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NBAA Update #05-45
Monday, November 07, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention Opens This Wednesday
The NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), to be held this week from November 9 to 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, will feature a record-setting 1,113 Exhibiting Companies, 110 static aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport and 75 Informational Sessions. The Opening General Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. on November 9 will be hosted by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Special guests will include National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Designate Ellen Engleman Conners, Transportation Secuity Administration Deputy Director Robert D. Jamison, Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard, astronaut Gene Cernan and legendary pilots Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover. View the official Convention web site at:

Visit This Week for Convention News
Visit the Association web site this week for NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention coverage and multimedia, including articles, photos, videos, webcams, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations.

FAA Deputy Administrator to Speak at NBAA2005 Chairmen's Luncheon
FAA Deputy Administrator Bobby Sturgell will be the featured speaker at the NBAA/Associate Member Advisory Council Chairmen's Luncheon, to be held during the Convention on November 9. This invitation-only event is sponsored by Fortune Magazine. Sturgell attended last year's Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, NV, and served as keynote speaker at NBAA's Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2005) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this year. Sturgell, an accomplished attorney and aviator, will outline efforts on National Airspace System modernization by the FAA.

Top FAA and DOT Officials to Participate in NBAA Session
Several officials with the FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) will participate in a "Meet the Regulators" session during NBAA2005. Nicholas Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, and Jim Ballough, FAA director of flight standards services, will participate in the session on November 9. Dayton Lehman, DOT deputy assistant general counsel for aviation enforcement and proceedings, also will participate. The session will cover a variety of topics including 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, the upcoming 2005-2006 cold-weather season and charter management agreements. For more information, visit:

NBAA Meets with FAA Management on Wet Lease Guidance
On October 25, the FAA published wet lease policy guidance that addresses charter management issues, particularly when the Part 135 certificate holder uses for charter flights the same crew used by the aircraft owner. The FAA views some of these arrangements as wet leases, which would require that the aircraft owner also become a certificated air carrier. NBAA and NATA jointly met with FAA director of flight standards services Jim Ballough to address industry concerns. Ballough assured the industry that the policy guidance was not the FAA's final guidance, but an invitation for industry comment. NBAA today filed comments and has urged the FAA to meet with industry to develop the final guidance, based on system safety principles and scalable to the size and scope of operations. Download NBAA's comments in PDF format at:

Special Air Traffic Procedures in Effect During NBAA Convention
There will be special air traffic procedures in effect for traffic operating at Orlando area airports during NBAA2005 this week. Traditionally, a combination of arrival and departure special traffic management programs (STMPs) have been in place for Convention traffic. For arrival aircraft this year, the FAA will utilize a GAAP, a new type of ground delay program. The special air traffic procedures that operators must follow this year may be found at:

What Is GAAP?
GAAP is a new type of ATC ground delay program used to allocate arrivals to an airport in a high-demand situation, with known demand being less than the airport arrival rate. GAAP compares known traffic to airport capacity and allocates arrival slots to the known flights and generates a list of unassigned slots, which are held for future flights. All IFR flight plans that enter the system after implementation of the program will be assigned the first available unassigned slot at or after their requested time of arrival. Unlike a special traffic management program where operators must obtain arrival reservations, GAAP only requires operators to notify ATC of their intent by filing a flight plan. In the case of this year's NBAA Convention in Orlando, operators should file flight plans at least six hours, but not more than 22 hours, prior to proposed time of departure. More information about GAAP may be found on the NBAA web site at:

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Regional News
Regional Business Aviation Groups Now Listed Online
Local business aviation organizations facilitate both regional and nationwide communication among business aviation professionals. These independent organizations promote the safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation in their home communities as well as provide useful guidance for NBAA Standing Committees. Access and activism are local in nature, and NBAA encourages Members to "get local" by contacting their NBAA Regional Representative or by joining or starting a local group. For more information, visit the new NBAA Regional Business Aviation Groups web page at:

DOT Extends Comment Deadline for DC ADIZ, Agrees to Hold Public Meeting
Last week, the DOT announced that it would extend for 90 days the comment period on a proposed rule that would codify airspace restrictions around Washington, DC. In its announcement, the DOT also announced that it would hold a public meeting on the issue, which NBAA requested in October. NBAA submitted comments to the proposed rule on November 2 and will participate in the public hearings. For additional information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at Download NBAA's comments in PDF format at:

NY/NJ Port Authority Proposes Increased Operator Costs to Fund TEB Expenditures
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has recently made investments to the infrastructure at Teterboro Airport (TEB) including overlay of the pavement, installation of edge lighting, construction of new taxiways and improvements to airfield drainage. According to the PANYNJ, additional revenue will be required from operators to cover these investments, and the Port Authority proposes the following landing fee structure to be made effective January 1: aircraft 12,500 pounds or less, $22.50; aircraft weighing 12,501 to 80,000 pounds, $3.15 per 1,000 pounds; aircraft weighing 80,001 and greater, $5.85 per thousand pounds. NBAA is reviewing the proposal; Members may send written comments by December 14 to: PANYNJ, TEB Airport Manager, 90 Moonachie Ave., Teterboro, NJ 07608. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

New York Members Urged to Support New York Transportation Bond Act
The New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 provides funding for the state's airports, highways, bridges, rail system, ports, mass transit and canals. The $76.4 million aviation program has three components critical to the industry: $30 million for general aviation security programs at general aviation public use airports; $26 million for business airport development projects that will seek to support economic development by improving business aviation services at GA airports; and $20.4 million for the Airport Improvement and Revitalization Program, which provides funds for statewide airport programs. The Bond Act will be submitted to the state's voting public as a referendum on November 8. NBAA Members in New York are urged to advocate for the Bond Act. Samples letters are available online at For more information contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at


November NBAA Scholarships Deadlines
NBAA offers 13 scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. The following scholarships have November application deadlines: Canadian Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship, November 14; Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship, November 18; Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship, November 14; Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship, November 14. For more information or to download applications, visit:

June Date Set for Flight Attendants Conference
The NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held June 23 and 24 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, CO. Designed for current and aspiring corporate flight attendants and flight technicians, this event addresses topics such as cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service and catering tips, and career development. Information about the Flight Attendants Conference will be posted on the NBAA web site as it becomes available at:

NBAA2005 in Orlando

Upcoming NBAA Events
NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 9–11, 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 23–24 2006, Denver, CO

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