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NBAA Update #06-50
Monday, December 11, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA and Other Aviation Groups Laud Release of Pilots Held in Brazil
On December 7, the leaders of several aviation organizations, including NBAA, sent a joint letter to Brazilian prosecutorial authorities, commending recent legal action in Brazil that helped produce the release of two American pilots held in the country for more than two months, and renewing a call that criminal inquiries not be made a part of investigations into any party involved in the accident. NBAA Vice President, Communications Dan Hubbard attended a welcome-home event for the pilots, held over the weekend at MacArthur Airport on Long Island. Learn more and review the organizations' letter at:

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Selected
In 2007, Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) will chair the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) will serve as the Committee Ranking Republican member. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over aviation issues and will be central to the debate over FAA reauthorization, and NBAA has worked closely with both Oberstar and Mica over the years. Aviation Subcommittee leadership will be finalized in January, and NBAA will keep Members advised in regard to those developments.

New NBAA Resource Addresses Pilot Retirement Age Issues
The FAA's Age 60 Rule requires Part 121 carriers to relieve pilots from their flying duties at age 60, but there is no such FAA regulation in place for non-airline operations. Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against a company for forcing pilots in its Part 91 flight department to retire at age 60. In addition, the FAA is currently reevaluating its Age 60 Rule to determine if the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots should be raised. Based on both of these developments, flight departments and operators should review their employment policies, especially those concerning mandatory retirement and pilot qualifications. Learn more about this issue by reading a new article on the NBAA web site at:

NASA Upgrades ASRS, Adds Web-Based Search Capability
NASA has announced that pilots, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, mechanics, ground personnel and others involved in aviation operations now can securely submit reports electronically to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) when they are involved in, or observe, an incident or situation in which aviation safety was compromised. Previously, NASA required users to submit reports on paper, mailed to their offices in California. Online submissions should be made to the ASRS web site at Another new feature allows users to search the ASRS database utilizing a web browser interface. Users may query the database using a wide variety of fields and download their search results. Visit the ASRS database online at:

Cutter Aviation

FAA Releases Advisory Circular on Use of Child Restraint Seats on Aircraft
The FAA has released AC 120-87A to address the use of child restraint seats (CRS) on aircraft. This advisory circular is intended to be used as a resource during the development, implementation and revision of aircraft operator procedures and programs regarding the use of CRS. It will assist aircraft operators subject to FAR Parts 91, 121, 125 and 135. The AC is part of several FAA initiatives designed to address safety concerns of the National Transportation Safety Board and to educate and inform aircraft operators, crewmembers and passengers regarding the use of CRS on aircraft in order to encourage and increase the use of approved CRS. Access the AC online at:

BAAI Becomes Newest Member of IBAC
At a recent meeting of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) governing board, the Business Aviation Association for India (BAAI) became the 12th business aviation association to join the council. India has been experiencing tremendous growth, and the BAAI was formed in New Delhi to ensure the equitable treatment of business aviation in the development of regulations. BAAI will be represented on IBAC by its president, Karan Singh. For more information about BAAI, e-mail NBAA is a founding member of IBAC, which is the non-profit, non-governmental association that represents, promotes and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory forums. Learn more about IBAC at:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

Regional News
Santa Monica Users Invited to Comment at FAA Meeting
The FAA is working with the City of Santa Monica in order to enhance the runway safety areas (RSA) at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The City of Santa Monica has a proposal to enhance the airport's RSAs through the use of an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) and declared distances, and the FAA soon will be considering the city's latest proposal, which if adopted, would slightly shorten Santa Monica's runway. As part of the review process, the FAA will invite stakeholder comments at a December 12 meeting, which will include a presentation by the city. Operators are invited to attend and provide information regarding their operational needs and practices relative to SMO. The meeting will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at FAA Western-Pacific Regional Office, Triangle Room, 1st Floor, 15000 Aviation Blvd., Lawndale, CA 90261. For more information, contact George Aiken at (310) 725-3620 or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Airspace Advisory for Teterboro, Morristown and Essex County Airports
At various times when New York's LaGuardia (LGA) and Kennedy International (JFK) are on certain runway configurations, departures to Florida via A-761 from New Jersey's Morristown Municipal (MMU), Essex County (CDW) and Teterboro (TEB) conflict when filed over SHIPP. NY TRACON has developed a route to offset that unavailability and allow users to get to A-761: DIXIE V276 PREPI OWENZ LINND AZEZU R511 PAEPR A761; then as filed to the Florida destination. Published coded departure routes (CDRs) do not reflect this routing and will not be available until the next publication on January 18. For more information, contact NBAA's Sue Ashley at

Agenda for Scottsdale Regional Forum on Jan. 25 Now Available
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held January 25 at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Arizona. This event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, hundreds of Attendees, 30 static aircraft and several briefings on topics of interest to the Southwest U.S. business aviation community. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will discuss hot topics in business aviation during the opening session, followed by sessions on aircraft ownership and regulatory restrictions, improving the business aviation safety record, and tax and regulatory consequences of the FAA's operational control initiative. Registration will soon be available. To review the agenda and make hotel and travel arrangements, visit:

Online MBA for Aviation Professionals

NBAA Renews Board Terms for Busch, Schwartz
The NBAA Board of Directors has re-instated Steven A. Busch and Doug Schwartz to the Board. Under the Association's Bylaws, both Board members were required to resign from their posts in conjunction with occupational changes. "I'm pleased to announce that Steven Busch and Douglas Schwartz will continue to bring their time and talents to NBAA's Board of Directors," said NBAA Board Chairman Kenneth E. Emerick. "In their service to the Board, Steven and Doug have each brought a different set of perspectives and experiences, enhancing the diversity of people and viewpoints represented on our Board." For more information, visit:

NBAA Welcomes New Northwest Regional Representative
NBAA today announced the addition of business aviation industry veteran Kristi Ivey to serve as NBAA Northwest regional representative, a newly created position that will enhance the Association's industry representation. Ivey's territory includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. "NBAA's regional representatives provide a nationwide voice and resource for the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "I am pleased that we are strengthening our efforts to represent the industry with this new position, and that Kristi Ivey, who has years of experience in our industry, has accepted the responsibility. I am confident that she will do an outstanding job of serving our Members in the Northwestern U.S." For more information, visit:

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Feb. 16
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes those individuals who have made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests, and the Doswell Award honors high standards for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 16. The 2007 award winners will be officially recognized at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention next September in Atlanta. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:

NBAA Members Can Download Podcasts and Presentations From Long Beach Regional Forum
For NBAA Members unable to attend the most recent Business Aviation Regional Forum, informative audio files and PowerPoint presentations from the November 16 event are now available on NBAA's web site. Presented in Long Beach, CA, the presentations cover topics including: working with FAA, NTSB and DOT investigations, international flight planning and an overview of California state aviation taxes. Download the files at:

NBAA Offers Tax Conference Material in Distance-Learning Format
In addition to providing a basis for understanding how various tax laws and regulations apply to business aviation operations, the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference is designed to help flight department personnel and their accountants, attorneys and advisors keep up with the latest tax and legal developments from agencies such as the FAA, DOT, IRS and SEC. If you weren't able to attend this highly rated education seminar in person last October, it's not too late to take advantage of it now. NBAA is making this event available in convenient distance-learning formats – either as video on CD-ROM or streaming video online. For more information about how to purchase the complete Conference proceedings or smaller learning packages, visit:

City of Phoenix Will Release General Aviation RPFs

Upcoming NBAA Events
Application Deadline for February CAM Exam
January 4, 2007

Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses (five total)
January 20 and 21, 2007, Phoenix, AZ

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

Nagoya 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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