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NBAA Update #07-50
Monday, December 10, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Sen. Hutchison as New Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member
Last week, NBAA welcomed news that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will serve as the new ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over a wide range of aviation issues including the multi-year reauthorization process for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), currently under consideration by Congress and focused on transforming the nation's aviation system to one based on "Next Generation" satellite technology. "We are pleased to learn that Senator Hutchison will be serving as the ranking member of the Aviation Subcommittee," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The senator is very knowledgeable on aviation issues and has an in-depth understanding of general aviation." To read the full press release, visit:

NBAA Voices Concern About CBP Proposal for General Aviation
NBAA has written U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to express concern about the agency's proposal requiring pilots to file passenger manifests exclusively through a designated CBP Internet site before crossing the U.S. border. "The U.S. often takes for granted the wide availability of a reliable connection to the Internet," NBAA's letter states. But, "in most parts of the world, Internet availability is a scarce resource and difficult to secure." The letter notes that business aircraft are often used to travel to remote parts of the world, precisely because such locations have little or no other reliable means of connecting people – whether through the Internet or otherwise. The Association's letter cited several other concerns about the CBP proposal. Download NBAA's comments in PDF format at:

FAA Announces New Takeoff/Landing Performance Assessment ARC
Last week, the FAA published the long-awaited announcement of the formation of a Takeoff/Landing Performance Assessment Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which was formed primarily as a result of a Southwest Airlines crash at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) nearly two years ago. The new ARC will review regulations affecting certification and operation of airplanes and airports for takeoffs and landings on runways contaminated by snow, slush, ice, or standing water and provide advice and recommendations to the FAA. In 2005, NBAA successfully contended that an FAA effort to mandate that operators add 15 percent to their landing distance when landing on contaminated runways lacked the benefit of federal safety analysis on the impact of the proposed mandate. NBAA will submit a request to participate on the ARC in the coming weeks. For more information and to participate, visit:

New NBAA Traffic Flow Management Resource Available to Members
NBAA has developed a new online resource designed to educate Members about traffic flow management (TFM). TFM is a function of air traffic control, which manages the flow of air traffic in the National Airspace System based on capacity and demand. During inclement weather or high volume events, traffic management specialists utilize ground delay programs, ground stops, airspace flow programs and other tools to manage the flow of traffic. NBAA is providing the TFM resource to help Members better understand these tools and how flights may be affected, allowing them to operate more efficiently, be more proactive in minimizing delays and provide more accurate information to their passengers. To view the resource, visit:

NBAA Asks Members to Respond to Hudson Bay Airspace Survey
NavCanada has budgeted $10 million to implement ADS-B in the Hudson Bay Region Airspace, which is currently transited by 35,000 flights per year. The program is scheduled to begin in November 2008, and will provide surveillance and communications in 250,000 square nautical miles of airspace not presently covered by radar or VHF communications. To assist NavCanada in its efforts to accommodate all classes of users, NBAA has created a one-question survey asking Members who frequently transit this airspace at which altitudes they normally operate. The deadline for responses is December 16. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or take the survey at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Flight Considerations for Super Bowl in Phoenix, AZ
Traffic management initiatives are underway for Super Bowl XLII, which will take place on February 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The increased demand for both commercial and general aviation operations will be handled with enroute spacing, ground delay or airspace flow programs rather than special traffic management program (STMP) slot reservations. Additional events are set to take place during the week of January 31 through February 4 in the Phoenix area, and local airports are making preparations; however, it is anticipated that parking may still be a challenge. A temporary flight restriction has been published, and a notice to airmen (NOTAM) will be published soon. Those planning to operate in the Phoenix area during this time should contact their fixed base operator of choice as early as possible to be briefed on parking initiatives. For more information, contact NBAA's Sue Ashley at, or view the 2008 Super Bowl Pilot Guide, published by Scottsdale Airport (SDL) at:

New RNAV SIDs for Tampa International Coming Soon
New area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departures (SIDs) for Tampa International Airport (TPA) will be published on December 20 and go into effect on January 8. Crews of aircraft with equipment suffixes of /EGRJLQ departing TPA should plan to file the ENDED SID (CTY or SZW transition) or the BAYPO SID (AMG or DUNKN transition) as appropriate on or after January 8. Flightcrews should check the latest NOTAMs when planning flight operations in the Tampa area during this time. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

New RNAV STARs for Orlando to Be Published This Month
New RNAV standard terminal arrival routes (STARs) for the Orlando area will be published on December 20 and implemented on January 8. Aircraft with equipment suffixes of /EGRJLQ should plan to file the appropriate STAR (COSTR, CWRLD, PIGLT, BUGGZ and BARIN) on or after January 8. These STARs, however, all do not serve the same airports. COSTR serves Orlando International Airport (MCO) only, and CWRLD serves MCO, Orlando Executive (ORL), Kissimmee Gateway (ISM) and Orlando Sanford International (SFB) Airports. (Note: OMN transition MCO and ISM only.) PIGLT serves MCO and ORL; ISM and BUGGZ serve MCO; and BARIN serves MCO, ORL, ISM, SFB and LEE. Flightcrews should check the latest NOTAMs when planning operations in the Orlando area during this time. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Kansas City Group Will Meet This Week
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on Thursday, December 13 on Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) at Hangar 3 at 200 Richards Road. A representative from the FAA Kansas City Aircraft Evaluation Group will present an overview of Master Minimum Equipment List Policy Letter PL-116 regarding non-essential equipment and furnishings. In addition, Mike Roper of the Kansas City Aviation Department will discuss winter operations at the downtown airport. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program. The cost to attend is $5. RSVP no later than Tuesday, December 11 to KCBAA's Katie Gieszelmann at or Don Forman at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Midwest SDG to Hold Meeting in Gurnee, IL
The Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group (MWSDG) will hold a dinner meeting on Wednesday, December 19 in Gurnee, IL, where NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president, safety, security & regulations, will speak about hot topics affecting the industry. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Tacos El Norte at 401 North Route 21, and a buffet dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. Carr will speak at 8:00 p.m. RSVP by Monday, December 17 to MWSDG's For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Baldwin Aviation

Full Program Now Online for NBAA 19th Annual 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 and Convention Center in Georgia. The Conference will feature keynote speakers Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest, and Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation. The Conference also will host a number of Information Sessions and Schedulers Professional Development Program courses addressing current needs and issues for the profession, such as how weather affects aircraft performance, international flight planning, customer service and emergency preparedness. Review the full program online and register at:

NBAA's Business Aviation Insider Offers Sponsorship Opportunities
NBAA is now offering a new sponsorship opportunity for Business Aviation Insider, the official Member publication of NBAA, which will increase in frequency from quarterly to bimonthly in 2008. Each issue of this publication mails to 11,000 NBAA Member employees, including not only all Member Representatives but also all CEOs, aviation executives and flight department managers listed in the Association's database. Members should act now to secure special introductory sponsor rates. To learn more or become a sponsor, visit:

Ad Space Available in 2008 NBAA Member Directory
Advertising space is now available for the Association's 2008 edition of the NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. The publication will be produced in both print and online versions to provide business aviation professionals with comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate business aviation industry information. Over 9,500 copies of the publication will be distributed to more than 8,000 NBAA Members, a group that represents the largest concentration of buying power in business aviation today. To view rates and learn more about advertising opportunities, visit:

Registration Now Open for NBAA Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum
On February 22 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, NBAA will host an interactive forum to provide business aviation professionals a basis for understanding and addressing some of the most important issues facing business aviation today. The forum will discuss recent domestic and international actions and proposed initiatives that have had a significant impact on the regulation of business aircraft operations. Both Members and non-Members of NBAA are invited to attend. For more information, or to register, visit:

Register Online for NBAA's 2008 Leadership Conference
The Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee will host the NBAA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX from February 27 to 28. The event will bring together industry peers for a highly interactive program offering practical and proven insights on effective leadership and management. Featured keynote speaker Stephen M.R. Covey will give a presentation on "Leadership at the Speed of Trust," which will provide trust-building tools for organizations. The Conference also will feature sessions on critical issues such as business ethics, diversity and aviation department safety, and networking opportunities will provide useful views from others who face similar challenges. Learn more and register online at:

Sponsorships, Exhibitor Space Still Available for ABACE Forum
Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space are still available for the ABACE Forum, to be held next year on February 14 in Hong Kong. The event will feature business aviation's top vendors, industry leaders and experts from around the world as they join together to demonstrate the value of business aviation to emerging Asian markets. Over 50 Exhibitors and multiple Information Sessions will present the latest developments in aircraft technology, demonstrating how it can help businesses succeed in the global economy. To learn more about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, as well as travel arrangements and accommodations, visit:

ABACE 2008

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

35th Annual International Operators Conference
March 10–13, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 27, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 14, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

PDP Course: Customer Service
April 25, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 28–29, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 29–May 1, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

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