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NBAA Update #02-25
Monday, June 24, 2002
CHICAGO-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION
FORUM DEBUTS THIS WEEK
The premier NBAA Business Aviation Forum and Static Display will take place this Thursday, June 27 at DuPage Airport near Chicago. In addition to a Static Display of 27 aircraft, the event will include a briefing on security issues affecting business aviation in the Chicago area by Isaac Richardson, the new Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director for the City of Chicago. There also will be briefings on insurance rates, communicating with senior management and Domestic RVSM. Registrations are still being accepted for this free event. For more information and directions to the airport, visit:
TSA RELEASES NEW LARGE CHARTER AIRCRAFT SECURITY
On June 19, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued "Private Charter Security Rules," a new regulation that requires private charter operators using aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 95,000 pounds or more to screen passengers and their carry-on baggage. Although the rule specifically mentions "private charter" operations and not "air taxi" operations, TSA officials indicate that the rule was intended to apply to Part 135 on-demand air taxi aircraft in this weight category. Comments on the rule are due by July 19. The rule will become effective August 19. For more information, visit:
HOUSE PASSES BILL TO ASSIST SMALL AIRPORTS
On June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1979, the Small Airport Safety, Security, and Air Service Improvement Act of 2002. The bill, which still faces action by the Senate, would allow general aviation and small commercial airports to use grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for construction or improvement of nonapproach control towers, and would expand other categories of construction and equipment purchases permitted for AIP funds. NBAA strongly endorses this bill and is working with the Senate leadership to ensure final passage.
NBAA TO HOST JULY 15 BRIEFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO
On July 15, NBAA will host a briefing on the status of general aviation (GA) access to Reagan National Airport (DCA). General aviation operations have been banned from DCA for more than nine months, and July 12 will mark the end of a 30-day delay implemented by the DOT on the announcement of their plans to restore GA access to DCA. All interested parties are invited to attend the July 15 briefing, which will be held at DCA. To RSVP or for more information, contact NBAA's Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS-BAO NOW AVAILABLE
NBAA is pleased to announce the introduction of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Developed over two years by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), with active participation by NBAA and other IBAC member associations, IS-BAO incorporates the best practices of flight departments around the world, helping operators achieve a high level of safety, security and professionalism. By using the included Generic Company Operations Manual (GCOM) templates, flight departments can develop their own operations standards manuals to the IS-BAO specifications. NBAA urges Members to adopt IS-BAO, which will directly benefit their flight departments, their companies and the aviation community. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at email@example.com or visit:
TSA EXPECTED TO RELEASE SECURITY PROGRAM FOR 12-5
RULE THIS WEEK
TSA officials have said that "on June 24, 2002, or shortly thereafter," they will release a standard security program (SSP) for the Security Programs for Aircraft 12,500 Pounds or More. After the SSP is released, there will be a 30-day comment period. After the comment period, the TSA will issue a final SSP with which the operator will have 30 days to comply. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA RVR WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE
The FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center has made public a Runway Visual Range (RVR) web site at http://rvr.fly.faa.gov/rvr/index.html to provide access to RVR data in table or graph formats for selected airports. The data are intended only for flight planning purposes; they do not replace official RVR data available via air traffic control. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
AVOID DELAYS IN DAYTONA, FL DURING JULY 4 WEEKEND
Members should expect possible delays and congestion during the Fourth of July weekend if they are traveling to Daytona, FL. On July 2 and 3, an estimated 500 aircraft are expected to arrive at Daytona International (DAB) for a NASCAR event, and they are scheduled to depart on July 5 and 6. To avoid delays and added congestion, plan flights accordingly. For more information, visit the Race Team Aviation Association web site at http://www.rtaa.org or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALIFORNIA INTERSTATE COMMERCE USE
Review an article by Victor C. Anvick, aviation tax specialist, who provides information about how he received an exemption from California sales and use taxes on his own aircraft, as well as a brief explanation of the new business-friendly commercial interstate commerce regulation and some practical information concerning the California State Board of Equalization, the authority that regulates and collects sales and use taxes in California.
NORTH CAROLINA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION UPDATE
The North Carolina Business Aviation Association (NCBAA) has appointed Brian Elliott of Progressive Energy as interim president and Wes Manes of Atlantic Aero as interim secretary/treasurer. Two of their first orders of business will be to establish an ILS approach into Statesville Municipal Airport (SVH) in Statesville, NC and address noise complaints at Concord Municipal Airport (JQF) in Concord, NC. Anyone interested in joining the NCBAA should contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
NBAA ANNOUNCES FLIGHT ATTENDANT SCHOLARSHIP
NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2002 NBAA Flight Attendant Scholarship. The scholarship awards were presented during the NBAA 7th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, held June 14 and 15 in Nashville, TN. A total of 11 sponsors provided scholarship awards for 21 recipients. For details, visit:
PRESS REGISTRATION FOR NBAA 55TH ANNUAL
MEETING & CONVENTION
NBAA invites the media to attend the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention this September 10 through 12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Press badges, which are required for security purposes to gain entry into the exhibit hall and all technical meetings, will be issued at no charge to editors, reporters and camera personnel. For details, visit: