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NBAA Update #07-09
Monday, February 26, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
2007 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Open for Participation
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2007 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. To begin the survey, visit:

Highlights from the Leadership Conference
Last week, over 150 people attended NBAA's 2007 Leadership Conference. This year's theme of "Learning to Lead in Difficult Times" was reinforced by speakers throughout the two-day Conference. Robin Eissler of Jet Quest Inc. discussed the important role played by business aviation during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and the new Corporate Aviation Responding to Emergencies (CARE) group. NBAA's Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Lisa Piccione explained the impact of the proposed FAA funding plan on general aviation aircraft operators. Brad Bruce of Aerodynamics, Inc. presented ways to measure customer satisfaction, including the net promoter score (NPS). The next Leadership Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX on Feb 27-28, 2008. Several PowerPoint presentations from this year's event are available at:

NBAA Provides FAQs on FAA's Part 135 Operational Control Initiative
NBAA has developed a new resource for Part 135 operators and aircraft owners who are implementing FAA's new A008 Operations Specification (OpSpec) based upon the guidance available in FAA Notice 8000.347 regarding operational control. NBAA's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on operational control address timely topics relevant to air carriers, pilots, and aircraft owners. NBAA's FAQs and associated resources on operational control and wet leases are available at:

Can I Still Fly in Europe After March 31 if My Aircraft is Not Yet Equipped With Mode S EHS?
NBAA has received calls from operators asking if the deadline for implementation of the Mode S Enhanced Surveillance (EHS) will again be delayed. The answer is no; it will be implemented on March 31, 2007, as currently scheduled. However, certain practical issues have been identified, such as the late arrival of service bulletins or other technical issues, which preclude some operators from achieving equipment installation on their aircraft by the required date. To address these issues, additional arrangements are being proposed to enable those aircraft operators, whose implementation program is unavoidably delayed, to receive temporary permission to continue operating their aircraft without the imposition of the Mode S mandates. For more information, contact Eurocontrol's Remedios Fernandez-Plaza at or visit the NBAA website at:

FAA Notice Released for Obtaining a SIC Pilot Type Rating
The FAA recently released Notice 8000.351, Procedures for the Second-In-Command Pilot Type Rating. This notice provides information about the requirements to obtain a second-in-command (SIC) pilot type rating and informs aviation personnel how to complete the application for the SIC pilot type rating. For more information about the SIC type rating and to view the notice, visit the NBAA website at:

Aviation Insurance: Waiver of Subrogation Explained
The vendor you use for pilot training has requested a certificate of insurance with a "waiver of subrogation" clause in their favor, or an FBO has asked you to sign a "waiver of subrogation" for their handling of your aircraft. Your first response is "What is that?" While this clause is legalese to most, it has become common for service providers to request this waiver. A new NBAA resource will answer your questions about what a waiver of subrogation is and why you might agree to provide a waiver. View the article at:

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Regional News
NBAA Opposes Runway Shortening Measures at Santa Monica
In comments filed with the FAA last week, NBAA opposed a plan at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) that would shorten the useful length of the runways and largely foreclose operations by medium and large business jets. The City of Santa Monica has proposed creating a runway safety area by installing an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the end of Runway 21 and by establishing declared distances, which would reduce the available runway for Runway 21 by over 200 feet; and would reduce the landing distance available for Runway 3 by more than 800 feet. If this proposal was implemented, most jets with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 20,000 pounds would be unable to land on Runway 3, and would be able to land on Runway 21 only with payload penalties. In its comments, NBAA emphasized that this was another instance in a long history of efforts by the City of Santa Monica to close the airport to jet operations – efforts that NBAA has opposed and the FAA has prevented for more than two decades. To review NBAA's comments, visit:

FAA Chicago Center Customer Symposium This Week
FAA Chicago Center is holding its first customer symposium this Wednesday, February 28 at the Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL. There will be presentations regarding timed-based metering, O'Hare modernization and traffic management initiatives. Control room tours will also be available. For the registration form, an agenda, and a video introduction by Bill Cound, air traffic manager for the Chicago ARTCC, visit:

GWBAA to Host Safety and Security Standdown on 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:

New RNAV Procedures to be Implemented at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
On Thursday, March 15, seven new RNAV SIDs and four new RNAV STARs will be published for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT). All of these procedures will be implemented at 0901z on Tuesday, March 20. The departure procedures include the ANDYS ONE, BUCKLE ONE, DEBIE ONE, HARAY ONE, JACAL ONE, LILLS ONE, and MERIL ONE departures. The arrival procedures include the ADENA ONE, HUSTN ONE, JOHNS ONE, and SUDSY ONE arrivals. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

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NBAA Announces the Donald Baldwin, Sr., Business Aviation Management Scholarship
NBAA, in coordination with the family of Donald A. Baldwin, Sr., announced the establishment of the Donald A. Baldwin, Sr., Business Aviation Management Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to the first recipient in 2008 at the Leadership Conference. "Throughout his career, Mr. Baldwin led by example and did an outstanding job in flight department management," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "His devotion to his family, to the business aviation community and to NBAA set an example for others to follow. We are pleased to establish the Donald A. Baldwin, Sr., Business Aviation Management Scholarship in his honor." Review the press release at:

Four New CAMs Recognized at 2007 Leadership Conference
NBAA's Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Lisa Piccione presented certificates to four aviation professionals who have recently passed the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination: Peter v. Agur, Jr., The VanAllen Group; David Freeman, Caterpillar, Inc.; Gary Grommet, Raytheon Aircraft Co.; and Brion Hart, Group Holding, These individuals – among 90 such professionals in the industry – have earned the official title of Certified Aviation Manager and may use that designation when officially listing their name. The CAM designation provides industry recognition of their achievement and knowledge in the following areas of business aviation: business management, leadership, operations, personnel management, and technical and facilities services. CAM Examinations are scheduled for April 5 in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, and September 24 in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention. For a photo of this presentation, and more information about the CAM program, visit:

Citigroup Provides NBAA Members with the Most International Feedback in 2006
In 2006, NBAA received over 850 international feedback submissions from its Members to the International Airport Feedback Database on the NBAA web site. The database includes reports submitted by Members, for Members, about operational issues, facilitation, and local accommodations for destinations worldwide. To encourage Member contributions, NBAA annually awards a free admission for the Association's International Operators Conference (IOC) to the NBAA Member Company that provides the most international feedback during the preceding year. This year's award goes to Citigroup Corp. Aviation, who has earned admission to the 2008 IOC on March 10-13, 2008, in San Antonio. The 2007 IOC will take place March 26-29, 2007, in San Diego, CA. For more information on the IOC, visit To search the International Airport Feedback Database, or contribute feedback or your own, visit:

NBAA to Host Workshops on Flight Operations Manuals and Management Fundamentals
On March 5-8, in Houston, TX, NBAA will host two workshops that provide flight department managers with real-world guidance on providing their companies with safe and efficient flight operations. The Flight Operations Manual Workshop will assist attendees with developing an up-to-date flight operations manual, which incorporates the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) code of good operating practices. The Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop provides flight department managers key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, basic management practices, budgeting and accounting, cost controls, vendor selection and tracking, records and reports, planning for the future and other issues. Both workshops meet NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives. For more information, or to register, visit:

Advertising Opportunities in NBAA Membership Directory
NBAA Members rely on the NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel for comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate business aviation industry information. The print publication will be distributed to the NBAA Membership, a group that represents the largest concentration of buying power in business aviation today. The insertion order deadline for the 2007 edition has been extended to Wednesday, March 7. For more information on advertising in this publication, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at, or visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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