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NBAA Update #02-33
Monday, August 19, 2002
ONLY ONCE EACH YEAR...NBAA2002 BEGINS IN JUST
Anticipation is building for NBAA2002, to be held September 10, 11 and 12 in Orlando. Registration deadlines for many of the pre- and post-Convention Seminars and Conferences are fast approaching (including the Flight Department Manual Workshop and Maintenance Manual Workshop, as well as the Tax Conference) and some hotels have reached capacity. Two important Seminars this year are the Training for Success Forum and the Safety Committee Town Hall Meeting. Edsel Ford II, CEO of Pentastar Aviation, will keynote the Opening General Session. Tom Blank, Acting Associate Under Secretary for Security, Regulation and Policy within the new Transportation Security Administration, also will address the Opening General Session. Only once each year can anyone professionally interested in the use of aircraft as an aid to the conduct of business find as much information in one place at one time. To learn more and register, visit:
REGISTER FOR NBAA2002 BY AUGUST 23 AND SAVE $25
Help us keep the registration lines short, save yourself time and $25. Send in your registration form for the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention by Friday's deadline and we'll mail your badge so you will have it in hand when you arrive in Orlando. (Note: International badges must be picked up on-site.) For all registrations received after Friday, August 23, registration fees increase by $25 and all badges will be held for on-site pick up. If you've already registered, your badge is on its way to you. If your company is not yet a member of NBAA, join before this year's Annual Meeting & Convention and receive 2 free Convention Registrations. To learn more and register, visit:
TO BE HELD ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY THIS YEAR
Members should note that this year, the NBAA Tax Conference will be held on a Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10 - instead of on a Sunday and Monday as in the past. Ten hours of continuing education credit will be provided for accountants who complete the NBAA Tax Conference. For more information about the Tax Conference or to register, visit:
PARTICIPATE IN A NEW ONE-QUESTION ONLINE NBAA POLL
NBAA is conducting a quick online poll to gauge the Membership's activity over this last, extraordinary year. Please visit www.nbaa.org/onlinepoll.htm to contribute and see the poll's results in real time.
STANDARD INDUSTRY FARE LEVEL
RATES FOR 2ND HALF OF 2002
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2002, to December 31, 2002. NBAA Members may access the related Alert Bulletin at
2002 NBAA COMPENSATION & BENCHMARK
SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
The first edition of the compiled data from the survey is now available online to survey participants. To view the data, visit: www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs/results.htm. Survey results are available in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer, you may download it at no cost from www.adobe.com. Other eligible NBAA Members who have not yet submitted data may participate using the secure online survey form at www.nbaa.org/surveys/cbs until November 1, 2002, giving them free access to survey results. Survey entries received through November 1 will be included in a later, second edition of recompiled survey results. Also, custom reporting features and graphs will be available online soon.
12.5 SECURITY PROGRAM UPDATE
TSA officials are aware that many operators have not yet received their copy of the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP). Although public comments on the TFSSP are due today, NBAA advises all affected Part 135 operators to submit comments on the security program as soon as possible, even beyond the stated deadline. We anticipate that TSA will officially extend the comment period some time this week. Part 135 operators who have applied for but not yet received the TFSSP, or who have additional questions, should contact NBAA's Doug Carr at email@example.com.
USE WATRS ROUTINGS ENROUTE TO FLORIDA
National Airspace System (NAS) users who meet the WATRS (West Atlantic Routes System) routing qualifications are encouraged by New York Center (ZNY) to utilize the new routes when traveling from ZNY airports to Florida destinations. The ZNY Traffic Management Unit can be reached at (631) 468-1084 to coordinate user requests. Oceanic routings via A761 will be restricted to FL310 and above. All traffic must be RVSM approved and HF equipped. More information on WATRS RVSM can be found at www.faa.gov/ats/ato/watrs.htm or contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANADIAN DEPORTATION WARNING
In recent months NBAA has received several reports of U.S. citizens being deported from Canada by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada inspectors when the U.S. citizens have accurately responded on immigration questionnaires that they had been convicted of a felony, usually involving driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Deportation under these circumstances is consistent with Canadian law. However, if it has been over ten years since the conviction, the requirements to be approved for future Canadian access is fairly straight forward, if somewhat arduous. If it has been less than 10 years since the conviction, there is a more demanding process involving application for determination of "rehabilitation" that must be completed in order to be eligible to be legally admitted to Canada. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/applications/rehabil.html, NBAA's Web site at www.nbaa.org/intl/ or contact NBAA's Bill Stine at email@example.com.
CREATION OF A NEW BRAZILIAN CIVIL AVIATION AGENCY ONE STEP CLOSER
The lower chamber of the Brazilian Congress has approved a law that will pave the way for the creation of a new National Civil Aviation Agency to replace the Department of Civil Aviation, which has been dominated by the Brazilian military. Although the new government entity will be under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense, it will be financially autonomous. Civil aircraft operators, including business aviation, may provide significant input regarding the structure and functions of the agency as it takes shape over the next several years. The Brazilian Senate is expected to pass legislation authorizing the National Civil Aviation Agency later this year. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LABACE SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 16, 17, 18;
LATER DATES UNDER REVIEW
NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) are reviewing later dates for the first Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) to provide an opportunity for the new Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (see story above) to become fully established and newly elected government officials to take office. Final dates for the Sao Paulo, Brazil event will be determined by ABAG and NBAA during the next several weeks. Until further notice, the January schedule is operative. For more information, contact NBAA's Kathleen Blouin at email@example.com.
DATA NEEDED TO SECURE MCCLELLAN-PALOMAR (CRQ) CUSTOMS SERVICE
NBAA Members doing business on and based at CRQ continue a collaborative effort with San Diego County and surrounding cities to obtain a Customs User Fee designation. Customs Clearance Service will save Members returning to CRQ from the tech stop currently made when returning from international travel, thereby increasing safety and saving substantial operational costs. Additionally, business travelers experience an even more productive trip. We ask NBAA Members who could use customs service at CRQ and who have not
responded to our previous survey requests, to forward your interest in the service, including the approximate number of aircraft cycles and man-hours saved, to Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your support.
NBAA MEMBERS AT BUCHANAN FIELD (CCR) UNITE
Local aviation businesses and operators have formed The Airport Coalition at Buchanan Field in Concord, California. The group's primary interests include lengthening the runway and the installation of a terminal radar system to aid Oakland Center in air traffic control, both of which will enhance safety and productivity. Additional goals will support and provide economic data to county supervisors regarding the value of CCR, development of an improved marketing plan for the airport, support of fair leasing policy, and improved airport facilities. Members interested in the Concord Airport Coalition, please contact Arnold Peterson at 925-682-7911 or email@example.com or Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
TENNESSEE WINSTON CUP RACE TRAFFIC
Bristol, Tennessee is the site of this weekend's Busch and Winston Cup races. Approximately 185 aircraft will start arriving at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) on August 21 and 22 for the nighttime races, with departures on the 23rd and 24th. Operators flying into and out of TRI are reminded that this is a part time tower operation and should plan arrivals and departures accordingly. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
WHITE PLAINS CAREER FAIR
The White Plains Career Fair will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28 starting at 10:00 AM each day. Several area high schools will participate in the event, which is designed to introduce students and their parents to the world of aviation. The fair will focus on static displays and presentations. All facets of the aviation industry, including military, law enforcement, emergency services, air traffic control, flight crew, maintenance technicians, business aviation and ground services, are among the careers represented. Members wishing to offer their talents as a guide for the Friday session are encouraged to call John Johnston at Verizon at 914-989-7700 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TETERBORO PILOT MEDICAL FORUM
Is your blood pressure border line normal? What about the over-the-counter medication you're taking...is it legal for you to fly while taking it? What does a blood analysis tell the FAA about your state of health? Are the answers you give to questions on the Application for Airman Medical Certificate cause for the FAA to question your airworthiness? Medications, medical history, ailments and what to look for on the application for a medical certificate will be the topic of discussion at the Northeastern Medical Forum to be held at Jet Aviation's training facility, 90 Moonachie Ave, Teterboro, NJ, on Thursday, October 17, starting at 10:00 AM. Lunch will immediately following the forum. This forum is free to all NBAA Members but is limited to the first 100 respondents. Dr. Mark Josel, a retired Navy
Flight Surgeon, a Senior FAA Medical Examiner and Internist in private practice, will conduct the forum. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
DEKALB PEACHTREE AIRPORT (PDK) NOISE REDUCTION TEST
Effective September 3, a new noise reduction test program will go into effect for turbojet aircraft departing PDK. Aircraft departing Runway 20L/20R with a left turn enroute should expect to fly runway heading until leaving 2000 feet MSL before turning to their ATC assigned heading. Aircraft departing with a right turn enroute should expect to be issued a heading of 225 until leaving 2000 feet MSL then fly the heading assigned by ATC. Aircraft departing Runway 2R/2L should expect to be cleared for a right turn to 050 or a left turn to 360. Different headings may be issued due to traffic or weather conditions. All departures should anticipate using frequency 119.3 unless otherwise advised. Members should verify the correct departure procedures in effect for this test period. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FOLLOWING CORRECTS AN ITEM IN LAST WEEK'S UPDATE:
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