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NBAA Update #07-02
Monday, January 08, 2007

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
NBAA Position on New House Rule Concerning Transport of Elected Officials
On Thursday, January 4, the U.S. House of Representatives instituted new rule changes that include bans on gifts from lobbyists and restrictions on travel for members, delegates, officers and employees of the House of Representatives. NBAA always has supported and continues to support full compliance by our Members with all rules related to transport of elected officials. NBAA's updated Carriage of Elected Officials Handbook contains valuable information to help Members comply with the rules, and Members are encouraged to review that document. Download the handbook (832 KB, PDF) at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/update/?carriage200701

FAA Responds to NBAA Concerns, Reissues Part 125 LODA Notice
In response to significant concerns expressed by NBAA, the FAA has rescinded its July 2006 notice and issued revised guidance regarding letters of deviation authority (LODAs) for operators of Part 125-sized airplanes. As a result of NBAA's successful advocacy, operators have a significantly longer period of time to comply with the requirements outlined in the revised notice. In addition, NBAA worked with the FAA to ensure that Part 125 LODA holders may be permitted to conduct limited compensation operations, including timeshares, interchanges, joint ownership, demonstration flights and affiliated group cost reimbursement. To further assist operators, an NBAA working group continues to develop recommended deviations from certain Part 125 regulations, which will be proposed to FAA for review and approval. To view the revised notice and new timeline for compliance visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part125

Reminder: New U.S. Passport Requirements Take Effect Jan. 23
Beginning January 23, all persons, including U.S. citizens, entering the United States by air from the Americas, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have a valid and current passport. For more information, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site at:
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/whti

IS-BAO Workshop Comes to San Antonio on Jan. 30
IS-BAO Implementation Workshops are conducted regularly for operators to provide an introduction to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of recommended best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop is designed to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the IS-BAO. The first workshop of 2007 will be held in San Antonio, TX on January 30. For more information, contact [email protected]. Those planning to attend the workshop should complete and submit an Operators IS-BAO Workshop Registration Form, available online at:
http://www.ibac.org/is-bao/Audit%20Workshop.htm

Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition Dates Announced
NBAA and the Associacao Brasileira de Aviacao Geral (ABAG) have announced the dates and organization for the next Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2007). LABACE2007 is scheduled to take place from Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A specific event site is expected to be announced early this year. ABAG will be the primary party responsible for the production of LABACE2007, including the organization of the exhibit floor, Static Display of Aircraft and other event elements. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070103-001.php

Record-Setting S&D Conference to Focus on Workplace Productivity
The NBAA 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, designed to help individuals "Create a Workplace Exploding with Passion and Productivity," will be held from January 21 to 24, with Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) classes held on January 20 and 21. This Conference is one of business aviation's premier events, offering 30 information sessions and the opportunity to network with more than 2,000 industry peers. With 346 booth spaces sold out in advance, a record number of Exhibitors will display their products and services. This year's Conference keynote speaker is Kevin Freiberg, the best-selling author of the books Nuts! and Guts! Learn more or register at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/sdc/2007/

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Regional News
City of Santa Monica Proposes to Enhance Airport Runway Safety Area
The City of Santa Monica, CA, operator of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), has advanced a technical proposal to the FAA's Office of Safety and Standards, which if accepted, would enhance the airport's runway safety area (RSA). The current SMO airport infrastructure supports Runway 3/21, which is 4,987 feet in length and 150 feet wide, but there is no excess airport property available to accommodate standard RSAs. In December the city and its consultant presented a proposal to the FAA and airport users to enhance the RSA "to the extent practicable." Since it is not practicable to obtain the entire safety area, which would destroy the utility of the runway, the revised city proposal uses alternative means to enhance runway safety by using declared distances and the installation of engineered materials arresting systems. For more information, visit the NBAA SMO web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo/rsa200701.php

Hillsboro Airport Implements a Fly Friendly Program
In an effort to improve compatibility between the airport and its communities, the Port of Portland recently completed the Hillsboro Airport (HIO) Compatibility Study. Included are recommendations addressing land-use management, aviation operations, and administrative measures, forming the basis of the "HIO Fly Friendly." The port intends to maintain the highest level of customer service to aircraft operators and customers, while minimizing the noise impacts to HIO's neighbors. Understanding that it is only through cooperation that stakeholder goals can be achieved requires a central program goal of establishing a collaborative relationship between operators, air traffic control, the airport and the community. NBAA Member input is an important part of this process; Members are invited to review the HIO Fly Friendly draft currently under development by requesting a copy from Port of Portland Noise Manager Jason Schwartz at [email protected] or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at [email protected].

NBAA's Steve Brown to Address San Antonio Business Aviation Alliance
On January 29, the San Antonio Area Business Aviation Alliance will hear NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown speak on the most vital issues facing business aviation. This meeting is designed to inform business managers of the intense issues facing business aviation transportation and its potential effects on surrounding communities. San Antonio-based business executives and flight department personnel are invited to attend. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the San Antonio International Airport on the Mezzanine Level, Terminal One and will include dinner at about $40 per person. A tour of the San Antonio TRACON and control tower will follow. RSVP to (210) 377-1111 or [email protected]. For additional information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected].

Chicago Group to Hold Annual Meeting and Elect Directors on Jan. 12
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting and board elections from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on January 12 at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. The keynote speaker will be Mike Nichols, NBAA director, tax, economics & operational services, who will address hot topics in business aviation such as operational control, user fees, tax changes and the importance of regional business aviation groups. 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]. Review registration and payment instructions online at:
http://www.cabaa.com

Colorado Springs Airport to Address Runway Construction on Jan. 13
On January 13, Colorado Springs Airport and Air Traffic Control Management will brief flight departments on runway construction projects, "West side" issues and security. Additionally, ATC will cover flying around the Colorado Springs airspace with new military operation areas in effect, practice approaches, Runway 35R ILS and "readback, hearback" practices. Controllers will be on hand from Colorado Springs, Denver Centennial, Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, Pueblo Denver Tower/Approach and Denver Center. The meeting will be held at the Colorado Springs Airport East Terminal Unit from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Alan Gorski at (719) 651-8476 or NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected].

TxDOT's 25th Annual Texas Aviation Conference, Apr. 17-20
The Texas Department of Transportation will hold the 25th Silver Anniversary Texas Aviation Conference from April 18 to 20. Held at the Bayfront Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX, the event will be sponsored in partnership with the Texas Airport Management Association and Texas Aviation Association. FAA reauthorization and its potential effects on Texas aviation will a key agenda item. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected] or visit:
http://tti.tamu.edu/conferences/tac07/

TXAA Aviation Expo 2007: Reinvented
Formerly the "Gulf Coast Wings Weekend," the Texas Aviation Association's annual event has been renamed and will be held at a new venue – the KSTC-Waco Airport in Waco, TX, on April 28 and 29. The agenda will focus on the potential effects of user fees and FAA reauthorization. Educational offerings will include flight instructor refresher courses, WINGS safety courses and IA maintenance inspector renewal classes. Business exhibits and a static display will feature several categories of private and business aircraft and aviation hardware and software. For more information, contact TXAA at (512) 454-9476 or NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected].

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NBAA News
NBAA Management Guide Features New Look, Updated Content
Long viewed by the industry as an essential operational reference, the NBAA Management Guide is designed to assist existing flight departments with their operational and administrative requirements and to provide overall guidance for operating a flight department. The latest edition of this publication features a new design and updated content, and includes sections on administration, flight operations, international operations and maintenance, as well as appendices on supplemental topics. Packaged in an eye-catching blue box, the NBAA Management Guide was shipped at the end of December to those Association Members operating aircraft, and the mailing will take several weeks to complete. Members who have not already received a copy should watch for it to arrive during the month of January. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070108-002.php

NBAA Invites Member Operators to Participate in Flying Safety Awards Program
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide attention to the business aircraft safety record and have been endorsed and approved by the National Safety Council. These awards recognize the safety records compiled by Member Company management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. Applications for the 2007 awards, which recognize performance as of December 31, 2006, have been mailed to Members and are available online. For more information or to download applications, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/awards/safety/

Two Upcoming NBAA Events Address Operational Control
Two upcoming NBAA events in January will address current and important regulatory matters, including FAA's new operations specification A008 on operational control of Part 135 aircraft. The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on January 25 in Scottsdale, AZ includes a 90-minute panel discussion on operational control, including unintended tax consequences that aircraft owners involved in managed charter arrangements now may face. Also in Scottsdale on January 26, the NBAA Regulatory Hot Topics Forum will address numerous FAA and DOT regulatory issues of importance to aircraft owners, flight department personnel and their advisors. Operational control is a key element of this education session. Learn more or register for these events at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar Registration Now Available
Online registration is now available for the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), the industry's premier business aviation safety event. Co-hosted by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, the 52nd Annual CASS will be held May 8 through 10 in Tucson, AZ. Each year, more than 300 representatives of business operators attend CASS, which features presentations by leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. For more information, to make housing arrangements at reduced rates, or to register online, visit:
http://www.flightsafety.org/seminars.html#cass

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

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