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NBAA Update #02-06
Monday, February 11, 2002
OLYMPIC OPERATIONS LIMITED BUT FUNCTIONAL
Initial NBAA Member reports indicate that the Gateway Airport inspection processes are operating. NBAA last week raised capacity issues regarding the inspection reservations system with senior Treasury Department officials and has been assured that these issues are being addressed as quickly as possible. Press reports indicate that three general aviation aircraft have been "escorted" to Salt Lake airports by military aircraft in the last week due to their failure to comply with published procedures. Operators experiencing problems with the inspection process should contact NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].
VFR ACCESS TO BMC RESTORED
The FAA has canceled NOTAMs 2/0742 and 2/0743, thereby permitting operations at Brigham City Airport (BMC) in Utah. BMC is available for VFR operations only. For more information about security procedures associated with the gateway airports near Salt Lake City, UT:
RESULTS OF FEBRUARY 4 DCA BRIEFING
On February 4, NBAA held its second briefing on the status of general aviation access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Before an audience of 89 attendees, NBAA President Jack Olcott provided an update on the Security Letter of Authorization (SLOA) proposal that NBAA submitted to FAA Administrator Jane Garvey on December 20 (www.nbaa.org/sloa). However, FAA officials were unable to provide a time frame for reinstating general aviation operations at DCA due to the complexity of inter-agency coordination.
DOJ ISSUES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FOR TRAINING
On February 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued additional guidance for flight training centers, expanding the categories of foreign nationals permitted to take part in training without providing prior notification to the U.S. Attorney General for a security risk assessment. The February 8 notice now permits training providers to offer recurrent training to those who are current and qualified as pilot in command, second in command, or flight engineer for aircraft 12,500 MTOW or higher.
NAVCANADA ISSUES GUIDANCE ON RVSM
IN CANADIAN AIRSPACE
NAVCANADA's advanced operational information on the implementation of RVSM in northern Canadian airspace starting April 18, 2002, is available on NBAA's Web site. Download the Adobe PDF file from:
MISSOURI WORKS TO INCREASE SAFETY AND SECURITY AT AIRPORTS
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission tasked the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)'s Aviation Advisory Committee to develop recommendations that will enhance safety at Missouri's general aviation airports. As a result, the committee developed six recommendations, which have been submitted to the Transportation Commission for its review. One recommendation - to incorporate security procedures into current airport safety inspections - is already being implemented. For more information, contact John Balsiger at [email protected].
WES MARSH FEATURED SPEAKER OF FEBRUARY AZBAA MEETING
The next monthly meeting of the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AzBAA) will be held Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 a.m. and will feature Arizona Representative Wes Marsh as its speaker. The topic of Marsh's address will be HB 2281, which would establish a state airspace review commission that would review airport traffic patterns and all other airspace use over the state and report to the Governor, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate and FAA. Through communications with NBAA's Dan Burkhart and AzBAA's Rich Schuller, Representative Marsh agreed to table the bill until he had further communication with AzBAA and other concerned parties. For more information, contact Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
NBAA MEMBERS WORK TO ESTABLISH CUSTOMS AT CRQ
NBAA Members at Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA are working to establish U.S. Customs clearance at the airport. About 20 NBAA Members based at CRQ, which operate nearly 40 aircraft, already have submitted a proposal to interested local politicians and U.S. Customs. However, they still require additional itinerant interest in CRQ Customs service in order for their proposal to succeed. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
NEW CITY OF SANTA MONICA LAW AFFECTS SMO USERS
Business aviation operators traveling to Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in CA should be aware of a new City of Santa Monica law that severely increases the monetary penalty for violating the single-event noise limits and that could eventually prohibit a company from using the airport. Check with SMO airport management or your SMO FBO service provider to ensure your full understanding of the new enforcement procedure. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected] or Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
INVITATION TO FORM NEW CONNECTICUT GROUP
All those interested in forming a Connecticut business aviation group are invited to attend an organizational meeting at the CT Fire Academy, 34 Perimeter Rd., Bradley International Airport (BDL), Windsor Locks, CT, at 10:00 a.m. on February 20. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the feasibility of such an organization. Thus far 21 NBAA Members have shown an interest. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
ILS AT INT BACK IN SERVICE
The ILS at Smith Reynolds Airport (INT) in Winston Salem, NC is back in service after being rendered unusable due to the lengthening of the runway. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
MMU GPS 5 APPROACH READY FOR COMMISSIONING
The GPS 5 approach at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in Morristown, NJ is ready for commissioning, according to Kerry Ahearn of the Morristown Aviation Association. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
TRI-STATE SCHEDULERS AND DISPATCHERS MEETING NOTICE
The Tri-State Schedulers and Dispatchers Association, which represents schedulers and dispatchers from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will hold its monthly meeting at Berwind Corps Hangar, 5 Hog Island Rd., Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on March 5 at 12:00 noon. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR BALCHEN/POST AWARDS
Nominations are being accepted until March 15 for the Balchen/Post Award, established to recognize outstanding achievement in airport snow and ice control. Download a nomination form at www.nbaa.org/airports/20012002balchenpost.pdf. For more information about the award, visit:
NBAA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR TWO AWARDS
NBAA currently is accepting nominations for business aviation's two most distinguished honors: the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due by February 15.
NBAA STAFF MEMBERS WIN LAURELS AWARD
Pete West, NBAA senior vice president, government & public affairs, and Bob Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, operations, have received Aviation Week's highest honor, the Laurels Award, for their efforts to regain access for business aviation following the September 11 crisis.