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NBAA Update #06-30
Monday, July 24, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Senate Panel's FY07 Transportation Bill Includes Aviation Funding
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed consideration of its FY2007 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development spending bill, which includes funding for aviation spending. Included in this multi-federal agency spending bill is funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Committee proposes to provide the FAA with almost $14.3 billion in FY07, including: $8.366 billion for FAA operations ($262 million above the current FY06 funding level); $2.55 billion for facilities and equipment; and $3.52 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which funds airport runway, terminal, capacity and safety projects. The funding measure now awaits full Senate consideration. No date has been set for final Senate action on the bill. The U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the FY07 Transportation spending bill last month (as reported in the June 19 issue of NBAA Update). Once the Senate completes action on its bill, the House and Senate will meet in a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA Announces Alliance With Bombardier to Support Safety Standdown
NBAA has announced a new alliance with Bombardier and the FAA in support of the company's annual Safety Standdown, a multi-day event focused on improving business aviation safety. "Everyone knows safety is at the very foundation of business aviation, and NBAA is honored to join with Bombardier on its 10th Annual Safety Standdown," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This outstanding industry event offers some of the most relevant and timely safety information, which is focused on strategies to reduce human error." The 2006 Safety Standdown, to be held October 2 through 5 in Wichita, KS, will bring together aircraft operators and safety experts in industry and government for a series of briefings that integrate knowledge-based training with skill-based training. For more information or to register, visit:

FAA Develops Multiple Canadian Route Proposal to Bypass AFPs
When an airspace flow program (AFP) is implemented, customers have the option of taking their delay on the ground or rerouting around the flow constrained area (FCA). During many of the June 2006 AFP scenarios, the reroute to the north consisted of one option, the CAN 1 EAST. This became problematic when the AFP rates and delays were high and the north option appeared to be a better business decision for many flights. The subsequent volume on the CAN 1 created large and unpredictable enroute spacing delays from numerous airports that were actually longer than delays going through the AFP. As a result, the FAA developed a multiple route proposal to separate various eastbound Canadian route flows based on origin and destination. For further details about AFPs or to download the FAA's AFP Available North Routes Briefing, visit:

Starting Next Spring, 8.33 Equipment Required Above FL195 in Europe
NBAA Members traveling internationally should be aware that with few exceptions, communications radios capable of 8.33 kHz channel spacing have been required in 30 European states at FL245 and above. Now Eurocontrol has announced that the carriage and operation of 8.33 kHz equipment for all aircraft operating above FL195 will take effect in the ICAO EUR Region beginning March 15, 2007. Eurocontrol's flight plan processing system (IFPS) will reject non-8.33 kHz compliant flights after that date. Additionally, European state aircraft flying above FL195 should be equipped by no later than March 12, 2009, with limited exemptions. For more information regarding 8.33 kHz channel spacing, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Welcomes Robert Quinn as New Central Regional Representative
NBAA today announced the addition of long-time business aviation professional Robert Quinn as NBAA regional representative for the Central region. Quinn's territory includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. "With his decades-long experience in the business aviation arena, Bob will serve as a great voice and resource for our industry in the central U.S., and I am pleased to welcome him to the NBAA team," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

NBAA to Counter Florida Commission's Action Regarding Witham Field
After a lengthy public hearing on runway options at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL, the Martin County Commission disregarded its own professional consultants' recommendations, threatened to terminate their employment and dismissed all options developed in the technical study. Instead, in a close vote, the commission chose to submit to the FAA Airport District Office for action an alternative proposed by the Airport Noise Advisory Committee, which would shorten the usable lengths on Runway 12-30 for takeoff and landing and add approximately 61 additional homes to the 60 and 65 DNL noise contours. The commission proposal now goes initially to the local FAA office for review. NBAA plans to counter the commission recommendation with a set of more constructive proposals. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at View NBAA's Witham Field web page at:

NBAA to Host Town Hall Meeting in Rochester, NY, Jul. 26
NBAA will host a listening session with Member Companies from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at the USAirports Corporate Hangar, Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), Rochester, NY. NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown will provide an update on various NBAA activities, including the FAA's new airspace flow programs (AFPs); new regulatory proposals on landing distance calculations and wet leasing and operational control; and NBAA's new Guidelines for Regional Business Aviation Organizations. All members of the business aviation community are invited to attend this meeting. To RSVP, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at For more information, visit:

LAX Runway Construction Begins Jul. 29
Beginning on July 29, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) runway 25L/7R will close for approximately eight months for construction. Due to reduced arrival rates, ATC is asking operators to avoid LAX during peak demand times (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.). To maximize airport operations and efficiency, ATC also is asking pilots to be prepared to have "numbers" to depart from the following: For West Operations: R25R at Taxiway Foxtrot; R24L from Taxiway Echo-8; full length from all runways. For East Operations: R6R from Taxiway BB; full length all runways. Los Angeles World Airports will post weekly construction updates on its web site at, as well additional information pertaining to operations during this runway closure. For more information, contact NBAA GA Desk's Sue Ashley at

NBAA Regional Forum Goes to Long Beach This November
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held on November 16 at Long Beach Airport's (LGB's) AirFlite Aviation facility in California. In addition to approximately 60 Exhibitors and 30 static aircraft, this event will feature sessions about how to deal with FAA, NTSB and DOT investigations, international flight planning and business aviation state tax issues. Learn more or register online at:

2007 Business Aviation Regional Forums Schedule
The 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum schedule is as follows: January 25, Scottsdale, AZ; February 9, Nagoya, Japan; March 15, Fort Lauderdale, FL; April 26, White Plains, NY; and June 8, St. Louis, MO. NBAA's Regional Forums bring business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel together for a one-day event at some of the best airports and FBOs in the nation and abroad. Further details about these events will be posted to NBAA's Regional Forums web page when available:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

July Issue of Maintenance Newsletter Now Online
NBAA Quick Turns is an e-mail newsletter for Association Members dedicated to the promotion of business aviation maintenance practices and safety. The July issue contains a message from NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Janaitis, as well as maintenance scholarship news, a review of the 2006 Maintenance Management Conference, a preview of maintenance-related sessions to be held at the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention this October, and more. Review the issue online at:

Operations Service Group Specialist Applications Due This Thursday
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 this Thursday, July 27. For more information about this and other NBAA job postings, visit:

NBAA Scholarship Applications Due Next Week
NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. Applications for the following scholarships are due Tuesday, August 1: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, which benefits an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an aviation degree at an eligible school in Michigan; Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, which benefits students enrolled at NBAA/UAA-member institutions; NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, which benefits an undergraduate enrolled full-time as an aerospace engineering or aeronautical systems maintenance engineering major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; USAIG PDP Scholarship, which benefits an applicant enrolled full-time in a college or university offering the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP); and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, which benefits applicants pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. For more information or to download applications, visit:

NBAA2006 Show Guide Advertising Insertion Orders Due. Aug. 4
The NBAA2006 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies will be distributed to Attendees at the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention with their credentials. The Show Guide is helpful in familiarizing visitors with the happenings at the year's most important international business aviation event and provides many advertising opportunities. Advertisers in the 2006 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel are eligible to receive a 15-percent discount on their advertisement in the NBAA2006 Show Guide. Insertion orders are due by August 4, and artwork is due no later than August 18. For more information, visit:

CompAir is now available online!

Upcoming NBAA Events
NBAA Town Hall Meeting
July 26, 2006, Rochester, NY

Safety Standdown, Presented by Bombardier, NBAA and FAA
October 2–5, 2006, Wichita, KS

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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