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NBAA Update #03-42
Monday, October 20, 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].
FAA REAUTHORIZATION MEASURE MAY BE VOTED ON
Votes on final passage of the conference report on H.R. 2115, "Vision 100 -- Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act," could occur next week in light of progress in negotiations between relevant Congressional leaders. According to sources in the U.S. House of Representatives, removal of any reference to privatization (Section 230 of the measure) may prove to be the path to enactment of the legislation that would authorize $60 billion over four years for the FAA and aviation infrastructure investment. Those associated with NBAA Member Companies and the broader business aviation community are encouraged to continue contacting their elected officials, particularly in the U.S. Senate, urging support for the conference report, which includes several provisions initiated and/or supported by NBAA (such as a DCA access mandate). For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] or visit the NBAA Contact Congress web site at:
NBAA SECURITY TRAINING LAUNCHES THIS
The new NBAA Security Training for Part 91 Operators Seminar began this week to sold-out venues in Boston (today) and Detroit (this Thursday), with limited availability in subsequent cities. The training is based upon the proof-of-concept security project developed in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration. In addition to Boston and Detroit, training will be conducted in Burbank, CA on October 28; Seattle, WA on October 30; St. Louis, MO on November 12; Dallas, TX on November 14; Chicago, IL on November 18; Atlanta, GA on December 2; West Palm Beach, FL on December 3; and Washington, DC on December 5. To find out more or to register, visit:
TFRs EXPECTED THIS WEEK IN HONOLULU
AND NEW YORK
This week operators should expect travel by President Bush and Vice President Cheney to generate temporary flight restrictions (TFR) on Thursday, October 23, in Honolulu, HI, and on Friday, October 24 around New York City. 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. NBAA has created a new Airspace Alerts e-mail list to provide a single source for distributing information about upcoming Presidential TFRs and other airspace issues considered to have a significant impact on NBAA Member flight operations. To subscribe, visit: http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/airspace/alerts. For additional dates and locations of anticipated TFRs, visit:
WHERE CAN I FIND DATABASES OF AVIATION SAFETY
Operators can use the National Aviation Safety Data Analysis Center (NASDAC) web site to search through numerous government databases and aviation safety studies. Established by the FAA, NASDAC's objective is to provide a facility for the integration and analysis of aviation safety data. Among other things, users can access reports submitted to the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System, view NTSB safety recommendations and accident reports, and access FAA accident/incident reports. A query tool helps define search criteria by allowing for specific keyword searches in the narrative of the reports. The NASDAC web site is located at http://www.nasdac.faa.gov. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].
NBAA TO ANNOUNCE FIRST CERTIFIED
AVIATION MANAGERS IN NOVEMBER
Nearly 30 candidates took the first Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination earlier this month in Orlando, FL, and the first group of Certified Aviation Managers will be announced in mid-November. NBAA developed the CAM Program for either current or aspiring business aviation flight department managers to enhance their professional credibility and to recognize them for meeting certain educational and management requirements. For more information, visit:
NEW, IMPROVED AIR TRAFFIC ROUTES TO BE IMPLEMENTED
OVER AEGEAN SEA
Greece and Turkey have concluded an agreement for the improvement of the air traffic services (ATS) route network over the Aegean Sea. The new ATS route package -- which was developed to deal with the anticipated increase in air traffic associated with the 2004 Olympics in Athens -- is to be implemented on December 25. The new plan is expected to increase airspace capacity and improve efficiency while maintaining a high level of safety. For more information about international issues, visit the NBAA web site at:
NOISE EXPOSURE MAPS FOR NEBRASKA'S LINCOLN AIRPORT APPROVED BY FAA
The FAA has determined that the noise-exposure maps submitted by the Lincoln Airport Authority for Nebraska's Lincoln Airport (LNK) have met FAR Part 150 requirements. Copies of the exposure-map documentation and the FAA's evaluation of the maps are available for examination at the offices of the airport administration or the FAA's Central Region in Kansas City. For more information about business aviation issues in Nebraska, contact NBAA's Paul H. Smith at [email protected].
RHODE ISLAND AIRCRAFT USE TAX UPDATE
NBAA joined forces with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and the Rhode Island Economic Development Commission at a hearing that was held to review the state's "emergency regulation," which imposes a 7-percent use tax on non-commercial aircraft operated in Rhode Island by state residents. The problem explained by NBAA at the hearing is that there is no ability to determine whether a company is a resident of the state, thus potentially exposing many transient aircraft to the state's use tax. The R.I. Division of Taxation has made no final decision as of this publication and the emergency regulation remains in effect at least until October 28. NBAA will communicate additional developments as they occur. For more information, visit:
SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESS
AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR BEGINS THURSDAY
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].
WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT 2ND ANNUAL CAREER FAIR IS THIS WEEK
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY will hold its 2nd Annual Career Fair on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 to introduce students to aviation and welcome neighboring communities to the airport. More than 2,000 students are expected to attend. In addition, a Job Fair for those interested in pursuing a position in aviation will be held on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
NBAA ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE MERCHANDISE
NBAA has a new online store where visitors will find a variety of NBAA apparel merchandise and accessories available for purchase, including men and women's clothing, outerwear, caps and flight bags. For more information, visit:
YOU CAN GIVE A CANCER
PATIENT A LIFT
As a Corporate Angel, you can give cancer patients a much-needed lift, both physically and emotionally, without any cost, inconvenience, or extra effort on your part. You may be flying with empty seats to the very place a patient needs to go for critical testing or treatment. Patients are fully ambulatory and need no special treatment while traveling. To get involved, call Corporate Angel Network at (914) 328-1313 -- they make all the arrangements. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: