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NBAA Update #03-11
Monday, March 17, 2003
WATCH NBAA.ORG FOR AIRSPACE RESTRICTION CHANGES
NBAA has been involved in a series of meetings with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding heightened airspace restrictions related to the possible war with Iraq or the threat of terrorism. Many of the restrictions under TSA consideration would affect the New York and Washington, DC areas, but others may be invoked nationally. Although a wide range of restrictions is being considered, as of late Friday, no decisions had been made regarding specific restrictions. Some or all restrictions can be implemented at any time. NBAA has worked with TSA to minimize their impact on our Members. NBAA will post any restrictions as soon as they are available on NBAA's web site at www.nbaa.org and will e-mail them to subscribers to NBAA's Aviation Managers, Pilots and Schedulers Air Mail lists. To view the most up-to-date information, visit the NBAA home page at:
CDC RECOMMENDS POSTPONING TRAVEL TO COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY OUTBREAK
The World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations, has received reports of more than 150 new or suspected cases of a syndrome called severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which is a severe and sometimes deadly pneumonia-like illness that is unresponsive to treatment and is being reported from a growing list of countries, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. While health organizations work to stop the spread of this illness, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising persons planning nonessential or elective travel to affected areas to postpone their trips until further notice. CDC will provide additional information about travel advisories at www.cdc.gov/travel, and that site will be updated periodically. The World Health Organization's information on this illness may be found at: www.who.int/csr/don/2003_03_16/en.
NBAA SUPPORTS FAA DECISION THAT NAPLES
STAGE 2 BAN VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW
NBAA strongly supports the March 11 FAA Director's Determination that the ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations imposed by the Naples Municipal Airport (APF) violates the Federal Aviation Act and Federal grant assurances. "This is a landmark determination for business aviation," stated NBAA President Jack Olcott. "The FAA's determination upholds the integrity of the 65 dB noise contour and the fundamental concept that Federal aviation grant assurances cannot be ignored. It also reaffirms the importance of the Congressionally-mandated Part 161 process." For more information, visit:
LABACE2003 EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
Last week NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) jointly sponsored the First Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2003) from March 13 to 15 in São Paulo, Brazil. This event surpassed all expectations, with 2,876 registered Attendees viewing the products and services of 88 Exhibiting Companies at the Transamérica Expo Center and 16 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport. LABACE is the first Latin American event of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. NBAA and ABAG have announced that LABACE2004 will take place March 4 to 6, 2004, in São Paulo. For more information or to review Informational Session presentations, visit the official LABACE web site at:
NBAA PUBLISHES DRVSM GUIDANCE IN RESPONSE TO
NBAA continues to receive questions and comments from Members regarding Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (DRVSM). In response, the Association has created two documents to provide more information: (1) an RVSM timeline that explains the history of RVSM since its inception in March 1997 and (2) an issues paper that outlines NBAA's responses to the most common Member questions and concerns about DRVSM. NBAA expects that the final rule on DRVSM will be published in late June 2003 and that it will call for implementation of DRVSM in January 2005 from FL 290-410 inclusive. Members are urged to prepare for this eventuality as soon as practical. NBAA's stance on DRVSM was chosen because it serves the greatest number of NBAA Members, whose opinions on the topic vary widely. NBAA welcomes continued dialogue with its Members on this topic. To review the documents, visit:
STMPs ISSUED FOR MASTERS IN APRIL, KENTUCKY DERBY IN
The FAA has established Special Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) for The Masters golf tournament and the Kentucky Derby horse race. Operators planning to fly to The Masters should note that slot reservations will be required for IFR arrivals at Augusta Regional at Bush Field (AGS), Daniel Field (DNL), Aiken Municipal (AIK) and Thomson-McDuffie County (HQU) between April 7 and 14. An IFR departure program will be in effect at those airports from April 11 to 14. For aircraft bound for the Kentucky Derby, a STMP and slot program will be in effect at Louisville International Airport (SDF), Bowman Field Airport (LOU) and Clark County Airport (JVY) from May 1 through 3. No IFR departure slot program is planned. For more information or to obtain a slot reservation, visit www.fly.faa.gov/estmp or call (800) 875-9755. For general airspace/air traffic news, visit the NBAA web site at:
JEPPESEN WORKING TO CORRECT NAVDATA BOUNDARY DATA IRREGULARITIES
Jeppesen has identified and corrected many of the irregularities in its NavData boundary data, but the company says that about 350 of the more than 20,000 boundaries included in the latest update (0303) of the database, which is effective March 20, have not yet been corrected. Jeppesen noted that the irregularities are in the NavData boundary records only, which are generally used for graphic map depictions and boundary warnings. Primary navigation data -- navaids, waypoints, airways, SIDs, STARs and instrument approaches -- are not affected. Neither are the paper versions of the company's aeronautical charts. To see a list of the specific boundary irregularities, visit www.jeppesen.com/airspace. Direct general operational questions to the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].
WHAT RULE REGULATES U.S. FLIGHTS FOR NON-U.S. PRIVATE OPERATORS?
Private operations, or operations other than commercial air operations, of foreign civil aircraft are governed by 14 CFR 375.30. "Foreign civil aircraft that are not engaged in commercial air operations into, out of, or within the United States may be operated in the United States and may carry non-revenue traffic to, from or between points in the United States." For more information on this or other topics dealing with business aviation operations, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].
LOCAL GROUP INITIATIVE RESULTS IN IMPROVED AIRPORT APPROACH AT MMU
In order to obtain an improved approach to Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey, the Morristown Aviation Association (MAA) more than a year ago petitioned the FAA to incorporate a straight-in GPS approach rather than an NBD approach to Runway 5. Effective this Thursday, March 20, MMU will have a GPS 5 approach that will lower the minimums by some 60 feet of altitude and lower the visibility by a quarter mile. Although MAA is working on other airport improvements, this one has been one of their top priorities and best achievements. MAA stands as an example of how regional business aviation groups can be effective in obtaining what they need when their members work together. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NEW DEPARTURE ROUTES OUT OF WATERBURY-OXFORD
EFFECTIVE MAR. 20
According to the FAA, effective this Thursday, March 20, departures out of Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut will have new routes for jet traffic normally flight planned for ELIOT, PARKE, LANNA, and BIGGY at and above FL240. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
HAR PROGRAM BRIEFING TO BE HELD NEXT MONDAY IN
Next Monday, March 24, the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host a High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program briefing at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field, in the BellSouth Hangar, 4005 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, GA. A buffet lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the HAR Program briefing will begin at 12:00 noon. RSVP with NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected] or GBAA's Skip Moore at [email protected]. For more information about the HAR Program and a schedule of future briefing dates, visit:
HAR FLIGHT PLANNING SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN DETROIT
The FAA Airspace Management and Collaborative Decision Making offices are holding a High Altitude Redesign (HAR) Flight Planning Seminar on Tuesday, May 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Detroit Westin Hotel near Detroit International Airport. This seminar will allow flight planners and automation specialists to learn about the new high-altitude design being implemented as part of the National Airspace Redesign project starting in mid-2003. Topics to be covered include a HAR Program overview, high-altitude grid point structure, high-altitude way points, and non-restrictive routing routes/pitch and catch points. For more details and to RSVP, members of the flight-planning community should e-mail the FAA at [email protected] or [email protected]. For other operator-oriented events, review the HAR Program briefing schedule at:
NBAA CERTIFIED AVIATION MANAGER (CAM) PROGRAM DETAILS NOW
NBAA seeks to raise the quality of management within flight departments through the creation of a certification process, known as the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program. The certification of business aviation managers promotes the interest of flight departments and of companies using business aircraft by identifying qualified individuals. Existing and aspiring aviation managers will prove their knowledge and management skills through the successful completion of a certification exam, and later, by participating in re-certification. Currently, NBAA is finalizing the exam and application process to recognize the first group of Certified Aviation Managers in late 2003. For more information, visit the CAM web site at:
TSA'S SHANNON FEATURED SPEAKER
AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FORUM
NBAA will conduct its next Business Aviation Forum & Static Display on Friday, March 28 at the AirFlite facilities on Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, CA. One of the event's featured speakers will be TSA Federal Security Director Steven Shannon, who will provide an aviation security briefing for the Southern California region. For more information or to register, visit:
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) are pleased to announce EBACE dates for 2004 to 2006. EBACE is the only major European event focused solely on business aviation. The future EBACE dates are: EBACE2004 - Tuesday, May 25 through Thursday, May 27, 2004; EBACE2005 - Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20, 2005; and EBACE2006 - Wednesday, May 3, through Friday, May 5, 2006. For more information, visit:
NBAA INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP
This week, NBAA will present the 2003 International Operators Scholarship to two individuals during the 30th Annual International Operators Conference, held March 17 to 20 in Colorado Springs, CO. The NBAA International Operators Committee created this scholarship in conjunction with corporate sponsor ExxonMobil Avitat in order to promote education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. For more information, visit:
ONLINE POLL: HOW DID YOUR COMPANY EXECUTIVES RETURN
HOME AFTER 9/11?
If your company's executives were stuck at remote facilities immediately following September 11, 2001, when corporate aircraft operations were grounded, how did they return home? Participate in an online poll at:
TRAVEL$ENSE RELEASE 3.64 UPDATE WITH NEW REPORTING
This update adapts to airline reservation system changes that eased fare restrictions due to concerns about impending military action. This new pricing scheme could prevent Travel$ense from obtaining the full Y/economy fare for some trips. This Travel$ense update also includes a Travel$ense Report Export feature. All Travel$ense reports can now be saved in HTML, RTF and PDF formats, making it easy to share reports via e-mail or work with reports in Microsoft Office applications.
HELP CANCER PATIENTS BY TRANSPORTING
THEM TO TREATMENT
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. Thanks to the generosity of 500 U.S. corporations, CAN has arranged more than 14,000 flights since its founding in 1981. Your company can get involved by contacting CAN at (914) 328-1313 or [email protected] For more information, visit the CAN web site at: