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NBAA Update #04-12
Monday, March 22, 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.
'SECURE ACCESS' PROVIDES
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO GA RESTRICTIONS
In testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee last Tuesday, NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir reported that the closure of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and the increase of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) nationally since September 11, 2001, have resulted in significant economic losses for the nation. As a solution, she proposed a new "Secure Access" program that would allow security-qualified general aviation aircraft to return to DCA and to operate into TFRs nationwide. The Secure Access requirements cover the elements critical to any security plan, including intelligence, ground security, aircraft owner, crew, passenger and baggage screening, preflight and in-flight security, and compliance enforcement. Longmuir urged the Subcommittee to ask that the Department of Homeland Security review and implement a plan such as NBAA's Secure Access by August 1, 2004. To review a related press release, photos and the text of Longmuir's testimony, visit:
STUDY REVEALS ECONOMIC COSTS OF DCA CLOSURE AND TFRs
A study prepared for NBAA by HLB Decision Economics Inc. finds that over the 30 months between September 11, 2001, and March 2004, the total economic cost associated with the differential treatment of general aviation at DCA and through TFRs nationally was $1.3 billion, or just over $43 million a month. NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir announced the study's findings during her testimony at the House Aviation Subcommittee field hearing on March 16. NBAA will deliver a copy of this study to each member of the House Aviation Subcommittee this week. The study also is available as a PDF download from the NBAA web site at:
OPERATORS CONFERENCE HELD THIS WEEK IN ANAHEIM
More than 300 operators and regulators from around the globe currently are gathered in Anaheim, CA for the NBAA 31st Annual International Operators Conference. This four-day event features Rich Gage, president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association, and Dr. Mark R. Rosekind, president and chief scientist of Alertness Solutions, as speakers, as well as special guests from Japan, Canada and South Africa. Sessions will review in detail the challenges of international procedures and navigation for all regions of the world and provide guidance on the planning required. The NBAA International Operators Scholarship, worth $5,000, also will be presented during the Conference. For more information about the Conference and this year's scholarship winner, visit the following sites:
TFRs FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26. TFRs can be expected on Wednesday for Nashua, NH and Boston, MA; and on Thursday for Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ and Crawford, TX. Since the 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:
WINNERS OF 2004 GENERAL AVIATION AWARDS ANNOUNCED
NBAA congratulates the winners of the 2004 General Aviation Awards Program, a cooperative effort between the FAA and numerous industry sponsors, including NBAA. Last Friday, Gary Stephen Goodpaster of Cincinnati, OH was named 2004 National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Master CFI Stewart Keith Bryan Lewis of Spartanburg, SC was named 2004 National Avionics Technician of the Year; Master CFI Walter Schuyler "Walt" Schamel of Winter Haven, FL was named 2004 National Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year; and Douglas "Doug" Stewart of North Egremont, MA was named 2004 National Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present this year's national awards during EAA AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh, WI. For more information, contact GenAviationAwds@aol.com.
FAA SEEKING COMMENTS ON
REVISION TO BURBANK NOISE PROGRAM
The FAA is reviewing a proposed revision to the approved noise-compatibility program that was submitted for Burbank, CA's Bob Hope Airport (BUR). The agency, which approved the original program in November 2000, plans to rule on the revision by September 7. Public comments must be submitted by May 10. For more information, contact Michelle Simmons in the FAA Airports Division's Western Pacific Region office at (310) 725-614. Copies of the noise exposure maps, the approved noise-compatibility program and the proposed revision are available for review at the aforementioned FAA Airports Division office or the Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority office in Burbank. For more information about BUR, visit:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS THIS WEEK IN BRISTOL, TN AREA
This week's NASCAR race will be run at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Race-related traffic will cause congestion at Tri-State Airport (TRI) as well as enroute. In addition, the radar covering TRI will be down for maintenance from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon local on Thursday, March 25 and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, causing significant delays during non-operational periods. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN AT OXFORD, CT AIRPORT ON
Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT will begin construction of the 800-foot addition to its existing runway on March 31. Pilots wanting to use the airport will need prior permission for operations from OXC -- available via phone at (203) 264-8010 -- between March 31 and May 15, for Mondays to Fridays during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local. A one-hour window will exist for operations from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. daily. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECURITY TRAINING FOR PART 91 OPERATORS
COMING TO HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS
Next Tuesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1, NBAA will address the topic of "Secure Access" at its Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar in Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA, respectively. This "Train-the-Trainer" Seminar gives participants the materials necessary to train their companies' employees to meet the standards required to obtain a TSAAC, which -- as an element of NBAA's new Secure Access proposal -- eventually may grant TSAAC holders access to TFRs equivalent to that of scheduled air carriers. Although registrations have been brisk, there still is time to register for one of next week's Seminars. For more information or to register for the Seminar, visit the following web sites:
LABACE2004 TO BE HELD APR.
15-17 IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
LABACE2004, the only Latin American exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, will showcase 300 exhibits inside Transamérica Expo Center and nearly 20 corporate aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport, operated by Infraero. More than 3,000 Attendees will have access to local business leaders and regulatory officials, state-of-the-art equipment, and in-depth informational sessions covering the most relevant issues for business aviation in Latin America. Featured Opening General Session keynote speakers are Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) chairman Anderson Markiewicz and NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir. For more information or to register, visit:
HOTEL DISCOUNT DEADLINE FOR CASS IS THIS THURSDAY
The Flight Safety Foundation/NBAA 49th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) 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 operators. Each of the seminar presentations aims to deliver specific information that can be applied directly to corporate and business operations. This year's CASS topics include human factors, ground accident prevention, operational safety culture, wind-shear accidents and maintenance. Attendees who make hotel reservations with the official CASS hotel by this Thursday, March 25 receive a special low room rate. For more information or to register, visit:
NEXT CAM EXAM TO BE HELD
IN NEW YORK CITY REGION; DEADLINE IS APR. 6
If you are an existing or aspiring aviation manager, your successful completion of the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination will recognize your knowledge and management skills. The next CAM Exam will be administered on Thursday, May 20 in Secaucus, NJ near Teterboro Airport (TEB). Those interested in taking the May exam must complete the application process and have all necessary items to NBAA by Tuesday, April 6. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com. To access the CAM Exam Application, visit the CAM web site at:
DRVSM COMPLIANCE DATE
IS JANUARY 20
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 less than a year 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:
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EMPTY SEAT IS A LOST OPPORTUNITY
You can help Corporate Angel Network transport a cancer patient to critical treatment by providing an empty seat on your regularly scheduled flight. All patients are ambulatory and suitably dressed. Call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313; they do all the work. To see a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit: