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NBAA Update #05-20
Monday, May 16, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Report Says FAA Funding Cuts Will Lead to Congestion, Economic Disruption
The FAA's Management Advisory Council (MAC) issued a new report late last week predicting that continued cuts to FAA funding eventually would lead to increased flight delays and disruption to economic activity. The report also noted that, even if fully implemented, the FAA's 10-year plan to improve the national aviation infrastructure will not provide sufficient capacity to meet future traffic demands. To address the FAA's budget challenges, the MAC urged the White House and Congress to support authorized FAA funding levels, and called upon FAA to impose spending controls, in part by limiting costs for air traffic controllers and consolidating air traffic control facilities. Finally, the report took a position on the status of the Aviation Trust Fund, pointing out that trust fund revenues have rebounded and are growing again. According to the report, "Trust fund revenues are not expected to be the problem going forward.... There will be no problem of depletion of the trust fund" if Congress and the Administration hold fast to authorized spending limits. To review a copy of the MAC report, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/mac2005

NBAA Issues Statement on May 11 Cessna Incident Over Washington, DC, Airspace
It is difficult to understand how the pilot of a Cessna 150 strayed into the restricted airspace over Washington, DC, and it is regrettable that the pilot's apparent loss of situational awareness prompted the evacuation of government buildings and caused security responses to be set off. However, the May 11 event demonstrated that the system works. The Cessna was promptly identified by security officials, military fighter jets escorted the plane to a nearby airport and law enforcement authorities detained the pilot and co-pilot. Read the full NBAA statement and review related media coverage online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/20050512incident.php

EBACE2004 Opens This Week in Geneva
The 5th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2005), to be held this Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20 in Geneva, is on track to be another record-breaker, with more than 7,000 people expected to attend. As of May 16, EBACE has registered 278 Exhibitors occupying 883 3-meter by 3-meter booth spaces at Geneva Palexpo – already a 12.6-percent increase over last year's Exhibitor total – and 49 state-of-the-art business aircraft are slated to be on display at nearby Geneva International Airport. By comparison, last year, a record 6,487 Attendees viewed the products and services of 247 Exhibitors, and 36 static aircraft were on display. Online registration closes today, after which time walk-up registration will be available in Geneva. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

Top Government Officials From Europe and U.S. to Attend EBACE2005
Several top government officials from Europe and the U.S. will be in attendance at EBACE2005. Among those who have confirmed their attendance are: European Commission Air Transport Director Daniel Calleja Crespo; European Aviation Safety Agency Rule Making Director Claude Probst; Eurocontrol Director ATM Strategies Bo Redeborn; and a representative with the FAA. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero/welcome/pressroom/20050516.php

EBACE European Business Aviation Award Winners Announced
This week during EBACE2005, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association will recognize business aviation industry leaders from TAG Aviation and Cannes/Mandelieu Airport with the EBACE European Business Aviation Award for their work on behalf of business aviation. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero/welcome/pressroom/20050510.php

Changes to APIS Become Effective in Three Weeks
As reported earlier in NBAA Update (April 11, 2005, issue), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing on June 6. In addition to the current requirement for transmission of manifest information for passengers and crew members onboard commercial vessels and aircraft in advance of arrival in the United States, effective June 6, operators must transmit information in advance of departure from the United States. An Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission also will be required for crew members and non-crew members onboard commercial aircraft that overfly the United States. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis

Upcoming IS-BAO Implementation Workshops
IS-BAO Implementation Workshops are conducted regularly for operators to provide an introduction to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of recommended best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop is designed to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the IS-BAO. Upcoming workshops for operators include: June 2 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; July 8 in San Jose, CA; and September 16 in Denver, CO. To suggest holding a workshop in your area, contact the International Business Aviation Council at [email protected]. Review the workshop schedule at:
http://www.ibac.org/is-bao/Audit%20Workshop.htm

ABACE

Regional News
Legislature Advocacy Days Work for Regional Aviation Communities
Three groups recently held successful Legislature Advocacy Days at their local legislative office buildings: the Massachusetts Aeronautics Council, New York Aviation Management Association and Aviation Council of Pennsylvania. In each instance, a featured speaker addressed the assembly, after which attendees were able to visit with legislators to discuss issues of concern to them and the aviation community. This type of advocacy initiative has worked before. Last year New York passed a tax exemption for parts and labor related to maintenance, and this year, the state is considering the elimination of a tax on the sale of aircraft. Massachusetts has a sunset provision attached to its exemption, which is under review, and early indications are that the exemption will continue in its present form. To learn more about these events or how to hold an advocacy day in your area, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Avoid Travel Delays in North Carolina This Week
Most of the NASCAR teams will be at home this week at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Expect congestion on the ramp at Concord Municipal Airport (JQF) and to a lesser extent at Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) between Friday, May 20 and Sunday, May 22. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

NBAA and TSA Representatives to Speak at ORBAA Meeting, Jun. 15
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold its first statewide meeting on June 15 at the Lane Aviation facility at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, OH. Featured speakers include NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown on the topic of user fees and airport access; NBAA Central Regional Representative Durwood Heinrich on safer approaches and landings; and a representative, to be announced, from the Transportation Security Administration on aviation security issues. The event will begin at 12:00 noon. For more information, visit http://www.orbaa.org, or contact ORBAA President Phil Roberts at (937) 890- 8900 or NBAA's Heinrich at [email protected].

Westchester County Aviation Association Career Fair This Week
The Aviation Education Corporation in conjunction with the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will hold the annual Westchester Aviation Career Fair on Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Skyport Hangar D-3 on Westchester County Airport (HPN). The goal of the Career Fair is to provide "hands-on" exhibits, tours and aircraft displays that introduce middle and high school students to the varied careers available in the aviation industry. Many representatives from schools, companies and industry organizations will be available to discuss aviation opportunities. Admission is free. All NBAA Members are welcome to attend a WAA reception that will be held until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

First of Six FAA ATC/Customer Sessions Held This Week
The FAA ATC System Command Center and its customers will hold six Collaborative Traffic Flow Management sessions to focus on the upcoming severe weather season and review procedures, new initiatives, and national and regional issues. One-day sessions on May 17 and 18 will be hosted by Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field (DAL); sessions on May 24 and 25 will be held at Honeywell Corporate Headquarters in Morristown, NJ; and sessions on June 15 and 16 will be hosted by America West Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. The FAA strongly encourages NBAA Members to attend these free sessions, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at [email protected].

NBAA2005

NBAA News
NBAA Offers New Term Life Insurance Program for Flight Department Employees
NBAA today unveiled a new term life insurance program for pilots, developed in conjunction with the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC), an NBAA Member Company located in Addison, TX. The NBAA/PIC term life program is intended to help Members get access to quality coverage at an affordable price. Competitively priced term life programs also will be available for other members of flight departments, including technicians, schedulers, flight attendants and administrative personnel. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050516-029.php

Ten-Year Anniversary for Flight Attendants Conference This June
NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee will host the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference on June 17 and 18 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA. This event will include sessions on cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips and professional development. Attendees also will learn about the safety and regulatory requirements that can maximize cabin safety for both passengers and crew. Flight attendants, flight technicians and other flight department professionals will take away options, procedures and techniques that they can immediately put to use in their daily operations. Hotel and travel discounts may be available for those who make arrangements in advance. Learn more or register online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fltatt/2005

Flight Department Managers Urged to Register Now for June Workshops
NBAA is offering two Professional Development Program-approved Workshops this June in San Francisco. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 20 and 21 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 flight operations manual, custom tailored to your operations. And whether you are just moving into the management ranks or have been there awhile, the NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 22 and 23 will offer you new ways of achieving excellence. Practical, proven techniques are presented and discussed to make your flight department more effective and efficient. To learn more or register for either event, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums

Upcoming NBAA Events
EBACE2005
May 18–20, Geneva, Switzerland

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 2, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

NBAA 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 17–18, Atlanta, GA

NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 20–21, San Francisco, CA

NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 22–23, San Francisco, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 7, San Jose, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
July 8, San Jose, CA

ABACE2005
August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
September 16, Denver, CO

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
November 14, New Orleans, LA

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 15–17, New Orleans, LA

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

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

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