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NBAA Update #05-43
Monday, October 24, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Applauds Presidential Signature to Bill With Language Encouraging Further Development of TSAAC Program
President Bush recently signed into law a homeland security spending bill that includes language encouraging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to move forward on development of the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program. "TSAAC strikes the right balance between freedom of mobility and homeland security, and NBAA thanks leaders in Congress for recognizing its importance," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Now that the President has signed the homeland security spending bill into law, TSAAC will hopefully move a step closer to becoming reality for the business aviation community, and enhancing aviation security. NBAA will continue to work with members of Congress and federal security officials to move the program forward." For more information, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Arrival of First General Aviation Flight at DCA Since 2001
NBAA last week hailed the arrival of the first regular general aviation flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) since September 2001. "NBAA is pleased to welcome the arrival of the first general aviation flight into Washington National Airport in more than four years," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We have always believed that effective security measures can coexist with normal economic activity and freedom of mobility at the airport, and today's flight marks a good step in that direction." For more information, visit:

As Onerous 'Fuel Fraud' Rules Take Effect, Industry Groups Welcome FAA Letter
Business aviation groups last week applauded the FAA for sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking suspension of tax rules that are confusing for the business aviation industry to implement and have the potential to decrease funding for important aviation infrastructure projects. The FAA's recent letter to IRS Commissioner Mark Everson requests that the IRS "suspend implementation rules until a workable solution is reached with the affected industries." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked the FAA for its letter on behalf of the industry. "The business aviation community is pleased that the FAA has recognized that the IRS rules pose a tremendous burden for our industry and may adversely affect much-needed funding for aviation infrastructure maintenance and improvements." For more information, visit:

Only Two Weeks Until NBAA2005 Opens in Orlando
More than 30,000 Attendees are expected at the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), to be held Wednesday, November 9, through Friday, November 11, in Orlando, FL. Currently, 1,094 Exhibitors have been placed in 4,789 booth spaces in the Orange County Convention Center, a 5 percent increase for both totals in comparison to last year at show time. Additionally, 113 aircraft from more than 40 Exhibitors are slated to appear on the Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). Delegate registration is running approximately 500 ahead of the 2004 total at three weeks out. Indoor and Static Display space is still available. For additional Convention news, see elsewhere in this NBAA Update issue. For more information or to register online, visit:

NTSB's Engleman Conners to Keynote NBAA2005 Opening General Session
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Designate Ellen Engleman Conners will serve as keynote speaker at the NBAA2005 Opening General Session, to be held the morning of Wednesday, November 9. "Throughout her tenure at the NTSB, Chairman Designate Engleman Conners has remained sharply focused on promoting safety for the entire aviation industry, including for business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The business aviation community shares her commitment to flight safety, and we are most pleased that she has agreed to share her perspective with those in attendance at this year's Annual Meeting & Convention." For more information, visit:

NBAA Will Honor Rep. John Mica at Convention With American Spirit Award
At NBAA's 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, the Association will bestow its American Spirit Award upon Rep. John Mica (R-7-FL), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, for his outstanding contributions to America's aviation industry and the nation's air transportation infrastructure. "Throughout the course of his tenure in Congress, Chairman Mica has built a record of proven leadership on aviation policy, including a record of effectiveness for the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We look forward to hosting Representative Mica at NBAA's Convention and honoring him with this most special award." The award will be presented at a private luncheon held during the Convention. For more information about past recipients of the award, visit:

Cernan, Crossfield and Hoover to Present Combs Award at NBAA2005
Astronaut Gene Cernan and legendary pilots Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover will present the 2005 Combs Award during the NBAA2005 Opening General Session on November 9. The recipient of the award will be announced at that time. The Combs Award grew out of a 2001 donation by Harry Combs to the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF). As part of his generous $1.3 million gift to the NAHF for the creation of a Research Center, he stipulated that the Combs Award would support and encourage continuing aviation heritage research and preservation efforts. For more information, visit:

NBAA2005 Fund-Raising Efforts to Benefit Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Several fund-raising initiatives are planned for NBAA2005 to help New Orleans citizens impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The fund-raising measures, which will benefit the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, reflect a commitment NBAA made in late August to help New Orleans citizens after the Association was forced to move its Convention from New Orleans to Orlando, FL, because of Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact. "In the time since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the business aviation community has been generous in providing assistance for the people of the region," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are pleased that the Convention will help our industry build upon relief efforts to date with fund-raising initiatives targeted specifically to New Orleans citizens." For more information, visit:

Members Donate Generously for Silent Auction, a Benefit Gala Highlight
As part of its Katrina fund-raising efforts, NBAA will host a silent auction in conjunction with the NBAA2005 Benefit Gala on Thursday, November 10. To date the silent auction has received many generous donations from NBAA Members, ranging from aviation artwork, autographed biographies and jewelry to lavish vacation packages. Silent auction items will be displayed at the exhibit hall during the day, then auctioned during the NBAA Benefit Gala that evening. The Benefit Gala is almost sold out, and silent auction items are still being accepted. To donate an auction item, contact NBAA's Deb Hanson at or Sandy Wirtz at Learn more about the Benefit Gala online at:

NBAA to Honor Flying Safety Award Recipients at Convention
NBAA will recognize the recipients of its Flying Safety Awards Program at the NBAA2005 Benefit Gala on Thursday, November 10. "Safety is the very foundation of business aviation, and NBAA is pleased to recognize Member Companies that have set the standard for operational safety," stated NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Established in 1953, the NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide recognition to the excellent safety record of business aviation. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations and to the skill, ability and dedication of management, maintenance, support-service and pilot teams. For more information, including this year's 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Award recipients, visit:

Static Display to Host More Than 100 Aircraft and First-Ever Reception
The NBAA2005 Static Display of Aircraft, to be held at the Showalter Flying Service facility on Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), to date has registered more than 40 Exhibitors and 113 aircraft, which already is 30 percent more aircraft than last year's total aircraft in Las Vegas. Up to 150 total aircraft are expected; Static Display Exhibitors are encouraged to register now. New this year will be the NBAA Static Display Reception, which will provide an opportunity for Attendees to view the static aircraft during a festive event. The reception will be held Wednesday, November 9, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shuttle buses will begin departing from the convention center to the static display at 3:45 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Andy Schweickert at or visit:

To Receive NBAA2005 Badges in Advance, Register Online by Tuesday
For registration convenience, online advanced registration for NBAA2005 has been extended through Tuesday, November 8. Those who would like their badges to be mailed in advance must register online by Tuesday, October 25. For more information or to register online, visit:

FAA to Issue Wet Lease Policy Guidance Affecting Certain Managed Charter Arrangements
On Tuesday, October 25, in the Federal Register, the FAA is expected to publish policy guidance on wet leases. Many aircraft owners who provide their aircraft and crew for Part 135 charter operations may be subject to this policy guidance. The FAA has become concerned about certain charter management arrangements whereby the Part 135 certificate holder may not adequately exercise operational control. In this document, the FAA attempts to clarify permissible charter management arrangements and discusses its operational control concerns. Comments are due to FAA within 30 days from publication date; NBAA solicits Member input for its formal comments. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at, or visit:

Where Can I Find Air Carrier Certificate Information?
The FAA has air carrier certificate information available online. The FAA site contains information from the National Vitals Information System, the official repository of airline certificate information, and may be used to identify and provide basic certificate information pertaining to active 14 CFR Part 121, 125, 129 and 135 operators. Using the site, anyone may review an operator's certificate number, see when it was issued and the number of years the operator has been in business, find the geographically responsible FSDO and view the different types of aircraft on the operator's certificate. The FAA Air Operator Certificate Information web site may be found at:

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Regional News
NBAA Urges Members to Prepare for Major Changes to Florida Airspace
On October 27, the Florida Airspace Optimization project will introduce new airspace sectors, revised preferential routing, offshore routes and standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), both conventional and RNAV. In recent years there has been substantial traffic volume from November through March to and from Florida with no accompanying changes in airspace, which has resulted in airspace complexity that led to delays and extended routings for operators. After substantial input from NBAA, the FAA soon will implement significant changes to both enroute and terminal airspace in Jacksonville and Miami ARTCCs and various TRACONs in Florida. For more information, visit:

FLL Airfield Maintenance Will Cause Nighttime Runway Closures
Beginning Monday, October 31, through Friday, November 4, Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) Runway 9L-27R will be closed from 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. Runway 13-31 will be used for arrivals and departures during that period. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

San Diego Group Schedules Reorganization Meeting
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association will meet to ratify changes in name, fee structure and membership categories. The agenda includes San Diego County aviation issues such as the difficulties faced by business aviation at San Diego International Airport (SAN). Formerly the North County Community Airport Association, the group was successful in supporting and promoting the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ). Its new mission will include business aviation interests throughout the San Diego region. The meeting will be at Magellan Aviation's Conference Room on Thursday, October 27 at 12:00 noon. RSVP to Dave Richter at (858) 779-9625 or For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Greater Washington Group Announces New Date for Golf Tournament
Heavy rains over Columbus Day Weekend dampened many parts of the Washington, DC, area, forcing the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) to reschedule its annual golf tournament to Wednesday, November 2 at the International Country Club in Fairfax, VA. Continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. For registration and more information visit or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at


Many Seminars Held in Conjunction With NBAA Convention in Orlando
The NBAA Pre- and Post-Convention Seminars will be held November 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center. They will include the 14th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference, Emergency Response Planning Workshop, Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop, Human Factors Workshop for Aviation Technicians (Phases I and II), Inspection Authorization Renewal Course, Maintenance Manual Workshop and Flight Operations Manual Workshop. In addition, three different Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses will be offered on the topics of corporate aviation ethics, communication and decision making, and applied economics and marketing. A separate payment, which includes registration for the Convention, is required for Seminars. For more information or to register, visit:

More Than 75 Sessions to Be Held During Convention
More than 75 Informational Sessions and Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Sessions will be held during NBAA2005 on topics such as operations, maintenance, tax, finance, insurance and professional development. All Informational and M&O Sessions are free of charge for Convention Attendees and do not require advance registration. Review the full Convention program schedule online at:

International Operators Conference Preliminary Agenda Now Online
The preliminary agenda and hotel information for the NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference are now online. Hosted by the NBAA International Operators Committee, this four-day event offers valuable information on every issue that challenges a flight department involved in international operations. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning and navigational systems to security and medical issues. The International Operators Conference will be held March 20 through 23 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Florida. Those interested in attending should save the date and watch for registration instructions to be published online next month. For more information, visit:

NBAA2005 in Orlando

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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