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NBAA Update #02-12
Monday, March 25, 2002
NBAA HOPEFUL REGARDING TOMORROW'S WHITE HOUSE MEETING RE: DCA
NBAA is guardedly optimistic about the prospects for a meeting tomorrow in which officials of the White House, the new Transportation Security Administration, FAA, DOT, Homeland Security, the Secret Service, FBI, Signature Flight Support and NBAA will discuss reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to "qualified" general aviation flights. This is the first government- wide meeting convened across all relevant jurisdictions. NBAA had requested the meeting through White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. For more information, contact Pete West at [email protected].
NBAA REQUESTS MEMBER SUPPORT TO RESTORE GA ACCESS TO DCA
NBAA has developed a template letter for use by business aircraft operators to communicate to Congress the importance of restoring general aviation access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The template calls for action by the Office of Homeland Security and Departments of Transportation and Treasury no later than March 31.
OVER 1,000 CHARTER MANIFESTS
TRANSMITTED TO CUSTOMS VIA NBAA.ORG
The NBAA Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Submission Service allows Part 135 operators to comply with new requirements to electronically transmit passenger and crew manifest to U.S. Customs. Since March 4, more than 1,000 trips have been submitted via the NBAA APIS Submission Service, potentially saving charter operators millions of dollars in fines. The NBAA APIS Submission Service, available at no cost to the entire aviation community, was developed as an interim solution to the problem, until the U.S. Customs Service can develop its own permanent, Web-based solution.
AVOID CABOTAGE VIOLATIONS IN EU COUNTRIES
In recent months NBAA has fielded numerous inquiries regarding cabotage, importation and value-added tax (VAT) rules in the European Union (EU) and how to avoid violations. Learn more about this hot topic at:
NBAA SEEKS CONFIRMATION REGARDING FUTURE OF MEIGS
On March 21, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on legislation to support the agreement recently reached by Illinois Governor George Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley that would expand Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), facilitate construction of a new airport in Peotone, IL, and keep Chicago's Merrill C. Meigs Field (CGX) open. NBAA anticipates that Governor Ryan will confirm that the measure's intent is to keep Meigs Field open until at least 2026. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or NBAA's Douglas Carr at [email protected], or visit the Web at:
POTOMAC TRACON EIS ISSUED FOR
In conjunction with the pending activation of the new Potomac Consolidated TRACON, the FAA has issued for comments a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in connection with proposed changes to flight paths in the Baltimore- Washington area. This TRACON consolidation is in the best interests of the NBAA Membership and will result in a strong improvement in traffic flows in and around the Washington-Baltimore area. Public hearings will be held in April, and a 90-day comment period will end in late May. NBAA strongly encourages its Members to comment on the draft EIS, which is available for review at http://www.faa.gov/ats/potomac. To review a schedule of public hearings on this issue and for more information, visit:
NORTH CAROLINA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION IS FORMED
At an informational meeting held at Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) in North Carolina last week, those in attendance unanimously agreed to create a North Carolina business aviation association. The group's purpose is to be a voice for business and corporate aviation locally and regionally, to assist NBAA in staying current on issues that might affect the business aviation industry, and to promote business and corporate aviation at the local and regional level. To learn more about this new organization, contact Jim Steele of Strickland Insurance Group at [email protected], Richard Maher of Teal Aviation at [email protected], or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
BURBANK USERS AND TENANTS INVITED TO DISCUSS AIRPORT ISSUES
The staff of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) in California will host tenants and operators at a working luncheon to discuss noise issues and review the BUR FAR Part 161 Study, which analyzes the effects of imposing a mandatory nighttime curfew on all aircraft operations during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Airport staff will distribute revised Airport Noise Rules Information Guides at this meeting. The lunch will be held in the Sky Room, Main Terminal Building, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport on April 11 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP and refer questions to Raymond Davis at [email protected]. NBAA urges your attendance and support. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at [email protected].
APRIL AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION AT SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California is scheduled to reconstruct and overlay Runway 10L-28R in mid April of this year, which will close this runway for a series of extended weekends. Once the construction commences, the runway will close from 5:00 p.m. Friday through 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. During times of closure for Runway 10L-28R, Taxiway Charley will be converted to a General Utility Runway 11-29. The Temporary Runway 11-29 is restricted to daytime and VFR weather condition only and is limited to CAT-II aircraft. Runway 11 will remain closed to landing and departures and Runway 29 will be restricted to landing only. For more information, check NOTAMs or contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
APRIL AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION AT SAN JOSE
Runway 12R-30L at San Jose International Airport (SJC) in California will be closed 24 hours a day for approximately six months starting on or about April 2 for overlaying work. This is expected to cause varying degrees of delay for corporate aircraft operating in/out of SJC. Runway 11/29 has no published instrument procedures and has the following limitations: Landing aircraft limited to 60,000 lbs. gross weight any wheel aircraft and no turbojet departures allowed. The City of San Jose has dictated that no deviations from these restrictions will be allowed in spite of the expected delays resulting from the loss of one of two primary instrument runways. Operators using SJC should be prepared for airborne holding in Oakland Approach airspace and ground delays. Operators should consider alternate airports during this runway construction. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
PALWAUKEE NOISE STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS UNDER REVIEW
The Part 150 noise study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK) in Wheeling, IL were presented to the state's Airport Commission on March 20 for the Commission's approval. The 12 recommendations, which include a ban on Stage 2 jet aircraft under 75,000 lbs. at night, were accepted as presented and now advance to the City of Prospect Heights, IL and the Village of Wheeling, IL for their acceptance or rejection. For more information, contact Dennis Rouleau, acting PWK airport manager at [email protected] or NBAA's John O. Balsiger at [email protected].
DALLAS-FT. WORTH QUARTERLY CUSTOMER MEETING
The Fort Worth Center and the Dallas/Fort Worth TRACON/Tower will host their quarterly customer meeting at Fort Worth Center on April 25 at 8:00 a.m. All customers are invited to attend to discuss operational issues concerning the air traffic system in and around the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) area. Customers should submit agenda items no later than April 14 to Pat Carruth of Fort Worth Center at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
EXPECT DELAYS IN AUGUSTA AREA FOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT
NBAA Members should expect various levels of delay operating into and out of the Augusta area during the upcoming Masters Golf Tournament from April 8 to 15. In the past the FAA has requested a significant amount of overtime hours for air traffic controllers in that operational area to better handle the increased amounts of traffic generated by the Masters. Unfortunately, due to drastic budget cutbacks, Southern Region's request for authorized overtime hours for controllers has been denied. As a result, there will be normal day-to-day manning levels in ATC facilities for the Masters, and air traffic delays should be expected. For more information, contact NBAA at [email protected].
U.S. OPEN WILL AFFECT TRAFFIC AT NY'S REPUBLIC AIRPORT THIS JUNE
From June 10 through June 21, the U.S. Open will take place within close proximity of Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. Users of that airport should be prepared for possible TFRs to be implemented during this time period. Watch future issues of NBAA Update for more information as it becomes available.
NASCAR TRAVEL UPDATE
NBAA Update regularly publishes NASCAR race city information to help its Members avoid potential delays and congestion. This weekend, there are no NASCAR races for either the Winston Cup or Busch series. For information about future races, visit www.nascar.com or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NBAA ANNOUNCES 2002 AWARD WINNERS
The NBAA Board has selected James D. Raisbeck, CEO of Raisbeck Engineering, as the recipient of the 2002 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation and J. Robert Duncan, chairman of Duncan Aviation, as the recipient of the 2002 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award.
RSVP FOR UPCOMING NBAA EVENTS
Many NBAA Seminars are planned for early April, including a Flight Operations Manual Workshop, Small Flight Department Management Program, BASICS event, ATC User Dialogue and three REACHBAC events. To learn more about these events or to RSVP, visit the NBAA Web site at: