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NBAA Update #05-28
Monday, July 11, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Two Onerous Congressional Proposals for Business Aircraft Operators: What NBAA Is Doing, and How Members Can Help
As Congress returns from its July 4 recess, lawmakers will renew consideration of a highway spending bill that mostly addresses roadway improvements, but also contains two burdensome proposals for the business aviation community. The first would alter procedures for payment of federal taxes on jet fuel; the second would limit deductibility of entertainment expenses for business aircraft. The proposals are a central concern for the business aviation community, and NBAA is advocating strongly for their removal. NBAA also has prepared a letter for Members to send to their federal representatives to ask that Congress oppose the Highway Bill language. The letter was first made available to Members two weeks ago, and the response since then has been impressive. "My thanks to the NBAA Members who have already sent the letter we provided to help voice our concerns before Congress on the onerous Highway Bill proposals," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "I urge those who have not yet sent the letter to take advantage of this effective resource and add their voices to our advocacy efforts in Washington," Bolen said. To contact your members of Congress about the highway bill proposals, visit:

FAA Letter to Port Authority of NY and NJ Challenges Calls for Restrictions on Access to Teterboro
Last week, the FAA sent a letter to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in response to recent calls from Port Authority officials for reductions in business aircraft traffic at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) as a means of enhancing safety. In their letter, FAA officials state: "...We do not see any relation between safety and the kinds of restrictions on airport use you are proposing." The letter goes on to state that the specific proposals offered by the Port Authority to reduce traffic – including noise restrictions, aircraft weight limits and airport fees for business aircraft operators – would be subject to review under federal law. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen commended the FAA for its letter. "We applaud FAA officials for making clear what NBAA has said all along: aircraft activity levels are not a precursor to, or a cause of, accidents. I hope that this letter will prompt a reasoned discussion of effective measures to enhance safety at Teterboro Airport." To review the FAA letter, visit NBAA's TEB web page at:

More Than 50 Exhibitors Slated for ABACE Debut Next Month
From August 9 to 11, NBAA will host the first-ever Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) at Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and Hongqiao Airport in China. NBAA created ABACE to focus solely on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services. Currently, more than 50 Exhibitors are signed up for this event. U.S. operators planning to attend this event are advised to make visa arrangements in advance. To register, review the current Exhibitor list or learn more, visit the official ABACE web site at:

More Than 1,000 Attend Regional Forum in San Jose
More than 1,000 Attendees participated in the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum last Thursday, July 7 at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in California. Host San Jose Jet Center provided a new state-of-the-art facility for the 69 Exhibitors and 23 static aircraft on display. The day's briefings were well attended, especially the panel discussion on very light jets (VLJs). The next Business Aviation Regional Forum is scheduled for September 15 in Denver, CO. For more information or to review the photo gallery online, visit:

Visit for Airborne Internet Survey
To understand how emerging communications technologies could be used to enhance safety, improve operational efficiencies, lower overall system costs and increase passenger productivity while traveling, researchers at the FAA Technical Center are conducting a survey, which is available on the NBAA web site. Members of the business aviation community are invited to read a brief description of "Airborne Internet" – datalink technology and information handling that could significantly benefit all National Airspace System users – and to take a 15-minute survey. Access the online survey at:


Regional News
Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Indianapolis, IN on July 14, and Belmont, NC on July 15. 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:

Hours Extended for Customs at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Customs and Border Protection has extended its operating hours at Florida's Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) so that service is available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The longer hours are on a trial basis for the next four months; the previous closing time was 5:00 p.m. This action has been lobbied for by NBAA and other users of FXE and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in order mitigate the several dozen flights a day that currently divert to FLL to clear customs. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at or Harry Houckes at

Advisory for New York-Area Helicopter Operators
In an effort to give Long Islanders relief from perceived helicopter noise, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference on July 6 calling for the FAA to complete a redesign of airspace in and around New York City. As recently as May 2005, NBAA and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council requested helicopter operators in the greater New York City region to remain over the waters of Long Island Sound as long as practicable at the highest altitude feasible, but not less than 2,000 feet AGL (weather and ATC permitting), when operating to and from the eastern end of Long Island. New York-area helicopter operators are encouraged to download a map of the area most affected by perceived helicopter noise, and to avoid the area outlined in white. Learn more at:

NBAA Leaders to Speak at GBAA Luncheon in Atlanta, Aug. 1
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to speak at a Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) luncheon to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1 at the Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta, GA. Other featured speakers will include NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione and Ed Ratigan, manager, aviation programs for the Georgia Department of Transportation. For more information or to RSVP, visit the GBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Greater Cincinnati Area the Focus of Tomorrow's FAA Customer Forum
The FAA will hold a customer forum on Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon, for operators in the eastern Indiana, western Ohio and northern Kentucky areas. In attendance will be FAA facility representatives from air traffic facilities in the greater Cincinnati area: Indianapolis Center (ZID), Cincinnati Approach (CVG) and Lunken Field (LUK). The agenda includes an update on airspace redesign at ZID, changes at CVG affecting LUK, and an open forum for customer questions and concerns regarding ATC and regional airspace operations. The meeting will be hosted by Executive Jet Management at their LUK headquarters, 4556 Airport Road, Cincinnati, OH 45226. A picture ID will be required to attend the meeting. For more information, contact FAA's Michael Ogles at (770) 210-7974, Cheryl Zibrowski at (317) 247-2282 or NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Michigan Business Aviation Association Golf Classic Is Jul. 25
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, and tee time is at 10:00 a.m. Revenues from the event help to support aviation scholarships. Those interested should register by this Friday, July 15. For more information, visit the new MBAA web site at, or contact Cindy Schnetzler at or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Chicago-Area's CABAA Charity Golf Classic to Be Held Aug. 25
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will host its 2005 Charity Golf Classic at Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago, IL, on August 25. CABAA also will fund two $2,500 scholarships for aviation students at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Now in its seventh year, the charity event is conducted by CABAA to bring together Chicago's business aviation community to support a philanthropic organization that delivers an essential service to those in need in the greater Chicago community. This year's recipient, Shepherd's Housel, is a residential facility established to provide a safe place for expectant mothers who do not have a place to live and are experiencing a crisis pregnancy. For more information or to register, visit or contact NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Certified Aviation Manager

NBAA2005 Online Registration Now Available
With more than 30,000 Attendees and 1,000 Exhibitors expected, the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005) truly will be "where business aviation gets business done." Online registration is now available for this event, to be held November 15 to 17 in New Orleans, LA. By providing requested information and a credit card number, Delegates can be sure that they're registered in advance for this year's Convention. Seminar and Press Registration also is available online, as well as registration for Exhibitor badges. For more information, visit:

November CAM Exam Applications Due by Sept. 28
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program identifies qualified professionals to lead corporate flight departments and companies using business aircraft. Whether you are an existing or an aspiring aviation manager, you can prove your knowledge and management skills through the successful completion of a certification exam. The next CAM Exam will be administered on November 14 in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans, LA. Applications for the November 14 CAM Exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than September 28. For more information, e-mail or visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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