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NBAA Update #06-35
Monday, August 28, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Thousands Already Registered for NBAA2006; Exhibits Nearly Sold Out
At eight weeks out, advance Attendee registrations for the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2006) – to be held October 17 through 19 in Orlando, FL – are running 18 percent higher than the total for the same period last year. As of press time, 1,010 Exhibiting Companies have registered and 5,127 10-foot by 10-foot indoor booth spaces have been sold for the event, positioning this show to be NBAA's largest ever space-wise. The indoor booths will occupy nearly one million square feet of space in the North/South exhibit hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Ten fixed-wing aircraft will be displayed inside the Convention Center, and more than 100 other business aircraft will be showcased at the Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). Exhibit space is nearly sold out; limited indoor and outdoor space is still available. For more information or to register, visit:

Past NBAA Safety Committee Member Robert Sumwalt Sworn In as NTSB Member
Robert L. Sumwalt was officially sworn in on August 21 as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. His term of office will run until December 31, 2011. President Bush also has designated him as vice chairman of the Safety Board for a two-year term. Sumwalt, who is a past member of NBAA's Safety Committee, is a long-time aviation safety advocate and former aviation department manager for South Carolina-based SCANA Corp., a public utility company. For more information, visit the earlier NBAA Press Release dated August 7, at:

FAA's Nick Sabatini Confirmed for Annual Meeting & Convention
FAA's Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nick Sabatini has confirmed attendance at NBAA2006 this October. Sabatini will be the keynote speaker at the Meet the Regulators Informational Session at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 19. With a series of regulatory issues facing the industry, including FAA's operational control policy and new landing distance calculation requirement, among others, NBAA expects this to be a well-attended session. Informational Sessions will address timely issues of interest to business aviation operators throughout the Convention. Review the full NBAA2006 Program Schedule online at:

New FAA NOTAM Modifies International Operations Requirements
On August 23, the FAA issued FDC NOTAM 6/7435, which modifies the weight limits contained in NOTAM 6/6101 to 100,309 lbs. MTOW, matching the weight specified in the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP). Existing waivers to NOTAMs 2/5319 and 6/6101 remain in effect for the duration specified in those waivers. Operators of aircraft weighing 100,309 lbs. MTOW or less are no longer required to fly through "portal countries." The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) threat level remains at Code Orange, or high, for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States. NBAA urges aircraft operators to maintain vigilance. To review FDC NOTAM 6/7435, visit:

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation Regarding Anti-Ice Operations
On August 25, the NTSB recommended that the FAA take action to address safety issues identified in the Safety Board's investigations of several high-altitude, dual-engine flameouts that have occurred on Raytheon Beechjet 400 series airplanes powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 turbofan engines. NTSB Safety Recommendation A-06-56-59 advises the FAA to issue requirements for pilots and flight manuals of Raytheon's Beechjet 400 and other JT15D-5-powered aircraft. It also recommends that the FAA "work with engine and airplane manufacturers and other industry personnel as well as the appropriate international airworthiness authorities to actively pursue research to develop an ice detector that would alert pilots to internal engine icing and require that it be installed on new production turbojet engines, as well as retrofitted to existing turbojet engines." For full details, download the recommendation at:

Update on FAA Operational Control and Wet Lease Issues
During a meeting with the FAA on Part 125 size aircraft concerns, NBAA learned that the agency intends to finalize and release the new FAA operations specification (OpSpec) A008 on operational control early this fall. All Part 135 air carriers will receive OpSpec A008, and operators must be able to demonstrate full compliance with its various provisions. NBAA continues to express concerns about various provisions in OpSpec A008 that are not based on existing regulations. Air carriers should prepare for the implementation of the OpSpec by reviewing the current version, and the associated presentations on this topic, which are available online at:

NBAA Advocates for FAA to Rescind Recent Part 125 LODA Notice
Operators of aircraft with seating capacity of 20 or more passengers, or a maximum payload capacity of 6,000 lbs. or more ("large aircraft"), may be affected by the recently issued FAA Notice 8700.46, "Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) to Deviate From the Certification and Operations Specification Requirements of Part 125." NBAA views this notice as a reversal of long-standing FAA interpretation at the FSDO, Region and Headquarters levels. Under this notice, operators of these large aircraft have only a few months to demonstrate full compliance with all aspects of 14 CFRs Part 125, except the requirement to have a Part 125 certificate. This notice also ignores the work and recommendation of the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). NBAA recently met with FAA's director of flight standards to address industry concerns, and follow-up meetings are being scheduled. For more information, download Notice 8700.46 at:

Guidance for Part 135 Special Flight Permit Program
The FAA has issued Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW) 06-03, effective August 14, 2006, which provides significant relief for Part 135 (nine seats or less) certificate holders. The FAA received concerns from Part 135 operators regarding the availability of the FAA to issue special flight permits outside of normal business hours. In light of these concerns, FAA's Flight Standards Service has made several changes to ensure that these operators can effectively operate while continuing to provide airworthy, safe aircraft. This concern was addressed by the Airworthiness Working Group of the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the HBAW is consistent with the ARC's recommendations. Download HBAW 06-03 online at:

Pilots and Dispatchers Sought for Weather in the Cockpit Workshop
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is seeking professional pilots and dispatchers from the business aviation community to participate in a Weather in the Cockpit Workshop on Wednesday, October 18, during NBAA's 59th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando. Some of the goals of the workshop will be to achieve consensus on flight deck needs for weather products; to provide information on what products are available and how are they generated; and to define what technology as well as a process and roadmap to expedite the widespread use of data-linked weather information in the cockpit. For more information, contact NCAR's Tenny Lindholm at (303) 497-8448 or Learn more about or register for NBAA2006 at:

Correction: GA Operators May Still Clear Customs at Several Dallas Area Airports
In the August 21, 2006, NBAA Update, it was reported that general aviation aircraft flying into the Dallas, TX, area from international locations might only be able to clear Customs through Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). However, since the release of the NBAA Update, NBAA has verified with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at DFW that inbound flights also can clear customs at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Addison (ADS) or any other general aviation airports in the Dallas area. NBAA advises operators to verify Customs clearance procedures prior to departure, and we apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

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Regional News
NBAA Encourages Regional Groups to Promote Aviation Safety
As an ongoing effort to promote aviation safety, NBAA encourages regional business aviation organizations to add a safety element to their organization's mission and/or programming, to help promote this important topic in their local communities. One such way that many regional groups have promoted safety is through the founding of an annual Safety Day in their cities and regions. The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) demonstrated a fine model with its recent Safety Day held in Atlanta, which attracted more than 100 business aviation operators from the Southeast U.S. Informative sessions were led by speakers from NBAA, FAA, Flight Safety Foundation and other business aviation companies. For more information about setting up a Safety Day in your community, contact your region's designated NBAA representative, listed online at:

New York Bill Proposes More Screening and Background Checks for Pilot Trainees
New York Governor George Pataki has signed into law Bill 2122, which requires additional screening and background checks of all pilot trainees undergoing training, both initial and recurrent, effective January 1, 2007. Some members of Pataki's own party and staff, as well as representatives of the New York Department of Transportation, New York Aviation Management Association, NBAA and others, indicated that this bill was unnecessary, as the Department of Homeland Security already has federal requirements in place for pilot trainees. NBAA encourages Members to plan for additional time needed to satisfy the New York requirements. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

South Florida Group Meeting to Be Held in Boca Raton, Sept. 8
South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its next meeting at 10:00 a.m. on September 8 at the Boca Raton Airport (BCT) Avitat facility, (561) 955-9556. The organization will plan future events and fill vacancies on its board of directors and several standing committees. RSVP to SFBAA's Don Roller at (561) 866-9202 or For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

North Florida Meeting and Networking Session Scheduled for Sept. 14
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold its fall meeting and networking opportunity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on September 14. Refreshments will be provided at the event, sponsored by Raytheon Aircraft Company. The meeting will be held at the NFBAA facilities, located within the offices at the Executive Hangar, Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), 14000 Pecan Park Rd. South. RSVP to NFBAA at For more information, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Greater Washington Charity Event Slated for Sept. 25
The next event of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will be a fundraiser on September 25 benefiting the Aero Club of Washington Education Foundation, which sponsors educational initiatives for students and interns seeking careers in aviation. For more information, contact GWBAA's Bob Blouin at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at Learn about or register for the fundraiser online at:

AEC Long Island Aviation Career Fair to Be Held Sept. 28-29
The Aerospace Education Corporation (AEC) is a not-for-profit organization created by the Long Island Business Aviation Association to promote aviation education, particularly as it relates to business aviation. Established in January 2006, AEC will host its first Aviation Career Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 28 and 29 at Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, NY. Through an interactive approach that puts students in contact with industry professionals, this event will introduce both middle- and high-school students to the various careers available in the aviation industry. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at or visit:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due This Thursday
Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board seek to recognize excellence in the field of business aviation and raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The next CAM Exam will take place on Monday, October 16, in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2006). Applications for the exam should be submitted no later than this Thursday, August 31. To learn more about the CAM Program or access the CAM Program Guide and Application, visit:

Register Online for NBAA2006 and Convention-Week Seminars
Through online registration, Attendees of the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention can receive their badge credentials in advance and avoid lines in Orlando. They also can register for any of the Pre- and Post-Convention Seminars slated to be held in conjunction with this year's show, including the 15th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, Emergency Response Planning Workshop, Inspection Authorization Renewal Course, Managing Aircraft Icing for Corporate Flight Operations Seminar, Flight Operations Workshop, Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop and two Professional Development Program Courses, on customer service and aviation safety management. A credit card is required to register online, and a payment confirmation will be provided. To register for any of these events, visit:

NBAA Chairman's Charity Classic Has Limited Space Still Available
Player spots are filling up quickly for NBAA's 10th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic, so Members are encouraged to register today to guarantee their participation in this annual charity golf tournament. Kicking off a week of Convention activities on Sunday, October 15, the tournament will feature contests, prizes and 300 peers from the business aviation community. Player packages are available across all sponsorship categories, providing many great ways to get involved and help NBAA raise money for NBAA Charities. Walt Disney World Resort's Osprey Ridge, Eagle Pines and Lake Buena Vista golf courses will be the site of this year's event. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA2006 Gala to Feature The Commodores and Starship & Friends
The NBAA2006 Gala is the ideal place to celebrate the business aviation community with your colleagues and customers. This elegant event will be held the evening of Wednesday, October 18, at the Peabody Orlando Hotel, with world-class entertainment provided by The Commodores and Starship & Friends. For further details or to purchase tickets online, visit:

NBAA2006 Static Display Reception Set for Oct. 17
During NBAA2006, the Association will host a Static Display Reception from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the Showalter Flying Service facility on Orlando Executive Airport. During the reception, Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and view more than 110 state-of- the-art business aircraft on display. Companies wishing to sponsor the Static Display Reception should contact NBAA's Marti Smith at For more information about NBAA2006, visit:

Call for Speakers: 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums
NBAA is soliciting proposals for 45-minute informational sessions to be provided during the 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums. These presentations will focus on timely educational topics of interest to aircraft owners and operators. Safety, maintenance, management, regulatory and financial topics are examples of broad categories of interest to Regional Forum attendees. The proposal deadline is October 31. To download the Call for Speakers form and learn more about NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums, visit:

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

10th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
October 15, 2006, Orlando, FL

15th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 15–16, 2006, Orlando, FL

Pre-Convention Seminars
October 15–16, 2006, Orlando, FL

59th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2006)
October 17–19, 2006, Orlando, FL

Post-Convention Seminars
October 20–21, 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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