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NBAA Update #04-31
Monday, August 02, 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].


Business Aviation News & Issues
DHS Raises Threat Level to Code Orange for New York, Newark and Washington Areas
On August 1, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge announced that based on "new and unusually specific information about where al Qaida would like to attack," the U.S. Government raised the threat level to Code Orange for the New York City, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, areas. The rest of the country remains at threat level Yellow. The identified potential targets include the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup Center in New York, Prudential Financial building in Newark and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank headquarters in Washington. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports than none of the specific intelligence points to any new threat in the aviation sector, but as a precaution, TSA leadership met with Federal Security Directors from airports in the New York, Newark and Washington areas to provide a full briefing on this new intelligence. NBAA Members operating at airports in these areas should anticipate additional security measures. NBAA Members nationwide are urged to remain vigilant for suspicious activity in and around airports, and to follow NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security, available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices

NBAA Advances Efforts to Minimize Effects of TFRs on Business Aviation
Due to a projected increase in temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) expected in the months leading up to the presidential election on November 2, NBAA is advancing its efforts to work closely with government agencies to mitigate the effects of TFRs and their impact on the NBAA Membership. As of last Friday, the Democratic nominees for president and vice president, Senators Kerry and Edwards, are eligible to receive U.S. Secret Service protection similar to that of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. That protection will result in at least a doubling of the FAR Part 91.141 TFRs affecting business aviation operators, which likely will increase even further as Election Day nears. Over a dozen VIP TFRs were issued last week alone. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040728-047.php

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate TFRs for VIP travel this week in the following areas: Sioux Falls, SD, and Fort Smith, AR, on August 3; La Crosse, WI, on August 3 and 4; Kansas City, MO, Denver, CO, Davenport, IA, Moline, IL, and Mankato, MN on August 4; and Columbus, OH, and Saginaw, MI, on August 5. 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:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

Bipartisan U.S. House Group Presses Ridge on GA Access to DCA
A bipartisan group of 16 key members of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 28 sent a letter to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, urging that he release security guidelines to the general aviation (GA) industry to prepare operators to become security qualified. The requested security guidelines are part of a larger security plan to permit GA aircraft to access Reagan National Airport (DCA), submitted to the DHS for its consideration by the TSA and U.S. Secret Service. NBAA worked directly with House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA), House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and other signatories in crafting this letter, designed to reiterate the importance of restoring access to DCA for security-qualified general aviation flights that pose no national security risk and enabling operators to comply with the security plan when it is implemented. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or Richard Doubrava at [email protected]. Download the letter at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/dca

FAA to Issue Abbreviated Clearances to Operators at TEB, MMU and HPN
Since 2003, NBAA has been working closely with Teterboro (TEB), Morristown (MMU) and Westchester County (HPN)-based operators, four flight plan service providers and FAA Traffic Flow Management personnel to reduce frequency congestion and thereby decrease departure delays at the New York satellite airports. Starting this Thursday, August 5, a 10-week test period will begin to allow participating operators to receive abbreviated departure clearances when coded departure routes (CDRs) are in effect. Operators can participate independently or through participating flight plan service providers. If the test is successful, this procedure will be expanded to airports nationally. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at [email protected]. NBAA urges operators interested in participating to review the training, contact and procedures information online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace

NTSB Holds Hearing on Cockpit Image Recorders
On July 27 and 28, NBAA attended a two-day hearing by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the feasibility and benefits of cockpit imaging (video) recorders and what legal protections are necessary. On April 11, 2000, the NTSB recommended to the FAA that transport category aircraft be equipped with cockpit image recorders (CIRs) to capture information on crew performance and conditions in the cockpit. The Board further recommended that the FAA require video recorders, in lieu of flight data recorders, in smaller turbine-powered aircraft. At the conclusion of the hearing, it was determined that the FAA has not started the rule-making process. The NBAA Membership will be advised, should the rule-making process commence, on ways to provide input. Information on the hearing is available for review at:
http://www.ntsb.gov/events/2004/av_img_rec/default.htm

Online Survey for NASA-Sponsored Study
NASA is conducting research into a set of technologies that would enable instrument operations to relatively low minimums (near Category 1 limits) into airports that do not have control towers. Operators are encouraged to take an anonymous and brief web-based survey about this NASA-sponsored study of on-demand operations, available online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/stats/surveys/200407

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Regional News
California Legislature Set to Vote on Aircraft Tax Bill
NBAA opposes California Assembly Bill (AB) 2114, which would change the requirements exempting aircraft from the state's use tax on aircraft sales and leases. NBAA encourages Members in California to contact their state senators to oppose passage of AB 2114, which would allow fewer aircraft owners and operators to qualify for the exemption. AB 2114, already passed by the California Assembly as part of a larger appropriations effort, is awaiting action by the California Senate and is the latest effort by the state to address its troubled financial situation. The bill must gain a two-thirds vote from the State Senate for passage. Review bill specifics by clicking "Bill Information" online at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov and entering "2114." For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected]. For state senator contact information, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/congress

Transient Operators at HPN Reminded of Airport Security Procedures
As the Republican National Convention in New York nears, transient operators using Westchester County Airport (HPN) are reminded of unique security procedures in effect at that airport. The airport requires its FBOs to place an externally visible locking wheel chock on the nose gear of all aircraft parked on the airport for two hours or more. In most cases this county-provided locking wheel chock is used to prevent an aircraft from being moved. However, depending on the location of the aircraft and ramp availability, the aircraft may be "nosed-in" toward a hangar, or two or more aircraft may be placed to impede the movement of each. Although some of the FBOs are not open 24 hours, they can accommodate flightcrews needing to access aircraft by prior arrangement. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Avoid Travel Delays in Indianapolis Area This Week
Special traffic management procedures are in effect for the Indianapolis region from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with this week's Brickyard 400 NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Reservations will be required for operations at Indianapolis International (IND) and Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE). Flights should be planned accordingly to prevent congestion and delays. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

Issues Update for California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport
On July 13, a hearing examiner dismissed two alleged noise violations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) because the claimed noise level in each case was within the margin of error of the airport's noise measuring equipment. Separately, a decision by the FAA is expected in a matter of days on the complaint filed by NBAA and two NBAA Member Companies against the landing fee schedule that went into effect at SMO last August. The complaint alleges that the landing fees are discriminatory and violate, among other things, the FAA's Policy Regarding Airport Rates and Charges and certain contractual grant assurances. For more information about SMO issues, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum Comes to Seattle This Month
Following successful summer events in Chicago and Hong Kong, NBAA will bring its Business Aviation Regional Forum to the Seattle area on August 26. Galvin Flying Service on Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) will host approximately 50 Exhibitors, 25 aircraft on Static Display and 800 Attendees. Briefing topics will include security for business aviation operations, getting the most from aircraft OEMs, regulatory options for business aviation operations, planning domestic flights into RVSM airspace, flight department management systems, a local group update, and more. Members of the business aviation community based or doing business in the Pacific Northwest are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/forums/20040826

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NBAA News
Call for Papers: 2005 Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
At the 50th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) next April 26 to 28 in Orlando, FL, Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA will focus on solutions to aviation safety issues that will have a positive influence on corporate aviation operations. The theme of CASS 2005 will be "Aviation Safety: Contemporary Challenges." Papers are sought in the following areas (including but not limited to): Security, environmental factors, cabin safety, very light (micro)jet issues, airspace issues, long-range operations, international regulatory issues, cockpit stressors (e.g., temporary flight restrictions), approach and landing accidents, best practices (operations, maintenance, management), human factors and training. Abstracts must be received at Flight Safety Foundation by September 13. For more information or to download the CASS 2005 Call for Papers Submission Form and Abstract, visit:
http://www.flightsafety.org/cass05_cfp.html

Maintenance Managers and Technicians Invited to Seattle Workshop on Aug. 25
Maintenance managers, maintenance technicians, and anyone responsible for the maintenance function in the business aviation flight department are invited to attend an NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop on August 25 in Seattle. This event, organized by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, will provide aviation maintenance managers an opportunity to learn the latest information on issues affecting the maintenance community. Topics to be addressed include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues, environmental and aviation regulations, personnel and asset management, aircraft reliability and productivity measures. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/mmw/20040825

New NBAA Seminar to Address Hot Regulatory Issues on Aug. 27
All aircraft owners and operators must be aware of the regulatory environment in which they operate. Flight departments must be on top of FAA, DOT and IRS regulations and guidance. The new NBAA Regulatory Issues Forum on August 27 in Seattle, WA, will provide Attendees with knowledge necessary to ensure they are on the right track, as well as prepare them for future changes that are expected. Topics to be presented include a review of Part 91, 135 and 91K (the fractional regulations); international issues, with a focus on operations to/from Canada; aircraft registration, including a new international registry; personal use of corporate aircraft; carriage of elected officials; an overview of tax issues; and a panel discussion on recent regulatory developments. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/regforum/20040827

Static Display Caterer Proposals Due This Friday
NBAA seeks an official caterer for its Static Display of Aircraft at the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention this October in Las Vegas. This year's Static Display will be hosted by Henderson Executive Airport (HND), and the clientele will include both owners and potential buyers of business aircraft. NBAA requests proposals from potential caterers by Friday, August 6. For more information, contact NBAA's Andy Schweickert at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/rfp

Ad Orders for Directory of Exhibiting Companies Due This Friday
Distributed to each Attendee at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the NBAA Official Directory of Exhibiting Companies includes pertinent information relative to Convention exhibits, meetings, social gatherings, shuttle bus schedules and other events. The advertising insertion order deadline for the Exhibitor Directory is this Friday, August 6. Advertisers in the 2004 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel published earlier this year are eligible to receive a 15-percent discount if they advertise in the NBAA Official Directory of Exhibiting Companies. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2004/exhibitorinfo/advertising.php

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Upcoming NBAA Events
Security Training for Part 91 Operators
August 24, Philadelphia, PA

Maintenance Management Workshop
August 25, Seattle, WA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
August 26, Seattle, WA

Regulatory Issues Forum
August 27, Seattle, WA

Pre-Convention Seminars
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

13th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
October 10-11, Las Vegas, NV

Professional Development Program Course
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination
October 11, Las Vegas, NV

57th Annual Meeting & Convention
October 12-14, Las Vegas, NV

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
October 15, Las Vegas, NV

Post-Convention Seminars
October 15-16, Las Vegas, NV

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 18, Dallas, TX

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

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