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NBAA Update #04-11
Monday, March 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TESTIFY AT DCA ON TUESDAY, MAR. 16
NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir will testify before Congress in support of secure access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) nationally for security-qualified general aviation aircraft before a field hearing of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, March 16, 2004. The hearing will start at 2:00 p.m. ET, and will be held at Signature Flight Support at DCA. Members are encouraged to attend and witness the hearing. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at email@example.com or visit:
FLIGHT OPERATIONAL QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM TO BE LAUNCHED
The NBAA Safety Committee and the Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Advisory Committee have joined forces to develop a revolutionary safety product for business aircraft operators. Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs currently are in use by dozens of major airlines worldwide to proactively identify safety issues and trends before manifesting in increased operational expense and accident statistics. The two Committees have adapted the principles of FOQA to business aviation and are proposing a one-year proof-of-concept program with a minimum of 25 aircraft participants. Assistance is being requested of flight departments with candidate aircraft to participate in the pilot project. For more information, contact the Flight Safety Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit:
SUBMITS COMMENTS ON FAA ETOPS PROPOSED RULE
Today, NBAA submitted comments on the FAA proposed rule to require additional flight planning and aircraft certification standards for FAR Part 135 on-demand charter flights traveling outside the United States. Of primary concern for NBAA was the FAA's estimate of benefits of their proposed rule, which would exceed $770 million. NBAA has been unable to identify how the agency developed this benefit evaluation. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members can download a copy of NBAA's comments at:
MORE THAN 70 STAGE 4 COMMENTS
The FAA rulemaking docket on the ICAO Stage 4 standard received more than 70 comments. The FAA proposal would harmonize U.S. policy with those of other nations by requiring that the Stage 4 standard apply to all newly manufactured aircraft applying for a type design on or after January 1, 2006. It would have no effect on existing aircraft. It was this latter point that led to most of the comments, primarily from individual citizens, citizens groups and airports, arguing that restrictions should be placed on Stage 2 aircraft and "louder" Stage 3 aircraft. NBAA led the opposition to any such action. For more information, visit:
THREE CAMs; NEXT EXAM APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APR. 6
NBAA congratulates three individuals who successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination administered February 26 in Anaheim, CA: Jay Arcemont of Woodland Aviation, Inc., Woodland, CA; Barton Gault of Vulture II Corp., San Diego, CA; and William Pollard of Universal Underwriters Group, Inc., Independence, MO. The NBAA CAM Program offers a way to identify and measure the aviation-specific knowledge and management skills of current and aspiring flight department managers. Through the certification process, NBAA seeks to raise the professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The next CAM Exam will be administered on Thursday, May 20 in the New York City area. The deadline to apply for the May 20 exam is Tuesday, April 6. For more information, visit:
EXHIBIT SPACE SALES EXCEED EBACE2003 TOTAL
EBACE2004 exhibit booth space sales are significantly higher than the total for the same period last year, and they already exceed the final total for EBACE2003. As of March 5, 2004, 715 spaces have been sold for EBACE2004, a 28.6-percent increase over the total for March 5, 2003, which was 556. In addition, EBACE2004 sales to date already exceed the final booth total for EBACE2003, which was 615. Launched in 2001, EBACE is the only European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. For more information, visit:
TFRs FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Simi Valley, CA on March 16 and March 17, and Nashville, TN and Ft. Campbell, KY on March 18. Since 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. For more information, visit:
DRVSM COMPLIANCE DATE
IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Implementation of Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (DRVSM) is scheduled to begin January 20, 2005, at 0901 UTC. NBAA has worked for the past several years to ensure that Members are fully aware of this requirement and of the FAA's timeline. With only 310 days left until implementation, NBAA urges all operators that will be affected by DRVSM to ensure that their aircraft are properly equipped. More information about DRVSM can be found on the FAA's web site at http://www.faa.gov/ats/ato/drvsm/default.asp and on NBAA's web site at:
PUBLISHES EXCISE TAXES FOR 2004 DOCUMENT
Aircraft operations that are required to collect and remit Federal excise taxes for transportation services should download and review the recently released IRS Publication 510: Excise Taxes for 2004. Members can download this document, which provides details on all excise taxes, including transportation and fuel taxes, from the NBAA web site in PDF format at:
DEPRECIATION: DEDUCTION AT THE STATE LEVEL
Many NBAA Member Companies have taken advantage of the bonus depreciation legislation, which was passed by Congress as a measure to stimulate job growth and the economy. However, taxpayers must pay close attention to the law of their particular state to determine whether the 50-percent bonus will reduce the amount of income that is taxable at the state level. Not all states have chosen to follow the new depreciation rules implemented by the Federal government. NBAA's Tax Committee has developed an overview of the impacts of bonus depreciation at the state level, available for download in PDF format at:
WEDNESDAY'S PUBLIC HEARING
AT JACKSON HOLE TO ADDRESS STAGE 2 BAN
A public hearing will be held at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) at 9:00 a.m. this Wednesday, March 17. The airport has announced that it intends to ban operations by all Stage 2 aircraft under 75,000 pounds. Willful violations of the ban would be punishable by a fine of up to $750 and imprisonment of up to one year for each violation. The airport has asserted the authority to impose the ban under a provision of the 2003 FAA reauthorization act to which the noise-reduction-process requirements of FAR Part 161 do not apply. NBAA urges all Members interested in the impact of this ruling to attend. For more information, visit:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
This weekend's NASCAR Busch and Nextel race series will be held at the Darlington Motor Speedway in Darlington, SC. Expect an increase in traffic with possible congestion along airways and airports, especially at Darlington County Jetport (UDG), from Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
ILLINOIS ADOPTS NEW AIRCRAFT TAX RULES
The Illinois Department of Revenue issued a Notice of Adopted Rules, effective February 13, 2004, to describe the filing of returns, payment of tax and transactions that are taxable under the Aircraft Use Tax Act. The rule clarifies how aircraft acquired by gift, transfer, or non-retail purchase after June 30, 2003, and used in Illinois are subject to the 6.25-percent use tax. The rule also states that fractional share ownership in an aircraft would be subject to tax if the plane were used in Illinois. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY REHABILITATION PROJECT
Runway 12/30 at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is scheduled for repairs beginning in early April 2004 and ending late August 2004. Initially the runway will be available at reduced operating lengths; however, operators may experience temporary runway closures. Later in the project it is anticipated the entire runway will be closed. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
MANASSAS RUNWAY RETURNED TO SERVICE; HANGAR PROJECT UPDATE
The reconstruction of Runway 16L/34R at Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) has been substantially completed and the runway has been returned to service. The runway has been upgraded to handle as much as a 175,000-lb. aircraft for occasional use. The ILS approach to Runway 16L also has been returned to service. Remaining work on the project will necessitate occasional periods of limited runway access or outright closure. In other news, Capital Avionics and Aero Solutions are completing hangars at the field. Flightworks and Optical Air Data Systems both are planning to build facilities at the airport and several other facilities are under negotiation. The City of Manassas plans to spend 1.3 million dollars to develop several potential corporate pad sites. For more information, contact Joe Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org, Juan Rivera at email@example.com, or NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH CLOSURES FOR CONCORD, NC RUNWAY
The runway at Concord Regional Airport (JQF) in Concord, NC, will be closed each day from March 17 to March 21 between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. local, for a runway extension project. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
3RD ANNUAL AVIATION FORUM & GOLF BENEFIT
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) is hosting its 2004 Aviation Forum and Golf Benefit on Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27. On Friday afternoon the Forum will feature discussions on industry affairs, tax and risk management. Saturday's golf tournament will earn money to benefit Arizona aviation students. Join AZBAA in supporting business aviation by participating in this 3rd annual event. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
REQUIRED FOR SOME NON-BRAZILIAN RESIDENTS TO ATTEND LABACE2004
LABACE Exhibitors and Delegates are advised that a Brazilian government-issued business visa (temporary visa: VITEM-II) is required for some non-Brazilian residents (including American and Canadian residents) to exhibit at or attend LABACE2004. In addition, some non-Brazilian LABACE Attendees who register and pay on-site will be required to have a business visa. Some non-Brazilian Attendees must receive a visa from the Brazilian embassy or consulate prior to departure from the originating airport. For more information, visit:
GROUP PROVIDES MOST INT'L FEEDBACK FOR SECOND TIME IN THREE YEARS
In 2003, NBAA received more than 680 International Feedback submissions from its Members, most of which are now submitted via the NBAA web site at http://www.nbaa.org/cgi-bin/iob/enteriob.cgi. To encourage the ongoing flow of this critical operational information, and also to thank contributing organizations, NBAA annually awards a free admission for the NBAA International Operators Conference to the NBAA Member Company that provides the most international feedback during the preceding year. This year's award goes to Citi Group, which submitted 20 percent of last year's total. United Technologies came in second place, followed by International Pilot Services and Honeywell. NBAA thanks all organizations that submitted feedback in 2003. Members, review international reports online at:
WINNER OF 2004 INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP
NBAA announces that Brenton Kratt of Avjet Corporation in Burbank, CA is the recipient of the 2004 International Operators Scholarship, worth $5,000. The NBAA International Operators Committee created this scholarship in conjunction with corporate sponsor ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats in order to promote education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. For more information, visit:
2004 THEME IS QUALITY SAFETY: OASIS IN THE DESERT
The 49th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), presented by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, will be held April 27 to 29 in Tucson, AZ. CASS is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for corporate and business aviation operators. Each of the seminar presentations aims to deliver specific information that can be applied directly to corporate and business operations. People involved in the following areas will benefit by attending the CASS: corporate operations management, flight safety management, maintenance management, flight operations, regional airline management, insurance, instruction and research, aviation consulting, regulatory oversight management, and equipment manufacturing and design. To learn about Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities, contact NBAA's Sandy Wirtz at email@example.com. To review the agenda or to register, visit:
AND FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT, APR. 27 IN TUCSON
NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation will host an Aviation Insurance and Financial Risk Management Seminar on Tuesday, April 27 in conjunction with CASS 2004 in Tucson, AZ. This event will provide an in-depth understanding of aviation insurance for business aviation operations. Attendees will learn how to handle complex risk management issues and situations they may encounter while operating an aircraft. In addition, the seminar will help participants understand their aviation insurance contract, their role in managing risk and how to minimize financial risk exposure. For more information or to register, visit:
FREE AVIATION TEACHING MATERIALS
AVAILABLE AT AVKIDS.COM
Students love the thrill and excitement of aviation. The AvKids web site provides many creative activities for elementary-school students as well as resources for teachers and those interested in making career-day presentations at elementary schools. At AvKids.com, visitors will find The Flying Office: Aviation Goes to Work, a new and exciting aviation children's book for elementary school students; the AvKids Activity Guide & Teachers Resource, an elementary-school classroom reference that incorporates science, math, geography and language arts skills to help students in grades 2 through 5 understand aviation; the AvKids LitBase, a database of aviation-related children's books; and more. For more information, visit: