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NBAA Update #06-24
Monday, June 12, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY07 Transportation Funding Bill
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee completed work last week on a spending bill that signals strong support for aviation system maintenance and improvement initiatives. The bill, which provides fiscal year 2007 funding for the Department of Transportation, FAA and a number of other federal agencies, includes $8.366 billion for FAA operations; $3.110 billion for the FAA Facilities and Equipment Program (which is nearly $600 million above the previous funding level); and $3.7 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (which is $950 million above the President's '07 budget request). The bill also provides funds for air traffic modernization and contract towers, and additional FAA aviation inspector and aircraft certification positions in FY07. The aviation provisions in the committee's bill, which were previously passed by a House Subcommittee, will now be considered by the full House, which could occur as early as this week. "NBAA is pleased that the House Appropriations Committee continues to provide robust support for aviation, as has historically been the case," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. The Senate has yet to consider its version of the FY07 transportation funding bill. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

More Than 800 Attend Dulles Regional Forum
About 830 people attended NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum held June 8 at the Landmark Aviation facility on Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The event featured a well-attended keynote speech by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, more than 50 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and several briefings of interest to the business aviation community. For further information about this event – including photos, opening session audio recordings and handouts – visit:

NBAA Releases Certification of Commercial Aircraft Operations Resource
NBAA has released a new Members-only article titled "Certification of Commercial Aircraft Operations – Which Rules Apply?" This publication provides insight into the requirements for certification as a commercial operator under Part 119 as well as the differences between operations conducted under Parts 135, 125 and 121. It also highlights some of the key issues affecting operators under each of those parts. Download the resource at:

NBAA and ABAG Reschedule LABACE2006
NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) announced that a combination of factors, including significant issues related to an accelerated construction project at Congonhas Airport, have forced the associations to reschedule this year's Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2006). "NBAA and ABAG are committed to hosting a world-class event that meets the high standards the business aviation community has come to expect from us," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Unfortunately, several factors beyond our control make it impossible for us to host such a show this August. As a result, we see no alternative other than to defer this year's event." Review the press release at:

FAA Operational Control Briefing Sessions to Be Held 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 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:

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Regional News
Las Vegas TRACON Final Approach Clearance
Recently, many pilots have questioned Las Vegas (LAS) TRACON controllers as to why they are not being cleared for a visual approach after they have reported the preceding traffic in sight and/or established on base leg. These extra radio transmissions, which typically occur when controllers are busy, cause frequency congestion and increase controller/pilot workload. LAS continues to experience significant air traffic growth and the current runway construction impacts arrival and departure capacity on a daily basis. It is therefore more important than ever for the controllers to ensure that the landing aircraft are positioned to take advantage of every slot on the final approach to the landing runway. LAS TRACON recently implemented procedures to ensure efficient use of airspace and reduce overall delays. Learn more at:

Safety & Security Seminar to Be Held at Westchester County Airport, Jun. 15
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will hold its second annual Safety & Security Seminar on June 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Joint News Center, Building One, Airport Rd., Westchester County Airport (HPN). The keynote speaker will be Jim Waugh, Flight Safety International vice president. The seminar will be held in two sessions, with dinner served between the sessions. There is no charge for this event. To RSVP, contact Jeff Sands at (914) 288-3135 or, and for more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

North Florida Luncheon Meeting to Feature DayJet Speaker on Jun. 21
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon on June 21. Traver Gruen-Kennedy, vice president of community and governmental affairs for DayJet Corp. in Delray Beach, FL, will brief the group on his company's pioneering approach to a new type of regional travel using the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The event is being sponsored by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and will be held at the JAA Office Center Building located at the entrance to Jacksonville International Airport at 14201 Pecan Park Rd. RSVP to C. Farmer at (904) 741-8700 or For more information or to join NFBAA, visit, or contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

NBAA's Steve Brown to Speak at Georgia Group's Safety Day on Aug. 23
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a Safety Day on August 23 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta. The presentations will cover a wide range of safety-related topics of interest to flight department personnel. The keynote speaker will be NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown. For more information visit the GBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Introducing GLOBTRAN

Stephen Hadley Named NBAA Southwest Regional Representative
Effective June 19, Stephen Hadley will become NBAA's new southwest regional representative. Hadley most recently worked as flight department manager and chief pilot for Campbell, Cherry, Harrison, Davis & Dove, PC, a Waco law firm, and he also has FAR Part 135 charter and FBO management experience. As chairman of the General Aviation Committee of Lubbock International Airport, Hadley worked to re-establish an effective working relationship between the general aviation community and airport management; as a result, Lubbock International emerged as a regional focal point for general aviation services. Hadley has an airline transport pilot rating, is type rated in the Beechjet and has flight experience with a broad range of piston-twin, turboprop and jet aircraft. For more information, visit:

Next Week's Flight Attendants Conference Has Many Highlights
The NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, to be held June 23 and 24 in Denver, CO, features many topics of interest to corporate flight attendants, including a session by Greg Feith, former NTSB accident investigator, who will discuss a brief history of flight attendants and their intended functions related to safety and incident/accident response; a food- safety presentation by Jean Dible, certified food safety instructor and president of GA Food Safety; and a session about safety briefings for passengers, which will offer tips on how to provide interesting and engaging briefings, even for seasoned passengers. Advance registration is available through the NBAA web site; on-site registration also will be provided both mornings of the event. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA Releases Dates of 2007 Conferences and Regional Forums
NBAA has announced the dates of its 2007 Conferences and Business Aviation Regional Forums. The Association provides a variety of ways for the business aviation community to exchange information, including a series of Conferences targeting members of the corporate flight department – including flight department managers, maintenance managers, schedulers and dispatchers, flight attendants and international operators – as well as several Business Aviation Regional Forums each year. Review the 2007 dates at:

How-To Workshop Focuses on Flight Operations Manuals Next Week
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 qualifies as an NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Course. To learn more or register, visit:

Management Fundamentals Workshop Is Jun 21-22 in Denver
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 qualifies as an NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Course, will provide practical, proven techniques for making a flight department more effective and efficient. For more information or to register, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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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