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NBAA Update #06-18
Monday, May 01, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Senate Attempt to Suspend Onerous 'Fuel Fraud' Rules for Business Aviation
NBAA commends Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) for introducing a legislative proposal seeking suspension of so-called "fuel fraud" tax rules that are confusing and time consuming for companies involved in the sale of aircraft fuel, and have the potential to adversely impact aviation infrastructure projects. "The business aviation community is grateful to Senator Burns for taking action on this issue of great importance to our industry," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "Now, it is time for those of us in business aviation to do our part to support the Senator's proposal." Bolen urged everyone in business aviation to send a newly developed message of support for the legislation, available at NBAA's Contact Congress resource at For more information on this issue, visit:

Airspace Flow Program Implementation Delayed Until June
During the final phases of computer automation testing for the Airspace Flow Program (AFP), a coding error was discovered that had an impact on FAA Enroute Center Host computer processing as well as with some external computer systems. The FAA has developed a solution and the new coding and testing should be completed for an early June implementation. It is important to note that this error does not have any impact on the current procedures or training materials for operators. For more information about AFP, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at or visit the NBAA AFP web site at:

This Week's EBACE Poised to Be a Record-Breaker
The 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), to be held this Wednesday, May 3 through Friday, May 5 in Geneva, is expected to draw more than 9,000 people. Eleven Informational Sessions will be offered throughout the three-day event, along with various Maintenance & Operations Sessions for specific OEMs. Nearly 22,000 square meters of indoor exhibit space has been sold at Geneva Palexpo, with more than 1,200 booth spaces reserved by 288 Exhibitors. At nearby Geneva International Airport, more than 50 aircraft, including nearly every major business aircraft design in current production, will be on display in a special 18,000-square- meter Static Display area. Online coverage of the event, including articles, photos and Podcasts, will be posted to the official EBACE web site throughout the week:

EBACE European Business Aviation Award to Honor Geneva Officials and FlightSafety International
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) today announced that Geneva officials and FlightSafety International will be recognized with the EBACE2006 European Business Aviation Award for their work on behalf of business aviation. The award recipients will be recognized during EBACE2006 this week. For more information, visit:

FAA to Host Next Wet Lease Briefing at Van Nuys Airport, May 16
As part of a series of information and feedback sessions on operational control and wet leases, the FAA will host a free meeting at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA, on Tuesday, May 16. Recent accidents and investigations have focused significant FAA attention on the exercise of operational control by Part 135 certificate holders and aircraft owners. The one-day meeting will provide an in-depth analysis and discussion on recent issues, pending changes to operations specifications and enforcement action. NBAA encourages all Part 135 certificate holders, aircraft owners using management services and FAA principal operations inspectors to attend. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at; to register in advance of the meeting, visit:

How Do I Sign Up for NBAA Airspace Alerts?
NBAA offers a Members-only Airspace Alerts e-mail list to provide a single source for distributing information about upcoming temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and other airspace issues considered to have a significant impact on NBAA Member flight operations. Members may sign up for this list by adding it to their Air Mail subscription profile (select the "My Air Mail" option found at, or by using the online subscription form at:

Member Discount on 2005 Turbine Aircraft Accident Review
Robert E. Breiling Associates, Inc. has released its Annual Turbine Aircraft Accident Review for 2005. The review covers turbojet, turboprop and turbine helicopter accidents and incidents for calendar year 2005. The review is available for $330. NBAA Members will receive a 10-percent discount off the purchase price for the review. To place an order, contact Robert E. Breiling Associates at (561) 338-6900.

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Regional News
Adding It Up at Addison
Addison Airport (ADS) Director Lisa Pyles holds the reigns of a facility that might seem more like a small city than an airport: her airport community swells to 100,000 inhabitants in the daytime, settling back down to 14,000 or so by evening. The tides of people are employed by the more than 150 businesses on the airport's 371 acres, operating on 400 leases the airport staff oversees. The airport itself is home to 770 aircraft. For the complete report on ADS, which is part of an ongoing series of NBAA airport reports, visit:

More Than 300 Turn Out for Business Aviation Event at Westchester Airport
Over 300 people, including leaders from local government, business and aviation, turned out for the Westchester Aviation Association's (WAA's) third annual Business & Aviation Community Luncheon on April 26. The event is designed to showcase the involvement of businesses and aviation in humanitarian and educational initiatives in the Westchester area. The luncheon honored organizations involved with the WAA Aviation Career Fair, as well as two charitable organizations, Corporate Angel Network and Angel Flight Northeast. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn and other figures were on hand to address the audience. To learn more about this event, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at or visit:

Martin County Again Postpones Witham Field Meeting as FAA Requests More Data
NBAA has learned that Florida's Martin County Commission will not consider runway options for Witham Field Airport (SUA) in Stuart, FL, during its May 9 meeting as originally planned. The FAA has requested more data on proposed runway options at the field and the impact on airport users. When a new hearing date is announced, 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

FAA to Host Dallas Area Air Traffic Customer Meeting, May 23
Fort Worth Center and Dallas/Ft Worth TRACON and Tower will host a customer meeting on May 23 at Fort Worth Center. All customers are invited to attend to discuss operational issues in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth terminal area. To RSVP and for security reasons, contact FAA's Mark Chanter at (817) 858-7539 or by May 22 with your name and company name. Customers also are encouraged to submit their questions and concerns to Chanter via e-mail by May 16. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

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Phoenix Safety and Emergency Response Seminars Are Next Week
The Flight Safety Foundation/NBAA 51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) will be held from Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11 in Phoenix, AZ. With more than 300 business aviation operators expected, CASS is the industry's premier business aviation safety event, featuring presentations by leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. In conjunction with CASS, NBAA and The VanAllen Group, Inc. will host an Emergency Response Planning Workshop (ERPW) on Monday and Tuesday, May 8 and 9. This interactive, two-day event teaches aircraft operators how to prepare for a worst-case scenario: an aircraft accident and its aftermath. For more information about the ERPW, visit, and for CASS details, visit:

Business Aviation Taxes Forum to Be Held Jun. 2 in San Francisco
NBAA and its Tax Committee will host a Business Aviation Taxes Forum on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Union Square in San Francisco, CA, to address tax and related issues affecting business aircraft ownership and operations. In particular, this seminar will provide an overview of the Federal Aviation Regulations that bear on tax planning; the tax implications of lease and loan transactions; tax depreciation and avoiding recapture/capital gains through a like-kind exchange; current federal aviation excise tax challenges; passive activity losses; state aviation taxes; and non-business use of employer- provided aircraft. Issues will be discussed at an intermediate-to-advanced level. For the full agenda and registration information, visit:

Deadline for October CAM Exam Is Aug. 31
Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board seek to recognize excellence in the field of business aviation and raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The next CAM Exam will take place on Monday, October 16 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications for the exam should be submitted no later than Thursday, August 31, 2006. For more information, contact or visit:

NBAA Announces 2007 Conference Dates
NBAA has announced its 2007 Conference schedule. The Conferences and their respective dates are: Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, January 21-24; Leadership Conference, February 21-22; International Operators Conference, March 26-29; Maintenance Management Conference, April 2-4; and Flight Attendants Conference, June 29-30. All events will be held in San Diego, CA, except for the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which will be held in Phoenix, AZ. Review the full NBAA events calendar online at:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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