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NBAA Update #02-23
Monday, June 10, 2002
ANNOUNCEMENT ON DCA ACCESS EXPECTED THIS WEEK
NBAA expects the DOT to announce this week a procedure that would restore general aviation access to Reagan National Airport (DCA). Originally promised by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the end of May, the procedure was delayed until further review by Bush Administration officials, including the Office of Homeland Security. Tomorrow will mark the end of the ninth month since DCA was closed to all general aviation traffic. For background information on the situation at DCA, visit:
SECURITY INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON NBAA WEB SITE
NBAA regularly updates its Security page at www.nbaa.org/ops/security with aircraft and airport security news and guidelines. Visit that page to review documents titled "NBAA Best Practices for Business Aviation Security," "Flight Department Security Checklist," and "General Aviation Coalition Security Recommendations to the TSA" as well as NBAA Management Guide security guidelines and a list of security services vendors.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PRESENTS CHALLENGES,
On Thursday, June 6, President Bush proposed the creation of a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security that would consolidate many of the agencies responsible for national security, including the Transportation Security Administration. NBAA is concerned about separating the agency responsible for aviation security from those charged with ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the national aviation system. However, the Association is encouraged by the potential benefits of having a single point of contact within the proposed Homeland Security Department. For more information about security issues, visit:
PRESIDENT INVITES RECONSIDERATION OF ATC PRIVATIZATION
Last week, President Bush opened the door for reconsideration of the ATC privatization concept by amending Executive Order 13180 which called for an Air Traffic Performance Based Organization (PBO) by removing language that had emphasized air traffic control as an "inherently governmental function." NBAA previously had supported enactment by the 104th Congress of the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), which called for a PBO Board with the understanding that ATC would be a government function. However, NBAA opposes ATC privatization. To view the Executive Order Amendment, visit www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/06/20020606-5.html. For more information about NBAAs position on this issue, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or visit:
TSA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FEDERAL SECURITY
Last week, the TSA announced the selection of Federal Security Directors (FSDs) at Bradley International Airport (BDL), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) and Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Eventually, FSDs at 425 U.S. airports will be responsible for the efficient implementation, performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for airport employees, among other duties. NBAA encourages all Member Companies to establish working relationships with relevant FSDs as soon as possible to help FSDs become familiar with business aviation operations at all U.S. airports. To view a current list of FSDs, visit:
TSA'S RICHARDSON TO LEAD SECURITY
PANEL AT CHICAGO-AREA FORUM, JUNE 27
The TSA Federal Security Director for Chicago's O'Hare Airport, Isaac Richardson, is scheduled to present a briefing on security issues affecting business aviation in the Chicago area at the NBAA Business Aviation Forum and Static Display at DuPage Airport on June 27. This event also will include briefings on insurance rates, communicating with senior management and Domestic RVSM; more than 20 indoor Vendor Stations; and an outdoor Static Display of Aircraft with more than 20 Exhibitors. For more information or to register, visit:
FAA ISSUES DRAFT AC REGARDING SLOT RESERVATIONS
Last week, the FAA issued Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 93-1, Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports. The Draft AC provides an overview of the FAA's proposed overhaul of the slot-reservation process for Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) (when reopened to general aviation traffic). Changes include a move to a 72-hour reservation window and an online slot-reservation system. NBAA Members are encouraged to review the Draft AC and submit comments to the FAA. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected] or (202) 783-9250. Download the Draft AC in PDF format:
FAA SOUTHERN REGION ASKS FOR HELP IN ATC
The FAA Southern Region has been conducting a formal program for two years to encourage controllers to report (for statistical and training purposes only) incorrect altitude readbacks. For more information, download a letter from Elizabeth L. Ray, air traffic manager, Atlanta ARTCC, in PDF format.
MICHIGAN MEMBERS URGED TO CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT HB 4454
NBAA Members in Michigan are urged to contact their State Representatives by Thursday, June 13 and ask them to vote "yes" on concurring to the changes made to HB 4454 last week by the Senate. This legislation will result in $1 billion for Michigan airports over the next five years. A complete list of Michigan Representatives may be found at the Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. (GCSI) web page at http://www.gcsionline.com . For more information, contact Cindy Schnetzler of the Michigan Business Aviation Association at (517) 371.2223 or John Balsiger at [email protected].
TEB MEETING RESULTS IN ADDITIONAL CUSTOMS CLEARING
In late May, a meeting was held at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey to request an additional U.S. Customs clearing facility that would help increase safety and reduce perceived noise and emissions at the airport. As a result of the meeting, an added clearing facility has been approved at Jet Aviation on the south side of the airport. NBAA will notify Members when it becomes operational. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected] or visit the web at:
JUNE 18 MEETING TO FOCUS ON PROPOSED SOUTH FLORIDA GROUP
A second meeting will be held to discuss the formation of a South Florida Business Aviation Association. All interested parties are invited to attend the dinner meeting, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 18 at the 391st Bomb Squadron Restaurant, 3989 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL. For more information about the proposed group or to RSVP, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].
HOUSTON AIRSPACE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
Public meetings will be held on August 27, August 29 and September 4 regarding proposed FAA modifications to Houston Class B airspace. Such modifications are designed to provide the highest degree of safety while preserving the most efficient use of terminal airspace with respect to runway expansions at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and increased traffic at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). On June 7, a meeting moderated by David Fulton, director of Texas DOT Aviation Division, was held to gather input from the aviation community on this topic. For details about the June 7 meeting or future meetings, contact Caroline Carey at the FAA Houston TRACON at [email protected] or NBAA's Paul Smith at [email protected].
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS THIS WEEK IN MICHIGAN
Avoid travel delays in conjunction with a NASCAR race held in Michigan on Sunday June 16. Approximately 250 aircraft are scheduled to begin arriving the afternoon of Thursday, June 13, at Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Jackson Airport (JXN) and Ann Arbor Airport (ARB), and most aircraft will depart those airports immediately following the race on June 16. Plan your flights accordingly to reduce congestion and delays. For more information, visit the Race Team Aviation Association web site at http://www.rtaa.org or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
ATC USER DIALOGUE AND MOST AEROSPACE AMERICA EVENTS CANCELLED
The event organizers of the Aerospace America Aviation Conference and Exposition, originally scheduled for Oklahoma City on June 13 to 14, have cancelled all events except the air show. As a result, NBAA has cancelled the Air Traffic Control User Dialogue originally scheduled for Oklahoma City on June 14 in conjunction with Aerospace America. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected] or NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
JUNE 2002 NBAA DISPATCH NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The Association and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee publish NBAA Dispatch to communicate news and information of interest to business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. The first web-only version of this newsletter, sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation, is now available online at:
COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
GET FREE ACCESS TO RESULTS
NBAA Member Representatives who participate in the Compensation & Benchmark Survey will have free access to the survey results, allowing them to compare their operations with other business aircraft operators. Members who do not participate in the survey will be charged $50 for online access to survey data, or $100 for a hard copy of the compiled survey data. To participate, visit: