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NBAA Update #07-23
Monday, June 04, 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
Opposition to User Fees Gains Momentum at State, Local Levels
States and localities continue to show their support for general aviation's economic importance and opposition to a user fee scheme to finance the aviation system. Most recently, over 1,700 pilots in Alaska signed a petition in support of a resolution in both houses of the Alaska legislature to go on record in opposition to the user fee plan being backed by the FAA and the big airlines. In addition, two Texas cities, Goliad City and New Braunfels, passed similar resolutions in opposition to user fees. User fees are backed by the airlines as a way to shift billions in their costs to general aviation and replace congressional control over the aviation system with airline control. To learn more about the user fee proposal, and what you can do to oppose it, visit NBAA's Online Advocacy Center at:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacycenter

User Fee Debate Moves to Senate Finance Committee
A bill to fund the FAA (S.1300) will be considered by the Senate's tax writing committee in June. Two weeks ago, the Senate Commerce Committee split on an effort to eliminate a per-flight user fee from the legislation. The razor-thin margin of defeat for the amendment to strike user fees from S.1300 demonstrates that opposition to user fees is strong and growing due to the grassroots involvement from NBAA Members and others across the country. NBAA will remain united with the rest of the general aviation community in opposing user fees in any form – and this message will now be taken to the members of the Senate Finance Committee. "NBAA Members represented by senators on the Finance Committee should use the Association's Contact Congress resource to underscore opposition to user fees with those senators," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To see a list of Senate Finance Committee members, visit:
http://www.senate.gov/~finance/

DHS, TSA Mulling GA Security Policy Changes
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are actively considering changes to general aviation security policy, as reported in recent media accounts, and previously by NBAA. The proposed new regulations, which could be made public as early as this summer, are expected to be tailored to the specific needs of the general aviation community, and could include, among other possible requirements, background checks and passenger manifest requirements. The proposal, once published, will include a formal comment period, during which NBAA and the public will submit feedback. Based on previous federal rulemaking experience, NBAA does not expect a final rule until possibly sometime next year. NBAA has shared Member feedback with DHS and TSA officials about flexibility and costs for compliance. As the TSA focuses on GA security, the agency clearly has kept the unique needs of business aviation in view during the rule development. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

Weekend Security Issue at JFK Highlights Need for Continued Vigilance
Last weekend, federal, state and local authorities announced the successful disruption of a plot to attack fuel pipelines and fuel storage facilities utilized by John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The plot sought to create major interruptions in fuel, oil and natural gas distribution. Individuals involved in this plot are in police custody, and federal officials have indicated that there is no intelligence to support a credible threat to the U.S. at this time. Authorities at the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration continue to emphasize the use of best security practices and enhanced vigilance against possible criminal activity. Review NBAA's best security practices at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices

Business Aviation Is Meeting in St. Louis This Week
NBAA will visit St. Louis, MO on Friday, June 8, to host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS). The St. Louis event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 15 static aircraft and hundreds of Attendees. Agenda highlights include a discussion of non-business uses of business aircraft, a session on pandemic preparedness and one on crew resource management. In addition, NBAA GA Desk and FAA representatives will be available to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Midwest region. The next Regional Forum will be held November 8 in Oakland CA. For details about the St. Louis event or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20070608

FAA Adopts NBAA Recommendations on Operational Control Guidance
Earlier this year, NBAA outlined numerous concerns with guidance issued by the FAA on the subject of operational control for charter aircraft in Notice 8000.347. The FAA reviewed NBAA's recommendations in detail and adopted numerous industry changes. The most important clarification brought forth by the changes is that, under certain circumstances, the charter operator may use the aircraft owner's pilots and the charter operator will not have to pay the pilots directly for their services. NBAA greatly appreciates the FAA's partnership with the industry to implement these important clarifications. The changes have been published in a new FAA Notice, 8900.4, which is accessible along with NBAA's extensive resources on operational control at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/wetlease

NBAA Urges Charter Operators to Ensure They Have Been Issued New A002 and A008 OpSpecs
Notice 8900.4, the revised version of the FAA operational control notice, includes sunset provisions effective June 30 for the obsolete operations specification (OpSpec) A002 and A008 paragraphs. To date, more than 97 percent of charter operators have been issued the revised OpSpecs. The sunset provision means that the remaining 3 percent (64) of operators must be issued the new A002 and A008 by June 30 or the FAA will remove those OpSpecs from the operator. Without the OpSpecs, the operator will not be permitted to conduct charter flights. View NBAA's extensive resources on operational control at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/wetlease

Coded Departure Routes Issued for General Aviation
Beginning June 8, general aviation will be able to participate in the use of coded departure routes (CDRs). This will enable a faster rerouting of aircraft when the filed route is constrained by either weather or congestion. After conducting a successful test program in the New York metropolitan area, the FAA has now published procedures that allow general aviation operators the ability to accept CDRs and the abbreviated clearance associated with CDRs. By putting "CDR Capable" in the remarks section of their flight plans, aircrews are assuring they are capable to decode a current CDR into a flight plan and fly a different route than the one filed. CDRs will be updated on the 56-day charting cycle. For more information and the CDR database visit:
http://www.fly.faa.gov/rmt/cdm_operational_coded_departur.jsp

NBAA Needs Volunteers to Help Build a Playground in Atlanta
To celebrate its 60th anniversary and the Georgia centennial of flight, NBAA will be building an aviation-themed playground for the children of Atlanta. The park will be the result of a partnership between NBAA, The Home Depot and KABOOM!, a national non-profit organization. NBAA is calling Members participating in the anniversary celebration to help recruit coworkers and customers to help make this playground a reality. Information about how your company can register to volunteer will be made available soon on the NBAA Convention web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/kaboom

IS-BAO Workshop in Atlanta This Month
The next IS-BAO Implementation Workshop will be held on the Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta, GA on June 20. This event is designed to assist operators who are implementing or considering implementing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), is a code of best practices for flight departments. The workshop opens with a background presentation, followed by a detailed session on the standard and its certification procedures. Other sessions focus on the risk-assessment process, safety management systems and audit considerations. Those planning to attend should complete and submit the Operators IS-BAO Workshop Registration Form available online. For further information please contact Kathy Perfetti (540) 785-6415 or kperfetti@ibac.org. To access the form and to download a copy of the agenda, visit:
http://www.ibac.org

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Members Urged to Oppose California Emissions Bill
California Assembly Bill 700 (AB 700, Lieu) would require the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to study the amount of time that turbine aircraft engines run while on the ramp at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The bill, an unfunded mandate that may cost the state $150,000 through FY 2009, could result in potentially crippling monitoring regulations for one of California's preeminent community airports. AB 700 has now moved to the assembly floor for a June 8 vote, and NBAA asks Members to call and fax their California Assembly representative and senators, urging them to oppose this back-door attempt to restrict operations. For further guidance on how to take action, operators should visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

Pilots Should Use Caution on Approaches to Dulles
Virginia's Dulles Tower has reported at least two incidents in the past week involving general aviation aircraft where pilots have lined up for what will be the new Runway 19R after being cleared for the visual approach to the existing Runway 19R. A substance used to seal the surface soil under the new runway has been applied. From the air this substance highly resembles poured concrete. The airport is in the process of applying "X" markings to the surface but caution should be exercised for the foreseeable future while on approach to Dulles. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org.

Vote on Residential Development Near Virginia's Leesburg Executive
On June 5, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will vote on zoning changes near Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) to approve plans for a multi-family residential development near the airport's approach end. Despite concerns voiced by local pilots and national aviation advocates, county officials seem poised to accept the proposal. Petitioners will have one last opportunity to comment on the proposed zoning changes before the vote takes place by signing up to speak at 9:00 a.m. on June 5. The board meets at 1 Harrison St., Leesburg, VA. For more information contact JYO Airport Commissioner Dennis Boykin at boykin_dennis@yahoo.com or NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

Ohio Regional Group to Host Safety Day on June 20
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a Safety Day and association elections on June 20. Walt Kraujalis will provide a business aviation safety overview; Ed Mackey of Medaire will discuss first-aid issues; and Tom Booth of FlightSafety International will provide a simulator presentation. In addition, Peter Stein of Johnson Controls, Jim Hodges of NetJets and Bob Agostino of Bombardier also will make presentations. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lane Aviation located at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). For more information contact ORBAA's Doug Stewart at (614) 503-4584 or NBAA's Bob Quinn at bquinn@nbaa.org.

Chicago Safety Day Planned for June 22
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual Safety Day on June 22. Presented by FACTS Training, the event will be held at DB Aviation on Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN), 3550 N. McAree Road, Waukegan, IL. Morning sessions will focus on human factors issues, hypoxia awareness and crew resource management. The afternoon sessions will utilize the FACTS emergency procedures simulator to provide demonstrations and insight into handling a variety of in-flight emergencies. NBAA will sponsor a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., and Bombardier will sponsor the lunch. Registration for the Safety Day is limited to 125 people and includes meals. For more information, contact CABAA's Sandy Frentz at infor@cabaa.com or NBAA's Bob Quinn at bquinn@nbaa.org. Review registration and payment information online at:
http://www.cabaa.com

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
New Online Member Directory Now Available; Printed Version Has Mailed
NBAA has launched its first-ever Online Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel, providing Members with access to real-time information, 24/7. For decades, the printed version of the Directory has been considered the most comprehensive guide to business aviation resources in the industry. The new Online Directory takes this already invaluable reference to the next level. "Now, with this highly anticipated resource, NBAA Members will be able to connect with best practices, explore new business partnerships and strengthen their resources from their computer at work, at home or on the road," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. NBAA Members can access the new Online Directory immediately at http://www.nbaa.org/directory. The printed edition mailed in May, so Members should receive their copies by mid-June if they haven't already. Learn more at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070604-046.php

New Issue of Business Aviation Insider Now Online
Now mailing to NBAA Members, the latest issue of Business Aviation Insider is now available 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 Business Aviation Insider web site, Members have full access to all online articles and can download PDF versions of each printed issue. Read more at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

EBACE2007 Tops Records as Strongest-Ever European Business Aviation Event
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced record-setting numbers of Attendees, Exhibitors and aircraft on display at that this year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007). The event, held in Geneva, Switzerland May 22 through 24, hosted 11,267 Attendees, up 15 percent from last year, along with 354 Exhibitors, up 18 percent. The number of booth spaces also increased by 15 percent alongside a record-setting 61 business aircraft on display. Read the full set of articles, photos, podcasts and presentations related to this year's EBACE online at:
http://www.ebace.aero/press/release/20070601.php

NBAA Opens 2007 Convention to Students and Local Business Aviation
NBAA will open the doors of its 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) in Atlanta free of charge to college students and members of the local business aviation community on the event's third day – Thursday, September 27 – as part of Georgia Aviation Day. NBAA's 2007 Convention, to be held from September 25 to 27 in Atlanta, GA, will serve as the site for commemorating significant milestones in aviation, including NBAA's 60th anniversary and Georgia's centennial of flight, marked by the 100th anniversary of aviator Ben Epps' flight over an open field in Athens, GA. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070531-044.php

NBAA Charities to Host Benefit Auctions During NBAA2007 in Atlanta
NBAA Charities, a fund established by NBAA to provide support to worthy causes in the business aviation community, will hold Silent and Live Benefit Auctions at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention. The Silent Auction will be begin at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 24, and close at 4:00 p.m. on the following Wednesday. The Live Auction will be held during the NBAA Benefit Gala on September 26. Auction items will be displayed by Lobby C of the Georgia World Congress Center during the Convention. To donate an auction item, contact NBAA's Dina Green at dgreen@nbaa.org. To learn more about the Benefit Gala, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2007/gala

NBAA Gold Wing Award Applications Due July 15
Applications for the 2007 NBAA Gold Wing Award are due July 15. The NBAA Gold Wing Award is presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation by trade or non-trade media in print, web-based or broadcast formats. The NBAA Gold Wing Award recognizes journalism's important role in reporting the significant contributions of business aviation to the national economy. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20070604-047.php

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Aviation Resource Management
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
September 23–24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

Professional Development Program (PDP) Course: Mastering Communication Skills
September 24, 2007, Atlanta, GA

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

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

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
September 28–29, 2007, Atlanta, GA

11th Annual Safety Standdown
October 22–25, 2007, Wichita, KS

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

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