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NBAA Update #08-06
Monday, February 11, 2008

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
User Fee Debate Continues Into 2008
In hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill last week, proposals to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through new, untested user fees drew criticism. In a Senate committee hearing to consider the nomination of Robert Sturgell as FAA administrator, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) restated his support for aviation system modernization, but said, "I do not agree with the premise that we have to create a new bureaucratic system to pay for the improvements to the air traffic control system. I see no reason why we cannot use the current system of fuel and excise taxes to fund the FAA and the Next Generation Air Transportation System." Separately, in a House subcommittee hearing on the Administration's new budget proposal for FAA funding – which, like last year's proposal, calls for user fees – a number of Committee members criticized the Administration for again submitting a budget that would cut overall FAA funding while continuing to promote user fees. NBAA Members can voice opposition to user fee proposals by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/action

NBAA Reiterates Call for Passage of Final Reauthorization Bill
With the expiration date looming for the most recent FAA funding extension (passed by Congress in December in lieu of a full FAA reauthorization bill), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen again called for completion of a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill. "The general aviation community recognizes the need for another extension," Bolen said, "because any disruption in our system would not only harm the committed professionals who work at the FAA, but could also have a devastating impact on our local communities and national economy. However, it is important to get a multi-year bill completed this year. We look forward to working with Members in the House and Senate to make this a reality." For more information about the FAA reauthorization debate, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/

New Rules on Carriage of Political Candidates Affect Part 91 Operators
As NBAA reported last year, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 changed the law with regard to carriage of candidates for election and other campaign travelers. The new law requires that presidential, vice presidential and senate campaigns must reimburse the person or company providing the flight at the charter rate for flights on aircraft operated under Part 91. In addition, candidates for the House of Representatives and others traveling on behalf of House campaigns generally are prohibited from travel on aircraft that are not operated under a commercial air carrier certificate. The Federal Election Commission is in the process of updating its regulations to reflect this act. Operators who are asked to carry political candidates are encouraged to review a new NBAA Member resource that explains the current regulatory environment at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/admin/policies/carriage/wieand.php

FAA Provides Guidance on Operational Control FAQs
NBAA posed a number of frequently asked questions to the FAA as part of its ongoing effort to seek clarification on key areas of concern and confusion regarding operational control requirements for Part 135 operators. The FAA has now provided answers in response to these industry questions. While these responses address areas of common concern, each operator's situation may be unique. It remains critical that Part 135 operators develop agreements with aircraft owners, insurance companies, financial institutions and pilots to meet the FAA's operational control requirements. Consultation with qualified aviation counsel regarding operational control issues is strongly encouraged. For additional information, view the FAA responses at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/wetlease/

User Reporting Capability Added to FAA's e-STMP Web Application
On February 6, the FAA updated its electronic special traffic management program (e-STMP) web application, which allows operators to obtain slots at airports where STMPs have been implemented. One of the major improvements is the addition of user-based web reports, a feature that operators have frequently requested. The new reports allow operators to view reservations they have made and the status of those reservations. Other improvements include a CAPTCHA reset button on the reservation request form and added security through the use of secure socket layer (SSL) protection. These updates are a result of the efforts of the STMP working group, in which NBAA actively participates. The e-STMP application can be found on the FAA web site at:
https://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp

NBAA Board Chairman Provides Outlook for 2008
In a letter to NBAA Members last week, Chairman of the Board Jeff Lee highlighted the Association's policy priorities for 2008. Lee underscored NBAA's continued efforts in advocating for business aviation and the fight against user fees. "The outcome is still not assured, but with the continued activism of NBAA Members, the Association will work with members of Congress to promote a plan for aviation system modernization that rejects user fees and instead builds on the proven and efficient pay-at-the-pump fuel tax for general aviation," he wrote. Lee also noted that security, environmental policy and operational safety will remain top priorities. Review Lee's full letter at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/membership/letters/2008/lee20080207.php

Hundreds Will Attend ABACE Forum This Week in Hong Kong
The ABACE Forum will be held this week on Thursday, February 14 in Hong Kong. More than 700 Attendees and 23 Exhibitors are expected at the event, which will feature 14 aircraft on Static Display at Hong Kong International Airport and exhibit space at the nearby Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. Information Sessions will feature industry experts discussing airspace and regulatory issues for operating in the Asian region (including operations related to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games) and the challenges and opportunities for establishing business aviation operations in the region. Register online or learn more at:
http://www.abace.aero

Total Number of NBAA Certified Aviation Managers Surpasses 100
Last week, NBAA announced that over 100 aviation professionals have become Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs), marking a significant milestone for the program. Fourteen individuals successfully passed the CAM Exam administered by NBAA last September, and the total number of CAMs is now 109. The certification process is a key element of NBAA and the CAM Governing Board's efforts to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. CAM Governing Board Chair Thomas Carney said this is "a key event in our effort to raise the bar for improved management standards for those who will lead us into the future of business aviation." Read the full press release at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2008/20080207-012.php

Business Aviation Insider Goes Bimonthly; Latest Issue Now Online
The January/February issue of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official Member publication, is now available online. Effective in 2008, the newsletter has increased from quarterly to bimonthly distribution, to provide more of the news and information that Members expect more frequently. The latest issue contains a start-of-the-year message from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, updates on general aviation security, tips and tools on hiring outside contractors and icing issues, information about NBAA's tax resources for Members, CAM Program news, a scholarship overview and more. This issue began mailing at the end of January and Members will receive their issues soon, if they haven't already. Review the issue online now at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
New York State Tax Exemption: Legislative Alert
NBAA and the New York Airport Managers Association (NYAMA) are coordinating efforts to maintain the current New York State sales tax exemption on aircraft. The Governor's budget proposal repeals the current tax exemption on business aircraft, which would consequently force general aviation aircraft owners and operators out of the state and, thus, New York would lose direct and indirect taxes such as those on leases, income and property. Aviation jobs also would follow the aircraft out of state. NBAA is seeking the assistance of its New York domiciled Membership to contact their legislators to inform them of the industry's opposition to repealing this tax exemption. For more information contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected].

Don't Miss NBAA Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum
On February 22, NBAA will host a Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Gallery One Hotel. This interactive forum is designed to provide business aviation professionals with a basis for understanding and addressing some of the most important issues facing business aircraft operators today such as employment, security, aviation insurance, air charter brokers and international operations. Attendees also can receive continuing education credits. Both Members and non-Members of NBAA are invited to attend. For more information, or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/regforum/20080222

GSLBAA Meeting Will Feature FAA's Larry Oliver
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) and JetDirect are co-sponsoring a meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m., featuring the FAA's Larry Oliver of AFS-430, who will address a variety of aircraft navigation developments. The meeting will be held at JetDirect on the Spirit of St. Louis Airport at Hangar Six, 18216 Edison Avenue in Chesterfield, MO. For further information, contact Fred Harms at (800) 322-8876 or NBAA's Bob Quinn at [email protected]. To register online, use the link on the GSLBAA web site at:
http://www.gslbaa.org

Teterboro Users Group to Visit New York TRACON on Feb. 28
The Teterboro Users Group in cooperation with the Morristown Aviation Association and the Westchester Aviation Association will visit the New York terminal radar approach control (TRACON) on Thursday, February 28. The purpose of the visit is to better understand air traffic control, increase safety and determine how to reduce delays at the general aviation airports in the New York metro area, in particular, Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), Teterboro Airport (TEB) and Westchester County Airport (HPN). Transportation will be provided from Teterboro Airport. Those interested in attending should contact Peter Bellini at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Make Plans Now for EBACE2008 in Geneva
Numerous exhibitors already have secured their space for the 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20 to 22. The event presents a unique opportunity to showcase business aviation to operators, regulators and decision-makers from Europe, North Africa, India, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. In addition to the record number of Exhibitors offering side-by-side comparisons of the latest products and services, Attendees can learn about the latest equipment, regulations and procedures impacting their responsibilities as business aviation managers, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) workshop will provide an opportunity to influence European operational regulations. For more information, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA News
NBAA Announces Newly Approved PDP Courses
NBAA last week announced the approval of six new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses, which are being offered by six different educational providers: CornerStone Strategies, LLC; Global Jet Services, Inc.; Grey Owl Aviation Consultants, Inc.; ServiceElements, Inc.; Summit Solutions, LLC; and the University of Central Missouri. These newly approved courses focus on leadership, human factors and team building, and are consistent with the PDP learning objectives. They are available in scheduled one- or two-day formats as well as in distance-education formats. Read the full press release at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2008/20080207-011.php

NBAA's Highest Awards Nominations Are Due This Week
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 15. The 2008 award recipients will be officially recognized at the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 6 through 8 in Orlando. For more information about both awards, including nomination guidelines, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards

Deadline for Maintenance TRACS Scholarship Is Feb. 15
Each year, NBAA offers the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS), which provides current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive initial technician training courses for several aircraft models. At the time of application, each applicant must be either a current holder of an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate currently employed in general aviation or a student currently enrolled in either an accredited A&P program or an approved FAR Part 147 school. Applications must be received by NBAA on or before February 15. To download an application, or for more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/mxtracs/

NBAA Leadership Conference to Feature PDP Course on Finance
NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee will host the 2008 Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX on February 27 and 28. The event will bring together industry peers for an interactive program offering insights on effective leadership and management. In conjunction with the event, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will present the NBAA PDP Course "Flight Department Finance and Budget Accounting." The course covers the basics of budgeting, forecasting, financial management, taxation and cost recovery for the flight department. It also provides an accounting primer to allow aviation professionals to better understand accounting principles and financial reports. For more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at [email protected], or register online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/leadership/2008

NBAA Flying Safety Award Applications Due Mar. 1
Applications for the NBAA Flying Safety Award are due on March 1. The awards have brought worldwide attention to business aviation's safety record and have been endorsed and approved by the National Safety Council. They are given annually as a testament to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations, and as a tribute to the skill and ability of a company's management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. Award applications must be submitted to NBAA by mail or faxed to (202) 331-8364. A printed copy of the rules and regulations with application forms has been mailed to all Member operators, and PDF versions are available online. To learn more about award categories and download an application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/safetyawards

Apply Now for Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship
The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. To support this position, NBAA offers aspiring and current flight attendants/flight technicians the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with several sponsors. The deadline for application submissions is March 31. For more information, to review the list of sponsors or to download the application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/fltatt/

ABACE 2008

Upcoming NBAA Events
ABACE Forum
February 14, 2008, Hong Kong

Regulatory & Operational Hot Topics Forum
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

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

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development
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

2nd Annual Safety Standdown Europe
May 19, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008)
May 20–22, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
May 30, 2008, New York, NY

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 26, 2008, Dayton, OH

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, Tucson, AZ

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

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

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