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NBAA Update #05-23
Monday, June 06, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen to Testify at Senate Hearing on General Aviation Security on Thursday
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing this Thursday, June 9, focusing on general aviation security in Washington, DC airspace and the plan recently announced by the government to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation operators. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), chairman of the Committee, will preside. In addition to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), FAA and other representatives from the general aviation community are expected to testify. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

Aviation and Business Leaders to Welcome Return of Business Aviation to DCA
On June 23, aviation and business leaders will gather at Reagan National Airport to welcome the restoration of business aviation to DCA and salute those in Congress and the Administration who have made the return of business aviation at the airport possible. The event, titled "Celebrate General Aviation," will be chaired by Sen. George Allen (R-VA), and co-hosted by the Washington Airports Task Force, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, NBAA and Signature Flight Support. "This is our opportunity to say 'thank you' to the leaders in Congress and the Administration who have worked to lift restrictions on general aviation nationwide – including at Reagan National – while sustaining a high standard of security," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. To view the press release, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Court Decision Upholding FAA Authority to Withhold Grants for Unreasonable Restrictions on Aircraft Access
NBAA today welcomed a court decision upholding authority for the FAA to take action against unreasonable restrictions on certain types of business aircraft. The decision, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 3, resulted from court proceedings to determine whether a ban on Stage 2 aircraft at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) was unreasonable, as the FAA claimed. "NBAA is pleased that the court recognized and preserved the FAA's authority to withhold federal funding from airports that impose unreasonable restrictions on aircraft," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Airports that receive federal funding and are available for public use should not unjustly discriminate against certain types of aircraft. With its decision last week, the court signaled its agreement with that principle." For more information, visit:

IRS Provides Guidance on 2004 JOBS Act Personal Use Deduction Limitations
On June 13, the IRS will publish IRS Notice 2005-45, Deductions for Entertainment Use of Business Aircraft. This notice provides guidance to aircraft operators on the limitation under 274(e) of the Internal Revenue Code on the deductible amount of trade or business expenses for use of a business aircraft for entertainment that were imposed by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. The notice will affect many operators that permit certain personal use (i.e., entertainment, recreation, amusement) of their business aircraft. For more information about the American Jobs Creation Act or to download a copy of IRS Notice 2005-45, visit:

NBAA to Educate Members About JOBS Act Guidance
To inform NBAA Members about IRS Notice 2005-45, NBAA's Tax Committee will hold a three-hour teleconference on Thursday, June 16. The call will be open to NBAA Members and there is no charge to register for this education initiative. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to send questions regarding the IRS Guidance in advance of the teleconference to NBAA's Mike Nichols at Following an overview of the IRS Notice, Member questions will be addressed by NBAA's Tax Committee. To participate in this informational teleconference, open only to NBAA Members, register via the NBAA web site at:

NBAA Joins NATA In Opposing Legislation to Limit Free Weather Information to Pilots
NBAA Chairman and CEO Ed Bolen recently joined National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President Jim Coyne in sending a letter expressing strong opposition to pending Senate legislation that would prohibit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) from providing weather reports, forecasting and data collection services free of charge to the public. As introduced, S. 78 (The National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005) would prohibit NOAA and NWS from offering no-cost weather and related services to the public if the services are offered by a private company. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). The letter sent by NBAA and NATA opposing the proposal was sent to both the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. No hearings have been scheduled on the legislation, and NBAA continues to closely monitor the issue. To learn more, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at To read copies of the letters sent to the Senate Committee chairman and ranking minority member, visit:

NBAA/IBAC Urges EU to Reconsider Insurance Regulation
European Union (EU) Regulation 785/2004, which requires minimum aircraft insurance levels for war risk and third party liability, has resulted in far greater negative impacts on operators than expected. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), representing the worldwide business aviation industry, sent a formal letter to the EU's Director of Transport Daniel Calleja Crespo, urging an immediate review of the regulation. (View the letter in PDF format at NBAA Members are encouraged to send individual letters to the EU expressing their concern and supporting the IBAC/NBAA position. Please forward copies of such letters to NBAA via fax at (202) 833-9668 or U.S. mail to NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Attention: Bill Stine. For more information on the EU Regulation, visit:

NBAA Requests Member Feedback on NGA Publication Policy
On November 18, 2004, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced in the Federal Register its intent to remove Department of Defense (DoD) Flight Information Publications (FLIPs), Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DADIF), and related aeronautical safety of navigation digital and hardcopy publications from public sale and distribution. After initial feedback from the public, the NGA has determined that a period of public comment will benefit the final decision on this policy issue. The period of comment closes on June 30. NBAA is preparing a response to this proposal and is soliciting Member feedback. Members should send their comments for NBAA consideration to NBAA's Bob Lamond at For more detailed information on the announcement and the feedback process, visit:


Regional News
Upcoming TFRs for VIP Travel
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage, CA, area for June 6 and 7. Operators also should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel to Columbus, OH, on June 9 and Tampa, FL on June 10. 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:

Atlanta RNAV Departures Procedure Change, Effective Immediately
Based on several flight path deviations immediately after takeoff from the designed path, Atlanta International Airport (ATL) RNAV departure procedures have been changed. Effective immediately, Atlanta Tower will assign an initial radar vector in an operator's takeoff clearance. Pilots should fly the assigned radar vector until cleared to join the filed RNAV departure by Atlanta Departure Control. The Atlanta Tower ATIS has been updated with the following information: "ATL RNAV Departures expect vectors to join assigned RNAV route(SID)." Initial radar vectors will be assigned by ATL Tower. On initial contact, expect Departure Control to issue clearances DIRECT to an RNAV waypoint, and then via the flight planned RNAV SID. Pilots are expected to resume assigned RNAV SID when cleared direct to original RNAV waypoint. All other RNAV briefing requirements and procedural guidance are still required. For more information, contact NBAA at

Dulles Emphasizing the Use of RNAV Arrivals
Crews flying RNAV-capable aircraft should file for RNAV arrivals when operating to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). RNAV procedures greatly enhance the efficiency and capacity of Dulles and other airports where they are in use. Flightcrews can anticipate that even if they have not filed for an RNAV arrival, but are RNAV capable, ATC will clear them for the RNAV procedure into Dulles. This will result in added crew coordination at critical times of flight. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Avoid Travel Delays in Northeast Pennsylvania This Week
Aircraft activity will increase this week as the NASCAR Nextel Cup race goes to the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Operators should expect heavier-than-normal air traffic and transient aircraft in the vicinity of Wilkes-Barre (AVP), Mount Pocono (MPO) and Hazelton (HZL) from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday June 12. No special traffic management program is anticipated; however, check NOTAMs before flying. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Pacific Northwest Group Hosting Local Airports Roundtable
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host its second meeting this Wednesday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) at the King County Training Room #120. The chairman of the King County Roundtable, an official committee formed to address issues between Boeing Field and the surrounding community, will moderate a panel of managers from Boeing Field, Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Snohomish County/Paine Field (PAE), Renton Municipal (RNT) and Tacoma Narrows (TIW) airports. The panel will address issues confronting their airports and the state of Washington. Lunch will be prepared by Culinary Arts and will be sponsored by PNBAA member Kit Narodick. RSVP to Richard Keltner at or (206) 768-0796. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Business Aviation Regional Forums

Ten-Year Anniversary for Flight Attendants Conference This Month
NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee will host the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference on June 17 and 18 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport 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. Learn more or register online at:

Flight Operations Manual and Management Fundamentals Workshops Offered This Month
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 IS-BAO Implementation Workshops
IS-BAO Implementation Workshops are conducted regularly for operators to provide an introduction to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of recommended 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. Upcoming workshops for operators include July 8 in San Jose, CA, and September 16 in Denver, CO. To suggest holding a workshop in your area, contact the International Business Aviation Council at Review the workshop schedule at:

Certified Aviation Manager Program

Upcoming NBAA Events
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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