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NBAA Update #07-35
Monday, August 27, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Sets Media Straight on Airline Delays and User Fees
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently responded to a story last week by the Associated Press inferring that general aviation (GA) has any relation to this summer's record airline delays. Bolen's letter to newspaper editors points out that data from the Department of Transportation shows that most delays are caused by weather and the airlines' own scheduling practices, and also stresses business aviation's support for a proposal in the House of Representatives for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and system modernization – a position that the AP article ignores. Read the full letter at:

NBAA Calls for Prompt Nomination of FAA Administrator
Last week, NBAA with other industry organizations signed a letter to President Bush calling for the timely nomination of the FAA's next administrator, stating, "Our nation cannot afford a recess appointee as we face the time-critical challenge of modernizing our nation's aviation infrastructure." Current FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will leave office in September when her term expires. Signatories to the letter, which include a number of general aviation organizations, urge Bush to act quickly and appoint a new administrator for a five-year term to allow the new appointee to "begin the urgent task of modernizing our aviation infrastructure." To read the letter, visit:

NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention Only Four Weeks Away
From September 25 to 27, NBAA will celebrate its 60th anniversary, Georgia's centennial of flight and several other industry milestones at its Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) in Atlanta, GA. The Convention, ranked among the top 10 trade shows in the U.S. by Tradeshow Week 200 magazine, will bring together a global community of aircraft manufacturers, new business aircraft firms, avionics firms, handling organizations, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and previously titled aircraft resellers. In addition to the Static Display of Aircraft at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY), NBAA2007 will feature charity events and numerous information sessions on topics ranging from very light jets to aircrew training. Register to attend by visiting:

NBAA's Highest Honors to Be Given at NBAA2007
On Tuesday, September 25, NBAA will award several business aviation leaders and professionals with the Association's highest honors. Bryan Moss, president emeritus of Gulfstream, will receive the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award for industry contributions, and Patrick Epps, founder of Epps Aviation, will receive the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award for lifelong achievement in business aviation. Rick Hale, president and CEO, Winner Aviation, and Richard Shine, CEO, Manitoba Recycling, will be presented with the American Spirit Award for their support of business aviation and NBAA. The 2007 NBAA Flying Safety Award recipients also will be recognized en masse for their exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. To learn more about the awards being presented, visit:

FAA Releases InFO Message on Taxi Clearances
The FAA has released an Information for Operators (InFO) message to clarify taxi clearance procedures and regulations. According to the new InFO, runway incursions remain among the most persistent hazards in civil aviation, which means it is essential for pilots to have a clear understanding of every taxi clearance they receive. To assist pilots, this InFO provides examples of common taxi clearances and the applicable FAA regulations. The FAA recommends that pilots, trainers and directors of safety review this information and update standard operating procedures and training as needed. To view the InFO message, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Notifications on Helicopter Noise, No-Fly Area Requests in NY Area
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) has notified NBAA of several noise-related requests. The Town of Easthampton Airport (HTO) reports complaints about helicopters flying at low altitudes and requests operators maintain a minimum of 3,000 feet until over the airport boundary. In North Haven, NY, a new waypoint called "Ferry" is being established to address additional concerns. The waypoint is located east of the ferry channel between North Haven and Shelter Island at N and W Lastly, ERHC has received requests that helicopter operators avoid flying over the Delacorte Theater (Central Park and 81st St. on the west side of Central Park) during performances from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every evening until September 9; then from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from September 19 through 30. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Western Michigan Business Aviation Association Awards Scholarships
The Western Michigan Business Aviation Association (WMBAA), in partnership with FlightSafety International, offers a scholarship program to support students enrolled in aviation programs at Western Michigan colleges. During its recent membership event, WMBAA presented three monetary awards valued at $4,000 each and two FlightSafety Citation Bravo Initial SIC Training awards to a total of five Michigan students interested in business aviation careers. For more information about WMBAA activities, or how to start a regional scholarship program, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

NOBAA to Meet in Cleveland, Aug. 31
The Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association (NOBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, August 31, at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) Terminal Building from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Robert Agostino, director of Bombardier Flight Operations, will discuss general baseline safety concepts; Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell General Aviation, will present an industry outlook; and David Ivey, president of the Wilson Air FBO chain, will give a talk on achieving excellence. Luncheon sponsor Bombardier Business Aircraft will have two aircraft on static display. RSVP by August 28 to For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

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

St. Louis Regional Group Meeting Next Month
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will meet on Friday, September 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tim Shegitz, district manager, ATC/FAA will discuss ATC issues and flight delays, and Wayne Hundsdorfer, director of business aviation accounts for SatCom Direct, will give a presentation on satellite communications for swift broadband. The meeting will be held at Syberg's on Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO. The GSLBAA requests a $15 donation at the door for members, and $20 for non-members. Reservations must be made by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 5. For reservations, contact Bev at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Baldwin Aviation

New Maintenance Newsletter Issue Now Online
The latest issue of NBAA Quick Turns will soon be mailed to Members, and in the meantime, they can review the issue's contents online. With this issue, the newsletter transitions from e-mail to printed format and features a fresh new look. Go online now to review a message from NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Janaitis of IBM Flight Operations, as well as 2008 Maintenance Management Conference details, a list of maintenance-related sessions at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta this September, scholarship news and more. Visit the NBAA Quick Turns web site at:

Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Application Now Online
In cooperation with sponsors Pentastar Aviation LLC, Summit Solutions LLC and The VanAllen Group, the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee offers the 2008 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference, which will be held from February 27 to 28, 2008, in San Antonio, TX. Attendance at the NBAA Leadership Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Those who currently work in the business aviation industry or attend a university-level aviation program and who meet the scholarship requirements are encouraged to apply. Learn more about this and other NBAA scholarships and download applications online at:

Local Businesses Join NBAA to Build Atlanta Playground: Volunteers Needed
In conjunction with the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), and in honor of NBAA's 60th anniversary and Georgia's centennial of flight, the Association has partnered with The Home Depot, KaBOOM! and the local community around Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) to build an aviation-themed playground at Fain Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. Several area businesses are lending their support: Waffle House will provide breakfast, Coca-Cola will have beverages on-hand throughout the day and Ted's Montana Grill will serve lunch. Dassault Falcon Jet, Starbucks and Wal-Mart also are sponsoring the one-day event scheduled for Sunday, September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Park Build will require 500 people and NBAA is calling on Members and volunteers to sign up. To be a volunteer, register online at:

NBAA Charities Benefit Gala Almost Sold Out
Tickets are limited and almost sold out for this year's NBAA Charities Benefit Gala, featuring entertainment by Huey Lewis and the News and the 3rd Annual Live Auction, with proceeds benefiting NBAA Charities – a fund established to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community. The NBAA Charities Benefit Gala will be held Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center. Reserve tickets now at:

Attend NBAA2007 Virtually Through Online News Bureau
For those who aren't able to attend this year's Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA this September, NBAA will make Association news available as it happens. The online news bureau will be updated frequently so that Members, reporters and editors can access up-to-date articles, photos, podcasts and more. Visit the NBAA2007 Online News Bureau during the Convention at:

11th Annual Charity Classic Still Open for Players and Sponsors
Registration still is open for NBAA's Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament, which has raised nearly $350,000 for various charitable organizations since its inception in 1997. This year the event will benefit NBAA Charities, a fund established to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community. The Classic will take place at Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, GA on Sunday, September 23, in conjunction with NBAA2007. The tournament is expected to draw nearly 300 participants. Sponsorship opportunities are available for contest prizes, breakfast, eagle and birdie and more. To register as a player or to sponsor this event, visit:

NBAA Announces 2008 Regional Forum Schedule
NBAA has announced the dates and locations for the 2008 Business Aviation Regional Forums. The Association provides several Business Aviation Regional Forums each year to bring business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel together for one-day events at some of the best airports and FBOs around the world. The 2008 forum lineup includes: Hong Kong, February 14; San Antonio, TX, March 27; Las Vegas, NV, April 24; Dayton, OH, June 26; and Bedford, MA, September 10. For more information on NBAA's Regional Forums, visit:

Build a Park

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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