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NBAA Update #07-15
Monday, April 09, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Promotes Modernization of Air Traffic System
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen Ed spoke Wednesday, April 4, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit, reiterating the general aviation industry's long-standing commitment to aviation system modernization. Bolen discussed several "Next Generation" technologies supported by the general aviation community; he specifically highlighted automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) technology, which has been called the "backbone" of the Next Generation aviation system. In his remarks, Bolen also reminded attendees that a new funding structure, like the one proposed in the big airlines' FAA bill, was not necessary for modernization. To read more about Bolen's remarks, visit:

DOT Releases Procedures for Washington-Area 9/11 Reimbursements
On April 9, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a final rule that describes the procedures to claim federal reimbursement of financial losses incurred by the shutdown of airspace around the nation's capital following the events of 9/11. Entities seeking reimbursement must submit their applications no later than June 8, 2007. The final rule provides reimbursement only for eligible operators or providers at College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX) or Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field (W32) in Maryland; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Virginia; and the South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) in Washington, DC. Review a copy of the final rule at:

Washington State Aircraft Tax Regulation Raises Concerns for NBAA
Part 135 operators that have flown into Washington State recently have received personal property tax bills based on the time their aircraft spend in Washington. A Washington property tax law applicable to "public utilities" requires "airplane companies" to self-report their operations for taxation. Currently, Washington requires the personal property tax to be calculated based on all aircraft in the Part 135 operator's fleet, possibly including aircraft that have not entered the state and aircraft that are not on the operator's Part 135 certificate. NBAA has significant concerns regarding this regulation and is working with local Members and the state to address those concerns. For more information, contact NBAA at or review the Washington regulation at:

NBAA Member Survey Closes Next Monday; Act Now for Free Access to Critical Information
The deadline for participating in the 2007 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is next Monday, April 16. This survey, which is a highly rated Member benefit, 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. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participation by a broad range of companies increases the value of the data compiled. As an incentive to participate, NBAA offers survey participants free online access to the compiled survey results. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Dicke at or visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Study at FLL, May 1
Public hearings are set for May 1 on the draft environmental impact study (EIS) underway for possible runway projects at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). The FAA and airport EIS consultants will be available for a question-and-answer session from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and public comments will be heard immediately after. The meetings will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

North Florida Meeting to Feature Congressman Crenshaw, Apr. 16
The North Florida Business Aviation Association will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 16 with Congressman Ander Crenshaw as the featured speaker. This is an opportunity for the business aviation community in North Florida to get a view from Capitol Hill on current issues affecting our community. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority offices on the Jacksonville International Airport. For more information, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Georgia Group's Member Meeting and Fundraiser, May 4
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its 8th Annual Member Meeting on May 4 in Stone Mountain, GA. Among the 12 scholarships to be awarded this year by the GBAA, two full scholarships will be available to attend either of the following Darden Executive Education Courses at the University of Virginia: "Managing the Corporate Aviation Function" or "Developing Leadership Capability in the Corporate Aviation Function." Scholarship applications are due April 20. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at To register for the event or for more details on scholarships, visit the GBAA web site at:

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA Announces New Member Benefit to Promote Flight Safety
NBAA today announced the release of an entirely new Member benefit in the form of an interactive, 90-minute training aid, designed to reduce approach-and-landing accidents. Produced for NBAA Members in partnership with Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the NBAA ALAR Training Aid customizes the FSF Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit materials for business aviation users. The program utilizes select publications and presentations found in the FSF Tool Kit, augmented by newly developed visual aids and a discussion leader's guide for the aviation industry. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, 50 percent of air transport accidents occur during approach and landing, making the issue critical for aviation safety. To learn more about the toolkit and ALAR, visit:

NBAA Provides Article on Certain Non-Business Use of Business Aircraft
NBAA has made available a new article to NBAA Members on the conflicting regulations surrounding certain non-business use of business aircraft. The article, written by Jeff Wieand, first appeared in the 2007 NBAA Journal of Business Aviation Management, which mailed to Members earlier this year. The piece provides insight on the "alphabet soup" of business aviation regulations created by the policies of FAA, DOT, IRS and SEC – almost all of which are conflicting. Download the article in PDF format at:

NBAA Co-Hosts New Safety Standdown Europe This May
New in 2007, Safety Standdown Europe is a non-commercial effort by Bombardier, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association to provide insight and knowledge designed to change the way operators think about safety. The information presented at the Safety Standdown is not aircraft- or manufacturer-specific. The event will be held May 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, immediately following the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007), being held from May 22 to 24 at GENEVA PALEXPO. For additional details and to register, visit:

NBAA Hosts Business Aviation Taxes Forum
On June 1 at the Allegro Hotel in Chicago, NBAA will host a Business Aviation Taxes Forum aimed at educating the business aviation community on tax, FAA and DOT regulations associated with aircraft acquisitions and ownership at the federal, state and local levels. The event will begin with an overview of the aviation regulatory environment applicable to tax issues. Presenters then will address, at an intermediate to advanced level, federal and state tax matters relevant to business aircraft ownership and operations, including such topics as deduction limitations related to entertainment use and federal excise taxes applicable to business aviation. Registration is available online. For more information and to register, visit:

Maintenance Management Conference Has Good Turnout
NBAA followed March's International Operators Conference with a successful Maintenance Management Conference, which drew close to 200 maintenance professionals to San Diego, CA from April 2 to 4. The 2007 Maintenance Management Conference addressed topics related to aircraft maintenance and facility management, provided many opportunities to network with industry peers and offered tabletop exhibits of interest to maintenance professionals. Review this event's agenda online at:

Exhibit at NBAA2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Safety Standdown Europe
May 24–25, 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

11th Annual Safety Standdown USA
October 22–25, 2007, Wichita, KS

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

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

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