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NBAA Update #02-40
Monday, October 7, 2002
NBAA'S OLCOTT HAS POSITIVE MEETING WITH TSA'S LOY
NBAA President Jack Olcott met on October 12 with Admiral James Loy, acting head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to discuss security issues. "I am confident, following our face-to-face discussion, that Admiral Loy recognizes NBAA as a valuable resource for the Transportation Security Administration as the agency endeavors to satisfy its critical responsibilities," said Olcott. "Although no significant progress concerning access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is anticipated at this time, we do look forward to a productive working relationship with TSA concerning utilization of the Transportation Security Administration Access Protocol (TSAAP) proposal to provide access equivalent to that of the airlines aside from the unique situation of KDCA," concluded Olcott. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TSA REPORTS NO FIRM PLANS TO PERMIT GA OPS TO DC'S SOUTH STREET HELIPORT
It has been reported in industry press that the TSA would permit the gradual increase in operations for corporate helicopters in and out of South Street Heliport in Washington, DC, by granting waivers to qualified corporate operators. However, in recent discussions with TSA officials, NBAA has learned that the TSA has no such plans to issue waivers for South Street Heliport. The only operations permitted at South Street Heliport now - and in the foreseeable future - are government operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
FAA EXTENDS NBAA'S SMALL AIRCRAFT EXEMPTION -
NEW NUMBER 7897
On September 30, the FAA by Grant of Exemption 7897 approved NBAA's request to extend Exemption 1637, more commonly known as NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption. The previous Exemption Extension 1637U expired on September 30. Exemption 7897 is valid for the next two years, expiring on September 30, 2004. For more information, Association Members may visit NBAA Alert Bulletin #02-7 at http://www.nbaa.org/member/abs/2002/20021001-007.htm or download a copy of the exemption at the NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption (7897) web page at:
DOT FUNDING BILL COULD HAMPER AIRPORT ACCESS - MEMBER
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill for the Department of Transportation (DOT) that included a provision to prevent the DOT from granting any waivers to the "sporting event TFR," NOTAM 2/0199. Section 344 of the funding bill, if approved, states that "None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to terminate or limit the restriction imposed under Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen FDC 2/0199, or to grant waivers of; or exemptions from such restrictions." This measure would affect some 55 airports surrounding various sporting event locations. NBAA strongly urges Members to contact their elected officials via www.nbaa.org/congress and support the elimination of Section 344. For further information contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA STAFF MEMBERS MEET WITH KHPN OFFICIALS REGARDING SECURITY
NBAA President Olcott and Eastern Regional Representative Saucier met with KHPN Airport Manager Russell last Friday to discuss appropriate procedures for securing unattended aircraft at Westchester County Airport. In cooperation with representatives of several NBAA Member Companies based at KHPN and other industry officials, NBAA's Operations Staff developed a strawman security protocol that would apply to based and transient aircraft. Means for preventing unauthorized access were proposed, along with NBAA-facilitated security and awareness training. KHPN officials indicated an interest in pursuing the concepts presented and in creating a forum for further dialog with the user community. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
SAFETY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON NBAA WEB
In order to assist the Membership in developing or refining a formal safety program, the NBAA Safety Committee has compiled a Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Manual. Additionally, an Aircraft Ground Damage Prevention presentation is available for review. These programs may help improve an operator's existing safety program by formally addressing risk in a manner consistent with industry best practices, and can help operators achieve International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registration or FAA Part 135 Certification. These and other safety-related resources are available at:
NAV CANADA PROPOSES 3-PERCENT FEE INCREASE
Canada's provider of civil air navigation services wants to hike fees 3 percent next year. Charges for general aviation operators would rise effective March 1, 2003. Nav Canada officials say the fee increase is necessary because reduced air traffic since September 11, 2001, has left the public corporation with a revenue shortfall of some $100 million in fiscal year 2002-2003. The service charge proposal also includes establishing a new aircraft-weight category and associated rates for the daily fees applicable to larger propeller aircraft. In addition, Nav Canada would assume responsibility, effective January 1, for the sale and distribution of aeronautical information currently provided by the Map Office of Natural Resources Canada. Comments on the fee proposal should be submitted to Nav Canada by December 2. For more information, visit http://www.navcanada.ca or contact NBAA's Bill Stine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPACE SHUTTLE-RELATED FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS OVER FLORIDA OCT. 18
Operators planning to fly over central Florida on Friday, October 18 should note that flight restrictions will be in effect because the Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center just before 12:00 noon. The latest shuttle mission began this afternoon with the launch of the spacecraft. Aircraft operators should check NOTAMs to determine precisely what flight restrictions will be in effect during the landing of Atlantis. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com.
TO TAKE PART IN AVIATION AND THE ECONOMY SUMMIT
Tomorrow, NBAA President Jack Olcott will provide the business aviation community's perspective during the Aviation and the Economy Summit, to be hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation. Olcott, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Delta Air Lines CEO Leo Mullin, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, American Airlines CEO Don Carty, House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica and many other aviation policy leaders will discuss the unprecedented financial crisis affecting the airline industry and its implications for our economy and the national aviation system. For online registration and additional information, visit:
GEORGIA AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OCT. 16-18
The Georgia Airports Association will hold their 12th Annual Conference on October 16 through 18 in Savannah, GA at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. To register, contact Janelle Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
MEDICAL AVIATION FORUM TO BE HELD OCT. 17 IN NEW JERSEY
On October 17, Dr. Mark Josel, FAA senior medical examiner and internist, will conduct a medical forum that will address over-the-counter and prescription medication, medical history, fatigue and other medical topics of interest to aviation personnel. The forum will be held at the Jet Aviation Training Center, 90 Moonachie, Teterboro, NJ, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with lunch provided by Multi Service Corp. To attend, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TETERBORO USERS' GROUP TO MEET OCT. 9 IN NEW JERSEY
The Teterboro (NJ) Users' Group will meet on Wednesday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. To attend or for meeting location information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
AVIONICS OPEN HOUSE ON OCT. 19 AT ATLANTA'S PDK
Epps Aviation will host an Avionics Open House at Atlanta's DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) on October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Epps Aviation at firstname.lastname@example.org or NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
ARKANSAS REACHBAC EVENT TO
BE HELD OCT. 29
An NBAA Operation REACHBAC breakfast and briefing will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29 at the Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport East in Little Rock, AR. John Knight, Arkansas director of aeronautics; Jerry Henderson, Little Rock TSA director; Mike Zenkovich, FAA flight standards manager; and H.A. "Sonny" Lewis Jr., Little Rock-area air traffic control manager will be the featured speakers for this event. NBAA President Jack Olcott, NBAA Regional Representative Paul Smith and several other members of the NBAA Staff also will attend. For more information or to register, visit:
DFW-AREA FORUM TO INCLUDE TAX
AND INSURANCE BRIEFINGS ON NOV. 14
All aircraft operators in the Texas area are invited to attend two informative briefings on Thursday, November 14 at the NBAA Dallas/Fort Worth-Area Business Aviation Forum & Static Display. Both briefings will be moderated by Greg Jackson, NBAA manager, tax issues. The first session will focus primarily on Texas state taxation issues, including recent developments in the state's interpretation of its property tax laws. The second session will examine hold harmless agreements, single-pilot operations, war-risk coverage, aircraft usage and other aviation insurance issues. For more information or to register, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
UPDATE MEMBER RECORDS BY OCT. 18 FOR INCLUSION
IN NBAA DIRECTORY
NBAA Member Representatives must update their company's information by Friday, October 18, for changes to be included in the 2003 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft, & Personnel. Members may update their company information either by faxing or mailing to NBAA a completed 2003 Membership Update form (which Members now should be receiving in the mail) or by submitting changes online via the NBAA web site at http://www.nbaa.org/membership/update. Direct questions to the NBAA Membership Department at email@example.com.