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NBAA Update #08-30
Monday, July 28, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Signs Coalition Letter Urging Congressional Action on Fuel Prices
NBAA recently joined a coalition of more than a dozen other organizations to urge congressional action on rising fuel prices. The coalition last week sent a letter to Capitol Hill lawmakers regarding fuel prices, which stated, in part: "Congress must enact bipartisan legislation that limits excessive speculation and encourages environmentally sound domestic production. The legislation must balance the near-term use of traditional sources and the long-term development of alternative fuels, improved efficiency and conservation. Given the fragile condition of our economy, Congress needs to take action on these issues before leaving Washington for the August recess." To read the full letter, visit:

FAA Lengthens Validity of Medical Certificates; NBAA Web Site Has Details
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently amended its medical certification rules to extend the validity of certain medical certificate privileges. Airmen under the age of 40 who hold a first-class medical are now permitted to conduct both domestic and international operations requiring a first-class medical for 12 calendar months. Airmen under the age of 40 who hold a first-, second- or third-class medical are now permitted to conduct an operation requiring a third-class medical for 60 calendar months. NBAA has made a resource on FAA medical certification rules available on its web site. To view the resource, visit:

Visit NBAA at Oshkosh This Week
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other Association staff will welcome business aircraft owners and operators at EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, from July 28 to August 3 at NBAA's hospitality tent (S-41, on the flight line). Additionally, NBAA's Membership staff will provide information on Membership benefits and a chance to win a trip to one of the Association's events. NBAA's Operations Service Group representatives also will be on hand to answer questions on business aircraft ownership and operations; and the Association's Conventions staff will offer insights and take suggestions for NBAA's new event, the Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference, scheduled for March 12–14, 2009, in San Diego, CA. To review NBAA's ad in the AirVenture program, visit:

FAA Issues Flight Advisories for Upcoming Political Conventions
The FAA has issued flight advisories for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO and Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. The advisories detail strict operating requirements and limitations on aircraft operating in those areas during the events. As emphasized in the advisories, operators should carefully review the event notices to airmen (NOTAMs) when released for additional operations permitted into the flight restricted zones. For further information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or visit:

NBAA to Make Latest SIFL Rates Available on Web Site in Coming Weeks
The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the second half of calendar year 2008 have not yet been released by the Department of Transportation (DOT), but are expected in August. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available on the NBAA web site as soon as they are released. SIFL rates are used to apply the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft and impute the income of the employee as required by IRS rules. For additional information, visit:

New NBAA On-Demand Ramp Safety Resources Available
In its continuing efforts to promote career development for business aviation professionals, NBAA On-Demand Education is featuring several safety resources, including streaming videos on aircraft towing best practices and safety management systems. The resource on aircraft towing best practices includes three videos that focus on operating motorized tow vehicles in the vicinity of aircraft, using tow vehicles to move aircraft on the ramp and a comprehensive review of ramp safety topics. The second video defines what safety management systems are and how they are implemented. To view these and other on-demand resources, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Court Allows Large Aircraft Operations at SMO to Continue Pending Appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied the request of the City of Santa Monica to stay the effectiveness of the injunction that prohibits the city from banning large aircraft operations pending the appeal. The injunction will remain in place, and aircraft operations may continue, while the court considers the city's appeal of both the injunction and the FAA administrative order. A final decision is expected later this year, at the earliest. To review a new NBAA online article about the latest developments at SMO, visit:

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

TFRs for Seafair 2008 Airshow Will Cause Brief Closures at Boeing Field
Boeing Field-King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA will suspend all operations due to temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for the Seafair 2008 Airshow between July 31 and August 3. Operations will be suspended for one- to two-hour periods at specified times. The TFRs will cover the airspace from the surface to 16,000 feet mean sea level.

Lake Tahoe Airport Will Close Next Week for Reconstruction
Next Monday, August 4, Runway 18/36 at Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) will close 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 NOTAM 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.

NBAA's Nichols Will Discuss Regulatory Developments, Compliance at Regional Forum
The next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, a one-day learning and networking experience for the regional business aviation community, will be held on September 10 at Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA. The event will feature NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president, operations, education & economics, who will give a presentation on federal regulations impacting the business aviation community. Nichols, along with Members of NBAA's Tax Committee, will discuss recent changes in regulations issued by a wide variety of federal agencies, strategies for compliance and how to best utilize informational resources to stay current and up-to-date on the latest regulatory information. The Regional Forum also will include approximately 30 aircraft on static display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. To register and learn more, visit:

Georgia Group Will Host Safety Day, Aug. 27
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host the Third Annual Safety Day on August 27 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA. The event will include information sessions on topics including safety management for the scheduler/dispatcher, landing distance calculations, distraction management, hangar safety and more. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit the GBAA web site at:

Aviation Personnel International

Call for Volunteers: NBAA Playground Build 2008
After the overwhelming success of last year's NBAA Build in Atlanta, GA, NBAA is sponsoring NBAA Build 2008, the construction of an aviation-themed playground in Orlando, FL, host city of the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008). In partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, NBAA will build a playground for the Orlando community in one day. The project will take place on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will require 300 volunteers to be a success. NBAA is calling on Members, their coworkers and customers to volunteer and help build the playground. For more information, contact, or register online at:

Last Chance to Apply for Several NBAA Scholarships
Applications for five NBAA scholarships are due this Friday, August 1. The scholarships, currently available online, are: 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 and 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:

NBAA Charities Gala to Feature the Blues Brothers
One of the highlights at NBAA2008 will be the annual NBAA Charities Gala, scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 7 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL. The event will feature the Fourth Annual Live and Silent Auctions and entertainment by The Blues Brothers, with Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. All proceeds from the evening will benefit NBAA Charities, a charitable fund established to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community. To donate items to the auctions, contact NBAA's Dina Green at To learn more about the NBAA Charities Gala, or to purchase tickets, visit:

NBAA Job Opportunity: New Director, Conventions
The NBAA Conventions, Seminars & Forums Division is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as director of conventions. The incumbent will report to the senior vice president of the division and will support four conventions annually. This position has direct responsibility for the housing function and special events at NBAA conventions, including special event coordination of the NBAA Charities Gala and President's Reception. Qualifications include a four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and five years of experience in event planning. Applicants should be able to travel up to 33 percent of the time. To apply, send a résumé and cover letter, including salary requirements, to or to NBAA, Attn: Human Resources, 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. For more information, visit:

NBAA Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Static Displays & Exhibits
NBAA is seeking an enthusiastic, customer service-oriented individual to provide operational and administrative support for NBAA static display management for four conventions and several regional forums. The position is an entry-level opportunity to participate in executing one of the top ten trade shows in America. Applicants should have a B.S. degree in aviation management and one to two years of experience in the business aviation industry, preferably at a fixed base operator or at an airport. To apply, send a résumé and cover letter, including salary requirements, to or NBAA, Attn: Human Resources, 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. For more information, 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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