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NBAA Update #03-39
Monday, September 29, 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].
STOPGAP FUNDING MEASURE
FOR FAA GAINS MOMENTUM
Controversial provisions delaying passage of the FAA Reauthorization bill (HR 2115) have led the House and Senate to develop a stopgap measure to fund the FAA until October 30, 2003. The measure, called a continuing resolution (CR), will maintain funding for FAA programs and services at Fiscal Year 2003 levels and ensure continued availability of Airport Improvement Program dollars. Unlike HR 2115, the CR does not contain any of the new provisions related to general aviation, such as the $100 million in relief for general aviation entities affected by government action on September 11, 2001, the DCA access provision, or increased funding for general aviation airports. NBAA encourages Members to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support passage of HR 2115. Visit the Contact Congress web site at:
BEGINS NEXT WEEK WITH A RECORD 1,067 EXHIBITORS
Next week, NBAA "Celebrates 100 Years of Flight" at the Association's 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, with a special "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" exhibit showcasing the most authentic replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. Compared to last year's Convention -- which closed with 1,011 Exhibitors -- this year 1,067 Exhibiting Companies currently are registered for NBAA2003, including 19 Exhibitors appearing only at the NBAA Static Display of Aircraft on Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), where 105 aircraft will be shown. NBAA2003 also will feature special guests and speakers from all areas of the aviation community, including FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, House Aviation Subcommittee chairman John L. Mica (R-FL 7th), astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, FAA regulator Nick Sabatini and Wright Brothers National Memorial park ranger Darrell Collins. For more information, visit:
NBAA PRESIDENT LONGMUIR GOES ON THE ROAD
NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir's recent travels have enabled her to meet many NBAA Members in the field and gather their feedback on the Association's agenda. On September 16 she addressed more than 320 aviation professionals, legislators and DOT commissioners at a REACHBAC event in White Plains, NY, and on September 23, she participated with other NBAA Staff members at the National Association of State Aviation Officials' 72nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Charlotte, NC. Her well-received NASAO panel addressed NBAA initiatives on airport access, safety and security, as well as the TSA Access Certificate program and small flight department issues. On September 23-24, she visited the International Civil Aviation Council Offices in Montreal during the 11th Air Navigation Conference, where she met with Council members, and on September 25, she made a presentation to the United Technology Corporation in Windsor Locks, CT, honoring the 75th anniversary of its flight department.
AWARD WINNERS TO BE HONORED AT OCT. 9 SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET
On October 9, NBAA will recognize the recipients of the 2003 NBAA Flying Safety Awards at its Safety Awards Banquet in Orlando. NBAA also will honor Sam B. Williams with the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, Byron M. "Skip" Reed II with the NBAA Doswell Award, Fred McIntosh with the NBAA Staff Lifetime Achievement Award and six recipients with a special NBAA First Century of Flight Award: Serge Dassault, David Ewald, Edward King Jr., Jerome F. Lederer, Ray H. Siegfried II and John Tucker. Marvin Hamlisch will be the featured entertainer at this event. For more information, visit:
GALAXY AVIATION DONATES
PORTION OF FUEL SALES TO NBAA GOLF CLASSIC
Galaxy Aviation will make a charitable contribution of 10 cents for each gallon of fuel purchased by NBAA Members during NBAA2003 next week. Galaxy's contribution will go to NBAA's Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament, which this year benefits The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women. Part of Orlando Regional Healthcare, this hospital is dedicated exclusively to the needs of children and women, featuring a regional center for neonatal care, maternal intensive care unit, pediatric trauma center and children's heart program. To learn more, visit http://www.arnoldpalmerhospital.org. Galaxy Aviation operates full-service FBOs at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Boca Raton Airport (BCT), Witham Field Airport (SUA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). For more information about the Classic, visit:
NBAA MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSIONS PROVIDE ON-SITE ANSWERS
The following manufacturers will host Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Sessions during NBAA2003: Agusta, Beechcraft, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream, Honeywell, Eclipse, Pilatus, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon and Sabreliner. At the M&Os, Attendees can speak one-on-one with the original-equipment manufacturers to learn proven operational techniques. Whether you're a current operator looking for new or replacement aircraft or products, or a non-operator wanting to understand the benefits of business aviation, nearly every question can be answered immediately, on-site. To review the full program schedule, visit:
COMMITTEE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AT NBAA2003
Next week at NBAA2003, the NBAA Safety Committee will be available at the NBAA Headquarters Booth to answer questions. Stop by and pick up information about the Safety Committee's Informational Sessions at the Convention, discuss the Committee's recommendations (which were published in NBAA Update last summer and are available at http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/recommendations), and learn more about the work of the Committee. The Committee will be located in Booth 4667, across the aisle from the "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" display. For more information, visit:
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFE OPERATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE
In recent months, the NBAA Safety Committee published their recommendations for safe flight operations in NBAA Update on topics ranging from flight operations to ground handling. These recommendations, which can be implemented regardless of flight department size, have been compiled and posted to the NBAA web site at:
WORKSHOP TO BE HELD OCT. 5-6 IN ORLANDO
NBAA will hold a two-day Fatigue Management Workshop on October 5 and 6 in conjunction with NBAA2003 in Orlando, FL that will address fatigue in corporate flight operations. Dr. Mark Rosekind, president and chief scientist of Alertness Solutions, will be joined by co-presenter John Goglia, member of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Dr. Melissa Mallis, principal investigator, NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Group. Space is still available to attend this Workshop; for more information, visit:
COMMITTEE TO HOST INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS AT NBAA 2003
NBAA2003 Attendees should stop by the Emerging Technology Forum: New Tools for the Cockpit on October 7 to hear the latest on enhanced flight vision systems and learn about a new concept that will help you pinpoint where you are on an airport. On October 9, NBAA Standing Committees will discuss their training initiatives during the Training for Tomorrow Forum, where representatives from the Flight Attendants, Maintenance, Operations, and Schedulers & Dispatchers Committees will participate. For more information about the NBAA2003 Program Schedule, visit:
ON-SITE REGISTRATION TO OPEN NEXT MONDAY
NBAA is no longer accepting advance registrations for next week's NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. On-site registration will be available in Lobby B of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center for the following hours: Monday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, October 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:
TWO SECURITY TRAINING SEMINARS REACH
The NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminars scheduled for Boston on October 20 and Detroit on October 23 are full. Space, although limited, is still available for the Seminars to be held October 28 in Burbank, CA and October 30 in Seattle. Additional dates and locations will be announced at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention next week. For more information about this Seminar, visit:
CINCINNATI AND CHICAGO TOMORROW
President Bush will attend events in Cincinnati and Chicago tomorrow, September 30, which will generate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for those areas. NBAA continues to monitor restrictions to airspace and advise its Members of the latest TFR locations that could cause major disruptions. Since other TFRs may be 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 dates and locations of anticipated Presidential TFRs, visit:
EFFECTIVE DATE FOR FAA FINAL
RULE ON FRACTIONAL AND ON-DEMAND CHARTER
NBAA has confirmed with the FAA that the effective date is November 17, 2003, for the "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" final rule published in the Federal Register on September 17. While the rule's introductory comments listed the effective date as November 17, 2003, Section 91.1002 of the final rule incorrectly listed the effective date as October 17, 2003. The FAA expects to publish a technical corrections document in the Federal Register that addresses this and other technical issues. For more information on this final rule, contact NBAA's Douglas Carr at [email protected] or Mike Nichols at [email protected], or visit:
NBAA AND FAA WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW MANAGEMENT
Typically, the increase in air traffic between the Northeast and South Florida during the winter months results in large delays for all flights. As an operational test, the NBAA GA Desk and FAA will run real-time ground delay programs for Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) on Sunday, October 5 during the associated arrival Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) for the NBAA Convention in order to use the STMP as a baseline for new traffic flow management solutions. Although all arriving flights will be issued controlled times of departure from their origin airports, this test should not have a significant impact on flights that have arrival reservations to MCO and ISM on October 5. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected].
FAA ENHANCED SURFACE
MARKINGS PROGRAM UPDATE
The FAA is evaluating enhancements to the runway hold line marking. The FAA, with the assistance of the MITRE Corporation, developed variations to the hold position markings and installed the new markings at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Providence, RI to improve the visibility of the hold line with the intention of eliminating runway incursions. On September 16, NBAA attended a meeting held at T.F. Green Airport to discuss the results of pilot surveys and to perform a field evaluation of the new marking. After extensive discussion, the participants recommended that further testing of the markings is needed. Initial reaction from business aviation pilots is favorable towards the new markings. For more information, visit:
WHERE CAN AIRPORT NOISE
RESTRICTION INFORMATION BE FOUND?
In addition to referencing the Airport/Facility Directory or using flight plan service providers, operators can find airport noise restrictions at Boeing's Airport Noise Regulation Information and NBAA's Business Aviation Airport Access Program (BAAAP) web sites. Boeing's web site at http://www.boeing.com/commercial/noise/flash.html has an extensive database that lists noise issues for domestic as well as foreign airports. Originally developed for airline customers, this site provides information on noise-related restrictions that apply to all operators. NBAA's BAAAP web site identifies, tracks and helps resolve issues that affect domestic airport access. In addition to noise issues, BAAAP reports include constraints such as runway weight-bearing capacity, curfews and unjustly discriminatory airport access fees. The NBAA BAAAP web site is located at:
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN KANSAS CITY
Operators should expect minimal travel delays in Kansas this weekend in conjunction with NASCAR's Kansas 400. Flightcrews should plan accordingly. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
UTFLIGHT CELEBRATES 75 YEARS
NBAA congratulates United Technologies (UTFlight) of Windsor Locks, CT on the occasion of its 75th anniversary this month. UTFlight is a founding member of the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, and a number of UTFlight personnel sit on several NBAA Standing Committees. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
2004 NBAA REGIONAL FORUM
NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums are learning and networking experiences designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation operators, those wishing to learn more about this form of transportation, and vendors across the United States. These one-day, high-end NBAA events typically feature 60 indoor exhibits, 40 static aircraft and a full slate of informational seminars. All business aviation industry personnel -- both potential and present -- are invited to attend. NBAA has selected the following dates and locations for upcoming Forums: November 13 in Scottsdale (AZ), March 10 in West Palm Beach (FL), June 24 in Chicago, August 26 in Seattle and November 18 in Dallas/Ft. Worth. For more information, contact NBAA's Suzanne Cole at [email protected] or visit:
EMPTY SEATS CAN BE POWERFUL MEDICINE
By letting a cancer patient use an empty seat on your corporate aircraft, you can enable that patient to access critical treatment they might otherwise have to forgo. Often a clinical trial or specialized regimen is only available at one medical center, perhaps thousands of miles from a patient's home. Sometimes a patient must return weekly or monthly. Transportation costs can quickly add up to an impossible burden for a patient whose illness has already caused financial stress. Join with Corporate Angel Network (CAN) to provide cancer patients with free transportation to recognized treatment centers. It's easy and costs you nothing. To add your name to CAN's roster of 500 top U.S. corporations, call (914) 328-1313. To see current destinations and date range of rides needed, please visit: