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NBAA Update #06-28
Monday, July 10, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Supports Senate Proposal to Provide Relief From Onerous Fuel Tax Rules
As noted in previous editions of NBAA Update, NBAA strongly supports S.2666, the Aviation Fuel Tax Simplification Act. The legislation, introduced in April by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), seeks temporary suspension of so-called "fuel fraud" tax rules that are confusing and time consuming for companies involved in the sale of general aviation jet fuel, and have the potential to adversely impact aviation infrastructure projects. "By setting up a burdensome new tax process and steering federal dollars away from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, these rules represent a 'double whammy' that our industry cannot afford," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The business aviation community applauds Senator Burns for introducing a proposal to provide a reprieve from the rules." Upon introduction of the legislation, NBAA made available a letter Members can send to the federal representatives to voice support for S.2666. NBAA asks Members who have not sent the letter to do so by visiting:

TSA Holds Listening Sessions for New Twelve-Five Standard Security Program
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is proposing significant changes to the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP). As part of an outreach program, the Agency is holding three public hearings to discuss the modifications to the program and solicit industry feedback. NBAA encourages affected operators to review the proposed changes to the program and attend one of the planned listening sessions. Contact DHS's Lon Siro at to register for the sessions. For additional information and to review the listening session schedule, visit:

New AFP Scenario Developed to Ease Delay Burdens on Southern Destinations
Operator feedback sent to the FAA indicated that one of the Airspace Flow Program (AFP) scenarios, known as FCAA06, was too restrictive for flights landing in the southern portion of Washington Center (ZDC). In response, the FAA approved a new AFP scenario, known as FCAA08, which is located just north of Richmond and cuts ZDC in half, allowing the southern tier of ZDC to run free of estimated departure clearance times (EDCT) delays. For an overview of AFPs, and to view the new FCAA08 scenario, visit NBAA's AFP web page at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Regional Grassroots Efforts Make a Difference
NBAA applauds members of regional business aviation associations based nationwide for their recent efforts in contacting their congressional representatives about the controversial user fee issue. Most recently, individuals in the St. Louis region have been using NBAA's Contact Congress resource to express opposition to user fees as a funding mechanism for the FAA, following a call to action by NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione during a Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) meeting held on June 29. NBAA believes that local activism is critical to ensuring that the priorities of the business aviation industry are understood by elected officials in Washington, DC. Members of regional business aviation associations are urged to utilize the Contact Congress web site, available at:

Where Can I Find a Business Aviation Group in My Area?
Local business aviation organizations facilitate both regional and nationwide communication among business aviation professionals. These independent organizations promote the safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation in their home communities as well as provide useful guidance for NBAA Standing Committees. Access and activism are local in nature and NBAA encourages Members to get involved with a regional business aviation association in their area. Operators may find links to existing groups, as well as contact information for NBAA Regional Representatives, on the NBAA web site at:

FAA Announces Seal Beach VORTAC Outage
Seal Beach (SLI) VOR in Southern California will be shut down for maintenance to rebuild the facility's roof from 8:00 a.m. on July 11, 2006, until 4:59 p.m. on August 18, 2006. SLI VOR is one of the most used VORs in the nation. Many airports in Southern California TRACON airspace have approaches, departure procedures, and/or arrival procedures that use the SLI VOR. Several procedures will require ATC to issue vectors along the route for aircraft not GPS/RNAV equipped. If necessary SOCAL TRACON Traffic Management will implement additional miles in trail or minutes in trail during times of peak traffic volume. Dozens of specific procedures affected by the SLI VOR outage can be found online at:

Greater Washington Group to Host Luncheon and ARINC Tour on Jul. 20
On Thursday, July 20, the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will host a complimentary luncheon and tour of the ARINC facilities in Annapolis, MD. During the lunch, GWBAA board members will provide an update on the group's activities and upcoming events. Members of the DC-area business aviation community are invited to attend; reservations are required no later than next Monday, July 17, to Susan Boyle at For more information, visit the GWBAA web site at or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Introducing GLOBTRAN

NBAA Reaches Out to Build Membership Levels
NBAA is actively building its worldwide Membership and becoming an even stronger voice for business aviation. In the coming weeks, the Association will be reaching out to dedicated business aviation professionals who can benefit from NBAA Membership with a series of direct mail campaigns. NBAA obtains mailing lists from outside sources, so even if companies currently are Members, they may inadvertently receive an invitation to join due to discrepancies on the mailing lists. If current Members receive an invitation to join NBAA, they should return the form to NBAA in the postage-paid envelope to reduce the chance of receiving solicitations in the future. NBAA thanks its Members for their help and support during this process. NBAA Update subscribers who are not currently NBAA Members are invited to join by visiting the online application at:

Call for Applicants: Operations Service Group Specialist
NBAA seeks an Operations Service Group specialist to provide a high standard of customer service to NBAA's Member Companies and Operations Division staff. Specific responsibilities include answering Member telephone and e-mail inquiries; researching and responding to operational, technical and regulatory questions; developing resources for NBAA Members based on new and evolving regulatory and policy initiatives; logging interactions with Members in a database; updating the contents of Operations Division web pages; and attending industry and government meetings. For more information about this and other NBAA job postings, visit:

NBAA Announces Agenda for Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
Recent regulatory changes prescribed by the IRS, FAA and DOT are significantly affecting many flight departments, charter operators and air charter brokers. The NBAA 15th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference – to be held October 15 and 16 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention – is designed to provide aircraft owners and flight department personnel and their accountants, attorneys and advisors a basis for understanding how various tax laws and aviation regulations apply to business aircraft operations. This event will address topics ranging from new FAA regulations to the IRS entertainment use deduction limitations, and provide ample time for questions and answers. The agenda and registration for this year's Conference are now available online. To register, visit:

NBAA Gold Wing Award Applications Due This Week
Applications for the 2006 NBAA Gold Wing Award are due July 15, 2006. This award is presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation (use of general aviation aircraft for business purposes) by trade or nontrade media in print, web-based, or broadcast formats. The NBAA Gold Wing Award recognizes journalism's important role in reporting the significant contributions of business aviation to the national economy. For more information or to download an application, visit:

CompAir is now available online!

Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
August 24, 2006, White Plains, NY

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

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

Contact Congress

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