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NBAA Update #06-52
Monday, December 25, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
TCAS Safety Bulletin Released Regarding Pilot Resolution Advisory Action
The FAA recently issued a safety bulletin regarding improper responses to some TCAS resolution advisories (RAs). Operators of TCAS II equipment should ensure that their TCAS training program properly emphasizes the correct response to initial RAs requiring a reduction in vertical speed. The bulletin advises all operators of aircraft equipped with TCAS II/ACAS II that there have been events where the crew improperly responded to the RA announced as "Adjust Vertical Speed Adjust" (AVSA). This negative RA requires a reduction in vertical speed to 2,000, 1,000, 500 or 0 feet per minute. The incorrect responses occur when the crew responds to the RA by increasing, rather than reducing, vertical speed. For more information, download the safety bulletin at:

FAA Publishes 2005 GA and Air Taxi Survey Results
The FAA recently published the results of its 2005 General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics (GAATAA) Survey, which includes statistical data related to business aircraft operations. The purpose of the GAATAA Survey is to provide the FAA with information on general aviation and on- demand Part 135 aircraft activity. The information obtained from the survey is used by the FAA for planning purposes and to determine safety data. NBAA had strongly encouraged business aircraft operators to participate in this survey. Results from the 2005 and previous surveys are available on the FAA's web site; select the Aviation Data & Statistics section of the Data & Statistics tab at:

What Is the 225-Mile Zone?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines an international flight as a flight that does not begin or end in the United States, or the "225- mile zone," or is considered uninterrupted international air transportation. The 225-mile zone is that portion of Canada and Mexico that is not more than 225 miles from the nearest point in the continental United States. It is important to note that the 225-mile zone only applies to Canada and Mexico; locations such as the Bahamas are not part of it. For example, a flight to Toronto, Canada would be within the 225-mile zone, while a flight to Nassau, Bahamas would not. For additional information, Members should review the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Descend Via Testing to Commence Again on PHX RNAV STARS
On January 2, Albuquerque Center (ZAB) will begin issuing one of two clearances (full "descend via" or "descend via... except cross" clearances) to all aircraft assigned the EAGUL ONE or MAIER ONE RNAV STARS, based on the landing configuration at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and underlying turboprop arrival traffic. The "descend via" clearance allows for full use of the vertical/horizontal capability of the STAR procedures. This revised test will last for 30 days and it incorporates procedures to address matters found during previous testing. If at the conclusion of this 30-day test, both facilities agree that the procedures are viable, the "descend via" procedures will be permanently implemented. For more information, view the notice 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, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Introducing GLOBTRAN

S&D Exhibits Sell Out in Advance With Record-Setting Total
The NBAA 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, designed to help individuals "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 Conference is one of business aviation's premier events, offering 30 information sessions and the opportunity to network with more than 2,000 industry peers. With 344 booth spaces sold out in advance, a record number of Exhibitors will display their products and services at this event. For more information, to register or to view the online Exhibitor Directory, visit:

NBAA Announces 12 New PDP Courses; Calls for More Course Providers
NBAA and its PDP Review Committee have approved 12 new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses offered by three different PDP providers: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Global Jet Services and Summit Solutions. The new courses are offered in both distance-Learning and on-site formats. NBAA also seeks new educational providers to develop additional courses. 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's Holiday Schedule
NBAA wishes its Members a safe and joyful holiday season. The Association's offices are closed on Monday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26. NBAA 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.

Online MBA for Aviation Professionals

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

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Performance Reviews and Feedback Systems
February 20, 2007, San Diego, CA

Leadership Conference
February 21–22, 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

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

Honeywell - Web Flight Planning

Corporate Angel Network