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NBAA Update #07-20
Monday, May 14, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Challenges Newspaper Editorial's Support for FAA User Fee Plan
In a letter sent last week to the Kansas City Star, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged the newspaper's editorial support for the user fee funding proposal introduced by the FAA. "It's unfortunate that readers weren't given the full story on the FAA's proposal," Bolen's letter stated. "The user fees and steep tax hikes the FAA proposes would be mostly shouldered by businesses in small towns and rural areas with little or no airline service." Bolen reminded NBAA Members of the need to make their voices heard against user fees, including those in an FAA funding proposal now being considered in the U.S. Senate. "NBAA Members need to make their federal representatives aware of the widespread opposition the business aviation community has to user fees," Bolen said. NBAA Members can contact their elected officials to oppose user fees by visiting NBAA's Online Advocacy Center at Review Bolen's letter at:

NBAA and FSF Denounce Brazilian Police Investigators Charging Legacy Pilots in 2006 Mid-Air Collision
NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) have denounced a decision by Brazilian criminal authorities to assign criminal responsibility to two pilots involved in a mid-air collision between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 and a Legacy business airplane over Brazil in September 2006. "We are disappointed that Brazilian police officials continue down the road of emphasizing 'criminalization' in the wake of last year's tragic accident, instead of recognizing the premium the international aviation community places on investigating the root causes of an accident, so that safety improvements can be made," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Review the press release at:

NBAA2007 to Celebrate Several Industry Milestones
At the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) this September in Atlanta, GA, the Association will celebrate not only its 60th anniversary, but also the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Georgia and several other noteworthy milestones for NBAA Member Companies. Gulfstream will commemorate 40 years in Georgia by displaying several early-model aircraft on NBAA's Static Display of Aircraft. In addition, this year marks the 80th anniversary of Cessna and 75th anniversary of Hawker Beechcraft. NBAA will help commemorate the Georgia Centennial of Flight by proclaiming Thursday, September 27, to be Georgia Aviation Day. NBAA2007 will continue to build on the enormous success of NBAA2006, which broke numerous records with 33,088 Attendees, 1,140 Exhibitors, 5,235 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces, 115 aircraft on Static Display and over 100 Information Sessions. To learn more about the world's largest purely civil aviation event, visit the official NBAA2007 web site at:

Special Flight to Commemorate NBAA and Georgia Anniversaries
In 2007, NBAA marks 60 years of service to Members since its founding in New York, and the State of Georgia marks 100 years since Ben Epps built and flew his monoplane in 1907, becoming the state's first pilot. To commemorate these milestones, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen; Pat Epps, representing his home state of Georgia and his father, Georgia's first aviator; and FAA Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education Jamail Larkins will fly from New York to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, home of Epps Aviation. The flight will take place on Saturday September 22, and will be made in an aircraft provided by Cessna Aircraft Company, also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Learn more about NBAA2007 at:

European Business Aviation Award Winners Announced
EBACE2007 European Business Aviation Awards will be given to Judith Moreton, managing director of Bombardier Skyjet International, and Mark Wilson, chief executive of the British Business and General Aviation Association, for their outstanding contributions to European business aviation. "Judith Moreton and Mark Wilson exemplify the best of the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are proud to honor their contributions to the industry with the award." The award recipients will be honored for their achievements at this year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007), the only major European event focused solely on business aviation, taking place in Geneva from May 22 to 24. For more information, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Charlotte/Douglas RNAV STARs Implementation Delayed Again
The implementation of five new RNAV STARs at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT), which were published on March 15, has again been delayed because of aircraft limitations with the procedures. The implementation of these procedures is now scheduled to occur on Tuesday, June 12, at 9:01 a.m. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at

South Florida Membership Meeting on May 16 to Feature NBAA's Steve Brown
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) has revamped its infrastructure and is making strides to rebuild and reorganize. Recognizing the pressing need for regional operators to have a unified voice in addressing the top issues affecting business aviation, the group invites all current and prospective members to attend its first general membership meeting of the year on May 16 at the Avitat on Boca Raton Airport (BCT). The featured speaker will be Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations & administration, who will provide a briefing on user fees. The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. RSVP to SFBAA's Scott Ramsden at or Tracy Gough at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

FAA Houston-Area Customer Focus Meeting, May 16
FAA Houston Center is inviting all operators to a Houston-area customer focus meeting on May 16, hosted by David Conley and Greg Dunne from the Houston TRACON Traffic Management Office. The meeting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn located at 502 North Sam Houston Pwy., Houston, TX 77060, (281) 820-2101, and will cover trends and updates for Houston airspace, along with plans for construction at Houston Intercontinental (IAH). RSVP and direct agenda item requests to Conley at To download a detail meeting agenda, visit:

FAA Dallas-Fort Worth Customer Forum, May 22
The FAA DFW TRACON/Center will hold a joint customer forum on Tuesday, May 22 to discuss air traffic issues with operators throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. DFW Tower, TRACON and Center will be represented at the meeting and will provide briefings on various topics such as area navigation (RNAV), runway status light system (RWSL), airport construction projects, airspace use, traffic management initiatives and Class B airspace. The meeting will be held at DFW Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. NBAA Members desiring to attend should contact FAA's Greg Juro at no later than May 16. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA Announces Four Promotions
NBAA today announced the promotion of four staff members: Mike Nichols, Jo Damato, Ernie Stellings and Sue Ashley. "It gives me great pleasure to announce these promotions and recognize the contributions of these four men and women to NBAA and the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Whether expanding our educational capabilities, helping us with policies and programs that will secure our industry into the future or standing on the frontlines of the operations of our aviation system, their new assignments reflect their experience, talent and commitment, and will strengthen NBAA's ability to serve the needs of our Members." Learn more at:

New Baldwin Scholarship Supports Aspiring CAMs
Applications are now available and being accepted for a new NBAA scholarship, the Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship. Established in 2007 by the Baldwin family in coordination with NBAA, the scholarship benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA Certified Aviation Managers. Successful applicants must explain their plans for a career in business aviation, provide a recommendation letter of support and meet minimum qualifications to take the CAM Exam. Applications are due by November 1 and can be downloaded at For more information, visit:

NBAA Announces Newly Approved PDP Courses
NBAA announces the approval of four new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses, which are offered by four different educational providers: Century CRM, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FlightSafety International and Kansas State University. These four newly approved courses focus on leadership and business management issues, and are consistent with the updated PDP learning objectives. They are available in scheduled one or two-day formats as well as in distance-education formats. For more information, visit:

Exhibit at NBAA2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
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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