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NBAA Update #03-02
Monday, January 13, 2003
TSA's COO ADDRESSES NBAA SECURITY COUNCIL
Vice Admiral John E. Shkor (U.S. Coast Guard, ret.), the Transportation Security Administration's new chief operating officer, addressed NBAA's Security Council this afternoon during a 70-minute meeting at NBAA's Washington offices. Shkor said that progress was being made to finalize a security protocol for corporate operators wishing to obtain qualified access to airports and airspace during periods of heightened security. Toward that end, a joint TSA/NBAA "Proof of Concept" project, coordinating with the Teterboro Users' Group (TUG), will be implemented on a voluntary basis at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) for Part 91 operators in late February. Beginning with international waivers for qualified operators, the security protocol is expected to become the basis for further TSA waiver approval and other types of operations, including TFR access. For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
CHALLENGING AVIATION AGENDA APPARENT AS 108TH CONGRESS CONVENES
As the new Congress initiated its first session last week, Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), the new chairman of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, suggested that he will secure Senate floor action on aviation security, labor and airport funding issues. The House of Representatives will be similarly focused as the FY '03 Transportation Appropriations measure is finalized, formal consideration begins on FAA reauthorization, and the process associated with FY '04 transportation appropriations starts. Attention to aviation by the new Department of Homeland Security adds to this challenging agenda, all of which will be a focal point of NBAA resources. For further information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LABACE2003 BEGINS TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY
The first annual LABACE (Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition) will be held March 13 to 15 in São Paulo, Brazil. In Latin America, nearly every facet of business aviation, from helicopters to corporate jets, is utilized as a business tool. Modeled after NBAA and EBAA's successful EBACE event, held each spring in Geneva, Switzerland, LABACE2003 is positioned to become the most efficient annual gathering of Latin American business aviation buyers and sellers. The Associação Brasileira de Avição Geral, the only business aviation association in Latin America, and NBAA will jointly sponsor the event, the first of its kind in Latin America. For information about LABACE2003 press registration, members of the media should visit www.labace.org/media/pr/2003/20030109.htm. For general LABACE2003 information, visit:
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: DO PART 91 OPERATORS NEED
TO SUBMIT APIS DATA?
NBAA's Answer: No, only commercial (Part 135 or Part 121) operators are required to submit Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) data to U.S. Customs for inbound arrivals. A new INS requirement for the electronic transmission of passenger and crew manifests for both inbound and outbound flights on commercial aircraft was to have gone into effect on January 1, 2003. It has not officially gone into effect because the final rule for it has not been issued. NBAA encourages Part 135 operators to submit APIS data for outbound trips so INS can become familiar with non-airline APIS data. APIS submission has not been and will not be required for Part 91 operators, barring a major shift in policy. For more information, visit:
NEW RUNWAYS WILL EXPAND AIRPORT CAPACITY AT MIAMI, DENVER
Two large enhancements to the capacity of the National Airspace System will be realized later this year when new runways become operational at Miami International (MIA) and Denver International (DEN). Miami's new runway, which will be located just north of existing Runway 9L-27R, will be 8,600 feet long and 150 feet wide. When it opens in mid-year, the new runway will increase MIA's airside capacity by 25 percent. DEN's new north/south runway will be 16,000 feet long and 200 feet wide. Designed for jumbo jets, DEN's sixth runway will ensure that during bad weather the airport will be able to land three aircraft simultaneously on the existing north/south runways while using the new runway for departures. For more information, see www.flydenver.com and www.miami-airport.com, or contact NBAA at email@example.com.
TETERBORO USERS' GROUP AIRPORT DIAGRAMS TO HIGHLIGHT HOT SPOTS
On Jeppesen airport diagrams, the letter "H" identifies airport "hot spots," indicating that increased vigilance is required to avoid the possibility of a ground collision. In an attempt to make these hot spots more visible on airport diagrams, the Teterboro Users' Group (TUG) will provide airport diagrams with the "H" hot spots printed in red for faster and easier identification. These TUG diagrams will be available to pilots at FBOs at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAS VEGAS RNAV STAR AND DP UPDATES
The Las Vegas TRACON Letter to Airmen (LTA) No. 03-01 will become effective on January 23, 2003. This second edition of RNAV STARs and DPs for McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas contains significant changes and should be reviewed by all operators planning on using McCarran International Airport on or after January 23. Questions concerning this LTA should be addressed to the Las Vegas TRACON procedures department at (702) 262-5910. Download the LTA in PDF format (43 KB PDF file) at:
FAA HAS SET UP STMPs FOR UPCOMING NASCAR RACES
Special traffic management programs (STMPs) will be in effect during NASCAR's Daytona 500 and Atlanta 500 auto races. Between February 12 and 16, slot reservations will be needed for all domestic, non-scheduled arrivals at Florida's Daytona Beach International (DAB), Ormond Beach (OMN), Deland (DED), New Smyrna (EVB), Flagler County (X47) and Spruce Creek (7FL6) airports. Between March 6 and 9, a temporary control tower and special procedures will be in operation at Georgia's Clayton County Tara Field Airport (4A7). For more information, see www.faa.gov/NTAP/NTAP03JAN23/Index.htm or contact NBAA at email@example.com.
SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH COULD AFFECT FLORIDA FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Aircraft operators planning to fly over central Florida this Thursday, January 16 should be aware that the Space Shuttle Columbia is expected to take off from Kennedy Space Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST. As usual, aircraft operators planning to fly in the region on that date should check NOTAMs to determine what flight restrictions will be in effect during the shuttle launch. For more information, contact NBAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANSCOM FIELD CONTROL TOWER TO BE DEDICATED IN JANUARY
Dedication of the new long-awaited control tower at Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA is scheduled for January 16. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
RECENT UPDATES TO THE ALASKA FAA WEB
Recent postings made to the FAA Alaskan Region Air Traffic Division web site include: (1) a January 8 weather camera briefing presented to the Alaska Aviation Coordination Council, located at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/notices/WX.htm, (2) Pt. Hope Class E airspace revision final rule, at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/Finalrules/pthope.htm, (3) Wasilla Class E airspace establishment final rule, at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/Finalrules/wasilla.htm and (4) Marshall Class E airspace proposal notice of proposed rulemaking, at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/fr-marshall-n.htm. For more information, the main FAA Alaskan Region Air Traffic Division web site visit:
SOUTH CAROLINA AVIATION ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
The 25th Annual South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Hilton Head Island, on February 5 to 7, 2003. For more information, contact SCAA at (877) FLY-SCAA (359-7222), or NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA AIRSPACE/AIR TRAFFIC COMMITTEE NEWS
The NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee represents the interests of business aviation in matters relating to airspace, airspace obstructions, aviation weather, air traffic service and hazards to aviation. It currently is soliciting new members from the western United States and will hold its next meeting on February 6 and 7 at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, CA in conjunction with the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. For more information about joining the Committee or attending its February meeting, contact Committee Chairman Fred Thompson at RELSVCS@aol.com or NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com, or visit:
20 DAYS LEFT UNTIL NBAA SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS
This year's NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held February 2 to 5, 2003, in Anaheim, CA in conjunction with four Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses and a Tax Forum. Corporate schedulers and dispatchers will benefit from three full days of informational sessions, including two new forums: an FAA Systems Training Forum with interactive instruction about how to effectively operate in the National Airspace System, and a comprehensive Security Forum that will feature a panel of experts with the most current information on how to operate your aircraft safely and in compliance with TSA requirements. To review the Conference agenda or to register, visit:
SCHEDULERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SURVEY,
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee are seeking to improve training and professional development for all schedulers and dispatchers. The Committee currently is distributing a Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) survey to collect information about job responsibilities and ensure the best possible training for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. In addition, the Committee is offering four SPDP Courses on Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2 in Anaheim, CA: The Scheduling Function, Crew Resource Management & Small Group Communications, International Scheduling and Personal Leadership Effectiveness. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web at:
REGISTER NOW FOR ANAHEIM TAX FORUM
An NBAA Tax Forum will be held on February 6 in Anaheim, CA in conjunction with the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. This Forum is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of issues affecting aviation operations and will conclude with a workshop focused on state and local sales, use and property taxes, with an emphasis on the tax laws of California and selected surrounding states. For more information or to register, visit:
2003 INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
DUE JAN. 31
The NBAA International Operators Committee and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats are dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats together offer the 2003 International Operators Scholarship. Applications are due to NBAA by January 31; for more information about the scholarship or to download an application form in PDF format, visit:
TWO STUDENTS TO RECEIVE 2002 NBAA FANNING
NBAA has selected two students to receive the 2002 NBAA William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY, RECEIVES CORPORATE ANGEL AWARD
Corporate Angel Network, a national charity organization that arranges free flights for cancer patients on corporate planes, last week announced that Ford Motor Company will receive the 2003 First Quarter Corporate Angel Award for its outstanding dedication to cancer patients as a participant in Corporate Angel Network. For this recognition, NBAA congratulates Ford Motor Company, which has been an NBAA Member Company since 1951, and whose chief pilot, John H. Ratcliff, is an NBAA Board Member. To find out how your company can participate in Corporate Angel Network, call (914) 328-1313. To see current needs for patient transportation (city-to-city destinations and date range), please visit: