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NBAA Update #03-47
Monday, November 24, 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].
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY ISSUES GA SECURITY ADVISORY
Last Friday, November 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a general aviation security advisory in response to increased terrorist activity worldwide. Although no specific threat is mentioned, the advisory does provide security recommendations for general aviation aircraft and airport operators. On September 8, 2003, the DHS issued a similar advisory that included additional security recommendations. For more security information or to download the November 21 and September 8 Advisories in PDF format, visit:
FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
CLEARS SENATE, INCLUDES KEY GA PROVISIONS
NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir today hailed the enactment by Congress of legislation reauthorizing more than $60 billion in FAA funding over four years. "Relevant members of the U.S. Senate, as well as FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, are to be commended for applying great wisdom and leadership to resolving the dispute over contract towers and privatization that had delayed final consideration of this critically important measure," said Longmuir. The act includes the mandate that the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the FAA Administrator, develop a program that may allow security-compliant general aviation operators access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA); increased funding for general aviation airports; and $100 million to compensate general aviation entities harmed by the events of 9/11. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected] Download a copy of a November 21 letter from Blakey to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) concerning the contract-tower issue at http://www.nbaa.org/govt/letters/20031121Blakey.pdf. For NBAA's summary of the FAA Reauthorization bill, visit:
FOR UPCOMING VIP TRAVEL
Operators should anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for upcoming VIP travel on December 1 in Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ, and on December 2 in Pittsburgh, PA. Since VIP 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 VIP 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 more information, visit:
FAA'S NEW ATO TO PROVIDE "MORE EFFICIENT OPERATIONS"
NBAA supports the FAA's new Air Traffic Organization (ATO) business structure announced on November 18, which consolidates the FAA's various air traffic, research and acquisitions organizations into five service-oriented units -- Enroute and Oceanic, Terminal, Flight Services, System Operations, and Technical Operations -- with the goal of better responding to customer needs and providing safer, more secure air traffic services. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].
NTSB ISSUES FINAL
REPORT ON SENATOR WELLSTONE ACCIDENT
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a final report on the October 25, 2002, crash that claimed the life of two pilots and six passengers. Of particular note is that fatigue, icing and aircraft powerplant, system, or structural failures were not considered contributing factors. The probable cause according to the report "was the flightcrew's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which led to an aerodynamic stall from which they did not recover." The safety recommendations made by the NTSB include establishing an approved crew resource management training program for dual-pilot operations in Part 135 on-demand charter operations, which should remind all of us to utilize CRM in our operations as a tool in enhancing safety. View a synopsis of the final report at http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2003/AAR0303.htm. View NBAA Safety Committee Recommendations at:
ARE THE OVERFLIGHT FEES FOR FLYING IN U.S.-CONTROLLED AIRSPACE?
The FAA charges overflight fees for air traffic control and related services provided to civil aircraft that fly through U.S.-controlled airspace but neither take off nor land in the United States. Aircraft that fly through domestic controlled airspace without taking off or landing in the United States will be charged $33.72 per 100 nautical miles. Aircraft that fly through oceanic controlled airspace without taking off or landing in the United States will be charged $15.94 per 100 nautical miles. More information about overflight fees, including links to billing information and the exact coordinates that define "U.S.-controlled airspace," can be found on the FAA web site at http://www.faa.gov/aba/html_overflight/index.html. For more information about operational issues, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at [email protected].
NBAA'S FAR PART 135 COMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
Does your company conduct operations under a Part 135 certificate? Would you like an opportunity to meet and network with other 135 operators to discuss operational challenges, regulatory initiatives, FAA relationships and guidance, and other current issues facing 135 operators? If so, you should consider joining NBAA's FAR Part 135 Committee. The Committee is actively seeking new members who are willing to address critical and timely issues affecting 135 operators. The Committee's initiatives for 2004 are exciting and far-reaching. To join, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected].
OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
The NBAA International Operators Committee and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats are dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA and ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats together offer the 2004 International Operators Scholarship, which will be awarded at the NBAA 31st Annual International Operators Conference, March 22 to 25, 2004, in Anaheim, CA. Applications are due by January 30, 2004. For more information or to download an application in PDF format, visit:
DEVELOPER NEEDED TO RENOVATE QUONSET STATE AIRPORT IN RHODE
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is looking for a developer to help renovate the Quonset State Airport, formally the Quonset Naval Air Station. The airport corporation hopes to attract a developer to demolish old buildings and construct a new terminal and corporate aircraft hangars. RIAC's Dave Cloutier said, "Our goal is the same as the RI Economic Development Corporation's and that is to...create jobs." For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
DON WYLIE, FOUNDER OF AVIATION SAFETY TRAINING, DIES IN
A Beech T-34 piloted by Don Wylie, the 64-year-old founder and president of Aviation Safety Training, crashed on November 19 after reportedly losing its right wing during upset recovery training near Conroe, TX. Wylie was killed along with his passenger, 39-year-old William Eisenhauer. Known for his passion for safety and willingness to participate in Flight Safety Foundation, NBAA, Bombardier Safety Standdown and other safety initiatives, Wylie will be missed by NBAA and the aviation community.
ANGELS HAVE WINGS; SOME HAVE JET ENGINES, TOO
Become a Corporate Angel and help cancer patients access potentially life-saving, specialized treatment. Through Corporate Angel Network (CAN), your organization can join 500 other top U.S. corporations that use the empty seats on their routine business flights to offer new hope to cancer patients, allowing them to travel free to recognized treatment centers throughout the United States. Corporate Angel Network volunteers work with your flight department to match patient needs to available seats. You accept a patient as your guest only when it suits you. All patients are fully mobile, properly dressed for a business environment, and very grateful for your help. Call CAN at (914) 328-1313 to learn how easy it is to make a difference. For current destinations and date range of rides needed, visit: