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NBAA Update #03-06
Monday, February 10, 2003

GOVERNMENT RAISES SECURITY THREAT LEVEL TO ORANGE
Based on specific intelligence gathered by the U.S. government, the U.S. threat condition has been elevated to Orange from Yellow. This change in threat condition indicates a high risk of terrorist attack. (See www.whitehouse.gov/homeland for explanation of threat codes.) Senior U.S. government officials do not recommend canceling events or changing travel or work patterns, but do recommend that everyone be vigilant for suspicious activities and report any concerns to Federal, state and local officials. Of primary attention are Federal, state and local government agencies and authorities, as well as "symbolic assets." NBAA reemphasizes that the business aviation community should continue to remain alert and vigilant for unusual activity on and around airports. Members should review NBAA's best practices for business aviation security at:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices.htm

CODE ORANGE SECURITY LEADS TO ADDITIONAL DC AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS
In response to the Code Orange security level, the FAA issued three NOTAMs imposing additional airspace restrictions in the Washington, DC area. FDC NOTAM 3/1104 cancels waivers for operations into the Washington, DC flight-restricted zone; FDC NOTAM 3/1105 defines additional security procedures for operations to College Park (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX) and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32); and FDC NOTAM 3/1106 establishes an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the Washington, DC area. The restrictions went into effect today at 6:00 a.m. local. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airspace

NBAA BEGINS "PROOF OF CONCEPT" FOR SECURITY PROTOCOL
As part of a "proof of concept" demonstration, non-commercial Part 91 corporate operators based at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) recently participated in two training sessions that discussed qualifying for and obtaining a Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC). TSAACs could be used to grant access to international and domestic airspace during times of heightened restrictions. The trial program will require final approval by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other security agencies before expanding the program to other airports. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Blouin at [email protected].

AIRPORT FEDERAL SECURITY DIRECTORS MAY "TEST" OPERATOR SECURITY
NBAA Members should be aware that individual TSA Federal Security Directors may choose to probe for security weaknesses of business aircraft operators, both transient and based. Members are urged to remain alert, challenge strangers near your aircraft/facilities and report any suspicious activity by calling the TSA hotline at 1-866-GA-SECUR(e). To review NBAA's security best practices, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices.htm

PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE: TO ENSURE SECURE OPERATIONS, AVOID COMPLACENCY
Complacency is the biggest threat to business aviation's excellent security record, said NBAA President Jack Olcott. Read Olcott's perspective on this topic at:
www.nbaa.org/public/news/update/2003/pres03-06.php

TSA ADVISES URL CHANGE FOR SECURITY PROGRAM ACCESS
The TSA recently advised NBAA of a change in the web address to be used by regulated operators in obtaining the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program.The new site is https://webboards.tsa.dot.gov/ACO500. The user name and password as supplied by TSA will remain the same. Review NBAA's business aviation security web page at:
www.nbaa.org/ops/security

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF RURAL AIRPORTS?
NBAA's Answer: The designated rural airport listing is provided in IRS Revenue Procedure 98-18, and a link to this list can be found via the Bureau of Transportation Statistics web site at www.bts.gov/oai/rural_airports/index.html. When calculating taxes, the domestic transportation-of-persons tax, more commonly known as Federal excise tax (FET), is 7.5 percent of amounts paid and a segment fee of $3 per person per segment. However, if a flight segment is to or from a rural airport, the domestic segment fee does not apply. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].

GA AIRCRAFT TO BE FIRST TO MOVE INTO NEW AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
On March 17, a Piper J-3 Cub is slated to become the first of more than 100 aircraft to be moved to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the Washington, DC area. The new facility is slated to open to the public on December 15, just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. Other general aviation aircraft scheduled to be displayed at the Udvar-Hazy Center include a Learjet 23 (serial number 2), a Falcon 20, a Beech Bonanza and King Air, two Cessna singles and three other Piper airplanes. In support of its "No Plane, No Gain" advocacy efforts, NBAA donated $1 million to the center in 2000 and is now contributing further to the design, content and construction of the center's new, permanent business aviation exhibit. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR LABACE ATTENDEES ABOUT BRAZILIAN VISAS
As a reminder, a Brazilian government-issued Business Visa (not a Tourist Visa) is required for non-Brazilian Exhibitors and Delegates at the First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), to be held March 13 to 15, 2003, in São Paulo, Brazil. NBAA Members should note that a visa cannot be applied for until 90 days before travel to Brazil, so please plan accordingly. For more information about the Brazilian visa program and requirements, visit the Brazilian Embassy's web site at http://www.brasilemb.org/consular1.shtml. A service provider, Zierer Visa Service at http://www.zvs.com, also can assist in obtaining a Brazilian visa. To review further guidance on this topic, LABACE2003 Exhibitors and Delegates should visit the LABACE web site at:
www.labace.org/attendees/visas.htm

BILL WOULD GUARANTEE MEIGS OPERATION UNTIL JANUARY 2006
On January 7, 2003, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced legislation to expand aviation capacity in the Chicago area and to protect the city's Merrill C. Meigs Field (CGX). The Bill, S. 83, would guarantee the operation of Meigs Field until January 2006 and possibly until January 2026 if the City of Chicago and Meigs Field meet certain operating conditions. NBAA continues to support this effort to preserve Meigs and maintain the vital aviation capacity in the Chicago region. For more information, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at [email protected] or visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports/CGX

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2003 BALCHEN/POST AWARD
The International Aviation Snow Symposium is seeking recommendations for the 2003 Balchen/Post Award for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control during the winter of 2002-2003. NBAA is a member of the Awards Selection Committee. NBAA Members wishing to nominate an airport for considerations should submit a letter of recommendation by April 4, 2003. For details, visit:
www.nbaa.org/airports/balchen-post.htm

PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION AT NEXT WEEK'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Are your top performers being properly prepared to assume greater responsibility? Will your flight department's next chief pilot and director of maintenance be ready to assume those duties? The NBAA Leadership Conference will provide an essential segment of the skills required for increased responsibility under the theme, "Leadership & Management: Striking the Balance." This event, to be held at the Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hotel from February 17 to 19, will provide your front runners with the insights and skills required to step up to the critical jobs in your department. Department culture, team development, and leadership techniques all will be covered by excellent facilitators dedicated to getting all Attendees involved in the process of discovering better leadership techniques. For more information or to register, visit:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/leadership

30TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS CONFERENCE DETAILS NOW ONLINE
The NBAA 30th Annual International Operators Conference, to be held from March 17 to 20 in Colorado Springs, CO, will offer valuable information on every issue that challenges a pilot on an international trip. During this four-day event, experts from around the world will provide insight on topics ranging from flight planning to navigational systems to security and medical issues. The latest agenda, registration information and sponsor list for this event are now online at:
www.nbaa.org/seminars/ioc/ioc_30.htm

NBAA THANKS MEMBERS FOR SHARING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FEEDBACK
For more than 25 years, NBAA Members have shared information with the Association about airports around the world, and NBAA has archived these reports in an online International Airports Database located at www.nbaa.org/member/iob/iobsearch.htm. Last year, NBAA received more than 1,400 airport feedback reports from Members. The top submissions were: 130 submissions from United Technologies Corp.; 112 submissions from Citigroup, Inc.; 94 submissions from International Pilot Services; and 42 submissions from Eastman Kodak Company. In recognition of submitting the most reports in 2002, a representative from United Technologies was given complimentary registration to the NBAA 30th Annual International Operators Conference this March in Colorado Springs, CO. NBAA thanks all who submitted feedback. To share your airport feedback, visit:
www.nbaa.org/cgi-bin/iob/enteriob.cgi

NEARLY 1,300 ATTEND SCHEDULERS & DISPATCHERS CONFERENCE
The 2003 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which was held last week in Anaheim, CA, drew nearly 1,300 Attendees and almost 200 Exhibitors. Highlights of the annual Conference included inspirational presentations by Erik Lindbergh (Charles Lindbergh's grandson) and NASA astronaut Curt Brown. In addition, several hundred people attended two new sessions on aviation security and how to use online tools to monitor air traffic and avoid congested airspace and airports. Dozens of other people participated in pre-and post-Conference events, including Schedulers Professional Development Program Courses and a Tax Forum. For more information about NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee and its activities, visit:
www.nbaa.org/committees/sched

PRESS REGISTRATION FOR NBAA 56TH ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION
NBAA cordially invites the media to attend the world's largest exhibition and informational forum devoted solely to civil aviation - the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, October 7 through 9, 2003, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/public/news/pr/2003/20030210-005.php

LAST CHANCE FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE, DOSWELL AWARD NOMINATIONS
This week is the last week Members may submit 2003 nominations for NBAA's two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due to NBAA postmarked February 15, 2003. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/awards

NBAA'S JACK OLCOTT CHOSEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS AEROSPACE LAURELS CITATION
NBAA is pleased to announce that its president, John W. Olcott, is one of AvWeek's 2002 Aerospace Laurels selections. He received the citation for his leadership of NBAA for the past 10 years. AvWeek reported, "Olcott, who is retiring this year, played a pivotal role after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by working closely with the FAA and other government and general aviation organizations to restore corporate flight operations in the U.S. In addition, he has called for the institution of rational, effective security procedures at general aviation airports, and has been engaged in the fight to return business aviation to Reagan Washington National Airport." As a Laurels honoree, Olcott joins a select group of individuals and teams who made significant contributions to the global field of aerospace during 2002. Laurels selections for 2001 included NBAA's Bob Blouin and Pete West.


CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK HAS A RECORD 2002; YOUR COMPANY CAN HELP IN 2003
At a time when America was in recession, layoffs were abundant, retirement funds were shrinking, and the aviation industry was feeling the pinch, Corporate Angel Network had its best year ever. In 2002, the national public charity that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft announced a 47 percent increase in the number of cancer patients it was able to transport to critical treatment in 2002. A total of 1,588 cancer patients were flown to treatment, averaging 132 patients flown per month. Your company can get involved in this worthy effort. To review a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date ranges, visit:
www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html


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