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NBAA Update #05-35
Monday, August 29, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Response to FAA 'Flight Plan' Cites Concern About Inclusion of Agency Funding Issues in Plan
Last week, NBAA responded to a request for comments from the FAA on the Agency's draft five-year (2006–2010) strategic plan. The document, which is known as the "Flight Plan," is updated annually to provide a report card for the FAA's performance over the previous year and outline the Agency's priorities for future years. NBAA's response to the plan states that the FAA correctly prioritized many issues affecting business aviation in the areas of safety, air traffic modernization and airport capacity enhancements. However, NBAA also made clear its concern that the FAA's document includes several "sidebars" related to the future funding mechanism for the FAA, and how needed improvements will be funded. "We do not believe this Flight Plan is the proper vehicle for a discussion on the Trust Fund or future funding issues," NBAA's response noted. "There are other interactive forums addressing these issues and where various perspectives can be presented on a policy issue. A balanced presentation on these issues is not evident in the draft plan." For additional information about NBAA's comments to the FAA, contact NBAA's Steve Brown at To review a complete copy of the document, visit:

NBAA2005 Convention Site to Remain Unchanged
Despite the recent landfall of Hurricane Katrina near New Orleans, NBAA does not have plans to move or reschedule its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), the world's largest purely civil aviation event, which is scheduled to take place from November 15 to 17 in New Orleans. It is difficult to determine at this time what the full effect of the storm will be, but with two-and-a-half months until the event, NBAA anticipates that the city and its facilities will be prepared to accommodate the show as planned. More than 30,000 Attendees and 1,000 Exhibitors are expected to participate in this year's Convention, with approximately 150 static aircraft on display at nearby Lakefront Airport. For more information or to register, visit:

Change in APIS Submission Requirements
In less than 40 days, Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission requirements will again change. Effective on or after October 4, commercial operators must make an APIS transmission using the UN- EDIFACT format, which captures additional passenger information. The NBAA APIS Submission Service does not use this format and will no longer be available at that time. The new Customs & Border Protection (CBP) eAPIS Online Transmission System uses the UN-EDIFACT format, and the majority of APIS transmissions currently are being made with CBP's system. Commercial operators are strongly encouraged to start using the CBP eAPIS system. More information about APIS, as well as a link to the CBP eAPIS system, may be found on the NBAA web site at:

AC 90-100 and AIM Equipment Suffix Issues
Because the September 1 implementation of FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 90-100 and Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) changes on equipment suffixes caused significant confusion among NBAA Members, the Association recently worked with the FAA to clarify what the changes will mean for business aircraft operators. As a result, the FAA has submitted clarification guidance via the NTAP process, which should answer most Members' concerns. In summary, the FAA is: (1) creating a web site where a current list of compliant equipment can be found; (2) developing a web-based RAIM prediction capability; and (3) issuing a clarification stating operators with FMS that incorporate IFR GPS sensors should use the /G or /L suffixes consistent with RVSM approval status. For more information, contact NBAA at or review the NTAP document at:

Bolen to Open NBAA Regional Forum in Denver on Sept. 15
The opening session of NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be presented by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will address the topic of "Business Aviation Today." The event will be held Thursday, September 15 at the TAC Air facility on Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO. In addition to the opening session hosted by Bolen, the day-long event will feature briefings on topics of interest to the Denver-area business aviation community, such as Rocky Mountain Ski Airport issues, 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. For more information, visit:

Regional News
ICAO and FAA to Sponsor EFB Workshop in Boston, Sept. 7-8
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and FAA are sponsoring a workshop on electronic flight bags (EFBs) that is open to any operation using or considering use of EFBs. The workshop will be held at the Volpe Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA on September 7 and 8, and business aviation operators are invited to attend. Registration for the workshop is free, but operators are encouraged to register online in advance to facilitate the badge and security process. Registration information is posted online at For more information, contact Colleen Donovan at or review the agenda online at:

Alabama Decreases AvGas and Jet Fuel Tax Rates; NBAA Has State Tax Data for All 50 States Online
Effective September 1, Alabama's aviation gasoline tax rate will decrease from $.027 to $.024 per gallon and the aviation excise tax rate for jet or turbine fuel will decrease from $.009 to $.008 per gallon. This change was announced by the State of Alabama Department of Revenue in a notice dated August 12. For more information on state aviation taxes in all 50 U.S. states, access NBAA's State Aviation Tax Report online at:

Georgia Group to Hold Emergency Response Planning Seminar, Oct. 17-18
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA), in partnership with the Southeast Aviation Safety Roundtable, will hold an Emergency Response Planning Seminar on October 17 and 18 at the BellSouth hangar at Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, GA. The two-day seminar will be conducted by Aviem International, recognized experts in the field, and a fee will be charged to attend. For more information visit the GBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Northern Ohio Business Aviation Group to Meet This Thursday
The Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) will hold its association meeting and networking lunch on September 1 at the Burke Lakefront Airport Terminal Building from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Presenters include Walter Chartrand of Air BP, who will discuss "The Future of Fuels in General Aviation," and Chuck Newcomb, CEO of Cleveland Air Show, who will present "The Future of the Air Show." To attend, RSVP to Corporate Charters at (216) 772-4538. For more information, contact NOBAA President Lucille Fisher at or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Las Vegas Schedulers & Dispatchers Formation Meeting Will Be Oct. 4
NBAA Members in Las Vegas have scheduled the first organizational meeting of the McCarran International Airport (LAS) Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Group. Aside from organizational business, the event will address basic scheduling and international topics and an update on NBAA and industry issues. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Las Vegas, NV, at Panevino's. To attend or sponsor this event, contact Dion Glenn at For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group to Meet on Oct. 20
The Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group will hold a dinner meeting on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Waukegan, IL. An international customs and handling presentation will be given by Universal Weather's Fred Towers, who has more than 25 years of experience in aircraft operations. This presentation is suited for anyone with an active role in the coordination of international flights within a corporate flight department. To RSVP, contact, or for more information contact NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Manassas Regional Airport

Six New PDP Courses Available
NBAA announces the development of six new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses by five approved educational providers: Cornerstone Strategies LLC, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Human Performance Training Institute (HPTI), ServiceElements and Summit Solutions LLC. The courses are among the first to be offered since the PDP Objectives were revised and updated in November 2004. For more information, including a list of new course titles, visit:

Women in Corporate Aviation Scholarships Due Sept. 10
Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) offers three new scholarships for individuals pursuing careers in corporate/business aviation. The WCA scholarships – which provide access to instruction, training and other resources in support of career advancement and professional development for current and future aviation professionals – will be presented at the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled for November 15 through 17, in New Orleans, LA. All applications must be postmarked by Saturday, September 10. For more information, visit:


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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