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NBAA Update #03-23
Monday, June 9, 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.
VIEW LONGMUIR WELCOME
MESSAGE ONLINE NOW
Shelley A. Longmuir takes office as NBAA's new president on July 7. In advance of her arrival, Longmuir has recorded a welcome message to NBAA's Members and the business aviation community, available for online viewing or download in multiple formats and sizes. View the formal announcement of her appointment at www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030530-030.php. View her online welcome message at:
TFR IS UNIQUE
Operators are urged to check Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) carefully when operating in airspace affected by Presidential temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) because each one is tailored to unique conditions and circumstances. In a May 29 letter to the Association, FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey wrote, "the FAA determines on a case-by-case basis how to provide the flight restrictions requested by USSS [U.S. Secret Service] and TSA, while minimizing the negative impact to the National Airspace System." Blakey also noted that "the FAA is currently working to standardize the NOTAM format for these TFRs to provide more consistent air traffic control services." Download a copy of Blakey's letter in PDF format at:
ISSUES ADDITIONAL ACCESS CERTIFICATE TO NBAA MEMBER COMPANY
The TSA has issued another Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) to Hertz Corporation, bringing the total number of TSAACs issued to seven for companies that participated in the Proof of Concept project for Teterboro Airport (TEB)-based Part 91 operators. This project involves NBAA Security Protocol training, submitting an application to the TSA, and TSA approval of the application. NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security contains some of the elements of the Security Protocol and may be viewed at:
NEW YORK FORUM ATTRACTED 1,400 ATTENDEES
The NBAA Business Aviation Forum & Static Display is a day-long learning and networking experience designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation operators and vendors across the United States. Last Thursday's New York Forum attracted at least 1,400 people and featured more than 40 aircraft -- including the latest models from almost every major business aircraft manufacturer -- at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. The New York event built on the success of three previous NBAA Forums in the Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Southern California areas. For more information, including photos of past Forums, visit the NBAA web site at:
AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT AND WHEN DO I REPORT IT TO THE NTSB?
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), "Federal regulations require operators to notify the NTSB immediately of aviation accidents and certain incidents. An accident is defined as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage. An incident is an occurrence other than an accident that affects or could affect the safety of operations." The Reporting an Accident to the NTSB web site at www.ntsb.gov/aviation/report.htm provides links to the applicable regulations (49 CFR 830), the NTSB regional offices to report to, and the forms required. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at email@example.com.
SANTA MONICA AIRPORT
LANDING FEE PROPOSAL VIOLATES FAA GRANT ASSURANCE
NBAA today submitted comments to the Santa Monica City Council regarding its proposed ordinance and landing-fee schedule for Santa Monica Airport (SMO), which will be considered by the Council at a meeting tomorrow. Should the proposal be adopted, an unjustly discriminatory weight-based landing fee would be imposed on all aircraft operations at the airport, not just commercial operations. "It is our view that this is another effort to force larger business jet aircraft off the airport," wrote NBAA President Jack Olcott. NBAA urged the Council not to adopt the proposed landing fee schedule since it is discriminatory against heavier business aircraft operations and in violation of FAA Grant Assurance 22, among other provisions. Download the NBAA letter in PDF format at:
STMP PLANNED AT MIDWAY
IN JULY FOR BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME
In mid-July the FAA plans to implement a Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) at Chicago's Midway Airport (MDW) in anticipation of a large number of aircraft traveling to the area for the Major League Baseball All-Star game. The STMP will be in effect for all domestic, non-scheduled IFR arrivals between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. CDT from Saturday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 15. Slot reservations will be available beginning on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:00 a.m. CDT and will not be assigned more than 72 hours in advance of the estimated time of arrival. Pilots may obtain a reservation by visiting www.fly.faa.gov/estmp or calling (800) 875-9755. For more information about business aviation airspace issues, visit the NBAA web site at:
WATERBURY-OXFORD AIRPORT ILS/DME OUT OF SERVICE UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Be advised that the ILS/DME will be out of service at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT from June 12 until September 15. The airport will be closed except by prior permission from the airport manager (tel: 860-264-8010) during 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local during this period. Operators may use Bradley International Airport (BDL) or Bridgeport Municipal (BDR) as alternates. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YORK TAX FORUM FEATURES NEW TWO-DAY FORMAT, STATE TAX WORKSHOP
This week's NBAA Tax Forum on June 12 and 13 in Tarrytown, NY, features a new two-day format and provides an introduction to a variety of issues affecting aviation operations, including operations under Part 91 of the FAA regulations, reimbursement under Section 91.501 of the FAA regulations, rules pertaining to personal and non-business use of an aircraft, Federal excise taxes, depreciation and insurance trends. The New York Tax Forum also includes a workshop on state and local sales, use and property taxes with an emphasis on the tax laws of New York and selected surrounding states, and a workshop on international tax and operations issues. Attending the NBAA Tax Forum provides a maximum of 17.5 hours of recommended continuing education (CPE) credits. For details or to register, visit:
AND TSA BRIEFING THIS THURSDAY IN BIRMINGHAM, AL
This Thursday, June 12, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event for the Birmingham, AL region featuring NBAA Staff members and local TSA federal security directors. The buffet lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. at Birmingham International Airport's Southern Company Hangar. For more information or to RSVP, visit:
& BENCHMARK SURVEY NOW UNDERWAY
The 2003 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is currently in progress with a deadline of July 7 for entries. To take part in this online survey, NBAA Member Representatives should visit:
CAN GIVE A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
As a Corporate Angel, you can give cancer patients a much-needed lift, both physically and emotionally, without any cost, inconvenience, or extra effort on your part. You may be flying with empty seats to the very place a patient needs to go for critical testing or treatment. Patients are fully ambulatory and need no special treatment while traveling. To get involved, call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 -- they make all the arrangements. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: