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NBAA Update #08-26
Monday, June 30, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Again Urges Congress to Pass FAA Reauthorization Bill
NBAA last week applauded congressional action taken thus far to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernize America's aviation system, and once again called upon Congress to pass final FAA "reauthorization" (funding) legislation before the end of 2008. On June 26, the Senate cleared a three-month extension of FAA funding and programs through September 30, 2008. "NBAA appreciates the good work Congress has done to date on FAA reauthorization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This short term extension is a good step, because it will give the FAA authority to continue to operate. But, today's action also underscores the need to pass a multi-year reauthorization bill that will provide stability and build on the efforts already underway to modernize the nation's air transportation system. So we remain hopeful that Congress will complete its work on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill in 2008." Read the press release at:

NBAA Denounces Attack on General Aviation As Inaccurate and 'Over the Top'
NBAA last week dismissed a report attacking general aviation as inaccurate and out of touch with the critical role small business aircraft play in supporting jobs, transportation and economic activity in communities across the country. According to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the attacks, included in a document released by two Washington organizations, "start with a ridiculous caricature of general aviation that has been heavily promoted by the airlines, but bears no relationship to reality. Then, it throws a barrage of baseless, over-the-top claims against the wall to see if anything sticks. In the end, none of the allegations stick, because the report is both inaccurate and distorted." Read the press release at:

Does an Aircraft Need a 406 MHz ELT When Flying Internationally?
Recent amendments to the International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and Recommended Practices, which take effect on July 1, require that operators of both private and commercial aircraft have at least one 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on board when flying internationally. This requirement does not affect domestic operations within the U.S. but does apply to both Part 91 and Part 135 operators flying outside of the U.S. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

Operators Receiving NavCanada GST Questionnaires
NavCanada has begun sending questionnaires to business aircraft owners regarding the application of a 5 percent goods and services tax (GST) on air navigation service charges. The Canadian Revenue Authority is asserting that non-commercial operations are not exempt from GST. Commercial operators are exempt from the GST and should complete and return the questionnaire to NavCanada. Part 91 operators may either complete and return the form or elect not to return the form at all. NBAA is working with the International Business Aviation Council and the Canadian Business Aviation Association to counter the GST application, and NBAA requests that any operator that receives an invoice for GST on NavCanada user fees contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Crews Reminded to Comply With Altitude Restriction at Teterboro Airport
The FAA has reported a number of flights that are not complying with a hard crossing altitude restriction on the instrument landing system (ILS) Runway 6 approach into Teterboro Airport (TEB). The crossing altitude at DANDY intersection is 1500 feet mean sea level (MSL), but many pilots are maintaining a higher altitude and, while intercepting the glide- slope, exceeding the 1500-foot crossing restriction. This places their flights in conflict with Newark International Airport (EWR) departures and can result in pilot deviations. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

FAA Requesting Los Angeles Area Air Traffic Services Feedback
The FAA is requesting customer feedback regarding the air traffic services provided by the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center. Responses to the survey will assist the FAA in improving the current air traffic services provided in the area and in deciding which services to provide in the future. Customers are asked to download and complete the survey form and return it to the FAA by September 15. Survey returns may be made by e-mail, fax or postal mail, and contact information appears on the form.

Seattle to Host FAA Regional Runway Safety Summit in July
The FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Runway Safety Summit will be held from July 23 to 24 at the Holiday Inn at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seattle, WA. The event provides an opportunity for all segments of the aviation community to come together and share information on efforts to reduce the risk of surface operations. The summit will feature an array of speakers from the aviation community and workshops where participants will have the opportunity to share best practices in the operations of airports, airplanes and the air traffic control system. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, and end Thursday July 24 at 1:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend, however, participants are asked to register in advance. For registration information, contact the FAA's Mike Meigs at (425) 227-2354 or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers to Meet July 17
The next Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) meeting will be held at the Banquet Center of the Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR on Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be included. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved in downtown Portland at a discounted rate. To RSVP and inquire about lodging reservations, contact the PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at by July 10. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA Announces 48 Scholarship Recipients During Flight Attendants Conference
The Association recognized the 48 recipients of the 2008 NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship during the NBAA 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, which drew 276 individuals to Tucson, AZ on June 27 and 28. Supported by 23 sponsors, the scholarship is designed to promote education and training for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians. To review the list of recipients and sponsors, visit:

Make Plans Now to Attend NBAA2008
The NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Monday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 8, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). The three-day event will feature nearly 33,000 Attendees, over 1,200 Exhibitors, approximately 120 aircraft on static display and over 100 Information Sessions. Additional highlights include the 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament and the NBAA Charities Gala, featuring entertainment by The Blues Brothers and the NBAA Annual Live and Silent Auctions. For information about housing, and to review the full schedule of events, visit the NBAA2008 web site at:

Several NBAA Scholarship Applications Due Aug. 1
Applications for five NBAA scholarships currently are available online: the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, which benefits students at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions; the NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, for students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the USAIG PDP Scholarship, for students at NBAA/UAA institutions offering NBAA's Professional Development Program; the William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, for students in airframe & powerplant (A&P) programs at approved Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147 schools; and the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, for undergraduates pursuing careers in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions. All applications are due August 1, and are available for download at:

LBA2009 to Address Specific Needs of Light Business Airplane Operators
NBAA's inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009) will be held in San Diego, CA from March 12 to 14, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center. The show will serve as the industry's premiere event dedicated to companies that use light airplanes to make their businesses more successful. LBA2009 will focus on operators of light jets, turboprops and piston airplanes, and information sessions will cater specifically to this segment of the industry. Session topics will include a light airplane training update; single pilot safety standdown; tax, regulatory and insurance seminar for light and owner-operated aircraft; and maintenance Q&A sessions for airplane owners and operators. For more information, visit the LBA2009 web site at:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Independence Day
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7.


Upcoming NBAA Events
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
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

NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference
March 12–14, 2009

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