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NBAA Update #03-43
Monday, October 27, 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. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to [email protected].
NBAA'S LONGMUIR ATTENDS EVENTS IN NEW YORK, MICHIGAN
Last week NBAA President & CEO Shelley A. Longmuir attended the Westchester County Airport (HPN) Career Fair in White Plains, NY, where she greeted students and discussed career opportunities available in business aviation. Longmuir also was a featured speaker at a luncheon reception sponsored by the Michigan Business Aviation Association, where she discussed flight department issues and emphasized the importance of general aviation airports in Michigan. The luncheon was well attended by state legislative representatives. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected] or John Balsiger at [email protected].
DRVSM FINAL RULE SIGNED AND PUBLISHED
Last Wednesday, October 22, FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey signed the long-expected Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (DRVSM) regulation. The rule, to be implemented over the continental United States and certain other airspace controlled by the United States beginning January 20, 2005, will allow appropriately qualified aircraft and crew to operate between FL 290 and 410 with 1,000-ft. separation. To date there have been more than 19 million accident-free flight hours in RVSM airspace worldwide. For more information about DRVSM or to download a copy of the DRVSM final rule, visit:
THIS WEEK IN TEXAS, OHIO, FLORIDA AND GEORGIA
This week business aviation operators should expect temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) to be generated by VIP movement on Wednesday, October 29 in Dallas and Thursday, October 30 in Columbus, OH, San Antonio, TX, and Waco, TX. Additional VIP TFRs can be expected in Bonita Springs, FL, and Atlanta, GA, on Friday, October 31. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. NBAA has created a new Airspace Alerts e-mail list to provide a single source for distributing information about upcoming VIP TFRs and other airspace issues considered to have a significant impact on NBAA Member flight operations. To subscribe, visit: http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/airspace/alerts. For additional dates and locations of anticipated TFRs, visit:
LOY TO BE NOMINATED
FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY POSITION
On Thursday, October 23, President Bush announced his intention to nominate James M. Loy to the position of acting deputy secretary of homeland security. Currently serving as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Loy previously served as under secretary of transportation for security. Earlier in his career he served as commandant of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard chief of staff. The Transportation Security Administration page is located at http://www.tsa.gov. The Department of Homeland Security page is located at:
SEEKS COURT PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN APPEAL OF NAPLES STAGE 2 BAN
On Tuesday, October 21, NBAA filed papers in a Federal appeals court in Washington, DC asking the court to allow NBAA to participate in the appeal involving the Stage 2 ban at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) in Florida. The FAA's Naples investigation has been closely watched by many observers across the country, including other airport proprietors that -- if Naples' effort had succeeded -- would have been encouraged to enact similar Stage 2 bans themselves. For more information, visit:
1,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND NOV. 13 REGIONAL FORUM IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ
NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums are learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation operators, those wishing to learn more about this form of transportation, and vendors across the United States. These one-day, high-end NBAA events typically feature 60 indoor exhibits, 40 static aircraft and a full slate of Informational Sessions. Exhibit space is still available for the upcoming Forum at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, November 13. For more information or to register as an Attendee, Exhibitor or Sponsor, visit:
DEADLINE FOR 2003
NBAA COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK SURVEY THIS WEEK
The deadline for NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey submissions is this Saturday, November 1. Eligible NBAA Members may submit compensation and benchmark data for calendar year 2002 via NBAA's secure online survey form, gaining free online access to the first edition of survey results based upon 861 submissions received before July 7, 2003. A second edition of recompiled survey results based upon more than 1,000 entries will be released by the end of the year. To participate, visit:
WHERE CAN I FIND PREFERRED
IFR ROUTES ONLINE?
Preferred IFR routes have been established to guide pilots in planning their route of flight, to minimize route changes during the operational phase of flight, and to aid in the efficient orderly management of the air traffic using Federal airways. Operators can find a preferred routes database on the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center web site at http://www.fly.faa.gov. Selecting "Products" on that web site will take users to the "Route Management Tool," where a link to preferred routes can be found. Direct questions about this and other operational topics to the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].
SURVEY SAYS COMPANIES WILL USE TECHNOLOGY MORE TO AVOID
A recent study of U.S. corporate travel trends revealed that 56 percent of the companies polled plan to increase their use of technology in 2004 to reduce their travel needs. Some 75 percent of the 110 companies that participated in the survey, which was conducted by the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) in late September, said they had used technologies such as videoconferencing to mitigate travel costs in 2003. The third annual BTC survey also noted that 73 percent of the companies polled anticipate flat or decreasing travel expenditures in 2004, and 76 percent plan to increase their use of low-fare airlines next year to keep a lid on travel costs. As a result, BTC predicts there will be a second major round of airline restructuring, which will include the closing or downgrading of some hubs operated by mainline carriers. BTC, whose mission is to lower the long-term cost structure of business travel, seeks to bring transparency to airline policies and practices so that customers can contribute to industry and public policy debates. The BTC survey did not include business aircraft use.
CIVIL USE OF MILITARY INSTRUMENT PROCEDURES AND AIRPORTS
Effective with the October 30 cycle, selected U.S. military terminal instrument procedures and IFR airport information will be added to the FAA's U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication and the Airport/Facility Directory. JeppView carries the same information effective with Disc 22-03, issued last Friday, October 24. Operators should note that non-joint use military airfields continue to open to civil fliers only with prior permission or in an emergency. Operators should consult the AIM for information on the civil use of military instrument procedures and airports. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
NEW NOISE CONTROL PROGRAM APPROVED FOR SAN JOSE AIRPORT
On October 21, the San Jose, CA City Council approved a new noise control program governing flight operations at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) during curfew hours from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. local. Based on FAA Advisory Circular 36-1H noise levels, the revised noise control program is now based on aircraft noise, as opposed to the former regulation, which was based on aircraft weight. Importantly, all aircraft allowed to operate under the previous noise control program during curfew hours will continue to be allowed to operate under the revised program, including all Stage 3 aircraft under 75,000 pounds. Operators of other business aircraft above 75,000 pounds should check with SJC to determine compliance. For more information, contact SJC's Ken Betts at (408) 501-7793 or [email protected], or NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
NEW RNAV DPs AND STARs TO BE PUBLISHED OCT. 30
This Thursday, October 30, new RNAV Departure Procedures (DPs) and Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARs) for McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas will be published. As part of the ongoing national airspace redesign efforts, airspace and procedures within the Las Vegas Terminal Radar Approach Control and Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center will be changed to incorporate these and other changes effective on November 12. A meeting for general aviation pilots based in or visiting Las Vegas is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. at LAS's Signature Flight Support and will be a good opportunity to preview the procedures and meet some of the Las Vegas TRACON staff. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected] or Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN PHOENIX REGION
This weekend's Busch and Winston Cup series NASCAR races will be held in Phoenix, AZ. Operators in the region should expect congestion and possible delays, especially on the evening of Wednesday, October 29, the morning of Thursday, October 30, the evening of Sunday, November 2 and the morning of Monday, November 3. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
MORRISTOWN (NJ) MUNICIPAL AIRPORT RUNWAY CLOSURES NOV.
Runway 5/23 at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) will be closed for electrical circuit replacement effective Monday evening, November 17 through Saturday morning, November 22, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. local. Operators should plan flight operations accordingly. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
RUNWAY SAFETY AREA ISSUE STILL UNDER REVIEW AT SIKORSKY
The addition of a safety area for Runway 6/24 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR) in Bridgeport, CT continues to be an issue. NBAA is proposing an addition of 300 ft. to the runway to conform with an FAA request, while the town of Stratford, CT prefers a runway length reduction. Discussion is ongoing. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
RUNWAY PROTECTION ZONE THREATENED AT REPUBLIC AIRPORT (NY)
A retail establishment is attempting to build an outlet within the runway protection zone at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. NBAA, the Long Island Business Aviation Association and the FRG Airport Authority all oppose construction of this building, which could affect the landing minimums and runway length. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
SAFETY STANDDOWN STARTS TOMORROW
Bombardier is scheduled to hold its annual Safety Standdown from October 28 to 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, KS. Operators of any type of business aircraft can attend the seminar free of charge. The three-day conference will feature a series of two-hour sessions, and the material covered is applicable to all jet aircraft regardless of manufacturer. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
CUSTOMER/FAA TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEETING, GREAT LAKES OFFICE,
The FAA Great Lakes Region Midwest Tactical Operations Branch has scheduled a joint Customer/FAA Traffic Management meeting on December 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the FAA Great Lakes Regional Office. NBAA will submit meeting agenda items to the FAA on behalf of its Members. To submit agenda items to NBAA or to be added to the meeting attendee list, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond (no later than November 14) at [email protected].
MASS MUTUAL PROFESSIONAL SCHEDULERS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM BEGINS NOV. 5
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Springfield, MA, is hosting a professional schedulers certification program beginning next Wednesday, November 5. The course is 240 hours in length and will conclude in January. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
PLANS FOR NEW DELAWARE BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION CONTINUE
Last Wednesday, October 22, a second meeting was held in Wilmington, DE to advance the formation of a Delaware Business Aviation Association. The purpose of the new organization will be to address local and state aviation issues, advocate on behalf of business aviation and establish better communications among Delaware operators. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION TO BE FORMED
Several organizations have shown interest in forming a Rhode Island Business Aviation Association that would advocate on behalf of business aviation, facilitate networking, and address local, state and regional issues. A planning meeting will be held within the next two weeks in Providence, RI. To participate in the formation of this group or attend the planning meeting, contact Ed Kammerer at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
HPN ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM
AND NOISE ABATEMENT AWARDS, NOV. 5
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY, plans to hold its annual Environmental Symposium next Wednesday, November 5. Topics to be discussed include the airport's deicing program, new spill-prevention plan and a new helicopter noise-abatement video. In addition, airport officials will present HPN's annual Spirit of Noise Abatement awards to several based NBAA Member Companies. Learn about NBAA's noise abatement program at:
WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT CAREER FAIR DREW MORE THAN 2,000
Westchester County Airport (HPN) hosted a successful Career Fair last Friday and Saturday, where students, their parents and local community members learned about aviation careers and visited indoor and outdoor exhibits. The event drew approximately 2,000 students during Friday's session, when NBAA President & CEO Shelley A. Longmuir discussed opportunities available in business aviation. Exhibitors included the FAA, TSA, aeronautical colleges, armed forces recruiters and representatives, flight schools, airframe manufacturers, engine manufacturers and aviation associations. Also on display were single-engine and multi-engine piston aircraft, corporate fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and military fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
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: