testimony, representatives of MBAA and NBAA met with Representative Phillip LaJoy, the committee's chair, to further discuss the importance of business aviation in Michigan. For more information, contact MBAA's Steve Young at or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Atlanta Introduces RNAV Departure Procedures
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) recently introduced RNAV departure procedures for all runways. Overall, the implementation has gone well and has increased the efficiency of operations at the airport. There have been about a dozen instances of pilots loading the incorrect runway in their FMS prior to takeoff, resulting in unexpected, and in some cases unsafe, maneuvers on the part of the aircraft before being corrected by ATC. ATC is asking all pilots to ensure they load the FMS with correct takeoff runway designators when flying ATL RNAV SIDs. As a reminder, each ATL RNAV SID is runway dependent. Existing Atlanta noise tracks have not changed with the RNAV implementation and initial turns never turn toward traffic on the other parallel runway. Verify the correct departure runway and RNAV SID waypoints prior to taking off. For more information, contact NBAA at

FAA and Port of Seattle to Host Customer Meeting This Week
The Port of Seattle and Seattle ATCT and TRACON invite NBAA Members to attend the Seattle Customer Forum on Wednesday, June 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Airport Office Building's London Room at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Briefings will cover summer runway construction, status and reliability of STARS, noise issues, low visibility issues and other airport issues at SEA, Boeing Field/King County International (BFI), Portland International (PDX), Snohomish County (PAE), Spokane International (GEG) and Grant County (MWH). Taxiway and runway issues will be covered during a working lunch. FAA customer air traffic representatives will be in attendance. For more information, contact FAA's Kathryn Vernon at (206) 214-4600 or, or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Avoid Travel Delays This Week in Delaware
Dover Speedway in Dover, DE, is this week's NASCAR Nextel race venue. Though no special traffic management programs (STMPs) have been proposed for this event, operators should check NOTAMs before flying in the region. Air traffic delays are possible, especially on Thursday, June 2 and the afternoon of Sunday, June 5. Operators are encouraged to use the preferred arrival and departure routes contained in FAA Notice SP05016 at Possible ramp congestion and ground delays are expected at Dover/Cheswold (33N), Georgetown (GED), Wilmington (ILG) and Dover (DOV) airports. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. to Meet on Jun. 9
NBAA Members are invited to the second general membership meeting of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) on June 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, VA. The meeting will cover hot topics and the latest air traffic management information for operators in the greater Washington, DC, area. The featured speakers will be GWBAA President Bob Blouin, NBAA Southeast Regional Representative Harry Houckes and FAA Potomac TRACON Air Traffic Manager Jim Bedow. Lunch will be sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation. To RSVP, e-mail or call Blouin at (202) 415-1512. For more information, contact Houckes at

NBAA and TSA Speakers to Address Ohio Group on Jun. 15
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold its first statewide meeting on June 15 at the Lane Aviation facility at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, OH. A featured speaker will be NBAA Central Regional Representative Durwood Heinrich on safer approaches and landings. In addition, the following Transportation Security Administration representatives will provide an overview of the TSA in relation to business aviation: Scott Lorenzo, stakeholder manager, John Dipaola, stakeholder liaison and Perry Dorn, assistant federal security director for law enforcement. The event will begin at 12:00 noon. For more information, visit, or contact ORBAA President Phil Roberts at (937) 890- 8900 or Heinrich at

Michigan Golf Classic to Support Aviation Scholarships
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) invites all NBAA Members to its Annual MBAA "Alice Gustafson Memorial" Golf Classic on Monday, July 25. The event will be held at the Lyon Oaks Golf & Banquet Center in Wixom, MI, with a 10:00 a.m. tee time. Revenues from the event help support aviation scholarships to promote future aviation leaders. For more information, contact MBAA's Cindy Schnetzler at or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Certified Aviation Manager Program

May NBAA Dispatch Newsletter Now Online
The May issue of NBAA Dispatch includes a message from new NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Kristi Ivey of The Home Depot and outlines the Committee's goals for the coming year. The issue also provides a recap of 2005 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference activities, information about regional group activities and meetings, and more. For further information about the Committee or NBAA Dispatch, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at Review the May issue online at:

Maintenance TRACS Application Now Available
The application for the new NBAA Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) for aviation maintenance personnel is now available. Created to promote professional development and business aviation maintenance careers, the Maintenance TRACS program is administered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee and made possible by the following 10 corporate sponsors: Bombardier Aerospace, CAE SimuFlite, Cessna Aircraft, FlightSafety International, Global Jet Services, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Raytheon Aircraft and Rolls-Royce. For more information and to download an application in PDF format, visit:

Several NBAA Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
In addition to Maintenance TRACS, there are six other NBAA scholarships with upcoming deadlines. Applications are now available for the following: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships are due September 1, except for the Barden Scholarship, which is due November 1. For more information or to download applications, visit:

Business Aviation Events of Interest This Summer
NBAA has planned several events of interest to the business aviation community this summer, including the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference on June 17 and 18 in Atlanta, Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 20 and 21 in San Francisco, Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 22 and 23 in San Francisco, and Business Aviation Regional Forum on July 7 in San Jose, CA. In addition, those flying internationally will be interested to learn more about the 1st Annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005) being held August 9 to 11 in Shanghai, China. For more information about these and other upcoming NBAA events, visit the web at:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, and will reopen on Tuesday.

Business Aviation Regional Forums

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
July 8, San Jose, CA

August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
September 16, 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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Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

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