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NBAA Update #06-29
Monday, July 17, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
FAA to Enhance EDCT Lookup Page With Approved Aircraft Type Codes Database
NBAA Members who have used the FAA's estimated departure clearance time (EDCT) lookup function (available online at to determine their assigned departure delay time in an airport ground delay program (GDP) or in an airspace flow program (AFP) have provided feedback to NBAA that the aircraft type field had presented a challenge to match. Only the FAA-designated aircraft code for a specific aircraft type will be accepted, which does not always correspond with the aircraft type code an operator may use. The FAA has committed to providing its database that lists the acceptable code information as a resource on its EDCT Lookup web page by Thursday, July 20. For more information, view the contents of the NBAA AFP Resources web page at:

CBP Proposes Changes to APIS Filing Requirement
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the July 14 Federal Register that proposes to change the timeline for APIS submissions for Part 135 flights. Under the proposed rule, the definition of departure time would be changed from its current definition of "wheels-up" time to the time of departure from the gate (chocks). Currently, operators are permitted to file APIS submissions no later than 15 minutes after wheels-up departure, but the notice would require operators to file APIS according to one of the following options selectable by the air carrier: (1) The APIS 60 option requires the carrier to submit all passenger data no later than 60 minutes prior to gate departure; or (2) the APIS Quick Query (AQQ) option requires the carrier to transmit passenger data as individual real-time transactions as each passenger checks in for departure, up to, but no later than 15 minutes prior to gate departure. For more information, download the NPRM file as a PDF at:

FAA Cancels FDC NOTAMs 2/5128 and 2/5167
On July 10, the FAA issued a national security flight advisory that cancelled FDC NOTAMs 2/5128 for IFR operations in the United States and 2/5167 for VFR operations in the United States. Both of these NOTAMs were issued in 2002 to clarify NOTAMs issued shortly after September 11, 2001. Among other things, these NOTAMs required Part 135 operators without a company call sign to file a "T" before the tail number of the aircraft on the flight plan. To receive e-mail alerts about airspace issues such as this one that are considered to have a significant impact on NBAA Member flight operations, sign up for NBAA Airspace Alerts at:

Revised Nav Canada Airport Fees for Light Aircraft
Nav Canada has announced that, after legal challenges have been being suppressed, new charges of Can$10 per day, with an annual maximum of Can$1,200, will become effective March 1, 2008, and apply to aircraft weighing 3 tonnes (6,614 lbs.) or less at the following international airports: Vancouver (including the water aerodrome), Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto (Pearson), Ottawa (Macdonald-Cartier) and Montreal (Trudeau). Nav Canada is the country's private civil air navigation services provider. For more information, contact Nav Canada Director, Communications John Morris at A history of previous service charges and a flight-planning calculator of current fees are available from the Services section of the Nav Canada web site at:

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Regional News
Call to Action: Onerous New York Bill Would Delay Pilot Training and Increase Expenses
The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), its individual members and NBAA have petitioned New York Governor George Pataki not to sign into law AO2122, an onerous bill sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D-132) that would require pilot trainees to undergo additional criminal background checks for flight training in New York. The vaguely written bill would affect pilots seeking recurrent training, even in a simulator. If passed, it could cause unnecessary delays in training, increase training expense, increase flight department operational expense (due to a delay in the training process), and otherwise adversely affect pilot training, schools and the New York economy. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA to Co-Host GA Issues Conference, Sept. 17-19, in Denver
Registration is now open for the first-ever General Aviation Issues Conference, which will be co-hosted by NBAA and other aviation organizations. This event, to be held from September 17 to 19 in Denver, CO, will cover a range of notable issues affecting general aviation today. The meeting will create opportunities to discuss and debate critical challenges facing general aviation airports and industry, as well as provide a unique networking forum with prominent figures in the GA community. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will participate with other industry leaders in a session titled "State of the General Aviation Industry, Washington Perspective," while other NBAA staff members will participate in sessions on GA security and environmental challenges. For more information or to register for this event online, visit:

FAA New York Center LTA 06-1: Radio Communications Frequencies
FAA New York Center has updated the June 1, 2004, letter to airmen (LTA) regarding radio communications frequencies. The new letter, No. 06- 1, updates information to assist pilots in the selection of correct VHF/UHF frequencies for direct center-to-pilot communications when operating IFR within the areas described in the letter to include New York Center high attitude, low altitude and oceanic sectors and frequencies. Download LTA 06-1 in PDF format at:

FAA Boston Center LTA 06-2: Frequency Communications Charts
FAA Boston Center has updated its frequency communications charts. LTA 06-2 updates information to assist pilots in the selection of correct VHF/UHF frequencies for direct center-to-pilot communications when operating IFR within the areas described in the letter to include Boston Center high and low altitude, sectors and frequencies. Download LTA 06-2 in PDF format at:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

NBAA Releases Guidelines for Regional Business Aviation Organizations
NBAA fosters regional business aviation organizations and promotes the creation of new groups wherever needed. These groups, frequently volunteer-based, provide a venue where individuals can work together to achieve the common goal of improving our aviation community. Guidelines for Regional Business Aviation Organizations was created by NBAA with input by members of existing regional groups in order to guide the creation of new regional business aviation organizations. This document also provides useful information for existing organizations wishing to improve procedures and to grow. For more information about NBAA's regional resources, visit To download this publication in PDF format, visit:

Flight Attendants Conference Breaks Attendance and Scholarship Records
NBAA recently held its 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference in the mile-high city of Denver, CO. With 235 people in attendance, the event drew record numbers, including more than 90 first-time Attendees. In addition, NBAA named a record 57 recipients for the 2006 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship during the Conference. For full event details, review a related article and photo gallery online 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. The closing date for this position is July 27. For more information about this and other NBAA job postings, visit:

Several NBAA Scholarship Applications Due Aug. 1
NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. Applications for the following scholarships are due August 1: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. In addition, the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship application is due November 1. For more information about each scholarship and to download applications, visit:

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due Aug. 31
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination will take place on Monday, October 16, in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications for the exam should be submitted no later than Thursday, August 31. NBAA recently recognized six individuals who passed the exam administered in April 2006. To learn more about this announcement, or to learn more about the CAM Program, 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

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