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NBAA Update #02-17
Monday, April 29, 2002
SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES O'HARE EXPANSION BILL, PROTECTS MEIGS
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee recently approved Senate bill 2039, which would codify in Federal law an agreement between Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor George Ryan to modify runways at O'Hare International Airport (ORD), build a third area airport in Peotone, IL and preserve Meigs Field (CGX) until 2026. Amendments to the bill offered by Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) would provide noise mitigation for additional residents around O'Hare and require FAA approval of Chicago's O'Hare runway layout plan. The Committee made no modifications affecting Meigs Field. The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected].
NBAA TO TESTIFY ABOUT
IMPACT OF GENERAL AVIATION BAN AT DCA
Contrary to general press reports that Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is back to normal operations, general aviation aircraft are still not permitted to use DCA. On May 8, NBAA President Jack Olcott will testify before the House Committee on Government Reform, District of Columbia Subcommittee, about the Association's efforts to facilitate the return of qualified general aviation operations to DCA, which would contribute to the local economies of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia as well as the nation. The subcommittee, chaired by Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD), focuses on general municipal affairs of the District of Columbia. NBAA expects that businesses affected by the lack of general aviation traffic at DCA also will testify. For background information about the situation at DCA, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/pr/2002/20020424-011.htm and contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].
ABAG AND NBAA ANNOUNCE
PREMIER OF LABACE
The Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) and NBAA announce the debut of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 16 to 18, 2003. This event will offer a wide range of programs, promote informational exchange and facilitate a highly concentrated learning experience for all attendees. More than 300 vendor-sponsored exhibits will display state-of-the-art equipment in the air-conditioned Transamerica Expo Center, and a Static Display of Aircraft will be located on Congonhas Airport, the leading business aviation airport in Brazil, located 20 minutes from the Expo Center. Local regulatory officials will be on- hand for briefings and feedback. For more information, visit:
GENERAL SESSION FOCUS ON EUROPEAN BUSINESS AVIATION
EBACE2002, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus totally on business aviation, will kick off with an Opening General Session on May 28 at Palexpo Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland. Session highlights will include a political environment briefing by the European Union, a European capacity and access briefing by Eurocontrol, talks on European market opportunities and European business aviation benefits, and a question and answer session. For information about EBACE visit http://www.ebace.com. For a list of officials participating in the Opening General Session, visit:
INS INSPECTION FEES ON COMMERCIAL
OPS TO INCREASE THIS WEDNESDAY
Effective this Wednesday, May 1, the INS inspection fees for international arrivals of commercial aircraft will increase. The current fee is $6 per passenger. As of May 1, the fee will increase to $7. This increase was announced in the April 1, 2002, Federal Register.
FAA WAIVERS STILL REQUIRED
FOR INTL. FLIGHTS NOT USING PORTALS
NBAA Members are reminded that the FAA continues to issue waivers for Part 91 international operators who do not wish to use the 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 (202) 783-9250 or [email protected]. Download the FAA blanket waiver request form or a request for a one-time waiver from http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/waivers.htm. For additional information, visit:
CONSTRAINTS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
What should you do to avoid aircraft impoundment when you travel to European countries? Download an article about aircraft impoundment pursuant to European Union Customs and value-added tax (VAT) rules from the NBAA Taxes Web site at:
NBAA ISSUES COMMENTS ON TSA'S
NBAA has submitted comments on the TSA's twelve-five program, requesting a delay in the implementation and compliance dates. The rule would create substantial new security requirements for charter operators using aircraft with a MGTOW equal to or greater than 12,500 pounds. The ambiguity of the rule, and several conflicts with other existing regulations, would make it difficult for operators to achieve compliance with the rule as it is currently written. Download NBAA's comments in PDF format at http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/12-5SecRule_NBAA_Comments.pdf. For more information, visit:
2ND ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A SUCCESS
Last week, NBAA's Leadership Conference brought more than 140 business aviation managers together in Nashville, TN to focus on creating world- class operations. Steve Hawkes, NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee chairman, and Len Beauchemin, NBAA Maintenance Committee chairman, co-chaired the event. Hawkes observed, "The agenda centered on the theme of 'Gutsy Leadership' and provided the attendees with real-world tools that revitalized our spirit and empowered us to strive and make our operations great places to work." Beauchemin added, "Even the luncheon speakers provided excellent information to take home and use." To review this year's Conference agenda, visit:
CHANGE YOUR AIRMEN
If you hold an airman certificate that uses your Social Security Number (SSN) as your certificate number and you would like the FAA to change that certificate number to a unique number other than your SSN, or you would like the FAA to remove your SSN completely from their records, complete, sign and submit a completed FAA form available for download at http://registry.faa.gov/docs/SSN_Change.pdf. Further information is available at the FAA website at http://registry.faa.gov/airmen.asp.
The International Operations Bulletin for the first quarter of 2002 is now online at http://www.nbaa.org/member/iob/2002/01 and includes worldwide feedback contributed by member organizations, articles of the free IOC attendance awarded to CitiGroup for providing the most IOB Feedback in 2001, the establishment of an NBAA web-based form for Part 135 Operators to file the newly required U.S. crew/passenger manifests, the establishment of Eurocontrol's Mode-S implementation date of March 31, 2003 and a report on problems with certain Mode-S transponders, and much more.
UPCOMING STMPS IN LOUISVILLE
AND RICHMOND AREAS
In the upcoming weeks, Special Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) will be in effect for the Louisville, KY area in association with the Kentucky Derby and the Richmond, VA area in association with the Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR event. To review these and other current STMPs, visit:
TETERBORO STAGE 1 AIRCRAFT BAN
BEGINS MAY 1
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners has voted to ban Stage 1 aircraft from operating at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey, effective May 1, 2002. A ban on Stage 1 aircraft could be subject to government review relative to grant agreements the FAA has with the Port Authority. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected] or visit:
TETERBORO CONSTRUCTION CLOSINGS IN MAY
Teterboro Airport will commence reconstruction of Runway 06/24 and Runway 01/19 from Friday, May 10, 2002, through Sunday, May 12, 2002. Runway 01/19 will close to airplanes at 2000 local on May 10 and re- open on May 12 at 1200. Runway 06/24 will close to airplanes at 2200 local on May 10 and re-open on May 11 at 1200; it will close again on May 11 at 1800 local and re-open on May 12 at 1200. Helicopter operations will be permitted throughout the period. In the event of inclement weather, the project will be pushed to the following week, May 17 to May 19. For up-to-date airport conditions, contact TEB Airport Operations at (201) 288-1775 or consult NOTAMs. For additional information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
INFORMAL FAA DECISION ON TETERBORO WEIGHT RESTRICTION ISSUED
On February 27, 2002, the FAA's Eastern Region Airports Division issued an informal determination regarding Boeing Business Jets' challenge to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's rule requiring prior permission for aircraft weighing above 100,000 pounds to use Teterboro Airport. The prior permission rule effectively denies the use of Teterboro by the BBJ. Boeing had argued in the informal proceeding that the actual weight-bearing pavement capacity of Teterboro's runways (as revealed by engineering analyses) did not justify the 100,000-pound weight restriction. NBAA plans to meet with FAA officials in the near future to express concerns about the methodology utilized by FAA in rendering the TEB decision, as well as the implications that such a policy would have on many other airports utilized by business aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
CALIFORNIA AB 2719 WINS SUPPORT OF ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
On April 22, California's Assembly Transportation Committee passed AB 2719, authored by Assemblyman Abel Maldonado (R-CA). The measure redirects $19 million from the State's General Fund to the Caltrans Division of Aeronautics for purposes of implementing general aviation airport security and safety measures. Months of effort and preparation by NBAA Members in California went into the bill, and NBAA urges affected Members to continue to rally behind this measure in the coming weeks by writing and calling their assembly members and senators and asking for its passage on a bipartisan basis. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
NEBRASKA ASSOCIATION MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 AT LINCOLN AIRPORT
The Nebraska Business Aviation Association's next meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at the Duncan Aviation facility on Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK). This event will include an informal luncheon, which costs $5 per person at the door, and informative presentations by Hal Williams, Nation Air president, and Al Gorthy, FAA Runway Safety Office. To attend, RSVP to John Mansfield at [email protected]. For more information about business aviation issues in the Nebraska region, contact NBAA's Paul Smith at [email protected].
NBAA/FAA LISTENING SESSION MAY 9 IN DALLAS
On Thursday, May 9, NBAA and FAA officials will host a joint listening session and informational program designed to improve communications between the FAA's Regional and Local Flight Standards Management Offices and the business aviation community. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Brookhollow Hotel, 1241 W. Mockingbird La., Dallas, TX. Attendees will participate in a dialogue regarding issues and areas of concern to the business aviation community. To attend, RSVP by next Monday, May 6 to NBAA's Paul Smith at [email protected].
RUNWAY PROJECT USER CONFERENCE JUNE 19-20
The FAA Southern Region will host the first Orlando Fourth Runway Project (OFRP) User Conference on June 19 and 20 at Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida. The OFRP was formed to examine, expand and redesign airspace and procedures in all affected air traffic facilities as MCO constructs its fourth runway. Users are invited to share comments and concerns with Orlando Approach Control's Kelly Ellison at [email protected]. For more information, download a letter in PDF format from Ellison to the aviation community at:
NEW YORK HELIPORT OPERATIONS EXTENSION
Last week, New York Mayor Bloomberg gave heliports in New York City a 10-year operations extension, which will enable the use of the East 34th Street and Wall Street heliports to continue through 2012. However, a study is being conducted for the identification and implementation of a replacement heliport for the current West 30th Street site. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
INTERSTATE COMMERCE EXEMPTION
When a California resident purchases an aircraft at an out-of-state location, it is presumed to have been purchased for use in California. Purchases by non-residents also may be subject to use tax if they are brought to California shortly after the purchase occurs. The burden of proving that an exemption exists is on the taxpayer, but the California State Board of Equalization takes the position that tax is due until an exemption is supported. For more information on this topic, download an article by Paul E. Nelson, Sales and Use Tax Advisors of California, Inc., from the NBAA Taxes Web site at:
NBAA PARTICIPATES IN AAAE'S SOUTHEAST CHAPTER CONFERENCE
On April 22 to 24, more than 300 airport executives and industry leaders attended the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Southeast Chapter Conference in Asheville, NC. Congressmen John Mica, the keynote speaker at Monday's luncheon, briefed the group on the Transportation Security Administration's progress in recent weeks. The group also heard presentations from NBAA and AOPA about general aviation issues. For more information on NBAA's participation in this event, contact Harry Houckes at [email protected].
NBAA MEMBER DIRECTORIES
IN THE MAIL; REPS. MUST CHOOSE VERSION
NBAA's 2002 Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel will be mailed to Members this week in paper form, but also will be newly available in a CD-ROM version instead. Each NBAA Member Company Representative or Extra Mailing Recipient who has not already done so must specify the preferred version (printed or CD) in order to receive a complimentary copy. Those who have already sent in requests need not submit them again. To receive a complimentary copy or order additional copies, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at [email protected] or visit the Web at:
NBAA'S ELI COTTI TO JOIN FAA'S ATSRAC
NBAA is proud to announce that Eli Cotti, NBAA director, technical operations, recently was appointed to the FAA's Aging Transport Systems Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ATSRAC), which serves the public interest by providing a forum for interaction among aviation industry members to study the existing transport airplane fleet and develop appropriate approaches to mitigate the effects of system aging.