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NBAA Update #03-50
Monday, December 15, 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].


CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT BY VISITING WRIGHT AGAIN SITE THIS WEEK
This Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight, achieved by the Wright brothers on the dunes of Kill Devil Hills, NC. To celebrate the work and achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the Wright Again project and web site invite elementary, middle, and high school students to follow the technical development of the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer. Starting with Wilbur Wright's first documented interest in powered flight on May 30, 1899, Wright Again follows the brothers' successes and setbacks on the path to the first flight on December 17, 1903. Wright Again is a collaboration between NBAA and Cislunar Aerospace, The Franklin Institute and Science Museum, NASA Ames Research Center Fluid Dynamics Branch, and the High Performance Computing, Education, and Research Center at the University of New Mexico. For more information, visit:
http://www.wrightagain.com

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM UDVAR-HAZY CENTER OPENS TODAY
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which houses a permanent business aviation exhibit, officially opens today. This new extension of the Museum, based near Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC, currently has over 80 aircraft and dozens of space artifacts on display, including the Space Shuttle "Enterprise"; an SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft; a Learjet 23 business jet; the Dash 80 prototype of the Boeing 707; the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"; and the de Havilland Chipmunk aerobatic plane, to name a few. NBAA donated $1 million to the Udvar-Hazy Center in 2000. For more information, visit the Museum web site at:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy

PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS FAA REAUTHORIZATION INTO LAW
Last Friday, December 12, President Bush signed into law Vision 100 -- The Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, which provides more than $60 billion during the next four years for the FAA and aviation system. Numerous provisions of the new law were initiated and/or promoted by NBAA with the assistance of many NBAA Member Companies. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or Douglas Carr at [email protected]. For NBAA's section-by-section summary of the act, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/108th/hr2115

EXPECTED TFRs FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for upcoming VIP travel on December 17 in Kill Devil Hills and Elizabeth City, NC; December 16 and 17 in Valdosta and Thomasville, GA; December 17 and 18 in Albany, GA; and December 22 to 26 in Thurmont, MD. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/restrictions

ELT COMPLIANCE FOR TURBOJETS REQUIRED BY JAN. 1
On December 22, 2000, the FAA issued a final rule to comply with Congressionally-mandated changes to FAA requirements for emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). This legislation removed the exception of turbojet-powered aircraft from the emergency locator transmitter requirement, and added a new exception for aircraft with a maximum payload capacity of more than 18,000 lbs. when used in scheduled air transportation. The intended effect of this rule change was to facilitate search-and-rescue efforts by increasing the likelihood of locating turbojet-powered aircraft after accidents. The regulation was effective December 22, 2000, but compliance with the new ELT requirements in Part 91.207 was delayed until January 1, 2004. NBAA and other aviation groups will meet with the FAA next week to address supply shortages in some ELT models causing installation delays that cannot be completed prior to January 1. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at [email protected].

TSA NAMES GEORGE KERAMARKAVICH ACTING COO
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chief Operating Officer John E. Shkor is expected to retire as of today, one week after the TSA filled its top position with Acting Administrator David M. Stone, a retired Navy rear admiral. George "Butch" Keramarkavich, formerly TSA western area director for aviation operations, replaces Shkor in an acting capacity.

IRS INCREASES PASSENGER AIR TRANSPORTATION TAX FOR 2004
The Internal Revenue Service recently published Revenue Procedure 2003-85, which provides inflation adjusted items for 2004. Section 3.27 specifies the rates for 2004 for the domestic segment fee and the international arrival/departure tax, applicable for air transportation deemed commercial for IRS purposes. For 2004, these rates will be: 7.5 percent of amounts paid; a domestic segment fee of $3.10 per person; an international arrival/departure tax of $13.70 per person; and an international arrival/departure tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights of $6.90 per person. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/taxes

IRS ISSUES BONUS DEPRECIATION TEMPORARY REGULATIONS
The IRS has issued official guidelines, in the form of temporary regulations, on bonus depreciation. These guidelines were the first detailed statements issued with respect to the bonus depreciation benefits conferred by Congress. Four key benefits for business aviation have been identified: (1) the availability of bonus depreciation for personal aircraft converted to business use, (2) the application of bonus depreciation benefits to purchasers of fractional interests and demonstrator aircraft, (3) expanded like-kind exchange benefits and (4) increased timing flexibility for taxpayers who lease their business aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] or visit:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/depreciation/200312.php

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON GENERAL AWARENESS TRAINING FOR HAZMAT?
Within the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration is the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety. The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety provides information to aid in complying with the requirements set forth in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) on a web site at http://hazmat.dot.gov/training.htm. Using this web site, operators may find links to training requirements under the HMR, hazardous material transportation training modules, and instructions and guidance on the hazardous materials regulations. For more information about this and other operational topics, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].

USERS OF NORTH CAROLINA'S JQF ASKED TO USE NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES
The airport administration at Concord, NC's Concord Regional Airport (JQF) just north of Charlotte, has requested that all operators use the NBAA Noise Abatement procedures for departures. Recently, the administration has had several noise-related complaints. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected] Visit the NBAA Noise Abatement Program web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/noise

NEW ENGLAND AIRPORT ALLIANCE FORMED FOR INFORMATION SHARING
To better serve the NBAA Membership, an airport alliance has been formed representing the six New England state airport officials and NBAA. The purpose of the alliance is to obtain and share information as well as discuss solutions on airport-access related issues. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsauci[email protected].

PRESSURE TO CLOSE BUCHANAN FIELD (CCR) CONTINUES
California's Contra Costa County supervisors have asked the FAA to weigh in on the potential closure of Buchanan Field Airport (CCR) in Concord, CA, and have voted unanimously to invite proposals for alternative uses of the airport. Buchanan Field, located 17 mi. north-northeast of Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), is an important Bay-area reliever and business aviation airport. NBAA Members and concerned business entities continue working to protect and improve CCR and are looking for support from all factions of business aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].

NBAA REQUESTS PROPOSALS FOR AIRPORT ADVOCACY MATERIALS
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

NBAA REQUESTS PROPOSALS FOR SECURITY TRAINING SEMINARS
NBAA requests qualifications and proposals to conduct security training seminars for Part 91 operators. This seminar will be based upon the NBAA proof-of-concept security project developed in partnership with the TSA. The deadline is January 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/rfp

NBAA REQUEST FOR INTEREST: TSAAC AUDITOR
The TSA has asked NBAA to explore the feasibility of a dedicated program to conduct audits of TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC) holders. NBAA has issued a request for interest (RFI) to identify potential auditors. The deadline is January 12. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/rfp

NBAA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AND DOSWELL AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 15
The NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation is one of the aviation industry's most prestigious honors. It is given to those individuals who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, have made significant identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests. NBAA has presented the Meritorious Service Award almost every year since 1950, and its recipients include: Charles A. Lindbergh (1953), Igor I. Sikorsky (1957), Olive Ann Beech (1969), William P. Lear, Sr. (1975), A. Scott Crossfield (1984), Donald D. Engen (1999), Albert L. Ueltschi (1991) and Sam B. Williams (2003). NBAA is now accepting nominations for both the Meritorious Service Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. For more information about both awards and how to submit a nominations package, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards


TEACHERS, CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF FLIGHT WITH AVKIDS
AvKids is an NBAA program designed to educate elementary school students about the benefits of business aviation to the community and the career opportunities available to them in the business aviation industry. At the AvKids.com web site, educators can receive free materials about the Wright Brothers and the science of flight to celebrate the Centennial of Flight. Many of these materials, including the AvKids Activity Guide, have been created by teachers and conform with the National Standards of Learning. Learn more at:
http://www.avkids.com