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NBAA Update #03-10
Monday, March 10, 2003
TSA BRIEFS NBAA ON GENERAL AVIATION SECURITY CONCERNS
On Friday, March 7, security officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) briefed general aviation association leaders on possible additional flight restrictions in response to U.S. military or terrorist action. While it is apparent that no decision has been made about implementing any specific solution, TSA is considering a broad range of options to address general aviation security. NBAA has been given a small window of opportunity to respond to the classified briefing. NBAA encourages Members to remain diligent, to continue implementing and practicing business aviation's high level of security, and to be prepared with travel options. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at email@example.com or visit the NBAA Security web page at:
STANDARD INDUSTRY FARE LEVEL
(SIFL) RATES FOR FIRST HALF OF 2003
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1, 2003, to June 30, 2003. For more information, visit:
TSA CONCERNED ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF TWELVE-FIVE PROGRAM
The final Twelve Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) has been available to Part 135 operators for several weeks and is accessible at https://webboards.tsa.dot.gov/ACO500. Charter operators who requested the TFSSP should have been issued a unique web ID and password that enables them to download the final program from the TSA web board. The Agency is tracking activity on the web site and has seen "only a few hundred" downloads of the posted information. The TSA would like to hear if operators' passwords are not working or if operators are having problems downloading the TFSSP. NBAA has volunteered to act as a liaison between concerned operators and the TSA. If you are having problems accessing the final TFSSP, contact NBAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 783-9250. Be prepared to give your company name, address, Part 135 certificate number, contact information and the name of your POI, along with the specific nature of the problem.
FINGERPRINT-BASED CHRC FOR TWELVE-FIVE
PROGRAM DUE APRIL 1
In a meeting on Friday, March 7, the TSA advised NBAA that very few operators have begun the fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Check (CHRC). Charter operators who fly aircraft 12,500 pounds or more must comply with the Twelve Five Standard Security Program by April 1. Operators have two methods for collecting and submitting fingerprints for CHRC: either through the NATA web site at http://www.natacompliance.com or the American Association of Airport Executives web site at https://www.asc-csc.com. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at email@example.com or review fingerprinting guidance on the NBAA web site at:
HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE TOURS AVIATION CITIES
Later this week, a 13-member Congressional delegation will begin a multi-city tour of aviation interests across the country. The delegation will tour an engine manufacturer in Cincinnati, a hub airport in Detroit, a maintenance facility in San Francisco and aircraft manufacturers in Wichita. It also will hold a field hearing in Portland, OR on the challenges of small-community air service. This tour will prepare Subcommittee members for upcoming legislation reauthorizing programs for the FAA. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW CUSTOMS APIS WEB SITE
The U.S. Customs Service has developed a web page dedicated to the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) that is informational in nature. This page has documentation for UN Electronic Data Interchange for Administration Commercial Trade (EDIFACT) implementation, US EDIFACT issues, as well as links to laws, regulations, fact sheets and search functions. Visit the APIS information web page at http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/travel/inspections/APIS/. Updated guidance for "Non-IATA-type Air Carriers" is not yet available, and a Customs-developed web-based APIS submission service, eAPIS, is currently under development. NBAA Members are reminded that the Association's web-based APIS submission service has been available for Part 135 operators since May 2002. Developed as an interim solution, NBAA's free APIS service has transmitted over 46,000 trips. Visit the NBAA APIS site at:
THIS WEEK; OFFICIAL TAXICAB COMPANIES APPOINTED
The First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), the only Latin American event of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, will be held from Thursday, March 13 to Saturday, March 15 in São Paulo, Brazil. This event will feature nearly 80 Exhibitors in 185 booth spaces at the Transamérica Expo Center and 16 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport. Attendees should note that LABACE Management has appointed two official taxicab companies that will provide English-speaking drivers upon request; seewww.labace.org/attendees/taxicabs.htm for details. For more information about LABACE2003, visit:
LABACE2004 DATES ANNOUNCED
NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG), Latin America's business aviation association, have announced that the dates for LABACE2004 will be March 4 to 6, 2004, in São Paulo, Brazil. For more information about LABACE, visit the official web site at:
NBAA UPDATE HELPS RESOLVE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC NAVAID INSPECTION PROBLEM
As reported in the March 3, 2003, NBAA Update issue, certain NavAids (VORs, DMEs and Approach aides) in the Dominican Republic are overdue for flight inspection. After that report was seen by officials responsible for flight checks in the Caribbean, the flight checks were immediately scheduled, with plans to start on March 17. For more information contact NBAA's Bill Stine at email@example.com.
WHEN WILL AN ELT BE REQUIRED ON TURBOJET-POWERED AIRCRAFT?
Effective January 1, 2004, all turbojet-powered aircraft are required to have Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). Exceptions to this requirement can be found in 14 CFR Part 91.207. All installations of ELTs (including turbine-powered airplanes) must comply with either TSO C126 or C91a. Because search-and-rescue satellites will not support VHF after 2009, NBAA suggests the C126 units be used for all new installations. NBAA maintains an implementation timeline at www.nbaa.org/member/cns/timeline.htm, where Members can view all the current and future requirements for communication and navigation equipment. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW NOTAM CHANGES WASHINGTON
Effective March 6 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern for the Washington DC ADIZ, NOTAM FDC 3/1850 replaced FDC 3/1244 and eliminated the requirement that pilots file a flight plan with an AFSS and activate it prior to operating an aircraft in the DC ADIZ. Pilots must still establish two-way radio communication with the appropriate ATC facility before operating in the ADIZ as well as obtain and continually transmit a discrete transponder code from ATC. For more information, visit:
MARITIME SECURITY ZONES ESTABLISHED NEAR LGA, JFK
The U.S. Coast Guard has established temporary safety and security zones in the waters around New York City's LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports. The new rule will prohibit ships from getting any closer than 200 yards of the airfields in an effort "to ensure that vessels, facilities and airports are not used as targets of, or platforms for, terrorist attacks. " The rule, which was made retroactive to February 4, is slated to remain in effect until September 1, although the Coast Guard is accepting comments on the subject until April 21. For more information, contact NBAA at email@example.com.
FAA CONTRACTS FOR THIRD SATELLITE TO IMPROVE GPS NAVIGATION
The FAA has announced that it will add a third satellite to the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), a move that is designed increase the availability and reliability of signals derived from the GPS-based system of satellites and ground reference stations. WAAS currently is undergoing operational testing and is slated to be approved for IFR navigation later this year. Use of the new communications link -- which is expected to provide better geographic coverage, greater signal availability and a lower rate of signal failures -- is scheduled to be operational by 2006. For more information, contact NBAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PREFERRED ROUTINGS TO SJC AND SFO FOR RNAV-EQUIPPED
Effective March 31, Los Angeles Center will begin using new preferred routings from California's Ontario International (ONT), Van Nuys (VNY), and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (BUR) airports for RNAV-equipped aircraft destined to San Jose International (SJC) and San Francisco International (SFO) airports. These routes were developed in an attempt to relieve coordination between controllers in the very busy sectors around Avenal VORTAC. It is expected that controllers will clear aircraft direct MAKRS intersection prior to COREZ when inbound LAX traffic over AVE permits. For more information and to download the new route information, visit:
FLORIDA OPERATORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE
IN QUALITY OF SERVICE SURVEY
Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (JARTCC) in Florida is conducting a Quality of Service Survey of those who operate in this airspace on a regular basis. A copy of this survey is available on the NBAA web site, and pilots who use JARTCC airspace are encouraged to complete the survey and return it no later than March 31. Instructions on how to return the survey are included on the form, available for download at:
UPCOMING HAR PROGRAM BRIEFINGS TO BE HELD IN
SCOTTSDALE AND ATLANTA
A High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program briefing will be held tomorrow, March 11, at 7:00 a.m. at Scottsdale Municipal Airport Aviation Business Center, 15041 N. Airport Drive, Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, on Monday, March 24, the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host a buffet lunch at 11:00 a.m. and HAR Program briefing at 12:00 noon at the BellSouth Hangar, Fulton County Airport-Brown Field, 4005 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, GA. RSVP for the Atlanta event with NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com or GBAA's Skip Moore at AMooreskip@aol.com. For more information about the HAR Program and a schedule of future briefing dates, visit:
NBAA 30TH ANNUAL INT'L OPERATORS CONFERENCE
STARTS IN ONE WEEK
The NBAA International Operators Committee will host its 30th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC) next week, from Monday to Thursday, March 17 to 20, in Colorado Springs, CO. This four-day event will offer valuable information on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. Experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning to navigational systems to security and medical issues. For more information or to register, visit:
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FORUM TO FEATURE
KEY BRIEFINGS, OVER 60 EXHIBITORS
NBAA will conduct its next Business Aviation Forum & Static Display on Friday, March 28 at the AirFlite facilities on Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, CA. This event will feature more than 70 Exhibitors, over 25 aircraft on Static Display and 12 Informational Sessions, including an aviation security briefing by Federal Security Director Madelyn Sawyer and a special session for potential business aircraft operators featuring NBAA President Jack Olcott and Cessna Aircraft Co. Chairman and CEO Russ Meyer. Other sessions will focus on California state-tax issues, upset recovery training, maintenance issues and management challenges. Don't miss this chance to share information and network with peers from your region. For more information or to register, visit:
BE PREPARED FOR ACCIDENT SCENARIOS
No one wants an aircraft accident to occur. But as an aircraft operator, you must be prepared to cope with the aftermath of an aircraft accident. NBAA and The VanAllen Group, Inc. will present a highly interactive two-day Emergency Response Planning Workshop on April 1 and 2 in Atlanta that provides knowledge and experience available nowhere else. Critical elements in the emergency-response process are highlighted and participants and their organizations learn to ensure the best possible outcome. For more information or to register, visit:
CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF AVIATION MAINTENANCE THIS MAY IN CHARLOTTE
To celebrate 100 years of aviation maintenance, the NBAA Maintenance Management Committee will host the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Charlotte, NC on May 17 through 21, with exhibits being offered from May 18 to 21. In particular, this event will recognize the accomplishments of Charles E. Taylor, the "Father of Aviation Maintenance," who contributed to the success of the Wright Brothers' inaugural flight. This Conference will offer vendors the chance to exhibit their products and services, and sponsorship opportunities are available as well. An Exhibitor Prospectus will be available both in print and online by early April. In the meantime, direct inquiries about exhibiting or sponsoring at this event to NBAA's Lydia Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WRIGHT AGAIN VIRTUALLY RECREATES DEVELOPMENT
OF WRIGHT FLYER ONLINE
To celebrate the work and achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the "Wright Again" project invites elementary, middle, and high school students to follow the technical development of the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer. Wright Again is available on the Internet at www.wrightagain.com for all students and teachers to access. Starting with Wilbur Wright's first documented interest in powered flight on May 30, 1899, Wright Again follows the brothers' successes and setbacks on the path to the first flight on December 17, 1903. For more information, visit: