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NBAA Update #07-16
Monday, April 16, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Challenges Article's Misleading Claims About Local Airports, Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today sent a letter to news outlets across the country that ran a story from the Associated Press casting the nation's local airports and general aviation in a negative light. "A big-city reporter filed a story without understanding business aviation, or the needs of small communities and rural towns," said Bolen, who spent nearly an hour on the phone with the reporter who filed the article. To read a sample copy of Bolen's letter, to the USA Today, which is representative of letters sent to other news outlets, visit:

NBAA Welcomes Diverse Coalition Advocating for General Aviation
Last week, Middle America registered its opposition to the big airlines' FAA bill, with a major press conference announcing the creation of the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA). Speaking at the press conference were: National Association of State Aviation Officials President & CEO Henry Ogrodzinski; League of Rural Voters President Niel Ritchie; Quinwood, WV Mayor Willard Wright; Hawkins Airport air traffic controller Lanny Greenberg; and Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Ed Boyer. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and AOPA President Phil Boyer also participated in the press conference. The alliance opposes the airline-backed proposal for FAA funding, which contains user fees and tax hikes, which will harm small businesses and towns across America. "NBAA is proud to be a part of this alliance, and we enthusiastically support its formation," Bolen said. "NBAA Member Companies, business aviation organizations and other organizations affiliated with our community should consider adding their numbers to the alliance." Individuals and companies wishing to join the Alliance may do so by visiting:

NBAA Responds to Report Mischaracterizing Business Aviation Safety
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week responded to a series of news articles focusing on a report that mischaracterized business aviation safety by inappropriately grouping it with a variety of other flying craft, including hot-air balloons and gliders, and planes that fly very rigorous missions, including emergency medical services and firefighting. "Those flights are not typically considered a means of routine, reliable transport," Bolen's letter states. "Business aviation has for years had a comparable safety record to that held by the commercial airlines. Flights aboard business aviation aircraft are safe, and it's unfortunate your readers were led to believe otherwise. To review Bolen's letter in its entirety, visit:

Deadline Extended for Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is a tool widely used by aviation departments and human resource managers to plan aviation employee compensation and to benchmark against operators of similar aircraft in similar geographic regions. Participation by a broad range of NBAA Operating Members in the 2007 edition of this survey is essential for NBAA to produce this quality product. To allow Operating Members ample time to complete the survey, NBAA has extended the timeframe for participation. The new survey deadline will be Thursday, May 31. All Operating Members are strongly urged to complete the survey. In appreciation for fully completing the survey, NBAA will provide the Member Representative complimentary online access to the survey results, once the survey results are published. For more information and to participate in the survey, visit:

What Are the FET Implications for International Trips?
In response to several inquiries, NBAA has developed a resource to help answer questions regarding federal excise tax (FET) implications for international trips that either begin or end in the United States. To learn how the FET may apply to international trips, visit the NBAA web site at:

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Regional News
Visit ATC Experts at White Plains Regional Forum Next Week
The NBAA GA Desk maintains an information booth at every NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, including the upcoming event on April 26 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. NBAA and FAA ATC Traffic Management representatives will be available throughout the day to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Northeast region. GA Desk personnel also will brief visitors on the NBAA Member services they offer that compliment FAA traffic management initiatives. In addition to the GA Desk/FAA Booth, the White Plains event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft, hundreds of Attendees and sessions on the top issues facing business aviation today, with a special focus on aircraft transactions, safety management systems and customer service. For more information or to register, visit:

NBAA's Steve Brown to Address Texas Aviators Next Week
On Saturday, April 28, the Texas Aviation Association will hear NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president of operations & administration, speak at its 5th Annual Convention on the most vital issues facing business aviation today. The session will inform aviators and community leaders of the intense issues facing business aviation and its potential effects on businesses in the surrounding communities. The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the John B. Connelly Auditorium, Texas State Technical College Campus and Airport (CNW) in Waco, TX. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at, or visit:

Upcoming FAA Meetings for NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign
The FAA has announced its "preferred alternative" for the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign project. Five public meetings (one per state in the study area) will be held to discuss noise mitigation strategies for that preferred alternative. NBAA supports the selected "integrated airspace" alternate as the best choice for improving efficiency and safety in the extremely congested airspace that currently exists in that region. NBAA Members in the meeting areas are highly encouraged to attend and voice their preference to the FAA for the integrated airspace alternative. Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates: April 23 in East Elmhurst, NY; April 24 in Stamford, CT; April 25 in Newark, NJ; April 30 in Wilmington, DE; and May 1 in Essington, PA. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at For details on the project, noise mitigations and meeting locations, visit:

Satellite Airport Traffic Customer Forum in Ohio on Apr. 19
The FAA will hold a Satellite Airport Traffic Customer Forum for Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field (LUK) on April 19. Indianapolis ARTCC's Steve Lutomski will discuss the handling of arrival traffic to the satellite airports within LUK airspace. The event also will address the continuing work that the FAA, in conjunction with local NBAA Members, has done toward more direct routing for satellite airports. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at LUK's Procter & Gamble Global Flight Operations, Hangar #51, which is at the north end of the airport; mention the customer forum at the gate to be directed to parking. RSVP to FAA's Steve Lutomski at or Procter & Gamble's Joe Loewenstein at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Pacific Rim Schedulers and Dispatchers Meeting, Apr. 19
The Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association will hold a meeting on April 19 in the Flags Room of the World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street) in downtown Portland, OR. Registration and networking will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a dinner and the keynote speaker, Captain Karen Kahn, an author, pilot and aviation career counselor. The evening will conclude with a giveaway drawing at 8:00 p.m. Both members and non-members of the PRSDA are welcome to attend. For questions, directions to the meeting, recommended lodging or more information, contact PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

San Diego Business Aviation the Focus of April SDRAA Meeting
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) was formed to affect positive change for business aviation in Southern California and to foster aviation education at local colleges and universities. Following a successful scholarship benefit, the SDRAA next will meet to review current aviation issues affecting San Diego, discuss the user fee issue going through Congress, nominate board members and address formal bylaw modification. Members and those interested in joining the SDRAA are welcome. Lunch will be served at the meeting, which will be held Wednesday, April 25 at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 5934 Priestly Dr., Carlsbad, CA. For more information or to RSVP, contact SDRAA's Dave Richter at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at RSVPs also may be sent via the SDRAA Contact web page at:

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April PDP Course Focuses on Flight Department Promotion
Do your airport neighbors understand the importance of business aviation to the local community? If not, NBAA is offering a one-day class to help you learn how to communicate the value of your flight department. During the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Course on April 27 in White Plains, NY, participants will learn about public relations strategies, working with local airport officials, conflict mediation, community service opportunities, noise abatement and environmental issues. This PDP Course will be presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and held in conjunction with NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum on April 26. For more information or to register, visit:

Improve Your Company's Ability to Respond in an Emergency
The VanAllen Group will host an NBAA Emergency Response Planning Workshop on May 7 and 8 in Tucson, AZ, in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar. This highly interactive, two-day event prepares aircraft operators to cope with an aircraft accident and its aftermath. A simulated accident scenario illustrates the flow of events and identifies the key issues in a business aircraft accident. Each segment includes numerous practical guidelines learned from experience and ends with a question-and-answer session. Critical elements in the emergency response process are highlighted, and participants and their organizations learn to ensure the best possible outcome. For more information or to register, visit:

June Workshops Benefit Flight Department Managers
This June in San Diego, CA, 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 on June 25 and 26 will assist Attendees with developing an up- to-date flight operations manual that incorporates International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) best operating practices. The Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 27 and 28 will provide 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:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

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

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
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

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

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
September 28–29, 2007, Atlanta, GA

11th Annual Safety Standdown
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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