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NBAA Update #07-24
Monday, June 11, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Defends GA Security in Letter to Newspaper
In response to an article in the Portland Press Herald about pending Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rules for small aircraft, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to the editor pointing out the extensive work done by general aviation to tighten security since 9/11 in voluntary cooperation with federal officials. "Security has always been a top priority for general aviation," Bolen says. "As federal officials consider new GA security policies, NBAA will continue working with authorities to highlight the effective measures already in place, and ensure an appropriate balance between security and mobility concerns." To read the full letter, visit:

With New GA Security Measures Coming, NBAA Hosted Officials During EBACE
As part of NBAA's ongoing efforts to educate government officials about GA security, the Association hosted several senior-level officials from the DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at EBACE2007, held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 22 to 24. NBAA introduced the security officials (among them, Rob Rottman, the DHS deputy director of transportation and infrastructure) to their European counterparts; facilitated discussions on a range of domestic and international GA security issues; and provided them with direct NBAA Member feedback. As DHS and TSA officials prepare to propose new GA security measures later this summer, the meetings were yet another valuable step taken by NBAA to provide federal officials with the best practices operations security model and unique security needs of the business aviation community. To learn more, visit:

NBAA Member Profile: MI Windows and Doors
Places like the central Pennsylvania town of Gratz (population 676), whose primary employer is MI Windows and Doors, Inc., have found in business aviation an important economic motor. MI Windows and Doors has prospered thanks to a business model that relies on a company airplane to link its small-town headquarters with its plants and its customers, wherever they are located. While it used to take a full day to travel, "we now can be there in literally two hours," said Matt DeSoto, MI's executive vice president of eastern operations. "And the more we can be on-site, the more value we can provide to our team members and our customers." DeSoto believes that business aviation is the best way to build closer relationships with clients and respect the value of their time. The company is profiled in the most recent edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's Member newsletter. To review the profile, visit:

U.S. Passport Requirements Temporarily Relaxed
The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security have announced that U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can temporarily travel by air through September 30, 2007. Travelers will be required to present government-issued photo identification and the Department of State official proof of application for a passport. This accommodation is being implemented due to a record passport demand, which caused longer than anticipated processing times. U.S. citizens with pending passport applications should obtain proof of application by visiting: For additional information, view the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site at:

How Do I Find Information About Cabotage Regulations in Canada?
Operators conducting flights between the U.S. and Canada, as well as within Canada, must ensure that they avoid engaging in cabotage. In general, cabotage is defined as the practice of providing commercial transportation for passengers or goods between two points in the foreign country where an aircraft is operating. NBAA has developed a web resource that provides information on cabotage regulations that may impact business aircraft operations in Canada. The resource provides links to documents produced by the Canada Border Services Agency that specifically address business aircraft. Additionally, NBAA Members can access an in-depth article providing details on Canadian cabotage regulations. To access this resource, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Opposes 'Local Exemption' for Westchester County Airport
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently sent letters to four members of Congress expressing concern about creating a "patchwork quilt" of aviation rules by mandating nighttime flight curfews at Westchester County Airport (HPN) that are currently voluntary. Bolen's letters were sent to the sponsor of HR 2328, Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-18-NY), and the bill's three cosponsors: Reps. Eliot L. Engel (D-17-NY), John Hall (D-19-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-4-CT). The bill, Bolen wrote, "would represent an unraveling of a well-established national system of airports." While NBAA opposes any exemptions to federal aviation law, it does work with local airports and communities to develop programs to address local concerns. To review Bolen's letters, visit:

Elected Officials Tout Business Aviation at St. Louis Regional Forum
Attendees at last week's Business Aviation Regional Forum at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in St Louis, MO heard loudly and clearly from local elected officials that business aviation, and general aviation airports in particular, drive economic development in the surrounding region. St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and Chesterfield, MO Mayor John Nations emphasized that the airport is directly responsible for $400 million in economic activity and indirectly responsible for thousands of jobs in the region. The Regional Forum featured approximately 60 Exhibitors and 15 static aircraft, and sessions were held on the top issues facing business aviation today. The next Regional Forum will be held November 8 in Oakland, CA; learn more about the upcoming Oakland event at:

2006-2007 Balchen/Post Award Winners Announced
At the 41st Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, NY, the snow crews of the airports in the Snow Belt were presented with awards for their efforts to maintain safe operations during the 2006-2007 winter season. Recommendations for award selection came from users of airports, general aviation, airlines, the military and others in the aviation community. NBAA congratulates all of the winners, including Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (BEH), Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Centennial Airport (APA) and Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR). For more information, visit:

Ohio Regional Group to Host Safety Day on June 20
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a Safety Day and association elections on June 20. Walt Kraujalis will provide a business aviation safety overview; Ed Mackey of Medaire will discuss first-aid issues; and Tom Booth of FlightSafety International will provide a simulator presentation. In addition, Peter Stein of Johnson Controls, Jim Hodges of NetJets and Bob Agostino of Bombardier also will make presentations. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lane Aviation located at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). For more information contact ORBAA's Doug Stewart at (614) 503-4584 or NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers Host Presentation, June 20
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers (NESD) will feature Captain John M. Cox, Safety Operating Systems, Tom Winn, Air Security International and Dustin Cordier, FlightSafety International. Members of the business aviation community are invited to attend the luncheon on Wednesday, June 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The meeting will be sponsored by Air Chef Holdings and Jet Aviation TEB. On-site registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. To register in advance, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Chicago Safety Day Planned for June 22
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual Safety Day on June 22. Presented by FACTS Training, the event will be held at DB Aviation on Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN), 3550 N. McAree Road, Waukegan, IL. Morning sessions will focus on human factors issues, hypoxia awareness and crew resource management. The afternoon sessions will utilize the FACTS emergency procedures simulator to provide demonstrations and insight into handling a variety of in-flight emergencies. NBAA will sponsor a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., and Bombardier will sponsor the lunch. Registration for the Safety Day is limited to 125 people and includes meals. For more information, contact CABAA's Sandy Frentz at or NBAA's Bob Quinn at Review registration and payment information online at:

Georgia Group to Hold Safety Day on Aug. 21
The Georgia Business Aviation Association will host Safety Day 2007, to be held on August 21 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta. The association will host a program from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., where Bob Agostino, Bombardier Business Aircraft director of flight operations, and Greg Feith, National Transportation Safety Board, will discuss issues related to management, flight operations, technical operations and scheduling. For more details, and to register for the event, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

Baldwin Aviation

'Reaching for Excellence' Is Theme of 2007 Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA will host the 12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference from June 29 to 30, in San Diego, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. After NBAA Flight Attendant Committee Chair Mike Hesslink and NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration Steve Brown open the Conference, keynote speaker Peggy Post, noted etiquette expert and co-director of The Emily Post Institute, Inc., will discuss ways to use etiquette to improve service, solve problems and respond to rudeness. Nora Marshall of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will discuss the NTSB and FAA conclusions on the February 2, 2005, accident involving a Bombardier Challenger at Teterboro Airport. The event also features multiple breakout sessions, which cover topics from management and leadership techniques to catering. To register for the event, and to learn more, visit:

Mark Your Calendar for NBAA Chairman's Charity Classic
The NBAA 11th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, September 23 at the Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, GA. The tournament will be held in conjunction with the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention, and all proceeds will benefit NBAA Charities. Online registration will be available in the coming weeks, but sponsorships are available now by contacting NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at For more information about the event, visit:

NBAA Scholarships Promote Professional Development and Careers
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 scholarships are due August 1: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG Professional Development Program Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Additionally, applications for the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship and Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship are due November 1, and the ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship application is due January 31. For more information or to download applications, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
September 28, 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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