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NBAA Update #03-37
Monday, September 15, 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.
HURRICANE ISABEL IS NOW FORECAST TO COME ASHORE AT 2 PM
Hurricane Isabel is expected to make landfall Thursday afternoon along the North Carolina/Virginia Atlantic coastal border on a northern track, although East Coast air traffic is expected to be disrupted as early as Wednesday.
FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP RULE SET FOR RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY,
The FAA's final rule setting regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations (Part 91, Subpart K) and updating requirements for on-demand charter operations (Part 135) is set for release on Wednesday, September 17 in the Federal Register. NBAA will have a copy of the final rule for review and download as soon as it becomes available. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE BOB WARREN JOINS NBAA STAFF AS EVP
Robert P. Warren will serve in the Association's newly created role of executive vice president, starting today. Warren's 30-year career spans considerable experience in aviation and its related regulatory, security, customs and legal issues, as well as a legal career in high-ranking positions at several federal government departments, and association management. In his new role, Warren will oversee the Association's departments of finance, human resources, strategic programs, membership, marketing, conventions and seminars, and support services. Warren will report directly to Shelley A. Longmuir, president of NBAA. For more information, visit:
SECURITY OFFICIALS HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO AIRSPACE DEVIATIONS
On September 8, an NBAA Member filed a flight plan for a business jet flight from an East Coast airport to a European destination. Shortly after takeoff the captain changed the destination to a Washington, DC-area airport. The flightcrew was not aware that Air Force One was actively taxiing for takeoff at Andrews Air Force Base at approximately the same time, and did not provide ATC with a detailed explanation of the reason for the flight plan change. The aircraft was held away from the DC area and was given control instructions to test compliance with ATC, while ATC, NORAD, FBI and others communicated with the flight department and NBAA's GA Desk at the FAA ATC System Command Center to determine if the aircraft was changing destinations for a legitimate reason. Only after security officials were satisfied with the validity of the diversion was the aircraft allowed to proceed with fighter escort to its Washington, DC destination. Operators should be aware of the acute sensitivity to flight plan changes by air traffic and security personal, particularly near national strategic assets. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs prior to every flight, to avoid non-standard ATC procedures and to avoid flight plan changes whenever possible. If such changes are necessary, operators must promptly communicate the reasons for the change to ATC. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
NBAA SAFETY COMMITTEE
IMPLEMENT A VOLUNTARY SAFETY REPORTING SYSTEM
A mark of a truly world-class safety culture is an organization's willingness to not only acknowledge risk, but to seek it out and address it. The most efficient method of identifying risk is to encourage everyone to take part in a voluntary safety reporting system (SRS). This requires commitment and participation at all levels along with visible and consistent support from management. The success of any voluntary SRS hinges upon the perception of value that management places on the program. The NBAA Safety Committee has developed a prototypical hazard and incident reporting system applicable to business aircraft operations, which is available at: http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/manual/Hazard&IncidentReporting.doc. For other safety documents, visit:
SAFETY STANDDOWN TO BE HELD OCT. 28-30
Bombardier is scheduled to hold its annual Safety Standdown on October 28- 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:
NBAA, U.S. CHAMBER AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS
CALL FOR PASSAGE OF H.R. 2144
NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir has signed a letter, along with 11 other aviation association principals and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been distributed to every Congressman and Senator urging passage of the FAA Reauthorization "Conference Report" on H.R. 2144. NBAA Members are encouraged to review the letter and use the NBAA Contact Congress web site at www.nbaa.org/congress to urge Congressional leaders to support the measure. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
THREE WEEKS FROM TOMORROW IN ORLANDO
A record number of Exhibiting Companies will be on hand at NBAA's 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando on October 7, 8, 9. The deadline for advance registration is September 26. For more information, visit:
TSA TO CONDUCT INSPECTIONS OF OPERATORS REGULATED BY 12-5
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has informed NBAA that the TSA's Aviation Regulatory and Inspection Division is in the process of conducting security inspections for operators regulated by the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP). Operators can expect the initial inspection to be scheduled in advance. TSA Principal Security Inspectors (PSIs) will hold interviews with companies' Aircraft Operator Security Coordinators and review the procedures employed to check passengers and employees against the "no-fly list." Operators also must present documentation for required training and Criminal History Records Check (CHRC). According to the notice, "the purpose of the initial inspections is to ensure operators are complying with their TSA-approved security programs and to correct minor deficiencies when, in the opinion of Lead PSI, operators have made a good-faith attempt to comply." For additional information, contact NBAA's Eric Ramsdell at email@example.com
SPACE IS LIMITED FOR NEW NBAA SECURITY
NBAA is offering a new seminar called "NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators" based upon the proof-of-concept security project developed in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). NBAA has performed security training seminars for Part 91 operators based at Teterboro, Westchester County and Morristown airports. These "Train-the-Trainer" sessions have given participants the materials necessary to train their companies' employees to meet the standards required to obtain a TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC), which eventually may grant TSAAC holders access to TFRs equivalent to scheduled air carriers. Locations of upcoming security training seminars are: Boston, MA, October 20; Detroit, MI, October 23; Burbank, CA, October, 28; and Seattle, WA, October 30. Additional dates and locations will be announced at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando on October 7, 8, 9. For more information, visit:
CAN I FIND GRAPHICAL DEPICTIONS OF TFRs?
Graphical depictions of TFRs can be found on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Airspace Information web site at http://airspace.blm.gov/mapping/blm/index.cfm. The BLM Aviation Office is the only government agency that graphically plots all TFRs established around stadiums, nuclear sites, fire fighting areas, and other national airspace restrictions. Operators can search for TFRs by state or by type. After locating a TFR that affects your area, you can print part of an actual World Aeronautical Chart (WAC) or Sectional Chart with the TFR drawn on it. The BLM site is updated every 30 minutes during normal business hours Monday through Friday, and between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on weekends. For further information, contact the Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL 694 UPDATE; NBAA MEMBERS WIN TIME
When placed on the California Senate floor for a vote, proponents of AB 694 were unable to obtain the 2/3 vote necessary for passage. If it had passed, the new law would have doubled the time a newly purchased aircraft must be kept out of California in order to be exempt from California's use tax. NBAA extends thanks and appreciation for the NBAA Members who supported the campaign to prevent the passage of this bill. These combined efforts culminated in the Senate's placing the bill in inactive status, thus making it a "two year bill." While our hard work was effective this year, this bill may be presented for passage at some point next year. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com or Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGB CUSTOMS SERVICE TO CONTINUE
Through the combined efforts of NBAA Members, Long Beach Airport (LGB) staff, and the City of Long Beach, U.S. Customs has decided to continue clearance service at LGB. In a letter from the port director, Customs indicates that they will be working with the airport and users to explore more efficient methods of service, which will be implemented in few weeks. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at email@example.com.
LONG BEACH AIR SHOW LIMITS BUSINESS AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS,
The City of Long Beach will hold its annual air show over Long Beach Harbor on October 2-5, 2003. A five NMR TFR centered on Belmont Pier will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 2 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 3, 4, and 5. Long Beach Airport (LGB) is within the TFR boundaries. During the hours that the TFR is active, aircraft operations at LGB will be limited to only Part 121 scheduled air carriers and air show aircraft. Height of the TFR is from the surface to 7,000 feet, except during specific times when the ceiling will be 15,000 feet to accommodate the Blue Angels high performance demonstrations. Note: Class B airspace overlies the TFR. Additionally, runways 7L/25R, 16L/34R and 16R/34L at LGB will be closed from October 1-6, for static aircraft parking and staging show aircraft. Runways 12/30 and 7R/25L will be open except during hours that the TFR is active, when their use will be limited to air show performers and Part 121 air carriers only. Official information will be available from the Hawthorne Flight Service Station and www.faa.gov. For more information, contact Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEETING TOMORROW FOR POSSIBLE REGIONAL AIRPORT GROUP IN
A meeting to determine the feasibility of forming a local/regional airport group will be held at the DuPont Aviation Facility on September 16, starting at 11:00 a.m. To attend, contact Neil Andrew at DuPont Aviation, tel: (302) 996-8025 so he may inform airport security. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
MBAA QUARTERLY MEETING, LEXINGTON, MA, SEP.17
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at Hartwell House, Island Room, 94 Hartwell Ave, Lexington, MA. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. NBAA's senior vice president, operations Bob Blouin will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APSI QUARTERLY MEETING, WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT SEP.
Aviation Professional Sharing Ideas (APSI) will hold its quarterly meeting at the Signature Flight Support facility at Westchester County Airport on September 25, starting at 6:00 p.m. Beau Altman will present "There are no problems, just alternate solutions. Determining the right solution for your right brain." A small fee will be assessed for this meeting. APSI Members should RSVP to Wendy Gavigan at email@example.com. Non-APSI Members may contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FOR MBNA PLATINUM 400 NASCAR SEP. 18-20
A Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) will be in effect September 18-21 due to the MBNA Platinum 400 NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. The airports primarily impacted by additional air traffic will be Dover Air Force Base (DOV), Sussex County Airport (GED), New Castle County Airport (ILG) and Delaware Airpark (33N). For more information, contact Dean contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com or visit:
NEXT NBAA REGIONAL FORUM
TO BE HELD IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ ON NOV. 13
NBAA will hold the next Business Aviation Regional Forum in Scottsdale, AZ on November 13, 2003. This one-day event, hosted by Scottsdale AirCenter, will feature more than 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 Exhibitors and a full slate of informational sessions. For more information, contact NBAA's Suzanne Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
STATIC DISPLAY MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE
An updated map of the NBAA Static Display is available online in PDF format at www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2003/static/NBAA2003static0912.pdf. Excellent Static Display space is available for Exhibitors who wish to reach their maximum sales audience. Contact NBAA's Bill Miller at email@example.com or Joe Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and pricing information. For general Static Display Exhibitor information, visit:
SPECIAL OFFER FOR NEW MEMBERS:
JOIN NBAA FOR $195, GET TWO FREE BADGES
New NBAA Members who join by September 26 will receive one year's NBAA Membership at a discounted rate of $195 and will receive two complementary registrations for NBAA2003. To take advantage of this special offer, prospective Members should visit:
WELL ATTENDED REACHBAC LUNCHEON HELD IN WHITE PLAINS, NY
NBAA's Operation REACHBAC, held September 10th at Westchester County Airport in the GE Corporate Air Transport hangar, drew more than 300 attendees - the best attendance in the event's seven-year history. Special guests included Lois Bronz and Martin Rogowsky, members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and NBAA Board Members Jeff Lee of IBM Flight Operations and Pat Cunningham of PepsiCo. NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir, who presented attendees with her major themes of security, safety, access and access for business aviation, presented Lee with a check for $1,000 in support of the Westchester Aviation Association's Career Fair to be held at the airport on October 25 & 26. Andrew G. Robel, chairman of the Westchester County Association and the Managing Director of the Merrill Lynch Private Client Group in Westchester County, discussed the importance of business aviation and the airport to Westchester County. Berl Brechner, president of the Westchester Aviation Association talked about the importance of general and business aviation to the area. For more information on Operation REACHBAC contact NBAA's Joe Ponte at email@example.com.
WHEELS FOR WINGS
RAFFLE TO BENEFIT CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Flying Magazine, along with co-sponsors NBAA and Jaguar, will host its Wheels for Wings raffle at this year's NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. Attendees will be eligible to win a 2-year lease on a 2004 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 liter model contributed by Jaguar. Raffle tickets will be sold at Flying Magazine's Exhibit, Booth 2153 in Hall A, beginning Wednesday, October 7. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a not-for-profit organization that arranges free air transportation for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets. The winning Jaguar ticket will be drawn by aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff on Thursday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m. For more information on CAN, visit: