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NBAA Update #02-18
Monday, May 6, 2002

URGENT MEMBER ACTION NEEDED TO SAVE GA RELIEF BILL
In a recent formal letter to Congressman Don Young (R-AK), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Transportation has signaled its opposition to the General Aviation (GA) Relief Bill. H.R. 3347, the "General Aviation Industry Reparations Act of 2001," provides a total of $5.5 billion in economic relief, including $3 billion in loan guarantees and $2.5 billion in grant funding, which would be available to a number of general aviation entities as well as employees who lost their jobs as a result of the terrorist attacks. Unless NBAA Members contact their Congressmen as soon as possible to request their support, this bill will likely die. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

NBAA TO TESTIFY ABOUT IMPACT OF GENERAL AVIATION BAN AT DCA
This Wednesday, May 8, NBAA President Jack Olcott will testify before the House Committee on Government Reform, District of Columbia Subcommittee, about the Association's efforts to facilitate the return of qualified general aviation operations to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which would contribute to the local economies of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia as well as the nation. NBAA expects that businesses affected by the lack of general aviation traffic at DCA also will testify. A copy of Olcott’s testimony will be posted to the NBAA Web site this Wednesday at www.nbaa.org/testimony. For background information about the situation at DCA, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports/DCA

FIFTH MONTHLY BRIEFING ON GA OPERATIONS AT DCA TO BE HELD MAY 13
Next Monday, May 13, NBAA will hold its fifth monthly briefing on the status of general aviation operations into DCA, which has been closed to general aviation traffic since last September. The event will be held at the DCA Signature Flight Support facilities with a lunch hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. To RSVP, contact NBAA's Marie Wilkins at mwilkins@nbaa.org.
www.nbaa.org/airports/DCA

TOP 450 AIRPORTS TO RECEIVE TSA DIRECTORS
NBAA Members should be aware that new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport directors are being installed in the top 450 U.S. airports. These TSA airport chiefs are responsible for TSA employees at those airports as well as for airport security provisions. NBAA encourages Members to develop a rapport with their TSA airport directors in order to increase the directors' understanding of business aviation. For more information visit www.tsa.dot.gov or e-mail info@nbaa.org.

EBACE2002 AWARD WINNERS ARE GOODING AND JOBIN
Richard E. Gooding, managing director of London City Airport, and Jean-Pierre Jobin, director general of Geneva International Airport, are the 2002 recipients of the European Business Aviation Awards, which honor individuals from the business aviation community in Europe. These awards will be presented during the EBACE 2nd Annual Awards Reception & Banquet in Geneva on the evening of Wednesday, May 29.
www.ebace.com/welcome/pressroom/20020503.htm

BRING A FRIEND TO EBACE2002 FOR FREE
EBACE2002, the only event of its kind to focus totally on European business aviation products and services, is being held this May 28 to 30 in Geneva, Switzerland. NBAA Members can receive two EBACE2002 Delegate Registrations for the price of one, and EBACE2002 Exhibitors can receive an additional five free Exhibitor-Delegate Badges. For more information about this offer and its conditions or to register for EBACE2002, contact NBAA's Deb Worden at dworden@nbaa.org. Learn more about EBACE at:
www.ebace.com

80 NM NO-FLY ZONE IN CALGARY AREA DURING JUNE 25-28 ECONOMIC SUMMIT
With the exception of ATC-cleared emergency flights, approximately 15 general aviation airports and heliports will be closed from June 25 to 28 within an 80-nm radius around Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. Kananaskis, located about 40 miles west of Calgary, is the site for a scheduled economic summit of the G8 nations. Calgary International Airport (CYYC), although not included in the ban, is expected to be busier than usual and delays should be anticipated. Transport Canada is to issue an IAP supplement with more details in the next 30 days and a NOTAM should be published about a week before the ban takes effect. For more information about which Alberta airfields will be affected, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org.

EXPECT TRAVEL DELAYS IN CONCORD AND LACONIA, NH AREAS
Expect delays at Concord (CON) and Laconia (LCI) Airports in New Hampshire the afternoon of Thursday, May 9, when more than 150 aircraft are scheduled to arrive for the Saturday, May 11 NASCAR race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. The teams are scheduled to begin departing these airports on Saturday, May 11 immediately following the race, which will be held in the late afternoon or early evening. Delays also could result within the Boston ATC area. Please plan your flights accordingly. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

CONNECTICUT BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED
Last week, the Connecticut Business Aviation Association (CTBAA) officially formed by unanimous vote to be an advocate for and to address local and regional issues affecting corporate and business aviation in western New England and Eastern New York. Among those in attendance were representatives from the local FAA FSDO and Bradley International Airport (BDL) Operations Department. The group’s newly elected officers are: Paul Anderson of UTC, president; Sandy Sanderson of IMS Health, vice president; Peter Vasconcelos of Bombardier, secretary; and Larry Jordash of Signature Flight Support, treasurer. The group will meet on a monthly basis until its bylaws are ratified, after which it will meet quarterly. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT CAREER FAIR TO BE HELD THIS FALL
Westchester County Airport (HPN) will hold a one-day Career Fair this fall (date to be announced), where area students will be invited to the airport to learn about aviation career opportunities. Careers spanning all of aviation will be represented, from ramp personnel to flightcrews. This airport-wide undertaking will include the efforts of the HPN Airport Manager's Office, Westchester Aviation Association, NBAA, EAA, airlines, FBOs and tenants. NBAA Board Member Jeff Lee of IBM is responsible for this project's inception, and NBAA Chairman George Saling is also an integral part of this event. A special thank you goes to Duncan Aviation in Nebraska for their help and support. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT GROUP TO MEET ON MAY 14
The Jefferson County Airport Business Aviation Association will meet in the Mt. Evans Room, Jefferson County (JEFFCO) Airport Terminal at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Bill Kingsley of the United States Aircraft Insurance Group will speak about the effects of security on insurance. For more information, contact NBAA's Paul Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

CENTENNIAL GROUP TO MEET ON MAY 14
The Centennial Business Aviation Alliance will meet at the Denver Jet Center, Perfect Landing Restaurant, Centennial Airport (APA) at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, to hear Bill Kingsley of the United States Aircraft Insurance Group speak about the effects of security on insurance. For more information, contact Ron Loos at (303) 790-1515 or NBAA's Paul Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

HOUSTON AVIATION ALLIANCE MEETS TODAY
The Houston Aviation Alliance met this morning at the Houston Hobby Hilton on Airport Boulevard. The guest speaker was Colonel Steve Jones from the Texas Air National Guard, who discussed the duties of his unit flying F-16s after the events of September 11. For more information, call (713) 567-5054, visit www.HoustonAviationAlliance.com, or contact NBAA's Paul Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

MAY 9 MEETING TO ADDRESS SCOTTSDALE, AZ ROUTING CONCERNS
Scottsdale, AZ city officials and business aviation users recently have questioned aircraft routing changes that resulted from FAA's Northwest 2000; in particular, city officials are concerned about noise, and airway system users question why they are being vectored off the preferred routing. To answer these questions, the Mayor of Scottsdale, AZ requested a meeting of ABQ Center, PHX TRACON and airport users, and a meeting is now scheduled for this Thursday, May 9. NBAA will be in attendance to represent its Members. Those with comments or concerns regarding Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) area arrivals and departures should contact Brian Ready at bready@sri-az.com or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

CARLSBAD, CA COMMUNITY WORKS TO EXTEND CRQ RUNWAY
The City of Carlsbad, CA and local business aviation users currently are working to extend the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, CA. CRQ is one of the busiest general aviation single-runway airports in the nation. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce was concerned that at only 4,900 feet, the runway effectively limits the airport's ability to support its high-tech businesses; therefore, the Chamber has joined with airport businesses to form a committee to encourage the airport and the City to apply for a runway extension. Direct your feedback on this issue to NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

BURBANK-GLENDALE-PASADENA AIRPORT TO HOST PUBLIC SESSIONS IN MAY
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) Authority invites users and tenants to discuss airport issues this May. Airport staff will host public sessions 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. NBAA encourages Members to attend these sessions, which will be held starting today, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at locations published at http://www.burbankpart161.org/pm.shtml. NBAA Manager, Airports & Ground Infrastructure Jeff Gilley will attend today’s session. For more information, contact Victor Gill at (818) 840-8840 or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org.

SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION MEETING RESULTS
An initial planning meeting for the proposed South Florida Business Aviation Association was held last Thursday, May 2 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The gathering was well attended by representatives from a wide cross-section of aviation businesses and aircraft operators, including NBAA Board Member Sylvia Jennings of Wotan America, Inc. The group agreed to outline their plans for an association and meet again in late June in the West Palm Beach area. For more information or to join, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

NEBRASKA GROUP MEETING RESULTS
The Nebraska Business Aviation Association (NeBAA) meeting held May 1 at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE featured guest speaker Al Gorthy, FAA Runway Safety Program Office, Kansas City and NBAA Regional Representative Paul Smith, who spoke on issues of concern to the NBAA Membership. More than 40 individuals, many from the Omaha area, were in attendance. NeBAA has 85 Members and is growing. For more information, contact Jerry Kaizer at (402) 422-6789 or jkaizer@elliottaviation.com, or NBAA's Paul Smith at psmith@nbaa.org.

GREATER WASHINGTON AVIATION OPEN HELD TODAY
The 14th Annual Greater Washington Aviation Open charity golf and tennis tournament is being held today to raise money for Corporate Angel Network, an organization dedicated to arranging free air transportation aboard corporate aircraft for cancer patients traveling to and from recognized treatment centers in the United States. This year’s fundraising total is expected to top last year’s total of $83,000. Congressman Don Young (R-AK), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is the honorary chairman of this event. NBAA helped found this event and is a tournament sponsor. Fundraising and tournament results will be posted online as they become available at:
www.gwao.org

NBAA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE'S BILL TORPHY WINS CESSNA'S VERN LOWE AWARD
Bill Torphy of NBAA Member Company The Rogers Group has received Cessna's 2002 Vern Lowe Award. The Vern Lowe Award honors aviation professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the operation and air safety of the Cessna Citation. Torphy has been active with the NBAA Technical Committee's Citation 500 Series Subcommittee since 1994 and has served as its chairman since 1995. For more information, contact NBAA Technical Committee Liaison Eli Cotti at ecotti@nbaa.org.

ST. LOUIS REACHBAC SCHEDULED FOR MAY 31
NBAA has scheduled a REACHBAC (Regional Effort to Advise, Communicate with and Help the Business Aviation Community) event in the St. Louis, MO area on May 31. Featured speakers are Brian Weiler of Missouri's Administration of Aviation, and Larry Barkledge, manager of the St. Louis FSDO. NBAA Staff members, including Regional Representative John Balsiger and Vice President, Membership Joe Ponte, also will be in attendance. For more information about the event, contact Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org.
www.nbaa.org/reachbac