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NBAA Update #06-08
Monday, February 20, 2006

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Leadership Conference Opens This Week in Dallas
NBAA's Leadership Conference will be held on February 22-23 in Dallas, TX. The Conference provides informational sessions that offer practical guidance on managing aviation departments more effectively. Alan Klapmeier, head of Cirrus Design Corporation, will kick off the event with a keynote address on Wednesday morning, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will address the Conference during the Wednesday luncheon. This year's event will also include a Leadership Mini Fair, where vendors will display their literature and visit with Attendees. The Conference's Wednesday evening event will be a high-octane night where Conference attendees may participate in dragster and cart racing. Online registration and agenda details are available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/leadership/2006/

FAA Revises In-flight Contingency Procedures Used in Oceanic Operations
On February 16, 2006, the track offset was changed to 15nm for contingencies requiring an aircraft to depart cleared altitude and/or track prior to obtaining a revised clearance. This is applicable in all Pacific and Atlantic oceanic Flight Information Regions including Oakland, Anchorage, New York and San Juan Oceanic. Previously published in ICAO Regional Supplementary Procedures (Doc 7030), the track offset for in-flight contingencies was 30nm in the North Atlantic and 25nm in Pacific airspace. To review the FAA notice that explains the change, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/trackoffset.pdf

NBAA Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Don Bliss as ICAO Ambassador
NBAA today welcomed confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Don Bliss as the new U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). "NBAA commends the Senate's decision to confirm Don Bliss as ambassador to ICAO," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The White House chose wisely in selecting Don for the position, and his leadership will strengthen the position of the aviation industry in the international arena. I look forward to having an opportunity to discuss with him the top issues facing business aviation, and working with him in the years to come." Bolen was joined by leaders at 14 other aviation organizations in sending a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month urging prompt action on Bliss's nomination. The position of U.S. ambassador to ICAO has been vacant since Edward Stimpson, the former president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, left the post at the end of 2004.

NBAA Solicits Flight Department Input to FAA GA Survey
NBAA participated in a series of meetings with the FAA regarding the annual General Aviation and Air Taxi Survey for operators that have fewer than three aircraft. The activity survey also includes a one-page survey about avionics installed on aircraft. Accurate survey data is critical in developing the FAA's accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data also is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes. Since the vast majority of NBAA's aircraft operating members operate one or two aircraft, this survey will play an important role in accounting for their activity. FAA will send a survey to operators of three or more aircraft later this year. NBAA urged the FAA to ensure that a streamlined, easy to use survey was implemented. FAA is in the final stages of developing the 2005 survey; NBAA requests input from flight departments on the usability of the survey. Operators are encouraged to review the survey and provide comments via email to NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] by February 24, 2006. The survey is available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/FAA_GA_Survey.pdf

New Aircraft Registry to Take Effect Mar. 1
Aircraft and engine transactions may have an additional registry requirement as of March 1, 2006 when the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol ("International Registry") takes effect. The new International Registry will apply to all transactions involving aircraft that are certificated for at least eight seats (including crew), helicopters that are certificated for at least five seats (including crew) and engines rated at least 550 horsepower. This registry is in addition to the FAA registry and there are new laws pertaining to aircraft transactions and the perfection of interests in aircraft and engines. This is one of many current issues to be addressed on Friday, February 24, 2006, at the NBAA Regulatory Hot Topics seminar in Dallas, TX. For more information on the seminar, see http://www.nbaa.org/cs/regforum/20060224/. For more information on the International Registry, review:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/capetown200511.php

Where can I find the CBP Guide for Private Flyers?
The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Guide for Private Flyers is written for private, corporate, or charter pilots flying to or arriving from a foreign country in a private aircraft. It contains entry and clearance requirements for outbound and inbound flights, a list of airports where CBP service is normally available, customs regulations, frequently used CBP forms, and information on special landing requirements and overflight exemptions. The Guide may be found in the FAA's International Flight Information Manual at:
http://www.faa.gov/ats/aat/ifim/GPF

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Regional News
Michigan Institutes New Aircraft Tax Exemptions
Maintenance and repair facilities in the state of Michigan will now have an added incentive of tax-free sales for out of state customers. On February 9, 2006, Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm signed two bills, H.B. 4855 and H.B. 4856, that exempt from state tax the sale of some aircraft, parts and materials that were temporarily located in Michigan. The bills create sales and use tax exemptions on the sale of an aircraft in Michigan for prepurchase evaluation and postsale work. The property must leave the state within 15 days and cannot be based or register in Michigan following the sale. For more information, view the bills at:
http://www.nbaa.org/taxes

BUR ASR-9 Mode S Antenna Maintenance on Feb. 25
On Saturday, February 25, 2006, from 1400z (0600L) until 0300z (1900L) there will be scheduled maintenance on the BUR ASR-9 Mode S antenna. This will reduce the arrival and departure rates into Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) by approximately 60%. Departure traffic will not be radar identified until reaching 2800' and arrival traffic will be dropped from radar coverage after descending below 2800'. Users can expect arrival/departure delays of 15 to 90 minutes. Practice approaches will be prohibited. VFR services will be on an as required basis or curtailed during this outage. If weather does not allow the scheduled maintenance to take place on February 25 the alternate date is Sunday, February 26 during the same time. For more information contact NBAA's GA Desk at [email protected].

NOBAA to Address Icing and Aviation Safety
At the Northern Ohio Business Aviation Association's February 28 meeting, NASA's Bill Rieke will address "Icing and General Aviation." Additionally Jody Voss of Eclipse Aviation will discuss the role of the very light jet in air taxi. The NOBAA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Terminal Building. RSVP by February 24 to Debbie Marcellino at [email protected] or (216) 772-4538. Local aviation groups are urged to make safety a permanent part of their agenda. NBAA Regional Representatives can assist in this area. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/regional

FAA to Host Pacific Northwest Customer Forum on Mar. 7
On March 7, 2006, the FAA and the Port of Seattle will host the Pacific Northwest Customer Forum at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The forum will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the SEA Office Tower at the south end of the airport. A number of operational issues specific to SEA operations will be discussed such as noise abatement, runway renumbering, and ILS approaches. In addition, there will be discussions on air traffic issues and construction updates for Spokane ATCT, Portland Airport and Boeing Field. Requests for additional agenda items should be sent to kathryn.vernon@faa.go[email protected] or [email protected]. To RSVP, contact FAA's Judy Rooms at [email protected] or call (206) 214-4600.

North Florida Business Aviation Association to Hold Luncheon Meeting on Mar. 8
Mary Burnett, chairwomen of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), will be the guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by the North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA). The luncheon will take place in the SheltAir Aviation FBO at Jacksonville International Airport. The JAA operates four airports including Jacksonville International, Craig Airport, Herlong Airport and Cecil Field. To RSVP, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

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NBAA News
IOC Housing Reservation Cut-off Date Extended to Feb. 24.
The NBAA 33rd Annual International Operators Conference (IOC) will be held March 20-23, 2006, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, FL. In anticipation of large attendance, the Tampa Marriott has added 100 more rooms to inventory and has extended the hotel room reservation cut-off date until Friday, February 24. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. Once these rooms are sold out, attendees will have to find other accommodations. For full Conference details, to make hotel reservations or to register for this event, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/ioc/2006/

Flying Safety Award Application Deadline Next Week
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations. All applications for these awards must be submitted to NBAA for verification no later than March 1. NBAA reminds applicants to check their data for accuracy before submitting their forms, which helps ensure the timely processing of the applications. Any forms with errors will be returned to the applicant for correction. The 2006 Rules and Regulations and application forms are available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/awards/safety

Applications for April CAM Exam Due Next Week
NBAA will administer a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam on April 20 in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference. Applications for the exam should be submitted to NBAA no later than March 2. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) seek to recognize excellence in the field of business aviation and raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the CAM web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

NBAA Headquarters Closed for President's Day
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters is closed today for the President's Day holiday, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 21.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Federal Tax Forum
June 2, 2006, San Francisco, CA

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, Washington, DC

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 23–24, 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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