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NBAA Update #02-52
Monday, December 30, 2002
TSA ISSUES FINAL PRIVATE CHARTER SECURITY
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued on December 26 a final rule incorporating changes in the original Private Charter Security Rule, which was published June 19, 2002. The revised final rule raised the regulated weight to 45,500 kg (100,309.3 lbs.) and added a passenger seating configuration of 61 or more. TSA will issue the final security program no later than Friday, January 3, 2003, and the effective compliance date is February 1, 2003. Note: Operators that were not regulated by the emergency rule as originally published in June 2002, but are now regulated because of the passenger seating configuration, must request a copy of the security program no later that January 20, 2003, and be in compliance by March 1, 2003. The revised final rule will be published in the December 31, 2002, issue of the Federal Register, now available for download in PDF format at:
FAA CLARIFIES FLIGHTDECK SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
In the December 30, 2002, Federal Register, the FAA issued a final rule with a request for comments clarifying the applicability for cockpit security of foreign-operated transport category airplanes. The revision exempts foreign transport-category airplanes that were originally type certificated with a maximum passenger-seating configuration of 19 or less, which means that foreign operators utilizing business aircraft under CFR Part 129 do not need to meet the hardened cockpit door requirements as was originally stated in the rule. Comments to the final rule may be made until February 28, 2003. Download the revised rule in PDF format at:
FAA TO HOLD SEVERAL HIGH-ALTITUDE REDESIGN PROGRAM
In mid to late 2003, the FAA will implement the High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program in seven western Air Route Traffic Control Centers. The HAR Program will implement a significant change to the high-altitude strata (FL 390 or higher), including the elimination of jet routes and implementation of true point-to-point navigation utilizing RNAV procedures. NBAA has arranged for the FAA to hold a HAR briefing at the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference this February in Anaheim, CA as well as at several local business aviation association meetings in the coming months. If your business aviation group would like to arrange to hear this briefing, contact your NBAA Regional Representative via www.nbaa.org/reachbac or NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of upcoming briefings, visit:
FAA DELAYS EFFECTIVE DATE OF NEW SDR FINAL RULE
The FAA has further delayed the effective date of the new Service Difficulty Reports (SDR) final rule (Docket No. FAA-2000-7952) from January 16, 2003, to January 16, 2004. The purpose of this delay is to allow the FAA additional time to consider the industry's concerns and to develop a new Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). For more information, download a PDF document at:
OPERATORS URGED TO REVIEW AND
FOLLOW ROUTES FOR DENVER SKI SEASON
Over the weekend of December 21-22, Denver and Kansas City Centers noted a large volume of GA aircraft not following arrival routings into Ski Country airports. It is imperative that published routes are followed to ensure the maximum efficiency for all operators flying to the ski mountain airports. Denver and Kansas City have an excess of volume now through New Year's and will give priority to operators complying with the correct procedures. Reroutes and diversions could result. For more information, visit:
NEW YEAR'S NOTAMS ISSUED FOR MANHATTAN
The FAA has issued two NOTAMs that impose temporary restrictions on operations in New York City airspace during the traditional New Year's celebration. For a 12-hour period beginning at 4:00 p.m. local on New Year's Eve, aircraft will be prohibited from flying below 2,000 feet msl over Manhattan from 96th Street to 23rd Street and between the East and Hudson rivers. In addition, aircraft will not be allowed to operate within a 1-nm radius of the Statue of Liberty at altitudes below 1,500 feet msl. For more information, visit www.faa.gov/ntap or contact NBAA at email@example.com.
TFR IN EFFECT OVER PASADENA, CA ON JAN. 1
Operators flying in or around Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) should be aware that a TFR will be in effect over the southern California city on New Year's Day. In order to help protect participants in the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game, aircraft will be prohibited from flying within a 5-nm radius of the LAX 035-degree radial at the 19.5-nautical-mile DME fix. The TFR will be in effect from 0600 to 1900 hours PST and will extend, depending on time of day, from the surface to 3,000 or 5,000 feet agl. For more information, visit www.faa.gov/ntap or contact NBAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RUNWAY IN SALINA, KS ABOUT TO BEGIN
Construction of a new 4,300-foot parallel runway at Kansas' Salina Municipal Airport (SLN), a popular mid-continent refueling stop for corporate jets, is slated to begin by mid-January. The new runway, designated 17R-35L, is scheduled to be completed by May. It is designed to help segregate training flights from the corporate and airline operators that use the 13,300-foot main runway (17/35). The airport authority says the construction will not disrupt airport activity or access to the field's two FBOs. However, Runway 17/35 will be closed for 90 days beginning in June while it is rehabilitated and new high-intensity lights are installed. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com.
NBAA UPDATE NOW TO INCLUDE QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Starting this week, each issue of NBAA Update will include a "Question of the Week" -- representing a question frequently asked by NBAA Members -- along with an answer provided by the NBAA Operations Service Group. If you have questions regarding technical or operational issues, contact the Operations Service Group Staff by phone at (202) 783-9250 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime, or visit the NBAA web site at:
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHAT ARE NEW SIFL RATES FOR FIRST HALF OF 2003?
Answer: NBAA has not received the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the first half of calendar year 2003 yet and will not receive them until late February, when they will be posted to the NBAA web site at www.nbaa.org/taxes. SIFL rates are necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service's aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft as required by IRS Rules Section 1.61-21(g). The U.S. Department of Transportation revises SIFL rates every six months, and the rates are not made public until approximately a month and a half after they are effective. The six-month periods are January 1 to June 30 and July 1 to December 31. For further information, contact the Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or email@example.com.
2ND EDITION OF COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK
SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
The second edition of the compiled data from the 2002 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey (CBS) is now available online to survey participants. The recompiled results include data submitted by 737 aviation departments. Survey participants can view results in Adobe PDF format as well as create their own aircraft-specific and location-specific reports for salary data. For companies that did not participate in the survey, NBAA Member Representatives may purchase access to survey results by contacting NBAA's Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISIT DISPATCH ONLINE FOR SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS
Visit the NBAA web site to review the December issue of NBAA Dispatch, the newsletter for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers, and learn the latest information about the 2003 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, to be held February 2 to 5 in Anaheim, CA. This NBAA Dispatch issue was sponsored by Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. (CTA). On February 3, CTA will host three software demos at the S&D Conference on the following topics: Scheduling for Part 91 Operations (3:00 p.m.); Scheduling for Part 135 Operations (3:45 p.m.); and Charter Quoting (4:30 p.m.). To review the full Dispatch issue, visit:
NBAA HEADQUARTERS NEW YEAR'S SCHEDULE
The Washington, DC Headquarters of NBAA will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2003. NBAA wishes its Members a safe and happy new year.