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NBAA Update #06-13
Monday, March 27, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Letter Challenges User Fee Claims in Wichita Eagle Opinion Piece
On March 24, the Wichita Eagle published a letter from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in response to a recent opinion piece citing airline executives' support for implementing a user fee system to fund air traffic control services. "In supporting user fees, the airlines are really just attempting to lower their costs while increasing their control over the nation's aviation system," Bolen's letter said. "To do that, they want to shift their costs onto those who depend on flying as part of doing business. This would be economically devastating to an aviation sector that is a major contributor to job growth and economic investment in Wichita and in communities nationwide." To read Bolen's letter in its entirety, visit:

At International Conference, Bolen Urges Mobilization Against User Fees
Speaking before more than 500 Attendees at NBAA's 33rd Annual International Operators Conference in Tampa, FL, last week, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen noted the important role played by everyone in business aviation in opposing user fee proposals for general aviation. "Some of the most effective and dedicated voices for our industry," Bolen noted, "are the people outside NBAA's Washington offices who make up the business aviation community. These are the same people who must help fight the airlines' user fee proposal for general aviation." Bolen called upon those present to utilize NBAA's Contact Congress resource ( to alert Congress to the industry's opposition to user fees. Bolen's recorded remarks may be accessed online at:

EBACE2006 Opens in Five Weeks, More Than 9,000 Expected
More than 9,000 people are expected to attend the 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), the only exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation in Europe, from May 3 to 5 in Geneva. Nearly 300 companies will feature the latest products and services in business aviation, and more than 50 business aircraft will be displayed on Geneva International Airport. Throughout the event, 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. For full details or to register, visit:

Safety Reminder for Operators Making Runway Changes in the FMS for RNAV SIDs
The current issue of the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) publication Callback indicates that to date, more than 60 reports have been submitted to ASRS regarding deviations from the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) RNAV standard instrument departures (SIDs). Incidents described in the Callback compilation show that several crews assumed that their FMS route was okay after making a runway change; however, in actuality, the FMS had deleted the transition route that was previously loaded. Crews should be aware that all three elements of the RNAV procedure (the runway, the SID and the transition) must be reentered in the FMS following a runway change. Pilots should then crosscheck the waypoints loaded into their aircraft's FMS with the waypoints listed on the RNAV SID chart. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

FAA Announces Changes for Taxiway Centerlines
The FAA has recently changed its standard for taxiway centerlines. The change will provide for an enhanced taxiway centerline that will better alert pilots that they are approaching a runway holding position. The operators of the 72 commercial service airports having the most passenger enplanements are required to install the new markings at all taxiways with runway holding positions by June 30, 2008. Other airport operators also may install these markings on their airports at their option. The FAA stipulates, however, that if an airport operator decides to exercise this option, the enhanced markings must be installed at every holding position on the airport. For more information and the list of affected airports, download the FAA taxiway centerline handout at:

Where Can I Find Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)?
In addition to receiving the latest NOTAMs during a pre-flight briefing from a flight service station specialist or flight plan service provider, operators may access NOTAMs from several different web sites. Domestic and international NOTAMs can be found on the FAA's web site at Special interest NOTAMs, temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and information pertaining to national security can be found at Finally, operators may use the "FAA PilotWeb" at to search for NOTAMs along a flight path, within specific center airspace and within a defined radius of a location. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at

Last Call for European Business Aviation Awards Nominations
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. The 2006 nominations are due by this Friday, March 31. For more information on how to submit a nomination for the European Business Aviation Award, visit:

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Regional News
ATC Experts to Answer Questions at Dallas Regional Forum on Apr. 13
FAA ATC traffic management personnel and NBAA GA Desk employees will staff a booth at the Association's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, to be held Thursday, April 13, at Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL). FAA personnel will answer questions about air traffic management procedures and policies in the Southwest, while NBAA representatives will explain the GA Desk services and how they complement FAA traffic management initiatives. In addition to the FAA/GA Desk booth, the Dallas Regional Forum will feature more than 60 indoor Exhibitors and over 25 static aircraft. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will speak during the opening session, to be followed by briefings on managing distractions in the cockpit; aircraft acquisition, ownership and leasing; and very light jets. For more information or to register, visit:

Georgia Group to Host Luncheon and ATC Briefing This Wednesday
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 Wednesday, 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

St. Louis Group to Host Airport Manager's Forum This Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will present an Airport Manager's Forum on the metropolitan airport plan at 11:30 a.m. this Friday, March 31 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Ballrooms A/B, 16626 Swingley Ridge Rd., Chesterfield, MO. Speakers will be Dick Hrabko of Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), Bob McDaniel of St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) and David Miller of St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN). Cost is $10 per person at the door. RSVP no later than 12:00 noon on March 28 by contacting GSLBAA's Bev at (314) 845-3102 or For more information, visit the GSLBAA web site at or contact NBAA's John Balsiger at

NBAA's Steve Brown to Speak at DC-Area Luncheon, 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 the AZBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Idaho Group to Study VLJ Concept at Networking Meeting Apr. 19
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold its spring networking meeting from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Boise Air Service FBO at Boise Airport (BOI). The meeting will focus on the very light jet (VLJ) concept. Luncheon sponsor Adam Aircraft will display both the A500 and A700 aircraft during the event. To RSVP, contact IBAA's Mike Pape at For additional information, visit the IBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Paul Smith at

Universal Weather & Aviation: Success from the word GO.

March Issue of NBAA Quick Turns Now Online
NBAA Quick Turns is an e-newsletter dedicated to the promotion of corporate aviation maintenance practices and safety. This issue contains a message from NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Janaitis as well as details about the upcoming NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Dallas, TX, and Maintenance Committee initiatives such as the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS). For more information about the Committee or this publication, contact Review the issue online at:

Six New Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
NBAA offers 13 scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. Of those, 2006 applications are now available for the following: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. All above scholarships are due August 1 except for the Barden Scholarship, which is due November 1. For more information or to download the applications in PDF format, visit:

Flight Attendants/Technicians Scholarship Applications Due Friday
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 more than 58 training and monetary awards have been generously donated by 22 corporate sponsors. The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 31. To download the latest version of the application, visit:

Emergency Response Planning Workshop Details Now Available
NBAA and The VanAllen Group, Inc. will host an Emergency Response Planning Workshop on May 8 and 9 in Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the FSF/NBAA 51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar. This interactive, two-day Workshop teaches aircraft operators how to prepare for a worst-case scenario: an aircraft accident and its aftermath. During the seminar, a simulated accident scenario illustrates the flow of events and identifies the key issues in a business aircraft accident. Each Workshop segment offers practical guidelines learned from experience and ends with a question-and-answer session. Critical elements in the emergency-response process are highlighted, and participants and their organizations learn to ensure the best possible outcome. Online registration for this event is now available. For more information, visit:

Compensation & Benchmark Survey Deadline Is Apr. 17
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. The deadline for completing the survey is April 17. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:

CAM Governing Board to Hold 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:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
May 8–9, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

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

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 19–20, 2006, Denver, CO

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 21–22, 2006, Denver, CO

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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