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NBAA Update #03-16
Monday, April 21, 2003
NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Send your comments about NBAA Update to [email protected].
FAA ISSUES CANCELLATION OF SEVERAL
NOTAMS FOLLOWING CODE YELLOW
Last week after the Department of Homeland Security changed the National Threat Level from Orange (High) to Yellow (Elevated), the FAA issued FDC NOTAM 3/2974, which cancels several NOTAMs. The NY ADIZ is no longer in place, but the DC ADIZ is still active. The Chicago TFR preventing VFR operations at and below 3,000 feet above defined airspace over downtown Chicago has been cancelled. The NOTAM requiring the use of Tipton (FME) airport into the "DC3" airports also has been cancelled. If you are an operator who previously was issued a waiver allowing operations above "sporting events" or within the Washington DC flight restricted zone (FRZ), you may reapply for a waiver to operate within that airspace position. As always, NBAA encourages its Members to obtain the latest NOTAMs prior to conducting flight operations. For more information, visit:
NOTAM RESTRICTIONS EASED BUT NOT ELIMINATED
AT CODE YELLOW
Although many restrictive NOTAMs were cancelled as a result of the National Threat Level decrease from Orange to Yellow last week, some restrictions activated when the level was elevated to Orange have not yet been deactivated. Specifically, the DC ADIZ and the TFRs surrounding Disney World and Disneyland remain in place. NBAA continues to emphasize to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that restrictions must be commensurate with their genuine threat level. If an arbitrary restriction system remains in place, then business aviation operators will be unnecessarily limited. NBAA continues to work daily with the TSA to remove these restrictions from business aviation operations. For more information, contact NBAA at [email protected] or visit:
NBAA PRESENTS FIRST TSA ACCESS CERTIFICATES
On April 18, NBAA President Jack Olcott presented the first six Transportation Security Administration Access Certificates (TSAACs) to a group of NBAA Members based at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB). The half dozen Part 91 operators -- which included 711 Air Corporation, American International Aviation Corporation, Becton Dickinson & Company and Verizon -- had completed training on the NBAA Security Protocol and received TSA approval to use those procedures for international flights as part of a proof-of-concept security program. Ultimately, it is hoped that these and other TSAAC recipients will have access to selected airspace affected by temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). In a letter sent to each TSAAC recipient, Olcott said, "as one of the first recipients of a TSAAC, you are demonstrating leadership. You have earned our compliments and thanks." For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected].
ENTERGY SERVICES IS FIRST U.S. RECIPIENT
OF IS-BAO CERTIFICATE
Entergy Services, Inc. became the first U.S. flight department to be issued an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Certificate of Registration. IS-BAO, the first internationally recognized operating standard for the corporate aviation community, is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve a high level of safety and professionalism. The next IS-BAO training session will be held on May 10 and 11 in Geneva, Switzerland as part of a two-day Flight Operations Manual Workshop, which will enable participants to develop a flight operations manual using IS-BAO. For more information, visit:
SHOULD PART 135 OPS FILE A "T"
BEFORE THE TAIL NUMBER ON FLIGHT PLANS?
Yes, for flights within the United States. According to FDC NOTAMs 2/5128 (IFR operations within the United States) and 2/5167 (VFR operations within the United States), U.S.-, Mexican- or Canadian-registered aircraft conducting IFR or VFR Part 135 operations are authorized to operate with an air traffic control-assigned discrete beacon code. A Part 135 aircraft that does not have a company call sign must file a "T" prior to the aircraft tail number. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected], or review these NOTAMs at:
NBAA OPPOSES CALIFORNIA STATE BILL TO CHANGE STATE USE
TAX ON AIRCRAFT
NBAA opposes California Assembly Bill (AB) 694, submitted by California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, which would change the requirements to exempt aircraft from the state's 7.5 percent use tax on aircraft sales and leases. The measure would allow fewer aircraft owners and operators to qualify for the exemption. The California Assembly meets today to vote on the bill. Both AB 694 and NBAA's related letter to Assemblyman Levine are available for download in PDF format from:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN THE FONTANA, CA REGION THIS WEEKEND
The airspace and airports in the Fontana, CA, region, which includes Ontario International Airport (ONT), may be busier than usual this weekend due to Busch and Winston Cup NASCAR races that will be held at the California Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Most of the race-related airspace activity will take space on Thursday, April 24, late Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
CUSTOMS TO PROVIDE SERVICE AT HANSCOM FIELD; BE AWARE OF CHARGES
U.S. Customs will provide customs service at Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, should operators have to clear customs between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., there will be a minimum charge of two hours for the inspector's time. Should operators have to clear anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the minimum charge will be for seven hours of the inspector's time. The hourly charge has not yet been established, and alternatives to the charges are being explored. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
STMPs ESTABLISHED FOR INDY 500, NANTUCKET
The FAA has established special traffic management programs (STMPs) for the Indianapolis 500 auto race and for the summer season in Nantucket. The Indianapolis STMP will be in effect Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25, at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Eagle Creek Airport (EYE). Slot reservations for those airports will be available starting at 12:00 noon (EST) on Tuesday, May 20. When anticipated weather conditions or traffic volume dictates, Boston Center may implement an STMP at Massachusetts' Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) anytime between May 15 and September 30 and during the Columbus Day holiday weekend. This STMP would be activated by NOTAM at approximately 6:00 p.m. (EDT) the evening prior to the affected day. For more information, visit:
THURSDAY'S BOISE LUNCH TO FOCUS ON SECURITY AND NEW LOCAL GROUP
Members of the business aviation community are invited to a complimentary working lunch in Boise to discuss business aviation security issues and the formation of a regional business aviation group in Boise. The featured speaker will be Julian Gonzales, TSA Federal security director. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Boise Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave., Boise, ID, (208) 344-8365. RSVPs are required by tomorrow to NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].
HAR BRIEFINGS NEXT WEEK AT DULLES AND CENTENNIAL AIRPORTS
The High-Altitude Redesign (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. Next week, HAR Program briefings will be held on Monday, April 28 at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia and on Wednesday, April 30 at Centennial Airport (APA) in Denver. The Dulles event will be a complimentary luncheon meeting starting at 11:00 at the ExxonMobile Hangar; RSVP to NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected]. The Centennial event will be a complimentary breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel; to RSVP, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at psmi[email protected]. For more information, visit the HAR Program briefing schedule at:
NBAA ANNOUNCES 2003 MERITORIOUS
AND DOSWELL AWARD WINNERS
NBAA has selected Dr. Sam B. Williams, Chairman and CEO of Williams International, as the recipient of the 2003 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. Byron M. "Skip" Reed II, chairman of Steer Safe, Inc., will receive the 2003 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. For more information, visit:
LONG-TIME NBAA MEMBER NAMED WISCONSIN AVIATION PERSON OF THE YEAR
The Wisconsin Airport Management Association recently named Jeffrey Baum the 2003 Wisconsin Aviation Person of the Year. Baum is the founder, president, CEO and owner of Wisconsin Aviation, a fixed-base operator and provider of general aviation services in the Wisconsin area, and a long-time NBAA Member Company. In receiving this award, Baum was honored for his entrepreneurship in initiating and completing construction of a $2.5 million, 15,000 sq. ft. General Aviation Executive Terminal at the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI.
NBAA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE WEB SITE HAS BEEN
The objective of the NBAA Technical Committee is to bring about improvements in aircraft, equipment and operations while maintaining flying safety at its highest level. The Committee's primary focus is to prevent problems from occurring through a free exchange of information between NBAA Members and manufacturers. The eight Subcommittees of the Technical Committee are: Cessna 500 Series, Cessna 600 Series, Dassault Falcon Jet, Diamond Beechjet, Learjet Subcommittee, Pratt & Whitney 300, Raytheon Hawker and TFE 731 Engine. For more information, visit the recently updated Technical Committee web site at:
MAINTENANCE MANUAL WORKSHOP FORMAT
NOW INCORPORATES IS-BAO
The new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) will be used as the basis for NBAA's Maintenance Manual Workshop, to be held on May 21 in Charlotte, NC, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, May 17 to 20. The Maintenance Manual Workshop will enable participants to draft their own maintenance manual using the extensive paper and computer media notes supplied with the workshop. The IS-BAO format is based on industry best practices and provides standards designed to enhance business aviation maintenance procedures. For more information or to register for either the Workshop or the Conference, visit:
EFFECTIVE FLIGHT DEPARTMENT
COMMUNICATION FOCUS OF MAY EVENT IN NC
Corporate flight department managers and other business aviation professionals who would like to be more productive in their interactions with their constituents, in business meetings and in flight department operations should attend an NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Course titled "The Power of Effective Flight Department Communication" on May 21 in Charlotte, NC, to be held in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, May 17 to 20. A Course description and agenda are now available on the web at:
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, INT'L. FLIGHT
OPERATIONS CD DUE THIS FRIDAY
NBAA requests proposals from qualified applicants to update the contents and format of the Association's Oceanic Flying, Operations and Procedures CD-ROM publication, last updated in 1999. Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 25.
HAVE WINGS; SOME HAVE JET ENGINES, TOO
Become a Corporate Angel and help cancer patients access potentially life-saving, specialized treatment. Through Corporate Angel Network (CAN), your organization can join 500 other top U.S. corporations that use the empty seats on their routine business flights to offer new hope to cancer patients, allowing them to travel free to recognized treatment centers throughout the United States. Corporate Angel Network volunteers work with your flight department to match patient needs to available seats. You accept a patient as your guest only when it suits you. All patients are fully mobile, properly dressed for a business environment, and very grateful for your help. Call CAN at (914) 328-1313 to learn how easy it is to make a difference. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: