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NBAA Update #06-48
Monday, November 27, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
User Fees on the Way? NBAA Remains Vigilant
For two years, NBAA has repeatedly stated that some type of user fee will likely be proposed by the Administration for the general aviation community, including business aviation. Recent news reports, which cite draft government materials focusing on reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), indicate that this is a distinct possibility. The FAA has not issued an official funding plan to date; but, as the debate over FAA funding unfolds, NBAA will continue to oppose any user fee proposal. "While NBAA will remain vigilant on this issue, those in our industry can support our work by making their voices heard with Congress on user fees," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To learn more about NBAA's ongoing work on the issue, and how you can voice your opposition to user fees with your members of Congress, visit:

New NBAA Letter Helps Members Alert Congress to Pilots Held in Brazil
NBAA has added a letter to the Association's online Contact Congress resource to help pilots and others with Member Companies alert their federal representatives about the American pilots being held in Brazil, and ask their members of Congress to get involved in the pilots' return. "This unacceptable situation is of great concern to me and other pilots in your constituency, because it has the potential to set a dangerous precedent allowing any pilot who flies internationally to be held without cause," the letter states. Since the tragic accident occurred on September 29, NBAA has undertaken many initiatives with government officials, news media organizations and other aviation organizations to increase awareness of the situation and encourage action. To access NBAA's letter and learn more, visit:

Guidance for Members on Cape Town-Related Mailings
NBAA has received reports of mailings sent to Members related to registering aircraft to the Cape Town International Registry (CTIR). It is important to note that the official CTIR has not produced these mailings. The CTIR is an international aircraft registry that went into effect on March 1, 2006. Members with ownership or international interests in aircraft assets that have been in place since before the effective date of the CTIR (March 1, 2006) are "grandfathered," and therefore are not required to register those assets. Members with specific questions regarding CTIR-related issues can contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or More information about the CTIR can be found on NBAA's web site at:

Cutter Aviation

IRS Announces 2007 Commercial Air Transportation Taxes; NBAA Resources Provide More Information
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Revenue Procedure 2006-53, which provides inflation-adjusted tax items for 2007. Section 3.34 specifies the applicable rates for 2007 for the following commercial passenger air transportation excise taxes: domestic segment fee, international arrival/departure tax and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights. For 2007, these rates will be: domestic segment fee, $3.40; international arrival/departure tax, $15.10; and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights, $7.50. The Rev. Proc. did not modify the 7.5-percent percentage tax that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial transportation. To review the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook and other aviation tax resources, or to download the Rev. Proc., visit:

IS-BAO Workshop to Be Held in San Antonio on Jan. 30
IS-BAO Implementation Workshops are conducted regularly for operators to provide an introduction to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of recommended best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop is designed to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the IS-BAO. The next workshop will be held January 30 in San Antonio, TX. Additional 2007 workshops are scheduled for February 28 in Bedford, MA; April 4 in West Chicago, IL; May 21 in Geneva; June 20 in Atlanta, GA; and November 9 in Oakland, CA. For more information, contact Those planning to attend the workshop should complete and submit an Operators IS-BAO Workshop Registration Form, available online at:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

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. For more information about setting up a Safety Day in your community, contact your region's designated NBAA representative, listed online at:

Minnesota Meeting and Legislative Briefing, Dec. 7
On December 7, the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will host a luncheon briefing with NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione, who will discuss the hot topics in business aviation and how regional group members can participate in the legislative process. Company leadership, aviation managers and chief pilots are invited to attend. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, MN. RSVP by December 4 to For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at or visit the MBAA web site at:

Online MBA for Aviation Professionals

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

Applications for Next CAM Exam Due Jan. 4
NBAA seeks to enhance the level of management, professionalism and recognition within flight departments by offering the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program. The next CAM Exam will take place on February 23, in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference. Applications for the exam should be submitted no later than January 4. To learn more about the CAM Program, or to apply to take the exam, visit:

Focus of S&D Conference Is Workplace Productivity
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) 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, designed to help Attendees "Create a Workplace Exploding with Passion and Productivity," 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 is Kevin Freiberg, the best-selling author of the books Nuts! and Guts! Attendee registration forms, as well as the agenda and other details, are online at:

Scholarships for International Operators and Maintenance Personnel Available
NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. Two scholarships with upcoming application deadlines benefit international operators and maintenance personnel. Applications for the ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship are due January 31, and applications for the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) are due February 15. For more information or to download an application, visit:

City of Phoenix Will Release General Aviation RPFs

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 30, 2007, San Antonio, TX

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
February 28, 2007, Bedford, MA

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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Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

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