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NBAA Update #06-19
Monday, May 08, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Time Remains to Alert Congress to Harmful Proposals in Tax Reconciliation Act of 2005
The weeks-long work by a House-Senate Conference Committee to reconcile H.R. 4297, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005, has yet to conclude, allowing time for NBAA Members to contact their members of Congress about two onerous proposals included in the Senate version of the bill. One provision expands limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees, rather than just senior executives. A second provision substantially increases taxes for any personal use of a company plane, abolishing the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) valuation. NBAA urges Members who have not yet voiced opposition to the proposals to do so by visiting:

Strongest-Ever EBACE Concludes With More Than 9,700 in Attendance
Held May 3 to 5 in Geneva, the 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006) was the strongest event in the show's six-year history, drawing 9,743 Attendees, a 27-percent increase over the previous year's final total, which was 7,667. A total of 292 Exhibitors displayed their products and services in 1,206 booth spaces on nearly 22,000 square meters of indoor exhibit space at Geneva Palexpo, and 52 static aircraft were displayed at Geneva International Airport. Informational sessions were well-attended during the three-day show, which is jointly organized by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Highlights from the event – including articles, photos, Podcasts, transcripts and PowerPoint presentations – are posted on the official EBACE web site at:

NBAA Meeting With FAA on Part 125 Successful for Industry
For decades, many operators of Part 125-sized aircraft have received from the FAA full, or "blanket," deviations from Part 125 and operated under Part 91. The FAA sought to change its policy to no longer issue blanket deviations; some FAA FSDOs had interpreted this to mean Part 125 certification would be required for all operators. Last month, operators of Part 125-sized aircraft joined NBAA staff for a meeting with FAA officials regarding pending policy guidance that could have placed significant operational challenges and restrictions on operators of Part 125-sized aircraft. Operators shared their best practices and urged the FAA to fast-track the work of the Part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which addressed this issue in great detail and recommended to the FAA significant changes to Part 125. Rather than investing FAA resources in new policy guidance, NBAA and the operators encouraged the FAA to dedicate those resources to reviewing and implementing the ARC's recommendations. While the FAA takes the recommendations into consideration, the FAA was able to immediately clarify that private operators of Part 125-sized aircraft will not be required to seek Part 125 certification. For more information on the meeting, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

Upcoming FAA Part 135 Briefing Locations and Dates Announced
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announce dates and locations for the remaining upcoming FAA briefing sessions on operational control and wet leases. These sessions are designed to inform FAA inspectors and the industry about business aviation management relationships common to charter operations. All charter operators and aircraft owners engaged in "managed charter" relationships are strongly encouraged to attend one of these briefings. Exact locations of each briefing session will be announced when hotel logistics are finalized. For more information, visit:

FAA GAATAA Survey Underway
The 2005 FAA General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics (GAATAA) Survey has been mailed to approximately 25,000 aircraft owners and operators, including Part 135 air carriers. Data collected with this survey are essential to calculating accident rates, helping to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, and forming the basis for critical research and analysis of aviation issues. All responses are completely confidential and used for statistical tabulation only. NBAA encourages aircraft owners that receive the survey to complete and return it. Accurate representation and full participation benefits the entire industry.

Where Can I Find Aviation Accident Reports?
Both the FAA and NTSB have accident and incident data available on their web sites. FAA accident and incident data is available at; this page includes preliminary accident and incident data received within the last 10 business days. The NTSB maintains a database at that contains civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters from 1962 and later. In addition to having a monthly list of accidents sorted by date, the NTSB site also has an interactive search capability that allows users to perform a "database query" for specific information such as aircraft type, accident location and type of operation. If you have operations-related questions like this one, contact NBAA at or visit:

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
DC-Area Regional Forum Offers Briefings and More on Jun. 8
Hundreds of Attendees are expected to attend NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum on June 8 at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC. After opening session remarks on "business aviation today" by NBAA's Southeast Regional Representative Harry Houckes, Attendees will have an opportunity to visit indoor exhibits, examine state-of-the-art business aircraft or attend compelling informational sessions on the topics of procedural intentional non-compliance (PINC) and how it affects your company safety culture; the contracting process when purchasing an aircraft; and legal issues related to aircraft ownership. Landmark Aviation is expected to host more than 50 Exhibitors. For more information or to register, visit:

Iowa Legislature Approves Dedicated State Aviation Fund
The Iowa state legislature recently responded to a years-long advocacy effort from the state's aviation community for the creation of a state fund for aviation programs, which will be supported by aircraft registration and aviation fuel taxes. Those revenues will begin to flow into the fund beginning in July 2007, and will be subject to annual appropriations by the legislature. In the past two years, an annual "Day on the Hill" sponsored by the Iowa Public Airports Association helped show state legislators the importance of aviation and airports, and the need to invest in the Iowa air transportation system. NBAA staff members have provided support for local efforts to help educate state lawmakers and to represent the needs of Iowa Members. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at

Las Vegas ATC Releases Two Letters to Airmen
The FAA Las Vegas Tower/TRACON has released two letters to airmen (LTAs). LTA 06-01 deals with opposite direction departure procedures, and LTA 06-02 addresses departure delays at McCarran International (LAS). All NBAA operators who transit LAS are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with these LTAs. Questions should be directed to the LAS operations manager at (702) 262-5910. Download the letters at:

North Florida Group to Meet in Jacksonville on May 10
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 10 at Signature Flight Support on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Bill Johnson, executive director of the Florida Airports Council, will be the featured speaker at this event, which will be sponsored by Jet Support Services Inc. Send RSVPs to For more information, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA's Piccione to Address Massachusetts Groups on May 15
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and Massachusetts Airport Managers Association will host an informational lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 15 at Signature Flight Support on Hanscom Field Airport (BED) in Bedford, MA. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will give a presentation on political advocacy and general aviation issues. Members of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Council and Legislative Aviation Caucus Committee will be in attendance. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required and should be submitted ASAP to NBAA's Dean Saucier 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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San Francisco Business Aviation Taxes Forum to Be Held Jun. 2
NBAA and its Tax Committee will host a Business Aviation Taxes Forum on June 2 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:

Corporate Flight Attendants to Gather in Denver Next Month
At the NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference to be held June 23 and 24 in Denver, CO, keynote speaker and former United Airlines pilot Denny Fitch will recount the details of the United Airlines crash at Sioux City, IA, highlighting the importance of crew resource management in such situations. The Conference will feature sessions on safety, career development, FBOs and international handlers, effective communication, the future of cabin crews and catering. In addition, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will speak during the opening session; NBAA Flight Attendants Committee Chair Mike Hesslink of FlightSafety International will report on Committee activities; and both winners and sponsors of the 2006 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship will be recognized. For full details, visit:

How-To Workshop Focuses on Flight Operations Manuals
All flight departments should have an up-to-date flight operations manual setting forth policies and procedures designed to ensure safe and effective flight operations. NBAA requires its Corporate Members to have a manual, and many insurance companies also insist on one. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop to be held June 19 and 20 in Denver, CO, uses the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the basis for providing participants with all materials needed to develop or update an excellent flight operations manual, custom-tailored to their operations. This Workshop also meets NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Objective AM1. To learn more or register, visit:

Aviation Leaders Invited to Management Fundamentals Workshop
The two-day NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop gives flight department managers key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, basic management practices, budgeting and accounting, cost controls, vendor selection and tracking, records and reports, planning for the future and other issues. This interactive program, which meets NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Objectives AM1 and AM5, will provide practical, proven techniques for making a flight department more effective and efficient. For more information, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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