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NBAA Update #07-10
Monday, March 05, 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 update@nbaa.org. Send address changes to membership@nbaa.org.


Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Urges Members to Make Their Voices Heard Against User Fees
On February 27, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen e-mailed a message to the business aviation community, urging individuals and businesses to contact their congressional representatives in opposition to the FAA's user fee funding plan. "A recently released FAA funding proposal represents one of the greatest threats business aviation has ever faced," Bolen wrote. "To keep this proposal from becoming law, you need to take action now." Use NBAA's Contact Congress resource at http://www.nbaa.org/userfees to write to your members of Congress about the issue. Find out how you can help fight user fees; review Bolen's message to the business aviation community at:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/20070227.php

Business Aviation Helps Apogee Bring Health Care to Remote Areas
Apogee Medical Group founder Dr. Michael Gregory says that business aviation has been key to meeting the mission of his business: providing doctors to geographically remote hospitals. In order to pack as much into a travel day as possible, the Apogee airplane leaves Scottsdale before dawn and returns long after sunset, making multiple stops in between. In the Winter edition of NBAA's Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider, a Member Profile details how business aviation is at work for Apogee and how NBAA provides value to the company. To review the Member Profile and hear the podcasts of Dr. Gregory and other Apogee employees discussing their need for business aviation and for NBAA, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/insider/memberprofile0107.php

NBAA Meets With IRS and Treasury on Certain Non-Business Use Regulations
NBAA representatives met last week with senior-level staff at the IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury to discuss IRS Notice 2005-45 and proposed regulations for certain non-business use of business aircraft. NBAA outlined the industry's concerns with existing IRS guidance and emphasized the vast majority of flights that fall into this category are when a spouse and/or children accompany an employee on a business trip. IRS officials listened to NBAA's concerns and noted they are developing proposed regulations that likely will be published in 2007. NBAA has numerous resources on non-business use of employer provided aircraft online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/personaluse

Tax Talk: Calculating Deadhead Flights
Due to changes in the deduction limitations for certain non-business use expenses, companies operating aircraft recently have had to confront the issue of how to apply the appropriate non-business expense deduction limitations to deadhead flights. This issue can be particularly troublesome when an aircraft travels from its base to one destination for business purposes (the business leg) and then flies empty to a second destination (the deadhead leg) to pick up a passenger traveling for certain non-business purposes and bring that passenger back to the base (the non-business-use leg). NBAA published a new article addressing this challenging and complicated topic online at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/govt/jobs2004/deadhead.php

FAA Issues Revised OpSpec for Carriage of Hazardous Materials
The FAA has issued Notice 8000.352, which provides a revised operations specification (OpSpec) A055 for the carriage of hazardous materials by Part 135 and Part 121 air carriers. The revised OpSpec requires both will-carry and will-not-carry certificate holders to specifically authorize or prohibit the carriage of hazardous materials within their OpSpecs. In addition, the notice makes revisions to hazmat training requirements. To view the notice, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/8000352.pdf

Guidance to Help Operators Avoid GNEs in the NAT
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has created a new task force to combat the problem of gross navigation errors (GNEs) created by business aviation operators transiting the North Atlantic (NAT). The new task force is composed of representatives from U.S. and European air traffic authorities and business aviation operators, including NBAA Members. To provide guidance for operators wishing to mitigate GNEs, the group endorses the "Oceanic Errors Safety Bulletin" published by the International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association. Operators traveling in the NAT are encouraged to review this publication before transatlantic flights and retain it in the cockpit. To participate in the GNE Task Force, contact IBAC at pingleton@ibac.org. For further guidance, visit http://www.nat-pco.org, or download the bulletin in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/oceanic/OESB0602.pdf

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Urges Centennial Airport Users to Oppose Nearby Housing Plan
NBAA on March 1 issued a call to action to the general aviation community that uses Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver, CO, to voice opposition to a proposal to build a large residential development in what is now a restricted development area around the airport. The Centennial City Council will meet today to vote on a proposal for a pre-annexation agreement that will pave the way for a large residential and commercial development within the noise and operational zone around the airport. "Clearly, the land in close proximity to the airport is restricted for good reason and should remain so," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Steve Brown. "NBAA encourages general aviation operators who use the airport to take action on this important local issue." For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070301-013.php

STMP Required for Augusta Area This April
A special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect for the Augusta, GA, area this April. Arrival reservations will be required for Augusta Regional (AGS), Daniel Field (DNL), Aiken Municipal (AIK) and Thomson-McDuffie County (HQU) from April 2 to April 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. The current notice to airmen publication (NTAP) contains reservation information as well as procedures and preferred IFR routings for both arrivals and departures for this event. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at gadesk@nbaa.org or visit the FAA site at:
http://www.faa.gov/ntap/NTAP07FEB15

Wilmington's New Castle County Airport: ISO Future Clout
Stephen D. Williams, airports director for the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) and operator of Wilmington, DE's New Castle County Airport (ILG), finds himself in an enviable position. Not only are ILG's airport-owned hangars full, but aircraft management companies and fractional providers are asking for more space. Add to that, a fourth FBO soon will arrive to service the operations by general aviation and guests of key tenants. Learn more about what's happening at ILG on NBAA's web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/ilg

MKC: Kansas City Convenient
Having a downtown airport that's truly "downtown" has proven to be a boon for Kansas City, MO, owner of the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. "We tell everyone, you'll be in the center of the city in less than five minutes," says Michael Roper, airport manager. "That is the premier reason for continued growth of the airport. It's one of the last few truly downtown airports." The complete report, which is part of an ongoing series of NBAA airport reports, is available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/mkc

Massachusetts Day on the Hill to Address Aviation and Airport Legislation
The Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA) today will host its annual On the Hill Day at the Legislative Office Building in Boston. This event is an opportunity for the aviation community to meet with specific legislators from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to discuss important aviation and airport legislation that could affect the industry, such as this year's FAA reauthorization. For more information, contact MAMA's Chris Willenborg at cwillenborg@barnesairport.com or NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
NBAA Releases Updated Oceanic CD
NBAA has released an updated version of its Oceanic Flying Operations and Procedures Manual. The revised version was produced for NBAA Members, in association with NBAA's International Operators Committee, as a comprehensive reference source for oceanic and inter-continental flight operations. The Oceanic CD will be distributed free to Attendees of this year's NBAA 34th Annual International Operators Conference, held March 26 to 29 in San Diego, CA, as part of registration. Those not attending this year's International Operators Conference may purchase copies through NBAA. For more information about this product or how to obtain copies, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070305-014.php

Members May View Business Aviation Insider Issues Online
As the official Member publication of NBAA, Business Aviation Insider is sent free to all Members as a membership benefit. The primary goal of this quarterly printed newsletter is to serve as a helpful resource for all NBAA Members, regardless of the size of their business. On the new Business Aviation Insider web site, Members have full access to all online articles and can download PDF versions of each printed issue. Mailed to Members earlier this year, the Winter 2007 issue is now featured online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

Advertise in 2007 NBAA Membership Directory; Orders Due Mar. 7
NBAA Members rely on the NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel for comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate business aviation industry information. The print publication will be distributed to the NBAA Membership, a group that represents the largest concentration of buying power in business aviation today. The insertion order deadline for the 2007 edition has been extended to Wednesday, March 7. For more information on advertising in this publication, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at bschwalen@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advertise

Online Registration Now Available for Maintenance Management Conference
The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference is business aviation's single dedicated event for individuals involved in aircraft maintenance and facility management. Slated for April 2 through 4 in San Diego, CA, this year's event will benefit anyone involved in aircraft maintenance, hangar facility management or personnel supervision. Attendees will learn best practices guidelines and strategies for aircraft maintenance management, guidance on the application of new technologies and the latest in regulatory changes and requirements. Sessions also will be devoted to leadership, management and interpersonal skills development. The three-day event is FAA inspection authorization (IA) approved for eight hours of credit. For a separate fee, both a Maintenance Manual Workshop and a Professional Development Program (PDP) Course will be offered on April 5. To register online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200704

Exhibit at NBAA 2007

Upcoming NBAA Events
Flight Operations Manual Workshop
March 5–6, 2007, Houston, TX

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
March 7–8, 2007, Houston, TX

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

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

Maintenance Management Conference
April 2–4, 2007, San Diego, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 4, 2007, West Chicago, IL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
April 5, 2007, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 26, 2007, White Plains, NY

FSF/NBAA 52nd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
May 8–10, 2007, Tucson, AZ

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
May 21, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007)
May 22–24, 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
June 1, 2007, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 8, 2007, St. Louis, MO

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 20, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 25–26, 2007, San Diego, CA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 27–28, 2007, San Diego, CA

12th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 29–30, 2007, San Diego, CA

Application Deadline for September CAM Exam
August 6, 2007

Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2007)
August 9–11, 2007, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007)
September 25–27, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 8, 2007, Oakland, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 9, 2007, Oakland, CA

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

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

Contact Congress

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