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NBAA Update #04-19
Monday, May 10, 2004

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Baldwin Presents NBAA Member Security Concerns to TSA's Stone
On May 7, NBAA Interim President Don Baldwin and NBAA's new Director, Security Dick Doubrava represented NBAA at a meeting between the GA Coalition and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Administrator David M. Stone. The meeting touched on a number of security issues, including nationwide temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and GA access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Baldwin noted that such restrictions on GA access decrease the flexibility of NBAA Members to conduct business effectively and have an economic impact on both the business aviation community and the U.S. economy. The TSA is aware of the impact of GA restrictions and has an internal process in place to address them. For more information, contact Doubrava at

NBAA Supports Funding of FAA Contract Tower Program
On May 3, NBAA and several other aviation associations submitted a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging the committee to support full funding of the FAA Contract Tower Program in the FAA's budget for the next fiscal year. This funding is critical to the continuation of this FAA safety program, and will allow additional non-towered airports and communities with non-Federal towers to receive the vital safety benefits of a control tower. Download the letter in PDF format at:

Expected TFRs for Upcoming VIP Travel
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for VIP travel this week in the following areas: Van Buren, AR, on May 11; Parkersburg, WV, on May 13; and Saint Louis, MO, on May 14. 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:

2004 European Business Aviation Award Winners Announced
Jean-Francois Georges, former president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and senior vice president of civil aircraft for Dassault Aviation, and Fernand Francois, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), are the 2004 recipients of the EBACE European Business Aviation Awards, created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of business aviation in Europe. These awards will be presented during the EBACE 4th Annual Awards Reception & Banquet on Wednesday evening, May 26, in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE2004, to be held May 25 to 27, will feature a record-setting 728 exhibits inside Geneva Palexpo, over 35 aircraft on Geneva International Airport and more than 6,000 Attendees. For more information, visit:

New .AERO Domains for Airports Now Activated
SITA, sponsor of ".aero," has activated all web site domain names corresponding to three-letter airport codes. This will allow aircraft operators and others to quickly access airport web sites without having to type web site addresses that are long or difficult to remember. Although several business aviation airports already are taking advantage of the new domain, with domains such as and, not all three-letter .aero domains currently are being used by airports. However, these domains will be reserved for use by eligible airports, to ensure that domains will be easy to predict by travelers. For more information, contact or visit:

Operators in EUR RVSM Region Required to Take Part in Height- Monitoring
U.S. operators traveling in European airspace are advised that they are required to take part in EU RVSM height-monitoring regulations. In the EUR RVSM region, the initial height measurement calibration should be completed within six months and biennially thereafter. For more information, contact Eurocontrol's Bryan Jolly at or Phil Evans at, or visit the Eurocontrol web site at:


Regional News
NBAA Files Objections to Proposed Obstructions Near Teterboro
NBAA recently filed objections to the placement of various buildings and a Ferris Wheel in the immediate vicinity of Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The buildings and other structures are being proposed by the Meadowlands Mills/Mack-Cali Limited Partnership. All structures generally underlie the final approach course to Runway 01 at TEB. In each of five cases, the proposed structures exceed FAA obstruction standards and would represent hazards to air navigation. NBAA said in its filings, "It is imperative for FAA to do everything within its power to protect our airspace, as an asset for the entire aviation industry." For more information, visit:

Avoid Travel Delays Near Richmond This Week
Expect delays, congestion and special traffic management procedures (STMPs) at Richmond International Airport (RIC) starting the morning of Thursday, May 13 and ending the evening of Sunday, May 16, in conjunction with this week's NASCAR event at the Richmond International Speedway. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

NBAA Members Edge Toward Port-of-Entry Customs Service at CRQ
NBAA Members at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA and the County of San Diego believe Customs Service at CRQ would provide service, safety and cost benefits to business aviation and economic benefits to the San Diego County and the City of Carlsbad. The alternative for a corporate traveler reentering the United States is Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), San Diego International Airport (SAN) or some other tech stop, requiring a fee for service. Provide feedback to the CRQ Customs Working Group by participating in a CRQ Customs Pilot Survey. For more information or a copy of the survey, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

North Carolina Group Creates Piedmont Chapter
To better serve its members and increase membership, the North Carolina Business Aviation Association (NCBAA) has created a new chapter called the Piedmont Chapter. Operators in the Charlotte area or those domiciled in North Carolina are urged to attend the NCBAA Piedmont Chapter's first meeting, to be held July 14 at Concord Regional Airport (JQF) in Concord, NC. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

St. Louis Community Invited to NBAA REACHBAC Event on Jun. 4
Members of the business aviation community in the St. Louis area are invited to meet NBAA Interim President Don Baldwin, NBAA Midwest Regional Representative John Balsiger and other NBAA Staff members at a complimentary REACHBAC reception and dinner on Friday, June 4. FAA Central Region Administrator Chris Blum also will be a featured speaker at this event, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Emerson Electric Flight Operations Facility, Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), 18444 Edison Ave., Chesterfield, MO, (314) 553- 2225. For more information or to RSVP, contact NBAA's June DeFontes by June 2 at or visit:

NBAA and Pacific Northwest Group Host Airspace Information Session
NBAA and the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association today hosted an Airspace Information Session at Galvin Flying Service Flight School, Boeing Field (BFI), Seattle, WA. Topics addressed included high-altitude airspace redesign, DRVSM, operating in today's National Airspace System, the NBAA GA Desk and other current NBAA initiatives. For a post-event summary, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

2004 Greater Washington Aviation Open Nets $111,000 for Charity
A record $111,000 was raised for Corporate Angel Network at the 16th Annual Greater Washington Aviation Open golf and tennis tournament, held May 3 in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. "This brings the total raised for charity since the event's inception in 1989 to more than $850,000," said NBAA's Pete West, tournament co-founder. The approximately 300 participants in this major aviation charity event included government officials and leaders from all sectors of the aviation community. For more information, visit:

Operation REACHBAC

Stine Celebrates 25th Anniversary With NBAA
NBAA commends Bill Stine, director, international operations, who on May 7 celebrated 25 years of service with the Association. Since 1979, Stine has been NBAA's spokesman on matters involving international business aviation, communications, navigation and surveillance. He currently serves as Staff Liaison for NBAA's International Operators Committee and as corporate secretary for the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC). "Bill is an amazing resource," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Bob Blouin. "In his role with NBAA and through his participation with IBAC, Bill has contributed immensely to the benefit of business aviation worldwide, and he has been instrumental in the coordination of more than 20 successful NBAA International Operators Conferences. He has been a great asset to NBAA's Members and the entire international business aviation community and we look forward to his continuing contributions."

NBAA Operations Committee Meeting Results
The NBAA Operations Committee welcomed several new members during its meeting on May 6 and 7 at NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters. Agenda items included Stage II noise issues, development of a technical recognition program for NBAA Members, vertical lift operations and work on a Training Roundtable and Emerging Technologies Forum, both to be held in conjunction with the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention this October. The Training Roundtable will focus on the new recognition program while the Emerging Technology Forum will feature speakers discussing various aspects of the increasingly popular airborne wireless networking. For more information on the Operations Committee, visit:

Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board Meeting to Be Held Jun. 1-3
The first Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) meeting will be held June 1 to 3 at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers of the CAMGB and establish policies and procedures in accordance with the CAMGB Bylaws. Officers selected from this meeting will be members of the current CAMGB as appointed by the NBAA Board of Directors in March 2004. Officers to be elected include the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. Elections will be by affirmative votes from the attending CAMGB members. For more information about the CAM Program or to participate, contact or visit:

NBAA Seeks Coordinator, Operations Service Group
NBAA seeks a dynamic individual for an entry-level operations position at its Washington, DC Headquarters. Individual should be familiar with business aviation operations and will be responsible for responding to technical and operational questions, identifying and disseminating information on recurring business aviation issues, and providing support to and collaborating with other members of the NBAA Staff. Duties include interacting with flight department members and searching resources for timely replies. For the full job description and more information on how to apply, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
Security Training for Part 91 Operators
May 11, Atlanta, GA

May 25-27, Geneva, Switzerland

June 4, St. Louis, MO

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 7-8, Boston, MA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 9-10, Boston, MA

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
June 8, Chicago, IL
June 10, Denver, CO

Airspace/Air Traffic Committee Meeting
June 10-11, Washington, DC

9th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, Chicago, IL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 25, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 15-16, Hong Kong, China

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates

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