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NBAA Update #07-21
Monday, May 21, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Lauds Member Support on User Fee Vote, Says Fight Is Far From Over
In a letter sent today, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked all NBAA Members for their help in the fight to strike a per-flight user fee from a Senate Committee's FAA funding proposal. A measure opposing the fee, introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and John Sununu (R-NH), came within one vote of succeeding in a committee vote last Wednesday. The tally on the anti-user fee amendment was tied 11-11 before a final vote was cast. "The committee's vote was just the beginning of what will be a long battle, as a number of congressional committees weigh in on FAA funding issues," Bolen's letter states. "Even though we didn't quite land a knockout blow to user fees with last week's vote, many other opportunities to do so will arise as the FAA reauthorization moves through Congress." Review the letter at:

This Week's EBACE Poised to Break Last Year's Record
The 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007) being held this week in Geneva is expected to draw more than 10,000 Attendees. As of today, the day before the show's opening, 8,491 people already were registered versus 7,291 at this point last year. Indoor exhibit booth space is sold out, with 1,423 booth spaces reserved by 354 Exhibitors, an improvement over last year's totals of 1,206 booth spaces reserved by 292 Exhibitors. In addition to the 55 business aircraft shown on the Static Display at Geneva International Airport, this year's show also features three helicopters on the patio, one helicopter in Hall 7 and one airplane in Hall 6 at Geneva PALEXPO. Online coverage of the event, including articles, photos and podcasts, will be available on the official EBACE web site this week at:

NBAA2007 to Include Construction of Aviation-Themed Playground
NBAA is looking for volunteers among Members who are planning to attend the Association's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) to help with an exciting community project. NBAA has partnered with Home Depot and non-profit organization KaBOOM! to construct an aviation-themed playground near Atlanta's Fulton County Airport (FTY). Atlanta will serve as the host city for NBAA2007 from September 25 to 27. Construction is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, two days before the opening of the Convention. KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit group, will design and oversee the project using their "community-build model" to bring business and community interests together. Approximately 400 NBAA volunteers are expected on construction day, but more volunteers are needed. To learn more, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
St. Louis NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on June 8
NBAA's St. Louis Regional Forum will feature approximately 30 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. In addition to static aircraft and dozens of exhibits, the event will feature a number of briefings for the business aviation community in St. Louis, MO. NBAA GA Desk and FAA ATC Traffic Management personnel will be available at a booth throughout the day to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Central U.S. region. The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum is a learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. To learn more, visit:

Connecticut Business Aviation Group Helps Defeat Tax Bill
The Connecticut legislature recently considered changing its policy on tax exemptions for the purchase of certain goods and services, among which is the exemption on sales tax for aircraft parts and maintenance. The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CTBAG) took the initiative to write and telephone state legislators, petitioning them to vote against Bill SB 1385, which would have changed the tax exemption policy. As a result of CTBAG's involvement, the bill was defeated. CTBAG members cited negative economic impact as the rationale of the defeat of the bill, both for the aviation community and the state. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA Members Invited to Teterboro Event Promoting Noise Abatement
NBAA Members are invited to attend the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's 4th Annual Teterboro (TEB) Airport Noise Symposium & Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Awards Luncheon, to be held on Thursday, June 14. After a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., the Noise Symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and the luncheon ceremony will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Tentative topics to be covered include TEB noise program highlights and accomplishments, airspace redesign, new aircraft technology and the proactive contributions of user groups. Admission is free for this event, to be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, 650 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604. Seating is limited, so RSVP by June 1 to TEB Noise Abatement Manager Marcelo Morelli at (201) 393-4080 or For more information about TEB, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

May Newsletter for Schedulers and Dispatchers Now Online
Mailing to Members this month, the May issue of NBAA Dispatch includes a message from NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee Chair Jenny Showalter, who reports on the success of the 2007 NBAA S&D Conference and gives recognition to Committee members past and present. Sponsored by Chevron, the issue also includes profiles of nine new Committee members, useful tips for schedulers and dispatchers and a calendar of upcoming regional group meetings. View the issue online at:

NBAA Announces Journalism Scholarship Honoring Dave Ewald
NBAA, in coordination with the family of Dave Ewald, has announced the David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship, honoring the memory of the veteran Business & Commercial Aviation magazine publisher. Ewald spent nearly 50 years serving the business aviation community as a magazine publisher and industry spokesperson. He most recently was a partner in Smooth Propeller Company in Missouri, founded in 1988 as a magazine advertising sales and publishing firm specializing in aviation and other special interest information services. The David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship will be offered to a high school student planning to study journalism or a college or university student already in an accredited journalism program. The deadline for application entries will be July 15. For more information on how to apply or contribute, visit:

NBAA Offers Member Discount on Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review
NBAA Members are eligible for a discount on Robert E. Breiling Associates, Inc.'s annual Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review. The 2007 publication provides reviews of turbojet, turboprop and turbine helicopter accidents and incidents for 2006. Members can purchase the review either as a single package at the reduced rate of $335, or as separate reports. To place an order or for further details, contact Robert E. Breiling Associates directly at (561) 338-6900 or For information about discounted prices for NBAA Members, visit:

NBAA Tax Forum to Instruct Owners, Operators on Current Laws and Regulations
Aviation tax issues are at the heart of all business aircraft operations and transactions. Knowledge of tax law and regulations is critical to proper planning. The NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum is designed to help accountants, attorneys, advisers and flight department personnel keep up with the latest tax and legal developments affecting business aircraft owners and operators. After an introduction to the aviation regulatory environment, presenters will address a variety of current tax topics at an intermediate to advanced level. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers. The event will take place at the Allegro Hotel in Chicago, June 1. For more information and to register, visit:

Maintenance Management Conference Presentations Now Available Online
Presentations from the 2007 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference are now available online. The Conference, coordinated by NBAA's Maintenance Committee last April, is business aviation's single dedicated event for individuals involved in aircraft and facility management. Presentation topics covered at this year's Conference include: how maintenance technician behaviors and habits influence effectiveness; operational excellence in a high stress, high tempo environment; media relations in disaster mitigation; cockpit and cabin technology; aircraft inspection and maintenance; the supersonic business jet endeavor; creating a new educational standard for business aviation; safety management systems; fatigue-related risks and costs; and FAA regulations. Members interested in viewing these presentations may now do so by selecting "Presentations" at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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