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NBAA Update #08-20
Monday, May 19, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
EBACE2008 Opens Tomorrow in Geneva; Greener Show to Feature More Exhibitors Than Ever Before
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland this week from May 20 to 22 at Geneva PALEXPO, where more than 440 Exhibitors will display the latest products and services available in business aviation today, a record number. A total of 1,958 booth spaces have been reserved for the three-day event, marking a 38 percent increase over last year. Additionally, the Static Display of Aircraft on Geneva International Airport will feature 60 state-of-the-art business aircraft and three aircraft mock-ups. To date, 11,051 Attendees have registered for this week's event, in comparison to last year's final attendance total of 11,267. Additionally, this year, EBACE management continues its commitment to minimizing the environmental footprint for the event. For more information, visit:

European Safety Standdown Gets Underway
The 2nd Annual European Safety Standdown got underway in Geneva today as final preparations were being made for the EBACE2008. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) CEO Eric Mandemaker and others recognized businesses with outstanding safety records at a gathering yesterday. More than 140 people from 19 countries around the world are registered to attend this year's European Safety Standdown. The event is co-hosted by NBAA, EBAA and Bombardier, and focuses on reducing human error in aviation. To keep informed about additional EBACE news and events, visit:

Bolen Elected Chairman of RTCA Policy Board
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was elected chairman of the policy board for the RTCA, a federal advisory committee that develops recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management system issues. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of the RTCA, an organization that has been internationally recognized for its outstanding work on aviation system issues," said Bolen.

Court Grants FAA's Request for SMO Injunction, Flights Continue as Usual
Last week, a district court judge granted the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) request for an injunction, which prohibits the City of Santa Monica from enforcing its ban on large aircraft operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The injunction replaces a temporary injunction the court issued in April. Although there will be further court proceedings, this injunction is effective indefinitely, to allow the FAA time to complete a review of the ban (the agency has warned its review will likely find that the city's ban violates federal law). NBAA strongly agrees with the FAA that Santa Monica has neither the authority nor a justification to adopt the ban. NBAA's web site has kept Members advised on the latest developments at SMO; to read a web article with more details, visit:

Comments Due on FAA Aircraft Registration NPRM
The FAA proposes to amend requirements concerning the registration of aircraft in order to increase and maintain the accuracy of aircraft registration information in the Civil Aviation Registry. While NBAA supports the FAA's overall goals, the proposed regulations would mandate re- registration of civil aircraft every three years. NBAA believes this aspect would be onerous and burdensome for the general aviation industry. Comments are due on May 28. NBAA will file comments and encourages Member Companies to submit concerns and alternative solutions. To read the NPRM, visit:

NBAA's New Online Resource Explains Percentage Portion of Federal Excise Tax<
The NBAA Operations Service Group has developed a new resource that provides examples of both taxable and non-taxable items related to air transport service. Aviation excise tax rates, updated annually by the Internal Revenue Service, consist of a domestic segment fee, an international arrival and departure fee, and a 7.5 percent tax on amounts paid for commercial transportation. The percentage tax applies to actual amounts paid for the taxable commercial transportation of persons or property. In addition, services directly related to the provision of transportation are included in amounts paid. Payments for certain items not related to the movement of the aircraft may not be subject to the percentage tax so long as they are separately stated on the customer invoice.

NBAA Web Site Article Addresses Safety Management System
The current buzzword in the aviation industry seems to be "safety management system" (SMS). The best U.S. operators are implementing SMSs such as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) in their operations, and soon, international flying will only be possible for those operators who have an SMS in place. In a new article on NBAA's web site titled, "A System for Managing Risk," Andreas Bentz, Ph.D., introduces SMS and explains some of the benefits associated with such systems. For more information on the topic, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, and Bentz's article can be found at:

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Regional News
Sales and Use Tax Reform Fails to Pass Florida Senate
The Florida Senate rejected legislation passed by the House that would have created a limited exemption from the use tax for owners of newly purchased aircraft visiting Florida during the first six months of ownership. State senators also rejected attempts by a number of groups to create other new or expanded tax exemptions and indicated that they would not approve any new tax breaks because of this year's state budget shortfall. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Idaho Group to Meet Next Week
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will meet for its spring networking luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Western Aircraft Hangar, 4546 Aeronca Street, on Boise Airport (BOI). The quarterly meeting, sponsored by Cessna, will focus on trends in the business aviation industry and the emergence of smaller and very light jets. The cost to attend is $15, which includes a lunch buffet. The new Cessna Mustang also will be on display. Business casual attire is requested. RSVP by May 26 to IBAA's Mike Pape at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at, or visit:

Houston Aviation Alliance Safety Day to Be Held June 18
Houston Aviation Alliance (HAA) and NBAA will co-host the first annual Houston Safety Day on June 18. The event is targeted toward business aviation operators throughout the Houston region and will feature local, national and international speakers, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), FlightSafety International, CAE SimuFlite, International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), Aviation Research Group (ARG/US), Marathon Oil, Million Air, MedAir and many others. Topics will include safety management system development, runway incursion prevention, fatigue and human factors, and best practices for flight and maintenance departments. The all-day event, with no attendance fee, will be held at Enterprise Jet Center at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) beginning with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. RSVP to HAA at (713) 358- 9077 or For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at, or visit:

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Mark Booth to Be Honored With European Business Aviation Award
NBAA and EBAA have announced that Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe, will be recognized this week with the EBACE2008 European Business Aviation Award for his outstanding contributions to European business aviation. The award, which was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, is presented each year to one or more individuals during EBACE, the only European exhibition focusing exclusively on business aviation. For more information, visit:

Media Resources Available for EBACE2008
NBAA welcomes journalists who will be attending EBACE2008, where several media opportunities will be available to highlight keynote speakers, sessions and other special events. In addition, an online EBACE2008 News Bureau will be continuously updated with articles, videos, photos and podcasts during the show. Press kits will be available in the EBACE2008 Press Room, as will the most current press releases and a program of Exhibitor news conferences, which will be updated throughout the event and made available to reporters. To review information on the various resources available, visit:

Help Build NBAA Show for Light Business Airplane Operators
NBAA's inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA), developed specifically for operators of light aircraft utilized for business purposes, will be held from March 12 to 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA. "Perhaps the best part about this show is that light airplane operators are going to help guide our planning for it," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA wants to hear from the light aircraft operators in our industry about how to make the event as valuable an experience as possible." For more information, and to download a proposal form, visit the LBA web site at:

Spring Issue of Airspace Newsletter Introduces New Override AFP
The spring 2008 edition of NBAA Navigator, which is mailing to NBAA Member operators this month, provides airspace updates for the upcoming severe weather season. The issue focuses on airspace flow program (AFP) changes for 2008, including the new Override AFP, and also provides updates on the West Atlantic Route System (WATRS) Plus redesign, coded departure routes (CDRs), en route automation modernization (ERAM) and the Distant ("D") NOTAM. Members may view the spring issue online at the NBAA Navigator web site at:

May Business Aviation Taxes Forum Coming Soon to New York City
NBAA's one-day Business Aviation Taxes Forum will take place on May 30 at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City. The Taxes Forum will provide valuable information to aviation professionals, flight department personnel, aircraft owners and operators, attorneys, tax advisors and others interested in keeping up with the latest tax and legal developments affecting business aviation. Both Members and non-Members of NBAA are invited to attend. Attendees will learn how to maximize business aircraft tax planning, understand the applications of federal excise taxes, make aircraft available for charity flights and much more. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers following each presentation, and at the end of the seminar.

Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference Available as On- Demand Course
For those who were not able to attend NBAA's Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference when it was last held in September 2007, NBAA has made the full event available through its On-Demand Education Program. NBAA's On-Demand Education offers videos of each Conference presentation, along with the speaker's PowerPoint slides on CD-ROM or streaming online. The full Conference program is available to NBAA Members for $595 and to non-Members for $725. To purchase the videos, or for more details, visit:

Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference Coming to Orlando in October
Save the date for NBAA's 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, which will be held from October 4 to 5 in Orlando, FL. The agenda and additional event information will be posted on NBAA's web site in July at:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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, 2008, Tucson, AZ

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

12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
October 4, 2008, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Record Keeping and Regulatory Compliance
October 4, 2008, Orlando, FL

17th Annual NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Flight Operations Manual Workshop: Employing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Goal Achievement and Conducting Valuable Performance Reviews
October 5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
October 5, 2008, Orlando, FL

61st Annual Meeting & Convention
October 6–8, 2008, Orlando, FL

Maintenance Manual Workshop
October 9, 2008, Orlando, FL

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
October 9–10, 2008, Orlando, FL

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