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NBAA Update #07-30
Monday, July 23, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Member Outlines User Fee Flaws for Senate Finance Subcommittee
NBAA Member Richard Shine, CEO of Manitoba Recycling in Lancaster, N.Y., told Senate Subcommittee members last week that the user fees advocated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be devastating to small businesses like his across the country. "I represent a small business that operates a turboprop to help my company survive, and my story is not unique," Shine testified before the Subcommittee. "The general aviation community of which I am a part supports modernization of our aviation system, and is willing to help pay for it. But we want to pay at the pump – not through user fees or new taxes." To read his testimony and a news release about the hearing, visit:

NBAA Member Newsletter Reviews Forthcoming GA Security Measures
The latest issue of NBAA's official Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, reports some of the new, additional security measures being considered by the Transportation Security Administration. Potential policies still are under development, and the agencies are expected to submit proposals as early as this summer. Once published, the proposal will include a formal comment period during which NBAA and the public will be able to submit feedback. To review the newsletter article, visit:

FAA Releases New Safety Alert
The FAA has released a new safety alert for operators (SAFO) to increase awareness in the aviation community about the frequency of accidents during positioning flights. This SAFO calls attention to the importance of adherence to established operating procedures and recognition of airplane limitations when conducting positioning flights. Of all turbine airplane accidents from 1997 through 2005, 48 accidents – more than one quarter of all turbine airplane accidents in that timeframe – occurred during a flight the National Transportation Safety Board identified as a "positioning" flight in the accident report. NBAA stresses the importance of following company operating procedures. To view the alert, visit:

DOT Clarifies Air Charter Broker Branding on Part 135 Flights
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has prepared a document clarifying the use of branding materials by air charter brokers. DOT regulations state that a broker may not advertise or conduct itself in a manner that would lead the public to believe it is an air carrier. Brokers that do so could be subject to enforcement action for engaging in unfair and deceptive practices or an unfair method of competition. According to the document, when providing branding materials for a brokered charter flight (e.g., napkins, pens), the DOT will look at "the totality of the circumstances" to determine if the materials provided create this impression. Read more about air charter brokers and the new DOT document at:

Where Can I Find Information About FAA Enforcement Actions?
NBAA has developed a new Member resource that provides an overview of the five basic types of enforcement actions available to the FAA for use with airmen. The resource also discusses an airman's right to appeal each of the five actions. Additionally, information is provided about the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System, which can offer protection from certain enforcement actions. Members also can find information about various enforcement actions by downloading NBAA's on-demand education podcasts. To access this resource, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Don't Miss This Week's User Fee Forum at EAA's AirVenture 2007 in Oshkosh
This week's EAA AirVenture 2007 in Oshkosh, WI, will feature the Oshkosh User Fee Panel Discussion on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the NATCA Pavilion, where NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will join other industry leaders to discuss FAA reauthorization and the status of the user fee fight. NBAA's staff also will be on-hand to welcome all business aircraft owners and operators at the NBAA hospitality tent; NBAA's Membership staff will provide information on NBAA Membership benefits; representatives from NBAA's Operations Service Group will be available to answer questions about business aircraft ownership and operations; and NBAA's Conventions staff will give insights on the upcoming NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. NBAA's hospitality tent will be located on the flight line, near the homebuilt aircraft parking area just north of the ATC Tower. For more information, visit:

Indianapolis Center to Host Customer Meeting on Business Aviation
The FAA Indianapolis Center will host a customer meeting on August 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meeting will focus on business aviation activity at Cincinnati metropolitan area airports as a follow-up to meetings held at Lunkin Field earlier this year. Tours of the operations floor will be provided after the meeting. NBAA Members wishing to attend must RSVP by close of business on August 2 to Members with desired agenda items should forward requests to Joe Loewenstein at as soon as possible. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at, or NBAA's Bob Quinn at

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Certified Aviation Manager

Approaching Deadline for CAM Certification, Re-certification
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam is scheduled to take place on September 24 in conjunction with NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA. The exam, which tests candidates for knowledge and experience in five key subject areas of flight department management, is considered the ultimate recognition for business aviation professionals. Re- certification also is available and is highly recommended to stay current with industry issues and standards. The application deadline for the CAM exam is August 6. To begin the application process or download the form to re-certify, visit:

Register Now to Attend NBAA's 60th Anniversary Celebration
The NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) is expected to draw thousands of Attendees from around the world to Atlanta, GA, this September 25 through 27. Celebrating NBAA's 60th anniversary and several other industry milestones, the event will be located at the Georgia World Congress Center, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Fulton County Airport (FTY). Register online in advance for this year's Convention to save money and time. Advanced registration is $135; on-site registration is $160. Those who register in advance can speed their entrance to the exhibit floor on-site by picking up their badges, badge-holders and lanyards at the self-registration kiosks. Register in advance for NBAA2007 at:

Help NBAA Build a Playground in Atlanta
To celebrate its 60th anniversary and the Georgia centennial of flight, NBAA will build an aviation-themed playground for the children of Atlanta on Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The park will be the result of a partnership between NBAA, The Home Depot, the local community around Fulton County Airport (FTY) – site of the NBAA2007 Static Display of Aircraft – and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization. NBAA is calling on Members to help recruit coworkers and customers to make this playground a reality. For more information, e-mail, or to be a volunteer, register online at:

Register Now for This Year's Safety Standdown
NBAA will partner with Bombardier, the FAA and the National Transportation Board to host the 11th Annual Safety Standdown from October 22 to 25 in Wichita, KS. This year's event will cover a variety of critical safety topics on issues such as human factors, international procedures, medical and emergency training, and aviation law and security. Safety Standdown is free for all Attendees, and participants can receive credit for NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager Program. The registration deadline is September 22. To register online and for more information, visit:

Save the Date: 2008 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference
NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held next year from January 29 to February 1 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA. The Conference provides a forum in which schedulers and dispatchers from across the industry can meet, network and share industry best practices. NBAA expects over 2,400 to attend the 2008 Conference, where a number of Workshops and breakout sessions will specifically address current needs and issues for the profession. More information will be posted as available at:

2008 Leadership Conference Call for Sponsors
NBAA and its Corporate Aviation Management Committee are now planning the 2008 Leadership Conference, which will be held February 27 and 28 in San Antonio, TX. The event is designed for current or aspiring flight department managers or others in leadership positions within their organization. To become a Sponsor or to learn more, contact NBAA's Dina Green at

Upcoming NBAA Events
Application Deadline for September CAM Exam
August 6, 2007

Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
September 23, 2007, Stone Mountain, GA

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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