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NBAA Update #02-03
Monday, January 21, 2002
FAA ISSUES 2002 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES SFAR
The FAA has issued Special Federal Aviation Regulation 95 (SFAR 95), which establishes final procedures for Part 91 and 135 operations into and out of Salt Lake City for the XIX Olympic Winter Games.
MEXICAN LANDING PERMIT INFORMATION/FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
The Mexican government now requires national landing permits, which have been instituted to streamline payment of airport landing fees. Private non-Mexican operators are required to have these permits to land in Mexico. The necessary English-language information and forms are available on NBAA's Web site at:
DOJ ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR AVIATION TRAINING OF
On January 15, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance for flight training centers, temporarily granting advance consent to allow certain categories of aliens to take part in training without providing prior notification to the Attorney General for a security risk assessment. This advance consent does not explicitly apply to aliens taking part in recurrent training, even though the document does state: "Denying such retraining would appear to offer no benefit to aviation or national security." NBAA is working with government officials to clarify DOJ requirements for training foreign nationals. Although U.S. citizens and nationals are already exempt from prior notification requirements, they will be expected to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or nationality.
NBAA EXPECTS FAA RESPONSE TO SLOA PROPOSAL SOON
NBAA expects the FAA to respond formally to the Association's Security Letter of Authorization (SLOA) proposal this Friday, January 25. The initial reaction has been positive. During periods of heightened security, SLOAs would give qualified general aviation operations access to the National Airspace System equivalent to that of Part 121 operations. The proposal also suggests procedures to facilitate continued access to New York City heliports and to restore general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
FEBRUARY 4 BRIEFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO DCA
On Monday, February 4, NBAA will hold its second briefing on the status of general aviation access to Reagan National Airport. This free event is open to all interested parties and will be hosted by Signature Flight Support at DCA. NBAA representatives will be available for questions about general aviation issues and about the Association's Security Letter of Authorization (SLOA) proposal. To attend, submit an RSVP by January 31 to NBAA's Marie Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRECTION - EUROCONTROL MODE-S DATE, MARCH
Eurocontrol will begin mandating Mode S transponders for all IFR operations in Europe on March 31, 2003, not January 1, 2003, as published in Update last week. More information on this topic is available at http://www.eurocontrol.int/mode_s, and questions should be addressed directly to Eurocontrol at ModeS@eurocontrol.int. NBAA encourages its Members to complete and submit a Eurocontrol Mode S Modification questionnaire, available on the Web at:
SECURITY SEMINARS IN CHICAGO AND ST. LOUIS, JAN. 24
AIG Aviation will host two Business Aviation Security Seminars simultaneously in Chicago and St. Louis on Thursday, January 24. Bob Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, operations, will be present at both seminars to explain NBAA's SLOA proposal to the FAA and promote business aviation's best security procedures. For more details about the seminar, call AIG directly at (404) 249-6188.
RUNWAY SAFETY ACTION TEAM MEETING IN DALLAS, JAN. 24
The FAA Southwest Region and Dallas Love Field are co-sponsoring a Runway Safety Action Team meeting at the Dallas Love Field Terminal Building, 2nd Floor, Southwest Airlines Training Room 2, on Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. The objective of this meeting is to review airport operations pertaining to runway incursions and surface incidents. The aviation community is invited to participate, particularly chief pilots, air traffic management professionals, airport management, airport vehicle fleet managers and other aviation professionals and airport tenants. For more information, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at email@example.com.
INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
DUE JAN. 31
The 2002 NBAA International Operators Scholarship provides a total of $5,000 in scholarship awards to one or more recipients. This scholarship will be awarded at the NBAA 29th Annual International Operators Conference in March 2002 and includes free registration to the Conference. Applications must be received by NBAA on or before Thursday, January 31. For more information or an application, visit:
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR DOSWELL AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE
NBAA is currently accepting nominations for business aviation's two most distinguished honors: the NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due by February 15. For more information, contact NBAA's Joe Ponte at firstname.lastname@example.org.