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NBAA Update #03-35
Monday, September 1, 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. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to email@example.com.
NBAA APPLAUDS FAA DECISION ON UNLAWFULNESS
OF NAPLES STAGE 2 BAN
NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir commended the FAA for its landmark decision on August 25 holding unlawful the ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations at Naples Municipal Airport in Florida. "This decision is significant for the entire aviation community, not just business aviation," said Longmuir. "By reaffirming the purposes underlying the relevant legislation, and by recognizing that business aviation is a good neighbor, the decision goes a long way to ensuring the sanctity of the National Airspace System." For more information, visit:
RHODE ISLAND USE TAX UPDATE
NBAA reported last week on the issuance of an emergency regulation that could subject certain aircraft traveling to Rhode Island to the state's use tax. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation (RIDT) has verbally confirmed to NBAA that the state's use tax generally does not apply to property purchased by nonresidents and used outside of Rhode Island prior to its use in the state. The RIDT also has verbally stated that the emergency regulation will not be applied to "nonresidents" of Rhode Island. However, the manner in which residency has been judicially defined in Rhode Island raises concerns regarding whether or not a company or individual domiciled elsewhere, but with contacts in Rhode Island, could be considered a "resident." NBAA is working to clarify the applicability of the Rhode Island use tax to nonresidents and will be represented at an upcoming public hearing on the emergency regulation. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the emergency regulation online, visit:
NBAA REVISES VIEWS ON OPERATION OF THE U.S. AIR TRAFFIC
Responding to recent debate on provisions contained in a bill to reauthorize funding and programs for the FAA, NBAA has updated its position on the operation of the U.S. air traffic control system, in part adding support for contract towers. You can review the Association's position at www.nbaa.org/govt/issues/faamgmt.php. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at email@example.com or Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about NBAA's position on other important issues, visit:
NBAA SAFETY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION #7
HOW CAN YOU BE PROACTIVE IN PREVENTING RUNWAY INCURSIONS?
Develop, implement and practice disciplined standard operating procedures (SOPs) governing the operation of aircraft on airport surfaces. A runway incursion is defined by the FAA as "any occurrence at an airport involving an aircraft, vehicle, person, or object on the ground that creates a collision hazard or results in a loss of separation with an aircraft taking off, intending to takeoff, landing, or intending to land." The National Transportation Safety Board considers runway incursions one of its top three aviation safety issues, noting that "these incidents continue to occur with alarming, and increased, frequency." Loss of situational awareness is a key contributor to this safety problem. To help reduce the risk of runway incursions, the NBAA Safety Committee has assembled a set of SOPs, available online at:
WHAT IS A HIGH DENSITY TRAFFIC AIRPORT?
A high density traffic airport (HDTA) is an airport that has a maximum number of operations allocated because of high demand. HDTAs that require a slot reservation for all non-scheduled IFR arrivals and departures are John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), and Reagan Washington National (DCA) (when reopened to general aviation). Operators can reserve a slot through the online computerized voice reservation system (e-CVRS) at www.fly.faa.gov/ecvrs. More information about operations at HDTAs can be found in FAA Advisory Circular 93-1, "Reservations for Unscheduled Operations at High Density Traffic Airports," available for download at www.faa.gov/ats/ata/ai/ac93-1eff100102.pdf. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at email@example.com.
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL 694 UPDATE
NBAA asks Member Companies in California to contact their state senators before Assembly Bill (AB) 694 moves to the California Senate floor. AB 694 would change the rules by which California use tax is collected on aircraft. If passed, the new law would double the time a newly purchased aircraft must be kept out of California in order to be exempt from the use tax. NBAA believes AB 694 would increase the burden on California Part 91 operators when they purchase an aircraft and reduce income for fuel and maintenance service businesses. NBAA encourages Members to send letters to each California senator asking them to oppose AB 694; contact information is available at www.nbaa.org/congress. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. CUSTOMS MAY CUT LONG BEACH CLEARANCE SERVICE
In February 2001, the City of Long Beach and U.S. Customs implemented a test program for general aviation aircraft at Long Beach Airport (LGB). While the program has been successful, Customs indicates that the number of clearings has been "significantly lower" than projected. Citing their "new national security mission" and staffing issues, Customs discontinued service at LGB as of yesterday, August 31. NBAA Members based at Long Beach and the Airport Area Business Council are working with Customs, the City of Long Beach and Federally elected officials to continue this valuable service. To indicate your company's support of continued Customs service at LGB, e-mail NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com. For more information about LGB, visit:
NEW RUNWAY AT MIAMI TO BE OPERATIONAL THIS
New Runway 8/26 at Miami International Airport (MIA) will be operational as of this Thursday, September 4. This new runway is located 800 feet north of Runway 9L/27R. To prevent incidents and runway incursions, NBAA Members are advised to exercise extreme vigilance when conducting approaches to either one of these runways. For more information, download an aerial view of the new runway in PDF format at:
MANASSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY/TAXIWAY CONSTRUCTION IN VIRGINIA
Runway 16L/34R will be closed at Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) on Tuesday, September 2 at 6:30 a.m. local time. The runway closure is scheduled to last 55 days. For the latest information on Manassas projects and updates, visit www.manassascity.org/reg_airport/updates.html or contact Joe Lee, airport operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
NEXT MONDAY'S REACHBAC
TO FEATURE NBAA PRESIDENT, ATLANTA OFFICIALS
Next Monday, September 8, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event in conjunction with the Georgia Business Aviation Association that features Shelley A. Longmuir, NBAA's new president, along with guest speakers Anita Terry McDonald, port director for U.S. Customs, and Willie Anderson, director of the Immigration & Naturalization Service in Atlanta. The complimentary buffet luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA. RSVP to NBAA's June DeFontes at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit:
WHITE PLAINS REACHBAC
ON SEPT. 10 HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF BUSINESS AVIATION
On Wednesday, September 10, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event in conjunction with the Westchester Aviation Association that features Shelley A. Longmuir, NBAA's new president, along with guest speaker Andrew G. Robel, managing director of Merrill Lynch's Private Client Group, who will discuss the benefits and advantages of business aviation. The complimentary buffet luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Westchester County Airport (HPN), Hangar E (General Electric's hangar), 85 Tower Rd., White Plains, NY 10604, tel: (914) 421-9100. RSVP to NBAA's June DeFontes at email@example.com. For more information, visit:
BOMBARDIER SAFETY STANDDOWN
TO BE HELD OCT. 28-30
Bombardier is scheduled to hold its annual Safety Standdown on October 28 to 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, KS. Operators of any type of business aircraft can attend the seminar free of charge. The three-day conference will feature a series of two-hour sessions, and the material covered is applicable to all jet aircraft regardless of manufacturer. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, SEPT. 10
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold a general meeting and membership drive at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 at the Boca Raton Marriott Hotel, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486, tel: (561) 392-4600. Speakers will brief the group on recent developments at Naples, Stuart and Boca Raton airports. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided. RSVP with Maureen Cole at (561) 307-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
NBAA TAX CONFERENCE TO EXPLAIN
FLIGHT DEPARTMENT COMPANIES, AND MORE
NBAA has received numerous inquiries recently involving a separate single-purpose LLC or other corporate entity (a flight department company) that owns and operates the corporate aircraft under Part 91. Typically, this separate company is created as a tax planning tool or to isolate liabilities associated with the aircraft. However, if the company has no other business except operating the aircraft, there may be FAA regulatory and other issues. Whether a flight department company can conduct aircraft operations, except under a commercial operating certificate, is one of many topics that will be considered at the NBAA 12th Annual Tax Conference, to be held October 9 and 10 in Orlando, FL. For more information or to register, visit:
NBAA OFFICES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
NBAA is closed today for the Labor Day holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.
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