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NBAA Update #05-49
Monday, December 05, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Issues Background Paper on Onerous Congressional Proposals - Have You Contacted Congress?
NBAA today made available an online background paper that explains the basics of "The Tax Relief Act of 2005" (S. 2020), which contains two provisions that are harmful to business aviation. NBAA recently made available a letter opposing the legislation for our Members to send to their Federal elected officials through NBAA's Contact Congress resource, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today renewed his call for Members to contact Congress in opposition to the proposals. "If enacted, these provisions will reduce business aviation activity and harm the tens of thousands of employees involved in business aviation," Bolen said. "I thank the many NBAA Members who have already sent letters to Congress on this issue, and I urge all Members who have not yet voiced their concerns to take advantage of our Contact Congress resource to make their voices heard with their elected representatives." To access the letter now and read the background paper on S.2020, visit:

TSA Reorganizes, Creates General Aviation Line of Business
Last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a series of organizational changes as part of DHS Secretary Chertoff's "Second Stage Review." The new organizational structure will create an Office of Transportation Sector Network Management that will oversee various segments of the transportation industry including general aviation, airports, airlines and cargo. The TSA has assigned general managers for each sector. Rob Rottman, who has been with the Agency for several years and has been involved with many NBAA security initiatives, will assume the role as general manager for general aviation. The business aviation community should see a more efficient process for resolving general aviation security issues. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

ECAC Meets in Paris, Workgroup Report on Fractional Aircraft Operations Considered
This week, on December 7, the Directors General of Civil Aviation of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Member States will meet in Paris, France to act on a variety of issues. ECAC will likely discuss security of fractional aircraft operations and the recently submitted report of an international working group tasked with developing recommendations for the treatment of fractional aircraft operations in Europe. NBAA is releasing the report to several U.S. government representatives who have been following its development. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

2006 Transportation Funding Bill Passed by Congress
The Congress has approved the Fiscal Year 2006 funding bill for the Department of Transportation and the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2006 budget totals $14.4 billion, which is $556 million above current year funding levels and more than $635 million above the President's budget request. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at To review an outline of major spending provisions in the legislation, visit:

FAA Releases Safety Alert for Avian Influenza
The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to raise flight crew awareness of possible risks associated with avian influenza, the "bird flu." The FAA SAFO provides references from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for flightcrews and those meeting passengers arriving from areas identified within the Avian Influenza travel notice, which was originally released in February 2004. The FAA recommends that crewmembers adhere to the CDC recommendations for general infection control. Review the SAFO at:

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Regional News
FAA Makes Changes to Advanced Navigation Routes in the Southeast
Effective December 22, 2005, the Multi-Center Advanced Navigation Routes to ATL from FLL, MIA, PBI and TPA via the HONIE1 ARRIVAL will be amended. The old route, "WYATT.LGC.HONIE1.ATL," will be revised to "WYATT..GOONS..LGC.HONIE2.ATL." This revision will allow Jacksonville ARTCC, when appropriate, to clear en route aircraft direct GOONS, then via the HONIE2 ARRIVAL; whereas before, GOONS was not on the STAR from over WYATT. Members can contact Ron McKenzie, Operations Support Specialist/AMTI, Eastern En Route and Oceanic Service Area, FAA Southern Region Headquarters at (404) 305-5627 with any questions. For a listing of the Multi-Center Advanced Navigation Routes with the revised routes, visit:

No De-Icing Available at Truckee Tahoe Airport
The de-icing service provider at Truckee Tahoe Airport (TRK) recently ceased providing de-icing services at TRK and the airport reports that it is unlikely services will be available this winter. The airport encourages operators to closely evaluate the weather. TRK airport district staff members are certified weather observers and can provide current observations and trends, but cannot issue forecasts. They may be contacted at (530) 587-4119. Alternative airports in the Lake Tahoe area, generally less impacted by winter weather, include Reno, Carson City, and Minden, NV. Additionally, operators are urged to check TRK's noise abatement procedures at and, safety permitting, use the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Recommended VFR Noise Related Procedures. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Westchester County Honors NBAA Members
Last week, Westchester County Airport (HPN) honored aircraft operators based at the airport with its "Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards." The following NBAA Member companies maintained 100% compliance with the 2004 "Voluntary Restraint from Flying" and the "High Range Noise Event" programs: Altria, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citigroup, Delaney Aviation, Greenhill Aviation, IBM, Jet Aviation, PepsiCo, R.T. Vanderbilt, and US Cable. NBAA congratulates the award winners, and commends Westchester County for working with the aviation and local community to help make HPN a good neighbor. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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New PDP Course Approval Deadline Jan. 4
NBAA has revised and expanded its Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives and now seeks new educational providers to develop courses that meet the new PDP objectives. The new PDP objectives are more closely aligned to the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) objectives. Potential providers seeking to have their current courses approved for the NBAA PDP must submit the PDP Course Proposal Application by January 4, 2006. Since its launch in January 1998, there have been over 5,000 PDP course completions. For more information contact NBAA's Jay Evans at or visit:

2006 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Online Registration Now Available
Online registration is now available for the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference which will be held on January 25-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Attendees may register at There will be a record number of Exhibitors at this year's Conference, and Exhibit space is still available. An interactive floorplan is available online at For more information, including the complete Conference agenda, visit:

NBAA Announces Regional Forum in Boca Raton, FL on Jan. 19
NBAA will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Avitat Boca Raton at the Boca Raton Airport (BCT). The Regional Forums are learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of regional business aircraft operators, those wishing to learn more about business aviation, and vendors across the United States. The Boca Raton Forum will feature approximately 30 aircraft on Static Display, 50 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. For more information, or to register, visit:

Guidelines for Aircraft Charter as Supplemental Lift
It is common for companies that operate business aircraft to charter aircraft when the company airplane is down for maintenance or scheduled for another trip. While companies can bring rigor to their own flight operations, how can one ensure that your charter operator exercises the same rigor? Are they meeting the minimum regulatory standards or operating with best practices for safety, security and customer service? NBAA's Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide will help charter customers pre-screen charter operators to ensure that the best charter company for them is readily available, in the event there's a need for supplemental lift. Download NBAA's Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide from the NBAA web site at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 19, 2006, Boca Raton, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 20, 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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 30, 2006, St. Louis, MO

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, 2006, Dulles, VA

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 23–24 2006, Denver, CO

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