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NBAA Update #07-37
Monday, September 10, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Chertoff Reaffirms DHS Focus on GA Security; NBAA Working With Agency, Keeping Members Apprised
As NBAA has previously indicated, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff confirmed with a House Security Committee last week that the DHS and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are reviewing new security protocols for general aviation (GA). According to the Washington Post, "a proposed new rule would strengthen passenger screening requirements for private aircraft entering and leaving the United States." NBAA will ensure that Members have sufficient notice to provide feedback on this and other proposals before requirements are finalized. The latest issue of NBAA's Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider, reports on NBAA's work on this issue with DHS and TSA officials. To read the article, visit:

New Ethics Reform Law to Affect Use of Private Aircraft
Last week, Congress sent the President legislation that will enact major reforms to current ethics laws. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (S.1) was passed by both the House and Senate just prior to the recent congressional recess. This measure will make a number of major changes to ethics laws and regulations governing members of Congress and their staffs, including use of private aircraft. The law will also impose new public disclosure requirements on registered lobbyists and the companies they represent. The President is expected to sign the bill into law once it is received at the White House. To review details about the legislation, visit:

NBAA to Honor Rick Hale, Richard Shine With American Spirit Awards
NBAA has announced the recipients of its 2007 American Spirit Award, which recognizes individuals within the business aviation industry who exemplify excellence and service to others. Rick Hale, president and CEO of NBAA Member Company Winner Aviation, and Richard Shine, CEO of NBAA Member Company Manitoba Recycling, will receive the awards for representing business aviation before Congress. "NBAA is honored to recognize Rick Hale and Richard Shine for illustrating for members of Congress what business aviation is all about and for explaining to Congress the real impact of user fees on small and mid-sized businesses across the country," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. NBAA will present the awards later this month during the 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA. To read more about the award and this year's recipients, visit:

Convention Housing and Exhibit Space Sells Out Making NBAA2007 Biggest Yet
Housing and exhibit space for NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) has officially sold out. Atlanta-area accommodations report 41,300 reservations have been made around the Convention dates from September 25 to 27. Although it is too early to confirm attendance numbers, the record-breaking reservation count indicates that this year's event may be the most attended yet. In addition, more booth space has been purchased than ever before, making NBAA2007 the Association's largest production in history. NBAA housing and travel resources are still available however to help Attendees find last-minute openings, or to arrange transportation to and from the airport. To register for this year's Convention, or for more information about travel and lodging, visit:

Comments Due From Business Aircraft Owners on IRS Proposed Regulations
The proposed regulations on certain non-business uses of aircraft published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this summer are now open for comments, due September 13. The proposed regulations follow IRS Notice 2005-45, which provided guidance for taxpayers on compliance with a provision of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, limiting deductions a company can take for certain non-business uses of aircraft. NBAA will submit comments and encourages companies that may be affected by the proposal to do so as well. The proposed regulations and their impact on business aircraft owners will be discussed in detail at the 16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference in Atlanta from September 23 to 24. The proposed regulations are available online at:

New Passport Requirement to Begin Oct. 1
A provision allowing Americans with pending passport applications to travel between the U.S. and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda expires on September 30. As a result, beginning October 1, all passengers and crew will be required to carry a passport when traveling by air between the U.S. and any other country. More information is available on the U.S. State Department web site at:

GEELA ONE RNAV STAR to Be Implemented at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
On September 13, the GEELA ONE (RNAV) STAR will be implemented at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Once in place, all qualified aircraft flying over Blythe (BLH) VOR or MOHAK waypoint for landing at PHX will be assigned the GEELA STAR, regardless of the STAR filed. Two waypoints, SLNT and CHESE, which are listed on the STAR's chart, are not listed in the FMS databases of some aircraft; however, these waypoints are listed for a future runway transition when landing to the east, and will not be assigned by ATC. Operators should confirm that TESLE waypoint is included in any aircraft's FMS database, as it may be used when the airport is landing to the east. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen at

CBP Southern Border Overflight Regulations Being Enforced
NBAA has become aware that some Part 91 operators have tried to bring aircraft into the U.S., utilizing a U.S. Customs overflight exemption, without approved passengers onboard. Some of these operators have tried to re-designate crewmembers as passengers, which is illegal. Customs regulation 19 CFR 122.25(c)(7) clearly states, "An approved passenger must be on board for the overflight exemption to be used." The law forbids listing a crewmember as a passenger on any flight, even if that person is not functioning as a crewmember on that specific flight. Operators who are found to be in violation of these rules can be subject to significant monetary fines and revocation of their overflight permits. NBAA recommends Members follow the regulations in order to avoid penalties. For additional information, visit the NBAA web site at:

FAA Releases Operational Control Special Emphasis Inspection Notice
The FAA is conducting special emphasis inspections to ensure continued compliance with the operational control requirements of 14 CFR Parts 119 and 135. FAA Notice 8900.16 establishes and prescribes the scope, detail and content of the inspection, which is required for all Part 135 certificate holders between July 1 and December 31. A PowerPoint presentation summarizing standards required of Part 135 operators is available online. Operational control requirements also will be presented at NBAA's 16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference on September 23 and 24 in Atlanta. For more information about the notice, and to view the PowerPoint, visit:

Termination of 121.5 MHz ELT Distress Signal Processing
On February 1, 2009, the International Cospas-Sarsat Organization (U.S. included) will terminate processing of distress signals emitted by 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). Pilots flying aircraft equipped with 121.5 MHz ELTs after that date will have to depend on pilots of overflying aircraft and/or ground stations monitoring 121.5 MHz to report distress alert signals transmitted from a possible crash site. For further information visit:

2007 Compensation & Benchmark Survey Results Now Available
Results are now available for the 2007 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey. Data was compiled from 866 aviation departments that provided compensation data for 4,635 employees. Online access to the survey results is available at no cost to survey participants. NBAA Member Representatives who did not participate in the survey may purchase online access to survey results for $75 and hard copies for $150. Survey results are not available to non-Members. For more information, visit:

NBAA Air Mail Service Now Faster, More Reliable
Air Mail, NBAA's highly popular series of e-mail discussion lists, has been moved to new servers to improve delivery speed and reliability. Air Mail was first established in 1997 to facilitate the collaboration and discussion on topics of interest to business aircraft operators. For more information on Air Mail, or to subscribe, visit:

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Regional News
Long Island Quarterly Meeting and Dinner Scheduled
On September 11, the Long Island Business Aviation Association's (LIBAA) quarterly meeting will take place at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant on Republic Airport (FRG). The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature Martin Holly, executive director of the National Aviation Technology Center, who will discuss building the aerospace industry's future workforce. Both members and non-members are invited, and a contribution of $45 is requested for those who wish to have dinner. Contact Doris Giambruno at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at for more details.

APSI Hosts Summer Lunch Meeting This Week
Aviation Professionals Sharing Ideas (APSI) will hold its summer lunch meeting this week on September 14 at 11:00 a.m. The event will be held at Jet Aviation on Teterboro Airport (TEB) and will feature David Rimmer, senior vice president of ExcelAire. Rimmer will speak about his experience as a passenger aboard the Embraer Legacy involved in a mid-air collision with a Brazilian 737. RSVP to or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Tri-State Area Dispatchers and Schedulers to Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Tri-State Area Dispatchers and Schedulers (TADS) will hold its quarterly meeting at the Pfizer facility located at Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN) on September 18 at 5:00 p.m. A representative from Professional Flight Management will discuss how specific changes in technology are making the industry safer and more efficient. RSVP to Sharon Martin at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Florida Group to Meet at JAX, Sept. 19
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 Fundraiser Oct. 15 to Benefit Local Charities
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will host a fundraiser on October 15 to benefit charitable efforts in the Washington, DC area. This 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 them. To sponsor this event, contact Paige Kroner at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at To register, visit the GWBAA web site at:


Attend NBAA2007 Virtually Through Online News Bureau
For those unable to attend this month's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) in Atlanta, GA, 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:

Limited Seats Available for NBAA Charities Benefit Gala
Tickets are nearly 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. To view Live Auction items or reserve tickets, visit the NBAA Charities Benefit Gala web site at:

Local Businesses Lend Support, Volunteers Still Needed for Park Build
In conjunction with the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA, 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. The Park Build is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many local businesses are lending their support but volunteers are still needed. To become a volunteer, visit:

Voting Members Urged to Participate in Board Elections
NBAA mailed a notice of its Annual Meeting with both a proxy statement and a proxy addendum to its Voting Members in August. These documents announced the five candidates nominated by the NBAA Nominating Committee for upcoming Board of Director terms. All representatives of Voting Members are urged to vote at the Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, September 26, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. NBAA reminds each Member Representative to execute and return the proxy and proxy addendum promptly, whether or not they plan to attend the Annual Meeting. To review descriptions about each candidate, Members may visit:

Call for Speakers: 2008 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums
NBAA is pleased to announce a call for speakers for NBAA's 2008 Business Aviation Regional Forums. The forums, held throughout the U.S. and in Hong Kong, will include valuable educational sessions on current industry topics. Presentations are encouraged to discuss a variety of business aircraft ownership and operational topics such as safety, security, management and tax/regulatory issues. Speaking proposals are due to NBAA by October 31. A Call for Speakers form, which includes the dates and locations of the 2008 Regional Forums, is posted on the NBAA web site at:

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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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