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NBAA Update #06-07
Monday, February 13, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
White House Budget Language Alludes to Plan for FAA User Fee Proposal
Last week, the White House introduced its proposed budget for federal programs in fiscal year 2007, including language calling for a new funding mechanism for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which states: "FAA aims to create a more direct relationship between user fees collected and services received...." The White House proposal comes amidst remarks from other prominent Washington officials indicating a willingness to change the FAA's funding method to one based on user fees, including for general aviation. "The Administration's proposal now seems clear, and the decision-makers reviewing the proposal will be on Capitol Hill," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "If our industry cares about this issue, we must ensure that members of Congress know of our opposition to user fees." NBAA Members can voice their opposition to user fees by visiting NBAA's Contact Congress resource at:

FAA Implements 90-Day Performance Tolerance Standard for NY TRACON
Starting today, for 90 days, the FAA will implement a 10-percent performance tolerance standard for controllers directing traffic on final approach at New York TRACON. Controllers will not be assessed an operational error on final approach if aircraft separation is reduced from 3 nm to 2.7 nm (excluding larger separation standards following heavies.) As a result of a review at NY TRACON last year, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey recommended that FAA ATO consider implementing this performance tolerance. This evaluation will be overseen by the air traffic safety oversight office. NBAA supports this effort and hopes it leads to a permanent change in New York as well as other TRACONS around the country. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at, or visit:

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Released
The FAA has released the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). NBAA highly encourages Members operating in the Northeast U.S. to become familiar with the DEIS and attend any of the ongoing public meetings in their area. Four airspace alternatives are being considered, and NBAA encourages Members to support the "Integrated Airspace Alternative." For more information or to access a copy of the DEIS, visit:

Where Can I Find a Copy of the AIM Online?
The FAA's Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) may be found on the FAA's Air Traffic Publications web site. In addition to the AIM, the web site contains current electronic versions of official printed FAA documents such as the U.S. Aeronautical Information Publication, the air traffic control procedures and phraseology Order 7110.65P and the pilot/controller glossary. Additionally, visitors to the site will find useful links to the Notice to Airmen Publication and other Orders such as 7340.1, "Contractions," and 7350.7, "Location Identifiers." The FAA Air Traffic Publications web site is available at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA's Piccione to Speak at Nebraska Luncheon This Thursday
NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will be a guest speaker at the Nebraska Business Aviation Association luncheon meeting to be held this Thursday, February 16. Piccione oversees NBAA's legislative and political activities involving the Administration, U.S. Congress, state, local and international government, and the aviation community to ensure the safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. at the ConAgra Foods Hangar on the east side of Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE. Attendees are asked to park on the west side of the hangar, nearest the ramp. Business aviation community members are invited to attend, and the cost is $7. RSVP to John Mansfield at For more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Montana Aviation Conference to Be Held in Helena, Mar. 2-4
The 22nd Annual Montana Aviation Conference is scheduled for March 2 to 4 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. This event, which brings together Montana operators, aviation organizations and government officials, will feature educational sessions, exhibits, a mechanic refresher seminar, career development information for students and more. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will be a guest speaker on March 3, and NBAA will host a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. prior to her presentation. NBAA Members in the region are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, contact Montana Aeronautics Division's Patty Kautz at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium to Be Held in Bismarck, Mar. 5- 7
The Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium will be held from March 5 to 7 at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck, ND. This event provides educational sessions, aviation vendors and static displays of interest to pilots, operators, FBOs, airport managers and aviation students. A highlight of the event will be an awards banquet and North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame Induction, and keynote speakers will include NBAA Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione, who will speak at the luncheon on March 7. NBAA Members in the region are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit, call North Dakota Aviation Council's Jim Lawler at (701) 663-0669, or contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at

Dulles Customer Group to Host ATC Open Forum on Mar. 22
The Dulles International Airport (IAD) Customer Group will host an ATC Open Forum on March 22. This event will provide an opportunity for local operators to meet with representatives of Dulles Tower, Potomac TRACON and Washington Center to discuss ATC matters in the Washington, DC, area. Questions for the ATC participants may be submitted in advance to Potomac TRACON's Jim Bedow at; please note "IAD ATC and Customer Forum" in the subject line. Location and other details about this event will be published as they become available in future issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Georgia Group to Hold Luncheon and ATC Briefing on Mar. 29
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting and ATC briefing on March 29 in Atlanta. Location and other details about this event will be published as they become available in NBAA Update and on the GBAA web site at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

New Hampshire-Area Career Day Seeks Prospective Employers
Daniel Webster College (DWC), an aeronautical college in Nashua, NH, will hold its annual Career Day on March 30. DWC is inviting prospective employers to meet with graduating aviation students for career opportunities. If interested in participating, contact DWC's Kerry Bray at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at


Leadership Conference Comes to Dallas Next Week
Following its theme, "Leadership vs. Management: Finding the Balance," the 2006 NBAA Leadership Conference will explore the fine line between the two essential talents required to run a flight department. Panels of proven flight department managers will address not only the event theme but also leadership and management best practices, succession planning and differences between corporate and flight department cultures. The Conference also will feature a new Leadership Mini Fair, where industry providers will be on display. The Leadership Conference hotel, the Embassy Suites, has already sold out due to popular demand, so NBAA has added a second hotel to accommodate Attendees, the Comfort Suites. Shuttle service will be provided between the hotels. For full Conference details, to make hotel reservations or to register for this event, visit:

Dallas Regulatory Forum to Focus on Industry Hot Topics
Significant regulatory activities and Congressional actions continue to affect the business aviation industry. Changes prescribed by the IRS, FAA and DOT have an impact on many aircraft owners, flight departments, charter operators and air charter brokers. The NBAA Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum is designed to provide flight department personnel and their accountants, attorneys and advisors a basis for understanding and addressing some of the most important issues facing business aircraft operations today. This event will be held on February 24 in Dallas, TX, and costs $525 for Members, $650 for non-Members. For more information or to register, visit:

Member Nominations for NBAA's Two Highest Awards Due Next Week
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards for only two more weeks. First presented in 1950, the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is business aviation's most distinguished honor, recognizing extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation. Recent recipients of this award are Edward W. Stimpson, Stuart Matthews, Sam B. Williams, James D. Raisbeck and Paul H. Poberezny. The NBAA Doswell Award recognizes individual achievement in support of NBAA and business aviation as a whole, and recent recipients include Ronald J. Guerra, Allan B. Lane and Byron M. "Skip" Reed. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by Friday, February 24. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, 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 for these awards must be submitted to NBAA for verification no later than March 1. NBAA reminds applicants to check their data for accuracy before submitting their forms, which helps ensure the timely processing of the applications. Any forms with errors will be returned to the applicant for correction. The 2006 Rules and Regulations and application forms are available online at:

Flight Attendants Conference to Be Held in Denver, Jun. 23-24
The NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held June 23 and 24, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, CO. This event is designed for current and aspiring corporate flight attendants and flight technicians, or for those who want to manage those positions. Conference sessions will focus on issues such as cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips and professional development. Though full details of this event are not yet available, those who plan to attend this Conference may make their hotel reservations in advance. For more information about hotel accommodations and registration fees, visit:

Advertising Opportunities in NBAA Membership Directory
NBAA Members rely on the unique NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel for comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate business aviation industry information. This year's print publication will be distributed to more than 7,000 NBAA Members, a group that represents the largest concentration of buying power in business aviation today. An online version will also be available for even greater reach. The insertion order deadline for the 2006 edition is Wednesday, March 8, and the artwork deadline is Monday, March 20. For more information, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at, or download the Directory rate card online at:

Regional Forums

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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