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NBAA Update #02-14
Monday, April 8, 2002
TSA MAY ISSUE PROPOSED RULE NEXT MONTH FOR GA ACCESS
TO DCA; PASSENGER SCREENING EXPECTED
At today's NBAA briefing on the status of GA access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Lee Longmire, TSA's Director of Civil Aviation Security, Policy & Planning, announced that he hopes to have a rule published in the Federal Register in May which establishes the security procedures necessary for general aviation operations into and out of DCA. The procedures will define how operators can qualify for DCA access and is likely to include elements from NBAA's Security Letter of Authorization proposal. The procedures also likely will mandate flight-by-flight screening of crew, passengers and baggage. Such screening would be accomplished by TSA or TSA-designated and approved third-party screeners. TSA initially would permit GA departures to DCA from approximately 20 locations and gradually phase in other locations. Longmire said that John Magaw, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security who heads up the TSA and who met with NBAA's Board of Directors last month, now has the final say on DCA access on behalf of the Federal government. The NBAA will hold its next monthly briefing on the status of GA access to DCA on Monday, May 13.
HANEDA (RJTT) OPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS;
The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has opened Haneda Airport (Tokyo) to general aviation flights via 16 slots per hour available only between 1400UTC (2300L) and 2059UTC (0559L) daily. Other flights will have to land at other international airports to fly to other destinations within Japan. Applications should be filed by the 15th of the month prior to the proposed date of flight and only runway 16L/34R will be used during operational hours. The slots are applicable for not only international business aircraft operators but also charter flights. Thanks to Japan Air Service for the above information. For additional information contact David Terauchi, (714) 974-7825 or [email protected]. Additional details available at:
REMINDER: FAA WAIVERS REQUIRED FOR INTL.
FLIGHTS NOT USING PORTALS
The FAA continues to issue blanket waivers for Part 91 international operators who do not wish to use designated "portal" countries per Notam FDC 1/3356. U.S. operators interested in obtaining waivers for bypassing the portal country requirement should contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected]. A copy of the FAA Waiver Request Form may be downloaded from www.nbaa.org/member/airspace/waiverrequestform.pdf. For more information, visit:
INCREASED ENFORCEMENT OF APHIS FEES
Some NBAA operators have reported being contacted by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding the collection of APHIS fees. These fees, which apply exclusively to arriving international commercial (charter and airline) transportation, are not new, however APHIS is increasing efforts to collect them. The current fees for each international arrival of a commercial aircraft are $3.10 per passenger and $65.25 per aircraft. There is a limited exemption for aircraft with fewer than 64 seats. However, this exemption requires that catering be limited to pre-packaged beverages and snacks. The arriving aircraft may not have any animal or plant products on board, including sandwich meats, fruits and vegetables.
INS INSPECTION FEES TO INCREASE
Effective May 1, 2002, the INS inspection fees for international arrivals of commercial aircraft will increase. The current fee is $6 per passenger, May 1, 2002 the fee will increase to $7. This increase was announced in the April 1, 2002 Federal Register.
FAA SEEKS COMMENTS ON COMMUTER
On April 2, the FAA issued a request for public comment on "Security Enhancement Issues for Smaller, Non-Transport Category Airplanes," Docket No. 2002ACE-01-CS. Although the docket specifically relates to scheduled passenger operations, it applies to airplanes carrying 19 and fewer passengers – many of which are operated by NBAA Member Companies. The proposal suggests new and restrictive operational procedures for scheduled Part 135 operators. NBAA encourages Members to submit comments to the FAA on or before the May 25 deadline; please send a copy of your comments to NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected]. Download the text of the docket in PDF format at:
NEW RNAV PROCEDURES AT LAS INTRODUCE IMPORTANT
McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, NV, is the first all-RNAV corner post arrival and departure airport in the United States. Phoenix, Arizona and several other terminal areas will adopt RNAV STARs/DPs this year. While these RNAV procedures are constructed to accommodate climb and descent characteristics of large airliners, pilots of business jets can use the RNAV STARs and DPs provided they remain mindful of certain considerations. To read about these considerations, visit:
IOWA SUBCOMMITTEE VOTES TO RESTORE AVIATION PROGRAM FUNDING
Although for weeks it was believed that the Iowa General Fund could not afford to spare any money for state aviation projects and programs in Fiscal Year 2003, the Iowa joint House-Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee recently voted to appropriate $500,000 to airport initiatives. Though it seems like a small amount, it should be noted that the majority party in the Iowa House and Senate earmarked a total of only $600,000 of General Fund dollars for all transportation, capitol and infrastructure projects in FY2003. The transportation appropriations bill is now on its way through the legislative approval process, with its first stop being the Iowa House Appropriations Committee. For further information, contact Mike Salamone of the Iowa Public Airports Association at [email protected] or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
PALWAUKEE CALLS FOR FLIGHT DEPARTMENT INPUT
Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK) in Wheeling, IL has created a community engagement plan, called PACE, designed to help communicate the value of the airport to the local community, while offering corporate tenants, residents and local businesspeople an opportunity to have a voice in airport issues such as noise and security. The PACE Council needs a few flight department employees to serve in volunteer positions that will help shape the future of Palwaukee through the council's open advisory forum setting. To take part in the PACE Council or nominate others, contact PACE Coordinator Robert Mark at [email protected] by April 19. For more information, Robert Mark, Dennis Rouleau at [email protected], or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING NORTHEAST EVENTS
Northeast operators, please note the following dates: April 11 – FAA/ATC RNAV meeting at the FAA Eastern Region; April 18 – Teterboro Airport (TEB) U.S. Customs meeting at Jet Aviation, Teterboro, NJ; April 29 – Connecticut Business Aviation Association meeting at the Bradley International Airport (BDL) Terminal conference center in Windsor Locks, CT. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
FAA RNAV MEETING IN JAMAICA, NY
A meeting to discuss the latest in RNAV development, priorities and proposals within the Northeastern ATC jurisdiction will be held at FAA Eastern Region Headquarters, 159-30 Rockaway Blvd., Room 116, Jamaica, NY, on Thursday, April 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. Business aviation operators familiar with RNAV procedures are encouraged to attend this important event. For more information or to attend, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NEW YORK SECURITY CONFERENCE APRIL 21-23
The New York Aviation Bureau Security Task Force will host the New York Aviation Management Association Security and Safety Conference on April 21 to 23. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
SOUTH FLORIDA OPERATORS INVITED
TO FORM LOCAL GROUP
South Florida operators desiring a greater voice in regional aviation matters are invited to form a local business aviation association. Interested parties should contact Harry Houckes, NBAA southeast regional representative at [email protected] to discuss scheduling an organizational meeting. Download NBAA's Guidelines for Local/Regional Business Aviation Organizations, a booklet designed to aid the formation of regional organizations or associations, at:
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPLYING
FOR PART 135 CERTIFICATE
Before proceeding to apply for a Part 135 certificate under one of the streamlined FAA certification classifications, corporate operators should review in detail their current operations to determine whether they can fit within one of the classifications, and whether the additional restrictions that would be imposed by Part 135 versus Part 91, even under these streamlined classifications, are compatible with the operator's mission. Learn more about this topic by reviewing an article by Aaron A. Goerlich and John R. Copley, Boros & Garofalo, P.C., on the NBAA Web site at:
BILL HODDE RECEIVES NBAA SILK SCARF AWARD
NBAA congratulates Bill Hodde of the United Services Automobile Association, who recently was awarded the Association's Silk Scarf Award at an NBAA REACHBAC event. Hodde was recognized for his service to the Association's Airports/Heliports Committee. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
NBAA COMMEMORATES THE ADDITION OF 7000TH
Mark Nutritionals, Inc., a Corporate Member based in San Antonio, TX, was presented with a special commemorative award during an April 2 REACHBAC luncheon in San Antonio, TX.
MISSOURI BASICS EVENT ON APRIL 12
This Friday, April 12, NBAA will host a Business Aviation Seminar for Information, Concepts and Solutions (BASICS) in conjunction with the Mid-America Aviation Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO. The BASICS event, sponsored by the Kansas City Aviation Association and the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association, will be held in two sessions, at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP for the BASICS sessions, contact Scott Kramer at (816) 474-2200 or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
REGISTER FOR THE NBAA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Held in Nashville on April 23 to 25, the Leadership Conference offers the latest information on corporate aviation management and maintenance topics, such as attracting and retaining qualified flight department members, personnel management, cost accounting, record keeping, human factors and FAA Regulations. Scott Crossfield, best known for being the first to fly both Mach 2 and Mach 3, is this year's opening speaker. To register, contact NBAA's Lydia Newsome at [email protected]; to learn more, visit:
ATC USER DIALOGUE MAY BE RESCHEDULED
IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUMMER
The NBAA ATC User Dialogue originally scheduled for April 5 in Wilmington, DE may be rescheduled in Philadelphia this June or July. If you are interested in attending the Philadelphia event or any other ATC User Dialogue, please remember to RSVP at least one week prior to the event. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected] or Dean Saucier at [email protected].
TEAM NBAA TO PARTICIPATE IN MS WALK APRIL
As a community outreach effort, TEAM NBAA (composed of NBAA Staff Members, along with family and friends) will be participating in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 20. This seven-mile walk raises money for the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. For more information or to make a donation to TEAM NBAA, contact NBAA's Deb Worden at [email protected] or visit http://www.MsandYou.org.