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NBAA Update #03-52
Monday, December 29, 2003
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LEVEL REMAINS CODE ORANGE
Federal officials continue to warn against terrorist activity possibly involving aviation. The national threat level currently is Code Orange, which indicates a high risk of terrorist attack. Business aircraft operators are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Airport Watch hotline at (866) GA SECURE and to review the NBAA Best Practices for Business Aviation Security at:
91.141 TFRs AND
CODE ORANGE NOTAMs
Several NOTAMs have been issued in response to the December 21 change in national security alert status to Code Orange. Also, 91.141 TFRs are in effect for VIP travel on December 20 through January 3 in Jackson Hole, WY; and December 26 through January 4 in Crawford, TX. Additional 91.141 TFRs are expected for St. Louis, MO on January 5; Knoxville, TN on January 8; and Palm Beach, FL on January 8. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
FAA SAYS "NO DELAY"
FOR JAN. 1 ELT INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS
Effective January 1, 2004, FAR 91.207 requires all turbojet aircraft to operate with an installed Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). As the deadline nears some NBAA Members are experiencing a shortage of parts needed for the installations. NBAA and other associations met with FAA officials to explore the possibility of an additional extension for operators experiencing problems obtaining parts; however, FAA officials determined that the Congressional mandate for ELT installations could not be extended. For more information, visit:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS
ALONG THE EAST COAST TO/FROM SOUTH FLORIDA
This weekend, general aviation operators are strongly urged to file flight plans as early as possible (at least three hours in advance) or risk significant travel delays. In particular, RVSM-equipped NBAA Member aircraft should use the offshore A761/R511 Radar Routes to travel up and down the East Coast between the New York and Florida areas. Crews are encouraged to file these routes between the specified city pairs whenever peak-volume periods exist. During non-peak times, operators should file preferred routes but indicate "offshore capable" in the Remarks section of the flight plan, which allows ATC to move aircraft to this route instead of piling up long departure delays. Operators using these routes will be exempt from or experience minimal traffic management initiatives, such as miles-in-trail and ground stops. For more information, visit:
BUSINESS AVIATION PIONEER HARRY COMBS PASSES
Harry Combs, a business aviation pioneer, died last week at the age of 90 in Arizona. The founder of AMR Combs chain of FBOs and president of Gates Learjet from 1971 to 1982 was named one of the top 100 aviation leaders at a recent celebration commemorating the centennial of the Wright brothers' first flight. Combs, a Yale graduate, entered the FBO business in 1938. His company, Combs Aircraft, trained more than 9,000 pilots during World War II. Combs received numerous awards during his distinguished career, including the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association's "Elder Statesman of Aviation" award and the FAA Distinguished Service Award. He also was a General Aviation Man of the Year and a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
I FIND A LIST OF CURRENT STMPs?
The FAA establishes Special Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) when needed to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays. Every 28 days the FAA lists the STMPs in the Notices to Airmen Domestic/International publication. An electronic version of the Notices to Airmen publication may be found on the FAA's web site at http://www1.faa.gov/ntap. STMPs are listed in the Sporting & Entertainment Events section as well as in the Graphic Notices section. STMPs also may be found on NBAA's web site at:
FAA COMPLETES REVIEW OF
BOLTON FIELD'S NOISE-EXPOSURE MAP
The FAA has determined that the noise-exposure maps submitted by the Columbus (OH) Port Authority for Bolton Field Airport are in compliance with FAR Part 150 requirements. Copies of the FAA's evaluation and the maps themselves are available at the FAA's Detroit Airports District Office (11677 South Wayne Rd., Suite 107, Romulus, MI 48174) or from Bolton Field Airport. For more information, call Ernest P. Gubry in the Detroit Airports District Office at (734) 229-2905. For general airport information, visit the NBAA web site at:
EAGLE, CO COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT NOW OFFERS CUSTOMS CLEARING
County Regional Airport (EGE) in Eagle, CO has a new U.S. Customs clearing facility based at Vail Valley Jet Center. International flights now may fly directly to EGE without having to stop at the first Port of Entry airport. For more information, contact Bryan Burns of Vail Valley Jet Center at (970) 524-7700 or NBAA's Paul H. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA DRVSM SEMINARS
SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY IN DALLAS
The FAA will present its sixth seminar on Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (DRVSM) on February 3 and 4 at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas, 1717 North Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201. The intent of this seminar is to provide information on the Domestic RVSM program to operators and other interested parties. For more information about registration and hotel reservations, visit the following FAA web site (click on "Domestic RVSM" and then "DRVSM Seminars"):
IS-BAO WORKSHOPS FOR TEXAS, NEW YORK AND FLORIDA
International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Workshops have been scheduled on the following dates: February 9 in Love Field, Dallas, TX; February 11 in White Plains, NY; March 11 in West Palm Beach, FL. The Workshops provide an IS-BAO overview, including an in-depth examination of the standard, implementation considerations, risk-assessment issues, safety-management issues and more. The IS-BAO Workshop is designed to assist operators who are currently implementing or contemplating the implementation of IS-BAO in their operations. For more information, visit:
DISPATCHERS TO GATHER FOR 15TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The NBAA 15th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will provide the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to the role of the scheduler and dispatcher in the corporate flight department. This event will be held from Monday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 14 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA, In addition, four Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses will be offered in conjunction with the Conference on Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11. Information about attending this Conference, including agenda details and a registration form, is available online at:
IS THE SOURCE FOR NBAA SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS
Sponsored by LimoLink, the December 2003 issue of the NBAA Dispatch newsletter includes a message from the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee chair, information about the upcoming NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference and tips about marketing, starting a regional group, software, and more. Review the issue online at:
GET A "GRIP"
AT CORPORATE AVIATION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, ANAHEIM, CA
Join your fellow managers and leaders in Anaheim, CA on February 24 and 25 for the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Conference. This year's Conference -- titled "Get a GRIP (Great Results Involve People)" -- will feature a repeat visit by the popular team of Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, who will lead Conference participants in discovering best personnel practices, including finding the best motivation strategies and keeping the best employees. The Conference is devoted to the challenges and opportunities presented by people -- your people. For more information, visit:
NBAA ADDS FLIGHT OPS
MANUAL AND MANAGEMENT SEMINARS TO CALENDAR
NBAA will host a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on February 2 and 3 and a Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on February 4 and 5. Both events will be held in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information about these and other NBAA Seminars, visit the NBAA web site at:
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: