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NBAA Update #03-08
Monday, February 24, 2003
BLAKEY ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE
TO IMPROVE FSDO CONSISTENCY
In a February 20 speech before the Aero Club of Washington, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced a new customer service initiative "that provides written guidance and training to all managers and supervisors in our regulation and certification offices throughout the country on applying FAA rules and policies in a standard and consistent manner." To review the full text of Blakey's speech, which covered several other issues, visit www.nbaa.org/presentations/blakey20030220.htm. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PILOTS NOW CAN CONNECT ONLINE WITH FAA REGISTRY
U.S. certificated pilots now can open an online services account at the FAA's U.S. Civil Aviation Registry web site at http://registry.faa.gov. The new service provides a more convenient way for airmen to update their postal mailing addresses, which is required by the FARs. The FAA's Oklahoma City office needs current mailing addresses to provide safety-related information to airmen as soon as it becomes available. In the future, the agency plans to e-mail copies of Aviation Safety Program flyers to pilots and may eventually allow aviators to order replacement certificates, knowledge test results or copies of their complete certification file via the Internet. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com.
GROUNDBREAKING LATIN AMERICAN EVENT DEBUTS
IN TWO WEEKS
The First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), organized jointly by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) and NBAA, will be held March 13 to 15 in São Paulo, Brazil. The only Latin American event of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, LABACE will feature approximately 2,500 Attendees from the Latin American business aviation community, more than 70 Exhibitors at the Transamérica Expo Center and 16 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport, operated by Infraero. In addition, 15 Informational Sessions will focus on best practices that directly affect business aviation operations to/from/within Latin America, and seven equipment-specific Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Sessions will be hosted by engine, avionics and airframe manufacturers. For details or to register, visit:
COALITION PRIORITIZES AEROSPACE COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Representatives of approximately 70 national aviation associations that make up the Aviation & Space Stakeholders Coalition, including NBAA, met last Thursday to continue the process of prioritizing recommendations recently issued by President Bush's Commission on Aerospace. Six coalition committees provided reports in preparation for an upcoming meeting with high-level government officials. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA FLYING SAFETY AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY,
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Member Companies must submit applications to NBAA no later than this Saturday, March 1. For more information or to download application forms, visit the NBAA web site at:
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: CAN I PURCHASE A PRINTED COPY OF THE IFIM?
NBAA's Answer: No. The International Flight Information Manual (IFIM) is only available online and is no longer printed in paper form. Published by the FAA, the IFIM is a preflight and planning guide for use by U.S. nonscheduled operators, business and private aviators flying outside of the United States. This online manual contains information correlated by the FAA, U.S. State Department, U.S. Customs Service, Centers for Disease Control, and Central Intelligence Agency. The IFIM can be accessed via the NBAA International Operations web page at www.nbaa.org/intl or directly via the FAA web site at www.faa.gov/ats/aat/ifim/. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at email@example.com.
UPCOMING HAR PROGRAM BRIEFINGS TO BE HELD IN
TEXAS AND MINNESOTA
Starting in mid-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 and higher), including the elimination of jet routes and implementation of true point-to-point navigation utilizing RNAV procedures. On March 3, the Houston Aviation Alliance will host a HAR Program briefing during a luncheon at the Hilton Hobby Hotel, and on March 5, the Minnesota Business Aviation Association will host a briefing during a luncheon at the 934th Airlift Wing Officer's Club at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). For more information, review the HAR Program briefing schedule at:
TSA FEDERAL SECURITY DIRECTOR TO SPEAK ON FEB. 27 IN LONG ISLAND
Paul Crispi, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) federal security director for Long Island Islip Macarthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, NY, will be the guest speaker at the Long Island Business Aviation Association's next meeting this Thursday, February 27. Several members of Crispi's staff also will attend the meeting, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. NBAA Members in the region are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about the TSA and discuss security issues. RSVPs are required for this event; please reply to Maureen at (631) 756-5500 or Maureen@Aireast.com or NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
TSA REPRESENTATIVE TO SPEAK AT CABAA EVENT IN CHICAGO ON MAR. 14
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a winter membership luncheon meeting for its members and other interested individuals on March 14 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, located at 1500 Lynn White Dr., Chicago (near Meigs Field) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The featured guest speaker will be a regional TSA representative, who will address issues of concern for the CABAA membership. There is a $10 charge to attend. To secure a reservation, please RSVP to CABAA's Al Murray at (847) 541-1014. If you have business aviation news or questions about the Midwest region, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at email@example.com.
AZBAA FORUM AND SCHOLARSHIP GOLF BENEFIT SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 4-5
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will host its 2nd Annual Arizona Aviation Forum and Scholarship Golf Benefit on April 4 and 5 at the Orange Tree Golf Resort, an 18-hole championship course in Scottsdale, AZ. The forum's featured speakers will be Jack Olcott, NBAA president; Gil Wolin, Business & Commercial Aviation publisher; and Gary Adams, Arizona Division of Aeronautics director. Proceeds from the golf benefit will fund business aviation scholarships for Arizona students enrolled in participating and eligible aviation colleges. Last year, AZBAA raised $13,000 for the scholarship fund. For more information, visit the AZBAA web site at www.azbaa.org; contact tournament chairpersons David Groppenbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Rudd at email@example.com; or contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING WORKSHOP TO BE HELD APR. 1-2 IN ATLANTA
"Being safe" isn't good enough. Bad accidents still happen to good people. Being ready to respond is equally important. A two-day Emergency Response Planning Workshop, hosted by NBAA and presented by The VanAllen Group, Inc., offers a great way to be better prepared. It includes an exceptional amount of practical information as well as guidance on how to create a comprehensive response plan for those who don't yet have their own. This event will be held April 1 and 2 in Atlanta. For more information or to register, contact The VanAllen Group's Lee Hunter at email@example.com or NBAA's Lydia Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANUAL WORKSHOP TO BE HELD THIS
MAY AT EBACE
Does your flight department have an operations manual, and if so, is it up-to-date? Do you want to use the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) in your flight department? EBACE, to be held May 7 to 9 in Geneva, Switzerland, will feature a two-day Flight Operations Manual Workshop that will enable participants to develop a flight operations manual using IS-BAO, the first internationally recognized operating standard for the corporate aviation community. This Workshop will be presented May 10 and 11 in Geneva, immediately following EBACE. For more information about IS-BAO, www.nbaa.org/ops/is-bao. For more information about the Workshop or to register, contact NBAA's Lydia Sampson at email@example.com or visit:
AN EMPTY SEAT
IS A LOST OPPORTUNITY
You can help Corporate Angel Network transport a cancer patient to critical treatment by providing an empty seat on your regularly scheduled flight. All patients are ambulatory and suitably dressed. Call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313; they do all the work. To see a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit: