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NBAA Update #03-01
Monday, January 6, 2003
NBAA PRESIDENT OLCOTT AND SR. VP BLOUIN MEET WITH
TSA'S TOM BLANK
Today NBAA's Jack Olcott and Bob Blouin met with Tom Blank, associate undersecretary for security regulation and policy for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to discuss evolving business aviation security issues. With TSA discussions ongoing, NBAA Members are reminded to be vigilant and diligent in fostering a culture of security at their operations. Business aviation security guidance can be found online at:
INS ISSUES PROPOSED RULE FOR APIS REQUIREMENTS FOR
A new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirement for the electronic transmission of passenger and crew of manifests for both inbound and outbound flights on commercial aircraft was to have gone into effect on January 1, 2003. In a proposed rule titled "Manifest Requirements Under Section 231 of the Act" that appeared in the January 3, 2003, Federal Register, the INS officially delayed the imposition of fines, giving INS and U.S. Customs additional time to develop programming guidance for the new data requirements. Even though it is not yet mandatory, operators are encouraged to begin submitting APIS data for outbound flights. Operators may use NBAA's free online APIS submission service at https://www.nbaa.org/part135/customs. Submitting data for outbound trips will help operators prepare for the new requirements, and will help INS and Customs officials get used to seeing non-airline APIS data. For more information, visit:
IRS ANNOUNCES EXCISE TAX RATES
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2002-70, which adjusts the 2003 passenger air transportation excise tax rates. These taxes only apply to commercial flights. The new excise taxes are 7.5% of amounts paid as per IRS Publication 510; the segment fee is $3 per segment (no change from 2002); and the international facilities tax is now $13.40 (up from $13.20) and $6.70 for Alaska and Hawaii (up from $6.60). For more information, contact NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected]. NBAA Members may download Revenue Procedure 2002-70 as a PDF file at:
FAA RELEASES NEW POLICY REGARDING OPERATIONAL
The FAA released a new policy and guidance addressing operational check flights (otherwise known as functional check flights) of an operator's aircraft following the accomplishment of maintenance. Download the document in PDF format from the NBAA web site at:
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHAT CONSTITUTES CABOTAGE IN CANADA?
Question: If a company owns and operates a U.S.-registered airplane under Part 91, is it cabotage if, while flying a company official from the U.S. to Montreal for a meeting, the aircraft stops in Toronto and picks up a Canadian citizen who will take part in the business meeting? Answer: No, under Part 91, it is not cabotage, because according to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, "within the definition of an international flight, customs has traditionally allowed the uplift of Canadian passengers when their carriage was incidental to the intended or declared purpose of the flight." More information on this topic can be found in Memorandum D3-2-1, dated August 9, 2001, produced by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca. For more information, contact the Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].
TRAVEL$ENSE RELEASE 3.63 UPDATE
This update corrects a problem in Travel$ense Release 3.62 that would prevent past trips from getting airline information via the "time-shifting" feature of Travel$ense.
FAA BAY-TO-BASIN MEETING, JANUARY 14-15, SAN DIEGO
The FAA is asking for operator participation in a Bay-to-Basin meeting in San Diego on January 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on January 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The FAA will display their mid-term modeling initiatives and would like feedback to ensure that the redesign plans address operator concerns. For more information, contact Bruce Bates, Los Angeles Center NATCA NAR Representative, at (661) 265-8216. For overall business aviation airspace/air traffic control news, visit:
WATERBURY/OXFORD AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
Improvements to the Waterbury/Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT are scheduled to begin in April 2004. These updates will include an extension of the airport's runway to 5,800 feet. Often, local residents are skeptical of such improvements, fearing that the changes will generate more air traffic and airport noise. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will accept letters of public comment on the issue until January 25, 2003. Since CTDOT is expected to receive a significant number of public comments, the business aviation community is encouraged to respond positively and promptly to the planned improvements at OXC. Send comments to Edgar T. Hurle, CTDOT, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
HOUSTON-AREA CHAPTER OF WOMEN IN AVIATION TO BE FORMED
Members of the business aviation community are invited to become charter members of Women in Aviation International's planned Houston Area Chapter. An organizational meeting will be held Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the West Houston Airport (IWS) located at 18200 Groeschke. WAI is committed to encouraging the advancement of women in aviation and aerospace. For more information or to attend, contact Laura Jolley at (281) 488-2167 or [email protected]. For general information about business aviation issues in the Southwest Region, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].
NEW NBAA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FORUM
DATE IS MARCH 28
Due to a scheduling conflict, NBAA's Southern California Business Aviation Forum & Static Display has been re-set for Friday, March 28. Originally scheduled for March 27, the day-long Forum will feature informational briefings on key business aviation topics, a static display featuring the latest offerings from business aircraft manufacturers and dozens of indoor vendor exhibits. The Forum will begin at 7:30 a.m. on March 28 with a continental breakfast and conclude at 4:30 p.m. For more information about attending or exhibiting, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at [email protected] or Joe Ponte at [email protected].
NBAA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FEB.
17-19 IN COLORADO SPRINGS
Go online now to learn more about the NBAA Leadership Conference, to be held this February 17 to 19 in Colorado Springs, CO. This event, themed "Leadership & Management: Striking the Balance," will include the latest information about corporate aviation leadership and management topics, and will be held in conjunction with two optional seminars: a Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop and a Professional Development Program Course titled "The Power of Effective Flight Department Communication." For more information or to register, visit:
FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANUAL WORKSHOP
IS JAN. 29-30
IBAC's new International Standards for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) is rapidly becoming the accepted model for business aviation standards and procedures around the world. NBAA's two-day Flight Operations Manual Workshop now incorporates the IS-BAO template and provides Attendees with materials to develop their own flight operations manual using the new standard. To learn more about or to register for this Workshop, which will be held January 29 and 30 in Anaheim, CA, visit:
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: FLIGHT ATTENDANTS CONFERENCE
NBAA requests proposals for presentations to be given at the upcoming Flight Attendants Conference, to be held in Philadelphia on June 27 and 28, 2003. If you are interested in giving a presentation that would be appropriate for this audience, submit your proposal by February 10 to NBAA Flight Attendant Committee Liaison Jay Evans at [email protected].
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: NBAA 2003 MERITORIOUS AND DOSWELL
NBAA is now accepting 2003 nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due to NBAA by February 15, 2003
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THE NATION'S BEST CORPORATIONS
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