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NBAA Update #06-22
Monday, May 29, 2006

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to [email protected]. Send address changes to [email protected].


Business Aviation News & Issues
Aviation Groups Urge Senate Support for Proposal to Provide Relief From Onerous Fuel Tax Rules
NBAA joined with other aviation associations in sending a letter to U.S. senators calling for passage of S. 2666, the Aviation Fuel Tax Simplification Act. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), seeks temporary suspension of so-called "fuel fraud" tax rules that are confusing and time consuming for companies involved in the sale of general aviation jet fuel, and have the potential to adversely impact aviation infrastructure projects. "By setting up a burdensome new tax process and steering federal dollars away from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, these rules represent a 'double whammy' that our industry cannot afford," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The business aviation community applauds Senator Burns for introducing a proposal to provide a reprieve from the rules." Review the letter online at http://www.nbaa.org/s2666/letter. Send a letter telling Congress to support S.2666 by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/action/?ISSUE=nbaa0009

One Week Remaining Until Airspace Flow Program Initiative Available for Use
Beginning Monday, June 5, the FAA plans to have the technology in place to deploy Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs) in support of its Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP). AFPs primarily will affect traffic flying into the Northeast U.S. from domestic origins west of the New York and Boston Air Route Traffic Control Centers. NBAA has been informing Members of this initiative since January. Operators are encouraged to visit http://www.nbaa.org/afp to learn more. When AFPs are in effect, NBAA's GA Desk Staff will keep Members informed of active AFPs through the use of the Airspace Alert Air Mail subscriber list. NBAA Members can subscribe to these alerts online at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/airspace/alerts

How Do I Know if My Flight Is Affected by an Airspace Flow Program?
Operators flying to destinations in the Northeast when severe weather airspace constraints are possible or in effect may encounter an Airspace Flow Program (AFP) instead of the traditional ground delay program. To determine if an AFP is in effect, check the FAA's National Airspace System status page at http://www.fly.faa.gov/ois. Any flight that has a route through one of the six possible AFP flow constrained areas may be subjected to a departure delay and be assigned an estimated departure clearance time. More information, including an NBAA Navigator issue dedicated to AFPs, the FAA Advisory Circular on AFPs, and the FAA AFP training video, may be found on the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/afp

Air Carriers Urged to Contact NBAA With Comments on New A008 OpSpec
A new A008 operational control operations specification (OpSpec) will take effect later this summer; the FAA has a target release date of August 31. The new OpSpec has been a key component of the ongoing FAA briefing sessions on operational control and wet leases. All FAR Part 135 certificate holders will be required to implement this OpSpec, which is dramatically different than most air carriers' current A008. In response to industry concern, the FAA has made numerous changes to this draft version. NBAA solicits comments from the industry so it can continue to work with the FAA to improve the OpSpec. Air carriers are urged to review the current draft and send feedback to NBAA at [email protected]; note "operational control" in the subject line. For more information, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/part135/wetlease/

Bolen to Address Area Business Aviation Community at DC Regional Forum
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will serve as keynote speaker at the Association's Business Aviation Regional Forum to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 8 at the Landmark Aviation facility on Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Among other elements, Bolen's remarks will touch upon a range of proposals being debated in the federal policy arena. Members of the DC area's business aviation community are invited to attend this event, which will bring together industry and government figures for the latest news and information about the industry. Attendees will have access to informational sessions, exhibits, more than 20 static aircraft and FAA air traffic management personnel, who will be available for questions about air traffic management procedures and policies in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2006/20060525-020.php

Next IS-BAO Workshop Is Jun. 9, Following Dulles Regional Forum
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) presents IS-BAO Workshops to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS- BAO). To learn more about IS-BAO implementation and share ideas with others who are implementing it, operators are encouraged to attend the next IS-BAO Workshop to be held June 9 in Dulles, VA, the day after NBAA's Dulles Regional Forum. Workshop topics include an IS-BAO overview, IS-BAO standards and how to implement them, the risk assessment process, the development of an operator's safety management system and audit considerations. For more information, visit:
http://www.ibac.org/is-bao/Audit%20Workshop.htm

NATS to Offer Safety Seminar for U.S. Operators in Denver, Jun. 14
In recent decades, U.S. operators flying in the United Kingdom's oceanic airspace have had a disproportionate number of operational errors. As a result, and in an attempt to improve the situation, the UK's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is bringing a safety seminar to the U.S. to accommodate U.S. operators desiring further guidance in the operational differences that are to be encountered and how to avoid errors. Companies operating across the North Atlantic and into the UK are encouraged to attend this one-day session, to be held Wednesday, June 14 at the United Airlines Training Center in Denver, CO. Direct questions to Mike Culver of NATS Customer Affairs at [email protected]. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/

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Regional News
St. Louis Group to Hold 30th Annual Business Aviation Golf Outing, Jun. 3
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will be holding its 30th Annual Business Aviation Memorial Open on June 3 at the Forest Park golf course in midtown St. Louis, MO. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. and tee time will be 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit Wings of Hope's Medical Air Transport, which flies the sick to health care facilities free of charge. A portion of the proceeds also will benefit GSLBAA's Maintenance Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit http://www.gslbaa.org, or contact GSLBAA's Dorothy White at (636) 537-0363 or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].

GA Desk Representative to Speak at Tri-State Scheduler Event on Jun. 6
NBAA Senior Manager, Air Traffic Operations Jo Damato, based at the NBAA GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center, will be the featured speaker at the Tri-State Association of Dispatchers and Schedulers (TADS), a regional dispatchers and schedulers group representing the tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Lunch will be provided at the event, to be held at 12:00 noon on June 6 at the DuPont facility at New Castle Airport (ILG), 199 North DuPont Highway, Wilmington, DE. To RSVP, members of the business aviation community should contact any of the following contacts: [email protected], [email protected] or sinclair- [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Safety & Security Seminar to Be Held at Westchester County Airport, Jun. 15
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will hold its second annual Safety & Security Seminar on June 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Joint News Center, Building One, Airport Rd., Westchester County Airport (HPN). The keynote speaker will be Jim Waugh, Flight Safety International vice president. The seminar will be held in two sessions, with a barbeque dinner served between the sessions. There is no charge for this event. To RSVP, contact Jeff Sands at (914) 288-3135 or [email protected], and for more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

North Florida Luncheon Meeting to Feature DayJet Speaker on Jun. 21
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon on June 21. Traver Gruen-Kennedy, vice president of community and governmental affairs for DayJet Corp. in Delray Beach, FL, will brief the group on his company's pioneering approach to a new type of regional travel using the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The event is being sponsored by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and will be held at the JAA Office Center Building located at the entrance to Jacksonville International Airport at 14201 Pecan Park Rd. RSVP to [email protected]. For more information or to join NFBAA, visit http://www.nfbaa.org, or contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at [email protected] or NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].

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NBAA News
May NBAA Dispatch Newsletter Online
The May issue of NBAA Dispatch includes a message from past NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee Chair Kristi Ivey of The Home Depot, who discusses the highlights of this year's S&D Conference as well as other Committee offerings for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. The issue also includes information about the NBAA 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 21 through 24, 2007, in Phoenix, AZ; details about NBAA's 2006 scholarships winners and Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) participants; news about the FAA's new Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs); software and web site tips; regional group news and more. View this web-only issue at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/sched/dispatch/2006/02/

2007 NBAA Regional Forum Dates Announced
NBAA has released the dates for its 2007 Business Aviation Regional Forum series. NBAA's Regional Forums bring business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel together for a one-day event at some of the best airports and FBOs in the nation and abroad. The 2007 schedule is as follows: January 25 in Scottsdale, AZ; February 9 in Nagoya, Japan; April 26 in White Plains, NY; June 7 in St. Louis, MO (tentative); and November 8 in San Jose, CA (tentative). In addition, for the remainder of 2006, Regional Forums will be held on June 8 at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia and November 16 at Long Beach Airport in California. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

Jun. 1 Is Deadline for Flight Attendants Conference Hotel Group Rate
At the NBAA 11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, to be held June 23 and 24 in Denver, CO, keynote speaker and former United Airlines pilot Denny Fitch will recount the details of the United Airlines crash at Sioux City, IA, highlighting the importance of crew resource management in such situations. In addition to an address by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the Conference also will feature sessions on safety, career development, FBOs and international handlers, effective communication, the future of cabin crews and catering. June 1 is the cut-off date for Attendees to take advantage of the special hotel group rate negotiated by NBAA. For more information or to register for this event, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fltatt/2006/

Business Aviation Taxes Forum to Be Held Jun. 2 in San Francisco
NBAA and its Tax Committee will host a Business Aviation Taxes Forum on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Union Square in San Francisco, CA, to address tax and related issues affecting business aircraft ownership and operations. In particular, this seminar will provide an overview of the Federal Aviation Regulations that bear on tax planning; the tax implications of lease and loan transactions; tax depreciation and avoiding recapture/capital gains through a like-kind exchange; current federal aviation excise tax challenges; passive activity losses; state aviation taxes; and non-business use of employer-provided aircraft. Issues will be discussed at an intermediate-to-advanced level. Review the full agenda or register at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fedtax/20060602/

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, and will reopen on Tuesday.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Taxes Forum
June 2, 2006, San Francisco, CA

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

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 9, Washington, DC

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 19–20, 2006, Denver, CO

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 21–22, 2006, Denver, CO

11th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 23–24, 2006, Denver, CO

4th Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2006)
August 10–12, 2006, São Paulo, Brazil

15th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 15–16, 2006, Orlando, FL

59th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2006)
October 17–19, 2006, Orlando, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 16, 2006, Long Beach, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 17, 2006, Long Beach, CA

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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