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NBAA Update #04-08
Monday, February 23, 2004
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].
2003 WAS ONE
OF THE SAFEST YEARS EVER FOR CORPORATE AVIATION
In 2003 there were no fatal accidents for corporate aviation, making it one of the safest years ever for corporate flying. "While we applaud this excellent safety record, corporate aviation operators don't rest on that impressive record," said NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir. "In fact, this inspires corporate aircraft operators to even higher safety standards." For more information, visit:
PREPARE FOR FLORIDA
VOLUME AND RELATED AIRSPACE INITIATIVES
The FAA is urging operators to utilize offshore routes for flights between the Northeast United States and Florida both southbound and northbound. Crews should be prepared for delays and reroutes due to the record volume this winter. Of note, traffic in Miami Center increased 148 percent on Presidents' Day weekend from the same period last year. FLL traffic increased by 30 percent. For more information, visit:
ELT REQUIREMENT FOR TURBOJET-POWERED
After January 1, 2004, most U.S. registered civil airplanes having a maximum payload of less than 18,000 pounds, including turbojet-powered aircraft, are required to have an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). Additionally, after January 1, 2005, operators should be aware that to comply with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices you must have an ELT that transmits on 121.5 and 406 MHz when operating in oceanic airspace and any designated remote areas. For more information on ELT requirements, visit:
RATES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF CALENDAR YEAR 2004
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1, 2004, to June 30, 2004. The SIFL rates originally issued on February 18, 2004, by the DOT Office of Aviation Analysis contained an error in the fare formula for the 0-500 mile range. For more information, visit:
FORECAST CONFERENCE TO INCLUDE GA BREAKOUT SESSIONS
The 29th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference will be held March 25 to 26 in the new Washington, DC Convention Center. The theme of this event will be "The Second Century of Flight: The Outlook for Commercial and Civil Aviation." NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir will moderate a panel on business aviation on March 26. Panels on general aviation and rotorcraft also will be featured. For more information or to register, visit the FAA web site at:
HOW DO I REQUEST
A SPECIAL N-NUMBER FOR MY AIRCRAFT?
Operators may reserve a special N-number and assign that reserved number to an aircraft through the FAA's Aircraft Registration Branch, AFS-750. The FAA's Aircraft Registration web page at http://registry.faa.gov/aircraft.asp provides links to online N-number registration and contact information for the Registration Branch. Though reserving an N-number can be done online, assigning the N-number to an aircraft only may be done in writing. Among other things, operators can use the FAA's Aircraft Registration Inquiry web site at http://registry.faa.gov/arquery.asp to query the Aircraft Registry for N-number availability. If you have a question about this or other operational topics, visit the NBAA web site at:
TEB ILS R19 GLIDESLOPE TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN
Ongoing construction at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) is forcing a temporary shutdown of R19 ILS Glideslope from February 18 through April 10, 2004, 2200z. This shutdown will have an impact on arrival minimums, which will increase from 307 ft. on the ILS to 580 ft. on the straight in localizer approach. The VOR Runway 24 minimums are 500 ft., which may help alleviate the situation. During periods of weather with low ceilings, diversions may occur. Although this closure was unscheduled and due to a construction misinterpretation, projected volume is projected to be low. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
COLORADO'S EAGLE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT DEDICATES NEW
Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Colorado recently dedicated a new Air Traffic Control Tower, a result of the collaborative efforts of Eagle County, the Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the FAA. Construction of the new air traffic control tower, made possible in part by the FAA's AIR-21 program, will support expanded airport operations that include five scheduled carriers at the terminal and Customs clearance for international travelers. EGE has also obtained funding for an ILS and is working with the FAA to obtain a beacon code transponder system. For more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at psmith@n[email protected].
COMMUNICATIONS TOWER IN YAKUTAT, ALASKA
The FAA Alaskan Region Air Traffic Division is considering granting approval for the U.S. Coast Guard request to build a communications tower near Yakutat Airport (PAYA). The proposed tower, which would reach 190 ft. AGL (365 ft. MSL), only would affect the Yakutat VOR/DME Runway 11 instrument approach. For more information, contact FAA's Robert van Haastert at (907) 271-5863 or visit:
IS-BAO IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR APR. 6
The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop to be held in Seattle has been scheduled for April 6. The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations (including NBAA), is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IBAC presents IS-BAO Implementation Workshops to assist operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the IS-BAO, to accredit potential IS-BAO auditors and to provide information to other interested parties. The IS-BAO Implementation Workshop complements NBAA's Flight Operations Manual Workshop. For more information or to register, visit:
NBAA MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH
This March, NBAA is offering several events in West Palm Beach, FL of interest to maintenance managers, maintenance technicians, or anyone responsible for the maintenance function in the business aviation flight department. The Maintenance Management Workshop on March 11, organized by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, will provide aviation maintenance managers an opportunity to learn the latest information on issues affecting the maintenance community, including certification, personnel and asset management, FARs and OSHA regulations, and tax, finance and budget matters. Registration for this Maintenance Management Workshop includes admission to the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on March 10. Workshop Attendees also may pay a separate fee to attend either a Professional Development Program Course or Maintenance Manual Workshop on March 12. For more information, visit:
FOR NOMINATIONS: 2004 EUROPEAN BUSINESS AVIATION AWARDS
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year nominations are due to EBACE's European or USA Offices by March 15, 2004. For more information, visit:
THEIR WAY? GIVE A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
Do your corporate jets ever fly an empty leg? Do your planes ever take off with a seat or seats to spare? How about volunteering those seats to cancer patients traveling to or from treatment centers, if you happen to be going their way? Five hundred top corporations have already answered "Yes!" to these questions. They became participants in Corporate Angel Network (CAN), and you can too. CAN makes it easy. Using a proprietary and secure computer program, CAN volunteers match flights to patient requests, do all the paperwork and make all the arrangements. Call (914) 328-1313 for more information. For a current list of patient "rides needed," please visit: