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NBAA Update #05-44
Monday, October 31, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA2005 Begins Next Wednesday With Record Exhibitor Count
NBAA will hold its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005) next week from November 9 through 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Compared to last year's Convention, which featured 1,084 Exhibitors and 87 aircraft on Static Display, this year 1,094 Exhibiting Companies are registered for NBAA2005, including those appearing only at the Static Display of Aircraft, where 110 aircraft will be shown. More than 75 Informational Sessions also are scheduled. The Opening General Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. on November 9 will be hosted by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and special guests will include National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Designate Ellen Engleman Conners, Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard, astronaut Gene Cernan and legendary pilots Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover. For more information, visit:

Top FAA and DOT Officials to Participate in NBAA Meet the Regulators Session
Nick Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, and Jim Ballough, FAA director of flight standards services, will participate in the NBAA2005 "Meet the Regulators" session on Wednesday, November 9, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Convention Center Room S320A. Topics likely to be discussed during the afternoon session include recent progress on safety management systems, the work of the newly formed Turbine Aircraft Operations Subcommittee of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, the FAA's recent notice affecting aircraft wet leasing and the upcoming 2005–2006 cold-weather season. Additionally, Dayton Lehman, Department of Transportation's deputy assistant general counsel for aviation enforcement & proceedings, will discuss charter management agreements and update the audience on the agency's activity involving Part 375. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at

NBAA and GAMA to Co-Host Export Controls Workshop During NBAA2005
The Arms Export Control Act and its implementing regulations are the source of much uncertainty for manufacturers who supply articles to both civil and military aircraft. Though civil aircraft exports are regulated by the Commerce Department, individual components in such aircraft may be subject to licensing under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation. To address these concerns and answer questions about export procedures, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will sponsor an Export Controls Workshop on November 8 during NBAA2005. Officials from the Department of State's Directorate for Defense Trade Controls, Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security and U.S. Commercial Service will outline how to navigate the complex of export control regulations. The workshop, free for Convention Attendees, will be held from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., Convention Center Room N320B. Review the full NBAA2005 program schedule online at:

Conference to Address Streamlined Sales Tax Project and Other Tax Issues
Is the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) a new: (a) insurance product, (b) FAA program or (c) multistate system of laws and procedures to make it easier for states to collect and administer sales and use tax? To learn the answer, attend the NBAA 14th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference from November 7 to 8, in Orlando, FL. Hundreds of people are expected to participate in this annual event, which will explain how SSTP and other aviation tax issues will affect your flight operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at Register or view the agenda online at:

Do I Need a Slot Reservation for Orlando Airports During the Convention?
No, but there will be special air traffic procedures in effect. Traditionally, a combination of arrival and departure special traffic management programs (STMPs) have been in place for Convention traffic operating at Orlando area airports. For arrival aircraft this year, the FAA will utilize a GAAP, a new type of ground delay program (GDP). An alternative to STMPs, GAAP is designed to be used at airports where a combination of known and forecast demand is expected to exceed airport capacity. Instead of departure STMPs, local FAA facilities will manage departure demand dynamically without a reservation requirement. The special air traffic procedures that operators must follow this year may be found at Operators also may download more information on ground delay programs at:

Airshow to Affect ORL Arrivals and Departures This Weekend
From Friday, November 4, to Sunday, November 6, Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) will host an airshow with high-performance aircraft operating from the surface to 2,500 feet within a five-mile radius of the airport. Arrivals and departures at ORL will not be allowed during the following time periods on Friday: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. In addition, arrivals and departures at ORL will not be allowed during the following time periods on Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at

IRS Announces Commercial Air Transportation Taxes for 2006
The Internal Revenue Service will publish Revenue Procedure 2005-70, which will provide inflation-adjusted tax items for 2006. Section 3.30 specifies the applicable rates for 2006 for the following commercial passenger air transportation taxes: domestic segment fee, international arrival/departure tax and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights. For 2006, these rates will be: domestic segment fee, $3.30; international arrival/departure tax, $14.50; and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights, $7.30. The Rev. Proc. did not modify the 7.5-percent percentage tax that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial transportation. Download the Rev. Proc. at For more information, visit the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook and other aviation tax resources online at:

FAA Takes Step Towards Implementing ADS-B for Future Surveillance in U.S.
In the October issue of RTCA Digest, an article by FAA's Charlie Keegan states, "The FAA's Joint Resources Council has taken an initial step toward development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System or NGATS Initiative by selecting ADS-B as the preferred option for the future surveillance system. ADS-B was selected over other surveillance alternatives because of its ability to provide pilots enhanced situational awareness and to support a broad range of new air traffic control applications. In its most basic form, ADS-B supports core surveillance functions performed today by secondary radar, while providing more cost-effective performance due to its high accuracy, integrity and update rate." To learn more or view the full article, visit:

Corporate Angel Network Flies Its 22,000th Cancer Patient
Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a national public charity whose sole mission is to arrange free flights for cancer patients to treatment using empty seats on corporate aircraft, announced last week that it has flown its 22,000th cancer patient flight. Kathy Minor had just received a bone marrow transplant at the Mayo Clinic and needed to get home to San Francisco. "My immune system was so compromised," said Minor, "I couldn't have gotten home any other way." CAN staff and volunteers were able to arrange a flight for Minor with Hormel Foods Corporation, an NBAA Member and a CAN participating corporation since 1995 that has flown a total of 22 CAN flights. To learn more about CAN and how corporations can get involved in its mission, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Broward County to Consider Curtailing GA Operations at FLL
Airport planning consultants contracted by the county to update the airport master plan offered a modified sunset option for general aviation (GA) at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) as a viable and low-cost method to reduce congestion at the airport. Planners estimate that GA makes up 20 percent of the traffic at the airport but accounts for only 6 percent of the revenue. According to these consultants, discouraging GA operations could be a win/win for the county by excluding general aviation, thereby opening up the facility for additional airline operations with a greater direct revenue return. NBAA will vigorously oppose any such efforts to limit the types of operations allowed at any airport outside of the applicable FAA rules and regulations. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

FAA to Revoke RNAV SIDs at Portland
By NOTAM action, the FAA will revoke the KELLY and CROWN RNAV SIDs at Portland International Airport (PDX). This action is required for several reasons: (1) The procedures were designed to be runway specific; (2) there are multiple runway transitions to the enroute environment; and (3) flight planning for the KELLY or CROWN by ineligible aircraft may require ATC to manually input and coordinate a new flight plan. Given these issues, the procedures will be removed from publication in December and redesign efforts initiated. The redesign would create procedures to be flight specific versus runway specific and reduce the number of enroute transitions. Redesign efforts also would include a review of the enroute transitions to determine if tie-in to the Q route structure could be improved. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Truckee-Tahoe Airport Board Focuses On Noise
California's Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK) District Board of Directors is studying ways to reduce aircraft noise and recently completed a survey focused on developing insight into their community's view of the airport. The board has engaged a high-profile law firm to help with decisions such "de- federalizing" the airport. In doing so, it could cease taking federal improvement funds or even choose to ignore airport grant assurances, thus gaining more control over airport operations, including limiting aircraft type and mandating curfews. NBAA and affected Members have contacted the board in an effort to address these issues. Operators traveling to TRK are encouraged to become familiar its noise abatement procedures and use newly published TRK-recommended VFR noise-related procedures. For more information, visit or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at


October Issue of NBAA Quick Turns Now Online
NBAA Quick Turns is an e-newsletter dedicated to the promotion of corporate aviation maintenance practices and safety. The October issue includes a message from the new NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman, Jim Janaitis of IBM, as well as updates on Committee officers and activities. It also provides a preview of maintenance-related events scheduled for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, including an IA Renewal Course. For more information about the Committee or this publication, contact Review the issue online at:

October NBAA Dispatch Newsletter Now Online
The October issue of NBAA Dispatch, sponsored by Avfuel Corporation, includes a message from NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Kristi Ivey of The Home Depot providing an overview of Committee activities. The issue also includes a preview of what's planned for the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (January 25 through 27 in San Antonio, TX), changes coming to Ski Country STMPs, reminder about 2006 scholarship deadlines, tips from the Committee's Software Resource Group, information about regional group activities, and more. The printed version of this issue mailed to NBAA Member schedulers and dispatchers earlier this month. For further information about the Committee or this publication, contact Review the issue online at:

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

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

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