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NBAA Update #06-04
Monday, January 23, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Schedulers & Dispatchers Gather in San Antonio This Week
Record-setting Attendee and Exhibitor numbers are expected this week in San Antonio, where NBAA will host the 17th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference. More than 1,500 Attendees and over 320 Exhibitors already have registered for the event, which will feature speakers Gene Kranz, former NASA director of mission operations, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. This Conference, NBAA's largest, gives business aviation schedulers and dispatchers the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to their role in the corporate flight department, including security, domestic and international scheduling, dispatch resource management, ATC traffic flow management, flight department software, weather strategies, fuel purchases, charter operations and customer services issues. NBAA will post articles, photos and Podcasts throughout the event later this week. In the meantime, visit the Conference web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/sdc/2006

Congress Reconvenes Next Week; Members Urged to Oppose Harmful Legislative Proposals for Industry
Congress concluded business in December without completing action on S. 2020, the Tax Relief Act of 2005, which contains two very harmful proposals for business aviation. One provision expands limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees, rather than just senior executives. A second provision substantially increases taxes for some uses of a company plane. With both the House and Senate returning next week, NBAA has issued a new brief on the legislation, which is posted to the Association's web site at http://www.nbaa.org/govt/issues/taxincreases.php. A letter on the issue remains posted to NBAA's online Contact Congress resource to help Member Companies voice their opposition to the proposals. To access the letter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/action/?ISSUE=nbaa0006

FAA Redesigns TFR Web Site
NBAA has participated for several months in the FAA NOTAM Plain Language Advisory Group, the purpose of which was to provide feedback to the FAA to change the way temporary flight restriction (TFR) NOTAMs are presented. As a result of NBAA and industry group participation, the FAA has designed a TFR web page that displays NOTAMs in an easier-to-read, plain language format. Additionally, operators may view the TFR depicted on a local map or a VFR sectional chart. Access the redesigned FAA TFR web site at:
http://tfr.faa.gov

ICAO's North Atlantic Operations DVD Now Available
Last year the European Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in conjunction with the NATS Scottish and Oceanic Area Control Centre in the UK, revised and updated its "On The Right Track" DVD. The disk contains guidance on how to increase safety by avoiding the most common errors when operating in the North Atlantic (NAT) MNPS environment. It is now available to NBAA Members free of charge except for a shipping fee of $7.50. The DVD also will be given to all Attendees of the NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference (http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2006/), to be held March 20 to 23 in Tampa, FL. To order a copy of the DVD, use the secure online order form at:
https://secure.nbaa.org/public/ops/intl/icaodvd/order.php

Business Aircraft Operations in Canada: Avoiding Cabotage
As more companies engage in international operations, especially with our neighbors to the north, questions arise with regard to business aircraft operating between the U.S. and Canada and operations within Canada. Operators must ensure they avoid engaging in cabotage, which generally is the carriage of goods or passengers for remuneration within the same country. In Canada, cabotage comes under the authority of the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA), as well as the Canadian aviation economic authority, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). Learn some specifics about business aircraft operations in Canada by reading the article, "Canadian Cabotage – FAR Part 91 Operations" posted on the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/cabotage200601.php

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA's Lisa Piccione Is Guest Speaker at Nebraska Aviation Symposium
Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs, will be a guest speaker this Thursday, January 26, at the 14th Annual Nebraska Aviation Symposium, which combines the Nebraska Aviation Conference and Aircraft Maintenance Seminar in Kearney, NE. Piccione oversees NBAA's legislative and political activities involving the Administration, U.S. Congress, state, local and international government, and the aviation community to ensure safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation. View Piccione's biography at http://www.nbaa.org/about/staff/piccione.php. NBAA encourages individuals involved in any aspect of aviation, and especially business aviation, to participate in the Nebraska Aviation Symposium. For more information, visit http://avmechseminar.org/ or contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

State of the Union TFR to Affect Baltimore-Washington Region
In conjunction with Presidential Bush's State of the Union address on January 31, NOTAM 6/0755 will establish a TFR over the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. General aviation operations will be prohibited at all airports within the TFR between 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. Aircraft on IFR flights will be permitted access to Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) and Washington Dulles International (IAD). For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at gadesk@nbaa.org or view the NOTAM online at:
http://tfr.faa.gov

FAA Issues Updated NOTAM for Super Bowl XL
On January 19, the FAA published an updated NOTAM for the National Football League's Super Bowl XL, to be held February 5 in Detroit. This NOTAM superceded one published last month that erroneously stated special traffic management programs (STMPs) will be in place for the surrounding Detroit airports. No STMP/reservations will be required; however, users can expect some form of traffic management initiatives by way of ground delay programs, expanded miles in trail or arrival/departure delays. The decision on the type of initiative will be made based on demand and weather. Also in the NOTAM are arrival and departure routes that will be required. A TFR surrounding the stadium will be in effect as well. For more information, contact NBAA GA Desk's Sue Ashley at gadesk@nbaa.org, or to view the NOTAM, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/notams.htm

Georgia Group to Hold Aviation Tax Session in Atlanta, Feb. 9
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) invites NBAA Members to attend an informative session on aviation taxes. Tax experts from NBAA and private practice will help you understand current federal and local tax issues affecting your operation and your passengers. Topics will include personal use, fuel, aircraft sales and various use taxes. The GBAA session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 9 in Atlanta and will include lunch. Fee is $50 per attendee. For more information or to register, visit the GBAA site at http://www.gbaa.org or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

Construction Schedule at Kansas City Downtown Airport
On January 18, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City, MO, issued the following construction schedule for 2006: March 1, Runway 1/19 closed for construction; March 6, Runway 3/21 closed for construction in intersection and the north 3,300 feet of Runway 1/19 to re-open (restrictions may apply; contact airport for details); June 1, Runway 3/21 scheduled to re-open full length and remaining portion of Runway 1/19 closed with 3/21 open; August 15, Runway 1/19 scheduled to re-open full length. For more information, contact MKC Airport Manager Michael Roper at (816) 513-0800 or NBAA's John Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org.

Flight Department Essentials

NBAA News
Leadership Conference to Feature Flight Department Experts
Following its theme, "Leadership vs. Management: Finding the Balance," the 2006 NBAA Leadership Conference will explore the fine and sometimes fuzzy line between the two essential talents required to run a flight department. Sessions will feature panels of proven flight department managers who will address not only the event theme but also leadership and management best practices, succession planning and differences between corporate and flight department cultures. The Conference also will feature keynote speaker Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, president and CEO of Cirrus Design Corporation, the world's second largest manufacturer of single-engine, piston aircraft, and a new Leadership Mini Fair, where industry providers will be on display. For further details or to register for this event, scheduled for February 22 and 23 in Dallas, TX, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/leadership/2006/

Citigroup Leading Provider of International Feedback in 2005
In 2005, NBAA received more than 815 international feedback submissions from 196 individuals representing 89 Member Companies. To encourage the ongoing flow of this critical operational information, and also to thank contributing organizations, NBAA annually awards a free admission for the NBAA International Operators Conference to the NBAA Member that provides the most international feedback during the preceding year. This year, for the third consecutive year, the top award goes to Citigroup, which submitted nearly 25 percent of last year's total. United Technologies came in second place, followed by VF Corporation. NBAA thanks all organizations that submitted feedback in 2005 and encourages continued submissions in 2006. Members may submit reports online at http://www.nbaa.org/cgi-bin/iob/enteriob.cgi and peruse the international report database at:
http://www.nbaa.org/member/iob/iobsearch.htm

International Operators Scholarship Applications Due by Jan. 31
The NBAA International Operators Committee and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats are dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats together offer the 2006 International Operators Scholarship. Applications are due January 31, and recipients will be announced at the 2006 International Operators Conference. For more information or to download the application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/education/scholarships/intl/

Advertise in the EBACE2006 Directory of Exhibiting Companies
NBAA is now accepting insertion orders for the EBACE2006 Directory of Exhibiting Companies, which will be distributed to nearly 8,000 Attendees at the 6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), May 3 to 5 in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE is the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Maureen Cameron at mcameron@nbaa.org or Melissa Murphy at mmurphy@nbaa.org, or download EBACE advertising information in PDF format at:
http://www.ebace.aero/exhibitors/advertising.pdf

Contact Congress

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

Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses
January 23, 24, 28, San Antonio, TX

Professional Development Program Course: Strategic Leadership
February 21, 2006, Dallas, TX

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

Regulatory "Hot Topics" Forum
February 24, 2006, Dallas, TX

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
February 27–28, 2006, Dallas, TX

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
March 1–2, 2006, Dallas, TX

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 30, 2006, St. Louis, MO

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

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

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

Professional Development Program Course: Applied Economics and Marketing
April 20, 2006, Dallas, TX

6th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006)
May 3–5, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

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

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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