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NBAA Update #05-39
Monday, September 26, 2005

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Will Continue Providing Post-Hurricane Rita Info; Inquiry Hotline to Remain Active
Since last week, NBAA has been tracking the progress of Hurricane Rita and its effect on impacted areas, and providing continually updated information via the Association web site. NBAA's Hurricane Rita Information Resource will continue to provide information about weather, airport conditions and FAA facilities, links to information about road conditions and more. The resource also provides an NBAA hotline number, available on a 24/7 basis, for those wanting to provide information or submit inquiries directly with NBAA staff. The resource can be accessed at:
http://www.nbaa.org/rita/

FAA Issues Hurricane Rita Special Authorization OpSpec
On September 22, the FAA issued OpSpec A528 for Part 121 and 135 Certificate Holders, which provides special authorization for operations into airports affected by Hurricane Rita. Certificate holders are authorized to conduct flight operations within the airspace and to airports within any temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas created as a result of Hurricane Rita subject to the limitations and conditions of this operations specification. Permission to enter any TFR and land at airports within any TFR must be obtained from the appropriate agencies in charge. For further details, visit the Hurricane Rita Information Resource at:
http://www.nbaa.org/rita/info.php#conditions

NBAA Convention Numbers Are Running Strong
Six weeks out from the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005), to be held November 9 through 11 in Orlando, FL, the number of Attendees already registered for the Convention is close to 1,000 more in comparison to last year's Convention during the same period. Additionally, exhibit booth reservations for the rescheduled event are running 5 percent ahead of last year's total during that period, while the number of Exhibiting Companies compared to that period is about the same. Exhibit space is still available. The NBAA2005 Advance Program, with details reflecting the Convention's new Orlando location, is mailing out this week, and up-to-date Exhibitor, registration, housing and program information also is available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/2005

NBAA Letter Outlines Concerns Over Plan to Restore GA Operations at DCA
In comments sent last week from NBAA to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Association called the government's plan for reinstating general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) a "good first step" toward restoring full access to the airport, but raised several concerns about the onerous requirements included in the Agency's interim final rule (IFR) for general aviation procedures at DCA. "While we acknowledge the positive first step that this IFR represents, the regulatory burden placed on business aircraft operators exceeds that currently required by the scheduled airlines flying into DCA today," the NBAA letter noted. To view a copy of the letter, visit NBAA's DCA page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/dca

NBAA Urges Treasury Department to Delay Fuel Fraud Tax Changes
NBAA, in cooperation with the National Air Transportation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association, recently urged the U.S. Department of Treasury to suspend the changes to aviation grade kerosene (jet fuel) taxation provisions that were contained in H.R. 3, the Highway Bill. As a result of the fuel tax changes contained in this legislation, taxes paid on millions of gallons of jet fuel will not be transferred from the Highway Trust Fund to the Airports & Airways Trust Fund, thus having a negative effect on all segments of aviation. In a letter to Treasury Secretary John Snow, the associations outlined numerous tactical questions and policy concerns regarding the fuel tax change and requested a meeting with the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy and IRS to pursue a workable, administrable solution to the fuel fraud concerns. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] or download the letter:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/fuelfraud

Fuel Vendors Must Register with IRS to Ensure Funding of FAA Trust Fund
Beginning October 1, federal excise tax imposed on removal of kerosene from the terminal rack will be $0.244 per gallon. Because this tax will initially be credited to the Highway Trust Fund, fuel vendors must submit refund requests to show that the gallons were used in aviation in order to transfer the tax into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Only "ultimate vendors" may apply for the tax refund for kerosene used in non-commercial aviation, so it is critical that fuel vendors register with the IRS so that refund requests may be filed. While there is still a lack of clarity within the aviation industry regarding registered vendor status, several fuel suppliers have sent letters to FBOs indicating that in certain cases the FBO is the ultimate vendor. NBAA and NATA have a workgroup addressing this issue and are seeking guidance from the IRS. Learn more at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/fuelfraud

FAA to Implement STMP Enhancement Recommendations for Fall 2005
The FAA recently informed the Collaborative Decision Making Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) Enhancements subteam, on which NBAA participates, that it has accepted and will implement the subteam's proposed STMP enhancements and recommendations in mid-Fall 2005. The workgroup, which consists of an equitable mix of customer representatives from flight plan service providers, fractional companies, charter operators and traditional NBAA Member flight departments, focuses on short- and long-term enhancements to the present STMP process. These enhancements will help to address the recurring equity and efficiency issues often vocalized through customer feedback and suggestions. Direct questions or comments to NBAA's Jo Damato at [email protected]. For more information on these enhancements, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/ski_stmp.php

No STMPs for NBAA Convention; Plan to Use GAAP Instead
NBAA has been working with FAA air traffic representatives to prepare initiatives for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held November 9 to 11 in Orlando, FL. Traditionally, a combination of arrival and departure special traffic management programs (STMPs) have been in place for Convention traffic operating at Orlando International (MCO), Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) and Kissimmee Airport (ISM). Instead of departure STMPs, local FAA facilities will manage departure demand dynamically without a reservation requirement. For arrival aircraft, the FAA will utilize a new type of ground delay program (GDP), GAAP, which is a new alternative to STMPs. A GAAP is a GDP designed to be used at airports where a combination of known and forecast demand is expected to exceed airport capacity. Direct questions or comments to NBAA's Jo Damato at [email protected]. Download more information on ground delay programs online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/gaap_nbaa2005.doc

Where Can I Find the 2005-2006 De-ice/Anti-ice Holdover Time Guidelines?
Holdover time is the estimated time de-icing/anti-icing fluid will prevent the formation of frost or ice, and the accumulation of snow on the treated surfaces of an aircraft. Holdover time begins when the final application of deicing/anti-icing fluid commences and expires when the deicing/anti-icing fluid applied to the aircraft loses its effectiveness. Operators required to develop, and have available, holdover timetables for use by their personnel may find the latest guidelines on the FAA web site (under Airline Safety, More) at:
http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Bolen Continues Outreach to Stay Connected With Members
Over the past two weeks, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has traveled to business aviation community meetings and forums in Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky and Alabama to meet with members of the business aviation community, hear their concerns and discuss the work NBAA is doing on their behalf. Bolen's recent stops reflect his continuing emphasis on strengthening connections between the Association and its Members. Over the past year, Bolen has attended several NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums, toured a large number of flight departments and met with state and local business aviation associations. View related photo at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/photos/20050926

Oregon-Area Members to Meet Oct. 3; NBAA's Piccione a Featured Speaker
NBAA Member Flightcraft will host an NBAA Member meeting on Monday, October 3 at its FBO facility on Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (EUG) in Eugene, OR, following the airport's runway dedication. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will be present to address business aviation issues such as FAA funding and user fees, and the need for Member participation and local advocacy. To RSVP, contact Flightcraft's Derek Burge at (541) 688-9291 or [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

NBAA's Bolen to Speak at Ohio Group Meeting in Dayton, Oct. 19
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to speak at the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) meeting to be held Wednesday, October 19, at Stevens Aviation on Dayton International Airport (DAY). Three morning roundtables will include local government, maintenance best practices and ATC and Indianapolis Center sessions. Following a networking lunch and Bolen's presentation, afternoon sessions include a membership meeting, a briefing on the new tax rules for private use of business aircraft and a seminar on icing and de-icing. Members of NBAA's Operations Division also will be present at this event and participate in the sessions. To RSVP, visit http://www.orbaa.org or contact Lisa Gorman at (937) 454-3408. For more information, contact ORBAA's Phil Roberts at [email protected] or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at [email protected].

Meeting in Support of Blue Ash Airport to Be Held Sept. 29
A meeting to muster support for Cincinnati's Blue Ash Airport (ISZ) will be held at 1:00 p.m., September 29, at LSI Corporation's Image Center in Blue Ash, OH. Historical Blue Ash Airport was the site of the first commercial airport in Ohio. Bob Ready, president of LSI, has spent a number of years restoring "My Gal Sal," one of the B-17s that was forced to ditch on the Greenland icecap during World War II, and Ready's plan is to build a memorial to the Army Air Force at Blue Ash. During the meeting, in addition to Ready's presentation, strategies will be discussed to preserve the airport. For more information, contact Cheryl Popp at [email protected] or NBAA's Durwood Heinrich at [email protected].

Nevada S&D Group Announces Organizational Meeting, Oct. 4
Nevada-area NBAA Members will hold their first meeting to organize a new Nevada Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Group on Tuesday, October 4, which will include an NBAA issues update. The event will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Panevino's in Las Vegas, NV. To attend, contact Dion Glenn at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

Greater Washington Business Aviation Association Golf Event, Oct. 10
On October 10, the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its first annual golf tournament at the International Country Club in Fairfax, VA. The event will benefit both the Aero Club of Washington Foundation and Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. For more information, visit the GWBAA site at http://gwbaa.com, or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group to Meet in Waukegan, IL, Oct. 20
The Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group (MWSDG) will hold its next biannual dinner and meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., October 20, at the DB Aviation facility in Waulegan, IL. Universal Weather's Fred Towers will provide a presentation on international customs and handling, and NBAA Central Regional Representative Durwood Heinrich will discuss the proposed user fee issue that threatens U.S. aviation as well as make a brief safety presentation. To RSVP, contact [email protected]. For further information, visit the group's new web site at http://www.mwsdg.org, or contact Kandi Spangler at [email protected] or Heinrich at [email protected].

Safety Standdown Promotes Corporate Aviation Safety This October
"War on Error" is the theme of the 2005 Safety Standdown, which will be held by Bombardier Learjet, October 25 through 27 in Wichita, KS. The objective of this annual three-day conference is to improve corporate aviation safety, and the material covered is applicable to all business jet aircraft regardless of manufacturer. Session topics will include medical and emergency training, international operations recurrent training, the "global war on error," fatigue countermeasures, high-altitude physiology, advanced aerodynamics, professionalism, performance and safety. Operators of any type of business aircraft can attend the seminar virtually free of charge. For more information, contact Dawn Pepperd at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.cic.bombardier.com

Honeywell

NBAA News
Aviation Legends to Present Combs Award at NBAA2005
In addition to a "State of the Association" speech by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and several keynote speakers, the NBAA2005 Opening General Session on Wednesday, November 9 will feature aviation legends Gene Cernan, Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, Crossfield, the first to fly both Mach 2 and Mach 3, and Hoover, world-famous airshow pilot, will present the 2005 Combs Award to a recipient to be announced by the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF), which administers the award. Through the Combs Award, the NAHF annually presents $20,000 to a recipient completing a project that advances the promotion or preservation of America's air and space heritage. View the NBAA2005 program schedule online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2005/schedule.php

NBAA2005 Housing Confirmations Being Issued; System to Re-Open for New Reservations by Sept. 29
Following the relocation of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention to Orlando, Travel Planners and NBAA staff are working as quickly as possible to confirm hotel room blocks and rates at Orlando-area hotels. Those who originally booked their New Orleans Convention housing through Travel Planners will receive an e-mail confirming their Orlando hotel reservations in the coming days. Once these confirmations are issued, Travel Planners will re-open the housing reservation system by Thursday, September 29, to anyone wishing to make a new reservation in Orlando. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2005/housing.php

CAM Exam Applications Due This Wednesday
The next Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination will be administered Tuesday, November 8 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications for the November 8 CAM Exam must be submitted to NBAA postmarked no later than this Wednesday, September 28. For more information about the CAM Program, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

2006 Leadership Conference Details Now Online
The 2006 NBAA Leadership Conference is scheduled for February 22 and 23 in Dallas, TX. This highly interactive program provides current and emerging flight, maintenance and office managers the opportunity to learn and share their practical knowledge and experiences for being successful leaders. The NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee plans the program schedule for this Conference, which will be held in conjunction with an NBAA Professional Development Program Course, Regulatory Issues Forum and Certified Aviation Manager Examination. Applications for the Committee's Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship, which enables qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference, are now available online and are due November 18. For preliminary Conference details, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/leadership/2006/

NBAA Standing Committees Promote Careers Through Scholarships
NBAA offers 13 scholarship programs to promote professional development and business aviation careers; several of these are administered by NBAA Standing Committees. Upcoming deadlines for Committee-related scholarships are: November 14 for the three scholarships offered by the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee; November 18 for the Corporate Aviation Management Committee's scholarship, which sends recipients to the annual Leadership Conference; January 15 for the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship, offered by the Maintenance Committee; and January 31 for the scholarship of the International Operators Committee. For more information about these and other scholarships, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

NBAA2005 in Orlando

Upcoming NBAA Events
IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
October 19, 2005, Cleveland, OH

NBAA 14th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
November 7–8, 2005, Orlando, FL

Pre-Convention Seminars
November 2005, Orlando, FL

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention
November 9–11, 2005, Orlando, FL

Post-Convention Seminars
November 2005, Orlando, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 19, 2006, Boca Raton, FL

17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 25–27, 2006, San Antonio, TX

Leadership Conference
February 22–23, 2006, Dallas, TX

33rd Annual International Operators Conference
March 20–23, 2006, Tampa, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 13, 2006, Dallas, TX

Maintenance Management Conference
April 17–19, 2006, Dallas, TX

EBACE2006
May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

51st Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 9–11, 2006, Phoenix, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2006, Washington, DC

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 2006, Denver, CO

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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