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NBAA Update #03-24
Monday, June 16, 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].


TSA TO CONDUCT COMPLIANCE EVALUATIONS
Beginning today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be conducting compliance evaluations of the seven NBAA Member operators that have been issued TSA Access Certificates (TSAACs). This important step will help determine when the TSAAC, previously limited to Teterboro Airport (TEB)-based operators, will be made available to Part 91 operators nationwide. To view the NBAA Best Practices for Business Aviation Security, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices.htm

FAA KICKS OFF WORK ON REWRITE FOR FAR PART 125/135
The FAA held its first three-day meeting of the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) last week. FAA tasked the ARC with determining the future of Part 125 and with updating Part 135 to reflect changes in the marketplace, technology and international standards. While the ARC is far from recommending any changes to the existing regulatory structure, many ARC members generally agree with conceptual changes proposed during the meeting. The ARC expects to meet again in August. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected]

HOUSE AND SENATE PASS FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILLS
Last week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed bills to reauthorize funding and programs for the FAA. The two versions differ slightly, with the House version providing $59 billion over four years and the Senate version providing $43.5 billion over three years. Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) was especially helpful in shepherding a provision initiated by NBAA to allow on-demand charter operators to sell available seats at a negotiated price on small aircraft serving non-commercial airports. This week, the House and Senate will begin to resolve the differences between the two bills. NBAA will remain engaged in this process to support the Pearce language and to address concerns with provisions affecting civil penalties and airport sponsor assurances. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].

NEW AIRCRAFT BONUS DEPRECIATION EXPLAINED
The NBAA Tax Committee has developed an explanation of the new 50-percent bonus depreciation provision that was included in the recent Federal tax-cut legislation. NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association were at the forefront of the effort to convince Congress to make this change. Specifically, a 50-percent bonus depreciation will be available for new property acquired after May 5, 2003, and before January 1, 2005. Download the Tax Committee article at:
web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/depreciation/200306.php

RUSSELL CHEW NAMED FAA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
On June 10, the FAA announced that Russell G. Chew will serve as chief operating officer (COO) for the performance-based Air Traffic Organization (ATO) within the Agency starting August 1. Reporting directly to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, Chew will oversee the operational and financial performance of the air traffic control system and the FAA's research and acquisition programs. Chew comes to the FAA with nearly two decades of aviation industry experience at American Airlines, where he currently is responsible for directing the airline's day-to-day operations from their central control center. He also has served on many aviation industry committees in support of national airspace modernization, is vice chairman of the RTCA Free Flight Steering Committee and serves on the board of directors of ARINC. "Russ will be a tremendous asset to the FAA in his new position as COO," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "He is eminently qualified based on his airline background and knows business aviation through his leadership role at RTCA."

GRAPHICAL TFR NOTAM INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ON FAA WEB SITE
The FAA now provides graphical temporary flight restriction (TFR) products on the FAA web site to show pilots a graphical depiction of restricted airspace. Created by the FAA's Flight Service Operations Support Center, graphical TFR products will be disseminated over the Internet to all flight service stations to assist in pilot weather briefings. For more information about selected Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), TFRs and other information of national security interest, visit the FAA web site at www.faa.gov/SPECIALNOTAMS, or visit the NBAA web site at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

WHAT IS CANPASS?
The CANPASS corporate aircraft program is a cooperative effort between Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) and Citizen and Immigration Canada to streamline customs and immigration clearance of low-risk travelers. The program combines a telephone reporting system with a pre-approval permit for travelers using business aircraft. Once screened and approved, CANPASS members have permission to land any time at any of the 123 airports of entry that are open for operation. CANPASS members also can land at an additional 53 CANPASS only sites across Canada. These designated sites may enable a CANPASS member to land at an airport that is closer to their final destination. More information on the CANPASS-Corporate Aircraft program, as well as applications for operators, can be found at:
www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/customs/individuals/canpass/air/menu-e.html

ONLINE SURFACE MARKINGS SURVEY FOR USERS OF RHODE ISLAND'S GREEN AIRPORT
NBAA Member pilots are encouraged to participate in an online Surface Markings Survey at www.mitrecaasd.org/pvdmarkings/pvd_survey/Paint_Field_Survey.htm. Only pilots who have seen the proposed markings at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Providence, RI should complete this survey, and all data gathered from this questionnaire will remain completely anonymous. In addition, Member pilots who participate in the Surface Markings Survey and who operate into PVD on or after June 10 are eligible to participate in a structured telephone interview in mid-July. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports/PVDmarkings.htm

RECONSTRUCTION OF PHOENIX RUNWAY TO BE COMPLETED IN JULY
Reconstruction of the center runway (7L/25R) at Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) is scheduled to be finished before the end of July, according to airport officials. Installation of concrete pavement on the 10,300-foot strip, which started in mid-2002, was originally not expected to be done until August. For more information, check NOTAMs or call Sky Harbor's Aviation Construction Hotline at (602) 553-0005. For more news about business aviation airports, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports

NBAA WELCOMES NEW SPECIALIST, GA DESK
Last Thursday, June 12, Sue Ashley joined the NBAA Staff as its newest specialist at the General Aviation (GA) Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), where she provides NBAA Members with face-to-face representation to the FAA on matters pertaining to the daily operation of the National Airspace System. For more information about Ashley and the GA Desk, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030616-032.php

PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS CONFERENCE IN JAN. 2004
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is now planning the program for the NBAA 15th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 11 to 14, 2004, in Savannah, GA. NBAA requests proposals from those interested in participating in the Conference as presenters. Presentation topics should focus on ways to assist flight department schedulers/dispatchers in doing their jobs. The Committee will select proposals that are compatible with the planned program and beneficial to the Conference Attendees; marketing proposals will not be considered. Submit proposals to NBAA's Jay Evans by July 31 at [email protected].

MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE HAS RAISED MORE THAN $5,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIP
The NBAA Maintenance Committee, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Richard Childress Racing, has created the 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship to benefit aviation maintenance professionals. To date the Committee has raised more than $5,000 for this scholarship; so far more than $1,600 of that total has been raised through the ongoing Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox Raffle. Individuals still may enter the raffle online anytime before August 14, and the winning raffle ticket will be drawn on August 15. To learn more about the scholarship, visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships. To participate in the Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox Raffle, complete the online raffle form at:
https://secure.nbaa.org/public/cs/mmc/2003/raffle.php

MANAGEMENT AND MANUAL WORKSHOPS, JUN. 23-26 IN PHILADELPHIA
NBAA will host a Flight Operations Manual (FOM) Workshop on June 23-24 and a Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments (MFFD) Workshop on June 25-26, both in Philadelphia. The interactive FOM Workshop examines what does and does not belong in a flight operations manual and provides hands-on guidance as to how a flight department might develop its own effective manual using the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The MFFD Workshop gives flight department managers key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, basic management practices, budgeting and accounting issues, cost controls, vendor selection and tracking, records and reports, planning for the future and other issues. For more information or to register, contact NBAA's Lydia Sampson at [email protected] or visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars

FLIGHT ATTENDANTS CONFERENCE, JUN. 27-28 IN PHILADELPHIA
The NBAA 8th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will cover issues such as cabin safety and security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips and ideas on how to break into this industry. Attendees also learn the safety and regulatory requirements that can maximize cabin safety for passengers and crew. Flight technicians, flight attendants and other flight department professionals will take away options, procedures and techniques they can immediately put to use in their operations. For more information or to register, contact NBAA's Lydia Sampson at [email protected] or visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/fac/fac_08.htm

OVER 70 ATTEND NEW YORK TAX FORUM; ORLANDO TAX CONFERENCE IS OCT. 9-10
More than 70 Attendees participated in last week's NBAA Tax Forum in New York, featuring a new two-day format and state-tax workshop. NBAA's next tax event will be the 12th Annual Tax Conference on October 9 to 10 in Orlando, FL, held in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. The two-day Conference is designed to provide a basis for understanding how the appropriate tax laws apply to a particular aviation operation. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/conventions/2003/attendees/programschedule.htm#thursday

VISIT NBAA BOOTH AT PARIS AIR SHOW THIS WEEK
NBAA will exhibit at the 45th Paris Air Show, June 15 to 22, in Hall 3, Stand E7-2 at Paris Le Bourget Airport. NBAA's Kathleen Blouin and Linda Peters will be on hand to answer questions about NBAA, the business aviation community and EBACE, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus solely on business aviation. EBACE2004 will be held May 25 through 27, 2004, in Geneva Switzerland. Learn more at:
www.ebace.aero


JOIN 500 OF THE NATION'S BEST CORPORATIONS
Today, more than 500 corporations, including 56 of the top 100 of the Fortune 500, are Corporate Angels. They've hosted more than 15,000 flights with Corporate Angel Network patients on board. But more and more cancer patients are contacting the Network every day, and more and more flights are needed. Show these patients you care at a critical time in their lives, while expanding use of your corporate aircraft with no additional cost and very little effort. Call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 for more information. To see current needs for patient transportation (city-to-city destinations and date range), please visit:
www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html