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NBAA Update #02-02
Monday, January 14, 2002
SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS MEET IN ORLANDO
Nearly 1,200 business aviation schedulers, dispatchers and vendors are gathered this week in Orlando, FL for four days of information sharing, professional training and networking.
MEXICO LANDING PERMITS NOW REQUIRED
The Mexican Government now requires national landing permits, which have been instituted to streamline payment of airport landing fees. Private non-Mexican operators are required to have these permits to land in Mexico. Although Spanish language information and forms are available on a Mexican Government web site (www.sct.gob.mx), information is not yet available in English. NBAA will publish additional information as it becomes available.
DOMESTIC RVSM GOING FORWARD
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking officially defining requirements and procedures for Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (DRVSM) is expected to be published in April, 2002 with a Final Rule expected by June, 2003. The FAA is actively working with the NBAA on specifics, such as the flight levels affected and a final implementation date. That information will be posted as soon as it is available. A DRVSM Letter of Authorization will be necessary for operations within DRVSM airspace, requiring not only selected hardware/software upgrades but also crew/staff training.
FAA ISSUES SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS TO FBOS, FLIGHT SCHOOLS
Following the January 5 crash in Tampa, FL by a 15-year-old student pilot, the FAA has issued recommendations to fixed base operators (FBOs) and flight schools in an effort to enhance security in and around general aviation airports. The recommendations are available for download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format from the NBAA Web site.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR SALT LAKE CITY
Operators who wish to fly to the Salt Lake City area during the 2002 Olympic Games are reminded that due to heightened security levels, special procedures will be in place February 8 through February 24. A 45-nautical-mile Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in effect in the Salt Lake City area.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR NEW ORLEANS
DURING SUPER BOWL
Flights to the New Orleans area during the Super Bowl on February 3 will be subjected to special procedures and TFRs. The FAA has implemented a Special Traffic Management Program for both New Orleans Louis B. Armstrong Airport (KMSY) and New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW) from January 30, 2002, through February 4, 2002.
NBAA TO HOLD MONTHLY BRIEFINGS AT DCA
Following last Monday's meeting at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), attended by about 100 people, NBAA has decided to hold monthly informational meetings with FAA representatives at DCA until general aviation access to that airport is restored. The next two meetings will be held on February 4 and March 4. For more information, contact Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUROCONTROL MOVES FORWARD ON MODE-S
On January 1, 2003, Eurocontrol will begin mandating Mode S transponders for all IFR operations in Europe. More information on this topic is available at www.eurocontrol.int/mode_s, and questions should be addressed directly to Eurocontrol at ModeS@eurocontrol.int. NBAA encourages its Members to complete and submit a Eurocontrol Mode S Modification questionnaire, available on the Web at:
BELIEVING IN BUSINESS AVIATION
Read NBAA President Jack Olcott's reflections on the Association's 54th Annual Meeting & Convention, held December 12 to 14, 2001, in New Orleans.