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NBAA Update #03-27
Monday, July 7, 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 update@nbaa.org.


SHELLEY A. LONGMUIR TAKES OFFICE TODAY
Today Shelley A. Longmuir takes office as NBAA's new president. She was appointed to this position by the NBAA Board of Directors on June 24. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/video/200306/longmuir

NBAA ASKS FAA TO INVESTIGATE NEW SANTA MONICA LANDING FEES
NBAA today filed a formal FAR Part 16 complaint with the FAA asking the Agency to investigate the new landing fee structure at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The fees were adopted by the Santa Monica City Council on June 10, 2003, over the objections of NBAA and other user groups, and they are scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2003. "NBAA filed the complaint because we see a disturbing trend of access being compromised at federally funded airports," said NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2003/20030707-038.php

OMB COMPLETES REVIEW OF FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP RULE
Last Tuesday, July 1, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the final rule for Part 91, Subpart K (fractional ownership operations) and modifications of Part 135. The final rule now heads back to the FAA for final coordination before being published in the Federal Register. The FAA hopes to publish the final rule by the middle of July. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRAINING RULE COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED
The FAA is extending the comment deadline for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training from July 7 to September 5. The NPRM calls for extensive HAZMAT training for certain air carriers and commercial operators along with certain repair stations. The extension was signed June 27 and will be published in today's Federal Register. NBAA Members are strongly urged to submit comments before the new September 5 deadline. To review the NPRM, visit:
www.nbaa.org/safety

NBAA SAFETY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION #2:
HOW CAN I ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF MY ORGANIZATION'S SAFETY PROGRAM?

Designate a safety manager responsible for the administration of the safety program. Appointing an administrator for the organization's safety program demonstrates management's commitment to safety. While involvement of all employees is the ultimate goal, a manager of safety reporting to the flight department manager is tasked with keeping the safety program effective and current. Even if you are a flight department of one, safety should be your primary goal, and NBAA has resources that can help. For recommendations on the responsibilities of the safety manager, NBAA Members may consult the NBAA Management Guide at www.nbaa.org/mgmtguide and the NBAA Safety Committee's Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Program Manual at www.nbaa.org/member/safety/manual. Additional information is available in the January 2000 issue of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Flight Safety Digest (available to FSF members at http://www.flightsafety.org) and on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) web site at:
www.nbaa.org/ops/is-bao

SIFL RATES FOR SECOND HALF OF CALENDAR YEAR 2003 EXPECTED SOON
The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2003, to December 31, 2003, have not yet been issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. These rates are necessary when applying the IRS's aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. As soon as the new SIFL rates are available, they will be announced in this publication and posted to the NBAA Taxes, Finance & Insurance web site at:
www.nbaa.org/taxes

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED FOR FALSE TCAS INCIDENTS IN LOS ANGELES
The FAA's Los Angeles ARTCC (ZLA) has recently been experiencing an unusually high number of false or phantom Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) incidents. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has asked NBAA to help collect information regarding this anomaly from any NBAA Members that might have experienced similar circumstances in ZLA airspace. NBAA encourages Members to help solve this serious safety issue by participating in this effort. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/zla.php

NANTUCKET STMP BECOMES E-STMP EFFECTIVE JUL. 10
In early May, NBAA encouraged the FAA to administer the Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) consistent with other National Airspace System STMPs. As a result of NBAA efforts, the FAA will convert the ACK STMP to an Electronic Special Traffic Management Program (E-STMP) on July 10 for standardization and ease of use by the general aviation community. The reservation program for Nantucket Memorial Airport is implemented only when needed due to volume and/or weather. For more information about the ACK program and other FAA E-STMPs, visit www.fly.faa.gov/estmp. The NBAA STMP web site is located at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/notams.htm

STMPs GO INTO EFFECT THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO AND SUN VALLEY
Operators should note that three STMPs will be implemented this week at Chicago and Sun Valley, ID. A STMP will be in effect at Sun Valley Airport (SUN) from today through Monday, July 14. Two STMPs are being implemented for the Chicago area. Because of anticipated heavy traffic bound for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, slot reservations will be required at Midway Airport (MDW) from Saturday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 15. Also, between Thursday, July 10 and Monday, July 14 operators will need reservations if they are traveling to any one of eight airports near Joliet, IL, where a NASCAR race is to be held. The NBAA STMP web site is located at:
www.nbaa.org/airspace/notams.htm

NEW JERSEY FLIGHT TRAINING BACKGROUND CHECK RULE DELAYED
A bill that would require background checks for all flight-training activities in New Jersey was delayed when the state legislature adjourned without taking final action for its implementation. The bill, S. 432, now must wait for the state legislature to return in late August or September before final action is taken. NBAA Members are encouraged to call New Jersey Governor James McGreevey's office at (609) 777-2200 to register their opposition to this bill and to ask the Governor to veto the bill. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at dcarr@nbaa.org.

NBAA FOCUSED ON PRESERVING STAGE 2 EXEMPTION AT JACKSON HOLE AIRPORT
NBAA is working to stave off a potentially precedent-setting provision being considered by Congress that would allow Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Jackson, WY to restrict or prevent the operation of Stage 2 aircraft under 75,000 lbs. without being subject to the FAA's Part 161 investigation process. The Association has expressed its concerns about the airport, uniquely located in Grand Teton National Park, to Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY), who is shepherding the measure. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at pwest@nbaa.org.

FAA HEARING OFFICER AGREES THAT NAPLES STAGE 2 BAN IS UNLAWFUL
An FAA hearing officer has agreed that the ban on Stage 2 operations at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) in Florida violates FAA grant assurances. This decision is the first step in an administrative appeal from an initial determination of unlawfulness made on March 10, 2003. For more information, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/apf

NEW RUNWAY OPENS AT SALINA, KS
On June 30, operations began at a new 4,300-foot-long runway at Kansas' Salina Airport (SLN), a popular mid-continent fuel stop for corporate operators. Runway 18/36 was designed to relieve congestion on Salina's primary landing strip, 13,337-foot-long Runway 17/35. The new runway, which cost $1.4 million to build, was totally financed by bonds, making it one of the few landing strips in the United States paid for without using Federal funds. For more information on business aviation issues in the Midwest, contact NBAA's John Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org.

TETERBORO INTRODUCES WEIGHT-BASED FEE TO COVER IMPROVEMENT COSTS
Effective immediately, Teterboro Municipal Airport (TEB) in New Jersey will assess a weight-based fee to help cover the cost of airport improvements, including runway, taxiway and Customs facility improvements. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

WHERE IS A LIST OF CURRENT AND FUTURE AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS?
NBAA Members can access an aircraft equipment implementation timeline that highlights current and future requirements for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment as well as additional equipment required for certain air traffic management (ATM) issues. The timeline lists the compliance date, a description of the equipment, the geographical region where it is required and the controlling authority. The CNS/ATM Implementation Timeline can be found at:
www.nbaa.org/member/cns/timeline.htm

HIGH-ALTITUDE REDESIGN BRIEFING TO BE HELD IN DETROIT ON JUL. 18
The FAA is implementing a High-Altitude Redesign (HAR) Program that will affect all those operating at FL 290 and above. A lunchtime HAR Program briefing, hosted by NBAA and presented by FAA representatives, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18 at the GM Corporation's hangar, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Detroit, MI. For more information or to RSVP, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org or John Balsiger at jbalsiger@nbaa.org. For more information or other HAR briefing dates, visit:
www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/har

NBAA ADDRESSES CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARTICLE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
In response to a June 29 Chicago Tribune article that focused on personal use of business aircraft by corporate personnel and cited two cases of abuse of executive compensation, NBAA contacted the paper to assert that no one condones misuse of company assets and no one should assume that the broader use of business aircraft is anything other than beneficial to a company's shareholders. NBAA is the resource of record for accurate information about the business aviation community. For more information, contact NBAA's Cassandra Bosco at cbosco@nbaa.org.

CERTIFIED AVIATION MANAGER APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL SEPT. 1
NBAA will offer the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam for the first time on the morning of Monday, October 6 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. The application deadline for the October 6 CAM Exam has been extended. CAM Applications must be mailed to NBAA postmarked no later than Monday, September 1. For more information or to download a CAM Application, visit the official CAM web site at:
www.nbaa.org/cam

100 YEARS OF POWERED FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for aviation maintenance professionals to enhance their careers. To support this position -- and in special tribute to 100 years of achievement in aviation maintenance since the first flight of the Wright Flyer in December 1903 -- NBAA this year offers aspiring and current aviation maintenance personnel the opportunity to receive the 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship. This scholarship currently is worth more than $5,000, which will be divided among several recipients. Applications must be received by NBAA on or before December 1, 2003. For more information or to download an application, visit the NBAA web site at:
www.nbaa.org/scholarships


GOING THEIR WAY? GIVE A CANCER PATIENT A LIFT
Do your corporate jets ever fly an empty leg? Do your planes ever take off with a seat or seats to spare? How about volunteering those seats to cancer patients traveling to or from treatment centers, if you happen to be going their way? Five hundred top corporations have already answered "Yes!" to these questions. They became participants in Corporate Angel Network (CAN), and you can too. CAN makes it easy. Using a proprietary and secure computer program, CAN volunteers match flights to patient requests, do all the paperwork and make all the arrangements. Call (914) 328-1313 for more information. For a current list of patient "rides needed," please visit:
www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html