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NBAA Update #08-46
Monday, November 17, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
House Aviation Panel Member Voices Concerns on TSA Security Proposal for GA
U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a general aviation (GA) pilot, recently sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff expressing concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) recently unveiled Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). In his letter to Chertoff, Rep. Graves noted that while he supports efforts to improve aviation security, "this proposed rule has generated significant concern from the general aviation community." Rep. Graves previously joined with NBAA and AOPA in the successful effort to extend the TSA comment and review period on the proposed LSAP rule from the original 60-day period until February 27, 2009. For more information on the LASP and to view Rep. Graves’ letter, visit NBAA’s LASP resource page at:

NBAA Urges IRS To Set Aside Proposed Changes to Passive Activity Rules
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued IRS Notice 2008-64, which outlines changes that the agency is considering for its reporting requirements, mandating that taxpayers file elections to group activities for purposes of “passive loss” rules. NBAA recently filed comments on the proposal, urging the IRS not to adopt the proposed changes, which could create a tax trap for unwary business aircraft owners that lease or share aircraft among multiple companies. Currently, the passive loss rules do not require taxpayers to file formal statements to group activities. To read the Association’s comments, prepared for NBAA by Tax Committee Member and attorney John Hoover, visit:

NBAA Has Preliminary Airspace Information for Presidential Inauguration
The presidential inauguration events that take place every four years have historically been met with increases in all types of traffic for the Washington, DC region, including aviation traffic. The increase, together with heightened security precautions, will require those operating into the DC metro area on or around January 20, 2009 to be aware of a number of factors. To assist Members in making adequate preparations, NBAA’s GA Desk has compiled and published online preliminary online information regarding temporary flight restrictions, air traffic management initiatives and aircraft parking issues.

U.S. Military Will Again Open Airspace to Accommodate Holiday Flights
In an effort to accommodate holiday flights, the U.S. military will again be opening the Virginia Capes Operating Area (VACAPES) airspace off the mid-Atlantic coast to civilian air traffic from Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Monday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Two routes from the Northeast will go southbound to Florida, and two routes will go from Florida up into the Northeast. New this year, another set of routes will be opened farther offshore, which air traffic control can use as part of overall traffic management from the Jacksonville and Washington centers. Operators are urged to file the routes as published in the advisories and ensure that they meet the equipment requirements specified in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for their operations. For more information, and to view the FAA presentation, visit:

Pilots Invited to Participate in Traffic Symbol Study
The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center and the MITRE Center for Advanced Aviation System Development are jointly conducting a study on symbols for Cockpit Displays of Traffic Information (CDTI). Active pilots are invited to participate by completing a 45-minute online study where they will be prompted to interpret and learn the meaning of several symbols proposed for CDTIs. Results of the study will be used by the FAA and industry to improve symbol recommendations for CDTI manufacturers, enhancing operational safety. The results will be presented through the RTCA, a government and industry group that develops recommendations regarding avionics and other systems. To learn more and to participate in the study, visit:

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Regional News
Denver Center to Address Southern Colorado Regional Group This Week
The Southern Colorado Regional Group will be holding a luncheon meeting on Thursday, November 20, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about improvements to Colorado’s airspace system that are being funded through the Colorado aviation fuel sales tax. At the meeting, FAA representatives from the Denver air traffic control system command center will present an update on the integration and operation of the new multilateral system that is being installed at select mountain valley airports, to be utilized this winter. The luncheon will be held at the Radisson Inn at 1645 Newport Road, Colorado Springs Airport, and will begin at 11:30 a.m. To attend, RSVP by noon this Wednesday, November 19 to Chic Myers at For more information, contact NBAA’s Steve Hadley at

CABAA Will Hold Luncheon Meeting on Nov. 21
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, November 21. The meeting will feature a presentation from the FAA on the requirements for Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs), Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs), en-route procedures with regard to Required Navigation Performance (RNP), and Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR) approaches. A designated RNP SAAAR consultant from Honeywell will provide an overview of the operational approval process. To be held at the Wyndham O’Hare at 6810 North Mannheim Road in Rosemont, IL, the meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. Attendees must register online. The cost is $20 for CABAA members and $25 for guests. For more information contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at To register, visit:

GWBAA Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception Is Dec. 5
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its official Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception on December 5 at Signature Flight Support on Dulles International Airport (IAD). All GWBAA members are welcome. Attendees should note the location has changed from previous years. The annual meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the reception, which will include refreshments and prizes. To attend, RSVP to Signature Flight’s Kyle Herbig at

NBAA Presents Silk Scarf Awards to Pape, Keltner and Clow
NBAA last week announced the presentation of the Association’s Silk Scarf Award to Michael Pape, Richard Keltner and Gene Clow. The Silk Scarf Award recognizes special contributions to the business aviation community. Pape founded the Idaho Business Aviation Association in 2003. Keltner and Clow volunteered their time to reestablish and lead the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association, now one of the leading regional business aviation groups in the country, in 2005. “We are so pleased to be able to honor these individuals who have contributed so much to the industry in their respective regions,” said NBAA’s Kristi Ivey, Northwest regional representative. To view the full press release, visit:


NBAA Marks Passing of Former Board Chairman Richard Hornbeck
NBAA this week marked the passing of Richard Hornbeck, who died on November 7. Hornbeck served on NBAA's Board of Directors from 1971–1987, serving as Board Chairman from 1977–1979. He became Chief of General Electric’s (GE’s) air transport operation in 1963, filling that post after 10 years as a line pilot. Prior to joining GE, Hornbeck was a flight instructor, charter pilot and Colonial Airlines pilot. “Dick leaves a legacy of dedication and leadership, and the business aviation community remains indebted to him for his many contributions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Online Registration for Attendees Now Available for 2009 S&D Conference
NBAA’s 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, the Association’s premier educational and networking event for those responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft, will be held from January 13 to 16 Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in California. In recognition of the event’s milestone 20th anniversary, the theme for the Conference will be “Honoring Our Heritage – Reaching for New Heights.” The annual event will include a number of Education Sessions and Schedulers Professional Development Program courses addressing current needs and issues for the profession, as well as hundreds of exhibits from aviation products and services providers. Online registration is now available for Conference Attendees. To register or learn more, visit:

Travel$ense 3.83 Update Released
NBAA has issued a maintenance update, version 3.83, for its business travel productivity-tracking software, Travel$ense. This update addresses an error that occurred when opening Travel$ense reports involving trips in 2009. All Travel$ense users are advised to download and install this update. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by automatically calculating the actual business hours, productivity, trip expenses and family time saved by traveling via business aircraft. For more information, visit:

Lottery Deadline Is This Week for Exhibits and Static Display at EBACE2009
Priority exhibit space at the 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009), will be assigned by lottery drawing. The deadline to apply for the lottery is this Friday, November 21. The preeminent forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors, EBACE2009 will be held next year in Geneva from May 12 to 14. For indoor exhibits, contact NBAA’s Linda Peters at For Static Display of Aircraft, contact NBAA’s Marti Smith at The Exhibitor Prospectus is currently available online. For more information, visit:

Preview Available of Soon-To-Launch NBAA Web Site
NBAA will soon launch its completely redesigned web site, which will be easier to use and more clearly organized. Over the course of this year, NBAA collected extensive feedback from Members on the Association’s current web site, which was introduced in 1995. Members reported that the site was a great resource, but that it was sometimes difficult to find the information they were looking for. The architecture of the web site is being revised to organize information more logically, and several new navigation features are being added to make NBAA’s many online resources easier to find. “We’re doing this redesign to dramatically improve the experience of using of the site,” said NBAA’s Jason Wolf, director, Internet communications. To view a video presentation of the new web site, which will launch later this year, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
PDP Course: Scheduling and Dispatch Function
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Highly Effective Teams at Work
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Human Factors
January 12–13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

SPDP Course: International Operations
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Finance and Budget Accounting
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 14–16, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
February 10, 2009, Hong Kong

2009 NBAA Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009)
February 11–12, 2009, Hong Kong

PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
February 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

NBAA Leadership Conference
February 18–19, 2009, New Orleans, LA

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

36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30 – April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Aviation Security
April 3, 2009, San Diego, CA

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