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NBAA Update #07-33
Monday, August 13, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Register in Advance for Next Month's Annual Meeting & Convention
NBAA's 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-Brown Field (FTY). Register online in advance for this year's Convention to save money and time. Advance 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:

FAA NOTAM Released for NBAA2007
As a result of NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), which will take place this September in Atlanta, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued procedures to enhance safety. The FAA released the Convention-related NOTAM in the August 2 cycle. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at or NBAA's Ernie Stellings at To view the NOTAM, visit:

Update: U.S. Customs Testing for Radiation on Arrival
Several NBAA Members have reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is monitoring international aircraft arrivals for radiation. This testing is a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of a new technology, the radiation isotope identifier, which detects and identifies radiation. Operators are being asked to shut down the aircraft during these inspections (even with passengers onboard), while a customs agent tests the aircraft inside and out. All internationally arriving general aviation (GA) aircraft can be required to undergo this test; however, inspectors have been notified that they are not to unduly hold up medical emergency flights in order to conduct testing. It is not known when or whether these radiation inspections will cease. For more information on the program, visit the NBAA web site at:

FAA Releases Flight Risk Awareness Tool
The FAA has published a new Flight Standards Information for Operators (InFO) document on the use of a flight risk assessment tool. InFO 07015, developed jointly by the FAA and the general aviation industry, including NBAA, describes the proactive identification of possible hazards and the use of risk management tools to mitigate risks as aspects of a safety management system (SMS). These tools will provide ways for aircraft operators to determine which flights have more risk and allow operators to intervene and reduce risk when possible. Risk assessment tools are only part of an SMS and should not be considered the whole system. For additional information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

Non-Essential Furnishings Updates to MELs Effective Dec. 15
The recently developed Non-Essential Furnishings (NEF) Program will come into full effect on December 15. On the effective date of this program, passenger convenience items that were once listed in a minimum equipment list (MEL) on the basis of Policy Letter 33 will be superseded by the NEF Program, which was introduced in Policy Letter 116. Operators using a MEL for discrepancies deferral management will need to be in compliance with this program, for which NBAA has created a NEF web page to assist Members. View the NEF Program explanation and additional resources at:

UK CAA Publication Provides Guidance on GNSS Operations
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has recently published CAP 773, Flying RNAV (GNSS) Non-Precision Approaches in Private and General Aviation Aircraft. This document provides information on the training for, and operational use of, the U.S. Department of Defense Global Positioning System (GPS) in flying RNAV (GNSS) non-precision approaches. CAA provides technical information on the function of GPS, along with equipment and installation requirements. The document also includes operations and training guidance material, suggested training syllabus content and RTF phraseology. For additional information, contact or NBAA's Operations Services Group at The document is available for download at:

NBAA's Piccione to Speak at GA Issues Conference in October
The American Association of Airport Executives will hold its annual General Aviation Issues Conference from October 21 to 23 in Naples, FL. Hosted by Naples Municipal Airport (APF) and sponsored in part by NBAA, the event combines all aspects of GA issues at a national level. NBAA's Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs, will discuss issues facing federal agencies and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Other topics at this year's event include land use, very light jets, and airport sustainability and business profitability. To register online or learn more, visit:

What Is a Very Light Jet?
NBAA has created a new web resource that answers many frequently asked questions regarding the introduction of very light jets (VLJ). Topics addressed include VLJs in the National Airspace System, steps being taken to ensure safe operation of VLJs and the unique capabilities offered by this class of aircraft. In addition, the NBAA Training Guidelines for VLJs and Technically Advanced Aircraft are available for review at:

Considerations for Supplemental Business Aircraft Charter
Aircraft charter is an excellent option for many companies when a regular business aircraft is already committed to another flight or unavailable due to maintenance. However, there are important questions to ask before chartering: does the charter vendor operate at the same high standards that a company expects; does their flightcrew receive the same level of training; is their insurance coverage adequate; if the charter operator brokers the flight to another operator, will that substitute operator meet expectations? NBAA's Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide leads businesses through the process to make sure these, and other important questions, are answered. NBAA recommends charter consumers pre-screen operators in advance of potential flights, so there is ample time to evaluate the Part 135 operator. The guide is free to all charter customers, at:

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Regional News
South Florida Business Aviation Association Meeting Sept. 5
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its second meeting of the year at the new Banyan fixed base operator at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) on September 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president, operations, education & economics, who will update the group on a number of topics, including FAA reauthorization, FAA Part 135 operational control initiatives and proposed tax regulations on the certain non-business uses of aircraft. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Jeff Ramsden at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

FAA Houston Center Customer Meeting This Week
The FAA Houston Center will host a customer meeting on Thursday, August 16, covering updates on Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center, George Bush International-Houston Airport (IAH) TRACON, IAH arrival and departure configurations and Mexico traffic flow management. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Continental Airlines Inflight Training Center at 4375 Wright Road in Houston, TX. NBAA Members wishing to attend should RSVP to Lisa Smalley at For more information, contact David Conley at or NBAA's Bob Lamond at

11th Annual Safety Standdown Coming This Fall
The 11th Annual Safety Standdown will be held this year from October 22 to 25 in Wichita, KS. The event, jointly hosted by NBAA, Bombardier, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, will cover a variety of topics critical to aviation safety. Recently added is a one-day maintenance Workshop on human factors in aviation safety, which satisfies FAA requirements for inspection authorization renewal and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Award. General sessions have been expanded to three days this year, giving Attendees even more options for training. Attendees also are invited to a welcome reception on Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. To register or learn more, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

Applications for Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships Now Available
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee offers scholarships through two separate but related programs that promote professional and career development for schedulers and dispatchers in business aviation. Through the Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Program, the Committee offers cash grants, which can be used for a variety of professional development initiatives. This program includes a monetary award reserved for Canadian residents. A separate Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship Program enables recipients to enroll in on-site training courses. Applications for 2008 S&D scholarships are now available online and are due by October 5. For more information about these and other scholarships, and to download applications, visit:

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference at NBAA2007
This year's Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference will be held September 23 through 24, in conjunction with NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) in Atlanta, GA. The Conference will cover essential elements of the current business aviation tax, regulatory and risk management environment, including the Internal Revenue Service's new proposed regulations on the certain non-business uses of aircraft. Additional aviation tax, regulatory developments, insurance and employment issues will be discussed as they apply to flight departments, aircraft management companies, aircraft fractional programs and charter operators and brokers. To register and learn more about the Conference, visit:

Register Now for Post-Convention Workshops
NBAA's professional development offerings will continue even after NBAA2007 comes to a close. Those planning to attend the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention may register to participate in two post-Convention Workshops taking place on September 28 and 29: a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on employing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), and a Maintenance Manual Workshop. To register for NBAA2007 and post-Convention Workshops, visit:

Make Housing and Travel Reservations Online Now
NBAA2007 hotel rates have been negotiated by NBAA to give Attendees the lowest rates at official show hotels; no pre-payment for hotel reservations; immediate confirmations; the option to update or cancel hotel reservations online without fees or penalties; and descriptions, photos and maps to aid in choosing hotels. To make housing and travel reservations online, visit the NBAA2007 web site at:

Convention Sponsorships Still Available
Sponsorship opportunities at NBAA2007 offer exposure to hundreds of industry professionals. Several options for sponsorship still are available for this year's Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA, including networking receptions, Convention tote bags and "you are here" Convention floor displays. All sponsorships provide opportunities to display company messages and logos. To become a Sponsor, or to learn more, contact NBAA's Deb Hanson at

Last Call for Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Sponsors
Those interested in sponsoring the 2007 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship must notify NBAA by August 21. The scholarship, which is administered by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee, enables qualified candidates to attend the annual NBAA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX on February 27 and 28, 2008. The Conference promotes professional development and leadership skills for individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Since the program's inception three years ago, the scholarship has been granted to 15 individuals. This year's scholarship recipient will be announced on January 15, 2008. Potential Sponsors should contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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