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NBAA Update #07-38
Monday, September 17, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA2007 Opening General Session Only One Week Away
NBAA's biggest Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) yet kicks off next week on September 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters will begin the three-day event with a keynote address, followed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Hotel accommodations have sold out in advance, and more exhibit booth space than ever before has been reserved, making NBAA2007 the largest show ever produced. The 60th Annual Meeting & Convention also will celebrate several industry milestones and feature a Static Display of Aircraft at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY), various charity events and numerous Information Sessions. To register, or for more information, visit:

NBAA Board Chairman Emerick Issues Farewell Letter to Membership
In a letter to NBAA Members this week, Chairman of the Board Ken Emerick reflected upon some of the important developments that have taken place at the Association during his two-year tenure, which comes to a close on September 26. Emerick noted NBAA's successful and ongoing efforts to preserve and strengthen the Association's focus on safety, build on Member services, and represent and mobilize the business aviation community, particularly in response to critical user fee legislation. "Thanks in part to your efforts, support for our position continues to build in Congress," he wrote. "Everyone must get involved and stay involved, if our industry is to prevail in this ongoing battle." Review Emerick's full letter online at:

NBAA Troubled With Customs' Proposal for Private Aircraft Manifest Information
As NBAA has previously reported, the federal government recently moved to advance additional security rules for general aviation. Specifically, the U.S. Customs Service released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) requiring private aircraft to submit passenger and aircraft owner/operator information prior to departing from or arriving in the United States. Aircraft arriving from outside the U.S. currently must provide approximately 10 pieces of passenger information; the new proposal would require 34 pieces of information, submitted via an Internet portal for every aircraft. "While the general aviation community supports security enhancements, NBAA is troubled with the potential impact of this proposal, especially on small businesses," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We intend to convey this and other concerns to the agency, and we strongly encourage NBAA Members to do likewise." Customs has indicated that this proposal is Phase 1 of a multi-phase approach to securing U.S. borders and additional measures may be forthcoming. NBAA encourages Members to review the proposal and submit comments no later than November 17. For additional information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at, or to review the proposal, visit:

NBAA Submits Comments to IRS on Proposed Tax Regulations
Last week, NBAA submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in response to its proposed regulations on certain non-business uses of aircraft. 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's comments commended the IRS and Treasury Department for certain aspects of the proposed regulations, including an option to use a flight-by-flight analysis calculation, rather than the occupied-seat-hour or occupied-seat-mile method. NBAA also raised numerous concerns and urged the IRS to implement reasonable regulations that will be easily administered. To view NBAA's comments, visit:

Veterans Airlift to Receive Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership
NBAA has announced that the Veterans Airlift Command will be presented with the NBAA Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award in recognition of the organization's work to provide flights for wounded soldiers, veterans and their families. "The generosity of the aircraft owners, pilots and others affiliated with Veterans Airlift Command epitomizes the sense of community and service that NBAA recognizes with the Ueltschi Humanitarian Award," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The award will be presented at NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention, being held in Atlanta, GA from September 25 to 27. For more information, visit:

Over 500 Volunteers Enlisted to Help NBAA and KaBOOM! Build Atlanta Playground
In conjunction with NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention, the Association has partnered with national non-profit organization KaBOOM!, The Home Depot, several area businesses and the local community around Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) to build an aviation-themed playground at Fain Elementary School in Atlanta. Over 500 volunteers will be on-hand for KaBOOM!'s biggest park build ever on Sunday, September 23, and once completed, the park will cover 7,400 square feet – an area large enough to park 50 cars. The park also will feature an outdoor classroom with benches and chalkboards, an airplane-shaped sandbox and a community garden. For more information about this event and others taking place in conjunction with NBAA2007, visit the Convention web page at:

Chinese RVSM Implementation Likely
After a presentation to the International Civil Aviation Organization Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group, China has received full support to proceed with implementation of reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) on November 21. A final meeting of the RVSM task force and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will be held October 18 and 19, at which point a final determination will be made. A briefing on that determination will occur during the first week of November. Using historical data, the CAAC has established that its RVSM target levels of safety are well within required parameters. At this point, it appears that U.S. operators who are currently RVSM-approved will not need additional approvals, but will need to be familiar with the 300-meter environment that will be used in China. More information can be found on the NBAA CNS/ATM timeline at:

Sturgell Assumes Post as Acting FAA Administrator
Last week, Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Deputy Administrator Robert "Bobby" Sturgell assumed the position of acting administrator for the FAA following the conclusion of the five-year term served by Administrator Marion Blakey. Sturgell, who has held the deputy administrator's position since 2003, has experience as a military and commercial airline pilot. "Bobby has always had an open door to the business aviation community, and has been a welcome guest at several NBAA events in the U.S. and overseas," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA congratulates Bobby on his new position, and we look forward to a continued good working relationship with him."

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Regional News
NBAA2007 Regional Session to Focus on Grassroots Communication
NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) will feature a regional networking session, which will discuss the vital role grassroots participation plays in supporting the nation's aviation infrastructure, maintaining access to local airports and improving safety for all operations. NBAA's Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs, will open the session with an overview of NBAA's regional program and the importance of grassroots communication about issues such as user fees. The session also will cover NBAA's Access Committee and its efforts to enhance access and safety at local airports. The networking session will take place on September 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in room C205. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

RNAV SID to Be Implemented at Long Beach
On September 20, the SENIC ONE RNAV SID will be implemented from Long Beach Airport-Daugherty Field (LGB). All appropriately equipped aircraft departing Runway 30 and filed over Daggett (DAG), Thermal (TRM) or Imperial (IPL) VORs will be assigned this SID. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen

RNAV SID to Be Implemented at San Diego International
On September 20, the POGGI ONE RNAV SID will be implemented from San Diego International Airport (SAN). All appropriately equipped aircraft departing from Runway 27 and filed over Julian (JLI) or Imperial (IPL) VORs will be assigned this SID. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen at

Teterboro Users Group (TUG) to Host Meeting This Week
The Teterboro Users Group (TUG) will meet at 9:00 a.m. on September 20 at 90 Moonachie Avenue on Teterboro Executive Airport (TEB). Members will be introduced to the TEB noise abatement officer, as well as the new airport manager, who will replace the now retired Lanny Rider. Additional agenda items include a discussion about the facility's control tower and an update on airport construction. Members and non-members are invited to attend. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Make Plans to Attend Next Regional Forum in Oakland, CA
On November 8, the city of Oakland will host NBAA's next Regional Forum, which will feature approximately 30 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) management personnel will be available to answer questions on ATC policies and procedures in the Western region. The event also will feature a number of briefings catered specifically toward business aviation in the Oakland, CA area. The Regional Forum is one of a series hosted by NBAA across the country, designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. To learn more, visit:


NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference Nearly Sold Out
A limited number of seats remain for the highly anticipated NBAA 16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, which is expected to break attendance records from previous years. The Conference is designed to educate flight departments and their advisors on tax, regulatory and risk management issues at introductory and intermediate levels. Specific topics for discussion include aviation tax, regulatory, insurance and employment law issues pertaining to flight departments, aircraft management companies, aircraft fractional programs, charter operators, charter brokers and advisors to business aircraft owners and operators. To register online for this year's Conference, visit:

For Those Who Can't Attend, NBAA Announces On-Demand Tax Conference
NBAA is pleased to announce the Association's NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference will now be filmed and available in NBAA's suite of on-demand education offerings for the business aviation industry. Those wishing to participate in the Conference, but not able to attend in person, may purchase the on-demand version (streaming video from the Internet or video CD-ROM) to view the seminar online, anytime. In addition to video of each presenter, handout materials provided on-site will be available for download. Register to virtually attend the 16th Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference and view other on-demand education offerings on the NBAA web site by visiting:

Industry Leaders to Discuss PJs and VLJs at Annual Meeting & Convention
Personal jets (PJs) and very light jets (VLJs) have taken center stage among general aviation topics. Attendees at NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), to be held September 25 through 27 in Atlanta, GA, will be able to hear from industry leaders about the latest aircraft models and how they can be used in business aviation. The panel of speakers will feature a number of aircraft manufacturers, VLJ operators and experts on aviation infrastructure, and will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center on September 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn more about this panel and other events taking place during NBAA2007, review the program at:

Extensive Networking Opportunities Not to Be Missed
Next week's Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta will feature several opportunities for Attendees to meet and build relationships. Receptions and networking events include: Static Display Reception on September 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Schedulers & Dispatchers Networking Opportunity on September 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Networking Reception on September 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Local/Regional Business Aviation Associations Networking Session on September 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register for this year's Convention, or to review other program highlights, visit the NBAA2007 web site at:

PDP Info Session, Several Courses Offered at NBAA2007
NBAA's Professional Development Program was developed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments. This year's Annual Meeting & Convention will offer Attendees an introduction to the program, and continuing education for those already participating. On September 26, two presentations will provide an overview, and from September 23 through 29, several PDP Courses will be offered, including the Emergency Response Planning Workshop, Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop and the Human Factors in Business Aviation Workshop. To register for the Convention and related Workshops, visit:

Aviation Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Members of the GA Community
The General Aviation (GA) Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and aviation industry sponsors to annually recognize outstanding individuals in the fields of avionics, flight instruction and maintenance. In addition, the program recognizes outstanding individuals serving the FAA Safety Team as representatives. The awards highlight the important roles these individuals play in promoting aviation safety, education and professionalism. Winners will be recognized locally, regionally and nationally. National winners will be recognized in July during the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline for award submissions is September 30. To download the application, visit:

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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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