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NBAA Update #03-21
Monday, May 26, 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@example.com.
NATIONAL THREAT LEVEL RETURNS
On May 20, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raised the national threat level to Orange/High, and in response the FAA issued several Code Orange Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). Officials said the decision to raise the threat level was made because of recent attacks overseas and intelligence "chatter" indicating the possibility of further attacks in the United States. NBAA urges Members to be vigilant for unusual activity on and around airports. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Airport Watch Hotline at (866) GA SECURE or (866) 427-3287. Further, Members always should check NOTAMs and TFRs before flying. For more security information, review the NBAA Security web page at www.nbaa.org/ops/security. For the latest news on evolving Code Orange NOTAMs, visit the NBAA home page at:
TAX CUT BILL INCREASES
BONUS DEPRECIATION ON NEW AIRCRAFT
The final version of the tax cut legislation, now awaiting President Bush's signature, contains an increase in the bonus depreciation percentage from 30% to 50%. NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association were at the forefront of the effort to convince Congress to make this change. The details are as follows: 50 percent bonus depreciation will be available for new property (the purchaser has to be the first to use the asset) acquired after May 5, 2003 and before January 1, 2005. (The original 30 percent bonus depreciation provided that property had to be purchased before September 11, 2004.) There must not have been a binding contract in existence before May 6, 2003. The placed-in-service rules remain the same as for 30 percent bonus depreciation. For most Part 91 operators, the property must be placed in service before January 1, 2005. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
HOUSE BILL INCLUDES NBAA-SPONSORED
ENHANCEMENT FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES
On May 21, a bill to reauthorize the FAA passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with an innovative provision sponsored by NBAA to increase air service to small communities. H.R. 2115, the Flight 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act would allow on-demand air charter operators using turbine-powered or multi-engine piston powered aircraft with 10 or fewer seats to sell individual seats at a negotiated price on flights between non-commercial/non-hub airports and other airports. "This is the type of creative thinking needed to lead us into the second century of flight," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. For more information, visit:
NBAA FORUM & STATIC
DISPLAY COMES TO NEW YORK IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS
The New York Business Aviation Forum & Static Display will be held at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, New York on Thursday, June 5. Over 40 aircraft, including the latest aircraft from almost every major business aircraft manufacturer, will be on display along with more than 50 Exhibitors inside the terminal. All members of the business aviation community are welcome to attend this complimentary event, which will feature a dozen informational briefings throughout the day, but Attendees must register in advance. To register, or to participate as an Exhibitor or Sponsor, visit www.nbaa.org/seminars/baf or contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at email@example.com. For more information, visit:
SURVEY INDICATES SARS CONCERNS MAY BE WANING
A recent survey of travel managers indicates that the number of corporations banning travel to Asian countries because of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic may have peaked. In early May, the Radnor, PA-based Business Travel Coalition polled more than 1,800 travel managers from major corporations in the United States, Canada and Europe and found that 59 percent of the companies had banned travel to Asia, a drop of two percentage points from mid-April. Some 33 percent of the companies surveyed were simply providing guidance and travel advisories regarding travel to Asia. The remaining 8 percent had taken no action or were considering a travel ban. The three nations most frequently included in the travel bans were China (96 percent), Hong Kong (93 percent) and Singapore (81 percent). For the latest information on SARS, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars or the World Health Organization web site at: www.who.int/csr/sars/en
I FIND AVIATION ACCIDENT REPORTS?
The FAA has a web page that provides access to preliminary accident and incident data that has been received by the Office of Accident Investigation during the last 10 business days. The FAA accident and incident data is available at www.faa.gov/avr/aai/iirform.htm. In addition, the NTSB maintains an aviation accident database at www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.asp, where users can find information from 1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. An interactive search capability is available by performing a "database query." In addition, the NTSB maintains a monthly list of accidents sorted by date, which is updated daily. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA ENHANCED SURFACE MARKINGS
Last year, the FAA initiated a project, titled Enhanced Surface Markings, to investigate various applications of enhanced airport surface markings to improve pilot situational awareness in the runway holding position environment. A demonstration of enhanced airport surface markings is underway at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) at Providence, RI. For more information, visit:
NBAA STRONGLY SUPPORTS
FUNDING OF MINNEAPOLIS RELIEVER AIRPORTS
NBAA participated in a May 15 hearing before the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) in Minneapolis, MN, to address the importance of the MAC's reliever airport system. In a May 9 letter to the MAC, NBAA also strongly supported the need for funding of this reliever airport system, noting that the six reliever airports in the MAC system are important destinations for business aircraft operators. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com or Jeff Gilley at firstname.lastname@example.org; download the letter in PDF format at www.nbaa.org/govt/letters/20030509MAC.pdf; or visit:
NBAA COMMENTS ON PROPOSED LAKEFRONT
AIRPORT PRIVATIZATION PROGRAM
On Friday, May 23, NBAA submitted its comments on FAA Docket FAA-2003-14246, the Lakefront Airport Privatization Program, stating that privatization of services is a proven concept and, if structured properly, can provide value. However, government responsibility and oversight must not be allowed to erode, and Federal assurances of access at reasonable cost must be maintained. For more information and to review NBAA's comments, visit:
NBAA CONTINUES OPPOSITION TO CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL
NBAA and its Members in California continue their opposition to the state's Assembly Bill (AB) 694. Sponsored by California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, AB 694 would change the exemption requirements for the state's 7.5 to 8.5 percent sales and use tax on aircraft sales and leases. New owners or lessees would be required to keep their aircraft out of the state for double the current time to qualify for exemption. Passage of the law would increase the time-out-of-state to six months, both increasing the cost of the transaction and significantly reducing revenues to California's business aviation service industry. NBAA believes passage of AB 694 would have a chilling effect on our industry and would negatively affect California's economy. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
ON BURBANK AIRPORT PART 161 PROJECT
On May 2, NBAA submitted additional comments to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Part 161 Project Comment Docket to call attention to the FAA's recent action regarding the Naples, FL Part 161 Study and how that action may relate to the current situation at California's Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR). Specifically, a recent FAA Determination stated that the ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations imposed at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) violates the Federal Aviation Act and Federal grant assurances. Download NBAA's comments in PDF format at:
AIRPORT EXPLORATORY STUDY AUTHORIZED FOR STUART, FL AIRPORT
A $100,000 airport exploratory study recently was authorized to examine Martin County, FL's options for closing, relocating, or constraining the operation and growth of Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL, which currently supports more than 225 based aircraft, including 14 jet aircraft, and accommodates just over 120,000 annual flight operations. NBAA is eager to work with Martin County officials regarding noise abatement and other matters but the Association does not support action that will constrain the utility of the airport. NBAA Staff recently met with Martin County officials, and then later met with FAA Orlando Airports District Office officials to review SUA's federal grant obligations. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Gilley at email@example.com.
VAN NUYS TRAFFIC UP, MOVEMENTS DOWN
AT MOST HUBS
Traffic at California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY), a center of business aviation activity in the Los Angeles basin, grew nearly nine percent in the 12 months ending in January 2003, according to the most recent statistics released by Airports Council International. VNY ranked eighth in aircraft movements during that period while traffic at many U.S. hub airports declined substantially during the same time frame. Movements at Boston Logan dropped 14 percent, and traffic at Los Angeles International dipped more than 10 percent. Cincinnati (22.7) and Salt Lake City (8.4 percent) were the only hubs that recorded sizable traffic increases. For an overview of issues related to Van Nuys Airport, visit:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN DOVER, DE THIS WEEK
Since Dover International Speedway in Delaware is this week's NASCAR race venue, air traffic in and around Dover Air Force Base will increase and congestion and delays are possible at surrounding airports, including New Castle County (ILG) and Sussex County (GED) in Delaware and Newnam Field (ESN) in Maryland. Most of the increase in traffic will be caused by arrivals on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30. There also will be a departure "push" in the afternoon and evening on Sunday, June 1. Operators should plan for short- to no-notice delays if Code Orange is still in affect during this timeframe. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATC NORTHEAST REDESIGN UPDATE
At a recent Connecticut Business Aviation Group meeting, Timon Kalpaxis from NY TRACON reported on the Northeast Redesign effort, which aims to increase efficiency and enhance safety in some of the most congested airspace in the United States. Through the Northeast Redesign, ATC has added and will continue to add new arrival and departure tracks, simple RNAV procedures, and consolidation of terminal and enroute facilities and centers. To date, the FAA has visited 30 communities that could be affected by redesign to gauge the impact of restructuring on the environment. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com or NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YORK CITY'S 34TH STREET HELIPORT TO REMAIN OPEN
The New York City Economic Development Corporation announced a contract for AvPorts, the FBO at the 34th Street Heliport in New York City, which will allow the heliport to remain open and operational. AvPorts will remain in place for the next 10 years and make a proposed $2.2 million in capital improvements. However, due to the heliport's location in a densely populated area, special restrictions will apply regarding hours of operation and limits on takeoffs and landings. The heliport serves tens of thousands of business travelers each year. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION APPROVES RESOLUTION CONCERNING
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC), an organization promoting the interests of general aviation and pilots, supports efforts to reopen Chicago's Merrill C. Meigs Field (CGX) and condemns Mayor Richard M. Daley for destroying the airport on March 31. Meigs provides valuable general aviation access to Chicago, is an integral part of the city's disaster relief plan and provides medical airlift transportation needs. In addition, the Federal government lists Meigs in the National Plan of Integrated Airport System, a program of airports eligible to receive Federal grants, identifying its important role within the national air transportation system. For more information, contact the OAC's Erin Wright at (405) 604-6900 or NBAA's John Balsiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
At the 37th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium on May 7 in Buffalo, NY, awards were presented to airport snow crews for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their airports in safe and operational status during the 2002-2003 winter season. The winner for Small General Aviation airport was Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY; honorable mention went to Salt Lake City Municipal Airport II, Salt Lake City, UT. The winner for Large General Aviation Airport was Willow Run Airport Ypsilanti, MI; honorable mention went to Allegheny County Airport West Mifflin, PA. NBAA serves on the awards selection committee and commends this year's winners. For more information and a full list of winners, visit:
TAKE PART IN THE 2003 NBAA COMPENSATION
& BENCHMARK SURVEY
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. The 2003 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey will be based upon participants' salary data as of January 1, 2003, and operational data from calendar year 2002. To take part in the 2003 Compensation & Benchmark Survey, NBAA Members should visit:
COMMITTEE HAS SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE AND SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE
More than 100 Attendees and about 40 Exhibitors gathered in Charlotte, NC last week for the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), which featured a fundraising raffle to benefit the 2003 MMC 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship. The NBAA Maintenance Committee, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Richard Childress Racing, will raffle a Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox valued at nearly $7,500. Participants may enter the raffle by August 14, and the winning raffle ticket will be drawn on August 15. To download a scholarship application, visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships. To participate in the Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox Raffle, complete the online raffle form at:
NBAA 7TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
TO BENEFIT PALMER HOSPITAL IN ORLANDO
The NBAA 7th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic golf tournament will benefit Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women, a facility dedicated exclusively to serving the special needs of children and women. This year's scramble-format event will be held on Sunday, October 5, at Champions Gate Golf Resort near Orlando, in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. To register for or sponsor the Chairman's Charity Classic, contact NBAA's June DeFontes at email@example.com. For more information, visit:
CAM EXAM SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 6 IN ORLANDO
NBAA will offer the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam for the first time on the morning of Monday, October 6, in Orlando, FL. Individuals interested in taking the CAM Exam must submit a completed CAM Application and any required documents to NBAA at least 90 days prior to the scheduled exam administration date. Applications for the October 6 CAM Exam date must be mailed to NBAA postmarked no later than Tuesday, July 8. Upon submission of the CAM Application, the applicant can expect notification of qualification to sit for the CAM Exam within 60 days. For more information about the CAM Program or to download the application in PDF format, visit:
NBAA DISPATCH NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
The May issue of NBAA Dispatch, the newsletter for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers, contains the latest NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee news, including information about the 2003 S&D Conference, 2003 Scholarship winners and new Committee members. The issue also contains regional group news, software advice and other tips for professionals in this field. Review the issue online at:
WRIGHT AGAIN VIRTUALLY
RECREATES DEVELOPMENT OF WRIGHT FLYER ONLINE
To celebrate the work and achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the "Wright Again" project invites elementary, middle, and high school students to follow the technical development of the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer. Wright Again is available on the Internet at http://www.wrightagain.com for all students and teachers to access. Starting with Wilbur Wright's first documented interest in powered flight on May 30, 1899, Wright Again follows the brothers' successes and setbacks on the path to the first flight on December 17, 1903. For more information, visit: