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NBAA Update #03-33
Monday, August 18, 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].


TFRs EXPECTED IN NORTHWEST; CHECK NOTAMs TO AVOID RESTRICTED AIRSPACE
President Bush's campaign has several fundraising events planned for August and September that could generate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). This week, fundraisers are scheduled to take place in Portland, OR on Thursday, August 21 and Seattle, WA on Friday, August 22. NBAA continues to monitor restrictions to airspace and advise its Members of the latest locations affected by TFRs that could cause major disruptions. Since the TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all available resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to check NOTAMs carefully when operating in airspace affected by Presidential and Vice Presidential TFRs. For a list of possible upcoming fundraising events, visit NBAA's web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

TSAAC TRAINING SESSIONS DRAW NEARLY 80 PARTICIPANTS
Earlier this month, 79 people from 31 Part 91 flight departments participated in several Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) training sessions at two New York City metropolitan airports -- Westchester County (HPN) and Morristown (MMU). The Association is encouraging more operators from HPN, MMU and the original TSAAC test protocol airport -- Teterboro (TEB) -- to apply for TSAACs in order to demonstrate to Federal officials that corporate operators have security programs in place that qualify them for the same access to airspace as Part 121 operators. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected]

AUTHORITY ON WRIGHT BROTHERS TO SPEAK AT NBAA2003 IN SEVEN WEEKS
The chief historian and interpreter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Darrell M. Collins, will give a special presentation on October 7 during the Opening General Session of the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Darrell Collins is widely acknowledged as one of the top five authorities on the Wright brothers and early aviation history. In addition to Collins, the Opening General Session also will feature keynote speakers FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey and U.S. Representative John L. Mica (R-FL 7th), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee (Congressional voting schedule permitting). For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030812-047.php

SIFL RATES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF CALENDAR YEAR 2003
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2003, to December 31, 2003. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/member/abs/2003/20030813-003.htm

WHAT IS THE ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION SYSTEM (APIS)?
The Advance Passenger Information System is used to transmit manifests to U.S. Customs. On November 19, 2001, President Bush signed into law the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. Section 115 of that law requires that each air carrier, foreign and domestic (including flights flown under Part 135), operating a passenger flight in foreign air transportation to the United States must electronically transmit to Customs a passenger and crew manifest in advance of arrival. On February 18, 2002, the U.S. Customs Service began issuing fines of up to $10,000 to Part 135 operators that did not comply with this requirement. Operators can use NBAA's online APIS submission service to comply with the APIS transmission requirement. Visit the APIS web site at:
www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis

DETAILED REPORTS ON ACCESS TO POPULAR AIRPORTS NOW ONLINE
NBAA's Business Aviation Airport Access Program (BAAAP), which tracks access issues at key U.S. airports, is now available online. Reports are available for 25 heavily used business aviation airports, from New York's Westchester County (HPN) to California's Van Nuys (VNY). Reports on another 25 airports are expected to be posted before the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in October. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/baaap

NBAA INTENDS TO FILE STRONGER AMENDED COMPLAINT ABOUT SANTA MONICA FEES
In order to strengthen its case against the new landing-fee structure at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), NBAA intends by the end of this month to re-file with the FAA the Association's formal FAR Part 16 complaint, which was originally submitted on July 7. The revised complaint will include a specific reference to those NBAA Member Companies that believe the new fees would have a deleterious effect on their flight operations at SMO. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

FAA REVIEWING NOISE-COMPATIBILITY PROGRAM FOR FLORIDA'S WITHAM FIELD
The FAA has determined that the noise-exposure maps submitted by Florida's Martin County Board of Commissioners for Martin County Airport/Witham Field (SUA) are in compliance with applicable Federal requirements. The agency is reviewing a proposed Part 150 noise-compatibility program for SUA and is expected to either approve or disapprove the program by January 30, 2004. Public comments, which are due by September 30, should be submitted to the FAA's Orlando Airports District Office, 5950 Hazeltine National Dr., Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32822. For more information about Witham Airport, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/sua

TWO REMINDERS FOR HELICOPTER OPERATORS IN NEW YORK CITY REGION
During this season of outdoor events, helicopter operators are reminded to follow NOTAM FDC 3/1862 when conducting flight activity around stadiums, open-air events and other areas where seating with a capacity of 30,000 or more is available. In addition, the Southampton, NY police department has notified the Northeast Helicopter Council that helicopters landing at Southampton Heliport (87N) should land on the helipad and not on the area surrounding the pad. Operators should be aware that local ordinances protect the wetlands surrounding the heliport, and violations of these ordinances could mean penalties for operators. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

NEW BUSINESS AVIATION GROUP PLANNED FOR WILMINGTON, DE AREA
Plans are underway to form a new business aviation group to address local airport issues at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, DE. Interested parties are invited to attend a planning meeting and complimentary lunch on Tuesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m., at the DuPont facility, 199 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE. To attend the meeting, RSVP in advance to DuPont Aviation's Neil Andrew at (302) 774-1000 for security admittance. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

FARGO, ND DESIGNATED AS PORT OF ENTRY
The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has established a new port of entry at Fargo, ND. Because of increased international air traffic, Fargo's Hector International Airport (FAR), which had been operated as a user-fee airport, now will have the services of one full-time and one part-time Customs official. Fargo's designation was granted on a conditional basis for one year. For more information about Customs issues, visit:
www.nbaa.org/member/customs

THIS THURSDAY'S CHICAGO REACHBAC TO FEATURE NEW NBAA PRESIDENT
This Thursday, August 21, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event in the greater Chicago region featuring new NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir. Sponsored by Multi Service Corp., the evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at the DuPage Airport (DPA) main Terminal Building, 2700 International Dr., West Chicago, Tel: (630) 208-5600. To RSVP, contact NBAA's June DeFontes at [email protected] For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/reachbac/rb_2003_08_21.htm

2003 NBAA COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
The first edition of results from the 2003 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is available online to survey participants. Survey participants can view results in Adobe PDF format as well as create their own aircraft-specific and location-specific reports for salary data. Eligible NBAA Members may continue to submit compensation and benchmark data for calendar year 2002 via NBAA's secure online survey form until November 1, 2003, giving them free access to survey results. Survey entries received through November 1 will be included in a later, second edition of recompiled survey results. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs/results.htm

NEARLY $6,700 RAISED FOR MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Last week the NBAA Maintenance Committee's Toolbox Raffle, sponsored by Richard Childress Racing, came to a close, raising a total $3,420 for the 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship and bringing the total scholarship fund to $6,681. During this Centennial of Flight anniversary year, NBAA offers the 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship to aspiring and current aviation maintenance personnel in tribute to 100 years of achievement in aviation maintenance. Scholarship applications are currently available from NBAA. Completed application packages must be submitted to NBAA by December 1. For more information or to download an application, visit:
www.nbaa.org/scholarships/#mmc

FOUR NBAA SCHOLARSHIPS DUE ON SEPTEMBER 8
Applications for four NBAA Scholarships -- the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG Professional Development Program (PDP) Scholarship and William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship -- are due Monday, September 8. To review each scholarship's requirements or to download application forms, visit:
www.nbaa.org/scholarships

MEMBERS INVITED TO UPDATE MEMBERSHIP RECORDS ONLINE
NBAA is in the process of collecting data to update its Member records, which will be used to publish the 2004 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft and Personnel. Member Representatives are urged to use the convenient web-based Member Record Update System to update their company information. Changes can be made at any time and as often as necessary, but only changes received by October 17, 2003, will be available for inclusion in the 2004 Directory. Visit the Member Record Update System web site at:
www.nbaa.org/membership/update

LABACE2004: NEW PARTNERSHIPS ARE ABOUT TO TAKE FLIGHT
The 2nd Annual Latin American Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2004), the only Latin American exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, will be held April 15 to 17, 2004, in São Paulo, Brazil. Learn more at:
www.labace.aero


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