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NBAA Update #07-06
Monday, February 05, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bush Administration Budget Includes 'Toxic Mix' of User Fees, Huge Tax Increases for General Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued a statement concerning the fiscal year 2008 budget, released by the White House today. "It appears that, after more than a year of intense lobbying by the nation's big airlines, the White House has decided to introduce a budget that shifts airline costs to other segments of the industry and gives airlines more control over the air traffic system," Bolen said. "NBAA and the rest of the general aviation community will oppose this toxic mix of higher taxes, new fees and airline control." Review the full statement at:

NBAA Alerts Members to Faulty Management Guide Shipment
NBAA recently mailed an updated, re-designed NBAA Management Guide to all Operating Members. This Members-only resource compiles knowledge and experience from across the industry to provide valuable information about safety best practices, administrative considerations and other concerns for operators. Unfortunately, due to a faulty mailing box design, some NBAA Management Guide copies were not delivered intact; therefore, NBAA will use a different mailing box to re-ship the Management Guide to all Operating Members. "NBAA wants to ensure that all Members have access to the important safety and other information in the Management Guide, so we are taking this step," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "If you have already received a complete NBAA Management Guide, please accept this second copy with our compliments. If you have not yet received your copy, or if you received an incomplete shipment, please accept our apologies – the replacement books will ship in a few weeks." Members with questions or comments should contact NBAA at (202) 783-9286 or

Final ETOPS Rule Affects Certain Part 135 Operations; FAA InFO Available
The FAA has issued an Information for Operators (InFO) message that reviews some of the major modifications and revisions to extended operations (ETOPS) guidance and regulations. On January 16, the FAA published a final rule that broadened ETOPS to include all multi-engine turbine aircraft operated under FAR Part 135. NBAA filed comments on the proposed rule and the FAA considered many of NBAA's recommendations in the final rule. The new ETOPS rule is applicable when these aircraft, at approved one-engine inoperative cruise speed, are more than 180 minutes flying time from an airport meeting the requirements of Part 135. The rule will become effective on February 15, and affected operators will have one year from that date to come into compliance. To view the InFO notice and download the final rule, visit:

FAA Amends Procedures for 'Taxi Into Position and Hold'
Beginning February 5, ATC will be incorporating new verbiage when clearing aircraft to taxi into position and hold (TIPH) or when clearing airplanes to land when another aircraft is holding on the same runway as the landing aircraft. If an airport has an airport movement-area safety system (AMASS) installed, and it is not in full operation, controllers will not be able to issue TIPH and landing clearance for the same runway. As a consequence pilots may be hearing more "continue" type clearances. Controllers also will be advising you when there is traffic in position holding on intersecting runways when cleared to land or takeoff. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Aviation Insurance Considerations When Using Loaner Engines
From time to time, a business aircraft operator might have a need to lease a loaner engine while maintenance or repairs are being conducted on their aircraft's engine(s). A variety of insurance considerations must be made when using a loaner engine. Importantly, most if not all of these transactions will be consummated contractually between the lessor (engine owner) and the lessee (business aircraft operator). From a risk management standpoint, one of the most important lessons is that operators must review all contracts affecting their business with the guidance of their aviation attorney, insurance broker and underwriter. Learn more about insurance and contractual considerations by reviewing the "Claims Example for a Loaner Engine" document, which can be downloaded at:

Are U.S. Flightcrews Required to Have a Visa When Flying to France?
Yes, according to European Commission Council Regulation 539/2001, U.S. civilian flightcrews are required to have a visa when flying to France. Passengers are not required to possess a visa for stays less than 90 days in length. While the regulation itself is not new, French authorities have indicated that they will begin to enforce the regulation in the near future. Flightcrews should obtain a Shengen visa, which, if the passport is valid for five or more years, will be valid for five years. If the passport will expire in less than five years, the visa will be valid for a shorter duration. This guidance was provided by the French Consulate in Washington, DC. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at or visit the French Consulate web site at:

ABACE2007 Comes to Hong Kong's Asia World-Expo This Week
This week NBAA travels to Hong Kong for the second Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007). The only event of its kind in Asia, ABACE2007 is where business aviation's top vendors and industry experts from around the world come together to exchange information and explore the opportunities for business aviation in the Asian region. It is also a prime venue for leaders in business and government to learn first-hand how business aviation can help support economic growth and business competitiveness in the region's dynamic economies. Over 50 Exhibitors will be displaying the latest airplanes, helicopters, aviation equipment and services. A variety of Information Sessions will address the latest developments in business aviation. For more information, visit the ABACE web site at:

NBAA Marks the Passing of Former Board Chairman William Gilbert
NBAA extends condolences to the family of William F. Gilbert, who served on the NBAA Board of Directors from 1970 to 1980 and as chairman from 1975 to 1977, and who was an early president of the Minnesota Business Aircraft Association. An aviator since the age of 19, Gilbert worked as chief pilot for Weyerhaeuser Corporation's flight department, which he helped build from a small twin Beech operation into one that operated many aircraft, with several bases around the country. His career also included experience as an air traffic controller and a naval aviator during World War II. Memorials in Gilbert's name may be made to the Seattle Museum of Flight, where he served as a docent, at 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA, (206) 764-5700, or to your favorite charity. Messages may be sent to the family care of Daniel Colburn at (310) 373-5206 or

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Regional News
NBAA Urges Members to Act Now on SMO Runway Proposals
All NBAA Members using California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) should be aware of, and engaged in, possible changes to the airport's runway. The City of Santa Monica (which operates SMO) has advanced a proposal to the FAA's Office of Safety and Standards, which, if accepted, could make changes to the airport's runway, reducing Runway 21's length by 217 feet and effectively reducing Runway 03 by slightly greater than 800 feet for landing. Currently, SMO's Runway 3/21 is 4,987 feet long and 150 feet wide, but there is no excess airport property for a new, standard runway safety area (RSA). In December, the city presented a proposal to the FAA and airport users to enhance the RSA "to the extent practicable." Since obtaining the entire safety area could make the runway unusable for many NBAA operators, the revised city proposal uses alternative means to enhance runway safety by using declared distances and the installation of arresting systems. NBAA urges Members to send comments to the FAA about the city's proposal no later than February 17. Learn more at:

New Houston Executive Airport Officially Open to Business Aviation
After more than two years of planning and construction, Houston Executive Airport (HEA) has officially opened for business. Located in Brookshire, west of Houston, the airport is VFR-only with instrument approaches being planned. It will cater to general aviation aircraft and provide FBO services, including fuel. The runway, currently 5,050 feet long, will be extended to 7,000 feet. A grand opening event is planned for spring 2007. For more information, contact HEC Executive Director Andrew Perry at (281) 945-5415 or NBAA's Steve Hadley at, or visit the HEA web site at:

Arizona Groups Bring Aviation Message to State Capitol on Feb. 7
In its 2nd Annual Arizona Aviation Day at the Capitol, the Arizona aviation industry will discuss with state legislators how aviation contributes to local and state economies. Aviation interests from around the state will participate in this event, which will be held on the Arizona State House Lawn. Arizona Aviation Day is hosted in partnership by the Arizona Business Aviation Association, NBAA, Arizona Airports Association, the Phoenix Air National Guard, Flights for Life, Arizona State University and other aviation associations. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 7. For more information, contact Debbi Laux at (480) 333-3725 or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or visit:

Satellite Airport Traffic Customer Forum at CVG on Feb. 8
The FAA will hold a Satellite Airport Traffic Customer Forum for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) on February 8. Steve Lutomski, manager for systems operations at Indianapolis ARTCC, will discuss the handling of arrival traffic to the satellite airports within CVG airspace. One focus of the forum will be to outline the work the FAA has done toward more direct routing for satellite airports, particularly Lunken Airport (LUK). Other agenda items can be requested through the contacts below. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Procter & Gamble Global Flight Operations, Hangar #51, Lunken Airport. The hangar is at the north end of the airport; mention the customer forum at the gate to be directed to parking. RSVP to FAA's Ray Veith at (317) 247-2484 or Steve Lutomski at, or to NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association Meeting, Feb. 9
The Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association will hold a meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 9 at the NASA Lewis Visitor's Center, Cleveland Hopkins Airport, 21000 Brookpark Road. The speaker will be NBAA's Mike Nichols, who will provide insight on recent significant developments associated with operational control issues and user fees, and guidance on ways to get involved in the political process. Lunch will be provided by Landmark Aviation. RSVP by February 7 to For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Georgia Business Aviation Association Hosts ATC Luncheon, Feb. 13
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host an ATC luncheon in Atlanta on February 13. The event will be hosted by the FAA Southern Regional Office in College Park, GA. Flight department employees are invited to attend this event, which will focus on upcoming plans for an Atlanta Class B airspace redesign. Presenters will include NBAA GA Desk's Ernie Stellings and the FAA ATC tactical operations group's Doug Molin and Mike Ogles. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or download the registration form on 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. John Clark, executive director and CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, will be the featured speaker. RSVP to For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit NFBAA's web site at:

Greater Washington Safety and Security Standdown, Mar. 8
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) has scheduled a Safety and Security Standdown for March 8 at the Signature Flight Support facility on Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). A number of distinguished guest speakers from the National Transportation Safety Board, Transportation Security Association, Flight Safety Foundation and original equipment manufacturers 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 GWBAA web site at:

Arizona Group Hosts 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit, Mar. 31
Members of Arizona's business aviation community will gather on March 31 in Scottsdale, AZ for the 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Awards Dinner. The proceeds will fund scholarships for worthy students who are pursuing careers in business aviation and are enrolled in an Arizona college or university. Since its inception in 2002, the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AzBAA) has awarded 39 scholarships for a grand total of over $43,700. The focus of these recipients is as varied as the individuals themselves. Future career interests for these young men and women include business flying, fixed base operator management, aviation law, airframe and powerplant mechanics and aviation safety. For more information, contact Debbi Laux at (480) 333-3725 or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or visit:

Certified Aviation Manager

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Next Week
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 Announces Seven Recipients of 2007 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship
NBAA today announced that seven individuals have been selected by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2007 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship. Each scholarship includes a value equivalent to $1,600 to cover expenses associated with recipients' attendance at NBAA's 2007 Leadership Conference, scheduled for February 21 and 22, in San Diego, CA. Attendance at this Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. For more information and to review a list of scholarship recipients, visit:

Leadership Conference to Focus on Management Challenges
On February 21 and 22 in San Diego, the NBAA Leadership Conference will address some of the biggest challenges facing business aviation managers today. Attendees will learn about how to manage both co-worker and customer expectations; develop the management skills needed to achieve an organizational mission; deal with "leader issues" such as mentoring; devise new ways of measuring employee performance; provide security in a high-service environment; and more. Participants in this highly interactive event will gain valuable tools and guidelines that can be immediately put to use in the workplace, helping them lead and manage more effectively. Preceding the Conference on February 20, NBAA also will offer a Professional Development Program (PDP) Course focused on performance reviews and feedback systems. For more information or to register, visit:

Registration for International Operators Conference Now Online
For over 34 years, NBAA's International Operators Committee has met annually to offer guidelines and best practices to flight departments providing international transportation for their passengers. Scheduled for March 26 to 29 in San Diego, this year's Conference has grown in size and sophistication, and features four days of networking and sessions designed to help your flight department fly safely, securely, efficiently and legally. The event will bring together a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies for the cockpit and cabin. Online registration and agenda details are available at:

Housing Now Available for NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention
The Association will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), to be held September 25 through 27 in Atlanta, GA. NBAA2007 also will help commemorate two other industry milestones: the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Georgia and the 40th anniversary of Gulfstream. The 2007 Convention will continue to build on the enormous successes of NBAA2006, which broke numerous records, with 33,088 Attendees, 1,140 Exhibitors, 5,235 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces and more than 100 Information Sessions. The hotel reservation system for NBAA2007 is now online and ready to help Attendees make arrangements in advance. For more information or to register, visit:

Travel$ense 3.77 Update Released
On February 2, NBAA released version 3.79 of its business travel productivity-tracking software, Travel$ense. This update adapts to changes in the observance of daylight savings time, which now begins on March 11 in the United States. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by automatically calculating the actual business hours, productivity, trip expenses and family time saved by traveling via business aircraft versus airline alternatives. For more information, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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 Departments 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

Maintenance Management Conference
April 2–4, 2007, San Diego, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 4, 2007, West Chicago, IL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 26, 2007, White Plains, NY

FSF/NBAA 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 8–10, 2007, Tucson, AZ

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
May 21, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007)
May 22–24, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
June 1, 2007, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2007, St. Louis, MO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 20, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 25–26, 2007, San Diego, CA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 27–28, 2007, San Diego, CA

12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 29–30, 2007, San Diego, CA

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