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NBAA Update #07-39
Monday, September 24, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Commemorative Flight Arrives at NBAA Convention in Atlanta
On Saturday, September 22, NBAA welcomed a commemorative flight into Atlanta's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), near the site of the Association's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007). The flight, originating from New York (the site of NBAA's first meeting in 1947), was completed in a very light jet (VLJ) piloted by aviators representing business aviation's storied past, its modern-day present and its visionary future. "This commemorative flight represents several important milestones for NBAA, the state of Georgia and a number of our Member Companies," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are proud to recognize these achievements, starting with this flight, and continuing throughout this year's Convention." The NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention and related activities are being held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center and Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) from September 22 through 29. For more information, visit:

NBAA Lauds Senate, House Actions on FAA Modernization
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee approved the "American Infrastructure and Investment Act" that would raise funding from sources including an increase in general aviation fuel taxes to modernize the nation's aviation system as part of the multi-year funding process for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "NBAA commends Senators Baucus and Grassley and the other Finance Committee members for their efforts to modernize the aviation system by building upon the proven fuel tax," Bolen said. "We agree with the Senate Finance Committee that everyone should support NextGen, and the best way for general aviation to contribute is by paying at the pump." Earlier in the week, the House passed the "FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007" that includes fuel tax increases to finance the FAA and its Next Generation Air Traffic System, or "NextGen." Both would increase the fuel tax on general aviation turbine aircraft to 36 cents per gallon, up from 21.8 cents. "NBAA thanks the House of Representatives for passing this legislation to fully fund the FAA and make the transition to NextGen, while preserving the ultra-efficient, reliable and stable 'pay-at-the-pump' funding mechanism that has worked so well for so long," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. " Learn more at:

NBAA and More Than 500 Volunteers Build Aviation-Themed Playground for Atlanta Elementary School
In conjunction with NBAA2007, and in honor of NBAA's 60th anniversary and Georgia's centennial of flight, the Association yesterday joined KaBOOM!, The Home Depot, many Member Companies and the local community around Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) to build an aviation-themed playground at Fain Elementary School in Atlanta. The completed playground is 7,400 square feet – an area large enough to park 50 cars – and features two playground areas, an outdoor classroom with benches and chalkboards, an airplane-shaped sandbox and a community garden. More than 500 volunteers from the aviation and local communities participated in this effort. View the article and photos at:

NBAA2007 Attendees Urged to Take Advantage of NBAA Connect
NBAA is again offering NBAA Connect to help NBAA2007 Attendees identify and connect with the people, products and sessions that best address their individual needs and interests. Those already registered for NBAA2007 can access NBAA Connect to help navigate through more than one million square feet of floor space, over 1,100 exhibits and over 100 Information Sessions. Users can print out personalized schedules and floorplans to help make the most of NBAA2007. For more information, visit:

NBAA Will Offer Over 100 Information Sessions in Atlanta
NBAA2007 will offer Attendees a host of Information Sessions and Maintenance & Operations Sessions (M&Os) focusing on the latest developments and issues in the aviation industry. Industry experts will offer sessions in the areas of maintenance, tax, finance, insurance, operations (including ATC/airports, regulatory/technical, safety/security) and international business aviation policy. To review the complete Information Sessions program, visit:

Press Conference Schedule Announced for NBAA2007
The NBAA Press Room, sponsored by Cessna Aircraft Company, opened its doors today at the Georgia World Congress Center. In addition to media events being held in the official press conference rooms during the Convention, many companies will host press events at their exhibit booths or at the Static Display of Aircraft. To list a press event on the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention web site, contact Cassandra Bosco with details at, or review the list of currently scheduled press events at:

Supersonic Business Jet Panelists Announced
Panelists have been announced for the Supersonic Business Jet Panel Discussion being held on Wednesday, September 25 during NBAA2007. Participants on the panel include: Pres Henne of Gulfstream Aerospace; Robert Bass and Brian Barents or Richard Tracy of Aerion; and associates from SAI and Dassault. The session will be presented in Room C205 of the Georgia World Congress Center from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those unable to attend in person will be able to download the NBAA On-Demand Education podcast, to be posted on NBAA's web site following the Convention at:

Traffic Flow Management Learning Center
The Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Learning Center is an online repository for National Airspace System (NAS) customers to gain a better understanding of the FAA's traffic flow management practices. A section entitled "Materials for FAA Customers and non-SysOps Personnel" is located on the side menu of the FAA home page, and is a recommended source for more information on the NAS. The airspace flow program also is covered in depth, featuring a number of educational modules, along with other pertinent information affecting TFM. NBAA Members can access additional TFM information through the NBAA web site. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at, or visit the TFM Learning Center at:

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Regional News
Operators Requested to Use Transponder at Dulles
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the latest airport to add airport surface detection equipment, Model X (ASDE-X). Operators are requested to have the transponder on with Mode C while taxiing on all runways and taxiways. For more information on ASDE-X, visit:

Upcoming Runway Closure at Richmond International
Runway 16/34 at Richmond International Airport (RIC) will be closed for approximately four weeks beginning within the first 10 days of October. This closure is required in order to accommodate the complete removal of the aircraft arresting systems. Runway 20/02 will remain operational during the closure of Runway 16/34. Dates have not yet been determined, and operators are advised to check NOTAMs for exact timing. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at

Aviation Aerospace Education Expo Coming to White Plains
The Aviation Education Corporation will hold its 4th Annual Aviation Aerospace Education Expo on October 10 and 11 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) at Hangar W. The goal of this year's exposition is to spark the interest of middle and high school students in aviation-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Former astronaut Tom Henricks will be the keynote speaker. Students and visitors will have an opportunity to view several aircraft and helicopters and collect educational materials and aviation mementos. To register, or for more information, contact Hank Grudberg at, or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

PNBAA Meeting to Host Seattle Meeting on Oct. 11
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host a meeting on October 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle. Embraer will sponsor the event, and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Gene Clow at, or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

DC Group Will Hold Fundraiser to Benefit Charities
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 it. To sponsor this event, contact Paige Kroner at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or to register, visit the GWBAA web site at:

SFBAA Meeting and Fundraiser, Nov. 2
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host a meeting and fundraiser on November 2 to benefit charitable efforts in South Florida. The event is part of continuing efforts by the SFBAA to promote safety, provide education and grassroots advocacy and keep the South Florida business aviation community informed about issues affecting it. To sponsor this event, contact Tracy Gough at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit the SFBAA web site at:


NBAA Convention Just One Benefit of Membership
This week's NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), the world's biggest civil aviation trade show, is a unique opportunity for business aircraft operators to make side-by-side comparisons of aircraft and services and to network with their peers. However, the ability to participate in the show is just one of many benefits that NBAA Members enjoy. "NBAA literally provides something for everyone in business aviation – from single-aircraft operators to the largest flight departments and industry suppliers," says NBAA Vice President, Membership Connie Penne. "In short, NBAA helps business aviation succeed." Learn more at:

Visit NBAA Web Site All Week for Convention Highlights
NBAA's Convention News Bureau in Atlanta will provide on-site, online coverage of NBAA2007, taking place this week at the Georgia World Congress Center, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY). Throughout the show, the Association's home page at will feature stories and multimedia – including photos, webcams, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations – depicting the highlights of the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Watch the Convention as it unfolds by visiting the NBAA web site throughout the week at:

Daily Edition of NBAA Update to Be Published During NBAA2007
On each day of this week's NBAA Convention, the Association will publish a special edition of the NBAA Update – a free e-mail newsletter, which provides a synopsis of the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. The three special editions will feature Convention news, as well as information about the Association and upcoming events taking place at NBAA2007. Subscribe to the NBAA Update by visiting:

Golf Classic Raises More Than $40,000 for NBAA Charities
NBAA's 11th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament yesterday raised more than $40,000 for NBAA Charities, a charitable fund established to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community. A total of 260 golfers played at Stone Mountain Golf Club near Atlanta. "Thanks to the golfers and many generous sponsors, this year's Chairman's Charity Classic raised funds that will help NBAA Charities continue its support for a wide range of philanthropic organizations," said NBAA Vice President, Membership Connie Penne, who also serves as tournament director. To read the full press release, visit:

NBAA S&D Committee Announces Support for CARE
Corporate Aviation Responding to Emergencies (CARE) is a volunteer organization that coordinates immediate business aviation air support in times of national emergencies that merit private-sector intervention. CARE is working with NBAA, through its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee, to formally organize this effort. Committee members will be available to share more information at the NBAA Booth in Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center during NBAA2007. NBAA Members are invited to sign up for CARE. All forms must be submitted by October 31. For details, visit:

Revision 6 of Management Guide Now Available
The NBAA Management Guide, designed to assist existing flight departments with their operational and administrative requirements, and to provide overall guidance for operating a flight department, has released its latest edition. Considered by the industry as an essential operational reference, Revision 6 provides updates to the International Operations, Glossary and Membership Information sections. It will be shipped to operating Members in October, and is also available online. To review the updated Management Guide online, visit:

NBAA Redesigns Dispatch Web Site; October Issue Now Online
In 2007, NBAA redesigned its NBAA Dispatch newsletter to mark its 10th anniversary as a publication, and now the newsletter's web site has been updated to match its printed counterpart. The October 2007 issue, sponsored by AirBP, features a message from NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Jenny Showalter of Showalter Flying Service, who reveals special plans for the 19th and 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conferences to be held in 2008 and 2009, as well as news about NBAA's Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses, scholarships, regional group meetings and more. The printed issue is mailing to Members now. Review the latest issue of this valuable resource for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers online at:

Booth Selection Lottery Deadline for S&D Conference, Oct. 1
The booth selection lottery deadline for NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference is October 1. The Conference will be held next year from January 29 to February 1 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA. The event provides a forum for schedulers and dispatchers from across the industry to meet, network and share industry best practices. NBAA expects over 2,400 to attend the 2008 Conference, where a number of sessions will address current needs and issues for the profession. For more information, visit:

Deadline Approaching for S&D Scholarships
The deadline for Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships is next Friday, October 5. NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee offers scholarships through two separate, but related, programs that promote professional and career development for schedulers and dispatchers in business aviation. The Committee offers cash grants, which can be used for a variety of professional development initiatives. The programs offer a monetary award reserved for Canadian residents, along with a separate scholarship program that enables recipients to enroll in on-site training courses. For more information about these and other scholarships, and to download applications, 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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