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NBAA Update #04-13
Monday, March 29, 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 update@nbaa.org.


NBAA DELIVERS TFR/DCA ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY TO CAPITOL HILL
Last week NBAA delivered to House Aviation Subcommittee members a study by HLB Decision Economics titled "The Economic Costs of Restricting General Aviation Access," which highlights the significant economic impact of TFRs nationwide and flight restrictions at Reagan National Airport (DCA). NBAA's proposed Secure Access program would allow security-qualified general aviation aircraft to return to DCA and to operate into TFRs nationwide, ending the 30-month restrictions and their $1.3 billion cost. For more information or to download a copy of the study, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/photos/20040316

NBAA CELEBRATES FAA COMMAND CENTER 10TH ANNIVERSARY
On March 24, NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey and the NBAA General Aviation Desk Staff to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, VA. With four GA Desk Staff members based at the Command Center, NBAA was one of several sponsors for this event. During the celebration, Administrator Blakey observed the contribution the GA Desk makes in ensuring the security and smooth operation of the National Airspace System. For more information and photos, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/photos/20040324

GA COALITION TO MEET WITH TSA'S STONE; NBAA REQUESTS MEMBER FEEDBACK
The GA Coalition, of which NBAA is a member, is scheduled to meet with Rear Admiral David M. Stone, TSA Acting Administrator, on Wednesday, April 28 in Arlington, VA to address security concerns on behalf of the general aviation community. At this meeting, NBAA will continue to encourage the TSA's adoption of Secure Access, a security protocol equivalent to that employed by the scheduled commercial carriers. This meeting also will provide an ideal opportunity for NBAA to present security issues identified by its Members. NBAA urges Members to send issues for the TSA via e-mail to security@nbaa.org in advance of the April 28 meeting. To review recent NBAA testimony regarding Secure Access, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/photos/20040316

NBAA RESPONDS TO WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE ON CORPORATE JET SAFETY
NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir sent a letter to the editor critical of an article titled "Cross-Examining Corporate-Jet Safety," published in the Wall Street Journal on March 16. Download a copy of Longmuir's letter in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/NBAALettertoWSJ20040318.pdf

AVIATION WEEK TO ISSUE CLARIFICATION ABOUT NBAA SECURE ACCESS PROGRAM
In the March 22 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, the article "GA Fights for Right" detailed the recent testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee during which NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir unveiled a program called Secure Access, a security protocol equivalent to that employed by the scheduled commercial carriers. The article erroneously stated that the Secure Access initiative would require general aviation operators to have armed law enforcement officers onboard in order to gain access to TFRs and DCA. After NBAA contacted Aviation Week to point out the error, the editors agreed to publish a clarification in the magazine's next issue. For more information, contact NBAA's Cassandra Bosco at cbosco@nbaa.org.

REPORT ON FAA/INDUSTRY GROWTH WITHOUT GRIDLOCK CONFERENCE
Earlier this month, NBAA represented the general aviation community at the FAA/Industry Growth Without Gridlock Conference. View NBAA's summary of the conference and what it means for the business aviation community at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/gwog.php

BUSINESS AVIATION AIRPORT ACCESS PROGRAM WEB SITE HAS BEEN UPDATED
Airports throughout the country face pressures that may restrict business aviation access. The NBAA Business Aviation Airport Access Program (BAAAP) was created to identify, track and resolve issues that place domestic airport access in jeopardy. Artificial constraints that diminish the utility of business aviation aircraft can include: runway weight bearing capacity, noise limits, curfews, unjustly discriminatory airport access fees, political regulation and airport limitations. The reports on the BAAAP web site can provide a framework for understanding the political pressures facing airports today and help NBAA Members become more involved in solving airport access problems. More than 50 reports are listed; several were added or updated during March. Review the BAAAP reports online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/baaap

SAN ANTONIO STMP STARTS FRIDAY FOR NCAA FINAL FOUR
In anticipation of a large number of aircraft flying to San Antonio for the NCAA Men's Final Four college basketball tournament, the FAA plans to utilize a Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) at two Texas airports from Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 5. Slot reservations will be required for all domestic, nonscheduled IFR arrivals and departures to or from San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF). Reservations can be made beginning on Tuesday, March 30 at 0700 CST (1300 UTC). Pilots may obtain a reservation at http://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp/index.html or by calling (800) 875-9755. For more information concerning this STMP, call the Houston ARTC Center Traffic Management Office at (281) 230-5590.

STMPs PLANNED FOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT, KENTUCKY DERBY
Operators planning to fly to Augusta, GA for the Masters golf tournament or Louisville, KY for the Kentucky Derby horse race should note that special air traffic procedures will be instituted at area airports during those events. Between April 5 and 12, slot reservations will be required for all domestic, non-scheduled IFR arrivals and departures at several Augusta, GA area airports -- Augusta Regional at Bush Field (AGS), Daniel Field (DNL), Aiken Municipal (AIK) and Thomson-McDuffie County (HQU). Reservations can be made beginning on Friday, April 2, at 0500 EST (1000 UTC). Separately, slot reservations for arrivals at Louisville area airports -- Louisville International Airport (SDF), Bowman Field (LOU) and Clark County Airport (JVY) -- will be required April 29 through May 1. Reservations can be obtained beginning on Monday, April 26 at 0800 EDT (1200 UTC). There will be no IFR departure program at the fields listed above. To reserve a slot for travel to either Augusta or Louisville, pilots should call (800) 875-9755 or visit:
http://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp

NEW RUNWAY NUMBERING GOES INTO EFFECT AT MIA ON APR. 15
Effective April 15, new runway numbering will be in use at Miami International Airport (MIA). Runway 12/30 will be the only runway to remain unchanged. To review the runway numbering, download an airport diagram in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/mia/mia_runwayexhibit2rev3.pdf

MORE THAN 3,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND LABACE2004 THIS APRIL IN SÃO PAULO
LABACE2004, the only Latin American exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, will be held April 15 to 17 in São Paulo, Brazil. This event will showcase 300 exhibits inside Transamérica Expo Center and nearly 20 corporate aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport, operated by Infraero. The Opening General Session on April 15 will feature keynote speakers Anderson Markiewicz, chairman of the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG), and Shelley A. Longmuir, NBAA president and CEO. LABACE2004 Informational Sessions will include The Future of Air Navigation (CNS/ATM) in Latin America, IFR Helicopter Operations, General Aviation Security and Safety Management Systems. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.labace.aero

SECURITY TRAINING FOR PART 91 OPERATORS COMING TO HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS
This Tuesday and Thursday, NBAA will address "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. To learn more about the TSAAC program or this Seminar, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/tsaac
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/sec

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SECAUCUS, NJ CAM EXAM 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 cam@nbaa.org. To access the CAM Exam Application, visit the CAM web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/cam

FLIGHT ATTENDANT/FLIGHT TECHNICIAN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE APR. 15
Applications for the 2004 Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Scholarship, one of nine scholarships offered by NBAA, are due April 15. The NBAA Flight Attendants Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for corporate flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. To support this position, NBAA offers aspiring and current flight attendants/flight technicians the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with 17 corporate sponsors. This year, sponsors will make scholarship awards available to 36 recipients, who will be selected by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee. To review the full list of awards or download an application form, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

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YOU CAN GIVE A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
As a Corporate Angel, you can give cancer patients a much-needed lift, both physically and emotionally, without any cost, inconvenience, or extra effort on your part. You may be flying with empty seats to the very place a patient needs to go for critical testing or treatment. Patients are fully ambulatory and need no special treatment while traveling. To get involved, call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 -- they make all the arrangements. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html