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NBAA Update #02-29
Monday, July 22, 2002
DOT INDICATES DCA CLOSED TO GA FOR NOW; TIMETABLE
FOR REMOVING RESTRICTIONS UNCERTAIN
Citing continuing concerns, DOT Deputy Secretary Dr. Michael P. Jackson told NBAA and other general aviation (GA) associations during a meeting last Friday, July 19, that while DOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta wants to phase in GA operations at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at some point in the future, it will not happen anytime soon. NBAA is acutely aware of Member concerns regarding the potential migration of possible DCA security restrictions to other U.S. airports, and for the need for Federal standards to prevent a patchwork of inconsistent and unworkable local rules and regulations. For background information about the situation at DCA, visit:
DOT TO CONSIDER CREATION OF A WORKING GROUP TO ACCELERATE GA SECURITY SOLUTIONS
DOT also indicated last Friday an intent to establish a working group composed of industry representatives and government security experts to develop what NBAA President Jack Olcott characterized as "reasonable and necessary" GA security access procedures. The working group hopes to form in early August. "This represents a change in the government's approach to general aviation," said Olcott. "Without experience with the general aviation community, the security authorities were operating largely in the blind. Now, they appear to be willing to engage us in a genuine back-and-forth. We look forward to the dialogue," Olcott added. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINATED AS NEW TSA CHIEF AFTER MAGAW RESIGNS
Last Thursday, July 18, DOT Secretary Mineta accepted the resignation of John W. Magaw, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief. James M. Loy, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) and TSA Deputy Under Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, was nominated to replace Magaw, who had held the position since January 28, 2002. While serving as head of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Loy engaged the civilian boating community in developing solutions to mutual issues involving U.S. waterways. For more information, view the official TSA Press Release at:
NBAA APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF MARION BLAKEY
AS FAA ADMINISTRATOR
President Bush last week indicated his intent to nominate National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Marion C. Blakey to a five-year term as the next FAA Administrator. "Blakey's significant experience with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation and the NTSB make her an excellent candidate for the challenging role of FAA Administrator," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "Her leadership and communications skills will prove valuable to the FAA and the entire aviation community in this important role. We hope Congress will approve her nomination as quickly as possible to maintain strong and effective leadership of this critical agency."
GARVEY'S LAST HEARING FOCUSES ON ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES
Last Tuesday, July 16, Jane Garvey appeared for the last time as FAA Administrator before the House Aviation Subcommittee. Garvey, whose five-year term ends on August 4, was widely praised by the members of the subcommittee for her leadership and management of the Agency. Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) questioned Garvey and other witnesses about the responsibility and reporting chain for a chief operating officer (COO). The Agency has been unable to attract a COO, a position created by AIR-21, citing problems with compensation, responsibility, and goals. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at email@example.com.
NBAA OPPOSES TSA'S 95,000 LB. SECURITY RULE
Last Friday, July 19, NBAA submitted comments to the TSA opposing the Agency's justification for its new "Private Charter Security Rules," a new regulation that arbitrarily establishes a 95,000-pound weight threshold for aircraft operators that must perform airline-like passenger and baggage screening. NBAA recommended that (1) TSA establish a higher weight based on International Civil Aviation Organization standards and (2) that TSA delay implementation until it further evaluates the impact of this or any rule on the Part 135 industry. View NBAA's comments in Word or PDF format at:
TSA UPDATES NBAA ON PROCESS FOR
DISTRIBUTING 12-5 SECURITY PROGRAM
On Friday, July 19, the TSA contacted NBAA with an update on the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) request process. This information may help to clarify why requests for the TFSSP may take an extended period of time to receive.
SANTA MONICA AIRPORT PROPOSAL WOULD EFFECTIVELY BAN LARGE JETS, SOME TURBOPROPS
NBAA has learned that the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) Commission will tonight consider airport staff recommendations that all aircraft exceeding the FAA's "B-II" design criterion be banned from operating at the airport. NBAA intends to respond with a letter that "strongly opposes such a recommendation, which would be both unwise and unlawful." Additionally, any proposed ban on the operation of Stage 2 and Stage 3 aircraft would violate the Airport Noise and Capacity Act as well as the terms of the 1984 Settlement Agreement, terms that "shall not be altered without the mutual consent of the parties." NBAA is monitoring this situation closely. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOENIX-BOUND FLIGHTS WILL BE ABLE TO CLEAR CUSTOMS AT IWA
A new agreement between the city of Mesa, AZ and the U.S. Customs Service is expected to soon permit general aviation aircraft traveling to the Phoenix area to clear customs at Williams Gateway Airport (IWA). Construction of a customs office in the airport's terminal is beginning this week. NBAA Member Company CSG Wireless, which is planning to become the first based corporate operator at IWA when it moves into a brand-new 20,000-square-foot facility at the airport in June 2003, was instrumental in helping establish the new service. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
OPERATORS INVITED TO FAA'S EAST COAST AVIATION FORUM
NBAA Members and other business aviation operators are encouraged to attend this year's FAA East Coast Aviation Forum (ECAF), which gives FAA operations personnel an opportunity to interact with industry aviation users in a casual setting. During this unique workshop, important issues will be identified and solutions developed. Workshops will include a NY/NJ/PHL airspace redesign update and will be attended by senior air traffic representatives of the New England and Eastern Regions. NBAA Staff members also will be in attendance as well. For more information, visit aea.faa.gov/aea500/ec_forum/index.cfm or contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania will be the site of this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup race. More than 225 additional aircraft are expected to arrive at Hazelton Municipal Airport (HZL), Mount Pocono (MPO) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP) airports starting on Thursday, July 25. They are expected to depart the evening of Sunday, July 28. To avoid delays and added congestion, plan flights accordingly. For more information, visit the Race Team Aviation Association web site at www.rtaa.org or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
STANDIFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TRANSPONDER OPERATION
Changes to transponder operating procedures at Louisville are in support of new automated surface surveillance technology being installed at Standiford International Airport (SDF) in Louisville, KY. All civil and military aircraft should have their transponders adjusted to the "ON" or normal operating position at all times during ground movement, taxi and flight operations. Check the airport ATIS inbound for additional information or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSTRUCTION AT MORRISTOWN AIRPORT IN NEW JERSEY
Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey has several ground projects currently under construction, adding to ramp and taxiway congestion. At a recent meeting of the Morristown Aviation Association (MAA) it was indicated that the construction should be completed by December 2002. MAA also is looking into a landline system that would connect through the existing ATIS and TOWER frequencies that would enable better and farther reception of ATIS as well as enable pilots to close IFR flight plans from their aircraft rather than making a telephone call. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL TO CONDUCT PART 150 NOISE AND LAND USE STUDY
Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT has begun the process of conducting a Part 150 noise and land use study, which should be completed within one year. NBAA has been asked to participate on the Advisory Board to render input on the impact of corporate and business aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHITE PLAINS CAREER FAIR TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 27 AND 28
On September 27 and 28, a Career Fair will be conducted at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier reports, "The response from exhibitors has been tremendous, with many providing equipment and personnel for display and discussion of specific career paths in aviation. Many corporate tenants are involved as well as the airport management, county government, emergency response groups and the military." For more information, contact Saucier at email@example.com.
PANEL PRESENTATION ON AUDITING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES AND CHARTER OPERATIONS
On Thursday, September 12 at the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, a panel presentation titled "The Role of the Audit in Managed Aircraft and Charter Operations" will provide guidance for those without aviation expertise on the process of auditing the safety and security practices of management companies or charter operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Greg Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS CONFERENCE EXPANDS TO THREE-DAY
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee has expanded its 2003 Conference - which is slated to be held in Anaheim, CA on February 2 through 5 - to three full days, thus allowing the addition of two new informational sessions on aviation security and how to use Internet-based air traffic management tools to expedite flights. Other topics to be covered at the 2003 Conference include an overview of Customs, Immigration and Agriculture procedures; Internet resources for schedulers; personal travel safety advice; in-flight catering and ground transportation tips; and how to improve communications. Another highlight of the Conference will be a presentation by Eric Lindbergh, the grandson of Charles Lindbergh, who recently reenacted the pioneering aviator's 1933 solo transatlantic flight. For more information on the Conference, visit: