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NBAA Update #06-51
Monday, December 18, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
FAA Issues Notice on Maneuvers Away From Planned Track in Oceanic Airspace
The FAA has issued an InFO message (defined below) regarding the need for pilots to coordinate with the appropriate ATC facility when they plan a maneuver away from a cleared route in oceanic airspace. Recent technology on board air carrier, FANS-equipped aircraft and in oceanic ATC facilities has meant that maneuvers away from planned tracks in excess of strategic lateral offset procedures can be automatically reported. As ATC capacity enhancements, such as reduced aircraft separation, come into use, maneuvers away from assigned track without coordination become a greater concern. Operators are strongly encouraged to maintain or refresh their awareness of the need for timely and effective communication of a crew's intentions and/or actions regarding maneuvers in oceanic and other non-radar airspace. For more information, download the notice in PDF format at:

What Is an FAA InFO Message?
The FAA recently introduced information for operators (InFO) messages. Much like a safety alert for operators (SAFO), which contains critical safety information, an InFO message contains valuable information for operators that should help them meet administrative requirements or certain regulatory requirements with relatively low urgency or impact on safety. InFOs contain information and recommended action to be taken by the respective operators identified in each InFO message. For more information, visit the FAA site at:

NBAA's February Events to Address Needs of Asian Markets
In 2007, NBAA is hosting the only business aviation events in Asia: the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007) to be held February 6 and 7 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, and the ABACE Japan Forum – Nagoya, Aichi, to be held February 9 on Nagoya Airport in Japan. More than 50 Exhibitors and thousands of Attendees are expected at ABACE2007, designed to catalyze the Asian market, educate regulatory authorities in the region and introduce Asian business leaders to the benefits of business aviation, so successful in other parts of the world. The ABACE Japan Forum will provide the opportunity to help foster the growth of business aviation in Japan. To register, exhibit or make housing arrangements, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Santa Maria Airport Launches Customs Service
California's Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) recently opened U.S. Customs service as a part of the city's push to become an attractive alternative for business travelers as a point of entry into the country. The Customs operation will be followed by the establishment of a foreign trade zone. Airport General Manager Gary Rice indicated that users of the service will pay for the service. So far, regular business hours are slated from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Those wanting to clear Customs in Santa Maria will have to make a reservation with the Customs agent at (805) 739-2575 and pay the fee. Service is available after hours for an overtime charge. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Pilots Urged to be Alert and Avoid New EMAS at Teterboro
Pilots have indicated that the engineered material arresting system (EMAS) arrestor bed at the end of Runway 6 at Teterboro Airport (TEB) is indiscernible at night. Consequently, two aircraft have taxied into the bed since it was installed in mid-October. EMAS systems are designed to stop aircraft in overrun emergencies. Those aircraft may be traveling much faster, but the EMAS systems are just as effective at taxi speeds. The airport diagram for Teterboro does not depict the EMAS installment, but the bed is currently painted with bright yellow end-of-runway chevrons. To further accentuate the location of the EMAS bed, TEB management is considering additional options. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

Helicopter Operators Reminded to Practice Noise Abatement at HPN
Helicopter operators are reminded to use noise abatement procedures when flying into and out of New York's Westchester County Airport (HPN). Recently, the HPN Noise and Environmental Office has received several telephone calls from residents along Whiskey and Sierra Routes, complaining of helicopter noise. HPN has published the following recommendations for operators to adopt when possible: alternate the use of both the Whiskey and Sierra Routes; when practical, request to fly the routes at 2,000 feet; on departure, use the most expeditious climb to altitude; and on descent, fly a profile as per the Fly Neighborly Guide, which is available through the Eastern Region Helicopter Council or HAI. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

North Florida Group to Meet in Jacksonville on Jan. 10
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold its first meeting of the new year at 12:00 noon on January 10, at the SheltAir Facility on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), 14600 Whirlwind Ave., Jacksonville, FL. The featured speaker will be NBAA Director of Tax, Economics & Operational Services Mike Nichols, who will provide an update on hot topics in business aviation. RSVP to For more information, visit the NFBAA web site at, or contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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NBAA Recognizes 18 Certified Aviation Managers
Eighteen individuals have successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination administered by NBAA in October. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. With these 18 additions, a total of 90 individuals have passed the exam and are designated as CAMs. The next CAM Exam is scheduled for February 23 in San Diego, CA. For more information and the list of new CAMs, visit:

NBAA Announces Recipients of UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship
NBAA has awarded $5,000 to five students who seek to advance their professional development in the business aviation industry. The UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship annually supports undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. For more information and a list of the 2006 recipients, visit:

Call for Session Topics: 2007 Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA, in conjunction with its Flight Attendant Committee, is planning the Association's 12th Annual Flight Attendant Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on June 29 and 30. The theme for this Conference is "Seeking Excellence in Business Aviation." To suggest topics for Conference sessions that would be of interest to business aviation flight attendants, send proposed topic and speaker ideas to NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more about the Conference at:

Holiday Greetings From NBAA
NBAA wishes its Members a safe and joyful holiday season. The Association will close for the Christmas holiday at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26. The office will close again for the New Year's holiday at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2.

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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

ABACE Japan Forum – Nagoya, Aichi
February 9, 2007, Nagoya, Japan

City of Phoenix Will Release General Aviation RPFs

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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