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NBAA Update #04-07
Monday, February 16, 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.
NBAA TO TESTIFY AT HOUSE
HEARING ON GA ACCESS TO DCA
A hearing concerning general aviation access to Reagan National Airport (DCA) is planned by the House Aviation Subcommittee in March. NBAA will be among the principal organizations to testify. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com
NEW NBAA SECURITY TRAINING SEMINARS
Beginning March 30, NBAA will hold seven new sessions of the Association's Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar at locations across the country. Based upon the proof-of-concept security project developed in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), these "Train-the-Trainer" sessions have given each participant the materials necessary to train their company's employees to qualify to obtain a TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC). Past Seminars have sold out quickly, so early registration for the upcoming dates is strongly recommended. For more information about the TSAAC Program, visit http://www.nbaa.org/tsaac. For more information about this Seminar or to register, visit:
DO I NEED A NEW LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION
(LOA) TO FLY IN DOMESTIC RVSM?
Operators are not required to obtain LOA authority to operate in individual areas of operation where RVSM is implemented. For example, an operator that has obtained an LOA and is conducting RVSM operations in the NAT would not be required to obtain another LOA to conduct RVSM operations in the domestic United States. RVSM compliant aircraft are eligible to conduct RVSM operations worldwide provided the operator is familiar with regional supplemental procedures. This information can be found in FAA Notice 8700.23 (Letters of Authorization) available on the FAA's web site at http://www.faa.gov/ats/ato/rvsm_documentation.htm. DRVSM implementation is schedule to begin January 20, 2005 at 0901 UTC. There are 338 days left before you must equip your aircraft to operate between FL290 and FL 410. If you have a question about this or other operational topics, visit the NBAA web site at:
ICAO MEETING ADDRESSES AIRCRAFT EMISSIONS AND NOISE
This month NBAA participated as a member of an International Business Aviation Council delegation at the 6th meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, held February 2 to 12 in Montreal, Canada. The international proceedings addressed proposals relating to aircraft engine emissions, reviewed market-based options to limit or reduce emissions, and reviewed proposals relating to aircraft noise. With regard to noise, a process known as the "balanced approach" received considerable attention from delegates as an internationally agreed-upon method to address aircraft noise problems where they occur -- at individual airports throughout the world. As adopted by ICAO Contracting States, the balanced approach encompasses four principal elements: reduction of noise at the source, land-use planning and management, noise abatement operational procedures and, as a last resort, possible operating restrictions on aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW OCEANIC FLYING OPERATIONS
AND PROCEDURES MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE
First published over a decade ago, the NBAA Oceanic Flying Operations and Procedures Manual has recently been revised and is now available to order. This CD-ROM, featuring an improved interface and additional reference material, provides NBAA Members with a comprehensive reference source for oceanic and inter-continental flight operations. This edition is a compendium of U.S., ICAO and other national documents, both regulatory and advisory, and provides a basic primer for those performing or intending to perform international flight operations. Both NBAA Members and non-Members may order copies online by visiting:
NBAA ESTABLISHES CHARTER AIR MAIL
NBAA has established a new Air Mail list for the discussion of issues related to charter operations. Air Mail is NBAA's series of e-mail lists, or "users groups," set aside for collaboration and discussion on topics of interest to business aircraft operators. For more information, visit:
CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
The South Carolina Aviation Association supports the state's general assembly bill SB 822, which will benefit general aviation by moving the Division of Aeronautics from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Transportation as in most other states. The bill also would allow taxes from jet fuel to be deposited in the state's Aviation Trust Fund and not in the General Fund. Currently only taxes from Avgas go to the Aviation Trust Fund, which is the source of funds for general aviation airport improvements. NBAA supports South Carolina's effort to realign responsibility for aviation issues within the state and urges Members operating in South Carolina to contact their state senators and indicate their support for SB 822. Review the bill text at http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess115_2003-2004/bills/822.htm. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WEEK
This week's Busch and Nextel Series NASCAR races will be held in Rockingham, NC. Traffic to Rockingham-Hamlet Airport (45J) is expected to be heaviest on February 18 in the afternoon, and the morning of February 19. The heaviest departures will commence within one hour after the race on February 22. Expect airway and airport congestion. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA AIR TRAFFIC DIVISION ALASKAN
REGION WEB SITE UPDATES
The FAA Air Traffic Division, Alaskan Region web site has been updated with three new items: (1) Establishment of Class E airspace at Akhiok at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/akhiok.htm; (2) Establishment of Class E airspace at King Cove at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/nprm/kingcove.htm; (3) Notice to Airmen 2004-01, U.S. Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Operations at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/notices/uav.htm. For more information about this region and web site, contact FAA's Robert van Haastert at (907) 271-5863. For more information about business aviation air traffic issues, visit:
"GET A GRIP" AT 10TH
ANNUAL CORPORATE AVIATION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Conference, organized by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee. The 2004 theme -- "Get a GRIP: Great Results Involve People" -- addresses the personnel challenges faced by all flight departments. At this event, to be held February 24 and 25 in Anaheim, CA, flight department leadership will learn about practices for being more effective team managers and discover best personnel practices, including finding the best motivation strategies and keeping the best employees. For more information or to register, visit:
31ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS
CONFERENCE, MAR. 22-25 IN ANAHEIM
Hosted by the NBAA International Operators Committee, this four-day event offers valuable information on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. Experts from around the world provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning to navigational systems to security and medical issues. Whether novice or experienced, this Conference has something for all who operate beyond domestic airspace. This event will be held in Anaheim, CA on March 22 to 25. For more information or to register, visit:
NBAA HEADQUARTERS CLOSED TODAY
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 16 in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. The offices will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
ANGELS HAVE WINGS; SOME HAVE JET ENGINES, TOO
Become a Corporate Angel and help cancer patients access potentially life-saving, specialized treatment. Through Corporate Angel Network (CAN), your organization can join 500 other top U.S. corporations that use the empty seats on their routine business flights to offer new hope to cancer patients, allowing them to travel free to recognized treatment centers throughout the United States. Corporate Angel Network volunteers work with your flight department to match patient needs to available seats. You accept a patient as your guest only when it suits you. All patients are fully mobile, properly dressed for a business environment, and very grateful for your help. Call CAN at (914) 328-1313 to learn how easy it is to make a difference. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: