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NBAA Update #03-45
Monday, November 10, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for upcoming VIP travel on November 13 in Orlando, FL and Fort Meyers, FL; November 14 in New York, NY; and November 17 in Rochester, NY. Since VIP TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. 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 more information, visit:
GRAPHICAL TFRs NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
ON FAA SITE
Increased security initiatives, upcoming major sporting events, presidential elections and natural disasters that require temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) continue to generate confusion and violations within the aviation community. In an ongoing effort to clarify the restrictions associated with TFRs, the FAA has made available graphical plots on their web site at http://tfr.faa.gov/TFR/jsp/list.jsp. This site posts the current list of TFRs, and users can click to the mapped plot on aeronautical charts. This system is automated and refreshes every 15 minutes. As always, NBAA recommends that users check with flight service stations the day of travel to restricted areas as NOTAMs change frequently. NBAA also posts a list of current TFRs on its web site at:
NBAA BUSINESS AVIATION REGIONAL FORUM COMES
TO ARIZONA THIS THURSDAY
The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Scottsdale, AZ this Thursday, November 13. Hundreds of Attendees will view the offerings of close to 50 Exhibitors and 25 of the latest business aircraft on static display. A full day of informational programs includes sessions on security, regional issues and Arizona state aviation taxes, among other topics. Admission is $40 for NBAA Members and $50 for non-Members, and on-site registration will be available inside Scottsdale Air Center. For more information or to review the program agenda, visit:
IRS RELEASES NEW PER-DIEM RATES
If your company travel policy is based on the IRS Federal per diem rates to budget travel costs or reimburse flightcrew for out-of-town business travel expenses, be advised that the IRS recently revised the per-diem rates for the period November 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004. Of interest to U.S operators traveling abroad, the U.S. Department of State publishes a similar list, updated monthly online at http://www.state.gov/m/a/als/prdm. Additionally, for tax professionals, the rules under which the amount of ordinary and necessary business expenses for employee lodging, meals and incidental expenses incurred while traveling away from home have been updated and are available in IRS Revenue Procedure 2003-80. Download the new per-diem rates for travel within the United States as well as Rev. Proc. 2003-80 online at:
UNSURE OF THE NEW RULE REGULATING FRACTIONAL
AND ON-DEMAND CHARTER?
Join the industry's leading regulatory experts for a one-day seminar addressing the new FAA rules that regulate fractional and on-demand charter operations. NBAA's new seminar, "Operational Control of Business Aircraft in the New Environment," will provide an overview of the rule as well as the impacts to fractional owners and providers, charter operators and management companies. The seminar will be held four times at locations across the United States, the first of which will be held in White Plains, NY on December 5. For Seminar details, including the registration form, visit:
ARE ALL SINGLE-PILOT 135 OPERATORS NOW REQUIRED
TO HAVE TWO-PILOT CREWS?
No. In addition to creating Subpart K of Part 91, the final rule titled "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" changes certain Part 135 regulations. 14 CFR 135.4 defines a new type of operator known as an "eligible on-demand operation." An eligible on-demand operation is allowed broader destination airport effective runway length performance and the opportunity to conduct an instrument approach at an airport with no weather reporting with certain qualifiers. These alternatives only are available to an eligible on-demand operation. One requirement of an eligible on-demand operation is that the flightcrew must consist of at least two qualified pilots. Part 135 operations choosing not to meet these requirements still can operate under Part 135, but will not be able to use these alternatives. The final rule can be found online at:
BOTH BASED AND TRANSIENT OPERATORS MUST ADDRESS
At the Environmental Symposium held at Westchester County Airport (HPN) recently, the airport's office of Environmental Affairs indicated that of the noise issues with which they had to deal, only 7 percent were attributed to HPN-based aircraft, while 47 percent were from commercial Part 121 aircraft. The remainder of the complaints were generated by transient business aircraft. Perceived noise is something that all airport communities must address, and as the above statistics indicate, transient aircraft may unknowingly contribute to perceived noise issues. NBAA reminds operators to review noise-abatement procedures for destination airports prior to departing for them to avoid perceived noise situations. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com, or visit:
HPN-BASED OPERATORS RECOGNIZED FOR NOISE-ABATEMENT EFFORTS
Westchester County Airport (HPN) officials in White Plains, NY recently recognized 33 based corporate operators for achieving complete compliance during 2002 with the airport's noise-abatement policies, including the voluntary curfew that is in effect from midnight until 6:00 a.m. each day. NBAA congratulates all Members receiving awards, including: Altria Corporate Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chamarac Aviation, Citigroup Aviation, GE Corporate Air Transport, Greenhill Aviation, IBM Flight Operations, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, New York State Power Authority, R.T. Vanderbilt, Sackett Corporation, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, TAG Aviation, Tala Flight Services, U.S. Aviation Underwriters, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands and White Cloud Company.
SIMULTANEOUS PARALLEL APPROACHES AT CLE MAY CAUSE
The Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE) ATC tower has asked NBAA to make Members aware of the simultaneous parallel approaches in effect for Runways 6L and 6R (or 24L and 24R). When parallel approaches are conducted in VFR conditions, pilots may encounter TCAS alerts. Pilots are encouraged to listen closely to the arrival ATIS for information about the type of approach in use. Members may download the Letter to Airmen for more information and specific procedures at:
FAA CONSIDERING NOISE PLANS FOR INDIANAPOLIS,
RENO/TAHOE, VERO BEACH
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program submitted by the County of Washoe for the Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) in Reno, NV. The proposed program is to be approved or disapproved by April 5, 2004. To obtain more information or submit comments, which are due December 9, contact Elisha Novak in the FAA's San Francisco Airports District Office in Burlingame, CA, at (650) 876-2928. Meanwhile, the FAA has determined that the noise-exposure maps submitted for Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Vero Beach Municipal Airport (VRB) are in compliance with FAR Part 150 requirements. For more information about NBAA's Noise Abatement Program, visit:
ADDITIONS TO NAV CANADA WEB SITE
The following documents now are available on the Nav Canada web site at http://www.navcanada.ca: (1) The Nav Canada Customer Guide to Charges, effective August 1, 2003, and (2) the Nav Canada Business Plan Supplement 2003-2006: Navigating in the "Perfect Economic Storm." For more information about these documents, contact Nav Canada at (800) 876-4693 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about international operations, visit the NBAA web site at:
NBAA MEMBERS AT SANTA MONICA ORGANIZE
NBAA Members at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) are organizing an action group to address continuing pressure from the airport operator to restrict access. Organizers are interested in hearing from local operators and others nationwide who are interested in using the full capabilities of their aircraft to and from SMO. For more information or to get involved, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com, or visit:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN FLORIDA THIS WEEK
The final NASCAR race for the season will be run this week at the Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. This race tends to be a popular one; therefore, congestion and delays are possible, especially on Thursday, November 13 and Sunday, November 16. Plan flights accordingly to reduce potential delays. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LANAI, HI NO LONGER OFFERS AGRICULTURAL CLEARING
Because of organizational changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will no longer clear aircraft landing at Lanai, HI. Since the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture has no facility on Lanai, aircraft landing there must first be cleared at an island offering such service. NBAA urges Members to check with Hawaiian FBOs or their flight handlers prior to planning a trip to Lanai originating from the continental United States or foreign origins. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
NEW RHODE ISLAND GROUP TO MEET IN PROVIDENCE ON NOV. 12
A new regional business aviation group is forming in Rhode Island. The first meeting will be held at Edwards & Angell, 2800 Financial Plaza, Providence, RI starting at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday, November 12 and will last approximately 75 minutes. To attend the meeting or obtain more information about the group, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA BYLAWS REVISED
At the October 9 meeting of the Board of Directors in Orlando, NBAA's Bylaws were modernized to reassign the role of the Association's Chief Executive Officer from the Chairman of the Board to the President, establish the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and eliminate the requirement that the President be a member of the Board's Nominating Committee. The changes took effect immediately. For more information, visit:
NBAA HEADS WEST TO LAS VEGAS IN 2004
Next year the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention will return to Las Vegas for the first time since 1998. With business aviation firmly on the rebound, all indicators point to a record-breaking 2004 Convention, appropriately themed: "NBAA2004: Leading Business Aviation Into the Next Century of Flight." During NBAA's last trip to Las Vegas in 1998, the Convention set an all-time attendance record of more than 31,000 Attendees, and the 2004 event is poised to break that record. Further details about NBAA2004 will be posted online in December at:
VISIT LABACE AND EBACE WEB SITES FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION
LABACE2004, the only Latin American exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, will be held April 15 to 17, 2004, at Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme for this event will be " Building Partnerships -- One Aircraft at a Time." EBACE2004, themed "Connecting European Business with the World," will be held May 25 through 27, 2004, at Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE is the only European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. For the latest information on each event, including housing and registration, visit the following web sites:
CORPORATE AVIATION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE DATES
HAVE BEEN SET
The NBAA 10th Annual Corporate Aviation Management Conference (CAMC) will be held February 23 to 25 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. Details will be posted to the NBAA web site in the coming weeks at:
NBAA HEADQUARTERS CLOSED FOR VETERANS' DAY
NBAA's offices will be closed Tuesday, November 11, for the Veterans' Day holiday.
NETWORK LOGS ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING MONTH
For the second time this year, Corporate Angel Network in White Plains, NY broke its own record for the number of cancer patients it was able to fly to treatment. The national public charity that provides free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment by using the empty seats on corporate jets was able to arrange 210 patient flights during the month of October, up 17 percent from the previous record high of 180 set earlier this year. "We were able to help more patients in October than ever before," said CAN's Peter Fleiss, "thanks to the generosity of our participating corporations, the fortitude and enthusiasm of our volunteers, and the help of our friends in the aviation industry. We salute and thank them all for their outstanding support." Your company can become a Corporate Angel too, and help cancer patients access potentially life-saving, specialized treatment. Learn more at: