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NBAA Update #07-42
Monday, October 15, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Comments on FAA Charter Revocation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said a recent decision by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to revoke AMI Jet Charter's air carrier certificate should be viewed as a "wake-up call" to all charter providers. "This significant action was taken against a company that is among the most highly regarded charter providers in the country," Bolen said. The FAA's action comes as part of an ongoing review of all U.S. charter operators to ensure compliance in "operational control," a term describing the systems and procedures involved in the safe and legal operation of chartered (FAR Part 135) aircraft. To read more about NBAA's comments, visit:

NBAA Offers New Operational Control Audit Checklist
The FAA's significant focus on the on-demand charter industry has led some in the industry to question how to determine if any particular flight meets the specific regulatory requirements for operational control. NBAA has created a compliance checklist that identifies areas of importance and focus for the FAA and can be used by Part 135 air carriers as a quick means to audit a flight or series of flights to verify, or identify gaps in, compliance with regulations and OpSpec A008. The checklist is provided for NBAA Members in both a PDF format and a customizable Word format. To download the list, and other compliance resources, visit:

NBAA Hosts Chinese Delegation
Last week at its Washington, DC headquarters, NBAA hosted representatives from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), who were visiting the country to learn more about U.S. general aviation regulations and practices as they develop their own set of civil aviation regulations for China. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was joined by General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce in welcoming Vice Minister Li Jian and other CAAC officials. Separately, NBAA's GA Desk staff also briefed the CAAC delegation at the FAA's ATC System Command Center. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at

FAA to Host NOTAM Realignment Meeting This Week
The FAA's Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Group will host a NOTAM realignment town hall meeting on October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at FAA headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting will provide an update on plans to improve and implement changes to the NOTAM services, and an opportunity for users to ask questions. The meeting is open to anyone, but seating is limited and registration is required. Those wishing to attend should send name, organization, title, phone number and e-mail address to FAA's Kimberly Middleton at An web-based conference also will be available. For more information, contact NBAA's Ernie Stellings at; details about the online conference will be announced when available. Download a PowerPoint background presentation on the NOTAM realignment project at:

Online NBAA Member Resource for Legal and Tax Planning
Launching a company flight department should be a carefully planned, thoroughly researched process. To navigate this process, NBAA is offering an updated online Member resource, titled "A Primer for the New Flight Department: The ABCs of Legal and Tax Planning." The document examines FAA, IRS, SEC, state, employment and risk management issues that flight department managers need to be aware of to ensure successful and effective flight operations. Download the resource in PDF format at:

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Regional News
NBAA to Host Business Aviation Regional Forum in California
NBAA will visit Oakland, CA, on Thursday, November 8, when it hosts a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Oakland International Airport (OAK). This event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 30 static aircraft and hundreds of Attendees. Sessions will be held on the top issues facing business aviation today, with a special focus on issues including aircraft transactions and airport conflicts with municipalities. In addition, NBAA GA Desk and FAA representatives will be on hand to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Northern California region. Subsequent Regional Forums will be held March 27 in San Antonio, TX, April 24 in Las Vegas and June 26 in Dayton, OH. For details about the Oakland event or to register, visit:

FAA to Hold Denver Customer Forum, Oct. 22
The Denver Air Traffic Control Tower, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) and Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) will present a customer forum on October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will discuss the development process for area navigation (RNAV)/vertical navigation (VNAV) arrival and departure procedures for Denver International Airport (DEN), Centennial Airport (APA), Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Front Range Airport (FTG), Buckley Air Force Base (BKF) and the outlying airports in the Denver area. Also to be discussed will be the Denver ARTCC ski country airport operations. The meeting will be held in the DEN press room, located on the 6th floor of the terminal building near the northwest corner. RSVP as soon as possible by e-mail to FAA's Jeff Tichenor at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Austin Hearing on State of General Aviation, Oct. 24
The Austin Airport Advisory Commission established a general aviation subcommittee to study the state of general aviation at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas. The subcommittee will hold a public hearing on issues that could shape the future of business aviation at the airport. The hearing will be held on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Austin aviation building, 2716 Spirit of Texas Dr., located on the north side of AUS. Participants will include all major aviation interests in the area and state. The meeting is open to the public and no RSVP is required. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

FAA to Hold Houston Customer Focus Meeting, Oct. 30
The FAA's Houston ARTCC and TRACON will hold a customer focus meeting October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Houston Fire Department Training Facility located at 8030 Braniff Ave. adjacent to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The meeting will include an overview of Houston area operations, airspace flow programs, Hobby airport arrival and departure configurations and many other pressing airspace issues. Tours of both Hobby Tower and the Houston Fire Department Training Facility will be available following the meeting. To attend, RSVP by Wednesday, October 24 to Lisa Smalley at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

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NBAA Seeks Experts to Enhance Aviation Employment Resources
Business aircraft owners and operators are increasingly aware of regulatory and tax implications associated with aviation employment (e.g., maintenance technicians, pilots, flight attendants, management personnel and independent contractors). NBAA is enhancing its resources in this arena, and volunteer opportunities exist for employment specialists to become engaged in this important initiative. The focus of the efforts may include legal and regulatory matters related to employment under the purview of the U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and state agencies (e.g., workers' compensation, contract employees, overtime regulations, drug/alcohol testing, age and other discrimination matters). If you have aviation employment expertise and an interest in volunteering, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

Call for Speakers: 2008 Regional Forums
NBAA's 2008 Business Aviation Regional Forum locations and dates have been announced. Each Regional Forum brings business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel together for a one-day event of educational sessions. NBAA Members are encouraged to submit speaking proposals by October 31 for relevant and timely 45-minute training sessions to be conducted during the Regional Forums. Topics covering safety, flight department management, regulatory, tax and other operational best practices are of significant interest. To download the request for speakers, visit:

SPDP Courses at 2008 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, to be held from January 29 to February 1, 2008, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Georgia, will be held in conjunction with five Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses on January 28 and 29. NBAA and its S&D Committee introduced the SPDP in 2001 as a way to provide improved training options for schedulers and dispatchers, and credit earned for courses is applicable toward NBAA's main Professional Development Program. The January SPDP Courses will focus on aviation safety, resource management, weather and aircraft performance, high-performance teams and international scheduling. Learn more at:

Save the Date for 2008 Leadership Conference
NBAA's 2008 Leadership Conference will be held February 27 and 28 in San Antonio, TX. Offering many educational sessions and networking opportunities, the annual event is designed for members of the business aviation community who wish to hone their management and leadership skills. The full 2008 program is still being planned, but an agenda preview is now available on the NBAA web site. For more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at, or visit:

EBACE Returns to Geneva Next May
The 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) will return to Geneva PALEXPO and Geneva International Airport from May 20 to 22, 2008. EBACE is the preeminent forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. The event will feature over 350 Exhibitors and nearly 12,000 Attendees. The Exhibitor Prospectus for EBACE2008 was distributed to Exhibitors at NBAA2007 and will be mailed later this month. Review the results of EBACE2007 online at:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

3rd Annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2008)
February 14, 2008, Hong Kong

Regulatory Hot Topics Seminar
February 22, 2008, Fort Lauderdale, FL

PDP Course: Flight Department Finance and Budget Accounting
February 26, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Leadership Conference
February 27 – 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
February 29, 2008, San Antonio, TX

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