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NBAA Update #02-08
Monday, February 25, 2002
NEW PART 135 CREW/PAX MANIFEST FILING PROCEDURES
On February 18, the U.S. Customs Service began issuing fines of up to $10,000 to Part 135 operators that do not electronically transmit a passenger and crew manifest to U.S. Customs in advance of their arrival to the United States. This requirement was published in the December 31, 2001, Federal Register as an "interim regulation," effective immediately. NBAA is working to develop a Web-based system to allow Part 135 operators to submit passenger and crew manifests to U.S. Customs via NBAA's Web site. NBAA also has communicated with senior officials at U.S. Customs, urging delayed enforcement of the regulation for Part 135 operators until a reasonable means of compliance can be developed. The U.S. Customs Service at Miami International Airport is hosting a meeting on March 1, 2002, to discuss the issue. Attendance will be limited to Part 135 charter operators flying into General Aviation Center at Miami (KMIA), Opa Locka (KOPF) and Tamiami (KTMB). For more information, contact Nancy Hughes, MIA APIS Coordinator at
SLOA PROCEDURE NEARING END OF FIRST FAA REVIEW
Finalization of the particulars of the Security Letter of Authorization (SLOA) procedures by NBAA and FAA officials is largely complete, according to those involved in the process. Operators complying with the SLOA requirements would have greater access to the National Airspace System during times of heightened security and also could qualify, if meeting additional requirements, for access to Ronald Washington National Airport (DCA), which has been closed to GA traffic since September 11, 2001. A review by additional FAA, DOT and White House officials is next up. NBAA is working this issue daily.
DCA/SLOA UPDATE #3 WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY, MARCH
Between February 23 and February 26, 7 state governors have been able to use DCA, and as of February 20, NASA's business aircraft were approved for DCA flights. NBAA remains confident that Security Letters of Authorization (SLOAs) are the best way for the remainder of qualified business aviation operators to gain access to this important airport. NBAA's next briefing on the status of general aviation operations into DCA will be held on March 4. For more information about the status of DCA, visit:
APF TO ENFORCE STAGE 2 BAN AS OF MARCH 1
The Naples (Florida) Airport Authority has announced its intention to enforce a ban on all Stage 2 operations at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) effective March 1, 2002. Only certain Stage 2 aircraft that have been issued temporary waivers by the Naples Airport Authority will be authorized to use the airport as of that date. Violations of this restriction may be punished with fines, and repeat violations can lead to an owner and/or operator being denied the use of the airport.
BUSINESS AVIATION SECURITY BRIEFING IN DALLAS FEBRUARY 28
Associated Aviation Underwriters (AAU) and Universal Weather & Aviation will host their second Business Aviation Security Briefing on Thursday, February 28 in Dallas, TX at the Sheraton Dallas-Brookhollow Hotel from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Ed Williams of AAU, Dick Kimm of Universal Weather & Aviation and "Pen" Pendarvis will present sessions on international terrorism, security considerations, suggestions for Part 91 and 135 operators and "weakest links in corporate aviation security." This event includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To pre-register, contact Ed Williams at (973) 379-0862 or [email protected].
BUSINESS AVIATION COMMUNITY INVITED TO SINGAPORE NBAA RECEPTION
NBAA President Jack Olcott will host a reception for new members of the Asian Business Aviation Association (ABAA) on Tuesday, February 26 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the "Alpha" Suite at Asian Aerospace 2002, Changi Airport, Singapore. Olcott will welcome attendees and speak about the value of business aviation around the world, as well as the contributions regional and national aviation associations can make to the international business aviation industry. All operators and manufacturers of business aircraft, service providers, and civil aviation authorities are welcome to attend. To RSVP, contact Ms. Irene Tay at 65-481-5311 or [email protected].
FAA NORTHWEST 2000 AIRSPACE REDESIGN EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 21
Albuquerque Center's Northwest 2000 airspace redesign project was implemented last Thursday, February 21 in the Phoenix, AZ area. The new STARs and DPs are a significant change from those currently published, and many existing procedures, even though published, will be unusable or unavailable. Operations at KPHX (Phoenix), KSDL (Scottsdale), KDVT (Deer Valley), KGEU (Glendale), KGYR (Goodyear), KFFZ (Mesa) and KIWA (Williams Gateway) will be affected. Both Phoenix TRACON and Albuquerque Center have advised that delays might occur during this transition. Business aviation operators should check NOTAMs for the latest updates. If you have a noteworthy experience arriving or departing the Phoenix area, notify Brian Ready at [email protected] or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
AVOID DELAYS AND CONGESTION AT LAS
On the afternoons of Wednesday and Thursday, February 27 and 28, there will be an additional 150-plus aircraft arriving at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup series races. These aircraft will depart the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. For more information about how the racing schedules could affect your travel plans, visit www.nascar.com or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected]
MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL TO REGULATE TALL TOWERS AROUND AIRPORTS
On February 19, the Missouri House Committee voted to pass HB 1207 by 10-to-3 vote. The proposed legislation was created to regulate tall towers around Missouri airports; it would establish state aviation review procedures and a permit process for tall structures proposed near public airports, when the owner (normally a city or county) does not have airport hazard zoning in place to protect the airport. This bill is viewed as an important step in protecting the usability and expandability of Missouri's existing public airports. NBAA encourages the Missouri aviation community to contact their local legislative officials to support this bill. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
NBAA TESTIFIES BEFORE TEXAS HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
On February 20, Paul H. Smith, NBAA's southwest regional representative, appeared before the Texas House Committee on Transportation to provide testimony relating to a study to determine the need for general aviation airport facilities and identifying potential resources that could be used to support additional facilities. Smith articulated the need for a strong airport infrastructure in Texas and worldwide to ensure safe, secure and efficient movement of people, goods and services, thereby encouraging continued economic development. For more information about the testimony, contact Smith at [email protected].
PA BUREAU OF AVIATION VIDEO A WINNER
Congratulations to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation (Glenn Raup, manager flight services), an NBAA Member, for its award-winning general aviation awareness video titled "Wings of Dreams." The film was judged by a panel of non-DOT professionals representing academia, public relations and advertising and is a "must see" video for anyone interested in promoting business and general aviation. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NC AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN MARCH
The North Carolina Airports Association will hold its 23rd annual conference on March 21 and 22 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NBAA TO PARTICIPATE IN NY AVIATION SECURITY TASK FORCE
NBAA has been invited to participate in the New York State Aviation Bureau aviation security task force. The purpose of this task force is to develop an aviation security best practices report that may be implemented at general aviation and Part 139 airports. A report is anticipated to be completed by the New York Airport Manager's Conference slated for April in Buffalo, NY. For more information, contact Dean Saucier at [email protected].
FLORIDA OPERATORS INVITED TO ATC USER DIALOGUE, BASICS
Business aviation operators are invited to attend two NBAA events held this week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. An ATC User Dialogue will be held on Tuesday, February 26 at Ft. Lauderdale Jet Center, Ft. Lauderdale International Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will include lunch; to attend, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected] or Harry Houckes at [email protected]. The NBAA Business Aviation Seminar for Information, Concepts and Solutions (BASICS) will be held on Wednesday, February 27, also at Fort Lauderdale Jet Center from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and will include lunch; to RSVP, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at [email protected]
INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS CONFERENCE DETAILS NOW ONLINE
On March 11 to 14 in Nashville, TN, the NBAA 29th Annual International Operators Conference will offer valuable information on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. Experts from around the world provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning to navigational systems to security and medical issues. For more information or to register, visit: