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NBAA Update #03-13
Monday, March 31, 2003
VIA BULLDOZER, CHICAGO'S DALEY ORDERS MIDNIGHT CLOSURE
OF MEIGS FIELD
Shortly after midnight last night, construction equipment with police escort arrived at Chicago's Meigs Field (CGX) to address "homeland security issues" at the airport by carving "X"-shaped patterns into the runway, despite the fact that no security threats to or from Meigs Field have ever been identified. The action effectively closed the airport, stranding nearly a dozen aircraft on the ramp. NBAA is outraged by the actions taken by Daley, especially since an agreement struck last year between Daley and former Governor George Ryan would have kept the airport open at least until 2006. " We are shocked that the mayor has taken this unilateral action without apparent coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, any Federal security agency, or airport users," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "This action is inconsistent with Federal safety requirements and the normal communication process." The city has yet to announce any plan to allow the stranded aircraft to depart. NBAA Members are encouraged to check all NOTAMs relating to airspace and airport closures around Chicago. Additionally, Members also should visit NBAA's Contact Congress web site at www.nbaa.org/congress to inform their Congressional representatives about this recent action. NBAA will provide updates as they develop at:
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE: BULLDOZING
Review NBAA President Jack Olcott's response to the recent actions taken by Mayor Daley at Meigs Airport in Chicago.
NEW JERSEY DOT ORDERS ADDITIONAL
On March 21, the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force ordered aeronautical facilities to utilize a "two-lock security system" on aircraft that are parked or stored at airports within that state for more than a 24-hour period. Beginning last Friday, March 28, this system is intended to secure or disable aircraft to prevent illegal or unlawful operation. In addition, aeronautical facilities are ordered to prominently post signage that displays emergency contact information. NBAA is fundamentally opposed to each state, municipality or region developing its own security requirements. NBAA continues to work with the TSA and support the development of a national security standard. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions and a copy of the letter from New Jersey Director of Aeronautics Thomas P. Thatcher on the topic, visit:
CDC ISSUES ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR SARS
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Saturday, March 29 recommended against travel to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hanoi because of the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Travelers to those locations "may wish to postpone their trips until further notice" according to the CDC. As of Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a cumulative total of 1,550 cases and 54 deaths have been reported from 13 countries worldwide. Further information on SARS is available on the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars or the WHO web site at www.who.int/csr/sars/en.
DOES NBAA HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT
For more than 25 years, NBAA Members have submitted information about airports around the world. These submissions include information on operational issues, facilitation and local accommodations and have been archived into an online International Airports Database located at www.nbaa.org/member/iob/iobsearch.htm. The database can be searched by entering the airport name, ICAO identifier or country into an online search form. Users also may submit airport information if they have flown to foreign airports. As an incentive, the NBAA Member Company that submits the most feedback reports during a given calendar year is granted free admission to the NBAA Annual International Operators Conference the following spring. For more information on this or other operational topics, send your questions to the NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].
NAPLES TO APPEAL FAA DECISION; STAGE 2 BAN
Despite the March 11 FAA determination that the ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations imposed at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) violates the Federal Aviation Act and Federal grant assurances, the City of Naples Airport Authority (NAA) has announced that they will continue to enforce the ban. Review the NAA statement on the NAA web site, www.flynaples.com. As a leading party in a lawsuit filed shortly after the airport imposed the ban, NBAA will continue to participate in the proceedings to ensure that the integrity of the 65 dB noise contour is upheld and to defend the fundamental concept of Federal aviation grant assurances. For background information
about APF, visit:
NBAA MEMBERS URGED TO CONTINUE TO CHECK
In light of evolving airspace restrictions created in response to the Code Orange (High) Homeland Security threat level, NBAA continues to urge operators to check NOTAMs before conducting flight operations. For details about recent airspace restrictions, visit:
FAA RELEASED AC 90-98 ABOUT PRECISION RUNWAY MONITORING
The FAA has released Advisory Circular 90-98, "Simultaneous Closely Spaced Parallel (SCSP) Operations Airports Using Precision Runway Monitoring (PRM) Systems," which notifies pilots and operators about the establishment of specific air traffic procedures to conduct flight operations into airports identified for SCSP approaches using PRM. Currently, PRM operational locations are limited to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), but will expand in the future to several other major air carrier airports. To download the AC, visit:
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUSINESS
AVIATION FORUM A SUCCESS
NBAA's Business Aviation Forum & Static Display, held last Friday in Long Beach, CA, was an unqualified success, with approximately 1,500 people in attendance. A total of 37 airplanes -- from entry-level single-piston aircraft to the world's most sophisticated business jets -- were on display outside, while indoors, 55 vendors exhibited their products and services within AirFlite's hangar. A total of 12 Informational Sessions provided the Southern California business aviation community with briefings and updates on the industry's most important issues. "Feedback from vendors and attendees alike was especially positive, encouraging and appreciative," said NBAA's Joe Ponte. For more information, contact Ponte at [email protected]. For details about NBAA's next Forum on June 5 in Farmingdale, NY, visit:
EBACE2003 EXHIBITS UP NEARLY 14 PERCENT
EBACE2003, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus totally on business aviation, will be held May 7 through 9, 2003, at Geneva Palexpo, located immediately adjacent to the Geneva International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. As of March 26, EBACE2003 representatives reported 587 booth spaces sold to 215 Exhibiting Companies, an increase of 13.9 percent in booth sales and 5.3 percent in Exhibitors as compared to the same period leading up to EBACE2002 last year. Furthermore, current sales for EBACE2003 are already ahead of the total 532 booth spaces sold for EBACE2002, held May 28 through 30, 2002. For more information, to register, or to exhibit at EBACE2003, visit:
FOURTH FAA DRVSM SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO
The FAA will present its fourth seminar on Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM) on June 3 and 4 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL. Other seminars in this series will be scheduled in Seattle and Dallas over the next 12 months. The intent of these seminars is to provide information to operators and other interested parties on the FAA's RVSM implementation plans. They are open to anyone who is interested and planning on operating above FL 290 after January 2005. For more information, visit the FAA web site at http://www.tc.faa.gov/act-500/niaab/drvsm/drvsm_seminars.asp. For general RVSM information, NBAA Members also may visit:
ARIZONA AVIATION FORUM THIS FRIDAY; OLCOTT IS FEATURED SPEAKER
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will be holding an Arizona Aviation Forum this Friday, April 4 at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This Forum will provide attendees with an overview of aviation issues affecting operators in Arizona, including business aviation issues and tax issues. Speakers will include NBAA President Jack Olcott; Gil Wolin, Business & Commercial Aviation; Gary Adams, Arizona Division of Aeronautics; Scott Gray, Scottsdale Municipal Airport; Gus Nezer, FAA Phoenix Tracon; Nel Sanders-Stubbs, Conklin & de Decker; and Kim Stevens, Arizona Division of Aeronautics. Space is limited to 140, so advance registration is required. To attend, contact Sanders-Stubbs at [email protected]. For more information, visit www.azbaa.org/2003GolfBenefit.htm or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
NBAA TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF
AVIATION MAINTENANCE THIS MAY
Members of the business aviation community are invited to celebrate the achievements of past and present aircraft maintenance technicians at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, this May 17 through 21 in Charlotte, NC. This World Flight 2003 Centennial of Aviation Maintenance event also will honor Charles E. Taylor, mechanic and engine builder for the Wright Flyer and the "Father of Aviation Maintenance." The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference is the only event that provides current and developing maintenance managers the opportunity to learn information and solutions about the latest issues affecting the business aviation maintenance community today. NBAA Associate Members are invited to exhibit at this special anniversary event. For more information about attending or exhibiting, visit:
UPDATED SCHOLARSHIP FORMS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The following 2003 scholarship application forms are now available for download in PDF format from the NBAA Scholarship web site: Flight Attendant Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship and UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship. In all, NBAA offers 10 scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: UPDATE OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS CD
In the early 1990s, NBAA developed the Oceanic Flying, Operations and Procedures publication, a compendium of United States, International Civil Aviation Organization and other documents, both regulatory and advisory, intended to provide basic guidance for those performing international flight operations. This publication was last revised in 1999, when it was converted to CD-ROM format. NBAA requests proposals from qualified applicants to update the contents and format of this CD-ROM publication. Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 18. For more information, contact NBAA's Linda Eaton at [email protected].
FRACTIONAL OWNER DONATES FLIGHT TIME TO CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the national public charity that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft, has announced the receipt of 75 hours of free flight time from a NetJets fractional aircraft owner from Greenwich CT. The anonymous donation is valued at more than $270,000. "Corporate Angel Network's program is a truly special gift," said Charlie Lynch, a vice president of NetJets, an NBAA Member. "Our NetJets owner is happy to participate, realizing that donating flight hours is a tremendous opportunity to help cancer patients win their battle." Your company can get involved in CAN's mission too. To review a current list of cancer patient " rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit: