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NBAA Update #03-44
Monday, November 3, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSE LEADERS FOR PASSAGE OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
Last Friday, NBAA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 2115, Vision 100 - The Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, and called for Senate leaders to act quickly to ensure final passage by Congress. NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir commended House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young (R-AK) in particular for their leadership in gaining passage of H.R. 2115, which is critically important to all sectors of the aviation industry. For more information, visit:
EXPECTED THIS WEEK FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for upcoming VIP travel on the following dates: November 3 to 6 in Pierre, SD; November 4 in San Diego, CA; November 6 and 7 in Aurora, CO; and November 7 in Winston-Salem, NC; Austin, TX; and Houston, TX. 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 more information, visit:
RESPONDS TO NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
Read NBAA President and CEO Shelley A. Longmuir's letter to the editor in response to a New York Times article published on October 28 titled, "Security Is Looser on Corporate Aircraft." According to Longmuir, the article "turned a blind eye to this industry's impeccable safety and security record, which is based on the professionalism of its pilots and ground crews." Download the letter in PDF format at:
FORUM COMES TO ARIZONA'S SCOTTSDALE AIRPORT ON NOV. 13
The next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum will be held in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, November 13, at the Scottsdale AirCenter at Scottsdale Airport (SDL). In addition to aircraft on static display and dozens of exhibits, this event will feature a number of informational sessions and briefings for the business aviation community in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Session topics include: Business aviation initiatives, FAA regulatory update, security for business aviation operations, Arizona state aviation taxes, flight department management systems, regional update by the Arizona Business Aviation Association, Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM), aging aircraft issues, and conducting effective pre-purchase evaluations. For more information, visit:
WHERE CAN I
FIND A LIST OF TSA FEDERAL SECURITY DIRECTORS?
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Security Directors (FSDs) are responsible for the efficient implementation, performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for the 429 U.S. airports served by the airlines. NBAA encourages all Member Companies to establish working relationships with their local FSDs as soon as possible to help FSDs become familiar with business aviation operations. Members may initiate this important relationship by requesting face-to-face introductory meetings, inviting FSDs to user-group meetings and inviting FSDs to user facilities to outline policies and procedures relative to daily operations and security. NBAA maintains contact information for most FSDs online at:
HIGH ALTITUDE REDESIGN
GOES INTO EFFECT
In early October, the FAA officially implemented the first of several phases of High Altitude Redesign (HAR) airspace in the seven northwest Air Route Traffic Control Centers in the United States. HAR Phase 1 provides navigation changes that couple with operational capabilities for properly equipped users. HAR Phase 1 does not create exclusionary airspace, and the majority of business aircraft will not require special equipment to comply. NBAA has worked closely with the FAA and other industry users to develop the HAR initiative and believes HAR to be beneficial to its Members. Direct questions about the HAR Program to NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com, or download FAA Advisory Circular 90-99, titled "High Altitude Airspace Redesign Phase 1," at:
FAA STATES THERE ARE NO SAFETY ISSUES AT SANTA MONICA
In a letter to California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) dated October 15, David Bennett, FAA director of airport safety and standards, emphasized that "there are no safety issues with current aircraft operations" at the airport. Last year, the City of Santa Monica proposed an Airport Conformance Program (ACP) that would ban operations by any aircraft with an approach speed of more than 120 knots or a wingspan of more than 78 feet, arguing that these aircraft exceed the airport's design standards. NBAA objected, and the FAA issued a Notice of Investigation. The City did not implement the ACP, but intends to take up the issue before the end of the year. Bennett's October 15 letter makes it clear that the City cannot impose the ACP, "an artificial restriction on access to the airport by Stage 2 and Stage 3 aircraft," unless it complies with the FAA's Part 161 review and approval procedures. For more information, visit:
LAS VEGAS TRACON TO USE NEW RNAV SIDs AND STARs ON NOV.
The FAA Las Vegas TRACON will start using new RNAV SIDs and STARs on November 12. The new McCarran International Airport (LAS) RNAV SIDs will have crossing restrictions on the climbs. "At or below" altitude restrictions on the new RNAV SIDs may pose a potential for error during the climb (e.g., a crew dials in a higher altitude on the altitude preselect and climbs through a 7,000 ft. or 9,000 ft. waypoint crossing at or below altitude restriction). Crews are urged to carefully review these procedures before use and to utilize CRM procedures. NBAA Members utilizing LAS are encouraged to obtain a complimentary CD-ROM explaining the new procedures by contacting Tom Petrakis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS WELCOME AT LONG ISLAND GROUP'S MEETING
ON NOV. 20
The Long Island Business Aviation Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 at the American Air Power Museum, Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, NY. Anyone interested in joining this association is invited to attend. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2004 NBAA MERITORIOUS AND DOSWELL AWARDS
NBAA is now accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations are due to NBAA by February 15, 2004. For more information, visit:
AIR MAIL SERVICE RESTORED
Air Mail, NBAA's series of e-mail discussion lists, is back in service following a server outage last week. The outage delayed delivery of last week's NBAA Update issue. To review the October 27 NBAA Update issue and other past issues, visit the NBAA Update archive online at:
FLYING RAFFLE RAISED
$38,000 FOR CAN DURING 2003 NBAA CONVENTION
In cooperation with Jaguar Cars of North America, Flying Magazine raffled off a two-year lease on a brand new X-type Jaguar during the NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention last month, raising close to $38,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the national public charity that partners with corporations and fractional owners to transport cancer patients to treatment centers using the empty seats on routine corporate flights. Flying's annual raffle has raised close to $450,000 for the Corporate Angel Network over the last eight NBAA Conventions. For more information about CAN or to get your company involved in its mission, visit: