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NBAA Update #02-32
Monday, August 12, 2002
COMPLACENCY IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE COUNTERMEASURE
Federal security officials remain concerned that foreign nationals will gain access to general aviation aircraft and use that access to commit a terrorist act. The range of possible terrorist scenarios is broad and not limited to suicide flights. Although no specific security threat has been prioritized by Federal officials, Members are urged to actively and permanently revise their security procedures and practices to at least comply with the Security Best Practices identified by NBAA's Safety Committee (see next item). Also, the "Security Information Advisory Reminder for GA Pilots" at www.nbaa.org/ops/security/TSA20020809Advisory.htm includes security recommendations from the Transportation Security Administration. Please note that any terrorist act committed using a general aviation aircraft likely would result in undesirable and long-term restrictions on all general aviation activity in the United States.
SECURITY INFORMATION ONLINE
The following links provide NBAA Members with security guidelines and information for use in revising their procedures and practices: (1) NBAA Best Practices for Business Aviation Security at www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices.htm, (2) Flight Department Security Check List (64 KB PDF file) at www.nbaa.org/ops/security/SecurityChecklist.pdf, (3) NBAA Management Guide, Section 1.21: Security at www.nbaa.org/member/mgmtguide/01-02.htm#1.21, and (4) FAA document titled "Airfield and Aircraft Security in the Wake of the Terrorist Attacks" at www.nbaa.org/ops/security/airfield_aircraft_security.pdf. For more information, review a recent NBAA Press Release about best practices for security at:
NBAA2002 KICKS OFF JUST FOUR WEEKS FROM TOMORROW
Anyone professionally interested in the use of aircraft as an aid to the conduct of business should attend the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida on September 10 to 12. This once-a-year event is the business aviation community's only must-attend annual gathering and its most efficient information exchange, featuring the latest security information, regulatory and political updates, important operational news, new product and service announcements, industry and government experts, more than 70 Informational Sessions, nearly 1,000 Exhibitors, more than 120 aircraft on Static Display, over 25,000 anticipated Attendees, and much more. To learn more and register, visit:
NBAA2002 TO INCLUDE
SESSIONS ON SECURITY
In an effort to provide up-to-date security information, NBAA has scheduled multiple Security Sessions at this year's Annual Meeting & Convention, including two titled "Federal Security Requirements" and "Guidelines for Flight Department Security." The Association's 55th Annual Meeting & Convention will be held September 10 to 12 in Orlando, Florida. For more information about the Security Sessions, contact NBAA's Bob Blouin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit:
ASSOCIATION TO HONOR SAFETY AWARD RECIPIENTS
NBAA will recognize the recipients of its Flying Safety Awards during its Awards Banquet on September 12 at the close of the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida. The recipients include four companies -- 3M, American International Group, Inc., Ball Corporation and Duke Energy Corp. -- that will receive the 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Award, which gives special recognition to NBAA Member Companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident.
NBAA COMMENTS ON
DRVSM NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
On August 8, NBAA submitted comments to the FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (DRVSM). NBAA reiterated its concern, expressed a year ago to the FAA Administrator, that it will be difficult for the industry to have its aircraft equipped and qualified by the projected implementation date of December 2004. The FAA will be holding a DRVSM seminar on September 8 to 9, 2002, in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with NBAA's 55th Annual Meeting & Convention. For more information, visit:
12-5 SECURITY PROGRAM DUE BY NEXT MONDAY
Comments on the TSA's Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), which details the requirements for the final rule titled "Security Programs for Aircraft 12,500 Pounds or More," are due August 19. The TFSSP was made available for review and comment only for Part 121 and 135 operators with an operational need to know. If you are a Part 135 operator of aircraft 12,500 or more and are still waiting for your copy of the program, contact TSA's Lon Siro at email@example.com and NBAA's Bob Blouin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA APPROVES PART 135 OPERATIONS
FOR LARGE TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT
In an August 8 memo, James Ballough, director, FAA Flight Standards Service (AFS-1), confirmed that large transport category aircraft, such as the Boeing Business Jet, may be operated under Part 135, if their type certificates modifications have passenger seat configurations of 30 passengers or fewer and payload capacities of 7,500 pounds or less. The FAA will also initiate rulemaking efforts to determine if additional safety and operations requirements should be established for these large aircraft when operated under Part 91 or Part 135. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Blouin at email@example.com. Download the August 8 FAA memo at:
RVR DATA NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
Business aircraft pilots now can obtain runway visual range (RVR) information over the Internet at http://rvr.fly.faa.gov. Previously, the FAA had only made Web-based RVR data available to selected air carriers. Users can view current and historical RVR information from 48 airports. By knowing the distance a pilot is able to see down the runway during an approach, aviators can make more informed decisions on whether to land at an airport or seek an alternate when visibility is poor. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTENDED DFW RUNWAY WILL BENEFIT ALL USERS
Although Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's (DFW's) recently extended Runway 18L was designed to serve wide-body airliners making nonstop flights to the Asia-Pacific, the 2,012-foot extension effort also is expected to benefit other operators, including business aircraft. Besides helping to reduce delays and increase overall capacity, the project included completion of the Northwest Holding Apron, which allows aircraft to line up for departure away from congested airfield intersections, thereby improving overall airport safety and efficiency. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at email@example.com.
ERROR IN JEPPESEN CHART FOR AIRWAY OVER TEXAS
Jeppesen has released a graphic chart NOTAM depicting the realignment, effective August 8, of jet route J-180 from Little Rock, AR (LIT) VOR, to the new Sawmill, LA (SWB) VOR, to Daisetta, TX (DAS) VOR. The information about the new alignment of airway J-180 shown on the graphic chart NOTAM supersedes the depiction of the jet route shown on US (HI) 5/6 and US (HI) 7/8 charts dated August 2. Users should file J-180 routing via LIT LIT184 SWB007 SWB SWB222 DAS038 DAS. For more information, download the graphic chart NOTAM at http://www.jeppesen.com/download/chart_notams/cnus_321.pdf or contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN MICHIGAN AREA THIS WEEK
This weekend, both the Busch and Winston Cup NASCAR series will race at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. More than 350 aircraft are expected to descend upon Jackson County-Reynolds Field (JXN), Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB) and Lenawee County Airport (ADG) on Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15. Most of the departures will take place on Sunday, August 18. For more information, visit the Race Team Aviation Association web site at www.rtaa.org or NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL, SUPPORTS AIRPORT SAFETY & PROTECTION PLAN
On July 25, Michigan Governor John Engle signed Enrolled Senate Bill 1009, the fiscal year 2003 appropriations bill for capital outlay. This bill will provide landmark support for a new Airport Safety and Protection (ASAP) Plan that will provide $1 billion over the next five years for airport safety and security projects. This investment positions Michigan to meet the challenges of new homeland security requirements at the state's critical airport facilities. The ASAP Plan also provides for the issuance of bonds to help the state leverage $160 million annually in Federal funds for statewide airport improvements. Combined with other state and local funds, the fiscal year 2003 appropriation for airport capital improvements totals $229 million. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YORK CITY HELICOPTER OPERATORS ASKED TO "FLY NEIGHBORLY"
Matt Zucarro, a member of both NBAA and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, reports that increasingly, New Yorkers are opting to fly to the Hamptons in Long Island via helicopter rather than drive. As a result, residents in the vicinity of New York's Floral Park, Northport, Huntington Station and Kings Park communities have complained about numerous and/or low-flying helicopters over the area. While Zucarro is working with the FAA to relocate the helicopter track route to a more community-compatible location, he recommends that helicopter operations use alternative routing when possible, fly at the highest altitudes feasible, stay over water as long as possible, and when over land, maintain an altitude of a minimum of 2,000 feet where practicable. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
DES MOINES GENERAL AVIATION SECURITY BRIEFING ON AUGUST 29
On August 29, the Central Iowa Business Aviation Association and Des Moines International Airport (DSM) will present the first annual Des Moines General Aviation Security Briefing. The meeting will be held on the 2nd Floor of the DSM terminal building in the Cloud Room at 7:00 p.m. Briefing topics will include local security measures enforced at DSM, specifically explaining temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the State of Iowa as presented by the Des Moines FSDO. For more information, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION PLANS OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
The Pennsylvania Business Aviation Association (PBAA) has elected Glenn Raup, Pennsylvania DOT, as its interim president and Rich Johnson, Harrisburg Jet Center, as its treasurer. During the latter part of October, PBAA will hold its first annual membership drive, which will feature a guest speaker of special interest to all aviators and address several issues, including security, ATC and airports. Details regarding the date and location will be released in the near future. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
NBAA STAFF AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT BRIEFINGS ABOUT GA DESK IN YOUR AREA
NBAA's General Aviation (GA) Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) provides Association Members with face-to-face representation to the FAA on matters pertaining to the daily operation of the National Airspace System. Individual Members also may obtain customized GA Desk service for an additional subscription fee. NBAA Staff members are available to conduct public briefings in your area, on a selective basis, on this valuable Member service; the most recent briefing was held in White Plains, NY on August 1. If you would like to arrange a GA Desk briefing in your area, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GA SECURITY AND DCA ACCESS BRIEFING TO BE HELD NEXT
NBAA will host a feedback session on general aviation (GA) security and a briefing about the status of GA access to Reagan National Airport (DCA) next Monday, August 19 at the DCA Signature Flight Support facility; a buffet lunch will be served. All Members are invited to attend and share their input at this interactive event, at which NBAA President Jack Olcott will discuss NBAA's best practices for business aircraft security, possible TFR access protocols, and other topics. Following the update, there will be a closed security discussion for those individuals responsible for company security. RSVP for this event by August 15 to NBAA's Marie Wilkins at email@example.com. For more information about DCA, visit:
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE: HOW SECURE IS
YOUR FLIGHT OPERATION?
Review NBAA President Jack Olcott's comments on business aviation security at: