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NBAA Update #02-42
Monday, October 21, 2002
GA COALITION MEETS WITH TSA
On October 16, the General Aviation Coalition met with the Transportation Security Administration's Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Security, James M. Loy, in the first of what is expected to be a series of biannual meetings. NBAA is a member of the GA Coalition, a group of associations that attempts to further common goals for the general aviation community. During the Coalition's meeting with Loy, the GA community focused its discussion on issues such as temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), airport watch programs, international access, charter flights and flight training. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD SERIES TFRs IN PLACE
The FAA has posted the latest information and graphics about temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) to be implemented on October 19-20, 22-24 and 26-27, 2002, in conjunction with the World Series Games at http://www.faa.gov/NTAP/specialnotams/Special%20Interest%20Notams.htm. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at email@example.com.
HOUSE & SENATE ADJOURN UNTIL NOVEMBER 12
Last week, the House of Representative and Senate adjourned until November 12, allowing both sides to return to their states for two full weeks of campaigning before the November 5 election. Two important measures facing Congress when it returns, the Department of Homeland Security legislation (HR 5005) and the Aviation Industry Stabilization and Reform Act (H.R. 5506), face possible action depending on the outcome of the November elections. NBAA supports the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AT NBAA.ORG
The Contact Congress area of NBAA's web site can help put you in touch with your elected officials. There you will find links to Federal and State elected officials, aviation-related issues and legislation, and election and candidate information. The site also contains links to what's happening in Congress on any given day, including the House and Senate schedules and committee hearings. For more information, visit:
CREATE CUSTOM QUERIES FOR NBAA COMPENSATION
Survey participants of the 2002 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey are now able to create their own aircraft-specific and location-specific reports for salary data. Eligible NBAA Members may continue to submit compensation and benchmark data for calendar year 2001 via NBAA's secure online survey form until November 15, 2002, giving them free access to survey results. Survey entries received through November 1 will be included in a later, second edition of recompiled survey results.
MEMBER COMPANIES WIN HPN NOISE-ABATEMENT AWARDS
More than a dozen NBAA Member companies with flight operations at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York received noise-abatement awards last week for their compliance with the field's midnight to 6:30 a.m. voluntary curfew during 2001. NBAA President Jack Olcott was on hand to help present plaques to the based corporate jet operators. Recipients of the "Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards" included Bristol-Myers Squibb, which was recognized in each of the three aircraft categories - corporate jet, turbopropeller and helicopter. Other award winners included Atlantic Aviation, Chamarac, Citigroup, General Electric, IBM, New York State Power Authority, Olin Corporation, Phillip Morris Management Corporation, Sackett Corporation, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, Stevens Aviation, Tala Flight Services, Texaco (which was based at HPN before it merged with Chevron), R.T. Vanderbilt and White Cloud Company.
OFFERING NEW BROCHURE ON VOLUNTARY CURFEW
Although noise complaints at HPN have dropped 50 percent this year through September, officials at the New York City-area facility are distributing a new brochure to charter and fractional operators and passengers in an effort to reduce operations at the field during the voluntary curfew. Titled "It's Not Just an Airport, It's a Neighborhood," the one-page flyer emphasizes the need to adhere to the Voluntary Restraint from Flying Program. Total air traffic at HPN this year is down slightly compared to 2001; however, the number of corporate operations has increased, and the number of flights conducted during curfew hours is up 26 percent. For more information, visit http://www.westchestergov.com/airport/noise_abatement_website.htm or contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at email@example.com.
TSA'S RESTOVICH TO SPEAK AT DALLAS/FORT
WORTH-AREA FORUM NOV. 14
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Safety Director Mike Restovich will be the featured speaker on security at the NBAA Dallas/Fort Worth-Area Business Aviation Forum & Static Display on Thursday, November 14. His talk, titled "TSA and the Business Aviation Community," will begin at 10 a.m. Vendor stations are nearly sold out for the event, to be held at Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport, but aircraft spaces remain available for Static Display participants. Attendance is free, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. For more information about the Forum or to register, visit:
NBAA FORUM TO INCLUDE TECHNICAL
SEMINARS BY DUNCAN AVIATION
Duncan Aviation will offer three maintenance-related seminars at the upcoming Dallas/Fort Worth-Area Business Aviation Forum & Static Display on November 14: Upcoming Avionics Mandates (TAWS, RVSM...), Aging Aircraft Maintenance Issues, and TFE731 Engine Troubleshooting. For more information regarding the technical seminars, contact Duncan Aviation's Tom Burt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Forum or to register, visit:
FAA ALASKAN REGION ANNOUNCEMENTS
The FAA Alaskan Region has added the following items its web site at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at: job announcements for Cold Bay FSS, Dillingham FSS and Kenai AFSS; Pt. Hope Class E airspace revision; scheduled maintenance and outages; and Wasilla Class E airspace establishment. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS DELAY SIKORSKY AIRPORT RUNWAY EXTENSION
FAA and operator issues with the proposed runway extension at Sikorsky Airport (BDR) in Bridgeport, CT continue. Environmental and other concerns must be addressed before any extension can take place. Many operators are concerned about landing on BDR's short runway, especially when wet. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN ATLANTA AREA THIS WEEK
Approximately 365 aircraft are expected to arrive in the Atlanta area in conjunction with the NASCAR NAPA 500, to be held this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Clayton County/Tara Airport (4A7) in Hampton, GA and Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta on October 24 and 25, and to depart immediately after the race on October 26 and 27. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
FIRST OF TWO HAR FORUMS TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN
The FAA's High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program will host two user forums, on Tuesday, October 22 in Denver, CO and on Wednesday, October 30 in the Dallas/Forth Worth, TX area. HAR is a top-down national redesign of enroute airspace that will provide connectivity between local airspace redesign efforts. The user forums will address the proposed concepts and airspace changes. To attend, contact FAA's Larry Bicknell at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Timmerman at email@example.com. Review the HAR invitation online at:
REACHBAC FOCUSED ON STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA BUSINESS AVIATION
At NBAA's recent Charlotte, NC REACHBAC event, Bill Williams, North Carolina DOT director of aviation, told the nearly 60 NBAA Member Representatives in attendance that business aviation is very important to the economic well being of North Carolina, where nearly 800 corporate- and business-class aircraft are based. Williams also noted that the outlook is good for North Carolina airport expansion, especially at Concord Airport (JQF), and instrument-approach installations, such as at Statesville Airport (SVL). NBAA President Jack Olcott stated that the business aviation community has entered a new era in aviation, citing security and the economy as challenges and opportunities. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Ponte at email@example.com.
KEEPING AIRCRAFT MOVING IN NANTUCKET AND MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Cape Approach, Boston Center, Portland Approach, Providence Approach and Boston Tracon all are seeking ways to improve operations to and from Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, especially during times of instrument conditions. At a recent meeting, participants made several suggestions that may facilitate departures from islands, thus avoiding the delays. Suggestions included parallel departures, and the use the Marconi departure as a preferred departure route. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW ENGLAND GROUP SEEKS TO IMPROVE AIRPORT OPERATIONS
The New England Region Operational Efficiency Taskforce (OET) met recently to discuss airport operations. The OET's concerns include issues at Providence Airport (PVD), including its Part 150 Noise Abatement Study, airport growth challenges, VOR relocation and crosswind runway extension, all of which will impact corporate operations to and from PVD. At Bradley International Airport (BDL), operators should see a change in taxiway and airport marking, which will improve ground operations. Finally, the New England Region is working on over-water routes that will keep aircraft closer to land and away from warning areas. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
JANICE K. BARDEN AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS
The deadline for the Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship is Friday, November 1. This award is named for Janice Barden, who has been active in the aviation community for more than 30 years and has served as the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Local Committee Chairman seven times, more than any other person in Association history. Through this scholarship, NBAA annually awards $5,000 to five undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. For more information or to download scholarship applications, visit: