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NBAA Update #05-42
Monday, October 17, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Defends General Aviation Security, Urges Renewed Security Checks Following Theft
Following the recent theft of a private plane from the St. Augustine, FL, airport, NBAA strongly defended general aviation security to print and broadcast reporters covering the story. Additionally, NBAA last week urged Members to use the incident as an opportunity to redouble their already high standards for security. "We have known for decades that business aviation is in fact one of the safest and most secure forms of transportation available," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote in a letter to Members. "And since September 2001, our community has adopted new and significant measures to further enhance its aviation security programs." Members are urged to review their aviation security programs using NBAA's best practices resources and the Transportation Security Administration's resources for general aviation airport security. NBAA works closely with federal and state authorities and the general aviation community on development and training efforts to improve safety and security for all non-commercial aircraft. To review NBAA's defense of general aviation security in coverage from CNN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, visit To review the letter sent from Ed Bolen to NBAA Members, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Return of General Aviation Flights to DCA
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed the arrival tomorrow of the first general aviation flight into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in more than four years. Bolen will join leaders from Congress and the business aviation industry at an event at DCA tomorrow to welcome the flight into the airport. "NBAA strongly believes that effective security measures and normal economic activity can coexist at Reagan Washington National Airport," Bolen said. "While the provisions in the Transportation Security Administration's plan for reinstating general aviation at DCA are onerous, NBAA considers the plan a good first step in restoring full access at the airport, and the economic activity that comes with it." Visit NBAA's DCA page at:

NBAA Announces 2007 Dates for Asian Business Aviation Event
NBAA today announced that the Association's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007) will take place in Hong Kong on February 6 and 7, 2007. "I am pleased that we will be able to return to the region for ABACE2007," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The event will be located at the new Asia World Expo situated adjacent to Hong Kong International Airport with static aircraft at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center. The trade show is the only major Asian event focused solely on business aviation. The 2007 event follows the successful inaugural ABACE2005, which drew more than 2,200 Attendees and 50 Exhibiting Companies. Because of NBAA's decision to move the ABACE event to the first quarter of the year, there will be no event in 2006. For more information, visit:

What Should Members Know About Managing Financial Risks Associated With Independent Contractors?
Independent contractors have become a business staple for aircraft operators needing additional affiliate pilots without making a long-term employment commitment, dealing with administrative hassles involved in the hiring process or incurring additional overhead costs. However, there may be some exposure to liabilities when using independent contractors. Aircraft operators with independent contractors are exposed to three key liabilities: tax, workers' compensation and perhaps most potentially devastating, lawsuits arising from bodily injuries or wrongful death of the independent contractor pilot. Identifying and understanding the risks will help you steer clear of the financial pitfalls. Learn more about managing these risks by contacting NBAA's Mike Nichols at or reading the new article on the NBAA web site "Are Independent Contractors Putting Your Operation at Risk?" at:

Personal Use of Employer Provided Aircraft: Securities Law Considerations
Most companies are well aware that use of corporate aircraft for personal purposes raises tax issues for the company and the individual. However, if the company is publicly traded, there also are significant securities law issues to be considered including disclosure obligations, the potential impact of aircraft usage on the independence of outside directors and the risk that aircraft usage might violate the prohibition in Sarbanes-Oxley against loans to officers and directors. These issues are examined in a new article on the NBAA web site, "Use of Business Aircraft: Securities Law Considerations" and will be discussed in detail during NBAA 14th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference scheduled for November 7 and 8 in Orlando, FL ( Review the article online at:

How Can I Obtain Real-Time Notifications of Airport Delays?
One of the products available from the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) is the Aviation Information System (AIS). The AIS allows users to register to receive the operating status of the nation's largest airports and obtain delay information from the FAA via wireless device, pager, phone, PDA or e-mail in real-time, as changes happen. After registering to access the site, subscribers may opt to receive status reports from a list of 40 airports. Any time a delay is listed, users receive an e-mail notification. The AIS is available in the Products section of the ATCSCC web site at For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at

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Regional News
Bolen to Speak in Ohio This Wednesday
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to speak at the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) event this Wednesday, October 19, at Stevens Aviation on Dayton International Airport (DAY). The day's activities will include a networking luncheon, membership meeting and sessions on Western Ohio ATC, maintenance best practices, local government, tax issues and icing/de-icing issues. Durwood Heinrich, Bob Lamond and Mike Nichols of NBAA's Operations Division also are slated to participate in the sessions. For more information, visit or contact NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at

Corporate Aviation Safety Standdown Is Next Week in Wichita
"War on Error" is the theme of the 2005 Safety Standdown, which will be hosted by Bombardier Learjet next week from October 25 to 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. Operators of any type of business aircraft can attend the seminar free of charge. For more information, contact Dawn Pepperd at, or visit:


NBAA2005 Static Display Space Still Available
With more than 100 business aircraft and over 30,000 Attendees, the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention hosts the largest Static Display in the world devoted solely to business aircraft. This year's Static Display will be hosted by Showalter Flying Service on Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) from November 9 to 11. For more information, contact NBAA's Andy Schweickert at or visit the official NBAA2005 web site at:

NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference
The NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference will be held March 20 through 23 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Florida. This four-day event offers valuable information on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning and navigational systems to security and medical issues. This Conference is hosted by the NBAA International Operators Committee, which aids Member Companies in the facilitation of their international flight operations and presents a strong and knowledgeable voice in the international aviation affairs through its liaison with the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC) and other international aviation organizations. Hotel information is available now online at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
October 19, 2005, Cleveland, OH

NBAA 14th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
November 7–8, 2005, Orlando, FL

Pre-Convention Seminars
November 2005, Orlando, FL

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 9–11, 2005, Orlando, FL

Post-Convention Seminars
November 2005, Orlando, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 19, 2006, Boca Raton, FL

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

Leadership Conference
February 22–23, 2006, Dallas, TX

33rd Annual International Operators Conference
March 20–23, 2006, Tampa, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 13, 2006, Dallas, TX

Maintenance Management Conference
April 17–19, 2006, Dallas, TX

May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 9–11, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2006, Washington, DC

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 2006, Denver, CO

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

NBAA2005 in Orlando

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