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NBAA Update #07-18
Monday, April 30, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Urges Members to Visit and Use New Online Advocacy Center
NBAA launched last week an Online Advocacy Center, a new Internet resource that provides guidance for opposing the big airlines' user fee funding proposal for the FAA. The proposal offered by the commercial airlines aims to replace the ultra-efficient fuel-tax funding mechanism with new user fees and a steep tax hike for general aviation. According to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, "NBAA's new Online Advocacy Center will literally put information and ways to take action against the FAA bill at people's fingertips." Among the center's many resources are a Contact Congress link, contact information for members of Congress, sample articles for company or organization newsletters, talking points and other downloadable information. Learn more at:

Dozens of Papers Publish Bolen Letter Defending GA
Last week, in response to an Associated Press story negatively mischaracterizing general aviation, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted a letter to the more than 150 newspapers across the country that ran the AP story. Dozens of papers from coast to coast saw fit to correct the record by publishing Bolen's letter, including the Boston Herald, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Dallas Morning News, Indianapolis Star, Raleigh News Observer and Memphis Commercial Appeal. Additionally, several individuals across the country responded to the AP article themselves. "As we reached out across the country to respond to this one-sided piece of journalism, we were pleased to find that so many within the general aviation community sent in their own letters, echoing our message and delivering it in a personal way to their local communities," said Bolen. NBAA Members wishing to respond to the AP story or any other GA- related issue can find guidelines and sample letters at NBAA's Online Advocacy Center at:

EBACE2007 Poised to Set Records
The 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007), scheduled for May 22 through 24 in Geneva, is on target to set new records for the total number of Exhibitors, booth spaces and static aircraft. To date, only a limited amount of indoor exhibit space remains, with 1,410 booth spaces sold in Halls 6 and 7 of Geneva PALEXPO. Over 340 Exhibitors have contracted for space, and the Static Display of Aircraft on Geneva International Airport is sold out, with 56 aircraft (54 fixed-wing and two helicopters) confirmed. Co-produced by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, EBACE is the only European exhibition focusing exclusively on business aviation. Learn more at:

House Homeland Security Panel Approves Pilot Program to Screen Airport Employees
The House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection has approved legislation (HR 1413) to create a pilot program to evaluate the screening of airport employees with access to secure and sterile areas of airports. The legislation, if enacted, calls for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a physical security screening program at seven air carrier airports to measure the effectiveness and local operational impacts of airport employee screening. The bill now goes before the full House Homeland Security Committee for consideration. In addition to this congressional legislation, the TSA also is considering a proposal that would require additional security measures for business aircraft. These additional measures have not yet been fully defined but an opportunity to comment on the agency's proposal could arise as soon as this summer. NBAA continues to work with members of the House Homeland Security Committee and TSA to address specific issues for general aviation airports. For additional information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

FAA Issues Additional Pre-Takeoff Safety Alert for Operators
As a result of the tragic August 2006 airline accident in Lexington, KY, where an aircraft departed from the wrong runway, the FAA issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) emphasizing the importance of developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) that enhance pre-takeoff and takeoff safety. Recently, the FAA issued an additional SAFO that provides information on how flightcrews can use modern resources to positively confirm and cross check the takeoff runway. Flightcrews, directors of operations and trainers should establish and implement aircraft-specific SOPs that make use of all available resources to confirm the aircraft's location at the assigned runway both before crossing the hold-short line and once again when in takeoff position. To review the SAFOs, visit:

ICAO Releases Guidance for Preventing Runway Incursions
NBAA recently addressed the issue of runway incursions with the release of a new product called the NBAA ALAR Training Aid, a CD-ROM that customized the FSF Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit materials for business aircraft operators. Additional operational guidance is now available from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has released the ICAO Manual for Prevention of Runway Incursions with recommendations that the taxi phase be treated as a "critical phase of flight." The manual cites many specific practices that operators can implement to prevent runway incursions. Operators can obtain the printed manual by visiting and ordering ICAO Doc 9870. A PDF version is available on the NBAA web site at:

Active Pilots Invited to Participate in Department of Transportation Study
The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, located in Cambridge, MA, is conducting a two-part study on electronic symbols used on flight deck displays. The study focuses on lines shown on moving-map displays and/or electronic charts, and proposed new symbols to depict other aircraft in the vicinity. This research is funded by the FAA, Human Factors Research and Engineering Division. The results will be used to help produce national and international recommendations. Active, instrument-rated pilots are invited to participate in the study by completing a paper questionnaire. Completed surveys need to be returned by late May 2007. Operators meeting the criteria who want to participate should send an e-mail to DOT's Divya Chandra at

NBAA Marks Passing of David W. Ewald, Announces Ewald Journalism Scholarship
NBAA is saddened by the loss of David W. Ewald, 80, who passed away on April 19 at home in Connecticut. A beloved figure in business aviation, Ewald was for decades publisher of Business & Commercial Aviation, where he provided guidance since the magazine's founding in 1958. After leaving B/CA in the late 1980s he also worked for many years with Specialized Publications Co. In his honor, Ewald's family has created a journalism scholarship to be administered by NBAA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions may be made payable to NBAA and sent to the David W. Ewald Scholarship Fund, c/o NBAA, 1200 Eighteenth St. NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036-2527, tel: (202) 783-9000.

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Regional News
Update on Washington State Personal Property Tax Assessments
As first reported in the April 9 issue of NBAA Update, NBAA has significant concerns regarding Washington State's personal property tax regulation and has been working with local Members and the state to address those concerns. The State of Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) has taken the position that personal property tax is due on a percentage of the entire fleet of each Part 135 operator that flies into or out of Washington. The tax is based on the value of the fleet and apportioned based on the charter operator's aircraft usage in Washington. The DOR has had the statutory authority, at least from a state tax perspective, to levy this tax for some time, but only recently actively enforced this law against taxpayers who did not have a substantial presence in Washington. An article providing background on this property tax situation has been provided to NBAA Members by a member of NBAA's Tax Committee. Read the article at:

Onerous California Emissions Bill Moves to Appropriations Committee
California Assembly Bill 700 (AB 700, Lieu) would require the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to study the amount of time that turbine aircraft engines run while on the ramp at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), an unfunded mandate that may cost the state $150,000 through FY 2009. According to California Assembly analysis, the motivation for the bill comes from Concerned Residents Against Air Pollution, a group of about 55 citizens living near SMO. Current California law designates the ARB primary responsibility for vehicular pollution. NBAA urges California Members to learn more about this detrimental bill at and to contact their state assemblyman and senator in opposition. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at (760) 749-6303 or

Operators Invited to Salt Lake City Customer Forum
The FAA's Salt Lake City Air Traffic Control Tower, TRACON and Enroute Center cordially invite NBAA Members to a Salt Lake City Customer Forum on Thursday, May 17. This event will provide an interactive review of Salt Lake City air and ground operations from a joint Air Traffic Control perspective, with special focus on Salt Lake City operations, upcoming RNAV procedures, metering, military activities other activities and customer issues. The meeting will be held at the SLC ARTCC at 2150 West 700 North, Salt Lake City, UT. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat prior to May 10. To RSVP, e-mail FAA's Cindy Gerber-Chavez at; include the number of attendees and suggested discussion topics. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Bolen to Discuss FAA Reauthorization at Ohio Meeting This Thursday
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will discuss FAA reauthorization at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) 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 as soon as possible to NOBAA at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

NBAA's Steve Brown to Address Alaskan Gathering, May 5
Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations & administration, is a featured speaker at the annual Trade Show and Conference of the Alaska Airman's Association. With the debate over future FAA funding becoming increasingly contentious, Brown will provide an assessment of NBAA's work on this issue. He will outline the challenges operators face in what has become a battle to preserve aviation's growth and prosperity in the United States, particularly in Alaska, where aviation is an essential transportation tool. The event will be held at the Federal Express Hangar at Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. For further information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or visit:

Brown Also to Address South Florida Meeting, May 16
NBAA's Steve Brown also will speak about the FAA funding debate at the next meeting of the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA). The event will be held on May 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Avitat on Boca Raton Airport (BCT), and refreshments will be served. RSVP to SFBAA's Scott Ramsden at or Tracy Gough at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Fort Lauderdale Public Workshop and Public Hearing on 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 after 6:00 p.m. 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

Georgia Group to Meet and Host Fundraiser, May 4
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its annual event in Stone Mountain, GA on May 4. Two scholarships will be awarded for recipients 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." For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at; to register, visit the GBAA web site 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 staff reductions at the tower during off-peak hours. In addition, a scholarship recipient will be announced, and KCBAA elections will be held. RSVP as soon as possible 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

Southern Colorado Group to Address Safety Issues on May 9
The Southern Colorado Regional Group (SCRG) will hold its quarterly luncheon on Friday, May 9, and Greg Feith, former senior NTSB accident investigator, will be the featured guest speaker. Feith has investigated hundreds of aircraft accidents during his 20 years with the NTSB, and he received the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award for his investigation of the Valuejet DC-9 fire in 1996. A briefing on the status of the FAA reauthorization proposal also will be provided. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 9 at the Radisson Inn, 1645 Newport Road, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). RSVP by May 8 to SCRG's Chic Myers at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

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NBAA to Relocate 2008 Annual Meeting & Convention
NBAA announced last Thursday that it has made the difficult decision to move its 2008 Annual Meeting & Convention from New Orleans to Orlando. "We have been looking forward to hosting our Convention in New Orleans in 2008, consistent with our desire to assist the city in recovering from Hurricane Katrina," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Reluctantly, we have made the difficult decision that we will not be able to host the Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans, but will have to move it to Orlando," he said. Read more about the decision at:

Next Week's Events to Focus on Safety and Emergency Response
The 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), held annually in North America by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, provides a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. This year's agenda will focus on accident prevention and present business aviation accident rates. In conjunction with CASS, NBAA and The VanAllen Group will offer an Emergency Response Planning Workshop (ERPW), which prepares aircraft operators to cope with the aftermath of an aircraft accident. Both events will be held in Tucson, AZ – the ERPW on May 7 and 8, and CASS from May 8 to 10. For details about both events, or to register, visit:

NBAA Introduces Web Site for Airspace Newsletter
NBAA Navigator is a membership benefit created to keep operators informed about current and future National Airspace System (NAS) initiatives. The printed Spring 2007 NBAA Navigator issue, to be delivered to Operating Members in the coming weeks, focuses 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). NBAA has created a web site for this publication where Members may access full issues and download PDF versions of printed editions. A "Featured Download" from each issue also will be available to the public. Visit the NBAA Navigator web site at:

Seven NBAA Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
NBAA offers several scholarship programs to promote professional development and business aviation careers. These programs benefit both students enrolled in collegiate aviation programs and working business aviation professionals. Applications for the following 2007 scholarships are now available: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, USAIG Professional Development Program Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. In addition, the 2008 ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship is also available. For more information or to download applications, visit:

Convention Participants Advised of Fraudulent Housing Claims
The Association has advised Exhibitors and Delegates for the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) that recent fraudulent e-mail and fax messages may have been sent by a company claiming to offer discounted hotel rates for NBAA2007, to be held this September 25 through 27 in Atlanta, GA. NBAA advises all Members and Exhibitors that Travel Planners is the only official housing provider working in partnership with NBAA. Any housing company outside of Travel Planners is not endorsed by NBAA and therefore cannot guarantee room availability or rates. For accurate information about making NBAA2007 housing and travel arrangements, visit:

CAN Recognizes Westchester County, NY, at NBAA Regional Forum
On April 26 at NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum in White Plains, NY, Corporate Angel Network (CAN) presented a plaque to Westchester County Executive Andy Spano for the county's long-time support of the organization, whose sole mission is to transport cancer patients to specialized treatment or clinical trials using empty seats on business aircraft. "The support of Westchester County over the past 25 years has been instrumental in our ability to transport patients free of charge," said CAN Executive Director Peter Fleiss. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Westchester Aviation Association President Jeff Lee joined Fleiss in presenting the plaque. Read more at:

NBAA to Host Business Aviation Taxes Forum in June
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. For more information and to register online, visit:

12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference to Be Held June 29–30
The Association and its Flight Attendants Committee will host the NBAA 12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference on June 29 and 30 in San Diego, CA. From flight safety to food safety, the issues addressed at the Conference are both relevant and important to every flight. This event is attended and supported by the service providers – like caterers, FBOs, handlers, trainers and others – who work most closely with flight attendants, helping to make flights as safe, efficient and enjoyable as possible. For more information and to register online, visit:

Exhibit at NBAA2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
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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