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NBAA Update #05-46
Monday, November 14, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Record-Breaking NBAA Convention Has Impressive Turnout
Despite a last-minute date and location change for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this year's show drew an excellent turnout, with a final total of 28,269 Attendees. During the show, a record-setting 1,142 Exhibiting Companies displayed their products and services in 4,815 10-foot by 10-foot exhibit spaces in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. This year's Exhibitor total was 5 percent higher than the 2004 total of 1,084. The Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Aircraft also featured 110 state-of-the-art business aircraft, and many of the 75 Informational Sessions drew overflow crowds. This special post-Convention NBAA Update issue contains links to many highlights from last week's show. For additional information, including full articles, photo galleries and Podcasts, visit the NBAA web site at:

NBAA Honors Mica With American Spirit Award
Representative John Mica (R-7-FL) has received the NBAA American Spirit Award for his support of business aviation and his work to help the Association move its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention from hurricane-stricken New Orleans to Orlando. For more information, visit:

NBAA Unveils New Product Outlining the Basics of Flight Department Operations
NBAA has unveiled a new product titled Flight Department Essentials: Helping Your Business Take Flight. NBAA produced the entry-level resource to take the confusion out of setting up a business aviation operation and bring rigor to the safety and management processes for individuals and companies planning to utilize business aircraft. It also serves as a desktop resource for existing business aircraft operators to reference and refresh their knowledge regarding various aspects of owning and operating a business aircraft. For more information, visit:

Third Annual Combs Award Presented During NBAA Convention
The National Aviation Hall of Fame announced that aerospace historian and author Jay Miller of Fort Worth, TX, is the recipient of the Third Annual Harry B. Combs Award. Miller received a $20,000 cash award for his extensive research resulting in The X-Planes, both Volume I and Volume II. The award was presented to Miller on November 9 during the NBAA2005 Opening General Session by three aviation legends: astronaut Gene Cernan and pilots Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover. For more information, visit the Press Release section of the NAHF web site at:

NBAA Announces 2005 Journalism Award Recipients
NBAA presented its journalism awards during its Media Kickoff Breakfast on the opening day of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention. Flying Magazine Senior Editor Tom Benenson received the 2005 Platinum Wing Award, and Aviation International News Senior Editor Mark Phelps received the 2005 Gold Wing Award. For more information, visit:

Bolen Calls for United Opposition to User Fees
General aviation operators may find themselves priced out of the National Airspace System if they do not actively oppose plans supported by the commercial airlines to have the FAA adopt a user-fee system, warned NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen at the Media Kickoff Breakfast and Opening General Session of the 58th Annual NBAA Meeting & Convention. Read more:

Regulators Explain Certification Initiatives, Wet Lease Rules
Three aviation regulators, who came to the NBAA Convention to answer operators' questions, indicated that a shortfall in FAA resources would continue to make it difficult for the agency to address all of industry's needs. However, several steps have been taken to give companies assistance they need to obtain new certificates in a more timely fashion. In addition, the FAA officials explained recent regulatory initiatives, as well as enforcement actions regarding the controversial wet-lease issue. Read more:

Safety Culture, Personal Discipline Key to Avoiding Intentional Non-Compliance Issues
The NBAA Safety Town Hall Meeting examined the subject of Procedural Intentional Non-Compliance (PINC), one of the so-called "dirty little secrets" of aviation, according to session panelists. Read more:

Industry, Regulators Sanguine on VLJ Prospects
A standing-room-only crowd of Attendees at an NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention session heard glowing reports from several makers of very light jets (VLJs), as well as regulators and insurance industry representatives, about the prospects for this new class of aircraft. Read more:

Economic Uncertainty Could Bode Well for Business Aviation
How will the economy perform in the coming months, and more specifically, how will it affect business aviation? Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard, who spoke at the NBAA2005 Opening General Session, attempted to answer that question. Read more:

NBAA and GAMA View: Don't Use Unsubstantiated Safety and Security Concerns to Restrict Access
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have taken a proactive, aggressive approach to harden the general aviation industry from security threats, but association officials are being forced to work overtime to ensure that special interests do not succeed in limiting business aviation's access based on unsubstantiated safety and security concerns. Read more:

NBAA Comments on FAA Wet Lease Proposal, Calls for Industry/Government Partnership
In comments submitted to the FAA last week, NBAA requested the formation of an industry-government working group to address the complexities of policy guidance on "wet lease" and other business aviation management relationships. Read more:

Business Aviation Community Members Recognized for Service
NBAA recognized Gregory Kuta, Steve Crawford and Greg Graber for their contributions to the business aviation community. For more information, visit:

NBAA Golf Tournament Benefits Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Approximately 260 players participated in the NBAA 9th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament on November 7, which raised thousands of dollars for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. The event, held at the Champions Gate Golf Resort near Orlando, was presided over by NBAA Chairman of the Board Ken Emerick. View the golf tournament photo gallery at:

Where Will Next Year's Annual Meeting & Convention Be Held?
NBAA will return to Orlando, FL, next year for its 59th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 17 through 19, 2006. The future sites of the next three NBAA Conventions, as well as the locations of NBAA's upcoming European, Latin American and Asian exhibitions (EBACE, LABACE and ABACE), can be found online at:

FAA Releases 2006 Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates for Covered Aviation Employees
The FAA has determined that the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for the period January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006, will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of covered aviation employees for random alcohol testing. In 2004, the random drug test positive rate was 0.54 percent. Therefore, the minimum random drug testing rate will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2006. In 2004, the random alcohol test violation rate was 0.09 percent. Therefore, the minimum random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent for calendar year 2006. For additional information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

Where Can I Find Federal Aviation Regulations Online?
The National Archives and Records Administration has developed an Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) web site that offers free access to regulations. The e-CFR is available online at You may find all the Federal Aviation Regulations by visiting that web site and selecting "Title 14-Aeronautics and Space." The FAA also has a copy of the FARs on their 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:

Boca Raton the Site of NBAA's Next Regional Forum, Jan. 19
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held on January 19 at Avitat Boca Raton on Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in Florida. NBAA's Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. The Boca Raton Forum will feature approximately 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. Preliminary event details, including Exhibitor information, are now online at:


NBAA Elects Three New Directors During Annual Meeting
NBAA announces the election of three new Directors: Ronald Duncan, president, CEO and co-founder, General Communication, Inc., Michael Herman, chairman, North American Communications, and Monte J.M. Koch, chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions Americas, Deutche Bank. For more information, visit:

Meet a New Board Member
One of the three new members elected to the NBAA Board of Directors last week, Monte J.M. Koch hopes to help address a number of important business aviation issues during his term. For more information or to hear a Podcast of an interview with Koch, visit:

Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Due This Friday
The NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee, in cooperation with sponsor The VanAllen Group, has established the Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference. The 2006 NBAA Leadership Conference will be held from February 22 to 23 in Dallas, TX. Attendance at the NBAA Leadership Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Applications for this scholarship are due by this Friday, November 18. For more information or to download the application, visit:

NBAA Announces 2005 Winners of Five Scholarships That Promote Collegiate Business Aviation Instruction
Last week NBAA announced the 2005 winners of five scholarships that promote the pursuit learning about the aviation and aerospace industry. For more information, visit:

Recent Publication Mailings to NBAA Members
The 2005 NBAA Annual Report and 2005 NBAA Journal of Business Aviation Management are now mailing to Association Members. These publications, which are free to Members, also will be posted on the NBAA web site in the coming weeks. A notice will be posted in NBAA Update once the publications are available online. For more information, contact NBAA at

Contact Congress

Upcoming NBAA Events
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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Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

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