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NBAA Update #07-36
Monday, September 03, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Newspapers Publish NBAA Letters Highlighting GA Support for Aviation System Modernization
The Washington Post and USA Today last week published letters from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen highlighting the critical role businesses using general aviation aircraft play in rural economies, and the fact that the industry strongly supports legislation (H.R. 2881) to modernize the aviation system while preserving the ultra-efficient "pay-at-the- pump" mechanism for aviation system transformation. To read Bolen's full letters, visit:

NBAA Tells Newspaper Editorial Writers: No User Fees
In recent weeks, NBAA's Ed Bolen has met with a number of newspaper editorial boards across the country with a simple message: general aviation is ready to help pay for aviation system modernization – but the industry opposes onerous user fees and steep tax hikes just to pay for a tax break for the big airlines. "These editorialists write for newspapers located in states and congressional districts represented by legislators who are closely watching the user fee debate and need to hear our message," Bolen said. NBAA Members can send the same message by using the Association's Contact Congress resource, located at:

Bolen's NBAA Newsletter Column Provides User Fee Battle Update
The airlines have spent the summer accelerating their efforts to convince Congress to shift massive costs onto general aviation and impose a user fee system under the guise of modernizing the air traffic control (ATC) system, Bolen explains in the latest edition of NBAA's Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider. While NBAA continues to work with the entire GA community to oppose user fees in any form, the fight is far from over, Bolen adds, noting that with the fall legislative season at hand, every voice in the GA community will need to be heard on this critical issue. To review Bolen's newsletter column, visit:

Top FAA Safety Official to Speak at NBAA2007
NBAA is pleased to announce that Nick Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, will participate in NBAA's Meet the Regulators session during the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA, on September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sabatini will discuss safety issues facing the FAA and business aviation community. NBAA's Convention, ranked among the top 10 trade shows in the U.S. by Tradeshow Week 200 magazine, also will feature a Static Display of Aircraft at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY), several charity events and numerous sessions on topics ranging from very light jets to aircrew training. Register to attend by visiting:

NBAA to Honor Flying Safety Award Recipients at Convention
NBAA recently announced the recipients of the Association's 2007 Flying Safety Awards Program, who will be formally recognized during NBAA's Convention. "NBAA is pleased to recognize these businesses for their continuing commitment to the safety of flight, which is at the very foundation of our industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Established in 1953, the NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide recognition to the excellent safety record of business aviation. The awards provide NBAA Members with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. For more details, read the press release at:

Park Build in Atlanta to Be Biggest KaBOOM! Project Yet
KaBOOM! – a national non-profit that designs and orchestrates playground projects around the country – has reported that the aviation-themed playground it will build with NBAA at Fain Elementary School in Atlanta, GA will be its biggest ever. The organization has partnered with NBAA, The Home Depot and the local community around Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) to construct the park on Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with NBAA2007. Many local businesses also are lending their support but volunteers are still needed, and NBAA is calling on Members and volunteers to sign up. To become a volunteer, register online at:

CBP Issues Final Rule on Changes to APIS Filing Requirements
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a final rule implementing changes to the timeline for advance passenger information system (APIS) submissions for international commercial flights. The changes were originally proposed in a July 14, 2006, notice of proposed rulemaking. Currently, commercial operators must file APIS no later than 15 minutes after "wheels-up" departure. In the final rule, CBP defines "departure" as the securing of aircraft doors. Operators now have the following options for APIS filings: (1) "APIS 30" allows operators to submit passenger manifests in batch form through an interactive or non-interactive method no later than 30 minutes prior to securing aircraft doors for departure; (2) "APIS Interactive Quick Query" allows transmission of manifest information as each passenger checks in, up to, but no later than, the time aircraft doors are secured. For additional information, visit:

NBAA Marks Passing of Industry Veteran William T. Piper Jr.
NBAA extends condolences to the family of William T. Piper Jr., the general aviation veteran and esteemed founder of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Piper, who died at the age of 95, was a founding board member of GAMA in 1970 and received the association's Distinguished Service Award following his chairmanship in 1973. Piper joined the company founded by his father in 1934 and became president of Piper Aircraft in 1968. He served as that company's chairman from 1970 to 1973. He also was a strong supporter of the Piper Foundation, established to support educational, recreational and cultural projects and facilities that benefit public health. For more information, visit the GAMA web site at:

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Regional News
NBAA Engages in Santa Monica's Plan to Implement Runway Safety Area
The FAA has urged the city of Santa Monica to establish an EMAS on each runway end, which would increase safety but also decrease the total effective runway by 145 feet. Such an action would have a minimal impact on existing flight operations, but would enhance safety at the airport. The FAA presented its proposal on August 28 at a Santa Monica City Council meeting, where there was a community demonstration of about 200 people, including nearly 70 who were testifying for an airport restriction of turbine aircraft. The council rejected the FAA's proposal and recommended that other, more restrictive alternatives be pursued. NBAA is involved in discussions with FAA about the issue, and about how a significantly reduced airport infrastructure at Santa Monica would not be in the best interest of business aviation. Further details will be reported by NBAA as they become available. Learn more at:

Runways to Remain Open at Oregon's BDN, Construction Allowed at Night
Last week the Deschutes County Commission voted to repeal previous rulings to limit construction hours at Oregon's Bend Municipal Airport (BDN). Contractors will now be allowed to continue runway construction throughout the night, allowing daytime runway access. Airport hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until project completion, which is reportedly on schedule. The commission's decision came after intense efforts by NBAA and Members to address the issue with local operators, elected officials and the FAA Northwest Mountain Region. Questions or comments can be submitted to NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

SFBAA Meeting to Cover FAA Reauthorization and Regulatory Topics
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

Ohio Group Meeting at CMH in September
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a meeting at Lane Aviation, Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), on Wednesday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will focus on airport operational issues and airport funding. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to, or for more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

NESD Meeting Will Focus on Customs and Immigration
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers (NESD) will hold their quarterly group meeting on September 19 from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. in the IMS Health Hangar on Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut. Universal Weather and Aviation's Laura Everington will present on customs and immigration topics including: visa waiver program (VWP), advance passenger information system (APIS), master crew list (MCL), Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM), U.S. visitor and immigration status indicator technology (USVISIT), and the national security entry and exit registration system (NSEERS). The meeting is open to both NESD members and non-members. RSVP by September 12 to Dianne Tarantino at, or to NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NFBAA Meeting to Include Briefing on New Embraer Aircraft
On September 19, the North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will meet at 12:00 noon at the Sheltair FBO on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Featured speaker Clint Clouatre of Embraer will brief the group on the new Embraer Executive Jets and the Phenom 100 VLJ. To RSVP, contact Pat Mulvihill at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

GWBAA to Host Charity Fundraiser, Oct. 15
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will host a fundraiser on October 15 to benefit charitable efforts in the Washington, DC area. The event is part of ongoing efforts by the GWBAA to promote safety, provide education and grassroots advocacy, and keep the DC-area business aviation community informed about issues affecting the industry. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or to register, visit the GWBAA web site at:


NBAA2007 Program to Feature 16th Annual Tax Conference and Other Highlights
NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) will host numerous educational sessions, including the highly anticipated 16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference. This two-day event, taking place on September 23 and 24, will provide flight department personnel and their advisors a basis for understanding how various tax laws and aviation regulations apply to business aircraft operations. Other program highlights include the NBAA Information Sessions Networking Reception, Security Council Meeting and several Committee meetings. To view the complete NBAA2007 program, visit:

3rd Annual Silent Auction Benefits NBAA Charities, Features Aviation Collector Items
Attendees at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta are invited to take part in the 3rd Annual Silent Auction, benefiting NBAA Charities. Auction items will be on display for bidding at the Georgia World Congress Center from September 24 to 26. All proceeds will support NBAA Charities, which aids schools, civic, cultural and healthcare organizations in the United States and abroad. To learn more about the 3rd Annual Silent Auction and other NBAA Charities events, visit the Convention web site at:

NBAA2007 Attendees Urged to Take Advantage of NBAA Connect
NBAA is again offering NBAA Connect to help Attendees at NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention identify and connect with the people, products and sessions that best address their individual needs and interests. Those already registered for NBAA2007 can now access NBAA Connect, where users can print out personalized schedules and floorplans to help make the most of the NBAA2007 experience. For more information about this valuable service, and to register for NBAA2007, visit:

Applications Now Available for Maintenance TRACS Scholarship
Applications are now available online for NBAA's Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS). The scholarship, managed by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive initial technician training courses for several aircraft models. Maintenance TRACS also provides scholarship courses for aircraft, engines avionics and professional development. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2008. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2008 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference to be held April 15 to 17 in Daytona Beach, FL. To learn more, and to apply, visit:

SPDP Courses Announced for 2008 S&D Conference
NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be held next year from January 29 to February 1 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA. The 2008 Conference will feature five Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses, a number of breakout sessions and extensive networking opportunities. SPDP Courses offered at next year's Conference include: International Scheduling; Weather and Aircraft Performance; Resource Management for Aviation Leaders; Aviation Security for the Business Aviation Flight Department; and Building a High Performance Flight Department Team. For more information, visit:

NBAA Labor Day Office Closure
The Association's offices are closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
11th Annual 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

PDP Course: Human Factors in Business Aviation
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

PDP Course: Mastering Communication Skills
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Inspection Authorization (IA) Renewal Course
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

SPDP Course: International Scheduling
November 9, 2007, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Weather and Aircraft Performance
January 28, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Resource Management for Aviation Leaders
January 28–29, 2008, Savannah, GA

19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 29–February 1, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Aviation Security for the Business Aviation Flight Department
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Building a Higher Performance Flight Department Team
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

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