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NBAA Update #01-01
Monday, November 12, 2001
AMERICAN AIRLINES A300 CRASH ON LONG ISLAND
American Airlines Flight 587 crashed at 9:17 AM EST about five miles from Kennedy airport prompting the FAA ATCSCC to issue an immediate ground stop for all New York metropolitan airports. All new restrictions were lifted by 1:00 PM EST, with the exception of departures from JFK. JFK is not expected to be available for departures until 6:00 PM EST, after fuel tests have been completed. NOTAM 1/2294 still remains in effect through November 16 to restrict flight operations in the New York City area during the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.
SECURITY-DRIVEN NAS FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS EXPECTED TO BE RELAXED
Following the expiration of TFRs around New York City during the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, NBAA expects a phased relaxation of NAS flight restrictions in coming weeks. This relaxation is expected to affect the enhanced Class B locations nationally and pre-existing TFRs around Washington, New York and Boston. The latest information, when it becomes official, will be posted at www.nbaa.org.
FAA WAIVERS, SUCCEEDED BY LOAs, MAY BE THE "NEW NORMAL"
Waivers first were granted three weeks ago for New York helicopter operators who wished to fly into Manhattan heliports. As of this mailing, the FAA has temporarily ceased issuing approvals, but all indications are positive for pending waivers to be processed soon. The same waiver process likely will be used for operations into other high security areas. With the FAA and Federal security officials validating the security of individual flight departments, flight departments should be permitted to operate under high security threat scenarios. A process for NBAA Members to apply for a security LOA will be announced next month. Information on obtaining waivers can be obtained from NBAA's Web site at www.nbaa.org.
FEDERAL GA SECURITY STRATEGIES QUESTIONED
Many frustrated aviation department managers and other personnel have questioned the decisions of Federal security officials, which in some cases have forced operators to relocate aircraft from secure hangar facilities to insecure locations and have required obviously secure flight operations to use inefficient routings or procedures. Many Federal security officials outside the FAA seem to have limited aviation expertise or insight, complicating the task of FAA officials, who must broker security policies acceptable to all. NBAA urges Members to help educate policymakers about the security of business aviation and its importance to the U.S. economy. For more information contact Doug Carr at [email protected].
ICELANDIC ATC STRIKES LIKELY TO DISRUPT NAT TRAFFIC
Icelandic air traffic controllers announced that they would go on 15 separate strikes from November 16 through November 30. North Atlantic flights most likely to be affected are those between Scandinavia and the U.S. East Coast, and between Europe and the U.S. West Coast.
NBAA SUPPORTS FAA ACTION REGARDING NAPLES
STAGE 2 BAN
The FAA has instituted an administrative proceeding with respect to the proposed ban on the operation of Stage 2 aircraft at Naples Municipal Airport in Florida. NBAA believes that the ban will not produce a meaningful reduction in discernible aircraft noise but that it will cause meaningful economic harm to Stage 2 operators and the Naples community in general. Furthermore, NBAA strongly supports the concept of Federal preemption for airports within the NAS.
HOUSE AVIATION SECURITY BILL PASSES
On November 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Republican version of H.R. 3150. Congress will assign members to a conference committee to resolve differences between H.R. 3150 and the Senate-passed aviation security bill, S. 1447. A specific provision in S. 1447 would require all Part 91 aircraft to develop security programs for screening aircraft, crew, passengers and baggage. This provision is not included in H.R. 3150. President Bush hopes to have an aviation security bill signed into law by Thanksgiving, so until that time, NBAA will be working with conference members to address the security requirements proposed by the Senate bill.
SPECIAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
FOR NBAA CONVENTION
The FAA has established a special traffic management program to handle the aircraft traveling into New Orleans for the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention on December 12-14, 2001.
NEW INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS ADDRESS SAFETY AND SECURITY
Nearly 80 Informational Sessions focused on aircraft operations, maintenance, management and professional development will be held in conjunction with the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention this December in New Orleans, and nearly a dozen new sessions directly address safety, security and business aircraft operations in the post-September 11 environment. This information, plus details about Convention registration and housing, are available both online and in the printed NBAA Advance Program.
NBAA CONVENTION CONTINUES TO ADD EXHIBITS,
Currently, more than 660 total Exhibitors are expected to display their products, services and aircraft at the rescheduled NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention this December in New Orleans, including more than 40 aircraft on Static Display at Lakefront Airport. A list of Exhibitors is posted on the NBAA Web site. To exhibit, contact Linda Peters at [email protected] for indoor space, or Bill Miller at [email protected] for Static Display space.
BUSCH FEATURED SPEAKER AT NBAA CONVENTION
August A. Busch III, board chairman and president of Anheuser Busch Companies, is slated to be a keynote speaker for the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention Opening General Session, titled "A Gathering of Our Community," scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12 in the Conference Auditorium above Hall H of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Busch, a long-time NBAA Member and business aircraft operator, will share his unique insights about business and business aviation with Attendees.
ENROLL IN NBAA PRE- AND POST-CONVENTION SEMINARS
NBAA offers in-depth one- and two-day paid Seminars in conjunction with the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention, including an Emergency Response Workshop, Professional Development Program Course and the 10th Annual Tax Conference. Please contact Lydia Newsome at [email protected] either to re-confirm an existing registration or to enroll in one of these Seminars.
HOW TO (RE)REGISTER
FOR THE NBAA CONVENTION
Those individuals who already registered for the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention in September should contact Deb Worden at [email protected] about either re-registration for the rescheduled Convention in December or a refund. Those individuals who have not yet registered for the NBAA Convention (on either date) may do so online.
REACHBAC PROGRAM, NOVEMBER
16 IN VIRGINIA
NBAA Members are invited to this NBAA community-outreach event, sponsored by Multi Service Corp., which will take place at the America Online Facility at Dulles International Airport, VA. To attend, e-mail [email protected]
TWO UPCOMING ATC USER DIALOGUES
IN TEXAS AND DC AREA
NBAA Members are invited to two upcoming NBAA ATC User Dialogues. The November 28 event, held in Addison, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area), will include FAA representatives from FAA Southwest Region Headquarters, Ft. Worth Center, Dallas TRACON, Dallas Tower, Love Field Tower and other local towers. The December 3 event, held at Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, VA, will include FAA representatives from FAA Headquarters; FAA Eastern Region Headquarters; Washington Center; Washington, Baltimore, Dulles and Richmond TRACONs; and associated Tower facilities. Attendees also will receive a briefing from the FAA on the Potomac TRACON airspace proposals that will be introduced to the region starting in 2004. To attend either event, contact Bob Lamond at [email protected].
NBAA ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL OPS
A total of $5,000 in scholarship awards, made possible by the generous support of sponsor ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats and administered by the NBAA International Operators Committee, will be made to one or more individuals involved with international business aviation operations.
LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT (ISP) SURCHARGE
The Islip, NY Town Board has adopted an ordinance imposing a "noise surcharge" of $50,000 per flight on all aircraft operations at ISP between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., effective September 30, 2001. In response to concerns and objections expressed by NBAA and others, the FAA has sent a letter to the town of Islip, seeking rescission of the ordinance or a commitment of permanent non-enforcement.
TRAVEL$ENSE RELEASE 3.56 UPDATE
This October 31 update adjusts to changes on the reservation system site that prevented Travel$ense from obtaining airline data for some city pairs with code-share commuter service.
NBAA BOARD ELECTS ITS OFFICERS
Election of officers for two-year terms took place at the NBAA Board of Directors Meeting on October 31 at the Association's Washington Headquarters. George Saling of Philip Morris Management Corp. is NBAA's new Chairman.
FIVE DIRECTORS ELECTED TO NBAA BOARD
NBAA's Voting Membership elected five Directors to three-year terms during its Annual Meeting on October 31 at the Association's Washington Headquarters.