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NBAA Update #02-05
Monday, February 4, 2002
ACUTE SECURITY CONCERNS PREVAIL AT FAA, DOT, SECRET
Members are advised that Federal officials with jurisdiction over aviation continue to be focused primarily on the issue of security. The prevention of additional terrorist acts is of the highest priority on the Federal agenda. This priority, which we do not expect to change for the foreseeable future, is significantly diverting government resources at the expense of "normal" government business, reducing the government's usual response times for ordinary business. Members are further advised that Federal officials believe that a terrorist act using general aviation aircraft is highly possible. NBAA strongly suggests that every reasonable step be taken to maintain your personal awareness and vigilance related to aviation and to secure your aircraft against this threat, both at home and on the road, and to immediately report any suspicious activity.
BRIEFING ABOUT GA ACCESS TO DCA
Today, more than 90 flight department representatives are expected to attend NBAA's second briefing on the status of general aviation access into Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). NBAA will hold monthly briefings on the status of general aviation access into DCA until access is restored; the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 4.
GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO NBAA'S SLOA PROPOSAL
The FAA and other government officials are actively reviewing two test applications for Security Letters of Authorization (SLOAs), which would allow qualified general aviation operations within the National Airspace System during periods of FAA-mandated increased security and at specified locations. While NBAA is encouraged by recent progress, the Association has yet to confirm a start date for operations under the SLOA due to the complexities of coordinating efforts of multiple government agencies.
2002 WINTER OLYMPICS - CREW ACCREDITATION
NBAA has confirmed that the FAA has begun sending out crew accreditation packages to those operators approved by the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command to fly into the 45-mile Salt Lake City Olympic TFR. The accreditation package contains procedures for making reservations to obtain the "consensual" security inspections required at four gateway airports. Download the procedures at:
FAA AND DOJ CONSIDER ADDITIONAL CATEGORY OF FLIGHT TRAINING
Last week, NBAA worked with flight training service providers to develop recommendations that would allow advance consent for aliens seeking recurrent types of training. NBAA has sent these recommendations to the FAA and Department of Justice (DOJ) for their consideration. The FAA and DOJ currently are developing new guidance for flight training providers, and NBAA expects that the DOJ will issue this new guidance shortly. For more information, contact Eric Ramsdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA DRVSM WEB SITE NOW ONLINE
The FAA has added a Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM) section to its main RVSM Web site at www.faa.gov/ats/ato/rvsm1.htm. The FAA DRVSM page at www.tc.faa.gov/act-500/niaab/drvsm/Default.asp includes an overview section with links to topics such as ATC procedural changes and issues, aircraft operator approval information and documents, DRVSM seminars, and rulemaking schedule. NBAA encourages Members to familiarize themselves with this informative Web site. The NBAA RVSM Web page is located at:
SEMINARS NOW AVAILABLE
The FAA will present the first of five DRVSM seminars on April 9 and 10 at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel at Dulles International Airport, VA. The intent of this seminar is to provide information to operators and other interested parties from the Eastern area of the United States. The remaining four DRVSM seminars will be conducted in the Southern, Southwestern, Northwestern, and Central/Great Lakes areas at approximately six-month intervals to accommodate attendees from those general areas. For more information, visit www.tc.faa.gov/act-500/niaab/drvsm/drvsm_seminars.asp. To register, contact Thomas G. Jones, CSSI, Inc., at (202) 484-3370 or email@example.com.
AVIATION INSURANCE UPDATE
Six straight years of aviation industry losses, lower returns on investment due to a soft stock market, lower interest rates and the September 11 terrorist attacks have combined to force dramatic changes in the aviation insurance market, one of the hardest ever seen. Stuart Hope, Hope Insurance, provides an aviation insurance update and provides answers to frequently asked questions.
FAA SEEKS COMMENTS REGARDING FIREARMS
The FAA seeks comments on issues related to pilots carrying firearms into the cockpit and flight deck crewmembers carrying less-than-lethal weapons on aircraft providing air transportation or intrastate air transportation. FAA also requests comments on issues related to provision of emergency services on commercial air flights during emergencies by law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. NBAA encourages its Members to submit feedback on these topics by responding to the DOT docket titled "Fire Arms, Less Than Lethal Weapons, and Emergency Services on Commercial Air Flights," via the Web at http://dms.dot.gov by February 14. Download the docket text at:
TETERBORO CUSTOMS UPDATE
NBAA Members that use Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey are concerned about Customs restrictions at that airport. Currently, Customs is provided at only one FBO on the airport, which requires business aviation operators to taxi across runways and taxiways to reach the location and then shut down their aircraft, prompting operators to question the safety and efficiency of this procedure. Customs personnel have indicated that they are open to suggestions and willing to work with NBAA and its Member Companies to develop a solution. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONNECTICUT BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION TO FORM
Attendees at a Bradley International Airport (BDL) tenants meeting on February 1 decided to form a Connecticut corporate and business aviation association within the next month and a half in order to address issues involving Customs, Immigration and approaches into and out of BDL and other Connecticut airports. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
FEBRUARY FEES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL
The city of Daytona, FL is levying an additional fee of $50 per day per aircraft for operators using Daytona International Airport (DAB) - which is adjacent to Daytona Racetrack - starting on February 10 with the Budweiser Shootout through February 17 with the Daytona 500. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REALLY QUIET STAGE 3 HUSH KIT RECEIVES FAA APPROVAL
Really Quiet LLC announced on January 25 that it has received FAA approval for its hush kit, which will enable operators of Gulfstream business jet models GII, GIIB and GIII who elect to install the kit to have these aircraft recertificated as Stage III aircraft. NBAA currently is planning to offer a Gulfstream Hush Kit Informational Session during its 55th Annual Meeting & Convention this September in Orlando, FL, which will focus on marketing efforts and operational issues. For more information, contact Jeff Gilley at email@example.com.
CALL FOR FLYING SAFETY AWARD APPLICATIONS
NBAA encourages its Operating Members to submit applications for the 2002 NBAA Flying Safety Awards by March 1, 2002. These awards were created to recognize the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations as well as the skill and ability of business aviation management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. Awards are given in the categories of 50-year safe flying achievement, corporate business flying, commercial business flying, aviation maintenance department, pilot, maintenance/avionics technician and aviation support services. Application forms, rules and regulations, and a list of frequently asked questions are available on the NBAA Web site at:
NBAA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR TWO AWARDS
NBAA currently is accepting nominations for business aviation's two most distinguished honors: the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due by February 15.