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NBAA Update #02-24
Monday, June 17, 2002

NBAA DISAPPOINTED WITH DELAY IN RETURN OF GENERAL AVIATION TO DCA
On June 12, NBAA and other general aviation association officials met with Department of Transportation officials to discuss plans to restore general aviation access to Reagan National Airport (DCA). Although the DOT has nearly completed access plans, DOT Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson said that implementation would be delayed at least 30 days, citing unspecified "intelligence chatter" of a security threat involving general aviation aircraft. NBAA President Jack Olcott expressed concern and frustration that general aviation still faces total prohibition from using DCA. Furthermore, NBAA remains acutely concerned that security practices adopted at DCA may be applied to other "strategically located" airports around the country. For background information on the situation at DCA, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports/DCA

DOJ RESCINDS ADVANCE CONSENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS
The Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the provisional advance consent for aviation training of certain non-U.S. student trainees that was issued on February 8, 2002. In place of advance consent, an interim final rule was published to allow for expedited processing of candidates "not likely to present a risk to aviation or national security." NBAA has learned approvals utilizing this expedited processing have been received and that training for those candidates is continuing. For more information and a copy of the final rule, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/training

DOJ ISSUES PROPOSED RULE FOR FLIGHT TRAINING CANDIDATE CHECKS PROGRAM
For those candidates that do not qualify under expedited processing, the DOJ has proposed a Flight Training Candidates Checks Program (FTCCP), which includes the submission of fingerprints to the DOJ and electronic submission of data via the FTCCP web site. Comments on the proposed regulation are due on or before July 15, 2002. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/training/#FTCCP

TSA TO REQUIRE PASSENGER SCREENING ON CERTAIN PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHTS
On June 19, the TSA will publish "Amendment to Aircraft Operator Security Rules" in the Federal Register to require passenger screening "equivalent to the screening for commercial airplane passengers" for private charters on aircraft with a certificated takeoff weight of 95,000 pounds or more. This rule could limit travel options for some NBAA Members and potentially set a precedent for the screening of passengers for other types of charter operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at eramsdell@nbaa.org.

POSSIBLE EUROPEAN ATC STRIKE MAY CAUSE MAJOR DISRUPTION OF FLIGHTS
The Air Traffic Controllers European Union Co-ordination (ATCEUC), a European Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Unions, has called for an ATC European Industrial Action this Wednesday, June 19, which would be related to the European Union initiative on the creation of a Single Sky for Europe. According to the International Air Transport Association, operators should consider this information as an initial warning and note that no official notification has been made by any of the concerned European States. For more information, contact IATA's Razvan Bucuroiu at BucuroiuR@iata.org or NBAA's Bill Stine at bstine@nbaa.org.

NTSB ISSUES SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ON ASPEN ACCIDENT
The NTSB issued a safety recommendation as a result of an investigation into the March 29, 2001, accident of a Gulfstream III that crashed on approach into Aspen, CO, which resulted in 18 fatalities. At a meeting held on June 11, 2002, the NTSB concluded (among other findings) that mandatory cockpit resource management (CRM) training meeting Part 121 standards should be required of "on-demand charter operators that conduct operations with aircraft requiring two or more pilots."
www.nbaa.org/safety

OKLAHOMA SALES AND USE TAX: AIRCRAFT REPAIR EXEMPTION EXPANDED
Effective July 1, 2002, the exemption from Oklahoma sales and use tax available for certain sales of aircraft engine repairs, modifications, replacement parts and services is expanded. As amended, the exemption applies to repairs or modifications made at an "aircraft repair facility," defined as any facility that either is an aircraft manufacturer's authorized service facility, or a facility that meets the prior requirements of a new or expanded facility. In addition, the exemption applies to sales of aircraft repairs, modification and replacement parts for aircraft weighing more than 9,000 gross takeoff weight and less than 300,000 pounds gross takeoff weight that are brought to Oklahoma exclusively for repairs and modification. For more information, see "State Legislative Briefs" at:
www.nbaa.org/taxes

DEADLINE FOR NBAA COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK SURVEY EXTENDED TO JUNE 28
The deadline for NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey submissions has been extended to Friday, June 28, to allow NBAA Member Representatives additional time to compile and enter data. Participants will have free access to the survey results; Members that 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:
www.nbaa.org/surveys/benchmark

.AERO DOMAIN NAME EXTENSION AVAILABLE TO NBAA MEMBERS AS OF JULY 1
As a new Member service, NBAA has partnered with SITA, a Swiss-based global provider of information technology and telecom solutions to the air transport industry, to qualify NBAA Members to be able to register Internet domains with a new ".aero" extension, available exclusively for the aviation community. Members can apply for .aero domains starting on July 1, 2002. All NBAA Members will receive application instructions directly from SITA within the next 10 days. For more information, contact SITA at aero.enquiries@sita.aero or visit:
www.information.aero

TEN DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHICAGO-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION FORUM DEBUT
Go online to review details about the debut of the NBAA Chicago-Area Business Aviation Forum and Static Display, to be held June 27 at DuPage Airport. To register for this event or view the preliminary program and a list of Sponsors, Vendors and Static Display Exhibitors, visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/baf/baf_2002_06_27.htm

EBACE PHOTO GALLERY NOW ONLINE
EBACE2002, the 2nd Annual European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition held May 28 through 30 in Geneva, Switzerland, registered 4,824 Attendees – an increase of more than 30 percent over last year’s total. View scenes from this event in an online photo gallery at:
www.ebace.com/events/galleries2002/floor/list05.html

CONCORDIA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE
NBAA's newest scholarship, the 2002 Concordia International Aviation MBA Scholarship, was created to benefit business aviation executives employed by NBAA Member Companies who pursue Concordia University’s Master of Business Administration in global aviation. Applications for this scholarship, which are due to NBAA by July 31, are now available online at:
www.nbaa.org/scholarships/#concordia