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NBAA Update #06-05
Monday, January 30, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Call to Action: Mineta Comments Open Door to User Fees, NBAA Members Urged to Contact Congress
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen again urged NBAA Members to write Congress in opposition to user fee proposals for general aviation following remarks by Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta indicating that a planned, new model for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be a "cost-based plan that creates a more direct relationship between revenue collected and services provided." Mineta's comments, which were made last week at a Washington aviation forum, echo those from some in government and industry who are calling for changes to FAA funding that include user fees for general aviation. "Secretary Mineta's statements are a troubling indication that the ink is nearly dry on a plan that attempts to impose user fees on our industry," Bolen said. "I hope NBAA Members who have not previously alerted their federal officials of our opposition to user fees will heed this call to action." Members can voice their opposition to user fees by visiting NBAA's Contact Congress resource at:

S&D Conference Has Record-Setting Turnout of Attendees, Exhibitors
A record-shattering 2,200 people were in attendance at the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference held January 25 through 27 in San Antonio, TX, an increase of more than 45 percent over the 2005 total. The event's Exhibitor count also grew significantly, from 275 in 2005 to this year's 322, a 17-percent increase. This Conference, NBAA's largest, gives business aviation schedulers and dispatchers the most up-to-date information on issues related to their role in corporate flight departments. It offered 30 distinct workshops and breakout sessions designed to help schedulers and dispatchers – from beginners to seasoned pros – enhance their professionalism. Review articles, photos and Podcasts from this event online at:

Where Can I Find an Online Course for Better Aircraft Icing Awareness?
NASA has two free online courses for pilots who make their own operational de-icing and anti-icing decisions on the ground or encounter icing in the air. The first course, "A Pilot's Guide to Ground Icing," discusses the risks of contamination, cues to alert the pilot to ground icing hazards and actions to help ensure safe operations. The second course, "A Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing," addresses the effects of ice accretion on performance and handling and provides tools pilots can use to deal with in-flight icing with emphasis on avoidance, detection and exiting. In both courses imagery, case studies, pilot testimonials and interactive elements are used to inform pilots and help them make better operational decisions. The NASA courses may be found online at:

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Regional News
Boca Raton Event a Success, Proving Regional Forums Have Local Appeal
Business aviation community members from Florida and the Southeast U.S. region gathered at the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum held January 19 at Boca Raton Airport (BCT), where they attended industry briefings and viewed the latest products and services. Avitat Boca Raton hosted more than 900 Attendees and 59 Exhibitors, and the Static Display contained 19 of the latest business aircraft models. Upcoming NBAA Regional Forums are scheduled for April 13 in Dallas, June 8 in Washington, DC, and November 16 in Long Beach, CA; learn more at Photos from the Boca Raton event are now available online at:

TFR NOTAM and Special Air Traffic Procedures for Super Bowl XL
The FAA has established a temporary flight restriction (TFR) and published special air traffic procedures for the National Football League's Super Bowl XL being held on February 5 in Detroit, MI. The TFR will effectively prohibit general aviation operations at Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport (DET) from 4:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on February 5 and establish additional operating restrictions on the surrounding airspace. A special traffic management program (STMP) will not be in place for the surrounding Detroit airports, and operators will not be required to obtain slot reservations. Instead of an STMP, users can expect some form of traffic management initiatives by way of ground delay programs, expanded miles in trail or arrival/departure delays. The TFR may be found on the FAA's site at For more information, visit:

State of the Union TFR to Affect Baltimore-Washington Region
In conjunction with President Bush's State of the Union address on January 31, a TFR NOTAM has been established that will restrict the airspace around the Washington, DC area. General aviation operations will be prohibited at all airports within the Washington, DC ADIZ between the hours of 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. EST with the exception of IFR flights into/out of Baltimore- Washington International (BWI) and Washington Dulles International (IAD). For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at or view the NOTAM online at:

RSVP Now for Aviation Tax Session in Atlanta, Feb. 9
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) invites NBAA Members to attend an informative session on aviation taxes, where tax experts from NBAA and private practice will help you understand current federal and local tax issues affecting your operation and your passengers. The lunchtime session will cost $50 and be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 9 in Atlanta. For more information or to register, visit the GBAA site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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NBAA Staff Promotions Will Strengthen ATC Initiatives, Events, Other Members Services
NBAA is pleased to announce recent staff promotions: As senior manager, air traffic operations, Jo Damato will manage the NBAA GA Desk, gain new oversight of select NBAA ATC initiatives, products and services, and serve as staff liaison to the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee. As director, regional forums & static displays, Marti Smith will be responsible for management of NBAA Static Displays at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, EBACE, LABACE, ABACE and Regional Forums. In other staff news, Margie Rowson has been transferred into the position of assistant manager, exhibits. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Hubbard at

International Operators Scholarship Applications Due Tomorrow
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 by close of business on Tuesday, January 31. For more information or to download the application, visit:

Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Applications Now Available
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for corporate flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. To support this position, NBAA offers aspiring and current flight attendants/flight technicians the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with 21 corporate sponsors: AirCare, Air Chef, Alteon, Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training, Bombardier Aerospace, CAE/SimuFlite, Castle Kitchens Ltd., Cornerstone Strategies LLC, Corporate Aviators Inc., Corporate Flight Attendant Training Alliance, The Darden School at the University of Virginia, Dassault Falcon Jet, FACTS, Flight Attendants International, FlightSafety International, MedAire, Inc., James G. Plachek, Rudy's In-Flight Catering, STARK Survival, Survival Systems USA Inc. and Susan C. Friedenberg Corporate Flight Attendant Training. A total of 43 awards will be granted. For details, visit:

NBAA Announces 2006 Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Winners
During the NBAA 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last week in San Antonio, the Association's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee announced its 2006 scholarship recipients, benefiting a total of 17 people. The Committee offers both monetary and training awards to promote the professional and career development of business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. For details, view the monetary and training scholarship announcements at:

NBAA Announces Six Recipients of Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship
Six individuals have been selected by the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2006 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship. Each scholarship includes up to $875 to cover expenses associated with recipients' attendance at NBAA's Annual Leadership Conference, scheduled for February 22 and 23, in Dallas, TX. Now in its second year, this scholarship is sponsored by Eastern Aviation Fuels, Pentastar Aviation, SIG Aviation LLC and The VanAllen Group. Representatives from each of these entities will be present at the Leadership Conference. For more information and to view a list of 2006 recipients, visit:

Alan Klapmeier Is Featured Leadership Conference Speaker
The keynote speaker of the NBAA Leadership Conference, to be held February 22 and 23 in Dallas, TX, will be Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, president and CEO of Cirrus Design Corporation, the world's second largest manufacturer of single-engine, piston aircraft. Klapmeier will reveal how the company became a success while challenging conventional assumptions. Other Conference offerings include two full days of informational sessions and a Leadership Mini Fair, where vendors will display their literature and visit with Attendees. The event will be held in conjunction with a Professional Development Program Course titled "Strategic Leadership" and a Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum (separate fees required). Online registration and agenda details are available online at:

Nominations for NBAA Meritorious Service and Doswell Awards Due Feb. 24
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the 2006 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the 2006 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 24. Award winners will be officially recognized at the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention in October 2006. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:

Maintenance Management Conference Comes to Dallas in April
The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, planned for April 17 through 19 in Dallas, TX, provides maintenance professionals with the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to their role in the corporate flight department. The keynote speaker for this event will be Mike McConnell, vice president of sales and product support for Eclipse Aviation, who has more than 15 years of management experience in the technology industry. Sessions will be presented on a variety of topics, including aircraft maintenance, human factors, regulations and certification. A Maintenance Manual Workshop and Professional Development Program Course titled "Applied Economics and Marketing" will be offered on April 20 (separate fees required). View the preliminary agenda and other details online at:

Applications for April CAM Exam Due Mar. 2
Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) seek to recognize excellence in the field of business aviation and raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. NBAA will administer a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam on April 20 in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference. Applications for the exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than March 2. For more information, contact or visit the CAM web site at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Professional Development Program Course: Strategic Leadership
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: Applied Economics and Marketing
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006)
May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

FSF/NBAA 51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 9–11, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

Federal Tax Forum
June 2, 2006, San Francisco, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2006, Washington, DC

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, Washington, DC

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

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