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NBAA Update #08-29
Monday, July 21, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Business Aviation Challenged by Rising Fuel Costs, Bolen Tells Panel
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently joined aviation industry leaders at a one-day summit in Washington, DC to discuss the impact of rising fuel costs on the industry and explore approaches to cope with the crisis. "This is an important discussion, as these are tough times for all aviation operators," Bolen said. "For the general aviation community, which has no opportunity for volume discounts, our operators are actually paying twice as much at the pump as the major airlines. A recent informal survey found that many of our Members have had to make major changes in their operations because of rising fuel costs."

NBAA Joins Coalition Working for Lower Fuel Prices
As fuel costs continue to climb, NBAA recently joined a diverse coalition focused on finding ways to reduce fuel prices. The Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. NOW) coalition includes among its dozens of members the commercial airlines and other general aviation groups, but also highway, agricultural and other interests. "The people in business aviation are subject to challenging economic conditions and high fuel costs, just like everyone else," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We need to find ways to try to address rising fuel costs, and this group is committed to doing just that," Bolen said. The S.O.S. NOW coalition will push for "solutions to help materially reduce unnecessarily high energy prices." To learn more, visit:

FAA Grant Funds Hotline to Report Illegal Charter
While some recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enforcement actions have concerned the industry, and have been characterized by some as unwarranted, a common question has been voiced about why the FAA is not focusing its attention on illegal charter operators instead. Since the FAA does not have enough inspectors to monitor and inspect every flight, an illegal charter hotline was created, with an FAA grant and in partnership with the National Air Transport Association, for operators to report illegal commercial activity. A third party will receive the calls and work with the FAA to pursue appropriate enforcement action against illegal operators. Any employee or agent of a Part 135 certificate holder can call the new toll-free hotline at (888) 759-3581 to report suspected illegal charter flights. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

NBAA Board Chairman Provides Quarterly Outlook
In a letter to NBAA Members sent today, Chairman of the Board Jeff Lee reviewed highlights for the Association's just-concluded fiscal year, and outlined key priorities for the future. Lee's letter details NBAA's work in the areas of national and local advocacy, the promotion of safety and operational best practices and other ongoing efforts to strengthen Membership value. "The Association is in a sound fiscal position, and continues to advocate on behalf of general aviation on a number of important policy fronts, and bring ever-more benefits and events to you, the Members," Lee's letter states. Review the full letter at:

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Regional News
Operators Requested to Use Transponder at Ft. Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is the latest airport to add airport surface detection equipment Model X (ASDE-X). Operators are requested to have the transponder on with Mode C while taxiing on all runways and taxiways. For more information on ASDE-X, visit:

NBAA Members Should Plan Accordingly for Trips to Las Vegas Later This Month
Because the Las Vegas Market will be held at the World Market Center from July 28–August 1, operators flying into Las Vegas during this time should plan ahead to ensure parking is available. Slots will not be required; however, excess volume might create the need for traffic management initiatives such as a GAAP ground delay program and/or increased mile in trail into Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS). Options also are available at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) and North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) if delays at LAS are excessive or if parking becomes an issue. Both have new modern facilities and excellent ground transportation options. To learn more details about both alternate airports, visit:

FAA to Host Meetings on Chicago Class B Airspace Modification
The FAA will be hosting three informal meetings in September to obtain public input on a plan to modify the Class B airspace over Chicago. These plans have come after an extensive review of user input and the airspace in order to enhance safety and traffic flow. The FAA notice has additional information on the meetings and proposed airspace changes. For more information, view the notice at:

Teterboro Expects First RNP RNAV Approaches to Be Available Early 2009
The first of several required navigation performance (RNP) area navigation (RNAV) approaches into Teterboro Airport (TEB) should be available early next year, which should mitigate some of the local area complaints pertaining to perceived noise. A new RNAV standard instrument departure (SID) – the RUUDY1 RNAV SID – is expected to be available in November of this year. The new SID has specific waypoints (WENTZ and RUUDY) at 1,500 and 2,000 feet respectively, to mitigate pilots "overshooting" altitude restrictions. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Lake Tahoe Airport Will Close for Reconstruction
On Monday, August 4, Runway 18/36 at Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) will be closed for reconstruction. The 8544' X 150' runway will be narrowed to 100' (with 12' shoulders) at its current length, and the landing threshold for Runway 18 will be displaced 800', providing the required safety area on the north end of the runway. It is anticipated that reconstruction will be complete by November 1. A notice to airmen will be issued 72 hours in advance of the closure. Airport management has requested that the FAA approve the use of 5000' of taxiway "A" as a daytime runway for aircraft under 12,500 pounds operating under visual flight rules during construction. For more information about the project, call TVL administration at (530) 541-0480.

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

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NBAA's Local San Diego Committee Will Help Plan LBA2009
A committee of industry figures who are familiar with San Diego has been formed to help support the planning for the inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009), scheduled for March 12–14, 2009 in San Diego, CA. Mike Herman, a Member of NBAA's Board of Directors and Chairman of North American Communications, will chair the Committee. Other noteworthy individuals will fill out the local committee and its subcommittees, including John and Martha King, Ken Kaplan and Rich Martindell of King Schools, Fred George of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, John Bracamonte of Landmark, Grant Wright of Wright-On Communications and former NBAA Board Member Steve Nielsen. "We are pleased to have the benefit of these individuals' local knowledge and experience as we develop LBA2009, and we are confident their contributions will add greatly to the event," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To learn more about LBA2009, visit:

Register Online Now for NBAA2008
Online registration is now available for NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, which will be held from Monday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 8 – a departure from the usual Tuesday-to-Thursday schedule – in Orlando, FL. Visit the web site to register for the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show and for the other events held in conjunction with NBAA2008. These events include NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses; the 17th Annual NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference; the NBAA Charities Gala; and the NBAA Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament. To register, visit the official NBAA2008 web site at:

NBAA2008 Attendees Urged to Take Advantage of NBAA Connect
NBAA is again offering NBAA Connect to help NBAA2008 Attendees identify and connect with the people, products and sessions that best address their individual needs and interests. Those already registered for NBAA2008 can access NBAA Connect to help navigate through more than one million square feet of floor space, over 1,100 exhibits and over 100 Information Sessions. Users can print out personalized schedules and floorplans to help make the most of NBAA2008. For more information, visit:

Registration Now Available for NBAA's Charity Golf Tournament
NBAA's 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, at the ChampionsGate Golf Club in ChampionsGate, FL, and will be held in conjunction with NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention. Since the Classic's founding, nearly $400,000 has been raised for various aviation-related charities, and all proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit NBAA Charities. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. and an awards luncheon to conclude the event. To learn more about this year's Classic, including sponsorship opportunities, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at or visit:

NBAA Scholarship Applications Deadline Approaching
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 & power plant (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:

Save the Date: 2009 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
The 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held from January 14 to 16 in Long Beach, CA. The Conference provides a forum in which schedulers and dispatchers from across the industry can meet, network and share industry best practices. Workshops and breakout sessions will specifically address current needs and issues for the profession. More information will be posted on NBAA's web site as it becomes available. To review dates for upcoming NBAA events, visit:

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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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