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NBAA Update #07-17
Monday, April 23, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA's New Online Advocacy Center Helps Industry Voice Opposition to Big Airlines' FAA User Fee Proposal
The Association today unveiled the NBAA Online Advocacy Center, a new Internet resource at that provides information about, and resources for opposing, the big airlines' user fee funding proposal for the FAA. Funding and programs for the FAA expire in October of this year. In February, the FAA submitted its "reauthorization," or funding proposal to the United States Congress. The proposal, which the airlines are pushing, replaces the ultra-efficient fuel-tax funding mechanism for the FAA with a schedule of new user fees and steep tax hikes for general aviation. The plan also strips Congress of most of its role in aviation system funding decisions. "When people in the general aviation community hear about the user fees and a tripling of taxes included in the airlines' FAA scheme, their first question is 'What can be done to oppose it?'" Bolen said. "NBAA's new Online Advocacy Center will literally put information and ways to take action against the FAA bill at people's fingertips." Learn more at:

Bolen Challenges NJ Newspaper's Story About Business Aviation
In a letter sent last week to The Record, a local New Jersey newspaper, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged an article promoting the misperception that large numbers of business aircraft are a routine occurrence and a significant factor in traffic management at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Due to unusual storm flooding at Teterboro Airport, a reliever airfield for Newark used by business aircraft operators, some planes that would normally use Teterboro diverted to other area airports, including Newark, over a two-day period. "Because business aircraft normally account for a tiny portion of traffic at giant airline hubs like Newark, the situation was very rare, and can hardly be depicted as the norm," Bolen states. To review Bolen's letter, visit:

NBAA Board Chairman Provides Recap on First Quarter Happenings
NBAA Chairman Ken Emerick sent a letter to the NBAA Membership this month recapping the major events that occurred during the first quarter of 2007. The letter discusses NBAA's significant accomplishments thus far and takes a look ahead to future challenges and Association goals. Among topics discussed, Emerick reaffirms NBAA's commitment to opposing the airlines' proposal, saying no to user fees, and keeping Congress, rather than the airlines, in charge of the nation's airspace system. He says, however, that despite challenges in the policy arena, NBAA continues to build on its long-standing commitment to provide products and services that promote safety and other best practices for the industry, as exemplified in the first quarter by the release of new Member benefits, such as a training toolkit aimed at reducing approach-and-landing accidents. To read Emerick's complete letter, visit:

Bolen Urges Part 135 Operators to Review OpSpec A008 Compliance
The FAA is training its Flight Standards District Office personnel to conduct on-site inspections of all charter operators for compliance with Operation Specification (OpSpec) A008. This OpSpec, which describes operational control, addresses the systems and procedures involved in the safe and legal operation of an aircraft. In the coming months, aircraft charter operators should expect an increasing degree of rigor by federal officials for compliance with government guidelines concerning aircraft management and operations. "The new inspection program under OpSpec A008 underscores the fact that FAA intends to continue enhancing enforcement of operational control matters with charter providers," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The charter providers in our industry have done a laudable job of complying with the updates to OpSpec A008 thus far, and I am confident they will be proactive in preparing for this additional development." Review NBAA's compliance checklist for charter operators at:

FAA Issues Notice on Approvals for RNAV (RNP) Approaches
The FAA has issued Notice 8000.358, titled "RNAV (RNP) Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR) Instrument Approaches." Any approach with a label such as SAAAR or "Special Aircrew and Aircraft Certification Required" may only be authorized through the issuance of specific operations specifications or letters of authorization. The standard OpSpec C052 used for authorizing basic instrument approach procedures is not to be used when issuing approvals for operators to conduct RNAV (RNP) SAAAR approaches. To download the notice, visit:

FAA Revises OpSpec for Basic Instrument Approach Authorization
The FAA has issued Notice 8000.360, which revises Operations Specification C052 issued to Part 91K, 121, 135, and 125 operators for basic instrument approach procedures. The OpSpec now provides principal operations inspectors with guidance on authorizing operators to conduct certain types of non-precision approaches using GPS or GPS WAAS. Operators should review the notice to ensure that they are in compliance with the new section of the OpSpec dealing with GPS approaches. To download the notice, visit:

NBAA Hosts Regional Forum in White Plains This Thursday
NBAA will visit White Plains, NY, this Thursday, April 26, to host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Westchester County Airport (HPN). The White Plains event will feature approximately 50 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and hundreds of Attendees. Sessions will be held on the top issues facing business aviation today, with a special focus on aircraft transactions, safety management systems and customer service in aviation. In addition, NBAA GA Desk and FAA representatives will be on hand to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Northeast region. Subsequent Regional Forums will be held June 8 in St. Louis, MO, and November 8 in Oakland, CA. For details about the White Plains event or to register, visit:

Corporate Angel Network to Recognize Westchester County at NBAA Forum
Corporate Angel Network (CAN) will recognize Westchester County and its airport for their support in the donation of the organization's office space for nearly 25 years. CAN's sole mission to transport cancer patients to specialized treatment or clinical trials using empty seats on business aircraft is widely supported by NBAA Members. The recognition will take place on April 26, during NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum in White Plains, NY. CAN Executive Director Peter Fleiss will be joined by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Westchester Aviation Association President Jeff Lee in presenting a plaque to Westchester County Executive Andy Spano. For more information, visit:

More Than 10,000 Expected at EBACE2007 This May in Geneva
The 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007), to be held May 22 though 24 in Geneva, is the best place in Europe to find business aviation products and services from the world's top vendors, to learn about the latest operational issues and to meet face-to-face with the regulators and government officials who make decisions that directly affect business aviation operations in Europe and around the world. More than 10,000 people will view over 300 exhibits in Halls 6 and 7 of Geneva PALEXPO and 50 aircraft at the Static Display of Aircraft on Geneva International Airport. To view the event program and floor plan, or to register and make housing arrangements, visit:

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Regional News
NYC-Area TFR Will Affect GA Operations at TEB/LGA/JFK on Tuesday
A 91.141 temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the New York City area on Tuesday, April 24, will prohibit general aviation operations at Teterboro (TEB) and LaGuardia (LGA) from 12:10 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. In addition, GA operations will be prohibited at John F. Kennedy International (JFK) between 11:45 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. and once again between 7:05 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Newark International (EWR) is outside of the 12 nm TFR; however, its close proximity to the TFR could prohibit GA operations for certain runway configurations. See NOTAM 7/8816 for details. If any changes are made to the TFR, the NBAA GA Desk will announce them via NBAA's Airspace Alerts e-mail list. Review the NOTAM or subscribe to Airspace Alerts by visiting:

Ski Country STMP Enhancements Update
Operators who fly to ski country airports from December through April understand how challenging it is to obtain one of the few available slot reservations. The joint FAA-industry Collaborative Decision Making Workgroup focused on special traffic management programs (STMPs) is dedicated to improving this process. This year, several enhancements have been initiated, including a procedure that eliminates the automated programs from obtaining slots. For more information on the improvements, download a PowerPoint briefing provided by NBAA's GA Desk, available at:

Bolen to Discuss FAA Reauthorization at Ohio Meeting on May 3
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will discuss FAA reauthorization at the Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) meeting on Thursday, May 3. The luncheon meeting, sponsored by Air BP Aviation, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Flight Options Corporate Headquarters, 26180 Curtiss Wright Parkway, Richmond Heights, OH. In addition, Mike Delk, Air BP Aviation president, will discuss key fuel-related issues. RSVP by April 30 to For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

NBAA-Sponsored Forum in Florida to Focus on VLJs
NBAA is partnering with Aviation Week to sponsor the first very light jet (VLJ) event of its kind. The Business Models for VLJs & Light Jets Forum will be held in West Palm Beach, FL on May 15 and 16. A panel of experts will lead a highly relevant and much-needed dialogue to answer the question: how do we overcome barriers to entry and run successful operations? NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration, and Mike Nichols, vice president, operations, education & economics, both will speak at the event. To learn more about the forum, visit:

Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Meeting on Apr. 27
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will meet on Friday, April 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DuPage Flight Center, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago, IL. CABAA will report on administration issues for the organization, and luncheon sponsor Sino Swearingen will make a presentation on the new Sino Swearingen Sj30-2. There is a $10 fee for non-members but no charge for members or students. RSVP to CABAA at by Wednesday, April 25. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at, or for payment instructions, visit:

Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Meeting on Apr. 27
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, April 27, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is at Syberg's on Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, MO. Attorney Kent Jackson will give a presentation on current legal issues facing aviation, including operational control in charter-management operations and insurance issues, with Rob Hopson from Lockton assisting on this topic. A donation of $15 will be requested at the door to assist GSLBAA with expenses for non-sponsored luncheons. RSVP by April 25 to GSLBAA at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Kansas City Business Aviation Association Meeting on May 4
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, May 4, starting at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kansas City Community Center. Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) Manager Mike Roper will speak and field questions regarding Runway 03-21's proposed runway overlay. Les Moore, MKC tower manager, will speak regarding the proposed reduced manning at the tower during off-peak hours. In addition, a scholarship recipient will be announced, and KCBAA elections will be held. RSVP by no later than April 30 to KCBAA's Katie Gieszelmann at or Craig Harmon at A $5 fee for members and $10 fee for non-members will be taken at the door for lunch. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA Publishes Guidance on AFPs and Coded Departure Routes
In 2006, NBAA introduced NBAA Navigator, a newsletter created to keep Operating Members informed about current and future National Airspace System (NAS) initiatives. NBAA is committed to bringing Members this information each spring and fall to help them prepare for the upcoming seasons. The Spring 2007 NBAA Navigator issue, which will mail to Operating Members in May, will focus on severe weather season preparation, including airspace flow program (AFP) enhancements and general aviation approval to receive abbreviated clearances associated with coded departure routes (CDRs). To download an advance copy of the issue in PDF format and learn more about AFPs, Members can visit:

Help Wanted: Position Available With NBAA's General Aviation Desk
NBAA has a unique and exciting opportunity for a customer service-oriented GA Desk specialist to advocate for equity in airspace allocation and participation in traffic management programs. The position supports overall NBAA Member Companies as well as specific GA Desk subscribers on issues related to aircraft operations within the National Airspace System. Applicants can expect to work air traffic management issues daily on a tactical and strategic basis. To learn more about key qualification and how to apply, visit:

Register Now for May's Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation together will present the 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), a highly acclaimed 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 available at:

May Workshop Prepares Operators for Accident Aftermath
NBAA's next Emergency Response Planning Workshop, held in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, will include a simulated accident scenario to illustrate the flow of events and identify key issues surrounding business aircraft accidents. The event will provide numerous practical guidelines and a question-and-answer session. Critical elements in the emergency-response process will be highlighted, and participants and their organizations will learn to ensure the best possible outcome. This event also will be held on September 23 and 24 in conjunction with the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA. To learn more, and to register, visit:

Contact Congress

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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