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NBAA Update #04-03
Monday, January 19, 2004
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEVERAL 91.141 TFR NOTAMs ANTICIPATED
FOR VIP TRAVEL AND DC AREA
A 91.141 TFR NOTAM is in effect for VIP travel on January 16-19 in Falfurrias, TX, and a 91.141 NOTAM has been issued for the Washington, DC area on January 20. Additional 91.141 TFRs are expected for Toledo, OH on January 21; Phoenix, AZ on January 21-22; Roswell, NM on January 22; Little Rock, AR on January 26; and Greenwich, CT on January 29. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
DISPATCHERS CONFERENCE DRAWS HIGHEST ATTENDANCE EVER
The NBAA 15th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held last week in Savannah, GA, was the Association's best attended Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference ever, with more than 1,450 Attendees and a record 238 Exhibitors. With training as its primary focus, the Conference provided numerous networking opportunities and featured workshops and sessions on a wide range of topics for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. The NBAA 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held February 14 through 16, 2005, in Reno, NV, tentatively at the Reno Hilton. For more information, visit:
FIRST GROUP OF CERTIFIED AVIATION MANAGERS
NBAA is pleased to announce that 22 individuals successfully passed the first Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, administered last October in Orlando, FL. "By proving their knowledge and skills through the successful completion of the exam, these 22 managers are now part of a distinguished group of leaders who will help shape the future of the business aviation industry," said NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir. For more information, visit:
U.S. CUSTOMS REDIRECTS AIRCRAFT TO NEWARK
Customs recently required operators of FAR Part 91 international flights originating in France and Mexico that were scheduled to arrive at Teterboro Airport (TEB) to clear through Newark Liberty International (EWR) instead. When contacted by NBAA, Newark Customs Office officials explained that Teterboro, Westchester County (HPN), Morristown Municipal (MMU) and Stewart International (SWF) have always been "landing rights" airports that require operators to receive permission to clear at those specific airports prior to landing. Senior Customs officials said that the diversions were due to the heightened levels of security that have since been reduced. There are no official policy statements that Customs is at liberty to share with the general public, but operators may be redirected when they first notify Customs of their intention to clear at one of the airports under the jurisdiction of the EWR office. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at email@example.com.
Many aircraft inspection facilities have begun adding broad disclaimer and indemnification language to their pre-purchase inspection documentation that is reminiscent of "hold-harmless agreements" required by some FBOs. Should you sign such a disclaimer before having your pre-purchase inspection completed at a facility that requires one? If you do sign it, what rights do you lose in the event a problem is discovered after you purchased the aircraft? This new trend is reviewed and recommendations are provided to sellers and buyers regarding ways to protect themselves on the NBAA Tax, Finance & Insurance web site at:
RURAL AIRPORTS LIST FOR FEDERAL EXCISE TAX PURPOSES
The Federal Excise Tax domestic segment fee does not apply to operations to/from rural airports. The IRS Chief Counsel's office, which has not released a listing of Rural Airports since Revenue Procedure 98-18, recently has recommended to NBAA that operators use the more current listing, dated March 12, 2003, that is provided by the U.S. DOT and available on the NBAA web site at http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/taxes/RuralAirports2003.pdf. For more information on this topic, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or review the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook at:
NEXT FAA DRVSM SEMINAR
IN DALLAS ON FEB. 3-4
The next FAA-sponsored Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM) Seminar will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas on February 3 and 4. The intent of this seminar is to provide information on the DRVSM program, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 20, 2005. Reservations are limited and a few rooms at the Dallas Fairmont Hotel have been set aside at a special price for the seminar. To make hotel reservations, call (800) 441-1414 and refer to FAA DRVSM Seminar 6. For more information or to register, contact Karen Rees at email@example.com or visit:
WHAT IS A CUSTOMS BOND?
A Customs bond, officially known as an "International Carrier Bond," is a financial backing and guarantee from a surety company that insures the performance of an obligation or obligations imposed by law or regulation. Title 19 U.S.C. 1623 gives the U.S. Customs the right to require bonds. The bond gives Customs the ability to collect fees or fines when legal and regulatory obligations have not been met. All FAR Part 135 charter operators who fly internationally are required by Customs to be bonded. For more information about Customs bonds, visit:
2004 NASCAR RACES WILL BE PUBLISHED TO IDENTIFY TFRs, TRAVEL DELAYS
This year, beginning with the Daytona 500 NASCAR race on February 8, NBAA Update will publish NASCAR race venues where temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) will be implemented. In most cases Saturdays and Sundays will be the affected days. Airports where delays or congestion may occur also will be published. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFETY SEMINAR IN PITTSBURGH, MAR. 30
On March 30, the Allegheny Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) will conduct a safety seminar at Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in Pittsburgh, PA, for FAR Part 91 and 135 operators. For more information or to attend, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
FEBRUARY CAM EXAM APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TOMORROW
The NBAA CAM Exam will next be offered on Thursday, February 26 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA following the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Conference. Those interested in taking the February exam must complete the application process and have all necessary items to NBAA by Tuesday, January 20. For more information about the Conference, visit http://www.nbaa.org/cs/camc/2004. To access the CAM Exam Application, visit the CAM web site at:
INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP DUE
NBAA offers the 2004 International Operators Scholarship to promote education and training as a means for individuals involved in international business aviation operations to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. The scholarship will be awarded at the NBAA 31st Annual International Operators Conference, to be held March 22 to 25 in Anaheim, CA. Applications are due to NBAA by January 30. For more information or to download an application, visit the NBAA Scholarship web site at:
SCOTTSDALE WILL HOST TWO WORKSHOPS FOR FLIGHT DEPARTMENT MANAGERS
Scottsdale, AZ will be the location of NBAA's IS-BAO Flight Operations Manual Workshop on February 2 and 3 and NBAA's Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on February 4 and 5. Both Workshops are now NBAA Professional Development Program-approved. For more information or to register for either event, visit:
GET A GRIP: GREAT RESULTS INVOLVE
PEOPLE IN ANAHEIM, FEB. 24-25
"Great Results Involve People" is the theme of the NBAA 10th Annual Corporate Aviation Management Conference, to be held in Anaheim, CA on February 24 and 25. Join your fellow managers in a well-focused two days of considering what it takes to attract, motivate, evaluate and retain the best and brightest personnel for your flight department. Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner on Tuesday, February 24. Raburn will share his vision on the advancement in business travel that will take place with the introduction of smaller jet aircraft. For more information about Raburn and the Conference, visit:
NEXT PDP COURSE SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 26-27 IN ANAHEIM
NBAA will host a PDP Course titled "Corporate Aviation Finance & Budgeting" in conjunction with the NBAA 10th Annual Corporate Aviation Management Conference in Anaheim, CA. Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, this two-day Course meets PDP Learning Objective BA7. Attendees will learn general and managerial accounting terminology, reports, and procedures. For more information or to register, visit:
NBAA LAUNCHES 2004 REGIONAL FORUM SERIES IN
WEST PALM BEACH ON MAR. 10
NBAA will launch its 2004 Business Aviation Regional Forum series at Jet Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on March 10. Essentially shortened versions of the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, Regional Forums bring together industry personnel at locations across the United States to address issues germane to that particular geographic region and to showcase products and services of Association Members. Forums feature indoor exhibits, a static display of aircraft and a full slate of informational sessions. NBAA is now accepting Exhibitor applications and Attendee registrations for the West Palm Beach event on March 10. For more information about exhibiting at, attending and sponsoring the Regional Forums, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2004 NBAA MERITORIOUS
SERVICE AND DOSWELL AWARDS
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Past recipients of the Meritorious Service Award include Sam B. Williams (2003), James D. Raisbeck (2002) and Paul H. Poberezny (2001), and past recipients of the Doswell Award include Byron M. "Skip" Reed II (2003), J. Robert Duncan (2002) and Myron W. Collier (2001). All nominations packages are due to NBAA by February 15. Learn more about how to submit a nominations package at:
NBAA HEADQUARTERS CLOSED TODAY
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The offices will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
YOU 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: