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NBAA Update #06-23
Monday, June 05, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Recent Wall Street Journal Feature Outlines Airlines' Attack on Business Aviation
A front-page feature article in the June 1 edition of the Wall Street Journal describes how the commercial airlines have begun a fight with the business aviation community, with their proposal to shift significant airline costs for air traffic control (ATC) services onto the general aviation sector, including business aviation. The airlines' proposal, which calls for new and onerous user fees to replace general aviation fuel taxes, has been introduced in anticipation of the forthcoming reauthorization process for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will determine how the agency is funded and governed. In the Journal article, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen details efforts underway by NBAA and the business aviation community to combat user fee proposals for the industry. Bolen's Wall Street Journal interview is the latest of several he has conducted with major national news outlets in support of business aviation. To learn more about the article, contact NBAA's Dan Hubbard at

Bolen Challenges User Fee Proponents at U.S. Chamber Aviation Forum
As a panelist at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum last week focusing on aviation policy, Ed Bolen challenged Air Transport Association officials' claim that all types of aircraft impose the same costs for the FAA to provide ATC services, and new user fees are needed to fund the FAA. Bolen reiterated that respected industry and government officials have for decades concluded that the commercial airlines' hub-and-spoke operations drive the FAA's ATC costs, whereas general aviation presents only incremental costs to the ATC system. He stressed that user fees are costly and complicated for general aviation, and fuel taxes provide the most efficient mechanism for collecting FAA funds. NBAA urges Members to contact their members of Congress in opposition to user fee proposals for general aviation by visiting:

Airspace Flow Program Initiative Available for Use Starting Today
Beginning today, the FAA has technology in place to deploy Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs) in support of its Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP). AFPs primarily will affect traffic flying into the Northeast U.S. from domestic origins west of the New York and Boston Air Route Traffic Control Centers. NBAA has been informing Members of this initiative since January. For further guidance on this topic, visit the NBAA AFP web page at:

Congressional Transportation Funding Panel Proposes to Increase FAA Funding
The House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding federal transportation and FAA programs recently took action on its FY 2007 spending bill and proposed to increase FAA funding. "NBAA applauds the subcommittee for the funding levels provided for aviation and other transportation projects in the coming fiscal year," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "This is a very positive development, and is indicative of Congress's continued, bipartisan commitment to provide full funding for the nation's transportation infrastructure, including aviation. NBAA is hopeful that ultimately, the full Congress will reflect the committee's support for this funding." Review the funding proposal details at:

Request for Proposals: Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Training CD
NBAA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop an interactive 90-minute training program suitable for corporate pilots. Based on the Flight Safety Foundation's Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Toolkit, the desired product will utilize select publications and presentations from the toolkit (which will be provided), augmented by newly developed visual aides and a discussion leader's guide, assembling them in a single CD as a comprehensive interactive training program. For more information, download the RFP in PDF format at:

Registration Open for FAA Operational Control Briefing Sessions in Seattle, Dallas
As part of a series of sessions on operational control and wet leases, the FAA will host free meetings in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, June 20, and Dallas, TX on Thursday, June 29. Recent accidents and investigations have focused significant FAA attention on the exercise of operational control by Part 135 certificate holders and aircraft owners. These one-day meetings will provide an in-depth analysis and discussion on recent issues, pending changes to operations specifications and enforcement action. NBAA and NATA have partnered to produce these events for the industry; NBAA is handling meeting planning logistics and NATA is processing registrations. NBAA encourages all Part 135 certificate holders, aircraft owners engaged in managed charter relationships and FAA principal operations inspectors to attend. Register online at For more information visit:

Hundreds Expected at Dulles Regional Forum This Thursday
Hundreds of Attendees are expected to attend NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum, to be held June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Landmark Aviation facility on Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). As keynote speaker, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will offer remarks touching upon a range of proposals being debated in the federal policy arena. Representatives from both the industry and government will have access to informational sessions, exhibits, more than 20 static aircraft and FAA air traffic management personnel, who will be available for questions about air traffic management procedures and policies in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit:

Where Can I Find Preferred IFR Routes Online?
Preferred IFR routes have been established to guide pilots in planning their route of flight, to minimize route changes during the operational phase of flight, and to aid in the efficient orderly management of the air traffic using federal airways. Operators can find a preferred routes database on the Air Traffic Control System Command Center's web site at Selecting "Products" on that web site will take users to the "Route Management Tool," where a link to preferred routes can be found. Members with questions about operational topics such as this are invited to visit the NBAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, available online at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Members Receive Teterboro Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Awards
On May 17, Teterboro Airport (TEB) hosted its Third Annual Teterboro Airport Noise Symposium and Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Awards Luncheon. NBAA Member Companies Adelphia Communications, Hawkaire and Textron, Inc. each were awarded the 2005 Good Neighbor Award for successfully meeting the airport's aircraft-friendly criterion throughout 2005. Hawkaire also was recognized for having the lowest average jet fleet sound level for the year 2005. NBAA congratulates these Members and encourages all operators to follow NBAA Noise Abatement Program procedures, which are available for review online at:

Onerous Emissions Bill Passed by California Assembly Moves to Senate
California Assembly Bill 2501 (Lieu) would require Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) to monitor and record the amount of time that turbine aircraft engines run while on the ramp, an unfunded mandate that may cost the airport $150,000 through FY 2008. Should SMO choose to close the runway during portions of the day in an attempt to control costs, NBAA Member access to one of Southern California's most important general aviation airports would be limited, setting a dangerous precedent. According to California Assembly analysis, the motivation for the bill comes from Concerned Residents Against Air Pollution (CRAAP), a group of about 55 citizens living near SMO. NBAA urges California Members to learn more about this bill at and to contact their state senator in opposition. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at (760) 749-6303 or

Notice of Jeffco Airport Traffic Control Tower Letter to Airmen 06- 1
Denver's Jeffco Airport (BJC) advises that effective June 1, it no longer will carry the NOTAM covering the newly established parachute jump zone near the Boulder airport on the Tower's ATIS recording. Download LTA 06-1 at:

Northern Ohio Group to Address Airport Regionalization on Jun. 9
The Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) will host a luncheon meeting on Friday, June 9. Industry experts will discuss the potential of Northern Ohio airports regionalization and its affects on the industry, as well as aviation's three most pressing issues and a look at what is next for Cleveland's two airports. NOBAA will host their event at Flight Options Headquarters located at Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF) in the Bistro dining room beginning at 11:00 a.m. RSVP by June 6 via e-mail to For more information, visit NOBAA's web site at or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

San Diego Group to Feature Very Light Jets at Jun. 13 Meeting
At its Tuesday, June 13, meeting, the San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host a luncheon meeting with presentations from several very light jet (VLJ) manufacturers. Panelists representing Adam Aircraft, Cessna, Embraer and Spectrum Aeronautical will discuss the impact of the VLJ, each focusing on their own products. The event will begin at 12:00 noon at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce building located at 5934 Priestly Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008. The fee will be $15 for non-members registering prior to June 6 and $20 for those registering after June 6. RSVP to SDRAA's Dave Richter at (858) 779-9625 or For more information visit or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Ohio Regional Group to Host Golf Outing and Meeting, Jun. 13-14 in Toledo
After hosting a golf outing on Tuesday, June 13 to support its business aviation scholarship fund, the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will host its next meeting on Wednesday, June 14 at Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Ohio. Special agenda items include a panel of experts who will talk and answer questions about the current issues and future of business aviation. Other sessions planned for that day include a maintenance best practices roundtable, a Flight Safety International presentation on the new high-altitude hypoxia simulator and an airports presentation by NBAA Director, Airports & Infrastructure Jeff Gilley. To RSVP, contact ORBAA's Robin Reynolds at (419) 248-5751 or For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

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CAM Governing Board Conducts Business Meeting in Washington
From May 31 to June 2, the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board met at NBAA's Washington, DC, Headquarters to conduct the business of the CAM Program. Meeting agenda items included the development of a policies and procedures manual, marketing survey results and the recertification process. In addition, Dr. Thomas Q. Carney of Purdue University, chairman of the governing board, officially presented new Certified Aviation Manager James R. Mrkacek, of GROWMARK, Inc. in Bloomington, IL, with his official CAM certificate. The next CAM Exam will be administered on October 16 in Orlando. Applications for the October exam are due to NBAA by August 31. Review meeting details and photos at:

Sponsorships Still Available for This Month's Flight Attendants Conference
The NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, to be held June 23 and 24 in Denver, CO, will feature sessions on safety, career development, FBOs and international handlers, effective communication, the future of cabin crews and catering. On the opening day of the Conference, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will discuss the latest happenings at NBAA and on Capitol Hill, and keynote speaker Denny Fitch, deadheading pilot and survivor of the United Airlines crash at Sioux City, IA, will discuss the importance of crew resource management. Sponsorships are still available for those companies wishing to gain exposure. For more information or to register for this event, 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 scheduled for June 21 and 22 in Denver, CO, 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 or to register, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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

15th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 15–16, 2006, Orlando, FL

59th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2006)
October 17–19, 2006, Orlando, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 16, 2006, Long Beach, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 17, 2006, Long Beach, CA

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