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NBAA Update #06-46
Monday, November 13, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Comments on Mid-Term Election Results
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen provided the following statements concerning last week's mid-term elections, which produced Democratic party majorities for both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. "NBAA has always worked with members of Congress from all ends of the political spectrum, and we look forward to doing so when the new Congress convenes. It is difficult to say what the recent changes will mean for specific aviation policies, because a number of key committee chairmanships and assignments still need to be made. That having been said, we can expect that a Democrat-held Congress will want to have oversight and scrutiny on proposals from the White House, whether they are related to FAA reauthorization or other aviation policies. Even with all of the changes that are taking place, we will still have a big battle ahead on user fees, and we'll need everyone in business aviation to make their voices heard with their members of Congress. We look forward to working with all returning and new members of Congress on policies that advance the interests of our industry."

Bolen Participates in AOPA Panel on User Fee Opposition
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen participated last week in a forum to demonstrate the general aviation community's united opposition to the airlines' proposal to implement user fees and seize control of the aviation system from Congress. The airlines have introduced their plan in conjunction with the forthcoming "reauthorization" for the FAA, a process that will determine funding and programs for the agency. "The airlines are closing ranks to fight general aviation," said Bolen. "We intend to fight this to win. We have a system that's worked for 35 years; we should not throw out that system for a radical new system of user fees based on a hypothetical modernization plan." To review NBAA's issues statements on FAA funding, visit:

NBAA Encourages FAA to Use ARC to Address Landing Distance Issue
NBAA last week submitted a letter to the FAA to encourage the use of an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to address the landing distance calculations issue. NBAA believes that the requirements contained in the FAA's June 7, 2006, Federal Register notice and incorporated into SAFO 06012 should undergo a more deliberate and considered process if the FAA believes that these requirements should apply to a wide spectrum of operations. "The FAA has an exemplary history using ARCs to address issues with significant controversy and wide impact," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We believe that the FAA would again benefit from the use of this process to address landing distance calculations." NBAA remains committed to working with the FAA to find solutions that reduce operational risk exposure in winter icing conditions. Download a copy of the letter online at:

New STMP Confirmation Procedures in Effect
Beginning November 1, the requirement for confirming special traffic management program (STMP) arrival/departure reservations must be made between 12 and 24 hours prior to the reservation time. Previous requirements were eight hours prior to the reservation. If a confirmation is not completed within the required time frame, the reservation will be cancelled and returned to the reservation system for reassignment. Reservations made within 24 hours will automatically be confirmed. For more information, contact NBAA's Ernie Stellings at or visit the FAA e-STMP site at:

New STMP Reservation Procedures Incorporates CAPTCHA Technology
Beginning December 15, pilots making STMP arrival/departure reservations will be required to enter a randomly generated five-letter code before submitting a reservation request. CAPTCHA, a type of test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human, will eliminate the past practice of using computer software to obtain multiple reservations since it will require a human to manually enter the random characters for each reservation request. Once the initial reservation is made, the CAPTCHA requirements are not required to modify or cancel an existing reservation. If a specific reservation time is not available, a user will be redirected to a page that will display available times and another CAPTCHA entry is not required. Users will still be required to confirm their reservations within 12 to 24 hours before the reservation time. For more information, visit NBAA's Ski Country STMP web page at:

Airline-Style Security Causes Hang-ups for Business Aviation in EU
The revised European Commission security guidelines relating to liquids entering security-restricted areas, which became effective on November 6, are now being applied to business aviation in some locations. Certain airports in the EU, particularly in Denmark and Germany, are requiring aircrews to present themselves at the security points while passengers are screened and to declare that they have no objection to the items being carried on board the aircraft, even in hold baggage. They also are completely banning the items from cabin baggage in line with airline procedures. NBAA, EBAA and IBAC will continue to work with EU authorities to develop appropriate security measures for business aviation. For more information or to submit comments on this issue, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at View the EU security poster at:

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Regional News
Long Beach Regional Forum Is This Week
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held Thursday, November 16, at the AirFlite facility on Long Beach Airport (LGB). This event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and several briefings on topics of interest to the business aviation community. During the session opening, NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown will address key issues in business aviation today. Other speakers will include Chris Farrell, land use specialist for the California Division of Aeronautics, who will discuss California land use and airport issues, and Dr. Joseph Magaddino, economics department chair for Long Beach State University, who will discuss the regional importance of Long Beach Airport and its business aviation element. Learn more or register at:

NOBAA Meeting to Address Future of Cleveland Airports on Nov. 17
The next meeting of the Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) will feature Cleveland Department of Port Control's Ricky Smith, who will discuss his vision for Cleveland Hopkins and Burke Lakefront Airports. Additionally, Flight Options' Michael Scheeringa will discuss the future of fractional ownership. NOBAA's luncheon meeting, sponsored by Simulflite, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 17 at the MAPS Air Museum on Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), 2260 International Parkway, Akron, OH. RSVP by November 14 via e-mail to For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Chicago Area Business Aviation Association to Meet on Nov. 17
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its next meeting on November 17 at the Aspen Executive Jet/Calamos Investments Hangar, located near the DuPage Terminal Building on 2727 Freedom Dr., West Chicago, IL. Hosted jointly by Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and Aspen Executive Jet/Calamos Investments, the meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a buffet luncheon at 12:00 noon and presentation at 12:30. A "green" Falcon 7X en route from Dassault's plant in Bordeaux, France, to Little Rock, AR, will be available for walk-on inspection between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Send RSVPs by November 15 via e-mail to Carrie Van Tillburg at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

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NBAA to Host Two Major Asian Events in 2007
Business aviation in Asia has the potential to increase economic development, make the indigenous companies of the region more competitive in a global marketplace and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. NBAA returns to Asia this February with two events: the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007) on February 6 and 7 in Hong Kong, and a Business Aviation Regional Forum on February 9 in Nagoya, Japan. Exhibit space is still available at both events – the only business aviation events in Asia. To learn more, register or exhibit, visit:

EBACE Expands to Fill Two Halls in 2007
As a result of tremendous growth, the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007) has expanded to fill both Halls 6 and 7 of Geneva Palexpo in order to accommodate Exhibitors and the close to 10,000 Attendees expected. The only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation, EBACE2007 will be held from May 22 to 24 in Geneva with a Static Display of Aircraft on Geneva International Airport. To access the Exhibitor Prospectus and other details about this event, visit:

Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Applications Due This Thursday
NBAA offers a variety of scholarship programs to promote professional development and business aviation careers. The NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee, in cooperation with sponsors Pentastar Aviation LLC, SIG Aviation LLC, Summit Solutions LLC and The VanAllen Group, offers the Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference, which will be held February 20 and 21 in San Diego. Applications for the 2007 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship are due November 16. For more information or to download the application form, visit:

Benchmark Results Available for 2006 NBAA Survey
Compiled operational benchmark data is now available for the 2006 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey. The results include information regarding aircraft utilization, maintenance, international travel, fuel use, flight department policies and charter. The results are based upon survey responses from 904 aviation departments. Online access to the compiled results of the survey is available at no cost to survey participants. Participants may purchase hard copies of the survey results for $75. NBAA Member Representatives who did not participate in the survey may purchase online access to survey results for $75 and hard copies for $150. Survey results are not available to non-Members. NBAA Member Representatives who already have online access to the survey results may login immediately to view the benchmark results. For more information, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 16, 2006, Long Beach, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 17, 2006, Long Beach, CA

Professional Development Program Course: Customer Service
November 17, 2006, Long Beach, CA

Application Deadline for February CAM Exam
January 4, 2007

18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 21–24, 2007, Phoenix, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 25, 2007, Scottsdale, AZ

Regulatory Hot Topics Forum
January 26, 2007, Scottsdale, AZ

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007)
February 6–7, 2007, Hong Kong

Business Aviation Regional Forum
February 9, 2007, Nagoya, Japan

Application Deadline for April CAM Exam
February 15, 2007

Leadership Conference
February 20–21, 2007, San Diego, CA

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
February 23, 2007, San Diego, CA

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