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NBAA Update #05-34
Monday, August 22, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Continues to Work for Remedy to Onerous Fuel-Tax Provisions in Highway Bill
As previously reported in NBAA Update, the Association is concerned about aviation fuel tax provisions of the Highway Bill (H.R. 3) that was signed by the President earlier this month. Of particular concern is that taxes on jet fuel will be assessed at the diesel fuel rate ($0.244 per gallon instead of the $0.219 per gallon jet fuel rate) and deposited into the Highway Trust Fund. Only if and when a refund for the $0.025 difference is applied for by the "registered ultimate vendor" will the taxes be transferred into the Airport & Airway Trust Fund. NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) are creating a joint working group to address this issue. The focus of the group will be to educate the industry to encourage 100 percent filing for refunds as well as to develop a tax-secure process workable for business aviation. Currently, there are 54 fuel terminal areas at airports deemed secure by the IRS for fuel tax purposes. With today's technology, reporting requirements and tracking capabilities, a secure solution could be developed for consideration by Congress that will achieve the same results the IRS is seeking (prevention of fuel tax fraud) while removing the new administrative burdens for ultimate vendors to register and file for a refund. The first meeting of the joint working group will be via teleconference on Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Working group participation is open to NBAA and/or NATA Members and active participation is required. To register to participate, e-mail NBAA's Mike Nichols at

TSA Releases DCA Access Application Process and Guidance
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released the application process and guidance material for aircraft operators, fixed base operators (FBOs) and armed security officers (ASOs) seeking or supporting access into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). NBAA encourages all interested operators to download and review all relevant documentation before starting the application process. Direct questions to NBAA's Doug Carr at For more information or to download the guidance materials, visit:

NBAA Launches New Air Mail List for Local Groups Nationwide
Today, about 40 local aviation associations or groups throughout the nation focus on supporting business aviation at their airports and in their communities. Each has its own primary interest and structure, but all work to improve airport community relations, support aviation education and local charities, and find solutions for local issues. Many local organizations have asked NBAA about best practices and have expressed an interest in sharing their successes with others. NBAA Air Mail, the Association's series of e-mail discussion lists, permits such collaboration. The new Local Business Aviation Organizations Air Mail list will allow NBAA Members to exchange information, inquire about local organizations and discuss best practices and local issues. For more information on the new list and NBAA's Local Business Aviation Organization Committee, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or visit:

NBAA's Next Regional Forum Comes to Denver, 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 current events in business aviation, medical certification, management tools, aircraft ownership issues and maintenance management. It also will showcase approximately 30 static aircraft, 50 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. Exhibit space is still available. NBAA encourages individuals to make flight and hotel reservations in advance to take advantage of airline discounts and negotiated room rates. For more information, visit:

Safety Standdown Focuses on Corporate Aviation Safety This October
"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, or visit:

Regional News
NBAA and GAMA Staff at TEB for Meetings With Local Members and Airport Staff
As part of their ongoing work to represent the business aviation community at Teterboro Airport (TEB), staff from NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last week met with airport officials and business aircraft operators at TEB. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione and NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier were joined by GAMA Vice President for Government Affairs Brian Riley for a meeting with TEB Airport Manager Lanny Rider and, separately, with several representatives from NBAA Member Companies. The meetings, which included discussion of the variety of operational safety and noise reduction initiatives in place at TEB, were among the efforts the two associations have undertaken in response to recent calls by federal and local officials for reductions in aircraft traffic at the airport. Reports of other NBAA initiatives on behalf of business aviation at TEB can be viewed online at:

NBAA and VICA Urge California Congressmen to Support GA Fuel Tax
At the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Summer Congressional Briefing, NBAA and VICA briefed Congressmen Howard Berman (D-CA 28th) and Brad Sherman (D-CA 27th) regarding the importance of the general aviation fuel tax, urging them to support both the tax (as opposed to user fees) and robust funding of FAA's reauthorization. Both Congressmen acknowledged the importance of a simple tax system and a healthy air transportation system, and promised to further review the request. VICA (, an NBAA ally and an influential business advocacy organization, has been a strong business aviation proponent. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at NBAA encourages California Members to contact their representatives in support of the GA fuel tax by using NBAA's Contact Congress service online at:

FAA Proposes Changes to St. Louis Class B Airspace
The FAA will hold informal meetings on the proposed Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) Class B Airspace modifications for the purpose of soliciting public input. Meetings will be held on October 19 in Chesterfield, IL, and October 20 in Collinsville, IL. NBAA Members are encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed airspace modifications. Direct questions or comments to NBAA's John Balsiger at or Bob Lamond at Download the details of the meetings in PDF format at:

Operators Encouraged to Participate in Second Testing of DFW RNAV Departures
Dallas/Forth Worth Air Traffic Control requests that operators departing DFW between 1100 UTC and 1630 UTC daily from August 22 through August 25 file to fly the new RNAV SIDs if the aircraft is appropriately equipped. The safety and success of these procedures require that pilots fly them precisely. After monitoring ground control during taxi, pilots will be handed off to another controller, who will verify that the correct runway and initial departure fix are correctly entered into the FMS, then handed off to tower control. Based on information from the last test, ATC requests that after crossing the applicable waypoint with the 220 knot speed restriction, pilots accelerate the aircraft to 250 knots as soon as practical. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen at

Long Island Business Aviation Association Supports CAN and Local Airports
As a result of its annual charity golf match, New York's Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) recently joined with the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) to donate $3,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), an organization that secures corporate air transportation for cancer patients needing treatment. Because of the success of this year's event, LIBAA and PAMA have agreed to make CAN their beneficiary for next year's charity golf match. LIBAA's charity event is an example of NBAA Members working together to benefit both the corporate aviation industry and the communities in which Member Companies operate. LIBAA also continues work to resolve a Republic Airport (FRG) runway protection zone encroachment issue and to form a strong tenant alliance at Long Island Mac Arthur Airport (ISP). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Aviation Professionals Sharing Ideas Holds Summer Meeting This Thursday
Aviation Professionals Sharing Ideas (APSI) will hold its summer meeting at the Crown Plaza Hotel at 66 Hale Ave., White Plains, NY, on Thursday, August 25 starting at 12:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Bob Hobbi, president, Service Elements International, who will discuss the topic of balancing safety and security with good service. To attend, RSVP no later than Tuesday, August 23 to APSI at or For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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ABACE2005 Final Total Announced; Presentations Now Online
A total of 2,203 Attendees participated in the debut of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005), which drew prominent business aviation industry figures from around the world. Held earlier this month in Shanghai, China, the event featured more than 50 Exhibiting Companies at Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and 12 aircraft in current production from several major business aircraft designers at nearby Hongqiao Airport. PowerPoint presentations from the event also are now available online. For more information, visit the official ABACE web site at:

Call for Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Sponsors
NBAA is seeking sponsors for the 2006 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship, which will enable qualified candidates to attend the 2006 NBAA Leadership Conference, tentatively scheduled for February in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Earlier this year, the 2005 scholarship, sponsored by The VanAllen Group, Pentastar Aviation LLC and The Schwan Food Company, enabled five individuals to attend the 2005 Leadership Conference in Miami, FL. For the 2006 scholarship, NBAA seeks additional sponsors to benefit a larger number of people. To learn more or to sponsor the 2006 scholarship, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more about the scholarship online at:

NBAA Chairman's Charity Classic to Be Held Nov. 13 in Tandem With NBAA2005
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 (NBAA2005) in New Orleans. A portion of the proceeds from the 2005 tournament will benefit the Corporate Angel Network (, a charitable organization that arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. 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. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA2005 Static Display Space Still Available
More than 30,000 individuals are expected to attend the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), which will be held November 15 to 17 in New Orleans with a Static Display of Aircraft at nearby Lakefront Airport (NEW). This year's Static Display at Lakefront is shaping up to be the largest yet. NBAA expects to sell out of Static Display space soon and encourages companies to reserve space now to ensure participation. For more information, contact NBAA's Andy Schweickert at or visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

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

PDP Course: Communication and Decision Making
November 13, New Orleans, LA

Human Factors Workshop for Aviation Technicians (Phase I, Initial)
November 13, New Orleans, LA

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

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

Certified Aviation Manager Examination
November 14, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Corporate Aviation Ethics
November 14, New Orleans, LA

Inspection Authorization Renewal Course
November 14, New Orleans, LA

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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
November 17, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Applied Economics & Marketing
November 18, New Orleans, LA

Human Factors Workshop for Aviation Technicians (Phase II, Recurrent)
November 18, New Orleans, LA

Flight Operations Manual Workshop: Employing the International Standard of Business Aircraft Operations
November 18–19, New Orleans, LA

17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 25–27, 2006, San Antonio, TX

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