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NBAA Update #06-15
Monday, April 10, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
New NBAA Newsletter Dedicates Premier Issue to Airspace Flow Programs
The inaugural issue of NBAA Navigator, which is mailing to Operating Members this month, is dedicated to the topic of Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs). NBAA has been reporting on this new severe-weather season initiative since January. Since much of the FAA-prepared training material is highly technical in nature, NBAA responded with the development of this newsletter, which translates the technical AFP language into language that is more operational and pertinent to NBAA Members. Sections include an AFP operator checklist and a removable flyer to use on the job and in the cockpit. Download the issue in PDF format from the NBAA AFP web page at:

FAA Revising Policies on Letters of Deviation Authority for Part 125
NBAA has learned that the FAA is substantially revising its policies regarding operations of business aircraft to which Part 125 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) applies (aircraft configured for 6,000 lbs. payload capacity and/or 20 or more passenger seats). Many businesses operating such airplanes had not been required to obtain certification required by Part 125. Rather, they have operated under letters of deviation authority issued by their local FSDOs. NBAA has learned that the FAA is in the process of implementing two major changes to its policies regarding operations of these large business aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at, or read about the policy changes and a meeting NBAA has scheduled with the FAA on April 20 in Washington, DC, at:

Next FAA Briefing on Part 135 Wet Lease and Operational Control Is Apr. 18
Aircraft owners, Part 135 certificate holders and FAA inspectors in the New England and Eastern regions are encouraged to attend a one-day briefing session on FAA policy guidance on operational control and wet leasing. This session, to be held on April 18 at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, NJ, is the second in a series of briefing sessions to be held across the country. A new operations specification (A008) will be issued to all Part 135 certificate holders after the final briefing session is held. NBAA, with NATA, has worked closely with the FAA to incorporate industry's best practices into the final policy guidance on these issues. Feedback from operators attending these briefing sessions is necessary to ensure the best possible guidance is published. There is no cost to register for this briefing session. To learn more or register, visit:

FAA Issues Pilot Records Improvement Act Guidance
The Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) was enacted in 1996 to ensure that air carriers adequately investigate a pilot's background before allowing that pilot to conduct commercial air carrier flights, including Part 135 flights. Under PRIA, an air carrier cannot place a pilot into service until after it obtains and reviews the last five years of the pilot's records specified in the act. This order familiarizes FAA inspectors with PRIA and provides procedural information that may be used by air carriers. Additionally, it equips inspectors with the knowledge and necessary tools to competently observe, record and evaluate the PRIA functions of any air carrier assigned to them. Air carriers are encouraged to review a related Advisory Circular at and the new PRIA guidance at:

This Week's NBAA Regional Forum in Dallas to Offer Exhibits, Aircraft and ATC Specialists
More than 1,200 Attendees are expected to attend NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum this Thursday, April 13, at Dallas Love Field (DAL), where NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will be the keynote speaker for the opening session. Business Jet Center will host more than 80 Exhibitors, and over 25 static aircraft will be on display outside the hangar. Compelling informational sessions will focus on very light jets, aircraft acquisition, safety best practices and legislative priorities for the business aviation community. Additionally, FAA ATC management personnel and NBAA GA Desk employees will co-host a booth to answer questions about air traffic management procedures in the Southwest, and explain how NBAA GA Desk services complement FAA ATC initiatives. Online registration closes tonight at midnight, but on-site registration will be available at the airport the day of the event. Learn more or register at:

Record-Setting Attendance Expected at EBACE2006 This May
Close to 9,000 people from Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and North Africa are expected to attend the 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), which will be held May 3 through 5 in Geneva. A total of 288 Exhibitors currently are slated to display their products and services at Geneva Palexpo, and more than 45 state-of-the-art business aircraft will be on display at nearby Geneva International Airport. By comparison, last year, a record 7,667 Attendees viewed the products and services of 278 Exhibitors. At EBACE2006, Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with notable officials, including representatives from EASA, Eurocontrol, the European Commission and FAA. Learn more about EBACE2006 or register online at:

NBAA Members Urged to Participate in Survey; Deadline Is Next Monday
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 deadline for completing the 2006 edition of the survey is next Monday, April 17. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are urged to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:

April Conference to Focus on Maintenance Managers
NBAA is expecting a large turnout at its annual Maintenance Management Conference on April 18 and 19 in Dallas. For maintenance professionals, this is the most important event that NBAA sponsors each year. Several dynamic speakers are lined up, as well as planned numerous technical sessions that will cover topics of current interest to maintenance technicians and managers. In addition, an array of aviation products and services offered by 30 vendors will be on display in the sold-out exhibit hall. Pre-Conference events will be held April 17 and two additional seminars of interest to maintenance personnel – a Professional Development Program Course on Applied Economics & Marketing and a Maintenance Manual Workshop – will be offered on April 20. For more information or to register for any of these events, visit:

Is a Practical Test Required for an SIC Type Rating?
A pilot is not required to take a practical test to be issued a second-in-command (SIC) type rating. A pilot may get an SIC type rating by completing SIC familiarization training as described in 61.55(d), or by satisfactorily completing an approved second-in-command training program or a proficiency check under Parts 121, 125 or 135 as described in 61.55(e). Application and pilot certification procedures for both situations are essentially the same. The only difference is that under a training program conducted under Parts 121, 125 or 135, the applicant has the option of presenting documentation to the aircrew program designee for processing in addition to being able to present training documentation to an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) or examiner. More information about the SIC type rating is available at:

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Regional News
Fort Lauderdale Executive: No Rough in this Diamond
With a variety of airside and landside improvements completed or underway, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) exudes youth even as it approaches its diamond anniversary next year. A general aviation reliever facility for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, FXE today hosts 369 single engine aircraft, 187 multi-engine aircraft, 115 jets and 37 helicopters. The airport is a self-sustaining business that generates more than $5 million a year from land leases and fuel fees that support more than 20,000 business jet operations a year, 10 percent of the airport's total operations and purchasers of 90 percent of the 11 million gallons a year of fuel the airport pumps. For the complete report on FXE, which is part of an upcoming series of NBAA airport reports, visit:

Witham Field Meeting Postponed Until May 9
NBAA has learned that Florida's Martin County Commission has postponed an April 11 meeting to decide on runway options at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL, until May 9. When additional details are available, NBAA will advise the Membership in this publication. Letters of support to maintain the current runway length should be sent to the five Martin County Commissioners at 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996. For more information on the County Commission visit For more information on SUA, contact Dave Smith at 772-781-4720 or or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Bolen to Serve as Honorary Chair at Greater Washington Aviation Open
Since 1989, the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO) has brought members of the aviation community together to raise thousands of dollars for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which provides free seats on business aircraft for cancer patients flying to treatment. For 17 years, GWAO has been the largest donor for CAN operations. The 18th annual edition of this charity golf and tennis tournament will be held at the Lansdowne Golf Resort, Lansdowne, VA, on May 8. This year, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Congressman Joe Knollenberg will serve as honorary chairmen. For more information, visit the GWAO web site at:

New York Luncheon to Feature Industry Leaders on 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 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

GBAA to Hold 7th Annual Member Meeting and Golf Tournament on May 5
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its 7th Annual Members Meeting and Golf Tournament on May 5 at the Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City, GA. As always, part of the proceeds from the event will benefit GBAA charitable activities and aviation scholarships. Captain Al Haynes will be the featured speaker at dinner that evening. For more information visit the GBAA web site at or contact Dave Small at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Contact Congress: Connect & Be Counted

NBAA's Paul Smith Retires After 18 Years
NBAA wishes Paul H. Smith well upon his retirement after 18 dedicated years of service with the Association. Smith worked tirelessly during his career as an advocate for business aviation. Before serving as NBAA's regional representative for the Southwest and Mountain states for seven years, Smith served NBAA as its director, air traffic services & infrastructure. He joined the Association in January 1988 as manager, air traffic control services. An experienced pilot, Smith also has worked as a military air traffic tower chief, flight standardization and training officer, aviation safety engineer and airfield operations officer. He was honored by the staff during a luncheon on April 7. For more information, visit:

NBAA Recognizes Five Certified Aviation Managers
NBAA today announced five individuals who have successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, administered by the Association in February. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The new CAMs are: Michael DelMastro, Merck & Co, West Trenton, NJ; Mike Nutterfield, Frito Lay, Addison, TX; Andrew Rohlfing, North Star Aviation, Mankato, MN; Steven Turner, USAA, San Antonio, TX; and Jeffrey Wanke, Orion Flight Services, Oshkosh, WI. For more information, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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