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NBAA Update #08-15
Monday, April 14, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Announces New Event, 'Light Airplane Conference & Exhibition'
On April 9, NBAA announced that it will host a new, three-day industry event, the Light Airplane Conference & Exhibition (LAC&E). NBAA made the announcement during the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, held last week in Lakeland, FL. NBAA's inaugural event will take place from March 12 to 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA. The LAC&E will serve as the industry's premier event dedicated to operators who use light airplanes to make their businesses more successful. "When we ask our Member Companies with light airplanes how NBAA can better serve them, the answer we frequently get is a request for an event specific to their needs and concerns," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We have heard from this important part of our membership, and we're responding with this new event specific to light airplane ownership and operations." For more information, visit the LAC&E web site, at:

Bolen Thanks DOT IG for Clarifying Study's Conclusions About NAS
Following a recent meeting with Department of Transportation Inspector General (DOT IG) Calvin L. Scovel, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter thanking the IG for clarifying the conclusions that were – and were not – reached in a recent DOT IG study of the National Airspace System (NAS). "We appreciated the time the IG took to clarify the report's focus, especially given the misinformation about the report that has circulated in recent weeks," Bolen said. Bolen's letter specifically noted that, as wording in the IG's report states, the report "does not address the cost" of providing individual air traffic control services. Additionally, Bolen's letter notes, the report does not draw any conclusions on the causes of aviation delays. To review Bolen's letter clarifying other aspects of the study, visit:

NBAA Opposes FAA's Congestion Pricing Proposal
On April 3, NBAA filed comments opposing the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) proposal allowing airports to impose a limited, but still harmful, version of congestion pricing. The proposal would allow all airports to impose a two-part landing fee, assessed both on a per-landing and an aircraft weight basis. The agency also has proposed to allow specific airports to include costs for in-progress work and for secondary airports in their landing fees. NBAA asserted that the proposals invite discrimination against general aviation; would be ineffective in reducing congestion; and would be difficult to implement. In addition, the proposal potentially would exceed the FAA's legal authority.

NavCanada May Assess GST Retroactively on User Fees
U.S. business aircraft owners that have operated within Canadian airspace may receive another airspace usage bill to retroactively cover a goods and services tax (GST). In addition, new NavCanada invoices will include the GST on the user fees. The Canadian Revenue Authority (CRA) audited NavCanada from 2003–2005 and found the GST for many flights should have been collected. While commercial operators are exempt, the CRA asserts that services provided to non-commercial operations are not exempted. This may result in millions of dollars in tax assessments on operators doing business in Canada. NBAA is working with the International Business Aviation Council and the Canadian Business Aviation Association to counter this; NBAA requests that any operator that receives an invoice for GST on NavCanada user fees contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at

New Jet Routes Not in Jeppesen Database
The FAA has realigned two separate jet routes that transit Houston, Fort Worth and Memphis Centers. The two routes in question are J101, between George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH) and Adams Field Airport (LIT), as well as J29, between IAH and South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field (ELD) VOR. Due to a communication error, Jeppesen – a leading digital aggregator of data and content for the aviation industry – did not receive the information in time to include it in their latest update. As a result, the correct information is not depicted on Jeppesen's airway manual enroute charts, and is not contained in the NavData database for Cycle 0804, effective April 10. To mitigate this issue, all controllers in the affected centers have been made aware of this situation, a notice to airmen has been published for each route and the FAA Command Center is publishing a daily advisory regarding the issue. For more information, visit:

FAA Issues SAFO on Use of Non-Safety Personnel
The FAA has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) regarding the accomplishment of safety-related functions for Part 135 operations. The SAFO recommends that operators clearly identify to passengers those crewmembers who are safety-qualified and those who are not. For Part 135, a flight attendant (trained and qualified in safety-related functions) is required when the aircraft has more than 19 passenger seats. According to the SAFO, all personnel performing cabin services onboard do not necessarily need to be trained and qualified in safety-related functions. In situations where no safety-qualified flight attendant is onboard, pilots must perform all safety functions. For additional information, review the SAFO, at:

NBAA Concerned With FAA Guidance on Use of Part 142 Training Centers
The FAA recently issued notice 8900.37, which provides principal operations inspectors (POI) with guidance for use in reviewing the training programs of commercial air carriers authorized to contract for training, checking or testing services with Part 142 training centers. NBAA is concerned about the FAA's guidance with respect to the use of contract instructors and contract check airmen who do not serve as required air carrier crewmembers. The notice states that operators must adhere to line observation requirements applicable to their operating rules when utilizing contract instructors or contract check airmen. NBAA believes that this guidance will cause concern for commercial operators who have been using Part 142 training centers for the past 10 years. NBAA is working with the FAA to identify a reasonable solution. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or download the notice, at:

EPA Proposes Standards for Aircraft Drinking Water Systems
On April 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks to apply federal drinking water requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act to aircraft, which were previously not covered by these rules. This proposal would apply only to aircraft used by carriers to regularly serve an average of at least 25 individuals per day, at least 60 days out of the year. The proposed rules would apply to systems designed to store and provide water for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth and hand washing. If a qualifying aircraft has a sink in the lavatory, then the water provided must meet these standards. The EPA will accept comments on the proposal until July 8. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or review the notice, at:

2007 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review Available
NBAA Member Company Robert E. Breiling Associates has released the 2007 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review, providing a comprehensive guide to business aviation safety and an in-depth analysis of turbine business aircraft accidents in 2007. The review contains over 500 pages of detailed narrative accounts for 446 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents and major incidents, including 192 business jet and turboprop occurrences reported worldwide in 2007. Three versions of the review are available, including the complete review, jet and turboprop-only and twin- and single-turbine helicopter-only sections. NBAA Members will receive a discount when ordering their copy. To place an order, or for additional information, visit:

NBAA Member Profile: Advantage Technologies, Inc.
Many small businesses that must respond quickly to client demands on short notice rely on business aviation. Advantage Technologies, Inc., an NBAA Member Company based in Troy, MI, and its 28-year-old founder and president Bryan Currier rely on light single- and twin-engine airplanes for such responsiveness and mobility. The company provides back-office technologies to small health care practitioners scattered across the Great Lakes region. For Currier, based in the Midwest, with its great distances between population centers, car and airline travel were impractical. He decided to learn how to fly and utilize light airplanes to maximize his efficiency. The company is profiled in the most recent edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's Member newsletter. To review the profile, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Proposed Business Aircraft Taxes Defeated by NBAA and NYAMA
NBAA has been working with the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) to advocate on behalf of New York state business aviation to prevent former Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposed "charter plane tax" from being included in the final state budget. The executive budget put forward by Spitzer had called for new sales and use taxes on business aircraft. Thanks to the efforts of NBAA and NYAMA, the proposed business aircraft taxes were not included in the final budget. This a remarkable accomplishment for both NBAA and NYAMA's grassroots efforts, particularly in light of the long list of taxes proposed in the executive budget that were sustained by the legislature to address this year's significant fiscal challenges. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

MA State Taxes Update: NBAA Encourages Grassroots Action
The state of Massachusetts is continuing its efforts to pass budget legislation that may eradicate existing exemptions on certain aircraft sales and use taxes. It is imperative that business aircraft owners and operators in Massachusetts contact their state representative and urge that they reject any provision that would rescind the current tax exemption on the sale of aircraft parts and repair labor. While representatives with airports in their districts voted successfully last week to remove the repeal of the sales tax exemption from tax bill 4645, the representatives still may try to include the Governor's proposal rescinding these exemptions in the final budget to be voted upon next week. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Still Time to Attend IBAA "Fly By" Tonight, Apr. 14
The Idaho Business Aviation Association will host its "Fly By" networking social tonight, April 14, and there is still time to attend. The event will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Boise Airport (BOI) in the Kopper Kitchen Banquet Room. The event is an informal opportunity to meet other IBAA members and learn about their businesses. Appetizers will be provided by IBAA. An RSVP is not required, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact IBAA's Mike Pape at (208) 869-9929 or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

PRSDA Will Hold Meeting in Wenatchee This Friday
The Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will hold a meeting this Friday, April 18, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration for Executive Flight. The meeting will be held at the Executive Flight Hangar on Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT) in Wenatchee, WA, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be Bob Clarke, a charter pilot with Executive Flight, and a chief instructor for flight instructor refresher clinics around the country. Clarke will cover aviation safety issues, such as aviation accident prevention and how to avoid workplace complacency. The agenda will begin with registration and networking, followed by dinner, Clarke's presentation and a giveaway drawing. To RSVP, contact PRSDA's Michelle Olson at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Notice: NYC Heliport Safety Drill Moved to Apr. 19
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council has rescheduled its third annual Heliport Safety Drill for April 19. The event was previously scheduled for April 12. It will still be held at the East 34th Street Metroport in Manhattan. At the safety drill, operators and heliport personnel will present on several topics, including ramp safety and disaster response. Participants include community members, the New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard and New York Emergency Medical Services. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact David Nuss at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

KCBAA Will Host Seminar by FAA's Larry Oliver, Apr. 22
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) is sponsoring a presentation on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m., when Larry Oliver of FAA AFS-430, the agency's advanced technologies office, will present a seminar on global positioning and wide area augmentation systems, and various approaches utilizing precision lateral and vertical guidance. This program is open to all pilots and anyone who has an interest in these topics. Advance reservations are not required, however, it is requested that those who plan to attend e-mail KCBAA's Don Forman at to help estimate the number of attendees. For additional information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

AZBAA to Host First Annual Safety Day
On Tuesday, May 13, the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will host its First Annual Safety Day, where NBAA Vice President of Safety and Security Doug Carr will outline the Association's safety initiatives. The event also will feature Catherine Fish, national accident prevention counselor, who will discuss decision-making and human factors; Richard Komarniski of Grey Owl, who will address maintenance and safety management systems; and Timothy McCulloch of Baird, Williams, & Greer LLP, who will review safety risks and regulatory issues. In addition, Medaire will sponsor a raffle, where one attendee will win a global positioning system. For more information, contact Dan Burkhart at

First Houston Aviation Safety Standdown Is Coming in June
On June 18, the Houston Aviation Alliance (HAA) and NBAA will host the first annual Houston Aviation Safety Standdown for business aviation operators throughout the Houston region. Speakers from the FAA, FlightSafety International, the International Business Aviation Council, MedAire and many other local and international organizations will lead informative sessions. Topics will include developing a safety management system, runway incursion prevention, fatigue and human factors and safety best practices for flight and maintenance departments. The one-day event will be held at the Enterprise Jet Center on Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), beginning with a breakfast at 8:00 a.m. To RSVP, or for more information, contact the HAA at, or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Baldwin Aviation

Last Chance to Update Member Record for 2008 Member Directory
The NBAA 2008 Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel will be printed soon. In order to include updated information in the printed directory, NBAA Member representatives must make changes to their company's membership record by Friday, April 18. Directory update forms will not be mailed this year. For the first time, Members will update their information online through "My NBAA Profile," NBAA's new online tool that makes it faster and easier for Members to ensure their record is accurate and up-to-date. Changes can be made at any time and will be reflected immediately in the Online Directory. For questions, call (800) 394-6222 or e-mail NBAA's Membership Division at To view and update profiles, visit:

Access Committee Welcomes Jeff Agur and Kandi Spangler
In its April meeting, the NBAA Access Committee inaugurated Jeff Agur of The Van Allen Group, Inc. as its chairman. The Access Committee, which is made up of airports, airspace and local and regional working groups, addresses issues affecting business aviation access to the National Air Transportation System, including airspace redesign, airport restrictions and local interaction and communication. Agur, who was the former chair of the local working group, welcomed Kandi Spangler, JSSI regional sales associate, to her new position as chair of that committee element. They join Dave Rivers of Gallium Visual Systems and Charles Etter of Gulfstream Aerospace, Inc. as committee leaders. NBAA Member committee participation is key to NBAA's success. Those interested in participating can contact their regional representatives, which are listed on NBAA's web site, at:

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Is This Week
NBAA will host its 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) this week from April 15 to 17 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village in Daytona Beach, FL. The MMC, designed for those who own aircraft or oversee day-to-day operational activities, will host a record-setting 60 Exhibitors and over 300 Attendees. The three-day event will feature noteworthy speakers including officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Embry-Riddle and Ohio State University, among others. To register or learn more, visit:

Not Too Late to Register for 53rd Annual CASS Seminar
NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) will co-host the upcoming 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) from April 29 to May 1 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, FL. More than 300 business aviation operators and users will meet with leaders of industry, government officials and university researchers to review current business aviation safety issues at the annual event, which has been co-presented by NBAA and FSF since 1998. To register, or for more information, visit:

EBACE Is Going Green
Attendees can now register online for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008), scheduled to take place in Geneva from May 20 to 22. EBACE is the flagship forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. This year, EBACE management continues its commitment to minimizing the environmental footprint for the event. All promotional materials, signs and banners will be produced on eco-friendly materials; badge, bottle and can recycling bins will be available on-site at Geneva PALEXPO and the Static Display of Aircraft on Geneva International Airport; and drinking glasses and water coolers or pitchers of water will be available for Attendees rather than plastic bottles. Register online today at:

Act Now to Secure Space in NBAA Member Publications
Advertising and sponsorship opportunities currently are available for several NBAA publications, including Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official bi-monthly Member publication; NBAA Dispatch, a newsletter for schedulers and dispatchers; NBAA Quick Turns, a newsletter for maintenance professionals; NBAA Update, the Association's weekly e-mail newsletter; and the 2008 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. To secure a spot, or for more information, email or visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2008, Bedford, MA

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