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NBAA Update #03-38
Monday, September 22, 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. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to [email protected].
RELEASE OF FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP FINAL RULE
NBAA welcomes the release of the FAA final rule titled "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" published in the September 17 Federal Register. This final rule sets regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations (Part 91, Subpart K) and updates requirements for on-demand charter operations (Part 135). By updating and revising its regulations governing operations of aircraft in fractional ownership programs, the FAA recognizes the demonstrated safety record of this important segment of business aviation. While the rule is not completely what NBAA expected, it does officially recognize fractional aircraft ownership operations and should help new companies seeking to operate or provide this type of service. NBAA is continuing to review the details of the final rule and soon will release a detailed analysis of its impact. For more information, visit:
OFF JUST TWO WEEKS FROM TOMORROW
This October 7 to 9, the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention will feature more than 1,050 Exhibitors occupying almost 4,500 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces in the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, as well as 102 aircraft or products on Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). NBAA2003 will celebrate 100 years of powered flight with a special exhibit showcasing the most authentic replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, and it also will feature special guests and speakers from all areas of the aviation community, including FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and House Aviation Subcommittee chairman John L. Mica (R-FL 7th). The deadline for advance registration is this Friday, September 26; after that date registrations will be taken on-site in Orlando. For more information, visit:
ASTRONAUTS ARMSTRONG AND CERNAN TO PRESENT FIRST ANNUAL COMBS AWARD
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan will join business aviation legend Harry B. Combs in presenting the first annual Combs Award to photographer Dan Patterson during the NBAA2003 Opening General Session on Tuesday, October 7 in Orlando, FL. This award, sponsored by the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and 1996 NAHF enshrinee Combs, honors Patterson for his photographic preservation of America's air and space heritage. For more information, visit:
NICK SABITINI FEATURED IN NBAA2003 "MEET THE REGULATORS" SESSION
Nick Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for regulation and certification, will participate in the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando as a featured speaker during the "Meet the Regulators" session on Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. Sabatini will present the latest information on regulatory and certification issues affecting the business aviation community. For more information about the NBAA2003 program schedule, visit:
COMMITTEE TO HOST INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS AT NBAA2003
Learn how to avoid becoming an accident statistic by attending the NBAA Safety Committee Town Hall Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on October 8 during the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. A panel of experts will review approach-and-landing accidents and present ways to avoid them. Later, visit the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Informational Session scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to learn about IS-BAO, a code of best practices developed by the business aviation industry, and to hear from operators, large and small, who have been through the program. Attend both sessions to be briefed on techniques and information on how to make your flight department safer. For more information, visit:
NBAA SECURITY TRAINING FOR PART 91
OPERATORS IN OCTOBER
NBAA will offer four "Train-the-Trainer" sessions in October to enable participants to train their company employees to meet the standards required to obtain a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Access Certificate (TSAAC), which eventually may grant TSAAC holders access to TFRs equivalent to that of the scheduled air carriers. Training sessions will be held on October 20 in Boston, October 23 in Detroit, October 28 in Burbank, CA, and October 30 in Seattle. Although the TSA has not yet expanded the proof-of-concept security project to allow TSAAC applications from operators based outside of Teterboro (TEB), Westchester County (HPN) and Morristown (MMU) airports, the TSAAC program may be launched nationally after the first of the year. For more information about the sessions or to register, visit:
NBAA ANNOUNCES NEW SUBPART K
SEMINAR ON FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP
Find out how the long-awaited FAA regulations for fractional ownership will impact your Part 91 or 135 operations by attending a new regulatory seminar sponsored by NBAA and facilitated by the industry's leading regulatory experts, titled "Operational Control of Business Aircraft in the New Environment." This seminar will review in detail recent revisions to the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) -- including the new Part 91, Subpart K -- as well as ownership and operator roles and responsibilities, tax implications and finance options, international operations and aircraft registration considerations. In the coming months, this event is scheduled to be held in the following cities: New York (December), Los Angeles (January), Dallas (February) and Chicago (June). For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected], or visit:
FOR NEW YORK, CHICAGO, CINCINNATI AND MEMPHIS REGIONS
Operators can expect temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for the New York City area this Tuesday and Wednesday when President Bush addresses the U.N. General Assembly. NBAA continues to monitor restrictions to airspace, such as those generated by Presidential and Vice Presidential travel, and advise its Members of the latest TFR locations that could cause major flight disruptions. Later this month, President Bush is expected to attend fundraising events in Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH on September 30, and Vice President Cheney is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Memphis, TN on September 29. Since the TFRs are announced shortly before they go into effect, Members must continue to use all resources to prevent flying into restricted airspace. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For additional information on NOTAMs and restrictions to airspace, visit:
NBAA SAFETY COMMITTEE
WHAT LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION CREATES A WORLD-CLASS SAFETY CULTURE?
A mark of a truly world-class safety culture is an organization's willingness not only to acknowledge risk but also to seek it out and address it through the participation of all members of the flight department. The most efficient method of identifying risk is to encourage everyone to take part, which requires commitment at all levels. Achieving an environment where employees take the initiative to identify, report and correct hazards requires visible and consistent support from management. The success of any voluntary safety reporting system hinges upon the perception of the value that management places on the program. The NBAA Safety Committee has developed a prototypical hazard and incident reporting system applicable to business aircraft operations, available online at:
WHERE CAN I FIND AIRPORT DELAY INFORMATION?
The FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center provides airport delay information on two web sites: the Real-Time Airport Status web site at http://www.fly.faa.gov and the National Airspace System (NAS) Status web site at http://www.fly.faa.gov/ois. The first site provides a graphical depiction of the United States with changeable colored dots and three-letter identifiers depicting major airport locations. Different colors represent different delay times. Clicking on the dot yields detailed information about the delay. The second site provides an overview of the NAS and information such as ground-delay programs, ground stops, departure and arrival delay times, runway closures and navigational-equipment outage. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected].
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN ALABAMA THIS WEEK
This week's NASCAR race will be held at the Talladega Super Speedway in Talladega, AL. Those traveling to or from Alabama should be aware of possible delays on Thursday, September 25 and Sunday, September 28 due to race-related air traffic. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
CAROLINA BUSINESS AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR SET FOR OCT. 23
The South Carolina FAA Flight Standards District Office is conducting a free seminar to promote business aviation safety on Thursday, October 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina's Spartanburg Campus Life Center. It will feature discussions about approach-and-landing accidents, controlled flight into terrain, and aviation insurance and risk-management issues. Sponsored in part by the South Carolina Aviation Association, the seminar will include light refreshments. For more information, visit http://www.scaaonline.com/news2002/safety62103.html or contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected].
NEW BUSINESS AVIATION GROUP TO FORM AT NEW CASTLE AIRPORT,
A new regional business aviation group is forming at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, DE to address the issues and concerns of the airport, local operators and the local non-aviation community. The group's first meeting attracted about 30 individuals, and it will hold a membership drive before the year's end. For more information or to learn about becoming a member, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NEXT NBAA REGIONAL FORUM
TO BE HELD IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ ON NOV. 13
Make plans now to attend NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum in Scottsdale, AZ on November 13. This one-day event, hosted by Scottsdale AirCenter, will feature more than 40 aircraft on Static Display, 60 Exhibitors and a full slate of informational sessions. Exhibit space is limited; for more information, contact NBAA's Suzanne Cole at [email protected]. Download Attendee and Exhibitor application forms online at:
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: