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NBAA Update #03-46
Monday, November 17, 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].


FAA TO INTRODUCE NEW AIR TRAFFIC ORGANIZATION ON NOV. 18
The FAA will announce a new Air Traffic Organization design on Tuesday, November 18. FAA Chief Operating Officer Russ Chew will brief the news media at 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday to introduce its organizational structure and describe how the new organization and processes will roll out nationwide. The goal of the Air Traffic Organization will be to deliver high-quality air traffic services. Members of the aviation community are invited to visit the FAA web site on Tuesday and click on a press conference link to access a live web broadcast of Chew's briefing. Related press releases and background information also will be available on that site. For more information, visit the FAA site at:
http://www.faa.gov

FAA PROPOSES REGULATIONS FOR LONG-RANGE CHARTER FLIGHTS
On Friday, November 14, the FAA released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish aircraft certification and operating standards for long-range flights conducted under FAR Part 135. The standards, similar to those for the scheduled airlines, would limit all Part 135 aircraft operations to within 180 minutes of an airport unless the FAA approves the operator for extended operations. Comments to the proposed rule are due by January 13, 2004. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] or Doug Carr at [email protected]. To download a copy of the proposed rule in PDF format, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/#etops

HUNDREDS ATTEND NBAA FORUM AT ARIZONA'S SCOTTSDALE AIRPORT
On November 13, approximately 750 people from 38 states attended NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Scottsdale, AZ. The event featured 45 indoor Exhibitors hosted by Scottsdale Air Center, and 24 aircraft on static display. The NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation operators and vendors across the United States. It features informative workshops and briefings on timely topics, indoor vendor stations and outdoor aircraft displays. The next Forum will be located in West Palm Beach, FL on March 10, hosted by Jet Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

2004 OLYMPIC GAMES QUICK POLL
The 2004 Olympic Games will be held in Athens, Greece from August 13 to August 24, 2004. Athens International Airport management and the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority currently are trying to anticipate what level of demand there will be for business aviation operators to use limited airport facilities during the period from July 15 to September 30, 2004, and they have asked NBAA to help them estimate the number of U.S. business aviation operators planning to fly to Athens during this period. Participate in NBAA's online poll, at:
http://www.nbaa.org/poll

O'HARE SAFETY EDUCATION SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON DEC. 8
On Monday, December 8, NBAA will co-sponsor an FAA Aviation Safety Education Seminar focusing on Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) operations and runway safety. Kevin Markwell, support manager for FAA-O'Hare Airport Traffic Control Tower, will speak on air traffic operations; William Lonergan, Chicago's deputy commissioner of operations for ORD, will speak on airport operations; and Scott Landorf, FAA safety program manager at DuPage FSDO, will speak on runway safety. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Grand Ballroom. NBAA Members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact FAA's Richard D. Mileham at [email protected].

FAA EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER SANTA MONICA COLLECTION OF LANDING FEES
On November 10, David L. Bennett, FAA director of airport safety and standards, sent a letter to Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) to express the agency's concern over the city's collection of landing fees under a scheme designed to heavily penalize landings by heavier business aviation aircraft. Bennett urged that the city "suspend implementation of the new schedule landing fee until the current formal Part 16 process is complete or, in the alternative, that the city place all incremental revenue collected under the new schedule in an escrow account until a final determination on the compliance issue." NBAA and a number of its Members filed a complaint against Santa Monica on October 21 relating to the new weight-based landing fees at SMO. To download a copy of the November 10 FAA letter or for more information, visit NBAA's SMO web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

NEW RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS AVIATION GROUP TACKLES TAX ISSUES
Nearly 20 people attended the initial meeting of the new Rhode Island Business Aviation Association last week. The prospective members voiced their concerns about the current Rhode Island sales-and-use tax and the negative affect it will have both on employment in the state and on the profitability of aviation-related companies. Attendees also discussed the negative economic impact of corporations opting to domicile elsewhere due to the tax. A committee has been formed to address the best and most efficient means by which to reach legislators and the general public on the need to rescind the tax. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected], or visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/state/ri

NEW JERSEY ORDER TO EXAMINE STATUS OF STATE'S GA AIRPORT SYSTEM
With 13 general aviation airports having closed in his state since 1983, New Jersey Governor James McGreevey has issued Executive Order #78, which establishes a General Aviation Review Committee to examine and evaluate the current status and future prospects of the state's general aviation airport system. The order was implemented because "the long-term loss of public-use general aviation airports is the biggest single threat to the viability of the existing airport system…. New Jersey is committed to both arresting the decline of existing GA airport infrastructure and preserving and rehabilitating its core airport system." NBAA commends Governor McGreevey for his attempts to prevent airport closures and address the needs of both GA airports and the GA community. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

LONG ISLAND GROUP FILES LAWSUIT OVER FRG RUNWAY PROTECTION ZONE
The Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) has filed a lawsuit against the town of Babylon, NY with regards to the approved development of a retail establishment within the runway protection zone (RPZ) of Runway 14 at Farmingdale, NY's Republic Airport (FRG). LIBAA was formed just over one year ago and has been instrumental in the fight against encroachment of the RPZ, which would adversely affect access to FRG by reducing runway length and raising landing minimums. Although a costly proposition for the young group, maintaining the integrity of FRG is of prime importance to tenant and transient operators alike. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected], or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/frg

NEW FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP & PART 135 SEMINAR, DEC. 5 IN NEW YORK
NBAA's new Fractional Ownership & Part 135 Seminar titled "Operational Control of Business Aircraft in the New Environment," will be held for the first time on December 5 in White Plains, NY. This one-day Seminar will allow ample opportunities for Members to interact with the country's leading experts on fractional and charter operations -- the individuals who wrote the new fractional rule. Seminar topics will include an overview of the fractional rule and Part 135 changes, a comparison of Subpart K and Part 135, how to determine whether fractional ownership is the right choice for your company, fractional contracts, operator and management company responsibilities, and international operation considerations. For more information or to register for this or future dates, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fractional/20031205

15TH ANNUAL SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHES CONFERENCE DETAILS NOW ONLINE
The NBAA 15th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 12 to 14 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA, will provide the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to the role of the scheduler and dispatcher in the corporate flight department. Information about attending this Conference, including agenda details and a registration form, is now available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/sdc

NBAA SEMINAR HELPS PART 91 OPERATORS UPGRADE THEIR SECURITY PROGRAMS
NBAA's Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar has been held in sold-out venues nationwide since its inception earlier this year. To date, more than 200 individuals at 90 companies have participated in the Seminar. Participants state that the program is well organized and to-the-point, as well as a good information source that helps operators upgrade their security programs. Additional dates for this Seminar are being developed for 2004. For more information, visit the NBAA web site in the coming weeks at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/sec

WHERE WILL NEXT YEAR'S ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION BE HELD?
NBAA's 57th Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in Las Vegas, NV, October 12 to 14, 2004, and its theme will be "NBAA2004: Leading Business Aviation Into the Next Century of Flight." The future sites of the next five NBAA Conventions, as well as the locations of future European (EBACE) and Latin American (LABACE) events, can be found at http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/futuresites.php. Members also may find information on upcoming NBAA Seminars at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs


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