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NBAA Update #07-49
Monday, December 03, 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
Sen. Lott, Republican Whip and Aviation Subcommittee's Ranking Member, Resigns
U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) last week announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate, effective by year's end. Lott currently serves as the Republican Whip, the party's second-highest leadership position in the Senate, and as the ranking republican on the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, which has jurisdiction over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), currently pending before Congress. Lott's successor on the subcommittee has not yet been determined. Earlier this year, Lott co-sponsored S.1300, an FAA reauthorization measure that includes a $25 per-flight user fee, which general aviation (GA) opposes. "NBAA has always supported Senator Lott's goal of aviation system modernization, but we want to help fund it exclusively through an adjustment in the proven, ultra-efficient fuel tax," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

NBAA Voices Concern About CBP Proposal for GA; Members Encouraged to Do Likewise
NBAA has written U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to express concern about the agency's proposal requiring pilots to file passenger manifests exclusively through a designated CBP Internet site before crossing the U.S. border. "The U.S. often takes for granted the wide availability of a reliable connection to the Internet," NBAA's letter states. But, "in most parts of the world, Internet availability is a scarce resource and difficult to secure." The letter notes that business aircraft are often used to travel to remote parts of the world, precisely because such locations have little or no other reliable means of connecting people – whether through the Internet or otherwise. The Association's letter cited several other concerns about the CBP proposal. NBAA has developed a guide to help Members communicate with CBP officials about the impact of this proposal on their operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected], or review the guide at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis/cmtguide.php

FAA Issues Final EAPAS Rule
Nine years from the first announcement of the Aging Transport Systems Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ATSRAC), the FAA has issued the final enhanced airworthiness program for aircraft systems/fuel tank safety (EAPAS) rule, which amends FAA regulations on certification and operations of transport category aircraft. While the rule primarily affects aircraft in commercial service (airliners), it is applicable to aircraft with a passenger capacity of 30 or more passengers or a payload capacity of at least 7,500 pounds. The main thrust of the rule organizes and clarifies design requirements for wire systems by moving existing regulatory references to wiring into a single section of the regulations specifically for wiring and by adding new certification rules. The final rule also clarifies requirements of certain existing rules for operators to incorporate instructions for continued airworthiness for fuel tank systems into their maintenance or inspection programs. Review the EAPAS final rule at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/maint/eapas.php

FAA Releases New Online RVR Tool
The FAA has released a new and enhanced runway visual range (RVR) tool on its web site, which makes obtaining airport RVR information much easier. The new tool, called the "RVR Monitor," allows users to view data at a glance for all 59 RVR-reporting airports. The monitor shows the lowest RVR value that has been observed at each airport during the previous 10 minutes and color-codes airports with degraded RVR values. Detailed current data for each airport also is available by clicking on the airport's identifier. The RVR monitor can be accessed at:
http://rvr.fly.faa.gov/rvr-cgi-bin/rvr-status.pl

Business Aviation Insider Profiles NBAA Member Winner Aviation
The fall issue of NBAA's official Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, profiles Member Company Winner Aviation, a fixed base operator in Vienna, OH. Rick Hale, Winner Aviation president and CEO, traveled from Vienna to Washington, DC last summer to testify before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. Hale told Congress that small companies like his, which make up the majority of business aviation enterprises, would be adversely affected by the imposition of aviation user fees. The fall Insider recently mailed to Members, and the publication is available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA Opposing Proposal to Ban Many Business Aircraft From SMO
NBAA and its Members are working with the FAA, members of Congress and other general aviation associations to halt an effort by the City of Santa Monica to significantly curtail aircraft operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In a recent letter, NBAA's legal counsel reminded the city of its legal obligations, and pointed out the inherent safety of business aviation. The city first proposed the ordinance in 2002, at which time, NBAA objected, and the FAA tentatively found that the proposal would violate federal law, the airport's grant assurances and a legal settlement already reached in conjunction with previous attempts to ban certain types of aircraft from SMO. The FAA has also objected to the city's latest proposal, promising strong action should city officials choose to proceed. Review the letter from NBAA's legal counsel to the City of Santa Monica and other documents at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

Notice to Alaska Operators: U.S. Military Plans Further Airspace Restrictions
Great Circle routings and operations to and from Fairbanks, AK will be impacted by a U.S. Air Force proposal to establish temporary military operations areas (TMOAs) to conduct Red Flag Alaska/Northern Edge training exercises in 2008. NBAA is soliciting comments from Members on the impact of similar TMOAs implemented in 2007 and the anticipated impact on Member operations if this current TMOA proposal is approved. It also is likely the Air Force will request the TMOAs on a permanent basis from 2009 and beyond. NBAA requests that Members submit comments no later than December 14 to enable the Association to respond by the FAA's deadline. Members also are encouraged to submit individual comments directly to the FAA. For more information, and to send comments, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

Several NBAA Members Honored for Noise Mitigation
At an awards ceremony at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY last week, the county's Chief Executive Andrew Spano recognized the efforts of several NBAA Members to reduce noise complaints at HPN. Spano noted that as a result of the initiative put forth by operators at HPN, noise complaints have subsided and airport support has increased. The following NBAA Members were awarded in three categories: helicopter – Citigroup, Interlaken Capital, IBM and Safe Flight Instruments; turboprop – Air Frantz and Greenhill Aviation; and jet – Cappelli Development, Altria, Air Frantz, Fayair, Delaney Aviation, Rabbit Hill Aviation, JP Morgan Chase, Imperial Transport, McGraw Hill Companies, Safe Flight Instruments, US Cable, Ernst & Young and RT Vanderbilt. JP Morgan Chase and RT Vanderbilt were recognized as having the lowest average noise level for jet aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

St. Louis Group Will Hold Meeting This Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GLSBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on Friday, December 7 at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club on 180 N. Eatherton Road in Chesterfield, MO. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or cash or check donation for the "Toys for Tots" campaign. The luncheon is free for GLSBAA members and WWII vets in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. The fee for guests is $20. RSVP by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 5 to GLSBAA at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected].

NESD Meeting Set for Next Week in Chicopee, MA
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers (NESD) will hold its holiday luncheon on December 13 at 12:00 noon in Chicopee, MA at the Mass Mutual facility. The keynote speaker will be Darlene Radloff, chief of security training education at Houston-based Aviation Security International. Radloff recently appeared on Fox News to provide safety forecasts to women planning to travel. She also is an instructor of safety and security protocols. For more information, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
NBAA Releases 2008 Calendar of Events, Professional Development Offerings
NBAA has released the Association's calendar of events for 2008. The calendar provides information on a variety of opportunities for the business aviation community to exchange information, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest business aviation trade show; an international exhibition in Europe; several Business Aviation Regional Forums; and a comprehensive program of seminars and professional development courses for those involved in business aviation. To review the full calendar, read the press release at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2007/20071203-080.php

Faster Air Mail Archives Now Available
This fall, Air Mail, NBAA's popular series of e-mail discussion lists, increased delivery speed tenfold when it moved to new servers. The Air Mail message archives are now available on the NBAA web site with significant performance improvements, allowing Members to review messages sent to over 30 discussion lists. Air Mail was first established in 1997 to facilitate the collaboration and discussion on topics of interest to business aircraft operators. For more information on Air Mail, or to subscribe, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airmail

International Operators Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 31
In an effort to promote education and training for individuals to increase safety and professionalism in their positions, NBAA's International Operators Committee, in conjunction with ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats, offers the International Operators Scholarship to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. This scholarship provides funds to be applied toward a professional/educational training program of the recipient's choice. The scholarship will be awarded at the NBAA 35th Annual International Operators Conference in March. To learn more and download an application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/education/scholarships/intl

Daytona Beach to Host 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference
NBAA's 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) will take place next year from April 15 to 17 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village in Daytona Beach, FL. The MMC is designed for aircraft owners and operators and for single aircraft or large fleet managers wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of technical expertise and managing the maintenance function. This three-day Conference provides valuable information for individuals interested in enhancing their knowledge of aircraft maintenance and management, along with ideas and suggestions for those interested in professional development or meeting career objective goals. To learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/200804

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Upcoming NBAA Events
SPDP Course: Weather and Aircraft Performance
January 28, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Resource Management for Aviation Leaders
January 28–29, 2008, Savannah, GA

19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 29–February 1, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Aviation Security for the Business Aviation Flight Department
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Building a Higher Performance Flight Department Team
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

3rd Annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2008)
February 14, 2008, Hong Kong

Regulatory Hot Topics Seminar
February 22, 2008, Fort Lauderdale, FL

PDP Course: Flight Department Finance and Budget Accounting
February 26, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Leadership Conference
February 27–28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
February 29, 2008, San Antonio, TX

35th Annual International Operators Conference
March 10–13, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 27, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 14, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Maintenance Manual Workshop
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

PDP Course: Customer Service
April 25, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 28–29, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 29–May 1, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

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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