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NBAA Update #03-07
Monday, February 17, 2003

COMMUNITY RESTRICTIONS MAY RESULT FROM PEER PERFORMANCE
Members should be fully aware that security weaknesses or breeches at any business aircraft operation are likely to affect TSA's formulation of security restrictions for the entire business aviation community. All Members are advised to guard against "warning fatigue" -- the "cry wolf" phenomenon. Upgrade your operation's security procedures, beware of complacency and take very seriously NBAA's security best practices, available online at:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices.htm

DOJ ISSUES FINAL RULE FOR ALIENS SEEKING FLIGHT TRAINING
In the February 13 Federal Register, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule for the screening of aliens and other designated individuals seeking flight training. Details of the rule include the current procedure for expedited processing, instructions on the use of the Flight Training Candidates Checks Program (FTCCP) for candidates who are not current and qualified in aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds and above, and clarifying definitions. Aliens seeking training are encouraged to review the rule and contact their training provider in preparation for the rule's March 17, 2003, effective date.
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/training

TSA URGES CHARTER OPERATORS TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY MEASURES
In a February 3 letter to NBAA President Jack Olcott, Admiral James Loy, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Under Secretary of Transportation for Security, urged charter operators regulated by the Twelve-Five Rule and the Private Charter Security Rule to implement security measures as quickly as possible in order to be in full compliance with the rules by the new deadline of April 1, 2003. The letter also mentioned that training programs and fingerprinting guidance will be coming online incrementally over the next few weeks. The February 3 letter and related Federal Register documents announcing the April 1 deadline are available for download in PDF format from:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security

FAA EXTENDS SFAR 94 FOR TWO YEARS
In the February 14 issue of the Federal Register, the FAA published a final rule extending the effective date of SFAR 94 until February 13, 2005. This rule requires any person operating an aircraft to or from three Washington, DC-area airports -- College Park Airport, Potomac Airfield and Washington Executive/Hyde Field -- to conduct those operations in accordance with security procedures approved by the FAA Administrator. In addition, this extension will allow the FAA, along with other Federal agencies, time to review current security threats and associated contingency plans and procedures to determine future rulemaking efforts. View the final rule at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/WashingtonADIZ.htm

NEW YORK-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION FORUM SET FOR JUNE 5
On Thursday, June 5, NBAA will hold a day-long Business Aviation Forum & Static Display at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. In addition to a static display of aircraft and dozens of exhibits, this event will feature a number of seminars and briefings for the business aviation community in the New York metropolitan area. For information about being an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at bjones@nbaa.org or Joe Ponte at jponte@nbaa.org. To review details about NBAA's Southern California Forum on March 28 in Long Beach, CA, visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/baf/baf_2003_03_28.htm

FAA RELEASES RNAV DP AND STAR BRIEFING BULLETIN
NBAA Members are advised to familiarize themselves with an RNAV Departure Procedure (DP) and Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR) Briefing Bulletin recently released by the FAA. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org or visit the FAA web site at:
www1.faa.gov/ntap/NTAP03FEB20/GEN03001.HTM

FAA AMENDS FLIGHT PLAN EQUIPMENT SUFFIXES
On Thursday, February 20, the FAA will implement changes to the AIM, amending flight plan equipment suffixes. The document change proposal briefing sheet outlining these changes is available online at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/M2-5-1-7AircraftEquipmentSuffixes.doc

THIS WEEK'S HAR PROGRAM BRIEFINGS TO BE HELD IN TEXAS AND MISSOURI
Starting in mid-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 and higher), including the elimination of jet routes and implementation of true point-to-point navigation utilizing RNAV procedures. This Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m., the San Antonio Area Business Aviation Association will host a HAR Program briefing at San Antonio Airport, and on Friday, February 21 the Kansas City Business Aviation Association will host a briefing during a lunchtime meeting at Argosy Casino in Riverside, MO. For more information, review the HAR Program briefing schedule at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/har.htm

FAA REQUESTS COMMENTS ON PRIVATIZATION OF LAKEFRONT AIRPORT
The long effort to qualify New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) under the FAA's Airport Privatization Pilot Program has proceeded to NEW's selection of American Airports Corporation as the potential lessee/operator. The FAA has requested comments on the application for approval on or before March 12, 2003. Review the Notice as it appeared in the Federal Register at www.nbaa.org/airports/NEW/FAA-2003-14246.pdf. Interested parties have requested a 60-day extension, so the comment date may change. For more information, visit the NBAA Airports web site at:
www.nbaa.org/airports/NEW

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: CAN I BLOCK MY TAIL NUMBER FROM BEING TRACKED?
NBAA's Answer: Yes, operators can block their tail numbers from online flight tracking programs. Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) data are available to private subscribers through several vendors for business aircraft operators interested in tracking the minute-by-minute progress of their aircraft in real-time. Operators with privacy and industrial-security concerns for their operations resulting from the availability of ASDI data can block public dissemination of these data through NBAA. Operators may request that their aircraft's registration data be barred from public availability by submitting a Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR). NBAA administers the BARR Database and will distribute it to ASDI vendors on a monthly basis. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/asdi

NBAA FLYING SAFETY AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 1
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations. NBAA is now accepting applications for these awards. All applications must be submitted for verification no later than March 1, 2003. For more information about the Flying Safety Awards Program or to download application forms, visit the NBAA web site at:
www.nbaa.org/awards

CORPORATE AVIATION MANAGERS GATHER FOR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE THIS WEEK
Starting today, corporate aviation managers and aspiring managers are gathering this week in Colorado Springs, CO for the NBAA Leadership Conference, which explores the theme "Leadership & Management: Striking the Balance." This event is organized by NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee; learn more at:
www.nbaa.org/committees/camc

NORTH CAROLINA TO CELEBRATE FIRST FLIGHT ANNIVERSARY IN MAY AND JUNE
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Aviation Division is planning WorldFlight 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first manned, powered flight by the Wright brothers in North Carolina. During May and June 2003, airports and communities across the state will host aviation-themed events that showcase their heritage and honor 100 years of aviation achievements. To learn more, visit the WorldFlight web site at www.worldflight2003.com or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

NBAA CLOSED TODAY FOR PRESIDENTS' DAY HOLIDAY, TOMORROW FOR SNOW
NBAA's Washington, DC offices will be closed today, Monday, February 17, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday and tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18 due to snow in the Washington, DC area. They will reopen on Wednesday.


YOU CAN PROVIDE A VALUABLE COMMUNITY SERVICE
Corporate Angel Network arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. Thanks to the generosity of 500 of America's finest corporations, Corporate Angel Network has arranged more than 14,000 flights since its founding in 1981. Your company can get involved too. To review a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit:
www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html