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NBAA Update #02-13
Monday, April 1, 2002
NBAA URGES RETURN TO DCA IN WHITE HOUSE MEETING
In a meeting last week with senior Bush Administration officials, NBAA President Jack Olcott emphasized that the business aviation community is prepared to do what is necessary to return qualified general aviation operations to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). He highlighted NBAA efforts, working with security officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA, to develop the proposed Security Letter of Authorization (SLOA). Federal officials voiced concerns related to securing flight department personnel, aircraft and "passengers and what they are carrying," and the need for third-party verification of crew and passenger manifests for all flights to DCA, all of which are addressed in the proposed SLOA. A follow-up meeting will be held next week with Deputy Under Secretary of Transportation for Security Stephen McHale. For additional information, contact NBAA Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs Pete West at email@example.com.
APRIL 8 BRIEFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO DCA
On Monday, April 8, NBAA will hold its fourth briefing on the status of general aviation access to Reagan National Airport. NBAA representatives will be available to answer questions about general aviation issues and about the Association's Security Letter of Authorization proposal. All interested parties are invited to attend this free event. To RSVP or for more information, contact NBAA's Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA CAUTIONS MEMBERS SEEKING 135 CERTIFICATION
NBAA has received a number of inquiries from Part 91 operators interested in obtaining a Part 135 Certificate in the hopes of ensuring access to the National Airspace System (NAS) during future times of heightened security. NBAA cautions its Members not to apply for a Part 135 Certificate based on this premise. In discussions with Federal officials since 9/11, NBAA has been advised that holders of Part 135 Certificates may not receive greater access to the NAS during any future security event. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
SUBMIT COMMENTS ON TSA'S TWELVE-FIVE
On February 15, the Transportation Security Administration released the Twelve-Five Program, which requires charter operators using aircraft with a MGTOW equal to or greater than 12,500 pounds to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history record checks on all flightcrew members by December 6, 2002, and to incorporate procedures within their security programs that restrict access to the cockpit. NBAA Members are encouraged to submit comments on the rule, docket number TSA-2002-11604, via the Web at http://dms.dot.gov by the April 23 deadline. Review the rule at:
SOUTH FLORIDA OPERATORS INVITED
TO FORM LOCAL GROUP
South Florida operators desiring a greater voice in regional aviation matters are invited to form a local business aviation association. Interested parties should contact Harry Houckes, NBAA southeast regional representative at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss scheduling an organizational meeting. Download NBAA's Guidelines for Local/Regional Business Aviation Organizations, a booklet designed to aid the formation of regional organizations or associations, at:
FAA RNAV MEETING IN JAMAICA, NY
A meeting to discuss the latest in RNAV development, priorities and proposals within the Northeastern ATC jurisdiction will be held at FAA Eastern Region Headquarters, 159-30 Rockaway Blvd., Room 116, Jamaica, NY 11434-4848 on Thursday, April 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. Business aviation operators familiar with RNAV procedures are encouraged to attend this important event. For more information or to attend, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
AVOID DELAYS IN FORT WORTH, TX
NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch series races will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. An estimated 225 race-team-related aircraft will begin arriving Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) starting on Wednesday, April 3 and begin leaving on the afternoon of April 7. To avoid congestion and delays, plan flights into and out of the area accordingly. For more information, visit the NASCAR Web site at www.nascar.com or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXPECT DELAYS IN SOUTHERN REGION FOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT
NBAA Members should be prepared for possible delays operating into and out of Atlanta and Jacksonville Center (and underlying) airspace during the upcoming Masters Golf Tournament from April 8 to 15. In the past, the FAA has requested a significant amount of overtime hours for air traffic controllers in that operational area to better handle the increased amounts of traffic generated by the Masters. Unfortunately, due to FAA budget cutbacks, overtime dollars have been restricted for this and other events. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
BUSINESS AVIATION SECURITY BRIEFING IN MINNEAPOLIS AREA, APRIL 17
Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers (Associated Aviation Underwriters) and Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc. will host a Business Aviation Security Briefing on Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hilton, 3800 East 80th Street, Bloomington, MN, (952) 854-2100. Ed Williams of Global Aerospace, Dick Kimm of Universal Weather & Aviation and aviation consultant "Pen" Pendarvis will present sessions on international terrorism, FAR Part 91 and 135 security, FAA and other security issues, and weakest links, threats and risks. Pre-registration is mandatory for this free event, which includes refreshments and lunch. Flight departments and FBOs from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Chicago area are invited to attend. For details or to register, contact Ed Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 2 REACHBAC EVENTS IN TEXAS
Two REACHBAC events are scheduled tomorrow in Houston, TX and San Antonio, TX. To attend, e-mail NBAA's Benjamin Jones at email@example.com.
APRIL 5 ATC USER DIALOGUE CANCELLED
Due to insufficient response, NBAA has cancelled the ATC User Dialogue originally scheduled for April 5 at New Castle Airport in Delaware. For more information or to express interest in rescheduling a Delaware event, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE
IN CD-ROM FORMAT
NBAA is publishing the 2002 Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel in a new CD-ROM version this year, along with the traditional book version. Both of these versions will be available to all current Member Companies. Each NBAA Member Company Representative must submit a request to specify the preferred format (book or CD) in order to receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies may be purchased for $50 each. To receive a complimentary copy or order additional copies, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at email@example.com or visit the Web at:
TRAVEL$ENSE 3.59 UPDATE RELEASED
Travel$ense is an NBAA software program designed to help companies better analyze and understand business travel. Update 3.59 addresses changes to the airline reservation system that caused flight screen parsing errors. The update is available for free download at: