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NBAA Update #05-30
Monday, July 25, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Entertainment Use Deduction Limitations IRS Comments Due Next Monday
The deadline for taxpayers to file comments with the IRS on Notice 2005-45, Deductions for Entertainment Use of Business Aircraft, is Monday, August 1. NBAA will file comments with the IRS on behalf of the industry. Member action also is necessary in order to clearly express the negative effect the IRS methodology has on American companies. NBAA Member Companies affected by this notice are urged to file comments indicating that they are harmfully impacted by the IRS methodology and that they support NBAA's comments. Comments may be filed with the IRS electronically via the following e- mail address: (include "Notice 2005-45" in the subject line). NBAA has created a template letter that Members may use in submitting their comments. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at Download a copy of the notice and the template letter at:

NBAA Members Can Help Stop Congressional Expansion of Business Aircraft Use Restrictions to All Employees
Lawmakers continue their 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 limit deductibility of entertainment expenses for business aircraft; the second would alter procedures for payment of federal taxes on jet fuel. 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. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen urges those who have not yet sent the letter to take advantage of NBAA's Contact Congress resource and add their voices to our advocacy efforts in Washington. To contact your members of Congress about the Highway Bill proposals, visit:

NBAA-NATA Partnership Fends Off Potentially Onerous FAA Aircraft Charter Management Policies
Concerns raised by the FAA about aircraft charter management have been in the spotlight since a charter aircraft was involved in an accident at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in February of this year. Working closely with the National Air Transportation Association, NBAA staff last week halted the implementation of two potentially onerous policies related to aircraft charter management. First, the associations expressed concern about proposed FAA Operations Specification (opspec) language for operational control of charter aircraft, which the Agency believed addressed deficiencies in the exercise of operational control. NBAA and NATA expressed concern that the language could be applied across the Part 135 industry; thanks to that effort, the FAA confirmed that the restrictive language would be used only in extreme cases, such as when the FAA has taken enforcement action, and that the proposed language would not be generally accessible via FAA's computerized opspec system. Second, the associations raised concerns about a possible FAA policy requiring that certificate holders hire all pilots for aircraft under a charter management arrangement and issue a W-2. In response, the FAA sent a letter to NBAA confirming that the Agency has not changed its policy on pilot employment in Part 135 operations to require that the certificate holder issue a W- 2. Certificate holders must be able to demonstrate that they have adequate control over pilots, a position NBAA supports. The NBAA FAR Part 135 Committee and NBAA staff will continue to working to represent the business aviation community on aircraft charter management issues. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at or Doug Carr at, or review the letter from the FAA addressing NBAA's concerns about pilot employment at:

Bolen to Appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh This Thursday
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will greet NBAA Members, and all attendees, on Thursday, July 28 at the NBAA hospitality tent at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 25 to 31. Other NBAA staff members also will be on-hand throughout the show to answer questions and demonstrate the use of NBAA's online Contact Congress resource, an easy way for members of the aviation community to express their views to their federal representatives. For more information about Contact Congress, visit:

World-Class Business Aviation Event Comes to Shanghai, Aug. 9 to 11
In two weeks, NBAA's newest business aviation event will debut in Shanghai, China, providing another world-class forum for business aviation leaders to share information. From August 9 to 11 at Shanghai New International Exhibition Center, the first-ever Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be a place for more than 50 Exhibitors to market their business aviation products and services and for individuals to learn about the latest trends and developments in business aviation. On August 9, the Opening General Session will be moderated by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will be joined by guest speaker Jason Liao, president of the Asian Business Aviation Association. Several static aircraft will be displayed on nearby Hongqiao Airport, including models by Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream and Raytheon. To learn more, visit:


Regional News
ATC Customer Forum in Houston, Aug. 9
NBAA Members are encouraged to attend an FAA-sponsored ATC Traffic Flow Management Customer Forum on Tuesday, August 9 at 12:00 noon. This half-day event will be held at the Marriott Houston Airport at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The Marriott is accessible via the airport train from all terminals. The subject of this forum will be current and future operations connected to the Houston area, both terminal and en-route. If you have agenda items for the customer forum, forward them to FAA Southwest Manager of Tactical Operations Rob Lowe at or contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

IS-BAO Workshop to Be Held in Denver, Sept. 16
IS-BAO Implementation Workshops are conducted regularly to introduce operators to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. Since IS-BAO's launch in 2002, business aviation flight departments in the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, the Netherlands and South Africa have completed implementation and become IS-BAO registered. The benefits of implementation, as cited by these operators, include enhanced operating safety, team building, efficiencies and improvements in operations/maintenance, employee satisfaction and reduced insurance rates. Operators are invited to attend the September 16 workshop at the TAC Air facility at Denver's Centennial Airport, the day after NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum. To register or learn more, visit:

Safety Standdown 2005 to Be Held in Wichita, Oct. 25-27
"War on Error" is the theme of the 2005 Safety Standdown, which will be held by Bombardier Learjet, October 25 through 27 in Wichita, KS. The objective of this annual three-day conference is to improve corporate aviation safety, and the material covered is applicable to all business jet aircraft regardless of manufacturer. Session topics will include medical and emergency training, international operations recurrent training, the "global war on error," fatigue countermeasures, high-altitude physiology, advanced aerodynamics, professionalism, performance and safety. Special guest speakers will include Capt. Gene Cernan, Gen. Joe Engle, Bob Hoover and Col. Steve Nagel. Operators of any type of business aircraft can attend the seminar virtually free of charge. For more information, contact Dawn Pepperd at

FPM Foundation Golf Classic to Take Place in Michigan, Aug. 19
Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) will host the 8th Annual FPM Foundation Golf Classic on Friday, August 19 at Bay Pointe Golf Club in West Bloomfield, MI. The FPM Foundation has funded more than $180,000 toward aviation scholarships and flight safety training to benefit students with exemplary performance at Michigan universities. Aircraft owners, aviation suppliers and all other industry professionals are invited to participate. To make golf or dinner reservations, contact ADI's Joan Cyman at (248) 666-3500 or, or for more information, contact 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 NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

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Seven NBAA Staff Members Are Promoted
NBAA has announced the promotion of two veteran staff members, Douglas Carr and Linda Peters, to senior officer positions. Five other staffers have been promoted to director-level posts: Suzanne Cole, Amy Freed, Jeffrey Gilley, Mike Nichols and Jason Wolf. For more information, visit:

Business Aviation Regional Forum Comes to Denver on Sept. 15
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held Thursday, September 15 at the TAC Air facility on Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO. This day-long event will feature briefings on topics of interest to the Denver-area business aviation community, such as safety, current events in business aviation, management tools, aircraft ownership issues and maintenance management. It also will showcase approximately 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. For more information or to register, visit:

Online Registration Now Available for NBAA2005 in New Orleans
More than 30,000 Attendees and 1,000 Exhibitors are expected for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), to be held November 15 through 17 in New Orleans, LA. Attendees of the world's largest purely civil aviation event will have the opportunity to tour one million square feet of exhibit space at the Morial Convention Center, view approximately 150 aircraft on Static Display at Lakefront Airport (NEW), participate in any of 75 Informational Sessions and attend in-depth pre- and post-Convention seminars. Visit the official NBAA2005 web site now for online registration, a preliminary program schedule, Exhibitor lists and floorplans, housing and travel instructions, and more. For further information or to register online, visit:

September Scholarship Deadlines
Applications for the following NBAA scholarships are due September 1: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. For more information about these and other scholarships, visit:

Golf Spaces and Sponsorships Available for Chairman's Charity Classic
Online registration for both Attendees and Sponsors is now available for the NBAA 9th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament, to be held Sunday, November 13, at the Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, LA, in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans. Since the Classic's founding in 1997, the amount of funds raised for charity each year has risen steadily. Last year, NBAA's Classic raised $55,000 for the Santa Monica, CA-based charity Angel Flight West; this year's tournament will benefit a charity to be announced. For more information, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

9th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
November 13, New Orleans, LA

14th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

Pre-Convention Seminars
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

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

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

Post-Convention Seminars
November 18–19, New Orleans, LA

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