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NBAA Update #08-08
Monday, February 25, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA's Letter in USA Today Makes Clear GA's Support for Aviation System Modernization
Last week, USA Today published a letter sent by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen making clear that, in spite of a recent editorial's inferences to the contrary, general aviation (GA) recognizes the need for all aviation segments to support system modernization in the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization. "It's unfortunate that USA Today's editorial on aviation system modernization – a topic of great importance to anyone who flies – focused so much on winners and losers in the funding debate, instead of supporting effective solutions for providing much-needed improvements to the nation's air traffic infrastructure," Bolen's letter states. "Let's stick to the facts." Bolen added: "NBAA's 8,000 Member Companies are united with the rest of the industry in supporting H.R. 2881 and S. 2345, because they tie additional general aviation tax contributions directly to system modernization, while wisely avoiding the creation of what will surely become a giant, expensive and overly burdensome user fee bureaucracy." To read Bolen's letter as published, as well as the letter in its entirety, and the editorial, visit:

FAA Issues InFO Message on Pilot Language Proficiency Requirements
The FAA has issued an information for operators (InFO) message regarding International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language proficiency requirements. Effective March 5, ICAO Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing) standards will require all airplane and helicopter private, commercial or airline transport pilots, as well as flight engineers and flight navigators operating internationally as required crewmembers, to hold an airman certificate with a language proficiency endorsement. Because the FAA requires all certificate applicants to be able to read, write, speak and understand English, all affected certificate holders are considered to have demonstrated the required language proficiency. In order to document this proficiency, the FAA will issue replacement certificates with the required "English proficient" endorsement. Replacement certificates can be requested by visiting the FAA Airmen Certification web site. For additional information, visit:

FAA Suspends SAFO on Strategic Lateral Offset Procedure
In the February 18 edition of NBAA Update, it was reported that the FAA had issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) regarding the use of the strategic lateral offset procedures (SLOP) when outside of U.S. airspace. In order to clarify the situations where SLOP should be used, the FAA has since suspended SAFO 08008 for revision. The use of SLOP as discussed in the SAFO must be coordinated with ICAO policies noted in ICAO Annex 2 paragraph, and PANS ATM (Doc 4444) paragraph 15.2.4, which require authorization for the application of strategic lateral offsets from the appropriate air traffic service authority concerned, and applies without exception in high seas, i.e. international airspace. NBAA will publish the revised SAFO once it is made available.

Renowned Author to Provide Keynote Address for NBAA Leadership Conference in San Antonio
NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee this week will host the 2008 Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX on February 27 and 28. The annual event brings together industry peers for a highly interactive program on effective leadership and management. Featured keynote speaker Stephen Covey, sponsored by Gulfstream, will present "Leadership at the Speed of Trust," which will provide trust-building tools for organizations. Additional program highlights include Captain Al Haynes, who will give a presentation on teamwork in crisis, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt, who will discuss safety and leadership. For more information, or to register online, visit:

NBAA Leadership Conference Will Include PDP Course on Finance
In conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference this week in San Antonio, TX, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will present the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Course titled "Flight Department Finance and Budget Accounting." The course covers the basics of budgeting, forecasting, financial management, taxation and cost recovery for the flight department. It also provides an accounting primer to allow aviation professionals to better understand accounting principles and financial reports. For more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at, or to register online, visit:

Make Plans Now for EBACE2008 in Geneva
The 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20 to 22. More than 11,000 Attendees, nearly 400 exhibits and 60 static aircraft are expected at the three-day event. EBACE2008 presents a unique opportunity to showcase business aviation to operators, regulators and decision-makers from Europe, North Africa, India, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, this year will be the first to feature the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) workshop, providing an opportunity for Attendees to provide direct input to EASA. For more information, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Improper Flight Plan Procedures Affecting New York Oceanic Airspace
NBAA has been advised that a number of operators are not following the proper procedures when filing flight plans into the New York Oceanic Control Area (CTA) and Flight Information Region (FIR), including the West Atlantic Route System (WATRS). This non-compliance negatively affects other aircraft operating in the airspace. According to ICAO requirements, all flights entering the New York Oceanic CTA/FIR must address flight plans to KZWYZOZX. Flights entering from domestic U.S. airspace or Bermuda must address flight plans to both KZWYZOZX and KZNYZQZX. Additionally, ICAO flight plans must be filed for operation on oceanic routes and areas in the WATRS Plus CTAs. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at or visit:

Chicago Class B Airspace Expansion Committee to Provide Industry Input
The City of Chicago and the FAA have initiated a study on the proposed expansion of Chicago International Airport (ORD) Class B Airspace. This expansion was requested for safety reasons, as ORD traffic routinely transits outside the east and west boundaries of the Class B Airspace. At a December 2007 meeting, Mark Zakula, aviation department manager for NBAA Member Company Klein Tools, was selected as the chairman of the local ad hoc committee formed to work with the FAA and the city and provide industry input on the Class B redesign effort. Zakula intends to focus on protecting instrument operations at all local airports while having minimal impact on other operations and airspace in the Chicago area. Members interested in the proposed expansion should contact Mark Zakula at, or visit:

NBAA's Bolen to Open GWBAA Safety Standdown Next Month
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold a Safety Standdown at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on Tuesday, April 8. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be a featured presenter, along with Bob Agostino, director of flight operations, Bombardier; Greg Feith, former NTSB senior air safety investigator; and Paul Schuda, associate managing director, NTSB. Issues discussed at the event will include fatigue management, in-flight cabin safety, safety standdown fundamentals and more. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Don't Miss IS-BAO Workshop in Michigan This Week
This week, IBAC is holding an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Workshop on Thursday, February 28 at Avfuel East on Willow Run Airport (YIP) in Ypsilanti, MI. The workshop is being held to assist operators who are implementing or considering implementing the IS-BAO, to accredit potential IS-BAO auditors and to provide information to other interested parties. The course will include a presentation of background and general information on the IS-BAO, a discussion of how an operator can implement IS-BAO, and an introduction to the risk assessment process and development of an operator's safety management system. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $400. For further information, contact IBAC's Kathy Perfetti at To register online or download the agenda, visit:

IS-BAO Workshop in Delhi, India to Prepare Operators for New Requirements
IBAC and the Business Aviation Association for India (BAAI) will hold an IS-BAO Workshop in Delhi on March 20. The IS-BAO is an industry code of practice that has an operator's safety management system (SMS) as its cornerstone. The workshop will prepare businesses and individuals that operate in India and greater South Asia for ICAO requirements taking effect next year. The ICAO requirement that commercial operators have an SMS goes into effect in January 2009, and the recently approved amendment to Annex 6 Part II requires non-commercial operators of large and turbojet aircraft to have an SMS by November 2010. For more information, visit:

FAA Customer Forum for Cincinnati Area Operators
The FAA will hold a customer forum for operators in the Cincinnati, OH area on Wednesday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In attendance will be FAA facility representatives from Indianapolis Center (ZID), Cincinnati Approach (CVG) and Lunken Field (LUK). The agenda includes altitude relief for CVG satellite airport traffic, an update on CVG satellite arrival route availability from the northwest via Brickyard VORTAC (VHP), and an open forum for customer questions and concerns regarding air traffic control and regional airspace operations. The meeting will be held at ZID, 1850 South Sigsbee in Indianapolis, IN. A picture ID will be required to attend the meeting. For more information, contact the FAA's Steve Lutomski at (317) 247-2276 or NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Next PNBAA Meeting Will Feature Presentation on TAG Aviation
The next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will feature the presentation, "TAG Aviation: What Happened? – Lessons Learned," in which former TAG Aviation management personnel will share the challenges they faced prior to their settlement agreement with the FAA, and lessons that can be learned from their experiences. The event will be held on March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA. Additional program details will follow in future issues of NBAA Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

IBAA to Host Presentation on WAAS Infrastructure
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will host a presentation on the evolution of the wide area augmentation system (WAAS) and how it will impact business aviation in the future. The meeting will be held at the Boise Airport Terminal in the second floor Boise River Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. WAAS, a first step toward performance-based navigation, provides numerous benefits to the aviation community, including en-route primary means of navigation and WAAS-enabled approach procedures. FAA program manager for WAAS Implementation Tom Salat and Universal Avionics Systems COO Paul De Herrera will present on the infrastructure, equipment requirements and overall benefits of WAAS. RSVP to IBAA's Mike Pape at

Baldwin Aviation

2008 Convention Follows New, Monday-to-Wednesday Schedule
NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) will take place this year on Monday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 8 – instead of the usual Tuesday-to-Thursday schedule – at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), which now has Customs available right on the field. With over one million square feet of exhibit space, the North and South Halls of the OCCC will accommodate NBAA2008 indoor exhibits and Information Sessions. Orlando Executive Airport once again will provide space for the NBAA2008 Static Display, where Attendees can view over 100 state-of-the-art aircraft. The deadline for the next booth space lottery drawing is February 29. Visit the NBAA2008 web site for more information about exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship opportunities and travel details, at:

Call for Nominations: NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award
Nomination information is now available for the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award, announced earlier this year at the NBAA 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The award will recognize an individual who shares outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service, exhibits leadership and has made significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function. More information on this award, including nomination requirements and forms, is available at:

Deadline Fast Approaching for NBAA Flying Safety Award Applications
NBAA Flying Safety Award Applications are due on March 1. The awards have brought worldwide attention to business aviation's safety record and have been endorsed and approved by the National Safety Council. They are given annually as a testament to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations, and as a tribute to the skill and ability of a company's management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. Award applications must be submitted to NBAA by mail or faxed to (202) 331-8364. A printed copy of the rules and regulations with application forms has been mailed to all Member operators, and PDF versions are available online. To learn more about award categories and download an application, visit:

NBAA's International Operators Conference Coming in March
San Antonio, TX will host NBAA's 35th Annual International Operators Conference on March 10 through 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 information about doing business in countries around the world. The event also will provide Attendees opportunities for networking with industry peers and introductions to service providers. For more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at, or visit:

Apply Now for Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. To support this position, NBAA offers aspiring and current flight attendants/flight technicians the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with several sponsors. The deadline for Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship applications is March 31. For more information, to review the list of sponsors or download the application, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 26, 2008, Dayton, OH

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, Tucson, AZ

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