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NBAA Update #03-22
Monday, June 2, 2003
NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and political news for the business aviation community. Send your comments about NBAA Update to [email protected].
SHELLEY A. LONGMUIR PRESIDENT
On Friday, May 30, the NBAA Board of Directors announced the selection of veteran aviation executive Shelley A. Longmuir as the next president of the Association, which currently represents more than 7,300 companies that operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to their businesses or are involved with business aviation. Longmuir has more than a decade of experience in domestic and international aviation, most recently at United Airlines, where she was senior vice president of international/regulatory and governmental affairs for the world's second-largest commercial carrier. "We are excited that Shelley is bringing her experience, leadership and vision to our Association," said NBAA Chairman George Saling. Don Baldwin, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Selection Committee, added, "Shelley was selected from among nearly 100 highly qualified candidates. Her ability to work effectively with people across the political and professional spectrum, her proven track record of leading effective coalitions, and her natural optimism, make her the right person at the right time for NBAA."
WELCOMES LONGMUIR TO NBAA
"NBAA is indeed fortunate to have someone as talented and experienced in the political realm of Washington and internationally as Shelley Longmuir to be the Association's new president," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "She is knowledgeable and effective, and she brings to the community skills that are particularly critical in the current climate of change and uncertainty." Read more of Olcott's perspective at:
NBAA WORKS WITH CONGRESS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO DCA
A "technical corrections" bill working its way through the House of Representatives would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop regulations allowing non-scheduled air carriers to operate at Reagan National Airport (DCA). NBAA is working with key members of the House Aviation Subcommittee to expand the requirement to include qualified general aviation operators using a TSA-approved security program. The concept has received growing interest among Subcommittee members and NBAA will continue to work for its inclusion during a mark-up of the bill that could take place in late June. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].
LEVEL RETURNS TO YELLOW
On May 30, the Department of Homeland Security lowered the national threat level from High to Elevated risk of terrorist attack (Level Yellow). The following NOTAMs issued during Level Orange were canceled last Friday, May 30: NOTAM FDC 3/3916, NOTAM FDC 3/3917 and NOTAM FDC 3/3918. NBAA continues to urge Members to be vigilant for unusual activity on and around airports. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Airport Watch Hotline at (866) GA SECURE or (866) 427-3287. For more security information, review the NBAA Security page at:
BUSINESS AVIATION FORUM COMES TO NEW YORK THIS THURSDAY
The New York Business Aviation Forum & Static Display will be held at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY this Thursday, June 5. Attendees will view the offerings of more than 50 Exhibitors and 40 of the latest business aircraft on Static Display. A full day of informational programs includes a special security session with Robert A. Albracht, TSA director of aviation operations. There is no charge to attend the New York Forum. For more information, visit:
OSHA COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
The NBAA Safety Committee has developed an OSHA Compliance Checklist for NBAA Members. Download the document in Word and PDF formats from the NBAA Safety web site at:
WHAT COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
ARE EXEMPT FROM AIR TRANSPORTATION TAXES?
Commercial operations that are exempt from the tax on transportation of persons by air are skydiving flights, certain helicopter operations (exploration and mining, logging operations), fixed-wing or rotorcraft air ambulance flights, and aircraft used by affiliated corporations. The taxes also do not apply to transportation furnished by an aircraft having a maximum certified takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds or less as long as that aircraft is not operated on an established line. The term "operated on an established line" means the aircraft operates with some degree of regularity between definite points. More information about air transportation taxes can be found in IRS Publication 510 at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p510.pdf and in the NBAA Federal Excise Tax Handbook at:
TOWER LOCATION MOVES FROM BAYONNE TO NEW YORK CITY
In late January of this year, NBAA provided substantial comments to an FAA Airspace Docket in response to a proposal to construct a 2,000-foot tower in Bayonne, NJ. NBAA and other concerned parties argued that the height of the tower coupled with its proposed location in the middle of the busiest terminal airspace in the world would create conditions not conducive to the safe and efficient use of airspace. However, the Metropolitan Television Alliance recently asked the FAA to put the controversial Bayonne, NJ project on hold, because they have completed an agreement with the leaseholder and developer of the proposed 1,776-foot Freedom Tower planned for the former site of the World Trade Center in New York. For more information, visit:
AIRPORT CLOSED TO GA AIRCRAFT DURING G8 SUMMIT
Geneva Cointrin Airport (LSGG) will be closed to all private aircraft until Thursday, June 5 at 4:00 a.m. Charter operators may request permission to operate during this time using the LSGG request form; however, even approved operations are likely to endure severe restrictions. The closest recommended airports are Lyon-Bron (LFLY) or Grenoble (LFLS). Heavy traffic is expected at Lyon-Satolas (LFLL), which serves as the alternate parking for government aircraft not accommodated by Geneva. Download the LSGG request form in PDF format at:
NAV CANADA MUST INCREASE
AIR NAVIGATION SERVICE CHARGES
Faced with a growing financial deficit due to the continuing downturn in air traffic and significant bad debt expenses -- and despite cutting about $75 million in operating costs over two years -- Nav Canada announced it must increase its air navigation service charges by an average of 6.9 percent. Under the Nav Canada proposal, the new charges would come into effect August 1, with annual and quarterly charges to be implemented on March 1, 2004. The proposal is now subject to a mandatory 60-day consultation process. Nav Canada's current rates along with the proposed revised rates are available at http://www.navcanada.ca. To respond to the service charge proposal, file your submissions with Nav Canada by July 14. For general international business aviation issues, visit the NBAA web site at:
SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED ATC CHANGES IN ST. LOUIS AREA
The FAA's Central Region plans to hold four public meetings this month to seek input on proposed changes to air traffic routings in the St. Louis area. The ATC modifications -- which could affect operations at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN) and Scott Air Force Base/Mid-America Airport (BLV) -- would be designed to facilitate traffic flows to a proposed new parallel runway at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport (STL). Meetings are to be held June 11 at the Holiday Inn in Collinsville, IL; June 17 at the Holiday Inn in Kirkwood, MO; June 18 at the St. Peters, MO city hall; and June 19 at the Holiday Inn in Alton, IL. The FAA will accept formal comments through July 18. For more information, call (816) 329-2560 or visit www.faa.gov/ats/nar/central/enviro/map.html. For more information about business aviation issues in the Midwest region, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
COMMENTS ON ROCKFORD, IL PART 150 PROGRAM DUE BY JUL.
The FAA has determined that the noise-exposure maps submitted for Illinois' Greater Rockford Airport (RFD) are in compliance with FAR Part 150 requirements, and the agency is looking to complete its review of a proposed noise-compatibility program for the airfield by November 4. Public comments on the plan must be filed by July 7. For more information, contact Prescott C. Snyder, Airports Environmental Program Manager, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018, tel: (847) 294-7538. For more information about business aviation issues in the Midwest region, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at [email protected].
EXPECT RESTRICTIONS AT WATERBURY-OXFORD AIRPORT THIS MONTH
As early as June 16, users at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, CT, can expect runway restrictions and closures for runway expansion and improvements. The airport essentially will be closed except for operators that obtain a "two-hours-prior" permission from the airport manager, according to Mike O'Donnell, OXC airport manager. The schedule is subject to change. NOTAMs will be issued 72 hours prior to closing. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
ROUTE LIST AVAILABLE FOR WEST COAST
The FAA has released the latest RNAV routing list for selected city pairs on the West Coast. For more information, contact Bruce Bates, FAA Los Angeles Center NATCA National Airspace Redesign representative, at [email protected], or download the RNAV routes in PDF format at:
AND TSA BRIEFING ON JUN. 6, ST. LOUIS, MO
This Friday, June 6, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event featuring NBAA President Jack Olcott and William Switzer, TSA federal security director for St. Louis. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Emerson Electric Flight Operations, 18444 Edison Avenue, Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), St. Louis, MO, tel: (314) 553-2225. RSVP to NBAA's June DeFontes at email@example.com. For more information, visit:
GEORGIA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION BRIEFING JUN. 11
On Wednesday, June 11, the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host a briefing featuring NBAA's Pete West, who will provide an update on NBAA activities and security issues, and Atlanta TRACON's John Dennis, who will discuss the Atlanta, Macon and Columbus consolidated approach control airspace. This event will be held at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY), BellSouth Hangar, 4005 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA. A buffet lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the briefings will begin at 12:00 noon. RSVP to GBAA's Skip Moore at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].
AND TSA BRIEFING ON JUN. 12, BIRMINGHAM, AL
On Thursday, June 12, NBAA will host a REACHBAC event for the Birmingham, AL region featuring NBAA's Pete West, who will provide an update on NBAA activities and security issues. Other guest speakers will include Lyndel Hardy, TSA federal security director for Birmingham International (BHM), Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field (HSV) and Northwest Alabama Regional (MSL) airports, and Samuel Bucy, TSA deputy federal security director for HSV. The event will be held at Birmingham International Airport, Southern Company Hangar, 4301 East Lake Blvd., Birmingham, AL. A buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the briefings will begin at 12:00 noon. RSVP to NBAA's June De Fontes at [email protected]. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected] or visit:
BENCHMARK SURVEY PARTICIPANTS GET FREE ACCESS TO RESULTS
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data based on NBAA Member submissions. Member Representatives who participate in the 2003 survey will receive free online access to the compiled results. NBAA Member Representatives who do not participate in the survey must purchase online access to survey results for $50, and survey results will not be available to non-Members. To take part in the 2003 Compensation & Benchmark Survey, NBAA Members should visit:
MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE RAFFLE BENEFITS MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP
The NBAA Maintenance Committee, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Richard Childress Racing (RCR), has created the Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship to benefit aviation maintenance professionals. To benefit the scholarship fund, the Committee will raffle a Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox valued at nearly $7,500. Participants may enter the raffle online anytime before August 14, and the winning raffle ticket will be drawn on August 15. For more information about the MMC 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship or to download an application, visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships. To participate in the Snap-on Roll Cab Toolbox Raffle, complete the online raffle form at:
NEW MANAGER, TAX & FINANCE
Today, Michael D. Nichols joins the NBAA Staff as its manager, tax & finance. His contact e-mail address is [email protected] For more information about Nichols and his duties as manager, tax & finance, visit:
VALUE TO ORDINARY FLIGHTS
Business aviation brings great value to shareholders by decreasing travel time and increasing productivity of employees. Such returns are sufficient for many corporations. Others, however, use the capabilities of their aircraft to achieve an extra measure of value by providing free transportation on a space-available basis to ambulatory cancer patients attempting to reach major centers of treatment. Last Friday the Corporate Angle Network (CAN), the originator of a system for linking patients with transport providers, honored one such corporation, Corning Inc., for its significant participation in this program. Since becoming involved with CAN in the 1990s, Corning has conducted over 2,500 trips with cancer victims onboard. For more information, visit:
EMPTY SEAT IS A LOST OPPORTUNITY
You can help Corporate Angel Network transport a cancer patient to critical treatment by providing an empty seat on your regularly scheduled flight. All patients are ambulatory and suitably dressed. Call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313; they do all the work. To see a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit: