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NBAA Update #06-02
Monday, January 09, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Board Chairman Emerick Issues Letter to Membership
In a letter to NBAA Members today, Chairman of the Board Ken Emerick reiterated his belief that effective communication is the basis of any successful endeavor, and added, "Over the past year, I believe your Association has strengthened the two-way channels and frequency of communication with its Members, with the goal of improving its services to the entire business aviation community." Emerick's letter outlines several initiatives designed to serve the Membership in the year ahead. Review the full letter online at:

Boca Raton Regional Forum Is Next Week; Ed Bolen Featured Speaker
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is the featured keynote speaker at the Association's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, which will be held Thursday, January 19 at the Avitat facility on Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in Boca Raton, FL. The day-long event will feature briefings on topics of interest to the business aviation community, such as legal and regulatory issue-spotting for aircraft owners and operators, hypoxia awareness, new requirements for aircraft/engine registration (the Cape Town Convention) and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). FAA ATC traffic management personnel also will be available at the NBAA GA Desk booth throughout the day to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Southeast. The Regional Forum also will showcase approximately 25 static aircraft, more than 50 Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. For more information, visit:

Legendary NASA Figure Gene Kranz to Speak at S&D Conference This Month
More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference this January 25 to 27 in San Antonio, TX. Featured speakers include Gene Kranz, former NASA director of mission operations, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. This Conference, NBAA's largest, gives business aviation schedulers and dispatchers the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to their role in the corporate flight department. More than 300 Exhibitors will be present, including fuel companies, FBOs, caterers and transportation companies. Presenters will include representatives from the FAA, TSA and NBAA, as well as The Air Group, Air Routing International, Air Security International, ARG/US, BaseOps, CornerStone Strategies, Flightcraft, FlightSafety International, Jeppesen, Leading Edge Aviation Solutions, Professional Flight Management, Service Elements, Summit Solutions, Universal Weather & Aviation and Wyvern, among others. For full details or to register, visit:

Time Remains to Contact Congress on Bill With Harmful Provisions for Industry
Congress broke for the holiday season last month without taking final action on the Senate version of S. 2020, the Tax Relief Act of 2005, which contains two harmful proposals for business aviation. One provision expands limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees, rather than just senior executives. Another, broader provision substantially increases taxes for some uses of a company plane. If enacted, the provisions will reduce business aviation activity, impacting tens of thousands of individual employees. NBAA recently added a letter to the Association's online Contact Congress resource to help Member Companies voice their opposition to the measures with their members of Congress. Response has been significant and NBAA asks that Members who have not already sent a letter do so by accessing Contact Congress at:

NBAA Extends Condolences on Loss of Jack DeCrane
Jack DeCrane, chief executive officer of DeCrane Aircraft and a leading general aviation figure, passed away on January 2 after a battle with lung cancer. DeCrane founded DeCrane Aircraft in 1989; prior to his tenure with the company, he held various positions at the aerospace division of B.F. Goodrich, including group vice president from 1986 to 1989, with management responsibility for three business units. He has served on the DeCrane Aircraft board of directors since the company's inception.

Effects of DOT Part 375 Regulation on Business Aircraft Operators
Part 375 defines and establishes restrictions upon the operations of "foreign civil aircraft," which includes not only the operation of foreign-registered aircraft, but also U.S.-registered aircraft that are owned, controlled or operated by non-U.S. citizens. A company may be considered a non-U.S. citizen if it is incorporated outside of the U.S., if its president is a non-U.S. citizen, if more than one-third of its managers or directors are non-U.S. citizens or if more than 25 percent of its voting interest is controlled by non-U.S. citizens. In addition, the "actual control" of the company must be held by U.S. citizens to avoid a classification as a non-U.S. citizen. In today's global environment, many companies operating business aircraft find themselves negatively affected by this regulation. Learn more about this regulation and NBAA's rulemaking relief efforts at:

FAA Issues SAFO for In-Flight Fires From Laptop Computers
On December 30, the FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) regarding the potential for in-flight fires caused by laptop computer batteries. The FAA encourages flightcrews to review Advisory Circular (AC) 120-80, In-Flight Fires, for guidance on dealing with this type of emergency situation. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at Download the SAFO at:

FAA Publishes Updated Contingency Procedures for Oceanic Airspace
FAA's Flight Technologies and Procedures Division (AFS-400) recently updated their International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant guidance to pilots for track offsets in contingency situations in oceanic airspace. The new guidance applies to oceanic operations (including Atlantic and Pacific airspace) effective February 16. The guidance, in the form of a NOTAM, provides oceanic contingencies that are published in ICAO Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Air Traffic Management, Doc 4444. The 15 nm contingency, track offset, is the only significant change from guidance previously published, but it also contains a good review of Oceanic Weather Deviation Procedures and Strategic Lateral Offsets. For more information, contact Roy Grimes at or NBAA's Bill Stine at Download the NOTAM at:

FAA Thermal and Acoustical Insulation Rule Is Amended
The regulations regarding aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation effective September 2, 2005, have been amended. The requirements of the original rule applied to a much broader range of components as found in in-service airplanes than was originally intended. By narrowing the scope of the requirement, operators can comply with reasonable effort, and the safety intent of the original rule is preserved. The rule amendments focus the requirements on replacement materials that have a greater effect on safety and are readily available, and are necessary to avoid grounding of airplanes. This final rule will be effective January 30, although the rulemaking is still open to comments until February 28. Review the Federal Register document online at:

Master Minimum Equipment List: Non-Essential Furnishings Policy Letter
The FAA Policy Letter titled "Non-Essential Equipment and Furnishings" (PL-116, Revision Original) introduces a new methodology for operators to add non-essential furnishing items to their Minimum Equipment List (MEL) relief document. PL-116 is designated as Global Change 138 and is an approved addendum to all existing Master MEL documents. PL-116 allows operators approximately two years for program implementation, at which time relief is granted through PL-33, "Passenger Convenience Items." Operators may seek use of the specific relief contained in the policy letter by revising the MEL. Download the PL-116 document at:

Service Difficulty Reporting Rule Withdrawn; Adopting Amendments to Existing Rule
After numerous delays, the FAA has withdrawn its delayed final rule that amended the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements for air carriers and repair stations certified under FAR Part 121, 125, 135 and/or 145. Withdrawing this rule allows the FAA time to re-examine the SDR program and consider the comments received since the delayed final rule was published. In this action the FAA also is adopting several amendments that improve the functioning of the current SDR program. The changes will be effective January 30. Review the Federal Register document online at:

FAA Guidance on Developing a Receiving Inspection System for Parts/Materials
Released last month, FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 20-154, Guide to Developing a Receiving Inspection System for Aircraft Parts and Materials, provides guidance and information for incorporation into operators' existing receiving/inspection systems to help prevent the introduction of unairworthy parts into inventories. For more information, download the AC in PDF format at:

Where Can I Find a Copy of the International Flight Plan Form?
In addition to being available at most U.S. Flight Service Stations, a copy of the international flight plan form may be found on the FAA's web site. Known as FAA Form 7233-4, the international flight plan can be accessed using the forms page of the FAA site at Once on that page, type "7233-4" in the "Search for" field next to "in Form Number" and then click on "in Form Number." The International Flight Information Manual (IFIM) has directions on how to fill out the flight plan in the "planning" section of the "general information" chapter. Operators may find these directions online at:

Flight Safety Foundation Requests Award Nominations
NBAA Members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF)/Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award and the FSF Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award. The purpose of the Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award is to recognize outstanding achievement in human factors contributions to aviation safety; nominations are due January 20. The FSF Business Aviation Meritorious Award recognizes sustained, outstanding contribution and service to corporate aviation safety; nominations are due February 28. For more information, contact FSF's Ann Hill at or visit:

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Regional News
Fort Lauderdale International Airport Master Plan Update, Jan. 11
On January 11, Airport Consultants Leigh Fischer Associates will provide a Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) master plan update and proposed activity schedule, and a briefing on public outreach efforts in the community. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the offices of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 512 NE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Members of the local business aviation community are urged to attend to represent their interests. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at or Harry Houckes at

NBAA's Brown to Speak at North Florida Luncheon, Jan. 18
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon on January 18, at the Signature Flight Support facilities on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The keynote speaker for this event will be NBAA Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Brown, who oversees NBAA activities relating to aircraft operations and flight department management. Brown will provide a briefing on NBAA activities and answer audience questions. To RSVP, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Chicago Meeting to Feature NBAA's Ed Bolen on Jan. 27
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will host its 2006 Annual Meeting and Board Election on January 27 at Drury Lane, OakBrook Terrace, IL. The featured speaker at this event will be NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The reception starts at 11:00 a.m. with free refreshments, followed by the luncheon, business meeting, keynote address and adjournment at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are due January 25. For more information, visit the CABAA web site at or contact CABAA's Joan Zaleski at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Atlanta Session to Shed Light on Aviation Taxes, Feb. 9
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) invites Members to attend an informative session on aviation taxes. Tax experts from NBAA and private practice will help you understand current federal and local tax issues affecting your operation and your passengers. Topics will include personal use, fuel, aircraft sales and various use taxes. The GBAA session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 9 in Atlanta and will include lunch. Fee is $50 per attendee. For more information or to register, visit the GBAA site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA Recognizes Another Spirit of Noise Abatement Award Winner
New York's Westchester County Airport (HPN) recently honored aircraft operators based at the airport with its Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards. In addition to the Member Companies recognized in the December 5 NBAA Update (see, the Association also recognizes new Member J.P. Morgan Chase, which not only won a Spirit of Noise Abatement Award for quiet flying but also was the only flight department to win the Lowest Average Sound Level for a Jet Fleet designation for the period. NBAA congratulates all of the award winners. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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NBAA Releases 2006 Calendar of Events, Professional Course Offerings
NBAA today released its calendar of events for 2006. The Association provides a variety of ways for the business aviation community to exchange information, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest business aviation trade show; international exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and Asia; several Business Aviation Regional Forums each year; and a comprehensive program of seminars and professional development courses for those involved in business aviation. For more information, visit:

Flying Safety Award Application Deadline Is Mar. 1
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations. All applications must be submitted for verification no later than March 1. The 2006 Rules and Regulations document and application forms have been mailed to NBAA Operating Members and also are available online in PDF format. For more information or to download application forms, visit the NBAA web site at:

Note to Members About NBAA Pilot Safety Award Application
Members who intend to submit the Pilot Safety Award application to NBAA should note the following change: Under Number 3b on the application, please provide the total applicable hours (not years) applied toward the last NBAA award. Direct questions to NBAA's Linda Eaton at, or to obtain the most recent version of the Pilot Safety Award application in PDF format (suitable for printing and faxing), visit:

NBAA Seeks King Air Series Operators to Participate on Committee
The NBAA Technical Committee seeks King Air operators to form a dedicated group that would work directly with manufacturers to address maintenance, technical and operational issues. Direct inquiries to NBAA's Eli Cotti at For more information about the NBAA Technical Committee, visit:

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due Tomorrow
The next CAM Exam will take place on February 24 in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference, which will be held February 22 and 23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Applications for the exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than Tuesday, January 10. For more information, contact or visit the CAM web site at:

Maintenance TRACS Scholarship Applications Due Jan. 15
The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and professional development as a means for corporate maintenance technicians to enhance their careers. To support this position, NBAA offers the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS), which offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive training courses for several aircraft and engine models, as well as professional development courses. NBAA offers the Maintenance TRACS program in conjunction with 11 corporate sponsors: Bombardier Aerospace, CAE SimuFlite, Cessna Aircraft, FlightSafety International, GE Engines, Global Jet Services, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Raytheon Aircraft and Rolls-Royce. For a full list of awards, refer to the scholarship application, available online at:

International Operators Scholarship Applications Due by Jan. 31
The NBAA International Operators Committee and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats are dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats together offer the 2006 International Operators Scholarship. Applications are due January 31. For more information or to download the application, visit:

Online Registration for Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar Now Available
Registration for the Flight Safety Foundation/NBAA 51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), to be held May 9 to 11 in Phoenix, AZ, is now available online. With more than 300 business aviation operators expected, CASS is the industry's premier business aviation safety event, featuring presentations by leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available. For more information, including a preliminary agenda, hotel details and online registration, visit:

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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

Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses
January 23, 24, 28, San Antonio, TX

Professional Development Program Course
February 21, 2006, Dallas, TX

Leadership Conference
February 22–23, 2006, Dallas, TX

Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum
February 24, 2006, Dallas, TX

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 27–28, 2006, Dallas, TX

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
March 1–2, 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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

Professional Development Program Course
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

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