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NBAA Update #02-26
Monday, July 1, 2002
NBAA MEMBERS URGED TO MONITOR INDEPENDENCE DAY TFRs
NBAA anticipates that expanded temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) will be issued throughout the United States before, during and after the July 4 holiday. Operators should continue to check NOTAMs daily for the latest airspace restrictions. Though NBAA Headquarters will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, the Associations web site at www.nbaa.org will be updated throughout the holiday, if events warrant it. For emergency inquires, call (202) 783-9000 and follow the instructions.
KOHL "DISAPPOINTED" BY TSA; WANTS SCREENING FOR MORE CHARTER AIRCRAFT
In a letter last week, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) asked his Senate colleagues to urge DOT Secretary Norman Mineta to force the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to require airline-like pre-boarding security screening on all charter aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. Despite the June 19 TSA rule that requires such screening for private charter aircraft weighing 95,000 pounds or more, Senator Kohl feels that the current regulations required by the Aviation Security Act overlook a threat posed by other charter aircraft. Kohl's letter stated that "the explosive power of a Gulfstream V, which weighs 91,000 pounds and would therefore not be covered under TSA's proposed rule, is greater than any of the conventional weapons used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan." NBAA will continue to work with Senator Kohl and transportation and security officials to identify effective solutions for charter aircraft security. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TSA ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR AIR TRAFFIC
On July 1, 2002, FAA air traffic representatives announced that waiver requests now will be handled by the TSA. Existing FAA-issued waivers will continue to be valid. Operators requesting permission to conduct flight operations not permitted due to existing NOTAMs should send their requests to the newly established TSA office. NBAA Members are reminded that the use of the designated "portal" countries per NOTAM FDC 2/5319 is still required. TSA will continue to issue waivers for Part 91 international operators who wish to bypass the designated "portal" countries. For more information and to download waiver request forms visit:
NEW CUSTOMS RULE REQUIRES ACCESS TO AIR
CARRIER RESERVATION SYSTEMS
An interim rule published in the June 25, 2002, Federal Register requires air carriers to grant the U.S. Customs Data Center electronic access to their Passenger Name Record (PNR) information directly in the carrier's automated reservation system and/or departure control system. While most on-demand air carriers do not have formal reservation/departure control systems, any system used to list passenger information including aircraft scheduling and accounting software may be required to comply with this new requirement. Review the interim rule at:
NBAAS CHICAGO-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION
FORUM SURPASSES EXPECTATIONS
NBAA hosted its first Business Aviation Forum & Static Display in the Chicago area on June 27 at DuPage Airport. Approximately 1,000 people attended this inaugural event, which featured 26 airplanes on static display, 26 vendor stations and nine sponsors. For more information, visit:
NBAA TO HOST JULY 15 BRIEFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO
On Monday, July 15, NBAA will host a briefing on the status of general aviation (GA) access to Reagan National Airport (DCA). The Association has been informed that no TSA representative will attend this meeting. However, NBAA President Jack Olcott said, "it is important that we continue to meet regularly at DCA to remind aviation and security officials that access to this airport is important both to general aviation and to our nation's economic well being." 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 email@example.com.
TSA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FEDERAL SECURITY
TSA has recently announced the selection of Federal Security Directors (FSD) at Anchorage (ANC), Kansas City International (MCI), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Tampa International (TPA). Federal Security Directors at U.S. airports are responsible for the efficient implementation, performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for airport employees, among other duties. NBAA encourages all Member Companies to establish working relationships with their local FSDs as soon as possible to help FSDs become familiar with business aviation operations at all U.S. airports. To learn who your FSD is, visit:
WAR RISK INSURANCE UPDATE,
You recently have completed the renewal of your aviation insurance program and notice that the war risk insurance coverage seems less expensive than what you paid post-September 11. Has the premium to purchase war risk coverage decreased? As it turns out, the answer is "yes and no." Review an article by Stuart C. Hope, CPCU and Eric W. Barfield of Hope Aviation Insurance, Inc. addressing this topic at:
NBAA AIRCRAFT GROUND DAMAGE PREVENTION PRESENTATION
Developed by the NBAA Safety Committee, this PowerPoint presentation summarizes the business aviation community's best practices for preventing aircraft ground damage events. The presentation includes a self-audit tool to help flight departments evaluate their procedures and an incident-analysis flowchart that identifies factors issues.
CORPORATE SHUTTLE WORKGROUP SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
In 1997, the NBAA Corporate Shuttle Workgroup was established to provide a forum for corporate operators to share effective operational practices, identify best-known methods and present ideas related to corporate-shuttle strategic initiatives. The Corporate Shuttle Workgroup is soliciting new members who are interested in participating on a regular basis. For more information, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY TAX FORUM EXPANDED TO INCLUDE
STATE AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
The upcoming NBAA Tax Forum, to be held at the Westchester Marriott in White Plains, NY on July 19, will include a special segment dealing specifically with state taxation rules of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In addition, NBAA has added a new segment to this Tax Forum to address issues facing the owners of U.S.-based aircraft operating abroad. For more information, contact NBAA's Lydia Sampson at email@example.com or visit:
NBAA WELCOMES THREE NEW GA DESK EMPLOYEES
NBAA is pleased to welcome three new employees to its Operations Department Staff: Jo Damato, Dan Wauhop and Jeff Evans. Since August 2001, these three employees have staffed the General Aviation (GA) Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), developing it into one of NBAAs premier Member services. As of today, their employment status changes from that of contractor to full-time NBAA employee. For more information, visit:
NBAA ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP STAFF PROMOTIONS
NBAA announces that the following Membership Department Staff members have been promoted: Susan Kaplan to senior manager, membership records & services; David Bascomb to manager, membership records & services; and Benjamin Jones to assistant manager, records & programs. For more information, visit:
NBAA'S BURKHART PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR,
Daniel W. Burkhart has been promoted to director, regional programs. Effective today, he will assume the day-to-day responsibilities and supervision of the NBAA Regional Representative Program, which comprises Staff members who act as representatives for various regions of the United States and are based outside of Washington Headquarters.