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NBAA Update #03-32
Monday, August 11, 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 POLICY TO LIMIT WEIGHT-BASED AIRPORT RESTRICTIONS
NBAA filed comments last Friday, August 8 in support of a proposed FAA policy on weight-based airport access restrictions. "It is vital that the FAA require airports to use weight-based restrictions only as a legitimate means of protecting airfield pavement, not to mitigate noise concerns by side-stepping the Part 150/161 airport noise process," said Shelley A. Longmuir, NBAA president. "If unchecked, the proliferation of such weight-based restrictions by airports could potentially extend to include smaller, lighter aircraft, for no good purpose." For more information, visit:
NBAA URGES MEMBER SUPPORT
OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION
NBAA urges Members to contact Congressional officials to support legislation authorizing FAA funding and programs, now in the form of a conference report, which can be downloaded in PDF format from www.nbaa.org/gov. The measure contains many provisions supported by NBAA, including a mandate for a Department of Homeland Security plan to allow security-qualified general aviation operators to regain access to Reagan National Airport (DCA). NBAA's Contact Congress web site is located at:
HOUSE BILL PROPOSES TO
EXTEND BONUS DEPRECIATION
Congressman Bill Thomas (R-CA), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, has introduced a sweeping corporate tax revision bill. The legislation, H.R. 2896, would replace the current tax incentives for exports with a large number of tax benefits. Among the provisions is an extension of the 50-percent bonus depreciation rules for an additional year. If the legislation passes, a purchaser of a business aircraft would have to place the aircraft in service before January 1, 2006, rather than before January 1, 2005. It is unclear whether this legislation will be enacted this year, but Thomas intends to bring the legislation up for committee consideration in September. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) also plans to introduce legislation to replace the current export tax incentive in September. For more information on tax issues, visit:
TWO OTHER BONUS DEPRECIATION BILLS INTRODUCED BY HOUSE
In addition to the Thomas bill (H.R. 2896), two other bills concerning bonus depreciation were introduced in the House of Representatives before the August recess. Ways & Means Committee member and longtime proponent of more generous depreciation, Congressman Jerry Weller (R-IL), introduced legislation (H.R. 2855) to make 50-percent bonus depreciation permanent. Fellow Ways & Means Committee member Phil English (R-PA) was among the cosponsors. On the same day, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced legislation to extend bonus depreciation until January 1, 2007. For more information on tax issues, visit:
KICKS OFF IN EIGHT WEEKS
The NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 in Orlando, will feature close to 30,000 Attendees, 1,000 Exhibitors, 75 Informational Sessions and 135 aircraft on Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport. To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first powered, manned flight, on display will be the most authentic replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. This exhibit is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, Eclipse Aviation, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft Flight Simulator and NBAA. Also on display will be vintage aircraft simulators and authentic artifacts provided by the Franklin Institute. For more information or to register, visit:
AVIATION SECURITY SUCCESSFULLY THWARTS BREAK-IN ATTEMPT
A comprehensive business aviation security program can prevent unauthorized access. Recently, a person claiming to have business with a corporate flight department was challenged by security at the entrance gate. The security guard determined the person did not have a valid reason to enter the facility, asked the individual to leave and promptly notified the police. The individual continued to pressure security to grant him access but was repeatedly denied. The individual then crashed his car through the closed entry gate and onto the ramp/hangar property. The police arrived moments later and arrested the man. The attempted break-in confirms the need for flight departments to have thorough security plans in place. NBAA urges flight departments to follow NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security, available online at:
NBAA SAFETY COMMITTEE
HOW CAN WE PREVENT ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE AROUND THE HANGAR?
Develop a ground safety program tailored to your operation. Begin by assessing the risks and hazards that do or could occur and then write a set of procedures and policies to manage these. There are several resources available to help create the document. First, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established minimum standards for workplace safety, including business aviation hangars, and the NBAA Safety Committee has developed an OSHA-compliance checklist for business aviation operators. The Committee also has assembled a set of ground safety programs to cover typical business aviation ground operations and produced a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the business aviation community's best practices for preventing aircraft ground damage events. These and other documents are available online at:
DECLINE IN 2002
The latest FAA statistics show that the number of serious runway incursions in the United States has declined over the last three fiscal years and that the number of incursions overall dropped to 5.2 per million operations in FY 2002. However, because the 2002 incursion rate at the 35 busiest general aviation airports was 7.1 per one million operations last fiscal year, FAA officials have suggested that general aviation operators in particular need to redouble their efforts to further reduce such incidents. Although one incursion was reported per day on average in the National Airspace System during the last three years, the FAA said that 85 percent of those events posed little or no risk of collision. However, three of the four runway collisions that took place during that period -- including the only fatal mishap, which claimed four lives -- occurred at general aviation airports. Due to the nature of how the FAA maintains traffic count statistics, it is difficult to extrapolate the business aviation community from the remainder of general aviation; however, it appears that business aviation accounts for a much smaller number of runway incursions than the larger general aviation community. For more information, visit the FAA web site at:
RESPONDS TO USA TODAY ARTICLE ON PERSONAL USE
Review NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir's response to an August 5 USA TODAY article titled "Pricey Perk Lets Executives Fly High, Personal Use of Company Jets Soars -- Just Under the Radar of Watchdogs and Shareholders." Download the letter in PDF format at:
NAV CANADA PROCEEDS WITH
6.9 PERCENT SERVICE CHARGE INCREASE
Effective August 1, Nav Canada increased their air navigation service charges by an average of 6.9 percent; however, according to officials, the charges still are 28 percent below the old air transportation tax they replaced. Typical daily user charges increase C$1 to 5 depending on weight. Other increases in movement-based fees are similarly small. Actual service charges for a given flight may be computed on the Nav Canada web site calculator at www.navcanada.ca/navcanada.asp. For more information, visit:
NEEDS AN FCC RADIOTELEPHONE OPERATORS PERMIT?
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), "At least one person on each aircraft flying or communicating internationally must have a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit. This requirement is in addition to the requirement to have an aircraft radio station license for the aircraft." Individuals are not required to have a permit when operating VHF radio equipment on aircraft that are flown domestically. Aircraft are operating domestically if they do not land in a foreign country or communicate via radio with foreign ground stations. Links to the application forms and more information about the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit can be found on the FCC's web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/commoperators/rp.html. For more information about this and other operational issues, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected].
MEIGS FIELD DEMOLITION
CONTINUED LAST WEEK
Despite years of efforts to preserve Chicago's Merrill C. Meigs Field (CGX) by NBAA and other organizations such as the Friends of Meigs, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's mandate to replace Meigs with a park came closer to fruition last week as demolition of the airport resumed. Heavy equipment on the airport, including front loaders, bulldozers and dump trucks, signaled what appears to be the final chapter for this facility. NBAA will continue its efforts to monitor and affect the situation. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or visit:
PUBLISHES STMP FOR NBAA CONVENTION IN ORLANDO THIS OCTOBER
The FAA has published the Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) for the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 in Orlando. The STMP will require all IFR flight to or from the Orlando area to obtain a slot reservation prior to filing a flight plan. The STMP program will be in effect from October 5 to 9. Slot reservations will be required for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), the site of NBAA's Static Display of Aircraft, as well as Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM). Pilots are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with the NOTAM at:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN MICHIGAN THIS WEEK
Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI is the site of this weekend's Busch and Winston Cup series NASCAR races. Be advised of increased race-related air traffic and possible congestion in the area, especially for in-bound traffic the morning of Thursday, August 14 and out-bound traffic the afternoon of Sunday, August 17. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
UPDATE ON SIKORSKY AIRPORT RUNWAY SAFETY ISSUE
Slow progress is being made on the runway safety area issue at Sikorsky Municipal Airport (BDR) in Bridgeport, CT. A proposal currently being considered would reduce the useable runway length significantly in order to create a runway safety area. As an alternative to reducing the runway length, NBAA has proposed that a state-owned roadway be moved about 300 ft. in order to establish the safety area. To date, several meetings have been held on this issue, and thus far, the town of Stratford, CT is the only hold-out for the NBAA proposal. Hopefully, a determination will be made in favor of the NBAA proposal within the next few weeks. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
JR. TO RECEIVE NBAA'S FIRST CENTURY OF FLIGHT AWARD
NBAA's Board of Directors has selected Edward King Jr. to receive a special NBAA First Century of Flight Award, which recognizes him for his significant contributions to the advancement of aviation since the advent of powered flight 100 years ago. He and five other First Century of Flight recipients -- Serge Dassault, David Ewald, Jerome F. Lederer, Ray H. Siegfried II and John Tucker -- will be honored on Thursday, October 9 at the NBAA Safety Awards Banquet during the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. For more information about this event, visit:
SCHOLARSHIP TOOLBOX RAFFLE DEADLINE IS THIS THURSDAY
Thursday, August 14, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time is the deadline to participate in the NBAA Maintenance Committee's Toolbox Raffle to benefit the 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship for aviation maintenance professionals. The Committee, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Richard Childress Racing, will give away a Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox valued at nearly $7,500. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn this Friday, August 15, and the winning entrant need not be present to win. Enter the Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox Raffle at:
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR
CAM EXAM LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY
NBAA will offer the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam on Monday, October 6 at Orlando's Peabody Hotel in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. Applications for the October 6, 2003, CAM Exam date must be mailed to NBAA postmarked no later than Monday, September 1, 2003. To help applicants prepare for the exam, an official CAM Study Guide is available in CD-ROM format for a fee by request to NBAA. For more information about the CAM Program, Application or Study Guide, visit:
NEW SENIOR MANAGER, REGIONAL FORUMS & STATIC DISPLAYS
On August 4, Suzanne P. Cole joined the NBAA Headquarters Staff in the newly created position of senior manager, regional forums & static displays, where she will be responsible for all aspects of NBAA Business Aviation Forum & Static Display planning, from budgeting and marketing to on-site management. For more information, visit:
SPACE AVAILABLE FOR NBAA ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION
Travel Planners, the official housing provider for the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, still has rooms available at the official NBAA hotels in Orlando. Using this service is the easiest, least expensive and least restrictive way for Attendees to reserve their rooms. To book a new reservation or re-confirm an existing one, Convention Delegates should visit www.nbaa.org/conventions/2003/attendees/housing and Exhibitors should visit www.nbaa.org/conventions/2003/exhibitors/housing. For more information about the Convention, visit:
CAN GIVE A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
As a Corporate Angel, you can give cancer patients a much-needed lift, both physically and emotionally, without any cost, inconvenience, or extra effort on your part. You may be flying with empty seats to the very place a patient needs to go for critical testing or treatment. Patients are fully ambulatory and need no special treatment while traveling. To get involved, call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 -- they make all the arrangements. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: