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NBAA Update #06-47
Monday, November 20, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Letter to Brazilian President Adds to Host of Efforts in Support of Detained Pilots
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today sent a letter to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva calling for the immediate return of two pilots being held in Brazil in conjunction with an investigation of a tragic mid-air collision last September. "It is clear there was no intentional wrongdoing in this case," Bolen's letter states. "Preventing the pilots from returning to the United States is neither appropriate nor beneficial to the investigation." Today's action follows a multitude of actions taken by NBAA with government officials, news media organizations and other aviation organizations to increase awareness of the situation and encourage action. To read Bolen's letter and learn more, visit:

NBAA Letter to Editor Rebuts Negative Industry Coverage
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently sent a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer, taking the newspaper to task for its slanted coverage of business aviation in an article about non-business use of business aircraft. "The story...failed to mention that business aircraft are productivity multipliers," Bolen's letter states. "Itineraries can be changed instantly, aircraft can reach thousands more destinations and employees can work en route." To read a copy of the published letter, and a copy of the letter as it was originally submitted, visit:

NTSB Issues Final Report on 2004 Accident in Houston
The NTSB has issued its final report on the November 2004 Gulfstream accident at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). The flight was scheduled to transport former president George H.W. Bush and others to Ecuador. The NTSB found that the probable cause of this accident was the flightcrew's failure to adequately monitor and cross-check the flight instruments during the approach. Contributing to the accident was the flightcrew's failure to select the instrument landing system frequency in a timely manner and to adhere to approved company approach procedures, including the stabilized approach criteria. Download a copy of the report online at:

When Is a Cape Town International Registry Filing Required?
The Cape Town International Registry (CTIR) is an international registry that went into effect on March 1, 2006. The CTIR was designed to protect financial interests in certain aircraft and engines. Any ownership or international interests in aircraft assets that were in place prior to the effective date of the Cape Town Convention have been "grandfathered" and are not required to be registered in the CTIR. Should the owner of an aircraft wish to sell or refinance that asset at any date in the future, at that time the asset may be subject to the provisions of the Cape Town Convention and registration in the CTIR. More information about the Cape Town Convention and the CTIR may be found on the NBAA web site at:

Staff Addition to Enhance NBAA Advocacy Work in Support of Industry
Veteran Capitol Hill staffer and aviation lobbyist Ashleigh de la Torre will join NBAA's staff on December 4 as director, legislative affairs. "Ashleigh brings a solid grasp of aviation policy and the congressional process to NBAA," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "She will enhance the work of the Association to promote the interests of our Members in the federal policy arena, and I am pleased to have her aboard." For more information, visit:

NBAA Makes Safety a Priority for All Seasons
In the 2006 edition of NBAA's Journal of Business Aviation Safety that mailed to Members earlier this fall, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that the Association "has long defended the safety record for business aviation, and will continue producing and disseminating information about the safety best practices that are the hallmark of the industry." Read more about NBAA's efforts to make safety a priority year-round, at:

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Regional News
Chicago Executive Airport: New Name and Other Claims to Fame
Officials at Chicago Executive (PWK), the airport formerly known as Palwaukee, are on a mission to make their airport better known both nationally and internationally. The facility's new name, first introduced at the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention in October 2006, is a key element of a branding strategy that links the airport to the international business hub 20 miles to its southeast – downtown Chicago. The complete report, which is part of an ongoing series of NBAA airport reports, is available online at:

New Runway 14/32 to Open at Boston Logan on Nov. 23
On November 23, the new Runway 14/32 at Logan International Airport (BOS) will be commissioned and available for use. This 5,000-foot runway will provide a second major arrival runway during times when strong northwest winds prevail. Currently, only Runway 33L is available for use during these wind conditions, which causes major delays at the airport. Simulations performed by the FAA indicate that utilizing the new Runway 32 for non-jet and regional jet aircraft in combination with the existing Runway 33L for larger aircraft will increase the combined airport arrival/departure rate to about 120 per hour. To learn more about the new runway, visit NBAA's BOS web page at:

Michigan Group to Hold Meeting and Legislative Briefing, Nov. 28
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold its annual membership meeting and legislative reception on Tuesday, November 28 in Lansing, MI, in the Mackinac Room on the 5th Floor of the House Office Building. The membership meeting portion will start at 10:30 a.m., with guest presentations and a legislative briefing given at 11:00 a.m. Special guests will include NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Pentastar Aviation Chairman Edsel B. Ford II. The legislative reception will follow the meeting and include a luncheon. RSVP by November 22 to or by fax to (517) 371-1170. RSVPs should indicate if you have invited a legislator who would attend the legislative reception. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at, or visit the MBAA web site at:

Greater Washington Meeting and Holiday Reception, Dec. 1
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA), serving the Washington, DC area, will hold a general membership meeting and holiday reception on Friday, December 1, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Signature Flight Support, and free parking will be available in Lot 10 adjacent to the FBO. RSVP by November 28 to For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit the GWBAA web site at:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

Business Aviation at Work: Manitoba Corp.
Some specialized tools help NBAA Member Manitoba, a family-owned metals recycling company in Lancaster, NY, stay competitive. For instance, the company's list of must-have business tools includes a Mitsubishi MU-2 Solitaire. "My ability to fly an airplane is what helped us survive," Manitoba CEO Richard Shine says. An article about Manitoba – originally published in NBAA's new Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider – and a Podcast interview with Shine are available online at:

Maintenance TRACS Applications Now Available
The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and professional development as a means for corporate maintenance technicians to enhance their careers. To support this position, NBAA offers the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS), which offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive training courses for several aircraft and engine models, as well as professional development courses. Applications for the 2007 scholarship are due February 15. For more information or to download an application, visit:

NBAA Creates New Scholarship in Honor of Donald Baldwin Sr.
The Association has created the NBAA Donald Baldwin Sr. Scholarship for students in aviation management programs at UAA member schools. This scholarship was created in memory of the late Donald Baldwin Sr., business aviation leader and member of the NBAA Board of Directors from 1968 to 1978. Applications for this scholarship will be made available in early 2007. Those interested in supporting this new scholarship may make memorial contributions payable to NBAA and sent to the Donald Baldwin Sr. Scholarship Fund, c/o NBAA, 1200 Eighteenth St. NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036-2527. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

Schedulers & Dispatchers Registration Forms Now Online
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference is one of business aviation's premier events, offering more than 325 Exhibitors, 30 educational sessions and workshops, and the opportunity to network with over 2,000 industry peers. The 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held from January 21 to 24, with Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) classes held on January 20 and 21. This year's featured Conference speaker, Kevin Freiberg, is the best-selling author of the books Nuts! and Guts! Freiberg's inspirational and often humorous anecdotes will teach Attendees how to "lighten up, loosen up and make your flight department more fun" by creating a workplace that explodes with passion and productivity. Attendee registration forms, as well as the agenda and other details, are now online at:

NBAA Issues Annual Report
Published in conjunction with the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the NBAA Annual Report includes a message from the NBAA chairman, highlights recent NBAA activity and provides an independent auditor's report and financial statements. The 2006 NBAA Annual Report was distributed at the Annual Meeting of Members in Orlando last October and was recently mailed to Members. This document is now available online in PDF format at:

Long Beach Regional Forum Addressed Needs of West Coast Community
The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum held last Thursday, November 16, at the AirFlite facility on Long Beach Airport (LGB) focused on business aviation issues relevant to California and neighboring states. NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown addressed key issues in business aviation today during the opening session. For more information about NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums and to review the 2007 schedule, visit View photos from the Long Beach Regional Forum at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 22, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, FL

34th Annual International Operators Conference
March 26–29, 2007, San Diego, CA

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