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NBAA Update #08-32
Monday, August 11, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Comments Included in USA Today Story on GA Security
NBAA underscored the business aviation community's position on general aviation (GA) security proposals for a recent USA Today story on a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposal under development for Part 91 operators. Any new security proposals "must be workable and should strike the right balance between the need for security and for mobility," NBAA told USA Today. TSA officials haven't yet finalized their proposal; once they do, it will be subject to a formal review that includes comments from industry. NBAA will ensure that the interests of business aviation are reflected in that process. To review the full USA Today article, visit:

Bolen Challenges Proponents of User Fees in National Review Magazine
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week challenged user fee supporters quoted in an August 4 National Review magazine story about aviation system funding and modernization. "It's ironic that the National Review abandoned its limited-government philosophy with an article touting support for the creation of a new bureaucracy – a 'Sky-R-S,' if you will – for Federal Aviation Administration funding through user fees," the letter states. To read the letter in its entirety, visit:

IRS Notice on Passive Loss Rules Could Create Tax Trap
On August 4, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2008-64 alerting taxpayers of regulations providing that taxpayers who wish to group activities together for passive loss purposes must file election statements with their income tax returns. Companies that file the required elections with their tax returns will not be adversely affected. However, companies that fail to file the election forms must treat every activity as a separate activity for passive loss purposes. This could result in substantial adverse tax consequences for companies that lease aircraft, even to related lessees. It could also have adverse tax consequences for companies that place their aircraft with a charter operator. For more information, read an overview of the regulations, prepared for NBAA by attorney John Hoover, and view the IRS notice at:

NBAA2008 Is Only Two Months Away
This October, NBAA will continue its tradition of providing its Members with the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show at the 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in Orlando, FL. NBAA2008 will take place from Monday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 8 – a departure from the usual Tuesday-to-Thursday schedule. Orlando's Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) will host the highly anticipated three-day event. Ranked eighth among U.S. trade shows, according to Tradeshow Week 200, last year's Convention broke all records and marked 60 years of NBAA's long-standing commitment to the business aviation community. NBAA2008 is building upon that success, and is expected to draw more than 30,000 Attendees from around the world and will feature more than 1,000 Exhibitors. To register, visit the official NBAA2008 web site at:

Bolen Welcomes New RTCA Board President Margaret Jenny
The Board of Directors of the RTCA last week announced the selection of Margaret Jenny as the next RTCA President. Ms. Jenny will succeed Dave Watrous, who will conclude his tenure in August after serving with distinction for 19 years. Ed Bolen, who serves as the RTCA's Chairman of the Board, expressed the sentiments of the search committee, stating: "We are very excited about Margaret and the important leadership role she will play. Margaret joins RTCA as the future of aviation is being charted, and her depth of experience and collaborative, consensus-building style will contribute significantly to the hard work being done to ensure that our nation's aviation system remains the world's best." To read the full press release, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Opposes DOT's Recent Proposal for Slot Auctions
NBAA has expressed great concern regarding the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) August 5 announcement calling for a public auction for an unused slot pair at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). A report submitted to the DOT in December 2007 by the New York Aviation Rulemaking Committee, on which NBAA participated, identified substantial challenges and potential consequences of auctioning slots. Specifically, the report predicted price increases and service disruptions for consumers, a loss of service to general aviation and possible violations of bilateral and multilateral aviation agreements. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has indicated it will not support flights conducted as a result of slot auction purchase. For more information, visit:

Going to a Political Convention? TFR NOTAMS Have Been Released
Temporary flight restriction (TFR) notices to airmen (NOTAMs) for both the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) were released earlier this month. The DNC is scheduled for August 25–28 in Denver, CO and the RNC is scheduled for September 1–4 in Minneapolis, MN. TFRs will be in effect for both events. For the RNC, access into Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) and St. Paul Downtown Holman Field (STP) will be possible when the TFRs are active if operators comply with a variety of requirements, which include applying for a waiver at least 96 hours in advance and operating from a specified gateway airport. TSA screening will be required prior to departing any of the gateway airports for MSP/STP. For complete details, visit:

Bedford Forum Will Include Discussion on Threat and Error Management
NBAA will host its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on September 10 in Bedford, MA. The one-day learning and networking experience for the regional business aviation community will take place at Bedford's Hanscom Field (BED). Phil Roberts of PAR Travel Tech and Peter Stein of Johnson Controls will be featured co-presenters on the threat and error management (TEM) systems approach to safety. Recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the FAA and many others as an aviation safety best practice, TEM is a tool for proactively identifying and managing risk. 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:

Dallas Love Field Pilots Association Luncheon Is Next Week
The Love Field Pilots Association (LFPA) will hold its next luncheon on Monday, August 18 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Dallas Love Field (DAL), beginning at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will feature reports from the aviation community. Keynote speaker Mike McCready of XOJET, the luncheon sponsor, will discuss his company's unique approach to business aircraft travel. To RSVP, or for more information, contact LFPA's or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Georgia Business Aviation Association Safety Day, Aug. 27
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host its Third Annual Safety Day on August 27 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA. The event will include information sessions on safety management for the scheduler/dispatcher, landing distance calculations, distraction management, hangar safety and more. In addition, Attendees interested in becoming a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), or those already CAM certified, will receive points that may be used for the exam application or toward recertification. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit the GBAA web site at:

New Jersey Third Annual Meet and Greet Was a Success
The New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) recently held its third successful "meet and greet" event, where over 70 attendees participated, including members of the state Senate. The meeting also featured representatives from the New Jersey DOT, FAA, TSA and Eastern Regional Helicopter Council (ERHC), among others. Primary concerns for the NJAA include the potential closing of the aviation program at Mercer County Community College, ensuring the swift delivery of state grants for New Jersey airports and expediting airport approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The NJAA's next major event will be the New Jersey League of Municipalities, which will be attended by many local and state officials and political leaders. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

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Deadline to Apply for CAM Exam Offered at NBAA2008 Is Aug. 21
The next paper-based CAM Exam will take place on October 5, in conjunction with NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. The deadline to apply is August 21. The CAM credential is considered the highest recognition for business aviation professionals. Through certification, individuals demonstrate their commitment to the safety, security and effective management of business aviation. To learn more or begin the application process, visit:

NBAA2008 Will Feature Several Charity Events
The NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando will feature several charity events hosted by the Association. Events include the NBAA2008 Playground Build, in partnership with the national non-profit group KaBOOM!, on Saturday, October 4; the 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament at the ChampionsGate Golf Club, also on Saturday, October 4; and the NBAA Charities Gala, featuring entertainment by The Blues Brothers and the 4th Annual Live and Silent Auctions, at the Rosen Centre Hotel on Tuesday, October 7. To register for these events or for more information, visit:

Convention Sessions to Cover a Host of Critical Topics
NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention will include an array of Information Sessions offering something for business aviation professionals in every segment of the industry. Topics will include the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, very light jets, the future of aviation maintenance, environmental issues impacting business aviation, operational control for Part 91 and Part 135, emergency response planning and much more. To review the full program schedule for NBAA2008, visit:

Don't Miss Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, offered in conjunction with NBAA2008. The Conference will be held from October 4 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center. Current regulatory changes from the IRS, DOT and FAA could have significant impact on the business aviation community. The annual two-day event is designed to help flight department personnel and their advisors gain a better understanding of how various tax laws and aviation regulations apply to business aircraft operations. For more information or to register, visit:

Make Plans Now to Attend the 2009 S&D Conference, Reserve Housing
Business aviation professionals with responsibilities for the scheduling and dispatching function are invited to attend NBAA's 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, which will take place next year from January 13 to 16 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA. Housing for this year's event will be handled by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Online reservations for both Attendees and Exhibitors can be made through the S&D Conference web page. For more information, or to register and make housing arrangements, visit:


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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