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NBAA Update #01-05
Monday, December 10, 2001
NBAA 54TH ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION BEGINS WEDNESDAY
NBAA is hosting a "Gathering of Our Community" at our 54th Annual Meeting & Convention this week in New Orleans. We believe this will be the most important Convention in our history as an Association. Visit the NBAA Web site this week for ongoing coverage and photos of this event; on-site registration is still available in Lobby H/I of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
MEIGS FIELD VICTORY KEEPS AIRPORT OPEN
UNTIL AT LEAST 2006
On December 6, Illinois Governor George Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley reached an agreement that will allow historic Meigs Field in Chicago to remain open and viable until 2006, with the potential to remain open until 2026. NBAA has been a leader in the fight to save Meigs Field for many years and has actively joined in efforts with other organizations, particularly the Friends of Meigs Field.
FAA NO LONGER ACCEPTING AMENDMENTS TO WAIVERS
Until recently, the FAA was accepting and processing amendment requests for waivers that already had been issued; however, due to the large volume of amendment requests, the FAA is no longer accepting waiver amendments. If international travelers have a change of itinerary after they receive a waiver, they will be required to use a portal country to get to their destination. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Services Group at [email protected] or (202) 783-9250.
NBAA MOURNS THE PASSING OF MOYA LEAR
Last week, Moya Lear, friend to all in the business aviation community, passed away in her sleep at her home in Verdi, NV. Moya was married to Bill Lear, and upon his death in 1978, she became chairman of the board of Lear Avia, Inc., overseeing the completion and the first flight of his final invention, the Lear Fan. She also devoted her time and money to community activities, education, and the arts. She was 86. Tentative plans call for a memorial service in Reno on Monday, December 16. The family requests no flowers; instead, donations are to be made to the Theater Coalition at (775) 786-2273 or mailed to 528 W. First St, Reno, NV 89503.
NBAA RECEIVES B/CA 2001 VISION AWARD
Several NBAA Staff members recently received the Business & Commercial Aviation 2001 Vision Award "for their superb, sustained performance under extraordinarily difficult circumstances" following the September 11 terrorist attacks. NBAA is honored by this recognition and will continue to remain focused on increasing access for its Members and the business aviation community as long as flight and airport restrictions are in place.
SAFETY COMMITTEE RELEASES PROTOTYPE SAFETY
The NBAA Safety Committee has identified both flight and ground safety programs that may help business aviation organizations reduce risk. These programs are prototypes only and should not be construed as recommended policy. Each organization should tailor its own safety program to its own specific needs.
JANUARY BREIFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO REAGAN AIRPORT
NBAA will present a briefing about general aviation access to Washington Reagan National Airport (KDCA) on Monday, January 7 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. NBAA President Jack Olcott and FAA representatives will summarize the current status of GA operations at this airport and be available for questions. All NBAA Members and interested parties are invited to attend. Contact Marie Wilkins at [email protected] to attend or for more information.
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE ON SECURITY AND ACCESS
"Post-September 11, security determines access," writes NBAA President Jack Olcott. "Real security that achieves true effectiveness is business aviation's only way to guarantee full access to all airports and airspace."
SPECIAL SECURITY SESSIONS ADDRESS OPERATOR NEEDS
As our nation responds to the brutal assault experienced by its citizens on September 11, the need for information related to business aviation has never been greater. What is the best way to secure our operations? How do we assure those who are controlling access to airspace that our community is highly secure from terrorist attack? To answer these and other questions, NBAA has scheduled three Special Security Sessions during the NBAA 54th Annual Meeting & Convention that will deal with both domestic and international security. If you'll be in New Orleans this week, don't miss them.
KEY OFFICIALS ADDRESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO 9/11
Convention Attendees are encouraged to participate in an Informational Session concerning the Federal government's response to the tragic events of September 11. The panel includes Carol Carmody, NTSB; Steve Brown, FAA; Langhorne Bond, former FAA Administrator; Fraser Verrusio, House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure; Richard Belas, Davis & Harman; Sharon Pinkerton, transportation counsel to House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica; and panel moderator Pete West, NBAA. The session will be held this Wednesday, December 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 295 and 296 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
ATC USER DIALOGUE AT DUPAGE AIRPORT (DPA), JAN. 9
The next NBAA ATC User Dialogue, sponsored by Vance & Engles Aircraft Brokers, Inc., will be held on Wednesday, January 9, on the airport at DuPage Flight Center in West Chicago, IL. FAA air traffic representatives from FAA Great Lake Region Headquarters; Chicago Center; Chicago TRACON; and DuPage, Aurora, Midway, Waukegan and Palwaukee Towers have been invited to participate and answer questions. For more information or to attend, contact John Balsiger at [email protected] or Bob Lamond at [email protected].