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NBAA Update #08-09
Monday, March 03, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Reiterates General Aviation Community's Support for ATC Modernization
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week reiterated the general aviation community's support for air traffic control (ATC) system modernization, a topic of discussion at a congressional hearing held February 28. "Unfortunately, a suggestion was made at the hearing that general aviation is an obstacle to modernization," Bolen said. "That simply is not the case." Bolen noted that general aviation has been united in supporting funding provisions in two congressional modernization proposals, H.R. 2881 and S. 2345, because the bills tie a 65 percent tax increase on general aviation fuel taxes directly to system transformation, while wisely avoiding the creation of a giant, expensive and overly burdensome user fee bureaucracy. Learn more at:

Compliance Date Extended for Language Proficiency Endorsement
The compliance date for U.S. airman certificate holders to satisfy International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language proficiency requirements has been extended until March 5, 2009. ICAO Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing) standards 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. In order to document proficiency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will issue replacement certificates with the required "English proficient" endorsement. Affected certificate holders are encouraged to visit the FAA's Airman Certification web site as soon as possible to apply for replacement certificates. For additional information, visit:

Additional Mexican Customs Requirement for GA Operators
All general aviation (GA) aircraft operating into Mexico from the Caribbean, Central America and South America now have to stop in Cozumel (MMCZ) or Tapachula (MMTP) for illegal substance inspections. Countries that are considered to be within the Caribbean zone are Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While operators may stop at either MMCZ or MMTP, Mexico is recommending Cozumel (MMCZ) due to better customs facilities at that location. To view the notice to airmen outlining the requirements, which went into effect on February 1, visit:

FAA Investigating Increase in Minimum Fuel Declarations
The FAA seeks to understand the cause of an increase in minimum and emergency fuel declarations, specifically at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). In no case has the FAA found a negative safety effect. The agency will analyze each time a fuel declaration is made at EWR to understand the root cause and make improvement recommendations. Flightcrews maintain full discretion and authority to declare minimum or emergency fuel situations and are urged to use that authority when appropriate. Additionally, the FAA published an information for operators (InFO) education paper to provide clarification for operators and pilots about the appropriate use, connotations and regulatory definitions of the terms minimum fuel, emergency fuel and reserve fuel. Review the InFO at:

Guidance Released on Flight Operations During Beijing Olympic Games
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued preliminary guidance on flight operations during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This guidance is applicable to all flights conducted by foreign aircraft in connection with the Olympics from July 1 through September 30. Business aircraft operators planning flights to China during this time must file an application with the CAAC for landing permission at least 30 working days before their flight. Special arrival routes should also be announced by the CAAC in late March. Aircraft parking will be limited during the Olympic Games, and operators are encouraged to work with international handling organizations when making these arrangements. NBAA will make any additional information provided by the CAAC available to Members. For additional information, download the guidance at:

Political Couple Carville and Matalin Will Return to NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention
NBAA today announced that famed political couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will be featured speakers at the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. Carville, a business aviation enthusiast, and Matalin will offer their perspectives on the November presidential election as they serve as guest speakers at the Opening General Session on Monday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m., marking the duo's second appearance at the Association's annual event. Read the full press release at:

FAA Asking for Customer Feedback Regarding Super Bowl XLII
The FAA is requesting customer feedback regarding the air traffic services provided in the Phoenix area during Super Bowl XLII and the FBR Open golf tournament. The responses the FAA receives will help make decisions and improve service at future events. Customers are asked to download and complete the survey form, and then send it via e-mail or traditional postal mail to the addresses supplied in the survey. The form is available for download on the NBAA web site at:

2008 Leadership Conference in San Antonio Was a Success
NBAA's 2008 Leadership Conference held last week in San Antonio, TX was a great success. The two-day event brought together industry peers for an interactive program offering insights on effective leadership and management. There were 242 people in attendance at this year's Conference – an increase from last year, when 151 people participated. Business thought leader and bestselling author Stephen M.R. Covey delivered the keynote address, which focused on the value of establishing trust in business, and the National Transportation Safety Board's Robert Sumwalt, vice chair, emphasized several qualifications important to running any business aviation flight department in a safe manner, including leadership, integrity and vision.

2008 National General Aviation Award Winners Named
Through the General Aviation Awards Program, a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors, aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety were recognized last week for their industry contributions. The 2008 honorees are: Timothy Daniel "Tim" Adkison of Benton, KY, Avionics Technician of the Year; Max Trescott of Mountain View, CA, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Michael Daniel "Mike" Busch of Arroyo Grande, CA, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and John Anthony Teipen of University City, MO, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell will present the awards in July during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, WI. For more information, contact

NBAA Offers Extensive Year-Round Tax Resources to Member Companies
The latest edition of Business Aviation Insider – the official Member publication of NBAA – highlights tax resources as a key Member benefit. With tax season officially here, NBAA offers extensive tax-related web resources, events throughout the year and several On-Demand Education options. For those not yet Members of NBAA, information about valuable tax resources and other benefits can be learned by contacting To read the full article featured in Business Aviation Insider, visit:

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Regional News
New York State Tax Changes Would Hurt Business Aviation
NBAA is working with the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) to oppose proposed changes to the New York state sales and use tax regulations. The current executive budget put forward by Governor Eliot Spitzer calls for new taxes on business aircraft. Part EE of Revenue Bill S6810/A9810 would impose new taxes on aircraft used by companies for business purposes and threatens to drive business aviation out of the state. NBAA encourages New York companies and residents to become engaged with NYAMA on this issue by contacting state assembly representatives to express opposition. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

North Texas Business Aviation Group Launches Association
The newly established North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) held its first board election on February 20, officially establishing the regional group. NTBAA will provide a forum for business aviation professionals to network, share best practices and educate one another. NTBAA also will foster professional and educational opportunities and represent business aviation's interests for the community. Association members include local flight operators, manufacturers and associated business aviation vendors, suppliers and service providers. For more information, contact NTBAA's Marj DeLong at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Annual South Dakota Airports Conference Is This Week
The Annual South Dakota Airports Conference will be held on March 5 and 6 in Deadwood, SD. Several briefings will be offered and include FAA updates and airport safety. NBAA's Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs and Kristi Ivey, northwest regional representative, will present a session titled, "Grassroots Activism and Promoting Your Local Airport." For more information, contact SD Aeronautics at (605) 773-3574 or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Business Aviation Featured at Houston Hobby Museum
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) will host its 3rd Annual Salute to Business Aviation on Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., during its monthly "Wings & Wheels" open house. This special event will promote business aviation by featuring historic and modern business aircraft on display from Houston-area NBAA Members, along with special presentations, vintage vehicle displays and access to the museum. Lunch will be served, and there is a fee for admission. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at, or visit the museum web site at:

SFBAA to Hold Meeting in Fort Lauderdale on March 19
The first meeting of the year for the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will be held on March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jetscape fixed base operator (FBO) facility at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The event will feature special guest speaker Greg Feith, former NTSB senior air safety investigator who has been featured on the History Channel series "Secrets of the Black Box." Refreshments will be served. The Jetscape FBO is located at 240 SW 34th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. RSVP to SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Regional Safety Standdown Will Feature NBAA's Bolen
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 a briefing on TWA Flight 800, which will include a viewing of the reconstructed aircraft not open to the public. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

GBAA Annual Meeting and Fundraiser to Benefit Scholarship Program
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its Annual Meeting & Fundraiser on Friday, May 2 at the Marriott Stone Mountain Evergreen Resort. As in the past, a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the GBAA Scholarship Program. In addition, the GBAA has announced the various scholarships it will offer in 2008 to students and aviation professionals. College and technical school scholarships are available to graduates of Georgia high schools pursuing a career as an aviation management professional, aviation maintenance technician or professional pilot. Continuing education scholarships are available to Georgia business aviation professionals. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submission is April 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

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NBAA Announces Recipients of Business Aviation Management Scholarship
NBAA has announced the first two individuals to receive the Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, given annually to benefit individuals seeking to become NBAA Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs). Recipients Michael S. Hoffner, quality assurance and safety manager at Syncro Aircraft Interiors in Van Nuys, CA, and Nathaniel Medina, facilities manager at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, KS, have both been approved to take the CAM Exam. The two award recipients were recognized last week at the NBAA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. Read the full press release at:

2008 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Open for Participation
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2008 edition of this survey is now underway, and all NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. To begin the survey, visit:

Management Fundamentals, IS-BAO Workshops Set for March 25–28
This month in New Orleans, LA, NBAA will offer the NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, "Employing the International Standard – Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO)" in conjunction with the NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop and NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP). The IS-BAO Workshop, designed to fully prepare Attendees to draft an IS-BAO compliant manual, will be offered from March 25 to 26. Immediately following, the Management Fundamentals Workshop, which provides flight department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues, will be offered from March 27 to 28. Both Workshops will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in New Orleans. To register, or for more information, visit:

Annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Will Be Held Next Month
Next month, NBAA will hold its 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) in Daytona Beach, FL from April 15 to 17. Keynote Speaker Patrick Simpkins, director of engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will provide a behind-the-scenes presentation on the development and operations of spaceflight hardware and ground systems used at the Kennedy Space Center. Conference sessions for the MMC are designed for those who own aircraft or oversee day-to-day operational activities to enhance their technical knowledge and general understanding of the maintenance management function. Topics will include aircraft technology, human resource protocols and service culture in maintenance. To register, or for more information, visit:

NBAA to Hold Emergency Response Planning Workshop in April
NBAA will hold an Emergency Planning Workshop from April 28 to 29 in Palm Harbor, FL. The interactive, two-day Workshop provides information and hands-on experience, including a simulated accident scenario that illustrates the flow of events and identifies the key issues in a business aircraft accident. Each segment includes practical guidelines and ends with a question-and-answer session. Critical elements in the emergency response process are highlighted, and participants and their organizations learn to ensure the best possible outcome. The Workshop is being held in conjunction with the 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), which provides a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. Attendees also will be eligible to receive NBAA PDP credit.

NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum Is Coming to NY
To provide owners and operators of business aircraft with knowledge of aviation tax issues, critical for ensuring proper planning and compliance, NBAA will offer the Business Aviation Taxes Forum at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York, NY on May 30. The Forum is designed to help accountants, attorneys, advisors and flight department personnel keep up with the latest tax and legal developments affecting business aviation. Presenters will address a variety of current tax topics at an intermediate-to-advanced level. Discussion topics will include Federal Aviation Regulations, excise taxes, state aviation taxes and various non-business uses of general aviation aircraft.


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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