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NBAA Update #07-01
Monday, January 01, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
FAA Releases Revised OpSpec A008; Bolen Issues Letter to Members About FAA Charter Policies
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a newly revised operations specification (OpSpec A008) to Part 135 air charter operators regarding operational control of aircraft. This new guidance impacts aircraft owners that have made their aircraft available for charter operations. In a letter to NBAA Members, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen stated, "While NBAA succeeded in removing the particularly harmful provisions in the draft OpSpec, and securing a significantly improved final document, the FAA could not make every change for which NBAA advocated because of existing regulations and long-standing regulatory interpretations." It will be important for charter operators to conduct a thorough review of their operational control systems as FAA principal inspectors will be conducing reviews in 2007 to ensure that these systems are robust and sustainable. Aircraft owners also will need to adhere to limitations and prohibitions with respect to their involvement with the charter company's control of aircraft and crew used in Part 135 charter operations. NBAA will continue to closely monitor this issue and address Member concerns with the FAA. Review more information about OpSpec A008, including Bolen's letter to the Membership, at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/wetlease

President Ford State Funeral Impacts GA Flights in Washington ADIZ
The FAA released FDC NOTAM 6/9347 and 6/9349 for the state funeral for President Ford, which will be treated as a national security event. All general aviation operations will be prohibited within the Washington, DC air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from 0700L (1200z) to 1300L (1800z) on January 2, except aircraft on an active IFR flight plan arriving and/or departing Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). In addition, all GA operations are prohibited within the Washington, DC flight restricted zone (FRZ) from 1700L (2200z) on December 30, to 1300L (1800z) on January 2. Flights operating into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) are permitted except between the hours of 0700L (1200z) and 1300L (1800z) on January 2, 2007. All flight waivers to operate within the FRZ are suspended except waivers beginning with ELO, GOV and SPO. Finally, the provisions of FDC NOTAM 6/0223 (Maryland 3 airports) are temporarily suspended for the duration of the NOTAM. Download the FAA's national security event flight advisory in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/nsefa200612.pdf

FAA Announces Updated TIPH Notice
The FAA has updated guidance to the controller workforce on taxi into position and hold (TIPH), effective February 5, 2007. This notice amends FAA Order 7110.65, Air Traffic Handbook. While most of the TIPH changes will be transparent to pilots, two changes of note are: (1) ATC may withhold the landing clearance when another aircraft is holding on the runway, and (2) increased traffic advisories for TIPH operations on intersecting runways. ATC will issue traffic advisories to aircraft holding in position and to aircraft holding, arriving or departing the intersecting runway. Direct questions to FAA's Angela Nelson at (202) 385-8606 or [email protected] or NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected]. Download the notice in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace

USERRA: Legal Obligations to Military Personnel Returning to Work
Since the beginning of the "War on Terror," roughly half a million military reservists (including many pilots, mechanics and flight department personnel) have been called to active duty. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) provides anti-discrimination protections, leave rights, reemployment rights and benefit protections for members of the uniformed services. Unlike other federal employment statutes that only are triggered when a business employs a certain number of employees or is engaged in interstate commerce, USERRA applies to all non-federal employers in the United States. If a company employs one employee, that one employee is protected by USERRA. Like any other law, it is important to carefully plan so that the company properly complies with USERRA. For more information, visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/adm/userra_200612.php

What Are the Commercial Air Transportation Taxes for 2007?
The Internal Revenue Service published new commercial passenger air transportation excise tax rates for 2007 in IRS Revenue Procedure 2006-53. Section 3.34 specifies the applicable rates for 2007 for the following commercial passenger air transportation excise taxes: domestic segment fee, international arrival/departure tax and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights. For 2007, these rates will be: domestic segment fee, $3.40; international arrival/departure tax, $15.10; and international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights, $7.50. The revenue procedure did not modify the 7.5-percent percentage tax that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial transportation. Download Rev. Proc. 2006-53 in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/irsforms/rp-06-53.pdf

ABACE to Address Needs of Emerging Asian Market; Agenda Now Online
NBAA's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007) will be held February 6 and 7 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. More than 50 Exhibitors and thousands of Attendees are expected at ABACE2007, which is designed to catalyze the Asian market, educate regulatory authorities in the region and introduce Asian business leaders to the benefits of business aviation. This event will be followed by the ABACE Japan Forum – Nagoya, Aichi on February 9, which will provide the opportunity to help foster the growth of business aviation in Japan. The ABACE Advance Program is mailing in early January and is now available online. For more information about the planned ABACE agenda, to make housing arrangements or to register, visit:
http://www.abace.aero/

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Dulles to Become a Gateway Airport Into DCA on Jan. 2
Under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), all general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) must depart from an approved "gateway airport." On December 28, the TSA announced that Dulles International Airport (IAD) will become a DCA Access gateway airport as of January 2, joining 17 other airports. Signature Flight Support will be the supporting FBO at Dulles until others become approved. NBAA believes that the DCA Access gateway airports are just a start on the road to increasing GA access at DCA, and NBAA will continue to work with the TSA on this issue. For more information, visit NBAA's DASSP web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/dassp/

North Florida Group to Meet in Jacksonville on Jan. 10
The North Florida Business Aviation Association (NFBAA) will hold its first meeting of the new year at 12:00 noon on January 10, at the SheltAir Facility on Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), 14600 Whirlwind Ave., Jacksonville, FL. The featured speaker will be NBAA Director of Tax, Economics & Operational Services Mike Nichols, who will provide an update on hot topics in business aviation. RSVP to [email protected]. For more information, contact NFBAA's Pat Mulvihill at [email protected] or NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.nfbaa.org

CABAA Annual Meeting and Election of Directors on Jan. 12
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual business meeting on January 12 at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. At this meeting, members will elect CABAA board members, receive an update from committee chairs, review the successes of 2006 and learn about meetings planned for 2007. A reception and refreshments will be offered at 11:00 a.m., the luncheon at 12:00 noon and the business meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Direct general questions to NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected]. Registrations are due by January 10; direct registration questions to CABAA's Carrie VanTilburg at [email protected], or review registration and payment instructions online at:
http://www.cabaa.com

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NBAA News
NBAA's Regional Forum Returns to Scottsdale This Month
Having last visited Scottsdale, AZ, in 2003, the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum will return to the Scottsdale AirCenter facility on Scottsdale Airport (SDL) on Thursday, January 25. NBAA's 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 Scottsdale event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 20 static aircraft and sessions on aircraft ownership, aviation safety, and FAA operational control and related tax issues. Registration for this event is open, and indoor and static display exhibit space is still available. To register or purchase exhibit space, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070125

Essential Education: NBAA's Regulatory Hot Topics Forum
Business aircraft owners and operators face numerous challenges to comply with ever-changing regulations. NBAA's Regulatory Hot Topics Forum will address current and upcoming issues of importance to all aircraft owners and operators, including Part 135 charter operations. FAA's new A008 operational control operations specification, employment law issues related to business aviation, DOT regulation of air charter brokers, common regulatory problems, and upcoming regulatory changes will be addressed by leading industry experts and government officials at an intermediate-to-advanced level. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers. This event will be held on January 26 in Scottsdale, AZ, in conjunction with NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum on January 25. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/regforum/20070126

Nominations for NBAA's Highest Awards Due Feb. 16
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes those individuals who have made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests, and the Doswell Award honors high standards for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards to NBAA by February 16. The 2007 award winners will be officially recognized at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held September 25 through 27 in Atlanta. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards

New Year's Holiday Schedule
NBAA wishes readers a happy new year! Association offices are closed for the New Year's holiday but will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2.

ABACE

Upcoming NBAA Events
Application Deadline for February CAM Exam
January 4, 2007

Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses (five total)
January 20 and 21, 2007, Phoenix, AZ

18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 21–24, 2007, Phoenix, AZ

Business Aviation Regional Forum
January 25, 2007, Scottsdale, AZ

Regulatory Hot Topics Forum
January 26, 2007, Scottsdale, AZ

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
January 30, 2007, San Antonio, TX

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007)
February 6–7, 2007, Hong Kong

ABACE Japan Forum – Nagoya, Aichi
February 9, 2007, Nagoya, Japan

Application Deadline for April CAM Exam
February 15, 2007

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Performance Reviews and Feedback Systems
February 20, 2007, San Diego, CA

Leadership Conference
February 21–22, 2007, San Diego, CA

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
February 23, 2007, San Diego, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
February 28, 2007, Bedford, MA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 22, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, FL

34th Annual International Operators Conference
March 26–29, 2007, San Diego, CA

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events/dates/

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/events/

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