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NBAA Update #05-27
Monday, July 04, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Opinion Piece in Bergen Record Challenges Calls for Restrictions on Access to Teterboro Airport
In response to recent calls for reductions in business aircraft traffic at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted an editorial to the Bergen Record defending access to the airport for the business aviation community. Bolen's opinion piece, which was published in the July 3 edition of the paper, points out that proposals to reduce traffic as a means of enhancing safety are based on the flawed assumption that aircraft activity levels are causally linked to airplane accidents when the data tells a different story. "There are several general aviation airports in the U.S. that handle more traffic than Teterboro, and they are clearly safe," Bolen points out in his editorial. "Thus, high aircraft activity levels are not a precursor to, or a cause of, accidents." Bolen's opinion piece calls for a deliberative approach to making safety improvements at TEB that is based upon determination of underlying reasons for accidents. To review Bolen's opinion, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/Bergen20050703.php

House Passes FY06 Transportation Funding Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and DC Appropriations bill on June 30. The FY2006 funding bill allocates $14.4 billion for the FAA, including $8.2 billion to fund FAA operations and $3.6 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "NBAA commends the House of Representatives for recognizing the importance of our national air transportation system with increased funding for critically needed airport improvement projects," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The bill also provides $25 million to hire and train nearly 600 new air traffic controllers and $8 million for additional safety inspectors in the aircraft certification and flight standard office. During House consideration of the funding bill, an amendment was approved that voids a recent FAA contract agreement that would have closed 38 of the current 61 FAA Flight Service Stations (FSS) and privatized 20 of the remaining 23 FSS facilities. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary is scheduled to take up its funding bill version on July 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at rdoubrava@nbaa.org.

NBAA Submits Comments to FAA Rule on CVRs and FDRs
Last Tuesday, June 28, NBAA submitted comments to the FAA on its proposed rule to modify recording, sampling and installation requirements for cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) and flight data recorders (FDRs). The FAA's economic analysis required for this rule failed to address a single business aircraft affected by this proposal. NBAA estimates that this rule could cost the Part 91 and 135 industry more than $1 billion to meet these new requirements. NBAA has asked that the FAA halt any further rulemaking on this issue that affects the Part 91 and 135 communities until it completes the required economic analysis. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org, or download NBAA's comments in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/NBAACommentsFAA-2005-20245.pdf

San Jose the Site of This Week's Business Aviation Regional Forum
This Thursday, July 7, NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum comes to the San Jose Jet Center at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in California. NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown is scheduled to speak during the opening session with a focus on business aviation today. Other sessions during the day-long learning and networking event will focus on safety, regional and operational issues, management tools, electronic technologies and an industry update. The San Jose Regional Forum will feature approximately 35 static aircraft, more than 50 exhibits and hundreds of Attendees. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20050707

NBAA's Newest Business Aviation Event to Debut in Asia This August
From August 9 to 11, NBAA will host the first-ever Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) at Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and Hongqiao Airport in China. NBAA created ABACE to focus solely on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services. Currently, more than 40 Exhibitors are signed up for this event, and booth space is expected to sell out. U.S. operators planning to attend this event are advised to make visa arrangements in advance. To register, review the current Exhibitor list or learn more, visit the official ABACE web site at:
http://www.abace.aero

Airborne Internet Survey Being Conducted Online
To understand how emerging communications technologies could be used to enhance safety, improve operational efficiencies, lower overall system costs and increase passenger productivity while traveling, researchers at the FAA Technical Center are conducting a survey. Members of the business aviation community are invited to read a brief description of what is being called "Airborne Internet," which is shorthand for datalink technology and information handling that could significantly benefit all National Airspace System users, and take a 15-minute survey. Responses will be aggregated so that no responder will be identified. Only collective results will be presented in reports related to this study. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/aisurvey

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Regional News
NBAA Leaders to Speak at GBAA Luncheon in Atlanta, Aug. 1
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to speak at a Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) luncheon to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1 at the Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta, GA. Other featured speakers will include NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione and Ed Ratigan, manager, aviation programs for the Georgia Department of Transportation. For more information or to RSVP, visit the GBAA web site at http://www.gbaa.org or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

LaGuardia Runway Closures This Summer
Users of New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) can anticipate nightly airport closures at midnight through the summer. Construction crews are repaving the runway intersection and the Port Authority insists little room is allowed for delaying the nightly closures due to time constraints of finishing the project by September. Exceptions to the planned closure only will be considered for massive system-wide delays and weather forecasts preventing construction from being completed. Construction crews will be standing by at midnight; therefore, the Port Authority will strictly enforce the hard closures. Enforcement will include: aircraft on taxi outs will be turned back and those enroute, including aircraft on final, will be diverted to an alternate airport. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at gadesk@nbaa.org.

New York Bill Would Exempt Sales and Use Tax on GA Aircraft Sales
The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would exempt sales and use tax on the sale of general aviation aircraft in New York. However, the bill, AO 6819, failed in the House. The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) continues to lobby the assembly to support and pass the bill. A letter-writing campaign has been initiated in New York by those with aviation interests, encouraging the assemblymen to pass Bill 6819. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Connecticut Retains Business Aviation Tax Exemptions
Connecticut will continue with all aspects of its aircraft tax exemption program. The efforts by NBAA and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) to educate state legislators on the economic benefits and tax revenue generation provided by corporate and business aviation effectively resulted in legislative support to maintain the current aviation tax exemptions. These exemptions were in jeopardy of being repealed during this last legislative session. Face-to-face visits by CBAG members with legislators helped prove the points made and answer specific questions raised. Additionally, CBAG testified at a public hearing on the bill that would have repealed the current tax exemption. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

FAA Customer Forum for Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky Operators, Jul.12
The FAA will hold a customer forum on Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon, for operators in the eastern Indiana, western Ohio and northern Kentucky areas. In attendance will be FAA facility representatives from air traffic facilities in the greater Cincinnati area: Indianapolis Center (ZID), Cincinnati Approach (CVG) and Lunken Field (LUK). The agenda includes an update on airspace redesign at ZID, changes at CVG affecting LUK, and an open forum for customer questions and concerns regarding ATC and regional airspace operations. The meeting will be hosted by Executive Jet Management at their LUK headquarters, 4556 Airport Road, Cincinnati, OH 45226. A picture ID will be required to attend the meeting. For more information, contact FAA's Michael Ogles at (770) 210-7974, Cheryl Zibrowski at (317) 247-2282 or NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org.

Westchester Aviation Association Safety & Security Seminar, Jul. 12
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will sponsor a Safety & Security Seminar on Tuesday, July 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Joint News Center at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. The program will provide an update on safety and security issues at HPN. A barbeque will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by keynote speaker Stuart Matthews, president of Flight Safety Foundation. To RSVP, contact WAA's Margaret Walsh at mmwalsh@us.ibm.com, or for more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Connecticut Business Aviation Group's Annual Meeting Is Jul. 14
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m., at Dorios Restaurant, 231 Bank St., Waterbury, CT. The featured speaker will be Tony DeFillipis of DeFillipis Associates, who will discuss how to engage public officials in issues that affect business aviation. For more information or to RSVP, contact CBAG's Paul Anderson at (860) 292-3200 or NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Kansas City Group to Hold Inaugural Golf Outing on Jul. 9
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) invites all NBAA Members to its Inaugural Golf Outing on July 9 at Prairie Highlands Golf Course in Kansas City, MO. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit Central Missouri State University's Flight and Maintenance School, to assist students who are pursuing careers as pilots and mechanics in corporate aviation. Proceeds also will benefit Angel Flight Central, which arranges air transportation on behalf of people in need. For more information, contact KCBAA's Joe Tabor at (816) 421-1984 or NBAA's John Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org.

FPM Foundation Golf Classic to Take Place in Michigan, Aug. 19
Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) will host the 8th Annual FPM Foundation Golf Classic on Friday, August 19 at Bay Pointe Golf Club in West Bloomfield, MI. The FPM Foundation has funded more than $180,000 toward aviation scholarships and flight safety training to benefit students with exemplary performance at Michigan universities. Aircraft owners, aviation suppliers and all other industry professionals are invited to participate. To make golf or dinner reservations, contact ADI's Joan Cyman at (248) 666-3500 or jcyman@flyadi.com, or for more information, contact NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at dheinrich@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
November CAM Exam Applications Due by Sept. 28
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program identifies qualified professionals to lead corporate flight departments and companies using business aircraft. Whether you are an existing or an aspiring aviation manager, you can prove your knowledge and management skills through the successful completion of a certification exam. The next CAM Exam will be administered on November 14 in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans, LA. Applications for the November 14 CAM Exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than September 28. For more information, e-mail cam@nbaa.org or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

Several NBAA Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
Applications are now available for the following seven NBAA scholarships: Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS), NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Applications for most of these scholarships are due September 1, except for the Barden Scholarship, which is due November 1, and Maintenance TRACS, which is due January 15. For more information or to download applications, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

NBAA Chairman's Charity Classic Registration Available Online
The NBAA 9th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, November 13 at the Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, LA, in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held November 15 through 17 in New Orleans. Online registration for both Attendees and Sponsors of the tournament is now available. Last year, NBAA's Classic raised $55,000 for the Santa Monica, CA-based charity Angel Flight West, which provides free, non-emergency air transportation in response to medical needs. This year's tournament will benefit a charity in the greater New Orleans region, to be announced. For more information or to register, visit:
https://secure.nbaa.org/public/cs/amc/2005/golf

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Independence Day Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

NBAA Regional Forums

Upcoming NBAA Events
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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