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NBAA Update #03-49
Monday, December 8, 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].


COMMENTS ON PROPOSED STAGE 4 NOISE STANDARDS DUE MAR. 1
Comments on the FAA's proposed Stage 4 noise standards for new jet airplanes are due by March 1. The new, more-stringent certification noise limits -- which are consistent with ICAO's new Annex 16 Chapter 4 noise rule -- are based on the combined calculation of an airplane's maximum flyover, lateral and approach noise levels. These certification standards would apply to any new airplane for which a type certificate is applied for starting in 2006; however, the FAA noted that adoption of Stage 4 "is not intended to signal the start of any rulemaking or other proceeding aimed at phasing out the production or operation of current aircraft models." For more information about this issue, contact Laurette Fisher at (202) 267-3561. Direct general operational questions to NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected].

IBM IS FIRST EUROPEAN FLIGHT DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE IS-BAO CERTIFICATE
IBM Euroflight is the first European flight department to be issued an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Certificate of Registration. First introduced in May 2002, IS-BAO is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve the highest level of safety and professionalism. IBM has operational bases in Europe (Paris) and in the United States (New York). The IS-BAO standard was introduced at both bases, with development of two company operations manuals with 95 percent commonality, reflecting the different operational environments and regulations of Europe and the USA. NBAA Board Treasurer Jeff Lee, IBM director of aviation, said, "IS-BAO has given us the motivation, methodology and guidance for uniting the European and U.S. operations to a common standard. Having an international standard that is applicable around the world is a tremendous step forward for the business aviation community." For more information, visit:
http://www.ibac.org/is-bao/isbao.htm

TSA NAMES DAVID M. STONE ACTING ADMINISTRATOR
David M. Stone, formerly deputy chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and security director for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), has been named to serve as TSA Administrator (acting), replacing James M. Loy, who was tapped to be deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the TSA, Stone was an admiral in the U.S. Navy, where his last assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the director, environmental protection safety and occupational health. Among other notable assignments, he previously was the commander of the USS Nimitz Battle Group, where among his responsibilities he organized, trained and deployed more than 5,000 sailors. A Naval Academy graduate, he holds advance degrees in management and national security.

ADDITIONAL SECURITY SEMINARS TO BE HELD IN JANUARY
The NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar has been scheduled for Minneapolis on January 20 and Wichita on January 22. With the addition of these locations, this Seminar has been held in a total of 12 U.S. cities. Space is limited and the venues sell out quickly so be certain to register as soon as possible. Information on the seminar and registration instructions are available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/sec

COMMENTS ON JACKSON HOLE'S NOISE-COMPATIBILITY PROGRAM DUE JAN. 18
Comments on the proposed noise-compatibility program for Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) are due January 18. The FAA has determined that noise-exposure maps submitted for the airport meet the requirements of FAR Part 150, and the agency plans to rule on the airport's proposed noise-compatibility program by May 17. Copies of the program are available at Jackson Hole Airport; the FAA's Airports Division office in Renton, WA; or the agency's Denver Airports District Office. Comments and requests for additional information should be submitted to Dennis Ossenkop, FAA Airports Division, 1601 Lind Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98055-4056; tel: (425) 227-2611. For more information about business aviation airports, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/baaap

DENVER ARTCC SKI COUNTRY SPECIAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
With the 2003-2004 ski season upon us, pilots and controllers alike should familiarize themselves with all procedures pertinent to flying into Colorado's Ski Country Airports. For detailed information addressing concerns, problems and questions specific to flying into these airports, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/ski

SECOND CUSTOMS FACILITY TO OPEN AT TETERBORO
Just in time for the year-end rush, U.S. Customs has opened a second facility at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB). The use of either the north or south complex will be at the discretion of the flightcrew; any FBO on the airport can recommend which facility to use at any given time to help expedite trips. The Teterboro Users' Group (TUG) was instrumental in seeing this project completed. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

ALASKAN ATC WEB SITE HAS BEEN UPDATED
The Air Traffic Division, Alaskan Region web site has been updated with five new items: (1) establishment of Class E airspace at Kivilina at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/finalrules/kivalina.htm; (2) establishment of Class E airspace at Akiak at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/finalrules/akiak.htm; (3) establishment of Class E airspace at Kotlik at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/finalrules/kotlik.htm; (4) establishment of Class E airspace at Chevak at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/finalrules/chevak.htm; (5) proposed establishment of controlled airspace in Southeast Alaska at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/se-ak.htm. For more information about airspace/air traffic issues, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace

NEW ILLINOIS-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION GROUP TO MEET AT RFD THIS WEDNESDAY
An organizational meeting for the Stateline Business Aviation Association will be held at 12:00 noon this Wednesday, December 10, at the Greater Rockford Airport Authority's Public Safety Building, 60 Airport Drive, Rockford, IL, tel: (815) 969-4000. All interested parties within the Rockford TRACON service area are invited to attend and participate. For more information, contact Mickey Ford at (815) 742-3691; Glenn Hake at (815) 546-3213; or NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected]

NBAA REQUESTS AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATIONS
NBAA requests qualifications and proposals by companies to produce both audiovisual and printed materials designed to create community support for business aviation and the airport infrastructure that business aviation depends upon. Qualifications and proposals are due to NBAA by January 5, 2004. Further details are available for download in PDF format online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/rfp

BUSINESS AVIATION REGIONAL FORUMS NOW ACCEPTING PRESENTATION PROPOSALS
A limited number of speaking opportunities are available for the 2004 NBAA Regional Business Aviation Forums. Presentations should be timely, current and of general interest to the business aviation community. NBAA also is accepting proposals for maintenance training sessions that will run concurrently to the general sessions at each Forum. More information and an application/call for entry can be found online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/forums

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2004 NBAA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AND DOSWELL AWARDS
NBAA is now accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Past recipients of the Meritorious Service Award include Sam B. Williams (2003), James D. Raisbeck (2002) and Paul H. Poberezny (2001), and past recipients of the Doswell Award include Byron M. "Skip" Reed II (2003), J. Robert Duncan (2002) and Myron W. Collier (2001). All nominations packages are due to NBAA by February 15, 2004. Learn more about how to submit a nominations package at:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards


YOUR EMPTY SEATS CAN BE POWERFUL MEDICINE
By letting a cancer patient use an empty seat on your corporate aircraft, you can enable that patient to access critical treatment they might otherwise have to forgo. Often a clinical trial or specialized regimen is only available at one medical center, perhaps thousands of miles from a patient's home. Sometimes a patient must return weekly or monthly. Transportation costs can quickly add up to an impossible burden for a patient whose illness has already caused financial stress. Join with Corporate Angel Network (CAN) to provide cancer patients with free transportation to recognized treatment centers. It's easy and costs you nothing. To add your name to CAN's roster of 500 top U.S. corporations, call (914) 328-1313. To see current destinations and date range of rides needed, please visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html