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NBAA Update #03-03
Monday, January 20, 2003
NBAA MOURNS THE PASSING OF JAMES B. TAYLOR
James B. Taylor, one of the business aviation community's founding leaders, died last week at the age of 81 after a long illness. Taylor was the 1992 recipient of NBAA's Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation, the highest honor the Association can bestow to individuals who have made significant, identifiable contributions to aviation over the course of a lifetime, for his successful leadership in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of business aircraft. His career included senior management and marketing positions at Pan Am's Falcon Division, Cessna, Canadair and Gates Learjet. His business acumen helped make these companies world leaders in the industry. NBAA extends condolences to his family and friends.
OPERATORS NOW ABLE TO ACCESS 12-5
STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM ONLINE
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun sending letters to regulated operators -- Part 135 operators of aircraft at 12,500 pounds or more -- with instructions for obtaining the final Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) via TSA's secure web site. Each letter contains the operator's unique login name and password. The web site address listed in the letter was incorrect. The correct address contains the word "boards" instead of "board" which was published in the letter. TSA has asked NBAA not to release the full address. In addition, the web site requires 128-bit SSL encryption. Operators may need to update their web browser if they experience security certificate errors. For more information, visit:
SUPER BOWL XXXVII SPECIAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
Review the special traffic management procedures in place for January 21 to 27 in the San Diego area and for January 24 to 27 in the Las Vegas area.
FAA PROPOSES CONTINUOUS
TRANSPONDER OPERATION FOR HIJACKING RESPONSE
On Tuesday, January 14, the FAA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require all domestic, flag, and supplemental operations conducted under FAR Part 121 to allow quick pilot-activation of the transponder hijacking code "7500." Additionally, FAA is seeking comments on the possible applicability of this type of requirement for aircraft operations conducted under FAR Parts 91, 125, 129, or 135. The FAA states that application of this requirement to other types of aircraft operations will require another NPRM. NBAA believes that due to the inherently high level of security for business aircraft operations, a similar requirement for Part 91 operations is not necessary. For more information, contact Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
FAA RELEASES DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
PERCENTAGES FOR 2003
The FAA has released the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for the period January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003. The percentages will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of covered aviation employees for random alcohol testing. The FAA requires random drug and alcohol testing for certain aviation employees, primarily those involved in commercial aviation. For more information, contact Eric Ramsdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHERE CAN I FIND NASA's ASRS FORM?
NBAA's Answer: NASA's Form 277 can be found at the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) home page at http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/main_nf.htm, as well as at FAA Flight Standards District Offices and Flight Service Stations. The NASA ASRS is a program designed to stimulate the free and unrestricted flow of information concerning deficiencies and discrepancies in the aviation system. Its primary objective is to obtain information to evaluate and enhance safety and efficiency. To ensure receipt of this information, the program provides for the waiver of certain disciplinary actions against persons, including pilots and air traffic controllers, who file timely written reports concerning potentially unsafe incidents. To be considered timely, reports must be delivered or postmarked within 10 days of the incident unless that period is extended for good cause. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com.
FAA TO HOST DRVSM SEMINAR IN LOS ANGELES
The FAA will present its third seminar on DRVSM on February 4-5, 2003 in Los Angeles, California at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 9750 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Daily sessions will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2003, and will begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 5, 2003. The agenda will include an overview of Domestic RVSM, the process for obtaining aircraft and operator approval, and safety and monitoring considerations. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH-ALTITUDE REDESIGN PROGRAM BRIEFINGS SCHEDULE
In mid to late 2003, the FAA will implement the High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program in seven western Air Route Traffic Control Centers. The HAR Program will implement a significant change to the high-altitude strata (FL 390 or higher), including the elimination of jet routes and implementation of true point-to-point navigation utilizing RNAV procedures. To review the latest HAR Program briefing schedule, visit the NBAA web site at:
OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION HAS NEW OFFICES, STRONGER FOCUS
In the wake of its separation from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (DOT) last year, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has moved its office to 3700 North Classen, Suite 240, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, Tel: (405) 604-6901. The Commission reports that it now has adequate space to meet the needs of the Oklahoma aviation community, communities and citizens. Commission Chairman Bill Kendrick indicated that the Commission's separation from the state DOT will be beneficial for the state and its citizens because it allows the Commission -- the primary entity of Oklahoma state government to promote aviation and maintain public airports -- to focus solely on aviation. For more information about regional aviation issues in Oklahoma, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at email@example.com.
LINDBERGH'S GRANDSON TO ADDRESS SCHEDULERS &
DISPATCHERS IN ANAHEIM
In May 2002, Erik Lindbergh, grandson of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh, landed the New Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget Airport to mark the 75th anniversary of his grandfather's epic flights. As Opening General Session keynote speaker of the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Lindbergh will share the details of this exciting commemorative flight. Registration is still open for the Conference, which will be held February 2 to 5 in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with four Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses and an NBAA Tax Forum. For more information about these events or to register, visit:
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE LEADERSHIP-MANAGEMENT
Leadership or management? It takes a mixture of both to run a flight department. The NBAA Leadership Conference will attempt to put this essential question into perspective under the theme, "Leadership & Management: Striking the Balance," by offering the latest information on developing leadership teams, changing team cultures, empowering employees, recruitment and retention, personnel management and human factors. The Conference will feature leadership training professionals to provide Attendees with a greater understanding of how to make a flight department perform well. Importantly, participants will be able to interact with fellow aviation managers in exploring these important topics. Register now for this event, which will be held February 17 through 19 in Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, visit:
TURNOUT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FORUM
EXPECTED TO BE LARGEST YET
NBAA's Southern California Business Aviation Forum & Static Display, the third such event of its kind, will be held Friday, March 28 at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, CA. "Response to the Southern California Forum has been exceptional. A number of vendors, sponsors and attendees are already registered and eagerly awaiting the event," reported NBAA's Joe Ponte. "The business aviation community in the state of California is large, energetic and visionary. We are expecting an outstanding turnout with as many as several thousand people participating." For more information, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: HUMAN FACTORS PROGRAM
NBAA requests proposals for a Human Factors Program in conjunction with the upcoming NBAA 2003 Annual Meeting & Convention on October 7-9, 2003 in Orlando. The program would be either a one-day program on Sunday, October 5 or Monday, October 6, or a two-day program on October 5 and 6. The program should relate to Human Factors issues in business aviation, such as fatigue, crew resource management, automation in the cockpit, and maintenance human factors. If you are interested in presenting a program related to this issue, submit proposals by March 1 to Jay Evans at email@example.com.
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.
2003 INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
DUE JAN. 31
The NBAA International Operators Scholarship applications are due to NBAA by January 31; for more information about the scholarship or to download an application form in PDF format, visit:
NBAA CLOSED TODAY FOR KING HOLIDAY
NBAA's Washington, DC offices will be closed today, Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. They will reopen on Tuesday.
AN EMPTY SEAT
IS A LOST OPPORTUNITY
You can help Corporate Angel Network transport a cancer patient to critical treatment by providing an empty seat on your regularly scheduled flight. All patients are ambulatory and suitably dressed. Call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313; they do all the work. To see a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit: