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NBAA Update #02-19
Monday, May 13, 2002
NBAA TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF GENERAL AVIATION ACCESS
On May 8, NBAA and other aviation industry representatives testified before the House Government Reform District of Columbia Subcommittee about the continuing economic impact of government restrictions on general aviation (GA) aircraft at Reagan National Airport (DCA). GA representatives met with Department of Transportation (DOT) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials on May 7 to discuss a six-point plan to be completed by the end of May for returning general aviation operations to DCA. NBAA is cautiously optimistic about the DOT plan and encourages Members to continue making contact with government and Congressional leaders to emphasize the importance of restoring GA access to DCA. To review NBAA's testimony, visit www.nbaa.org/testimony. For more information about the situation at DCA, visit
WHY GA ACCESS TO DCA IS IMPORTANT TO ALL NBAA MEMBERS
NBAA Staff is tracking continuously the precedent being set by the TSA regarding GA access to DCA. The TSA has announced six still-evolving prerequisites for access to DCA, including:
1. Vetting and certification of flight deck crewmembers.
2. Advance clearance of passenger manifests by TSA.
3. Screening of passengers and accessible property.
4. Securing and physical inspection of aircraft.
5. Compliance with DCA Air Traffic Control special flight procedures.
6. Compliance inspections and penalties.
Although these requirements are DCA-specific, NBAA is extremely aware of the real potential for broader application of DCA procedures and continues to actively oppose unnecessary regulation. Being denied access to DCA in itself is a dangerous precedent. NBAA believes that access to DCA by NBAA Members is in the national interest, consistent with the safe and secure use of a valuable national asset, and the right of law-abiding citizens in a free society. Members should be aware that the security situation remains fluid and is of the highest priority in official Washington circles. For more information, see www.nbaa.org or contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected].
FAA RELEASES DRVSM NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
In the May 10 Federal Register, the FAA published a long awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (DRVSM) as docket number FAA-2002-12261. The proposed date of implementation is December 2004. Industry comments on the NPRM must be submitted on or before August 8, 2002.
NBAA MEETS WITH DOT TO RESOLVE FLIGHT TRAINING CONCERNS
NBAA met with Department of Transportation (DOT) officials last Thursday to discuss flight training for non-U.S. citizens. The Department of Justice (DOJ), mandated by the Transportation Security Act to review the risk of flight training by U.S. companies for non-U.S. citizens, is developing rules that could make flight training in the United States unattractive for non-U.S. citizens. As a result, many foreign companies have suspended training for new pilots or found other training locations, and the sales of U.S. aircraft to foreign countries may be hurt if training new foreign pilots in the United States becomes too cumbersome. NBAA is working with flight training providers, aircraft manufacturers and Federal officials to develop procedures that meet Transportation Security Act requirements. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected].
NBAA'S NEW BUSINESS AVIATION FORUM SET FOR JUNE 27 IN CHICAGO
NBAA will conduct its first Business Aviation Forum and Static Display at DuPage Airport in West Chicago, Illinois, on June 27. In addition to the static display of aircraft, this day-long event will feature several seminars and briefings for NBAA Members on subjects such as security, insurance and communicating with senior management, as well as a session on the benefits and advantages of a company aircraft for potential operators. The days events will commence with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and conclude with a REACHBAC reception and dinner. For information about attending, being an exhibitor or sponsor at the NBAA Chicago Area Business Aviation Forum and Static Display, contact NBAA's Joe Ponte at (202) 783-9452 or [email protected].
FAA SOUTHWEST REGION TO HOLD CUSTOMER FORUM MAY 20 IN
The FAA Southwest Region Air Traffic Division will host a Customer Forum to discuss the progress of the ongoing airspace studies addressing expansion of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, including initiatives to address enroute and terminal issues affecting Houston area traffic. The meeting will be held May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Houston Airport, 15747 JFK Boulevard in Houston, (281) 987-1234. The FAA Southwest Region office encourages customer agenda items and/or presentations. To participate, contact Joe Yadouga at (817) 222-5597 or contact NBAAs Paul Smith at [email protected].
MEMBERS INVITED TO FAA TRAINING MAY 28 IN NASHUA AND PHILADELPHIA
On May 28, the FAA is conducting training in Nashua, NH and at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) that will emphasize the need for collaborative decision making to improve efficiency and predictability throughout the National Airspace System. The training also will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the dispatcher, controller and traffic management organization and their respective contributions to the strategic planning process. NBAA Members are invited to attend either the New England Region briefing at the FAA's facility, 11 Murphy Dr., Nashua, NH, or the Philadelphia meeting at PHL Tower. If you or someone from your NBAA Member Company will be able to attend, contact FAA's Arch Davis by May 21 at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
LONG BEACH AIRPORT GA NOISE COMMITTEE TO MEET MAY 22
Long Beach, CA City Prosecutor Tom Reeves has invited General Aviation Noise Committee (GANC) members and Daugherty Field (LGB) users in Long Beach to hold their next meeting at his office on May 22. The meeting will address the status of the LGB noise ordinance and Reevess role in the enforcement process. GANC is a group of Long Beach Airport operators and businesses, including local NBAA Members, that formed over a decade ago to address airport environmental issues. The May 22 meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Long Beach City Prosecutor Office, 333 West Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor, Long Beach CA. For more information, contact Curt Castagna at [email protected] or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
ARIZONA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW
Eclipse Aircraft will sponsor breakfast at the next meeting of the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AzBAA) on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Airport Business Center, just north of the terminal. Clint Clourtre of Eclipse Aviation will provide AzBAA members and guests with an update on the development of the Eclipse 500 Jet. For more information, contact David Groppenbacher at [email protected] or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
NEW NORTH CAROLINA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION FORMALLY LAUNCHED
At a well-attended meeting last week, NBAA Members in North Carolina formed the new North Carolina Business Aviation Association to enhance the safety, security and advocacy of business and corporate aviation interests in the state. Its organizational committee members are: Brian Elliot of Progress Energy, Dick Kenney of STL Aerospace, David Lussier of Piedmont Hawthorne, Jim Steele of Strickland Insurance Group and Richard Maher of Teal Aviation. The associations next meeting will be held at the Progress Energy Hangar in mid-June. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
ALL NEW YORK CITY AREA OPERATORS ARE REMINDED TO CHECK NOTAMS
Due to meetings at the United Nations and other activities involving dignitaries, the FAA frequently implements TFRs that affect air traffic in the New York City area. Helicopter operators in particular are reminded to reference all available FAA NOTAMs. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT GROUP TO MEET TOMORROW
The Jefferson County Airport Business Aviation Association, based in Colorado, will meet in the Mt. Evans Room, JEFFCO Airport Terminal (BJC), in Broomfield, CO, northwest of Denver, at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Bill Kingsley of the United States Aircraft Insurance Group will speak about the effects of security on insurance. For more information, contact NBAAs Paul Smith at [email protected].
RESULTS OF LAST WEEK'S NBAA/FAA LISTENING SESSION IN DALLAS
Seventy NBAA Member Company Representatives and FAA personnel attended an NBAA/FAA Listening Session in Dallas on May 9 to discuss issues and areas of concern and to strengthen ties between the FAA and the business aviation community in Dallas. Discussion topics included fractional ownership, RVSM and the Transportation Security Administration. FAA officials also indicated that they hope to hire between 15 and 20 new service inspectors before the end of the fiscal year. NBAA and the FAA plan to host another listening session in the Southwest Region before the end of August 2002. For more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].
EVENT CELEBRATES PRESERVATION OF CHICAGO'S MEIGS
On May 4, hundreds of supporters of Chicagos Meigs Field (CGX) gathered to celebrate the preservation of the airport. Featured speakers were Friends of Meigs Outgoing President Steve Whitney, AOPA President Phil Boyer and NBAA Senior Vice President Pete West. Whitney detailed the developments over the past two years that led to the airports survival and expressed appreciation to AOPA, NBAA and other organizations that helped keep Meigs open. Whitney also recognized NBAA Board Member David Vornholt for his commitment to the airport's cause. NBAA encourages Members to continue to participate in grassroots activities to ensure the enactment of Federal legislation designed to enhance the Chicago airspace system and keep Meigs open well into the 21st century. For more information, contact West at [email protected].
SECURITY BRIEFING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 31 REACHBAC IN ST.
NBAA's REACHBAC (Regional Effort to Advise, Communicate with and Help the Business Aviation Community) event in St. Louis on May 31 will feature a comprehensive briefing on security at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO by Richard Hrabko, director of aviation for St. Louis County. For more information about this free event, or to attend, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected] or visit:
AVIATION OPEN NETS MORE THAN $100,000 FOR CORPORATE
The 14th Annual Greater Washington Aviation Open, held near Washington, DC last Monday, May 6, raised $101,000 for Corporate Angel Network, which facilitates transportation for cancer patients requiring treatment throughout the nation. Approximately 300 golfers and tennis players participated in this event, which has raised a total of $630,000 for Corporate Angel Network since its inception. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or visit:
NBAA ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL AVIATION
NBAA is proud to announce the creation of the Concordia University International Aviation MBA Scholarship, created for business aviation executives employed by NBAA Member Companies who pursue Concordia's Master of Business Administration in global aviation.
AUGUST 22 IS APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FOUR NBAA SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications for the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, the IBAA PDP Scholarship, the USAIG PDP Scholarship and the William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship are due by August 22. NBAA facilitates over $100,000 in scholarships annually to promote professional development and business aviation careers.
NBAA REQUESTS PRESENTERS FOR SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee currently is planning its 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held February 2 to 5, 2003, at the DisneyLand Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The Committee seeks qualified individuals to present informational programs during the Conference designed to assist corporate schedulers and dispatchers in the performance of their duties and promote efficient and safe business aviation flight department operations. Presenters are volunteers and programs should not include marketing information. For more information or to submit a proposal, contact NBAA's Jay Evans by June 17 at (202) 783-9353 or [email protected].