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NBAA Update #04-10
Monday, March 8, 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 URGES TSA TO CONSIDER NATIONAL ROLLOUT
OF TSA ACCESS CERTIFICATE
The final round of compliance evaluations for Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) holders will be conducted today. This important milestone will enable the TSA to review the proof-of-concept TSAAC program that has been underway at Teterboro (TEB), Westchester County (HPN) and Morristown Municipal (MMU) airports. NBAA anticipates that after this review, a determination will be made in favor of expanding the TSAAC program nationally. For operators to be in a position to capitalize on the benefits of the TSAAC program (if it is launched nationally), NBAA is offering a Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar at locations across the country, including Houston on March 30 and New Orleans on April 1. Space is limited, so operators are encouraged to sign up early. For more information or to register for the Seminar, visit the following web sites:
FLEXJET IS FIRST NON-PART 121 OPERATOR
TO SEND FLIGHT INTENT DATA TO FAA
Bombardier Flexjet, a subscriber to the NBAA General Aviation (GA) Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center since August 2001, marks a new milestone for business aviation operators in becoming the first non-scheduled operator to successfully transmit flight intent data to the FAA's host ATC system. This data sharing will significantly increase the FAA's ability to manage the National Airspace System more efficiently, and it strongly demonstrates the business aviation community's commitment to participate as a full partner with airlines in traffic flow management. For more information, visit:
NBAA HOSTS BUSINESS AVIATION REGIONAL
FORUM AT PBI THIS WEDNESDAY
NBAA will host its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on March 10 at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in West Palm Beach, FL, featuring approximately 30 aircraft on static display, 50 indoor Exhibitors and hundreds of Attendees. The West Palm Beach Forum will be held in conjunction with an NBAA Maintenance Management Workshop on March 11, NBAA Professional Development Program Course on March 12 and NBAA Maintenance Manual Workshop on March 12. For more information, visit:
EXPECTED TFRs FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week. TFRs can be expected for the following areas: Cleveland, OH on March 10; East Meadow, NY on March 11; Cincinnati, OH on March 12; and Jackson Hole, WY on March 12. Since TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
NEW AVKIDS BOOK TEACHES CHILDREN
NBAA has released a new children's book titled The Flying Office: Aviation Goes to Work, which is designed to teach elementary-school children about business aviation, the uses of business aircraft and aviation careers. The book also includes an introduction to the forces of flight and the parts of an airplane, as well as a glossary of aviation terms. This publication will be used in conjunction with the NBAA AvKids (Aviation for Kids) Program, which incorporates science, math, geography and language arts skills to help students in grades 2 through 5 understand aviation, particularly business aviation. For more information, visit the AvKids web site at http://www.avkids.com or the NBAA web site at:
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY PILOT CERTIFICATE NUMBER?
Pilots may change their certificate number through the FAA Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760. Effective June 1, 2002, all original airmen certificates will be issued with a unique certificate number. The Airmen Certification Branch will no longer be assigning Social Security Numbers (SSNs) as the certificate numbers. A pilot that holds a certificate with a SSN as the certificate number and wants a unique number other than their SSN, or wants to remove their SSN completely from official records, may complete, sign, and mail a form to the Airmen Certification Branch. The form, along with other certification information, is available on the FAA's web site at http://registry.faa.gov/airmen.asp. If you have a question about this or other operational topics, visit the NBAA web site at:
PUBLIC HEARING AT JACKSON HOLE ON MAR. 17 WILL
ADDRESS STAGE 2 BAN
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Wyoming has announced that it intends to ban operations by all Stage 2 aircraft under 75,000 pounds. Willful violations of the ban would be punishable by a fine of up to $750 and imprisonment of up to one year for each violation. The airport has asserted the authority to impose the ban under a provision of the 2003 FAA reauthorization act to which the noise-reduction-process requirements of FAR Part 161 do not apply. A public hearing will be held at JAC at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. Anyone interested in the impact of this ruling should plan to attend. For more information, visit:
KANSAS SENATE PASSES PRO-AVIATION TAX BILL
Last week the Kansas Senate passed SB 521, which would change the business-use requirement for aircraft personal property tax in the state of Kansas. The current requirement that an aircraft be "actually and regularly used exclusively" for income-generating purposes for the aircraft owner, would be changed to require that aircraft be used "predominately" for such purposes. Predominately would be defined as at least 80 percent of the total use of the aircraft, or use of the aircraft so that all costs are deductible for Federal income tax purposes. This Senate-approved version of the bill has been sent to the Kansas House. NBAA Members in Kansas are encouraged to contact their state Representatives to express support of these tax bills. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at email@example.com.
VIRGINIA LEGISLATORS SEEK NEW SOURCES OF REVENUE TO FUND STATE BUDGET
Virginia House Bill 1488 -- which would have cancelled a number of commercial property tax exemptions for businesses located in the Commonwealth -- failed to garner enough votes to move out of the Senate Finance Committee to the full Senate for consideration. Nevertheless, this session the state legislature still faces the daunting task of finding enough revenue to fund the state's budget and continue to provide incentives to businesses in the state. NBAA will continue to monitor efforts in Richmond to generate government funding in the state on behalf of the business aviation community. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA TO PREPARE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT SAT
The FAA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for implementation of several proposed improvements to San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Major projects to be assessed include a 1,500-foot extension of Runway 3/21 to approximately 9,000 feet, the upgrade of Runway 12L/30R to make it approximately 8,500 feet long and 150 feet wide and the installation of an instrument landing system. For further information, contact the FAA's Paul Blackford at (817) 222-5607. For more information about business aviation airports, visit:
FAA APPROVES NOISE PROGRAM FOR FLORIDA'S SUA
The FAA has approved most elements of the noise-compatibility program (NCP) for Stuart, FL's Martin County Airport/Witham Field (SUA). Approved components include preferential use of Runway 12 during calm winds, voluntary use of straight-out departure track for jets departing Runway 12, a voluntary left turn to 285 degrees for jets departing Runway 30, a ban on Stage 1 aircraft and a voluntary Stage 2 night-time curfew, which is designed to discourage Stage 2 operations between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The FAA also endorsed use of NBAA or manufacturer noise-abatement procedures by jet operators, as well as the county's plan to install equipment to record the actual flight tracks of each operation to help monitor the effectiveness of the NCP. For more information, contact the FAA's Bonnie Baskin at (407) 812-6331 ext. 130. View NBAA's Noise Abatement web site at:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN ATLANTA AREA THIS WEEK
Air travelers to Atlanta this week may face added congestion and delays due to traffic generated by the next NASCAR Nextel Cup race, to be held on Sunday, March 14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect. The airport of choice for the race teams is Clayton County (4A7). The busiest periods will be Wednesday, March 10; Thursday, March 11; and the afternoon of Sunday, March 14. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
BUSINESS AVIATION SCHOLARSHIPS PROMOTE
NBAA offers nine scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. All awards are made to U.S. citizens without regard to sex, race, religion, or national origin. Currently, NBAA is accepting applications for the following seven scholarships: Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Scholarship (due April 15); Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship (due August 9); Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship (due August 9); NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship (due August 9); USAIG PDP Scholarship (due August 9); William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship (due August 9); and UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship (due November 8). For more information or to download applications, visit:
FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS
The NBAA 31st Annual International Operators Conference will be held from March 22 to 25 in Anaheim, CA. This four-day event offers in-depth information on virtually every issue that challenges aircrew in developing and delivering an international trip. Experts from around the world will provide insight on a wide range of topics, including security issues, CNS/ATM, cabotage, meteorology, long-range operations, fatigue and sleep issues, value added taxes, Customs, and survival techniques/emergency training for global flight operations. Region-specific updates will be provided for companies operating in/to North America, the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Whether novice or experienced, aircrew or planner, this Conference has something for all who operate beyond domestic airspace. For more information or to register, visit:
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING WORKSHOP, APR. 20-21
NBAA, in conjunction with The VanAllen Group, will offer an Emergency Response Planning Workshop from April 20 to 21 in Atlanta. This highly interactive two-day Workshop prepares business aviation operators to cope in the aftermath of an aircraft accident and highlights critical elements in the emergency-response process. A simulated accident scenario illustrates the flow of events and identifies the key issues in a business aircraft accident. Each segment includes numerous practical guidelines learned from experience and ends with a question-and-answer session. For more information or to register, visit:
NOMINATIONS FOR 2004
EUROPEAN BUSINESS AVIATION AWARDS DUE NEXT MONDAY
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. Nominations for the 2004 award are due to EBACE's European or USA Offices by next Monday, March 15. For more information, visit:
CORPORATE ANGEL AWARD HONORS AMERICA ONLINE,
Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a national public charity whose sole mission is to arrange free flights for cancer patients to treatment using empty seats on corporate jets, announced last Friday that America Online, a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. based in Dulles, VA, is the recipient of this quarter's Corporate Angel Award. Sponsored by ChevronTexaco, Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, and NBAA, the quarterly award recognizes corporations for outstanding dedication and service to cancer patients through their participation in CAN. Since joining CAN in 2002, NBAA Member AOL has been very active transporting more than 150 men, women, and children to cancer treatment centers across the country. In 2003 alone, the company logged 89 such flights on its shuttle and executive aircraft. For more information about CAN, visit: