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NBAA Update #06-26
Monday, June 26, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Aviation Panel Reviews Progress on ATC Modernization
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing last week to review progress on the FAA air traffic control (ATC) modernization efforts known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) program. Witnesses included officials from the FAA, Government Accountability Office (GAO), DOT Office of the Inspector General (DOT IG), Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and the Mitre Corporation. Discussion centered on the challenges the FAA and other agencies face in developing a strategic plan to modernize the current ATC system and transition from a land-based to a satellite-based navigation system. Several members of the House Aviation Subcommittee expressed their support for the efforts of the JPDO and its vision for NGATS, but cautioned FAA and JPDO partner agencies that its success will hinge on having a realistic plan to insure that future costs and benefits are properly defined. Both the GAO and the DOT IG representatives reiterated the importance of developing reliable ATC modernization cost estimates and specific technology deployment plans as the JPDO moves ahead. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA's Bolen Thanks Mineta for His Dedication to Strengthening America's Aviation System
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen commended Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Norman Y. Mineta for his many years of distinguished public service and effective work to strengthen the nation's transportation system. "The nation owes Secretary Mineta a debt of gratitude for his tremendous service in support of all of the nation's transportation segments, especially aviation," Bolen said. "For decades, the Secretary has proven himself an outstanding public servant, and a critical figure in shaping aviation policy in the U.S. and around the world." Mineta's resignation, announced last week, is effective July 7. For more information, visit:

FAA Notice Would Change Landing Distance Calculations
On Wednesday, June 7, the FAA issued a notice that would require turbojet aircraft owners to apply a landing distance correction factor based on reported runway braking action. This notice does not apply to operations conducted under FAR Part 91. The FAA's corrected notice, issued on Friday, June 16, eliminated any confusion while also seeking comments from the industry. NBAA believes that this notice imposes new requirements on aircraft operators and as such, the Agency should subject this effort to a formal rulemaking process. Comments to the FAA are due no later than August 15. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at, or visit:

NGA to Remove Aeronautical Data from Public Access
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced that it will go forward with the removal of its Flight Information Publications (FLIP) and Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) from public access. The removal of the affected NGA products is being phased in over a 22-month period, ultimately ending in October 2007. NGA is taking this action due to the increased numbers of international source providers claiming intellectual property rights of their data. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

Financial Security Against Aircraft Operating in Canada
On June 9, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a final ruling on the contentious "super-priority" granted both to NavCanada and Canadian airports by legislation. Under the Air Transfer (Miscellaneous Matters) Act, those airports in Canada that were privatized received a super-priority, with the ability to seize and detain aircraft of air operators in default. Similarly, NavCanada under the Civil Air Navigation Services Commercialization Act also was granted the ability to seize and detain aircraft. For more information, visit:

Deadline for Three WCA Scholarships Is Jun. 30
June 30 is the postmark application deadline for three scholarships offered to men and women through Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) for individuals in, and pursuing careers in, business aviation. The scholarships, which will be presented at the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention in October, include an Inspection Authorization Scholarship, a Pilot Scholarship and a Career Scholarship. The scholarships provide access to instruction, training and other resources in support of career advancement and professional development for current and future aviation professionals. To learn more, contact WCA's Scholarship Chair Marianne Ross at or visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Calls for California Members to Oppose AB 2501
NBAA is requesting Members to immediately communicate their opposition to California State Assembly Bill (AB) 2501, introduced by Assembly member Ted Lieu (D-53). AB 2501, if passed into law, will require the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) to monitor turbine and turboprop aircraft taxi and ground operations 24 hours a day. Now before the State Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, it will move next to the Appropriations Committee. NBAA believes AB 2501 is bad policy and precedent and needs Member support to aid in its defeat. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at or visit:

BFI: Rolling Out the New 'Welcome Mat' This Fall
Weather permitting, the King County International Airport/Boeing Field (BFI) will be a more welcoming destination or embarkation point by late September 2006. That's when a $27 million runway rehabilitation project underway from August 8 is expected to be complete. Enhancements will include a resurfaced 10,000-foot main runway and connecting taxiway intersections, new runway edge lights, a perimeter drainage system and elevated runway guard lights, plus runway grooving and painting. For the complete report on BFI, which is part of an ongoing series of NBAA airport reports, visit:

NBAA's Piccione to Speak at St. Louis Event This Thursday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will host a session this Thursday, June 29, featuring NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione, who will speak of the current legislative issues facing business aviation, including the user fee debate and the topic of entertainment taxes on business jets. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Syberg's Restaurant (formerly Joe Hanon's), located at 2430 Old Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, MO. RSVP to Bev at For more information, visit the GSLBAA web site at or contact NBAA's John Balsiger at

DC-Area Group to Host Luncheon and ARINC Tour on Jul. 20
On July 20, Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) members are invited to a complimentary lunch briefing and tour of the ARINC facilities in Annapolis, MD. GWBAA President Bob Blouin and other board members will be on hand to welcome attendees and provide an update on the group's activities and upcoming events. RSVP by Monday, July 17 to Susan Boyle at For more information, visit the GWBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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NBAA Recognizes Six Certified Aviation Managers
NBAA has announced six individuals who have successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, administered by the Association in April 2006. 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. For more information, visit:

NBAA Announces 2006 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Winners
NBAA and its Flight Attendant Committee congratulated 57 recipients of the 2006 NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship during the Association's 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, held June 23 and 24 in Denver, CO. This scholarship was created to promote education and training as a means for corporate flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. In 2006, training and monetary awards were made possible by 22 sponsors from the business aviation industry. Learn more at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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