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NBAA Update #05-29
Monday, July 18, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Advances Business Aviation Community Views on FAA Funding Issues at Airport Legislative Conference
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today represented the business aviation community in a panel discussion on funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), held by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in Washington, DC. The panel, titled "Prelude to FAA Reauthorization," also included Department of Transportation Inspector General Ken Mead, Congressional staff and an Air Transport Association representative. The forum was held in the midst of an ongoing debate in Washington about whether the funding mechanism for the FAA needs to be changed. In recent months, government and aviation industry officials have said that the FAA is faced with declining trust fund balances, a reduced general fund contribution and increasing operational costs. These statements indicate willingness for renewed consideration of possible changes to the funding structure for FAA, including implementation of general aviation user fees to address revenue shortfalls. Bolen's appearance at today's AAAE/ACI-NA event is the latest in a series of venues he has attended to represent business aviation in opposing user fees for general aviation. In addition to the work being done by NBAA in Washington on the issue, the Association has made a letter available for NBAA Members to send to their members of Congress in opposition to user fees for general aviation. To learn more about NBAA's continuing efforts on FAA funding and user fees, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at [email protected]. To view and send your own letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/action/?ISSUE=nbaa0002

NBAA Welcomes Santa Monica City Council's Approval of New Landing-Fee Structure for Airport
NBAA welcomes approval of a new landing-fee structure for Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The new landing-fee plan – approved by Santa Monica City officials on June 21 and scheduled to become effective August 1 – replaces a previous program that was rejected by the FAA last January on the grounds that it unjustly discriminated against certain types of aircraft. For more information about SMO, including an announcement from SMO officials about the new landing-fee structure, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050715-040.php

TSA Releases for Public Review Its Interim Final Rule for Reinstating General Aviation at Reagan National Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released its interim final rule outlining procedures for general aviation aircraft seeking access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). "NBAA welcomes this much-anticipated rule from the TSA, which lays out the roadmap for reinstating general aviation operations at DCA," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "While the initial requirements are onerous, the plan represents a good first step on the path to normalizing general aviation operations at the airport." The rule, which will appear in tomorrow's Federal Register, will be effective 30 days following its publication (essentially mid-August). NBAA will work closely with the TSA to assist Members applying for access to DCA. NBAA encourages Members to work with the Association's staff to resolve questions regarding the application and implementation of this new rule. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected]. Download the interim final rule in PDF at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/TSA-2005-21866.pdf

ABACE to Debut in Three Weeks
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. Business aviation experts at ABACE2005 will provide valuable insight on how to develop and maintain the business aviation industry in Asia, and more than 50 Exhibitors will display their products and services. The Opening General Session on August 9 will feature moderator Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, and guest speaker Jason Liao, Asian Business Aviation Association president. Informational Sessions focusing on three general themes – safety, infrastructure and the value of business aviation – will be conducted each day of the three-day event. For more information, visit the official ABACE web site at:
http://www.abace.aero

NBAA Tent at EAA AirVenture to Feature NBAA Staff and 'Contact Congress' Resource
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will greet NBAA Members, and all attendees, on July 28 at the NBAA hospitality tent on site at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In, to be held July 25 to 31. An Internet-linked computer kiosk also will be located at the tent, and NBAA staff will be available to demonstrate the use of the NBAA's "Contact Congress" resource, a quick-and-easy, online way for members of the aviation community to express their views to their federal representatives. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050715-039.php

FAA Provides Guidance for Operators Requiring Additional Time for RVSM Monitoring
The FAA has provided NBAA with guidance for situations in which an operator has not been able complete its RVSM monitoring requirements within the prescribed timeframe. The guidance enables the operator to apply for up to a three-month extension to schedule and complete its monitoring requirements if it has not completed its monitoring on time. The FAA stated that "a grace period is warranted" under certain unavoidable circumstances. The same notice has been sent to FAA FSDOs. The guidance is also posted on the RVSM Documentation web page under the "FAA Inspector Guidance" and "Monitoring Requirements and Procedures" sections. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected] or visit the FAA web site at:
http://www.faa.gov/ats/ato/rvsm_documentation.htm#inspector_guidance

FAA and Eurocontrol to Sponsor RNP/Avionics Workshop in Toulouse
The FAA and Eurocontrol will co-sponsor a workshop on required navigational performance (RNP) and future avionics requirements from October 4 to 7 in Toulouse, France. The "Implementing RNP" session will present and debate the current and future worldwide implementations of RNAV, P-RNAV, RNP strategy and satellite-based navigation applications and will provide a coordinated definition/application of RNP between Eurocontrol and the FAA. The "Avionics for 2011 and Beyond" session will present the role of the aircraft as a component of the CNS/ATM system over 2011 and 2020 in providing an avionics roadmap and a logical architecture shared by industry. Additional information, including the agenda, may be found online at:
http://www.eurocontrol.int/rnp-avionics

Contact Congress

Regional News
Chicago O'Hare Slot Rules Eased
The FAA has published Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 105, Reservation System for Unscheduled Arrivals at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD). "We are encouraged that the FAA has moved to give business aviation more access on the weekends, and we view the change in reservation hours as a good step by the Agency," said Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations. On August 8, this SFAR will replace the NOTAM in place since November 1, 2004, that details the slot reservation program for non-scheduled traffic into O'Hare. The SFAR was published via final rule in the Federal Register on July 8. For more information, including a copy of the final rule and a full summary of the SFAR, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/ord

NBAA Seeks FAA Action on Weight Restrictions At Minden-Tahoe Airport
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to the FAA to express concern regarding aircraft weight limits in effect at Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV). The MEV ordinance prohibits use of the airport by aircraft exceeding 30,000 lbs. (single-wheel main gear) or 50,000 lbs. (multiple-wheel main gear), except for aircraft operating in an emergency capacity. The FAA recently told MEV officials that the Agency "cannot support" the weight limit and indicated that "any reference" to the weight limit applying to the runway at MEV "should be eliminated." In his letter, Bolen suggested that enforcement of MEV's weight limit may violate the airport's federal obligation to remain available for public use on fair and reasonable terms without unjust discrimination. To view Bolen's letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/mev/

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for Baltimore, MD, on July 20 and Atlanta, GA, on July 22. Since TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

Deadline to Register for GBAA Luncheon Is Jul. 25; Bolen to Speak
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. To RSVP, visit the GBAA web site at http://www.gbaa.org. Space is limited and the deadline is July 25. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

FAA to Conduct Customer Forum in Houston on Aug. 9
The FAA will conduct a customer forum in the Houston area at 12:00 noon on August 9. Topics to be covered will include the current status of airspace redesign projects in the Midwest that support and/or impact Houston metropolitan area, and local items such as capacity/volume concerns for enroute and terminal area traffic as well as the planned runway closure at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this fall. NBAA Director of Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure Bob Lamond and NBAA Regional Representative Paul H. Smith will be in attendance. For more information, contact Lamond at [email protected].

Bolen to Speak at Idaho Business Aviation Luncheon in Boise, Sept. 16
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to speak at the Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) networking luncheon to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at the Western Aircraft Hangar, Boise, ID. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mike Pape at [email protected] or NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].

ABACE

NBAA News
NBAA's David Almy Resigns
David W. Almy, NBAA senior vice president, marketing & communications, is resigning his post to pursue a new challenge. He will remain associated with NBAA for a period of time to assist in the transition. Dan Hubbard, vice president, communications, will assume management of NBAA's communications programs. The Association plans to hire a new individual for marketing and membership programs.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2005/20050715-041.php

NBAA2005 Will Be 'Where Business Aviation Gets Business Done'
More than 30,000 Attendees and 1,000 Exhibitors are expected for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), to be held November 15 through 17 in New Orleans. Attendees of the world's largest purely civil aviation event will have the opportunity to tour one million square feet of exhibit space at the Morial Convention Center, view approximately 150 aircraft on Static Display at Lakefront Airport (NEW), participate in any of 75 Informational Sessions and attend in-depth pre- and post-Convention seminars. Visit the official NBAA2005 web site now for online registration, a preliminary program schedule, Exhibitor lists and floorplans, housing and travel instructions, golf tournament details and more. For further information or to register online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/2005

Denver to Host Next Business Aviation Regional Forum on Sept. 15
The next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum comes to Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO, on Thursday, September 15. The Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community, and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. The Denver event will feature approximately 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. The event also will feature a number of briefings for the business aviation community in the greater Denver area. For more information and a preliminary agenda, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20050915

NBAA2005

Upcoming NBAA Events
ABACE2005
August 9–11, Shanghai, China

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 15, Denver, CO

9th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
November 13, New Orleans, LA

14th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

Pre-Convention Seminars
November 13–14, New Orleans, LA

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

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

Post-Convention Seminars
November 18–19, 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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