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NBAA Update #07-13
Monday, March 26, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA: Small Businesses, Small Towns, Rural Areas Lose Under FAA Plan
Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, testified last Wednesday before the House Aviation Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure that the losers of the FAA user fee plan would be America's air transportation system and the small- to mid-size businesses in small towns and rural areas that depend on general aviation. In his testimony, Bolen argued that the FAA plan fulfills a long-standing lobbying campaign by the airlines to shift airline costs onto general aviation in the form of onerous new taxes and user fees. To write your members of Congress to oppose user fees, visit To review the related NBAA press release about the testimony, visit:

Bolen to Represent GA Community at U.S. Chamber's Aviation Forum
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be among speakers from the public and private sector at a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation to discuss FAA "reauthorization," or funding. At the forum, to be held at the Chamber's Washington headquarters on April 4, Bolen will outline the general aviation community's leadership role in aviation system modernization and will outline the effectiveness of proven funding methods for aviation capacity enhancements. A new FAA funding proposal pushed by the big airlines would abandon the current, ultra-efficient funding system for one based on new user fees and massive tax hikes. Forum registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the program and lunch will follow from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact Drew Preston with the U.S. Chamber at (202) 463-5500, and to register, visit:

Hundreds Expected at International Operators Conference
More than 400 Attendees are expected at this week's NBAA 34th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held through Thursday, March 29 in San Diego, CA. This annual event, planned in conjunction with NBAA's International Operators Committee, brings together a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies in both the cockpit and cabin. This four-day event offers valuable information on virtually every issue that challenges a flight department involved in international operations. For more information and to review the agenda, visit:

Operators Encouraged to Participate in FAA Survey
In early March, the FAA sent invitations for participation in its annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Accurate survey data is critical in developing the FAA's accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data also is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes. Since the vast majority of NBAA's Operating Members operate one or two aircraft, this survey will play an important role in accounting for their activity. The FAA will survey 84,000 aircraft operators, which is approximately one third of active general aviation and non-scheduled Part 135 operators, and includes all turbine and Part 135 aircraft. NBAA strongly encourages all operators who received a survey invitation from the FAA to complete the survey. Accurate representation and full participation benefits the entire industry.

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Regional News
New STAAV THREE RNAV SID Up and Running at Las Vegas
On March 20, the STAAV THREE RNAV departure procedure was implemented at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, replacing the TRALR departure. This new procedure is being assigned to all appropriately equipped turbojet aircraft departing over MLF, BCE, DVC and ILC. With a few minor exceptions, the implementation has gone smoothly and is expected to continue accordingly. Despite longer taxi routes, the benefit of the new STAAV THREE procedure is a shorter flight and faster climb to altitude. For further instructions regarding this departure procedure, visit:

St. Louis-Area Group to Present New Training Courses
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m., at Syberg's on Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights. Flight Safety's Stephen Rose will hold a presentation on new courses such as hypoxia awareness training. Attendees are invited to make a $15 donation at the door to assist GSLBAA with expenses for non-sponsored luncheons. To RSVP, e-mail Reservations should be made by noon on Wednesday, March 28. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers Meeting, Apr. 4
The Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers (NEDS) will hold its quarterly meeting on April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Main Terminal Building at Republic Airport (FRG) in New York. Meteorologists Shafie Sabry and Bill Korbel will discuss the upcoming severe weather season, and Flight Safety International will give a presentation about U.S. airspace, route planning and severe weather operations. Both members and non-members of NEDS are welcome to attend, and membership applications will be available. For more information, contact NED's Dianne Tarantino at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

GSAMA Event to Promote Aviation in New Hampshire, Apr. 5
The Granite State Airport Management Association (GSAMA) will hold its GSAMA at the Capitol Day on April 5 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This initiative is designed as an advocacy campaign to encourage New Hampshire legislators to support the aviation community. It also is an opportunity to discuss user fees and the effect they could have on the well-being of the state's aviation industry and economy. For more information, contact GSAMA's Dale Wilde at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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Atlanta Local Committee for 60th Annual Meeting & Convention Announced
The Association today announced the formation of an Atlanta Local Committee in preparation for NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), to be held September 25 through 27, 2007, in Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia World Congress Center and Fulton County Airport. The Committee, composed of NBAA Members who are also leaders in the Atlanta area, will assist in all aspects of the preparations for the Convention. "The people involved in Atlanta's diverse business aviation community will be critical in making this year's Convention our best yet," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Conventions, Seminars & Forums Kathleen Blouin. Learn more at:

NBAA Silk Scarf Award Given to Retired International Flyer
This week, the Association will award Harold Curtis with the NBAA Silk Scarf Award, which is traditionally given to individuals in recognition of special contributions to the business aviation community. In 1973, Curtis was the founding chairman of NBAA's International Operators Committee and was known as a forward-thinking and early adapter of internationally capable aircraft while director of National Distiller's flight department. The award will be presented by Pat Dunn, chairman of NBAA's International Operations Committee, this week during the NBAA 34th International Operators Conference in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit:

2007 International Operators Scholarship Recipients Selected
Christopher Gryskiewicz of Bloomington, MN, and Arden Potter of Hampton, VA, are the recipients of the 2007 ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship. NBAA and its International Operators Committee offer this scholarship in conjunction with sponsor ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. The scholarship winners will be recognized during the NBAA 34th Annual International Operators Conference this week in San Diego. For more information, visit:

Hundreds Attended Fort Lauderdale Regional Forum
On March 22, more than 600 people attended NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum at the Aero Toy Store facility on Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). The Florida event featured 47 Exhibitors and 25 static aircraft. Sessions were held on the top issues facing business aviation today, with a special focus on aircraft ownership, security and ethical dilemmas facing flight departments. Upcoming Regional Forums are slated for April 26 in White Plains, NY; June 8 in St. Louis, MO; and November 8 in Oakland, CA. For details about future Regional Forums, visit:

Maintenance Management Keynoter to Speak About Wright Brothers' Mechanic
The 2007 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, business aviation's single dedicated event for individuals involved in aircraft maintenance and facility management, will be held April 2 through 4 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California. The keynote speaker for this event will be Charles E. Taylor II, the great-grandson of Charles Edward Taylor, engine builder and mechanic for the Wright Brothers. The three-day event is FAA inspection authorization (IA) approved for eight hours of credit. Additionally, both a Maintenance Manual Workshop and a Professional Development Program Course about vendor management will be offered on April 5 following the Conference. For more information and online registration, visit:

Make EBACE2007 Housing Arrangements Online
Act now to make your housing arrangements for the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007), to be held May 22 through 24 in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE2007 hotel rates have been negotiated to give Attendees the lowest rates at official show hotels; no pre-payment for hotel reservations; immediate confirmations; the option to update or cancel hotel reservations online without fees or penalties; and descriptions, photos and maps to aid in choosing hotels. To make your housing and travel reservations, visit the EBACE2007 web site at:

Last Chance to Advertise in EBACE Show Guide
Distributed to EBACE2007 registrants with their credentials, the EBACE2007 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies will include pertinent information relative to exhibits, meetings, social gatherings, shuttle bus schedules and other events. This publication is helpful in familiarizing visitors with the happenings at Europe's most important business aviation event. To advertise, contact Melissa Murphy at (785) 856-5111 or The artwork deadline is March 30. To learn more about EBACE and to download advertising guidelines, visit:

Registration Open for May's Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) together will present the 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), the industry's premier business aviation safety event, from May 8 to 10, in Tucson, AZ. More than 400 representatives of business operators attend the CASS yearly. The seminar features presentations by leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. Online registration and preliminary agenda are now available at:

Exhibit at NBAA2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Vendor Management
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

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

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

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Public Relations and Marketing for the Business Aviation Flight Department
April 27, 2007, White Plains, NY

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
May 7–8, 2007, Tucson, AZ

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

Application Deadline for September CAM Exam
August 6, 2007

Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2007)
August 9–11, 2007, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Aviation Resource Management
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Mastering Communication Skills
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007)
September 25–27, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 8, 2007, Oakland, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 9, 2007, Oakland, CA

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