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NBAA Update #02-39
Monday, September 30, 2002
FAA CLARIFIES AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS
OVER SPORTING EVENTS
Late last week, the FAA canceled FDC NOTAMs 2/9583 and 1/3353 and replaced them with FDC NOTAM 1/0199, which more clearly and succinctly defines outdoor sporting events and large gatherings and the flight restrictions associated with them. To read the text of the new NOTAM 1/0199, visit:
TSA ANNOUNCES PRIVATE CHARTER
STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM
The TSA published a notice on September 23 announcing the availability for operator review of the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP), also known as the 95K Rule. The PCSSP will be made available upon request only to operators with operational need to know. Part 121 and 135 operators subject to the Private Charter Security Rule may review the PCSSP and submit comments to the TSA until October 15. For more information, visit:
FAA AC 93-1 GOES INTO EFFECT TOMORROW
FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 93-1, titled "Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports," will go into effect on Tuesday, October 1. The AC revises the slot-reservation process for J.F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) (when reopened to general aviation traffic). Changes include a move to a 72-hour reservation window and an online slot-reservation system. NBAA Members are encouraged to review the AC and to become familiar with it prior to October 1. Download the AC in PDF format at:
NBAA REQUESTS FEEDBACK FROM MEMBERS THAT FAIL DOT "CITIZENSHIP" TEST
The DOT has informed a number of NBAA Member Companies that they fail the DOT definition of U.S. citizenship; as a result, those companies are not permitted to operate aircraft under FAR Part 91.501. This definition relies on three tests, and the failure to satisfy any one of these tests results in the company being considered a foreign operator for DOT purposes. NBAA is addressing this important issue, which threatens the versatility allowed under FAR Part 91.501 and may limit Members' ability to share the costs of aircraft operations. The Association requests feedback from all affected Member Companies by contacting NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com or Greg Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECURITY/DCA ACCESS BRIEFING TO BE HELD OCT. 7
NBAA will sponsor an interactive session on general aviation security and an update on access into Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) next Monday, October 7, 12:00 noon at DCA's Signature Flight Support facilities. NBAA President Jack Olcott will facilitate discussion of NBAA's best security practices for business aircraft operations, possible TFR access protocols, the latest efforts to permit qualified general aviation operators into DCA, and Signature Flight Support's continued commitment to DCA. Following the update, there will be a closed security discussion involving those individuals responsible for company security. All NBAA Members and interested parties are invited to attend this event, which will include a buffet lunch. RSVP by October 5 to Marie Wilkins at email@example.com. For background information about the situation at DCA, visit:
DOD PROPOSES REVISION
TO REVEILLE MOA; COMMENT PERIOD UNTIL NOV. 15
The Department of Defense (DOD) is proposing a revision to the Reveille Military Operations Area (MOA). MOAs are designated as special use airspace (SUA) below 18,000 feet and are designed to separate or segregate certain non-hazardous military activity from non-participating, or non-military, aircraft. Since MOAs are non-regulatory airspace, the FAA uses circulars to distribute the proposal to the public for comment. The comment period is open until November 15. Instructions for submitting comments in writing or electronically are contained in the proposed revision, which may be downloaded from the NBAA web site in PDF format at:
NEW U.S. CUSTOMS FORM 178 NOW AVAILABLE
NBAA Members flying internationally may download a new version of U.S. Customs Form 178 (08/02), titled "Private Aircraft Enforcement System Arrival Report" (which must be completed for all private aircraft arrivals to the United States from abroad) from the NBAA web site in either Word or PDF format at:
FAA TO HOLD
PUBLIC MEETING ON ELECTRONIC FLIGHT BAGS
The FAA will host a meeting on October 10 in Alexandria, VA to identify issues with AC 120-76, titled "Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Approval of Electronic Flight Bag Computing Devices." According to the meeting notice, items under discussion include the proposal of specific implementation approaches and developing schedules to resolve outstanding technical issues. NBAA encourages submission of written comments for inclusion in the meeting record. The meeting notice and additional information can be viewed at www.nbaa.org/ops/AC120-76Meeting20021010.pdf. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE AIRPORT THREATENED WITH RESTRICTIONS
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is threatening to force the City of South Lake Tahoe, CA to enforce a controversial 1982 pre-ANCA ordinance (not submitted to FAA for review and comment at the time of adoption) that limits landings at South Lake Tahoe (TVL) Airport to aircraft with approach dBA levels of less than 80, which effectively eliminates turbine and turboprop traffic. A Federal court settlement agreement, penned in 1992, stated the regulation would apply after 2002 only if aeronautical technology could meet such standards. While airframe and engine technology has not approached such levels, TRPA is intent on enforcement. Since TVL is an important destination airport to NBAA Members, the Association is gathering information to be used in efforts to support and improve this critical airport. Interested or affected NBAA Members should contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS THIS WEEK IN ALABAMA
A NASCAR race will be held this weekend in Talladega, AL and may affect flights in that area. More than 360 race-related aircraft are expected to begin arriving at Talladega Municipal Airport (ASN) and Anniston Metropolitan Airport (ANB) on Thursday, October 3 and begin departing on Sunday, October 6. Plan flights accordingly to avoid delays and congestion. 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 GOVERNOR SIGNS TWO BILLS IN SUPPORT OF SMALL GA AIRPORTS
California Governor Gray Davis recently signed two important assembly bills (ABs) that protect and support smaller general aviation airports: AB 2776, which requires home buyers buying homes in proximity to an airport be formally informed of that airport, and AB 2630, which for a limited time allows the California Transportation Commission to pay the entire local match requirement for small general aviation airports to secure Federal Airport Improvement Program grants for airport security. NBAA and other aviation organizations have worked for several years on legislation supporting California's 250 public-use airports, and airport land-use planning and funding remain high priorities to NBAA. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
TO FAA EAST COAST AVIATION FORUM
Business aviation operators are encouraged to attend this year's FAA East Coast Aviation Forum (ECAF) on November 12 to 14 in Baltimore. ECAF 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 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.
OPERATORS INVITED TO MIAMI CENTER
2002 PRE-SEASON USER MEETINGS
Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center will host the first Annual Pre-Season User Meetings on November 7 and November 14. All NBAA Members either based in the Miami Center area or that routinely fly through its airspace are encouraged to attend. Download the meeting flyer in PDF format at:
AZBAA TO MEET WITH LOCAL TSA SECURITY DIRECTOR
On Tuesday, October 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) members will meet with Marcia Florian, TSA security director for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Richard Schuller, AZBAA president and NBAA Local Business Aviation Organization Committee Chair, believes this is a "wonderful opportunity to encourage potential new members to attend and to meet with the local TSA director and learn how the TSA will be an element of our operations long into the future." The meeting will be hosted by Cutter Aviation at their Sky Harbor Airport FBO. For more information or to attend, contact Schuller at email@example.com or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVIATION PROFESSIONALS SHARING IDEAS TO MEET OCT. 24 IN WHITE PLAINS
The quarterly meeting of Aviation Professionals Sharing Ideas (APSI) will be held on October 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Citigroup Hangar, 79 Tower Rd, White Plains, NY. The guest speaker will be a representative from the New York Transportation Security Agency. Attendees also are invited to tour the Rye Land Haunted House immediately following the meeting. RSVP by October 17 to email@example.com. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LONG ISLAND BUSINESS AVIATION ASSN. MEMBERSHIP DRIVE THIS WEEK
The Long Island Business Aviation Association will hold its annual membership drive this Wednesday, October 2 at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, NY, staring at 1:00 p.m. Guest speaker Jim Coyne, NATA president, will discuss the state of aviation in the New York metropolitan area. Dinner will be served. To attend or to request a membership kit, call (631) 293-2279. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
NORTH CAROLINA REACHBAC EVENT
TO BE HELD OCT. 15
An NBAA Operation REACHBAC luncheon and briefing will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15 at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Bill Williams, North Carolina Department of Transportation aviation director, and Manolito Garabato, TSA director for Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT), will be the featured speakers for this event. NBAA President Jack Olcott, NBAA Regional Representative Dean Saucier and several other members of the NBAA Staff also will attend. For more information or to register, visit:
FIRST ANNUAL WHITE PLAINS CAREER FAIR A SUCCESS
More than 1,000 middle and high school students attended the first annual White Plains Career Fair, held last Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. Chaired by Jeff Lee, NBAA Board Member and IBM flight department manager, the event was made possible by the combined effort of all organizations associated with the airport, including the airport administration, flight departments, FBOs, airlines, emergency services organizations, the Westchester Aviation Association and more than 190 volunteers. For details, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEORGIA AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE
The Georgia Airports Association Aviation Security Conference, held on September 19 in Macon, GA, was widely attended by local aircraft operators, fixed base operators, general aviation airport managers, aviation trade associations, law enforcement and emergency management agencies. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) conducted security training. For more information about this event or about future local conferences in the Southeast United States, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
CHECK LABACE.ORG FOR UPDATED CONFERENCE INFORMATION
Visit www.labace.org for the latest information about the First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2003), to be held March 13 to 15, 2003 in São Paulo, Brazil. LABACE is hosted jointly by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) in Brazil and the NBAA in the United States.
FINANCE, TAX & INSURANCE REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON NBAA
The NBAA Finance, Tax & Insurance web site contains a wealth of information about topics such as Federal and state taxes, personal use of employer-provided aircraft, aircraft operating and leasing, foreign taxation and operations, finance and insurance. New references are posted regularly, including a recent article by J. Patrick Dowdall of Atlantic Exchange Company LLC, titled "Busted Safe Harbor Reverse Exchanges," at www.nbaa.org/member/taxes/BustedSafeHarborRevEx.htm. Review the main Finance, Tax & Insurance web page at: