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NBAA Update #03-09
Monday, March 3, 2003
GREG JACKSON, FORMER NBAA MANAGER, TAX ISSUES, DIES IN PLANE CRASH
A TBM 700 crewed by Greg Jackson, former NBAA manager, tax issues, and Donald W. Fitzpatrick PhD, president and CEO of High Performance Technologies, Inc. of Arlington, VA, crashed on Saturday while attempting to land at Leesburg Airport in Virginia. All aboard were killed, including passenger Bronson Byrd. All were employees of the company. A preliminary accident report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting the investigation, is due later this week. Jackson was manager of tax issues for NBAA from 1999 to 2002, when he left NBAA to take the flying position. "Greg worked tirelessly for the Membership. Our thoughts today are with his family," said NBAA President John W. Olcott. Jackson is survived by his wife and two children. Funeral arrangements will be posted on NBAA's web site when they become available.
FINGERPRINTING PROCESS FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR TWELVE-FIVE PROGRAM
On February 24, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advised NBAA that guidance for fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Checks (CHRCs) is now available. Operators have two methods for collecting and submitting fingerprints for CHRCs. The National Air Transportation Association (http://www.natacompliance.com) and the American Association of Airport Executives (https://www.asc-csc.com) have signed memorandums of understanding with TSA to provide a fingerprint collection service. Additional information is available on the TSA Twelve-Five Standard Security Program web site at https://webboards.tsa.dot.gov/ACO500. NBAA remains concerned that the TSA will not have guidance in place regarding training for in-flight and ground security coordinators before the April 1 deadline. Operators are encouraged to begin development of their own training programs for use with the TFSSP. For more information, contact NBAA at [email protected].
DRVSM SNPRM REMOVES SINGLE
ALTIMETER AUTHORITY FOR TURBOPROPS
Last week the FAA released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) regarding implementation of Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (DRVSM). The Agency is adding a proposal to implement RVSM between flight levels 290-410 in Atlantic High and Gulf of Mexico High Offshore airspace and in the San Juan Flight Information Region. The FAA also intends to remove the proposed option that would have permitted Part 91 turboprop aircraft to operate in DRVSM airspace with a single RVSM-compliant altimeter. Comments are due by April 14, 2003. Download the supplemental NPRM in PDF format at:
LABACE2003 OPENS IN 10 DAYS
The First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), the only Latin American event of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation, opens 10 days from today. Organized jointly by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral and NBAA, the event will be held March 13 to 15 in São Paulo, Brazil. LABACE2003 will feature approximately 2,500 Attendees from the Latin American business aviation community, more than 80 Exhibitors at the Transamérica Expo Center and 16 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport, operated by Infraero. For details or to register, visit:
WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL WARNINGS?
The U.S. Department of State maintains Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, and Consular Information Sheets on its web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Public Announcements are a means to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or transnational conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers. Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].
SOME NAVAIDS IN THE CARIBBEAN IN NEED OF FLIGHT INSPECTIONS
Last week the FAA notified NBAA that certain NavAids (VORs DMEs and Approach aides) in the Dominican Republic are overdue for flight inspection and should be assumed unusable. NBAA Members are advised to check NOTAMS (although at the present time there is no mention of the overdue FIs) for the current status before operating into the area. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at [email protected].
MEETING ON O'HARE DEVELOPMENT PLANS SLATED FOR MARCH 19
A public meeting to discuss the O'Hare (ORD) Modernization Program is to be held Wednesday, March 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Schiller Park, IL. FAA officials are slated to provide information on the status of the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for O'Hare, while city officials are scheduled to brief attendees on the Chicago Department of Aviation's draft airport layout plan. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
TOLEDO SEEKING COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NOISE PLAN
Ohio's Toledo Express Airport is pursuing a Part 150 noise study and is seeking public comments by March 24 on a proposed noise-compatibility program for the airfield. The FAA recently approved noise-exposure maps that were submitted by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the agency plans to approve or disapprove the noise-compatibility program by July 22. FAA officials are reviewing proposed air traffic measures designed to mitigate noise at Toledo but do not anticipate that any access restrictions will be imposed. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at [email protected].
HAR PROGRAM BRIEFING TO BE HELD IN ARIZONA ON
On Tuesday, March 11, the Arizona Business Aviation Association will host a High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program briefing during a meeting to be held at Scottsdale Municipal Airport Aviation Business Center, 15041 N. Airport Drive, Scottsdale, AZ. A continental breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the HAR Program briefing will begin at 7:30 a.m. HAR briefings also will be held today in Houston and this Wednesday in Minnesota. For further information about the HAR Program and a schedule of future briefing dates, visit:
TSA SPEAKER FOCUSED ON AIRPORT ACCESS CHALLENGES AT LIBAA MEETING
The highlight of a February 27 luncheon meeting of the Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) was a presentation by Paul Crispi, the local TSA director for Macarthur (ISP), Westchester County (HPN) and LaGuardia (LGA) airports, and his staff, who focused on airport-access challenges and conducted a question-and-answer session before an audience of 56. For more information on this or future LIBAA meetings, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
TRAVEL$ENSE RELEASE 3.64 UPDATE BETA TEST
This test version of a Travel$ense 3.64 Update will allow current Travel$ense users to evaluate a new program feature, the ability to export Travel$ense reports. NBAA is seeking user feedback to correct errors, display issues and usability problems before releasing the official Travel$ense 3.64 Update.
AVKIDS.COM HELPS TEACHERS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS
AvKids is an NBAA program designed to educate elementary school students about the benefits of business aviation to the community and the career opportunities available to them in the business aviation industry. At the AvKids.com web site, educators can receive free materials about the Wright Brothers and the science of flight to celebrate the Centennial of Flight. Many of these materials, including the AvKids Activity Guide, have been created by teachers and conform with the National Standards of Learning. Learn more at: