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NBAA Update #07-04
Monday, January 22, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
As Senate Panel Reviews GA Security, NBAA Remains Active on Issue With Policymakers
The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing last week to review progress on the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in its 2006 report to improve aviation security. Among the topics were cargo security on passenger aircraft, status of the TSA's Secure Flight program for screening of airline passenger information, efforts to improve the watch list of suspected terrorists to lessen impact on innocent individuals, and TSA progress on hiring additional passenger screeners. General aviation security concerns also were addressed. NBAA continues to work with TSA officials on general aviation security issues, focusing on the need for continued access to the nation's airspace and airports. For more details about the hearing, visit:

Senate Changes Internal Rules for Business Aircraft Use
Last week, the Senate passed legislation that contains changes to the rules regarding senators' compensation for use of business aircraft. Under the new rules, senators will pay the equivalent of the cost of a charter flight for business aircraft travel. In order to ensure that NBAA Members are able to fully comply with these changes, NBAA is in the process of updating the Association's Carriage of Elected Officials Handbook. The current edition of the handbook includes information about compliance with new transport rules for members of the House of Representatives, which were enacted January 4. NBAA will make information about the Senate's new rules available in the coming days. Download NBAA's Carriage of Elected Officials Handbook at:

Record Numbers of Schedulers Expected in Phoenix This Week
The NBAA 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference today kicked off three days of information sessions with a keynote address by best-selling author Kevin Freiberg, who spoke about ways to create a world-class workplace. More than 2,300 Attendees registered by the first day of the Conference, which is one of business aviation's premier events. Close to 250 Attendees indicated that they are first-time participants in the Conference, a 25-percent increase over the previous year's first-timer total. Additionally, Exhibitor booths increased from 322 in 2006 to 351 in 2007, a 9-percent gain and the most booths ever sold for this event. For related articles, photos and presentations, visit the NBAA web site this week at:

Air Traffic Advisory: Super Bowl XLI
The NFL's Super Bowl XLI will be held starting at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Air traffic for Southeast Florida is expected to significantly increase starting on January 29, the Monday prior to the game, until February 5. No special traffic management programs (STMPs, or slot reservations) are required; however, a security temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place as well an advisory published in the January 18 notice to airmen. The FAA has expanded tower hours as well as staffing at affected facilities in anticipation of the event. The NBAA GA Desk has increased staffing with expanded hours that weekend as well. For more information, visit:

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Regional News
Reminder for Helicopter Users of Northeast Corridor
Published in 1979, FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 73-2 titled "IFR Operations in the Northeast Corridor" requires those wishing to utilize the corridor to follow specific procedures to gain authorization. AC 73-2 remains in effect; as such, anyone wishing to use the Northeast corridor as described therein must receive authorization to do so before navigating IFR on the corridor. A recent incident on the corridor involving an unauthorized helicopter operator was reported by TRACON and highlights the importance of obtaining the necessary FAA authorization per AC 73-2. Failure to acquire such authorization would most likely be deemed a violation by the FAA and warrant certificate action. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

LAS Conventions and World Market Events
Due to upcoming conventions being held in Las Vegas, air traffic demand in the Las Vegas area is expected to increase between January 23 and February 2. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is anticipating more than 250,000 conventioneers during this two-week period, in addition to the usual amount of tourists that visit the city. No special traffic management program (STMP) or reservations for arrivals with ATC are required; however, FBOs at McCarran International Airport (LAS) are requiring reservations for parking aircraft. Weather and winds will play a significant role in the efficiency of air traffic operations; therefore, users should anticipate possible traffic management initiatives, including arrival and departure delays and ground delay programs. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at

FAA Seeks Comments About Santa Monica Runway Issues by Feb. 17
The City of Santa Monica, CA, operator of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), has advanced a technical proposal to the FAA's Office of Safety and Standards, which if accepted, would enhance the airport's runway safety area (RSA). The current SMO airport infrastructure supports Runway 3/21, which is 4,987 feet in length and 150 feet wide, but there is no excess airport property available to accommodate standard RSAs. In December the city and its consultant presented a proposal to the FAA and airport users to enhance the RSA "to the extent practicable." Since it is not practicable to obtain the entire safety area, which would destroy the utility of the runway, the revised city proposal uses alternative means to enhance runway safety by using declared distances and the installation of engineered materials arresting systems. NBAA asks Members to send technical comments to the FAA relative to the city proposal no later than February 17. For instructions on submitting comments, visit:

Georgia Group to Host ATC Luncheon in Atlanta, Feb. 13
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host a luncheon on February 13 at the FAA Southern Regional Office, College Park, GA. Flight department personnel are invited to attend the meeting to learn about upcoming plans for an Atlanta Class B airspace redesign. Presenters will include NBAA Assistant Manager, GA Desk Ernie Stellings and FAA ATC Tactical Operations Group's Doug Molin and Mike Ogles. Direct general questions to NBAA's Harry Houckes at For more information or to register, download the registration form from the GBAA web site at:

North Florida Meeting in Jacksonville, Feb. 14
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will host a luncheon meeting on February 14 at Signature Flight Support on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). John Clark, executive director and CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, will be the featured speaker. Direct RSVPs to For more information, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit NFBAA's web site at:

Greater Washington Safety and Security Standdown on Mar. 8
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) has scheduled a Safety and Security Standdown on March 8 at the Signature Flight Support facility on Reagan Washington National Airport. Guest speakers representing the Transportation Security Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Flight Safety Foundation and OEMs will cover topics such as fatigue management, human factors in aviation maintenance, in-flight cabin safety, aeronautical decision-making and security for business aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit the GWBAA web site at:


NBAA's Regional Forum Returns to Scottsdale This Thursday
Having last visited Scottsdale, AZ, in 2003, the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum will return to the Scottsdale AirCenter facility on Scottsdale Airport (SDL) on Thursday, January 25. NBAA's Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. The Scottsdale event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and sessions on aircraft ownership, aviation safety, and FAA operational control and related tax issues. This Regional Forum will be held in conjunction with an NBAA Regulatory Hot Topics Forum on January 26. For more information or to register, visit:

Upcoming NBAA Scholarship Deadlines
NBAA invites Members to submit applications for the following scholarships with upcoming application deadlines: ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship, due January 31, and Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship, due February 15. For details about each scholarship and to download applications, 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, to be held September 25 through 27 in Atlanta. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:

NBAA Flying Safety Award Applications Due Mar. 1
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide attention to the business aircraft safety record and have been endorsed and approved by the National Safety Council. These awards recognize the safety records compiled by Member Company management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. Applications for the 2007 awards, which recognize performance as of December 31, 2006, mailed to Members in early January and are available online. Applications must be submitted to NBAA by March 1. For more information or to download applications in PDF format, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
March 5–6, 2007, Houston, TX

Management Fundamentals for Flight Attendee Registration FormDepartments Workshop
March 7–8, 2007, Houston, TX

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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