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NBAA Update #03-15
Monday, April 14, 2003
NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Send your comments about NBAA Update to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ACCESS CERTIFICATES ISSUED
Today the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) informed NBAA that the first six TSA Access Certificates (TSAACs) have been approved and signed by Vice Adm. John E. Shkor, TSA COO. Later this week, NBAA President Jack Olcott will present the TSAACs to six Part 91 operators participating in the program, all NBAA Members based at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. Initially, these TSAAC holders will serve as security protocol proof-of-concept examples as they conduct international flights and, ultimately, have access to selected airspace affected by temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). For more information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com.
NBAA PRESIDENT URGES CONGRESS TO APPROVE MULTI-YEAR
On April 9, NBAA President Jack Olcott urged multi-year reauthorization of the FAA when testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee. Olcott also discussed the critical needs of the business aviation community in the key areas of safety and security, airport investment, access, air transportation system modernization, air traffic control, and international and regulatory issues. Review the testimony online at:
AVOID ADIZ VIOLATIONS
With the arrival of spring and more VFR days, weekend violations of the Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) around Washington, DC and New York City have increased approximately 15 percent, compared to VFR winter weekends. Most of the violations have occurred when VFR pilots transition into the ADIZ without following the proper procedures prior to exiting the traffic pattern or during enroute operations prior to entering the ADIZ. NBAA recommends that corporate operators file IFR, if possible, when passing through or near these areas. For more information, visit:
SARS INFORMATION ONLINE
The Centers for Disease Control have issued a series of guidelines for dealing with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), including information for flightcrews. CDC's online information is available at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars with information specific to flightcrew personnel available at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/airpersonnel.htm. The World Health Organization's online SARS information may be found at www.who.int/disease-outbreak-news/disease/SY02.htm.
WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF COMPLIANCE
FOR NIGHT TAKEOFF AND LANDING CURRENCY?
A person acting as pilot in command (PIC) of an aircraft carrying passengers during nighttime must make at least three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop during nighttime within the preceding 90 days. There is an exception to this requirement for pilots who are type rated in more than one type of airplane. If the airplanes are type certificated for more than one pilot crewmember, and the PIC completes an approved training program under Part 142 within the preceding 12 calendar months, the PIC is current for carrying passengers at night provided he or she meets a few extra requirements. For more information about night currency requirements, visit the NBAA web site at www.nbaa.org/safety/nightcurrency or contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXHIBITS UP NEARLY 17 PERCENT
EBACE2003, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus totally on business aviation, will be held May 7 through 9, 2003, at Palexpo, located immediately adjacent to the Geneva International Airport in Switzerland. As of April 8, EBACE2003 representatives reported 603 booth spaces sold to 228 Exhibiting Companies, an increase of 16.6 percent in exhibit space and 10.6 percent in Exhibitors compared to the same period leading up to EBACE2002. EBACE2003 will kick off with an Opening General Session on May 7 featuring FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey. A full schedule of events is planned at EBACE2003, which will feature 10 Informational Sessions on topics of interest to operators of business aircraft in Europe. For more information, visit:
EPA PROPOSING WASTEWATER RULE CHANGES THAT COULD BENEFIT AVIATION
Airports are among the entities that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes could benefit from changes in wastewater treatment and disposal rules. The EPA has proposed adding benzene and 2-ethoxyethanol to the list of solvents whose mixtures with wastewater are exempted from the statutory definition of "hazardous waste." As part of the same rulemaking, the EPA has proposed providing greater flexibility in rule compliance. Comments on the proposal are due June 9. For more information on the proposed rule, contact EPA's Ron Josephson at email@example.com or Laura Burrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOISE LUNCH ON APR. 24 TO FOCUS ON SECURITY, FORMATION OF LOCAL GROUP
Members of the business aviation community are invited to a complimentary working lunch in Boise to discuss business aviation security issues and the formation of a regional business aviation group in Boise. Julian Gonzales, TSA Federal security director, will be the featured speaker, and other special guests will include Robert Martin, Idaho Division of Aeronautics; John Anderson, Boise Airport; and FAA representatives. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Boise Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave., Boise, ID, (208) 344-8365. RSVPs are required by Tuesday, April 22 to NBAA's Paul H. Smith at email@example.com.
HAR BRIEFING TO BE HELD AT CENTENNIAL AIRPORT
ON APR. 28
The High-Altitude Redesign (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 Wednesday, April 30, NBAA will host a complimentary breakfast and HAR Program briefing at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Centennial Airport (APA), 7770 S. Peoria St., Englewood, CO, (303) 790-7770. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. RSVPs are required by Monday, April 28 to NBAA's Paul Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the HAR Program briefing schedule, visit:
FAA TO HOST CUSTOMER MEETING AT DFW TOWER/TRACON ON MAY 1
All Dallas/Fort Worth-area NBAA Members are invited to attend an FAA customer meeting at the DFW Tower/TRACON on May 1 at 9:00 a.m. Personnel from Fort Worth Center, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Airport, and DFW Tower/TRACON will be represented at the meeting. To reach the TRACON building, guests must arrive through either the north or south toll booth entries. The TRACON is adjacent to the center tower, which is located in the center of the airport. Parking will be available in front of the center tower. Members, if you would like the meeting to address specific issues, send your topics in advance of the meeting to DFW Tower/TRACON's Greg Juro at (972) 615-2550. For more information, contact Juro or NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
FOURTH FAA DRVSM SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO JUN. 3-4
The FAA will present its fourth seminar on Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM) on June 3 and 4 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL. Other seminars in this series will be scheduled in Seattle and Dallas over the next 12 months. The intent of these seminars is to provide information to operators and other interested parties on the FAA's RVSM implementation plans. They are open to anyone who is interested and planning on operating above FL 290 after January 2005. For more information, visit the FAA web site at www.tc.faa.gov/act-500/niaab/drvsm/drvsm_seminars.asp. For general DRVSM information, visit the NBAA web site at:
BUSINESS AVIATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Ahid Quntar, managing director of Royal Wings/Arab Wings, and Andrew Walters, chairman of Regional Airports Ltd., are the 2003 recipients of the EBACE European Business Aviation Awards, which honor individuals from the business aviation community in Europe. These awards will be presented during the EBACE 3rd Annual Awards Reception & Banquet on Thursday evening, May 8, in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, visit:
OPERATIONS MANUAL WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN GENEVA
For the first time, EBACE2003 will be held in conjunction with a two-day Flight Operations Manual Workshop on May 10 and 11 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will enable participants to develop a flight operations manual using the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the first internationally recognized operating standard for the corporate aviation community. The Workshop fee (which is separate from the EBACE registration fee) includes a complete copy of the IS-BAO standards and acceptable means of compliance, a Generic Company Operations Manual and a five-year revision service for these materials. For more information about this Seminar, visit:
CURRENT AND FUTURE MAINTENANCE
LEADERS INVITED TO MAY EVENT IN CHARLOTTE
The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference is the only event that provides current and developing maintenance managers the opportunity to learn information and solutions about the latest issues affecting the business aviation maintenance community today. This event provides crucial networking and information-sharing opportunities for aviation managers and aircraft maintenance technicians. Experts will present key issues and research results in various fields, including human factors, regulations, environmental health and safety, new technologies, certification and industry standards. Highly informative Conference sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20. Additionally, exhibits showcasing products and services of interest to the aviation maintenance community will be open during sessions held between Sunday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 20. For more information, to register, or to exhibit, visit:
UPDATED NBAA FEDERAL TAX REFERENCE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Now updated for 2003, the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook is designed to be a plain-language reference about Federal aviation excise taxes for the flight and accounting departments of NBAA Member Companies and the larger business aviation community. NBAA Members may review the latest edition of this publication online or download it in PDF format at:
Review remarks made by NBAA President Jack Olcott at the National Aircraft Finance Association 32nd Annual Meeting on April 10, 2003, available as a PowerPoint presentation download at:
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, INTERNATIONAL
FLIGHT OPERATIONS CD DUE APR. 25
NBAA requests proposals from qualified applicants to update the contents and format of the Association's Oceanic Flying, Operations and Procedures CD-ROM publication, last updated in 1999. Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 25. For more information, contact NBAA's Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
AVKIDS.COM HELPS TEACHERS CELEBRATE
100 YEARS OF FLIGHT
AvKids is an NBAA program designed to educate elementary school students about the benefits of business aviation to the community and the career opportunities available to them in the business aviation industry. At the AvKids.com web site, educators can receive free materials about the Wright Brothers and the science of flight to celebrate the Centennial of Flight. Many of these materials, including the AvKids Activity Guide, have been created by teachers and conform with the National Standards of Learning. Learn more at: