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NBAA Update #05-04
Monday, January 24, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Personnel Changes Continue At DHS
Asa Hutchinson, the Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes DHS jurisdiction for aviation, yesterday announced his resignation effective March 1. This is the latest in a string of recent resignations among top officials at DHS, including Secretary Tom Ridge and Deputy Secretary Adm. James Loy. NBAA has had productive working relationships with them and other senior DHS appointees during the development of the TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC). As the confirmation process for new DHS Secretary-nominee Michael Chertoff unfolds and other announcements are made concerning top DHS staff, NBAA will continue to push for progress on TSAAC and other Member concerns. For more information on TSAAC, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/tsaac

DRVSM Now In Effect
As anticipated, the Federal Aviation Administration reported last week that Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (DRVSM) went into effect without incident in North America early on the morning of January 20. All non-compliant aircraft were transitioned out of RVSM airspace, while RVSM-compliant aircraft were transitioned to new RVSM flight levels. FAA officials reported minor issues with some FAA software programs for enroute control centers, but the issues are being addressed, and are not causing problems for air traffic controllers or air crews. For more information on RVSM, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/rvsm

Inaugural Business Aviation Traffic Flows Smoothly At Dulles
In spite of a large volume of aviation traffic in conjunction with last week's Presidential Inaugural, business aircraft operators moved smoothly through Dulles International Airport (IAD). In addition to an extensive amount of advance planning to ensure efficient handling of flights at IAD, NBAA staff were posted at Signature Flight Support and Piedmont-Hawthorne Aviation to greet Members, answer their questions, and provide assistance. For more information, contact Cassandra Bosco at cbosco@nbaa.org.

NBAA Board Chairman Kenneth E. Emerick Sends Member Update Letter
NBAA Board Chairman Ken Emerick marked the passage of his first month at the helm of the Association's Board of Directors with a letter to Members focusing on the Association and its course for the future. Emerick's letter addresses recent changes in Board membership and Washington office staff, and discusses NBAA's 2005 legislative agenda and five-year strategic action plan. The letter is available at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/membership/letters/emerick20050118.php

Eurocontrol Pushes Back Mode S Deadline
Eurocontrol is postponing its timetable requiring Mode S Elementary and Enhanced Surveillance of IFR flights in European airspace. Among other modifications, the deadline for aircraft to be equipped with Mode S Elementary Surveillance (ELS) has been extended by 24 months from the original March 31, 2005, date to a March 31, 2007, deadline. Although the requirement to equip with ELS has been delayed to 2007, operators of aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight greater than 12,566 lbs. or a maximum cruise true airspeed greater than 250 knots that are not equipped with either ELS or EHS are still required to have an exemption to EHS if they wish to operate in the airspace of the United Kingdom or Germany after March 31, 2005, or France after March 31, 2006. For more information, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/cns/modes

Corporate Angel Network Celebrates 20,000th Flight
On January 24, Corporate Angel Network (CAN) celebrated its 20,000th flight for cancer patients. CAN, a national public charity based in White Plains, NY, partners with corporations to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers empty seats on corporate and fractional jets. More than 500 corporations, including NBAA Members, participate in CAN's efforts to transport about 200 cancer patients a month. To learn more about Corporate Angel Network visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

NBAA Past President Jack Olcott Named NJAA President, Receives University of Nebraska Award
On January 19, former NBAA President Jack Olcott was named president of the New Jersey Aviation Association, which represents airports, pilots, companies, manufacturers and other organizations involved with the aviation industry in New Jersey. Separately, Olcott was recently honored by the University of Nebraska with the William F. Shea Award for Distinguished Contributions to Aviation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the field of air transportation. Olcott currently serves as president of General Aero Company, Inc., a business aviation consulting firm located at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey.

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Regional News
Special Traffic Management Program in Effect for Super Bowl XXXIX Next Week
A Special Traffic Management Program will be in effect for Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, FL, from Wednesday, February 2 through Monday, February 7, 2005. All non-scheduled IFR arrivals destined to Jacksonville International (JAX), Cecil Field (VQQ), Craig Municipal (CRG), Fernandina Beach Municipal (55J), Gainesville Regional (GNV), Saint Augustine (SGJ), Herlong Municipal (HEG), Kay Larkin (28J), Lake City Municipal (LCQ), Saint Mary's (4J6), Brunswick Golden Isles (BQK), Jekyll Island (09J) and Malcolm McKinnon (SSI), are required to obtain a slot reservation. For more information, visit:
http://www.faa.gov/ntap/NTAP05JAN20/SP04061.htm

FAA Issues New Procedures for Portland International Airport
FAA Portland Tower/Approach Control has released a letter outlining new GPS-required procedures for operations at Portland International Airport (PDX). The procedures became available on January 20, 2005. To review the full text of the letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/PDX_LTA0501.pdf

FAA Boston Center To Begin Testing New Routes From Manchester Airport This Week
Beginning on January 27, 2005, the FAA Boston Center will initiate a 112-day test of new routings for southbound traffic departing from Manchester Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire. While some new departing routes will be longer than those currently used, Boston Center officials hope to decrease the length of some inbound routes and eliminate much of the complexity in managing westbound traffic that mixes with traffic coming into General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) and MHT. Members are encouraged to forward comments to New England Traffic Management Officer Arch Davis at (603) 879-6644 or archer.h.davis@faa.gov. Specific routings can be viewed at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/mht20050124.php

Expected Cleveland, OH, TFR for Upcoming VIP Travel
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is anticipated for this Thursday, January 27, for the Cleveland, OH, area. Although TFRs for VIP travel have decreased significantly in recent months, TFRs are still being issued and can be published shortly before they go into effect. Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace, and operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

Meeting to Discuss Formation of New Regional Business Aviation Association in Ohio on Feb. 3
On February 3, 2005, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a meeting to discuss the formation of a new Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA), which will work with NBAA to affect change on issues important to business aircraft operators in the state. To confirm attendance or learn more about the meeting, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org.

North Carolina Aviation Groups Pushing for Reform of State General Aviation Taxes
By unanimous vote, the North Carolina Aeronautics Council recently approved a plan for the Council's legislative subcommittee to petition state legislators to support a bill exempting aviation-related businesses from sales taxes on general aviation parts and labor. The Council provides North Carolina's governor with guidance on aviation policy, and the Council's Legislative Committee is Chaired by former North Carolina Senator Russell Walker. A second state aviation advocacy group, the North Carolina Business Aviation Association, recently agreed to partner with the Aeronautics Council in support of the legislation. NBAA supports both organizations' efforts to win much-needed tax reforms for general aviation. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Powerful California Commission Supports Key Business Aviation Proposals
In a 2004 Annual Report recently presented to the California state legislature, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) made three recommendations to boost funding for aviation investment and strengthen guidelines for land use near airfields. Specifically, the report proposes to double the budget for California's Division of Aeronautics, amend the California constitution to restrict use of Aeronautics Division funds from general aviation revenue to general aviation-related projects, and require that proposals for privately funded and charter schools be subject to oversight by the appropriate Airport Land Use Commission. NBAA and other general aviation industry advocates are petitioning the California legislature for support of the CTC's proposals. NBAA Director of Regional Programs Dan Burkhart serves as Chair of the California Transportation Commission's Technical Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, a state committee that advises the CTC on aviation policy. For more information, contact Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
January NBAA Dispatch Newsletter Now Online
The January issue of NBAA Dispatch includes a message from NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Susan Ramsay of Exxon Avitat Network and previews plans for the NBAA 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which will be held at the Hilton in Reno, NV, February 13-16. The issue also provides information about Conference speakers, software demos and a new bookstore, and four Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses to be held on February 12 and 13. Other articles focus on FBOs, software challenges, "people on the move" and regional group news. For more information about the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee or NBAA Dispatch, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org. Review the January issue online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/dispatch

Applications for NBAA International Operators Scholarship Due Next Week
The deadline for submitting applications for the NBAA International Operators Scholarship is January 31, 2005. With financial support from ExxonMobil Aviation and fixed-based operator Avitats, the International Operators Committee offers $5,000 scholarships each year for individuals considering careers in business aviation. Last year, 63 people received scholarships or training awards in various aviation professional areas. To learn more, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at (202) 783-9000, or by e-mail at jevans@nbaa.org. To view scholarship applications online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/education/scholarships/intl/

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Feb. 25
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the 2005 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the 2005 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 25. Award winners will be officially recognized at the Annual Gala of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November 2005. For more information, including nomination guidelines, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards

NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop Scheduled for Feb. 21-22 in Miami, FL.
The flight operations manual is the primary reference for all operations, maintenance and administrative issues in flight departments - having a comprehensive and current manual is essential to safe and efficient operations. The workshop uses the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the basis for providing participants with all materials needed to develop or update an excellent operations manual, custom tailored to your operations. This NBAA workshop is PDP approved. To learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fomw/20050221/

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop Scheduled for Feb. 23-24 in Miami, FL.
Whether you are just moving into the management ranks or have been there awhile, this workshop will open your eyes to new ways of achieving excellence. Practical, proven techniques are presented and discussed to make your flight department more effective and efficient. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how flight departments operate with your peers, and how high-quality flight departments operate. This NBAA workshop is PDP approved. To learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mffdw/20050223/

Call for Nominations: 2005 European Business Aviation Awards
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year, nominations are due by March 15. For more information about EBACE2005, which will be held May 18 through 20 in Geneva, Switzerland, visit http://www.ebace.aero. For more information on how to submit a nomination for the European Business Aviation Award, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050114-003.php

Advertising Opportunities in NBAA Membership Directory
NBAA is accepting insertion orders for the 2005 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. The 2005 edition will be available in print and CD-ROM formats, and more than 20,000 copies will be delivered to business aviation professionals throughout the world. For more information about this and other NBAA advertising opportunities, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at (202) 783-9266 or bschwalen@nbaa.org or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advertise

EBACE2005

Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 27, Miami Lakes, FL

Regulatory Issues Forum
January 28, Miami Lakes, FL

SPDP Course: Basic Corporate Aircraft Scheduling
February 12, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Effective Written Communications
February 12, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Building a High-Performance Team
February 13, Reno, NV

SPDP Course: Meteorology
February 13, Reno, NV

16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
February 13–16, Reno, NV

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 21–22, Miami Lakes, FL

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
February 23–24, Miami Lakes, FL

Leadership Conference
March 1–2, Miami Lakes, FL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
March 3, Miami Lakes, FL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 10, Teterboro, NJ

32nd Annual International Operators Conference
March 14–17, Colorado Springs, CO

LABACE2005
March 31–April 2, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Maintenance Management Conference
April 10–13, Colorado Springs, CO

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
April 14, Colorado Springs, CO

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 21, Farmingdale, NY

Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar
April 26, Orlando, FL

FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 26–28, Orlando, FL

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program

LABACE2005

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