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NBAA Update #06-12
Monday, March 20, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Urges Members to Make Their Voices Heard Against User Fees
On March 16, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen e-mailed a message to thousands of business aviation community members urging them to contact their congressional representatives in opposition to user fees for general aviation. "If you use a general aviation aircraft for a business purpose, you are under attack," Bolen wrote. "The commercial airlines have unveiled a plan that will allow them to assume a dominant role in running the air traffic control system and impose $2 billion in new user fees on our industry. As absurd as the airline proposal sounds, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has not explicitly rejected it. In fact, a major newswire has reported that the DOT will soon propose user fees for everyone in general aviation except 'recreational pilots.' NBAA is fighting the airlines' proposal but our success will largely hinge on your support and participation." Find out how you can help fight user fees. Review Bolen's complete message online at:

Bolen Speaks at International Operators Conference Today in Tampa
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was a featured speaker on the first day of the Association's 33rd Annual International Operators Conference, which opened this morning in Tampa, FL, and will run until Thursday. Organized and hosted by the NBAA International Operators Committee, this four-day event offers valuable information on the issues that challenge flight departments involved in international operations. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics such as flight planning, navigational systems, security and medical issues. Attendance for this Conference has already surpassed last year's total and is on track to set a record. More than 50 Conference presentations will be published on the NBAA web site this week. In the meantime, review the program agenda online at:

NBAA Soliciting User Experiences With the Cape Town International Registry
Some NBAA Members have reported challenges registering for and using the new Cape Town Registry. In order to help improve the process, NBAA is seeking feedback from Members regarding their experiences with the registry, including information related to problems experienced registering as a user, conducting searches of the registry or filing of interests with the registry. NBAA will provide Member feedback to the entities overseeing the registry and directly to Aviareto, the company managing the registry. Members should send comments to NBAA at with the words "Cape Town Feedback" in the subject line. For further information visit:

NBAA and NATA Met With FAA on Wet Leasing and Operational Control
Most aircraft available for charter are not owned by the charter operator; instead, the aircraft are made available to the charter operator for its use via a lease or a use agreement. The FAA policy guidance on wet leases issued on October 25 raised numerous questions for operators, particularly surrounding crew employment and who has operational control of which flights. NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) met with the FAA in December and again last week to address industry concerns. The FAA will be issuing guidance to its inspectors to help clarify its interpretation of existing regulations; the policy guidance last October contained no new or edited regulations. Additionally, the FAA will issue a new operations specification addressing operational control later this year. For more information, view:

FAA to Conduct Briefings on Wet Leases and Operational Control
To communicate a consistent message to FAA inspectors, charter operators and aircraft owners, the FAA will conduct a series of briefings about wet leases and operational control across the country in the coming months. Representatives from NBAA and NATA will attend each session. FAA attorneys and Flight Standards representatives will explain operational control and the key factors in assessing operational control; illegal wet leases; and the use of assumed business names (DBAs) by air carriers. Case studies of recent FAA enforcement actions will be used to illustrate. The first briefing will be held Wednesday, March 29, in Las Vegas, NV. Additional sessions in other cities are under development and will be announced soon. Industry representatives should register online by March 24 at:

Challenges With Adding Aircraft to Part 135 Opspecs
NBAA has learned that several charter operators have not been able to add aircraft to their operations specifications (opspecs) as FAA inspectors await final guidance on wet leases. Other operators attempting to add aircraft have been waiting months for FAA regional counsel to review charter management agreements. NBAA and NATA have raised concerns with FAA, and FAA's Flight Standards director has agreed to talk directly with inspectors to remove unreasonable barriers to adding aircraft. Operators are invited to e-mail NBAA with a description of their challenges, including the FSDO name, inspector name and any additional information that may help. NBAA will forward the list to the FAA. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

EBACE2006 to Feature Top Government and Industry Leaders
The 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), the only exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation in Europe, is expected to draw more than 9,000 people from May 3 to 5 in Geneva. European Business Aviation Association CEO Brian Humphries and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will moderate the event's Opening General Session on May 3, where Sir Ralph Robins of Rolls-Royce, Bo Redeborn of Eurocontrol and Kathryn O'Leary Higgins of the NTSB have been invited to offer European and American views. During EBACE2006, Attendees will have the opportunity to examine state-of-the-art equipment first-hand and speak directly to EASA, Eurocontrol, European Commission and FAA representatives. To review the program agenda or to register, visit the official EBACE web site at:

Where Can I Find a Copy of the NASA Form?
The NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) is a program designed to stimulate the free and unrestricted flow of information concerning deficiencies and discrepancies in the aviation system. The primary objective is to obtain information to evaluate and enhance safety and efficiency. The program provides for the waiver of certain disciplinary actions against persons, including pilots and air traffic controllers, who file timely written reports concerning potentially unsafe incidents. To be considered timely, reports must be delivered or postmarked within 10 days of the incident unless that period is extended for good cause. More information about the program, as well as a copy of NASA's Form 277, may be found at:

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Regional News
Hundreds Expected to Attend Dallas Regional Forum on Apr. 13
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum is planned for Thursday, April 13, in Dallas, TX. This day-long learning and networking experience is 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 Dallas Regional Forum will feature approximately 30 static aircraft, 50 Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. It also will feature sessions on "business aviation today"; managing distractions in the cockpit; aircraft acquisition, ownership and leasing; and very light jets (VLJs), including an update on the Eclipse 500 program. For more information or to register online, visit:

Dulles Releases ATC Guide for Airport Customers
FAA employees at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) have compiled a reference guide for users who frequently utilize the airport. This guide is intended to provide Dulles customers with general information on the procedures and policies that can be anticipated during air traffic operations both normally and during severe weather avoidance procedures (SWAP) season. The goal of IAD ATC in publishing this guide is for users to have a better understanding of how to augment safety, increase efficiency and mitigate issues that can sometimes hamper operations. IAD Air Traffic Manager Sherelle Carper commends operators for their patience and understanding during airport construction and growth phases. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at or download the guide online at:

Dulles Customer Group to Hold ATC Open Forum This Wednesday
Operators are invited to meet from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 22 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 e-mailed in advance to Potomac TRACON's Jim Bedow at, with "IAD ATC and Customer Forum" in the subject line. The forum will be held at the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Conference Room A/B, located on the east end of the baggage claim level in the main terminal of Dulles International Airport. Lunch will be provided by Landmark Aviation and NBAA. To RSVP or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Georgia Group to Host Luncheon and ATC Briefing on Mar. 29
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting and ATC briefing from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 29 at the Bellsouth Hangar, Fulton County Airport (FTY), Atlanta. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with FAA representatives from the Atlanta TRACON and East Coast tactical operations managers. To RSVP and submit questions for briefing participants in advance, send an e-mail to Jeff Agur at with "GBAA ATC Meeting" in the subject line. For more information, visit the GBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Washington-Area Luncheon to Feature NBAA's Brown on Apr. 7
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the new Flight Works Hangar at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia. NBAA Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Brown will cover a wide range of topics affecting the business aviation community in his presentation and be available for audience questions. To RSVP, send your name, company name and telephone number to GWBAA's Bob Blouin at For more information, visit the GWBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Arizona Event to Raise Funds and Industry Awareness, Apr. 7-8
This April, the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will host its 5th Annual Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale. NBAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will discuss critical issues in business aviation at the forum on April 7, while the charity golf tournament and banquet will be held on April 8. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $20,000 for aviation scholarships and thousands more are expected to be raised this year. To register, contact AZBAA's Nel Sanders-Stubbs at or Debbie Laux at For more information, visit or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Industry Leaders to Address New York Luncheon, Apr. 26
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will join Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn and FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell at the Westchester Aviation Association's (WAA's) 3rd Annual Business-Aviation Luncheon, a community event designed to showcase the involvement of businesses and aviation in humanitarian and educational initiatives. The luncheon will include a display of very light jets (VLJs) and honor organizations involved with the WAA Aviation Career Fair as well as two charitable organizations, Corporate Angel Network and Angel Flight Northeast. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m. in Hangar E at Westchester County Airport (HPN), 85 Tower Rd., White Plains, NY. NBAA Members are invited to attend by contacting NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen by April 15 at

Universal Weather & Aviation: Success from the word GO.

Nearly 60 Awards Available for Flight Attendants and Technicians
NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee administer a scholarship program to promote education and training for aspiring and current flight attendants/flight technicians. This year, 58 awards have been generously donated by 22 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, Jett Sett Management, MedAire Inc., James G. Plachek, Rudy's In-Flight Catering, STARK Survival, Survival Systems USA Inc. and Susan C. Friedenberg Corporate Flight Attendant Training. The deadline for applications is March 31. To download the latest version of the application, visit:

Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board Announces Elections
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board will hold its upcoming meeting and elections from May 30 to June 1 at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The goals of the meeting are to elect individuals nominated to be on the governing board, update the CAM Exam and administer other aspects of the CAM Program. Since the governing board's last meeting in October 2005, 15 individuals have earned the CAM designation. The next two CAM Exams will be held on April 20 in Dallas following the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference and on October 16 prior to the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando. Direct questions to NBAA's Jay Evans at or Sarah Dicke at, or visit the CAM web site at:

Maintenance Managers Invited to April Conference in Dallas
NBAA encourages current and aspiring maintenance managers to register for the Maintenance Management Conference to be held April 18 and 19 in Dallas, TX. Sessions will cover aircraft maintenance outsourcing, future cabin technology, emergency response plans, satellite communications, leadership and many other topics. Speakers will include Lou Centini of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, Jim Jensen of SATCOM Direct and Len Beauchemin of AeroTechna Solutions. Approximately 40 tabletop exhibits will display products or services directly involved with the maintenance of business aircraft. Pre-Conference events will be held April 17 and two additional seminars of interest to maintenance personnel will be offered on April 20. For the full agenda or to register, visit:

Nominations for European Business Aviation Awards Due Mar. 31
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year nominations are due by March 31. For more information about EBACE2006, which will be held May 3 through 5 in Geneva, Switzerland, visit For more information on how to submit a nomination for the European Business Aviation Award, visit:

Members Invited to Participate in Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2006 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Taxes 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

4th Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2006)
August 10–12, 2006, São Paulo, Brazil

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