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NBAA Update #02-50
Monday, December 16, 2002
NBAA BOARD IMPLEMENTS SUCCESSION PLAN
The NBAA Board of Directors has begun a search for a new president to be appointed in 2003 and to take office on January 1, 2004. After more than 11 years leading the Association, NBAA President John W. Olcott will become president emeritus as of January 1, 2004. NBAA Chairman George Saling emphasized that Olcott will have a consultancy agreement with NBAA after his contract as president expires.
TSA TO LAUNCH PILOT SECURITY PROJECT AT TETERBORO
At an aviation industry security summit held December 9 in Washington, DC, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) briefed attendees on a joint TSA/NBAA "Proof of Concept" operator project, which is planned to be implemented early next year. The voluntary project for Teterboro Airport (TEB)-based Part 91 operators is modeled after the NBAA Security Protocol. Currently under review by the NBAA Security Council and TSA, the Security Protocol will become the basis for TSA waiver approval and other types of operations, which possibly will include TFR access. For more information on business aviation security issues, visit the NBAA Security web site at:
TSA FEDERAL SECURITY DIRECTORS LIST UPDATED
In November 2002, the TSA completed the process of naming all 159 Federal Security Directors (FSDs), who are responsible for the efficient implementation, performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for the 429 U.S. airports served by the airlines. NBAA has obtained contact information for most of the newly appointed FSDs and will continue to update this information as it becomes available. NBAA encourages all Member Companies to establish working relationships with their local FSDs as soon as possible to help FSDs become familiar with business aviation operations. Members may initiate this important relationship by requesting face-to-face introductory meetings, inviting FSDs to user-group meetings and inviting FSDs to user facilities to outline policies and procedures relative to daily operations and security. To review the FSD list, visit:
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE: THE ECONOMY
AND BUSINESS AVIATION
In this week's President Perspective, Jack Olcott discusses the results of last week's meeting between the NBAA Board and NBAA's Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC).
CUSTOMS DEMANDS HAVE INCREASED SINCE 9/11
At a recent Connecticut Business Aviation Group meeting, Phil Spayed, U.S. Customs director of field operations, reported that demands placed on the agency have increased since the events of September 11, 2001, and that it appears as though more rather than less scrutiny will take place, especially in cargo operations. He noted that although corporate aviation poses a minimal threat to national security, all operators must be vigilant. He also reported that the issue of Customs overtime is due to a lack of sufficient personnel to cover all of the ports, borders and airports; currently, all overtime expenses are incurred by the airlines. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
U.S. CUSTOMS MAY CUT SERVICE AT BURBANK AND VAN NUYS
Citing staffing issues and national security, U.S. Customs is proposing a severe reduction of service at Burbank Airport (BUR) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California. Customs is proposing no service at the following times: (1) weekday evenings after 10:00 p.m., (2) prior to 9:00 a.m. on any day, (3) Saturdays after 4:00 p.m. and (4) on Sunday. Customs clearance during these times would be conducted at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) or another port of entry. BUR and VNY operators and NBAA representatives plan to meet with the new Los Angeles Customs port director to reiterate business aviation's case for full service at these airports. NBAA Members should send feedback regarding how these changes will affect their operations, including costs, via fax to Mike Wittman at (818) 787-3187 or via e-mail to NBAA's Dan Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMENTS SOUGHT ON TOWERS THAT COULD AFFECT OPS AT
The FAA is conducting two studies to determine the air-navigation implications of the construction of two proposed antenna towers in northern New Jersey, and the agency is seeking comments from aircraft operators. The proposed towers could affect operations at Teterboro (TEB), Newark (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA) and Linden (LDJ) airports in New Jersey. For more information, including details on where to send written comments, visit the NBAA web site at:
MORRISTOWN (NJ) AIRPORT REQUESTS CURTAILMENT OF NIGHT FLIGHTS
Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey is asking for a voluntary curtailment of late-night operations in the interest of keeping the airport as quiet as possible between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. According to the Morristown Aviation Association (MAA), if operators must fly late at night, they can help in reducing noise by landing on Runway 23 and taking off on Runway 5, if it is safe to do so. Many of the corporate tenants already refrain from flying during the requested time period, but when they must, they attempt to land and take off on the runways indicated above. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
NEW REGIONAL GROUP FOR MASSACHUSETT'S HANSCOM FIELD
Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA is in the process of establishing a regional business aviation association. At a recent meeting attended by nearly 30 individuals, participants unanimously voted to start a group to deal with local and regional aviation issues in eastern Massachusetts. The group hopes to be fully operational immediately after the first of the year. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-AREA BUSINESS AVIATION FORUM SET FOR MARCH 27
NBAA will conduct its next Business Aviation Forum & Static Display on Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, CA. The Forum will utilize AirFlite's FBO, hangar and ramp facilities for the event. In addition to a static display of aircraft and dozens of exhibits, this day-long event will feature several seminars and briefings for NBAA Members. NBAA's most recent Business Aviation Forum, held November 14 in Fort Worth, TX, featured more than 1,500 attendees, 27 aircraft on static display and 53 indoor exhibitor stations. For information about attending, exhibiting at, or sponsoring this event, contact NBAA's Benjamin Jones at email@example.com or Joe Ponte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA PUBLISHES ASSOCIATION HISTORY
The Association is pleased to announce the publication of NBAA Works: Spirit & Achievement of the National Business Aviation Association, a book dedicated to the thousands of volunteers who have worked for over five decades to form, nurture and support NBAA.
TRAVEL$ENSE RELEASE 3.62 UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE
This update to NBAA's Travel$ense software program speeds pricing of more common airline itineraries and adapts to changes in the airline reservation system that now prevent users from retrieving flight information less then six hours in advance of the flight.