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NBAA Update #08-05
Monday, February 04, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bush Administration's FAA Budget Again Calls for User Fees
The White House today sent Congress a federal budget proposal for the coming fiscal year with language nearly identical to last year's Administration budget in its call for user fees as part of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). NBAA has opposed the Administration's proposal, instead supporting funding (or "reauthorization") for the FAA and aviation modernization through proposals that build on the current, proven fuel-tax system for FAA funding and aviation system modernization. To voice your support for aviation system modernization through fuel taxes, visit NBAA's Contact Congress resource at:

NBAA, AOPA Write DOT to Oppose Congestion Pricing
NBAA last week joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in sending a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) urging the DOT to provide an extension on the consideration period for the agency's proposal to allow congestion pricing at some airports. "The DOT proposal raises serious questions about the long-term strategy to be used for traffic management at airports where airline operations are creating congestion and delays," said the letter signed by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Our organizations need additional time to research and gather data on the potential impact the policy change will have from our respective general aviation perspectives. To review a copy of the letter, visit:

House Passes Economic Stimulus Package as Senate Version Nears Completion
The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a $146 billion economic package supported by the Bush Administration, which includes enhanced "bonus depreciation" benefits to assist general aviation and other industries. The House bill could provide a cash-flow benefit for taxpayers who acquire aircraft during 2008 and meet the taxable income standards for the use of accelerated deductions. The Senate continues work on its version of the stimulus package, which will include enhanced "bonus depreciation" provisions as well. Learn more at:

FAA Releases New Training Rules for MU-2
The FAA has published new rules that govern training requirements for pilots and instructors of the Mitsubishi Industries MU-2B aircraft. The rule, to be published in the Federal Register on February 6, establishes, among other measures, new requirements for training new MU-2B pilots, recurrent training for existing pilots and the use of flight training devices and standardized checklists. This rule contains many of the recommendations made by an FAA safety evaluation in 2005. Operators will have one year to comply with the rule. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

FAA Issues SAFO Regarding Seatbelt Visibility and Accessibility
The FAA has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) to remind Part 135 and 121 certificate holders of the requirement to ensure seatbelts at all seat positions visible and accessible to passengers. Federal Aviation Regulations require that the pilot in command ensure that passengers are knowledgeable about the use of seatbelts and notified when to use them. In order for this requirement to be met, all seatbelts must be visible and accessible to passengers before each flight. For additional information, view the SAFO at:

S&D Conference Is a Record-Breaker; Review Highlights at Online S&D News Bureau
A record 2,618 people attended last week's NBAA 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in Savannah, GA – a 6 percent increase over the 2007 total, which was 2,471. The four-day event was lauded by Attendees for the high quality of the more than 30 educational sessions and other Conference offerings. Additionally, a record-breaking 391 Exhibiting Companies provided side-by-side comparisons of their products and services at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, compared to 351 Exhibitors in 2007, an 11 percent gain. To review news and highlights from the 2008 S&D Conference – including press releases, articles, testimonials, photo galleries, podcasts and presentations – visit the S&D News Bureau at:

SIFL Rates for First Half of Calendar Year 2008 Not Yet Available
The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the first half of calendar year 2008 have not yet been released by the DOT. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available on the NBAA web site as soon as they are released. SIFL rates are used to determine the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula. IRS rules require this value be used to impute the income of employees provided with such service. For additional information, visit:

Citigroup Is Highest Contributor to NBAA International Airports Database
In 2007, NBAA Members submitted more than 670 international airport feedback reports to the searchable database available on the International Operations page on NBAA's web site. As an incentive, the NBAA Member Company that submits the most feedback reports during the calendar year is awarded free admission to the NBAA International Operators Conference the following spring. This year's award goes to Citigroup, which submitted over 20 percent of last year's total feedback. United Technologies came in second place and Coca-Cola came in third. NBAA thanks all organizations that submitted international airport feedback reports in 2007. To make submissions, which are beneficial to all NBAA Members that operate internationally, and for the opportunity to win free admission to the 2009 International Operators Conference in Tampa, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
New RNAV SID Procedures Implemented at Salt Lake City International Airport
New area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departure procedures (SIDs) were implemented at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on January 17. The procedures are operationally successful; however, a number of pilots have failed to comply with published altitude restrictions as depicted on the graphics of the procedures. In order to maintain aircraft separation, SLC controllers are now assigning aircraft departing on the EDETH ONE, LEETZ ONE, PECOP ONE and TWIN FALLS ONE RNAV SIDs an initial altitude, which must be maintained until the aircraft has cleared the downwind leg of arriving traffic at SLC and air traffic control (ATC) has cleared the aircraft to climb. Flightcrews must comply with all restrictions of the procedure unless otherwise cleared by ATC. NBAA encourages operators to conduct a thorough pre-departure briefing for successful execution of the SID.

Operators Requested to Use Transponder at Dulles
Operators are now requested to use a transponder at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is one of the latest airports 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.

Hundreds Already Registered for ABACE Forum in Hong Kong
Nearly 500 Attendees already have registered for this month's ABACE Forum, being held on February 14 in Hong Kong. The event will feature 14 aircraft on Static Display at Hong Kong Airport and 23 Exhibitors with 29 booth spaces at nearby Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. Information Sessions will feature industry experts discussing airspace and regulatory issues for operating in the Asian region (including operations related to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games) and the challenges and opportunities for establishing business aviation operations in the region. Following the ABACE Forum, NBAA's next Regional Forum will take place in San Antonio, TX on March 27. To register online for the ABACE Forum, or to learn more about program highlights, travel arrangements and accommodations, visit:

IBAA "Fly-By" Networking Social to Be Held Feb. 11
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) "Fly-By" Networking Social will be held on Monday, February 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Boise Airport (BOI) Kopper Kitchen Banquet Room. The event is an informal, no-host opportunity to meet and network with other IBAA members. Appetizers will be provided by IBAA. There is no charge to attend and RSVP is not required. For further information, call IBAA's Mike Pape at (208) 869-9929 or Skip Davies at (208) 229-2244 or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA On-Demand Education Video Recordings Available
View last week's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference proceedings at home, via NBAA On-Demand Education videos. Both the full Conference package and individual sessions on International Topics and Flight Operations Administration are available for purchase. NBAA is now accepting orders, and the delivery date is March 15. For details, download the Conference video recordings order form or visit:

NBAA Announces New S&D Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee last week announced the creation of the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award. The award will recognize an individual who shares outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service, exhibits leadership and has made significant contributions for the scheduling and dispatching function. More information on the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award, including nomination requirements and forms, will be available online in the coming weeks. Learn more at:

Register Online for International Operators Conference
Attendees can now register online for NBAA's 35th Annual International Operators Conference, which will be held in San Antonio, TX from March 10 to 13. The four-day Conference will feature sessions on flight safety, security, efficiency and regulation. Speakers from around the world will address international operational issues, new technologies and the latest trends in cultural sensitivities. The event also will provide opportunities for networking with industry peers and introductions to service providers. To review the full agenda and register, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 29–February 1, 2008, Savannah, GA

February 14, 2008, Hong Kong

Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum
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

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

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development
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

2nd Annual Safety Standdown Europe
May 19, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008)
May 20–22, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
May 30, 2008, New York, NY

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