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NBAA Update #03-04
Monday, January 27, 2003
30-MILE TFR FOR TOMORROW'S STATE
OF THE UNION ADDRESS
The FAA has issued NOTAM 3/0642 establishing a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in the Washington, DC area during President Bush's State of Union address. No Part 91 or Part 135 operations are permitted within 30 miles of the DCA VOR on January 28 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., closing Dulles International (IAD), Manassas (HEF), Leesburg (JYO) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airports during this time. For more information, visit:
TSA CONSIDERS ANOTHER DELAY OF
12-5 STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM DATE
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials report that the February 1, 2003, compliance date for the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) is being reviewed for extension, and that operators will not be held in violation on February 1 for the Fingerprint Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) and training requirements of the TFSSP. Specific information on both of these issues is contained in letters that the TSA is sending to regulated operators, Part 135 operators of aircraft at 12,500 pounds or more. For more information, visit:
TSA ISSUES RULES ON CONDUCTING THREAT ASSESSMENTS
OF CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
On January 24, the TSA issued two final rules with request for comments that outline procedures that TSA will use to conduct threat assessments of individuals who hold or apply for an FAA airman certificate, rating, or authorization. During the investigation, an individual's certificate is to be suspended (see following NBAA Update item). NBAA is concerned that this rule provides no opportunity for an independent review prior to certificate action by FAA or TSA. NBAA urges its Members to comment on these rules by the March 25, 2003, due date. To view the complete rules, including the TSA definition of a security threat, visit:
FAA ISSUES FINAL RULE REGARDING DISQUALIFICATION
BASED ON SECURITY
In connection with recent action taken by the TSA (see previous NBAA Update item), the FAA issued on January 24 a final rule with request for comments amending 14 CFR Parts 61, 63 and 65. Under this amendment, the FAA is either: (1) to suspend or delay the issuance of a certificate if the TSA advises that a security threat assessment is being conducted on an individual or (2) to revoke or deny the issuance of any certificate should the TSA issue a final notification of threat assessment. NBAA urges its Members to comment on these rules by the March 25, 2003, due date. The final rule may be viewed at:
NOTE TWO NEW FAX NUMBERS FOR TSA WAIVERS
The TSA Waiver Office has relocated and been divided into two sections: the International Waiver Office and the Domestic Waiver Office. Waiver requests for relief from FDC 2/5319 (operations to/from locations outside the United States), or the requirement to enter the United States via portal countries, should be faxed to the International Waiver Office at (571) 227-1947. Waiver requests for relief TFRs, Special Event NOTAMs, and other domestic restrictions should be faxed to the Domestic Waiver Office at (571) 227-2948. For additional contact information and updated Waiver Request forms, visit:
TSA ANNOUNCES SCREENER TRAINING FOR PRIVATE CHARTER
Under the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP), regulated operators are required to screen passengers and accessible baggage prior to boarding. The Private Charter Rule allows "non-TSA" screeners who have completed TSA-approved private charter screener training to perform the required screening. TSA screeners who have completed the TSA-approved Basic Screener Training Course may also perform screening at TSA checkpoints for private charter operations. Private charter aircraft operators may contact the following individuals at Lockheed Martin to schedule screener training: Elmer Nelson, director, homeland security, at (202) 554-2130; Nedra Pope, program director, private charter screener training, at (202) 554-2319; and Mervin Doucet, operations, at (202) 554-2969. For more information about security issues, visit:
108TH CONGRESS MOVES ON SEVERAL ITEMS SIGNIFICANT TO BUSINESS AVIATION
The Senate on January 23 approved a $390 billion measure to appropriate funds to run the government, including the Department of Transportation, during the remainder of FY '03. Negotiations with the House are underway to deal with difficult challenges, such as a reduction in funds for FAA operations. Also last week, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was confirmed and sworn in as the first Secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) was confirmed to serve as DHS Under Secretary for Borders and Transportation. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com.
GENERAL AVIATION COALITION
MEETS WITH FAA ADMINISTRATOR BLAKEY
At a General Aviation Coalition meeting on January 21, senior general aviation community officials had their first semi-annual meeting with new FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. The meeting focused on the coalition's 12 recommendations to the FAA and TSA for enhancing the security of general aviation. Other issues discussed at the meeting included airport funding, certification and flight service stations. Administrator Blakey urged the continuation of regular interaction with the general aviation community through such meetings and indicated that the agenda should allow for discussion to resolve differences. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the GA Coalition security recommendations, visit:
GA COMMUNITY EXAMINES MOCK SECURITY SCENARIO
NBAA Senior Vice President Pete West recently joined General Aviation Manufacturers Association President Ed Bolen and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer to represent the general aviation community at a round-table discussion that included TSA Administrator James Loy, former FBI Director William Sessions and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who currently heads President Bush's Terrorism Commission. The group reviewed the results of a Center for Strategic and International Studies activity that focused on responses to a mock security scenario involving general aviation. An NBAA goal in participating in this meeting was to help those responsible for homeland security to understand the inherent security of business aviation and its importance to the national economy. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com.
NEW ADVANCED WEATHER SYSTEM HELPS CONTROLLERS MANAGE
All 20 U.S. air route traffic control facilities now are equipped with an advanced weather data system that has the potential for reducing weather-related accidents and the impact of bad weather on air traffic. The Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) deployment, which was completed last week, allows controllers to see more accurate, timely and localized weather information on the same color display that shows aircraft position data. By being able to see both an aircraft and a storm, where an aircraft is going, and when and where it will return to its original course, controllers have the ability to move other aircraft around more efficiently. For information about business aviation airspace and air traffic information, visit:
TRAVEL VISA REQUIRED FOR U.S. CITIZENS TO ATTEND LABACE2003
NBAA Members are advised that a Brazilian government-issued Business Visa is required for all non-Brazilian residents to exhibit at the First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2003), to be held March 13 to 15, 2003, in Sao Paulo. In addition, LABACE Attendees who register and pay on-site will be required to have a Business Visa; however, Attendees who register and pay in advance may opt to use a less-expensive Tourist Visa. NBAA encourages Members interested in attending this event to register and pay in advance in order to qualify for the Tourist Visa. For more information about the Brazilian visa program and requirements, visit the Brazilian Embassy web site at www.brasilemb.org/consular1.shtml; the Zierer Visa Service web site at www.zvs.com; and the official LABACE web site (for a PDF file download) at:
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: CAN I FLY INTERNATIONALLY WITH A "PINK COPY" REGISTRATION?
NBAA's Answer: No. A valid Certificate of Registration must be carried on board an aircraft when engaged in international air navigation. The "pink copy" of the Aircraft Registration Application (FAA Form 8050-1), which authorizes aircraft to be used up to 90 days within the United States, is not valid for border crossing flights; it is a temporary authority to operate the aircraft in the United States pending registration of the aircraft. New owners who wish to use their aircraft in international flight may submit, along with the required registration documents, a request for expedited processing of the registration. More information on how to request expedited processing can be found in the United States Customs Guide for International Business Aviation, available by request to NBAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLANS FOR SHOPPING MALL ENDANGER FARMINGDALE REPUBLIC AIRPORT (NY)
The town of Babylon, NY, is considering granting a building permit to establish a shopping mall along the centerline of the runway at Farmingdale's Republic Airport (FRG). If permitted, placing a mall immediately in the flight path of arriving or departing aircraft undoubtedly would severely impact airport safety as well as arrivals and departures due to increased minimums. The Long Island Business Aviation Association and FRG both have requested assistance from NBAA Members in sending letters to the town of Babylon requesting an alternate site for this mall. Mail comments to Richard Groh, Babylon Dept. of Environmental Control, 281 Phelps La., Babylon, NY 11703. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
GO ONLINE FOR LATEST HIGH-ALTITUDE REDESIGN PROGRAM
The next four High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program briefings are scheduled for this Friday, January 31 in Chesterfield, MO; February 3 in Anaheim, CA (in conjunction with the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference); February 10 in Boca Raton, FL; and February 13 in Des Moines, IA. This year the FAA will implement the HAR Program in seven western Air Route Traffic Control Centers. The HAR Program will implement a significant change to the high-altitude strata (FL 390 or higher), including the elimination of jet routes and implementation of true point-to-point navigation utilizing RNAV procedures. To review the latest HAR Program briefing schedule, visit the NBAA web site at:
SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION QUARTELY MEETING
The South Florida Business Aviation Association will hold its quarterly meeting on February 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel Boca Raton, 2000 NW 19th St., Boca Raton, FL. Meeting highlights will include featured speaker Bruce Buchmann of the TSA and an FAA briefing on the High Altitude Redesign (HAR) initiative planned for 2003 in seven western Air Route Traffic Control Centers. For more information or to RSVP for this event, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUNWAY BEING EXTENDED AT NORTH TEXAS AIRPORT
Gainesville (Texas) Municipal Airport (GLE) is lengthening its main runway by 1,000 feet, which will make the landing strip 6,000 feet long when construction on Runway 17/35 is completed in late summer. The three-million-dollar project is part of a capital improvement program that includes resurfacing of taxiways and GLE's other runway (4,200-foot-long Runway 12/30), as well as installation of new lighting and fencing at the facility. Officials at the airport, which is located approximately 50 miles north of Dallas, say these projects are being undertaken "to not only improve the facility, but to attract and accommodate business aviation." For more information about business aviation issues in the Southwest Region, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at email@example.com.
FIFTH RUNWAY AT HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER
Completion of a fifth runway at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) originally was slated to be done by the end of March, but now Runway 8L/26R is scheduled to be finished in October. The new 9,000-foot runway, which will parallel the existing 9,400-foot-long Runway 8/26, is part of Intercontinental's $2.8-billion expansion program. A new $125-million state-of-the-art air cargo complex opened earlier this month, and the IAH runway used primarily by general aviation and regional aircraft (15R/33L) was widened and lengthened last spring. For more information about business aviation issues in the Southwest Region, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
500,000 EXPECTED FOR WRIGHT BROS. CENTENNIAL THIS MAY IN NORTH CAROLINA
An estimated 500,000 people are expected at North Carolina's largest celebration of the Wright Brothers Centennial in Fayetteville, NC starting on May 16. The 11-day event will include an array of military, commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft as well as education exhibits, demonstrations, general aviation and military air shows, and other aviation, aerospace and NASA displays. A different aviation theme will be featured on each of the 11 days. Included in the festivities will be the USAF Thunderbirds, Commemorative Air Force and Aerobatic and other performers. Other events planned in North Carolina include a Centennial Ball in the Wilmington area, tours to Kitty Hawk, and possibly a golf tournament. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
CHECK NBAA SCHOLARSHIP WEB SITE FOR DEADLINES, UPDATES
Friday, January 31, is the deadline for 2003 NBAA International Operators Scholarship applications. In addition, 2003 applications for the NBAA Flight Attendant Scholarship now are available for download. To review information and download applications for these and eight other NBAA scholarships, visit the web at:
YOU CAN GIVE
A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
As a Corporate Angel, you can give cancer patients a much-needed lift, both physically and emotionally, without any cost, inconvenience, or extra effort on your part. You may be flying with empty seats to the very place a patient needs to go for critical testing or treatment. Patients are fully ambulatory and need no special treatment while traveling. To get involved, call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 -- they make all the arrangements. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: