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NBAA Update #04-04
Monday, January 26, 2004

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].


OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL LEAVES OUT GA RELIEF
The 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by the Senate last week failed to include funding for general aviation relief authorized by Vision 100 -- The Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The $100 million relief measure that would compensate general aviation business harmed by government action following September 11, 2001, will have to wait until Fiscal Year 2005 for Congressional funding. NBAA urged lawmakers to include funding for the relief provision but other more controversial measures diverted funding and focus from general aviation. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].

ADVANCE NOTICE OF RVSM IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR NORTH AMERICA
The FAA has issued advance notice of plans to implement Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) at 0901 UTC on January 20, 2005, between flight level 290-410 (inclusive). Implementation is planned for the airspace of the lower 48 states of the United States, Alaska, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico High Offshore Airspace (including Houston and Miami Oceanic airspace), and the San Juan ICAO FIR. For more information, download the notice in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/gen04001_rvsm.pdf

NBAA FILES PAPER IN PART 16 CASE REGARDING SMO LANDING FEES
On January 23, NBAA filed with the FAA its latest papers in the FAR Part 16 investigation of the weight-based landing fees at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). NBAA, along with two individual NBAA Members that operate aircraft into SMO, filed a Part 16 complaint last October alleging that the fees are unreasonable and discriminatory and violate certain grant assurances affecting the airport as well as the FAA's policy regarding airport rates and charges. In December, the City of Santa Monica asked the FAA to dismiss the complaint, and NBAA's filing last week was a response to that request. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo

SUPER BOWL NOTAM AND STMP ISSUED
The FAA has issued NOTAM FDC 4/0530 for Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, TX on February 1, and a Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) that will affect 10 airports in the Houston, TX area from January 28 to February 3. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

91.141 TFR NOTAMs EXPECTED
A 91.141 TFR NOTAM is in effect for VIP travel to Little Rock, AR on January 26. More 91.141 TFRs are expected for Greenwich, CT on January 29; Merrimack, NH on January 29; Philadelphia, PA on both January 29 and January 31; and Thurmont, MD from January 30 to February 1. Operators are urged to review NOTAMs carefully prior to every flight. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airspace/restrictions

TRACK ADVISORY USER'S GUIDE FOR DISPATCHERS RELEASED
The latest edition of the "Track Advisory User's Guide for Dispatchers" has been released by Oakland and Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Centers. Track Advisory is a computer-based program utilizing Dynamic Ocean Track System (DOTS) Plus, which is designed to assign route of flight, altitude and oceanic departure release times for aircraft utilizing Westbound Pacific Organized Tracks. The program has been in operation at Oakland Center since 1992. Anchorage Center began using the DOTS Plus Track Advisory program in September 2000. Download a copy of this document on the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/track_advisory_users_guide.doc

NASCAR SEASON UNDERWAY; AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN DAYTONA FEB. 7
February 7 starts a new NASCAR Busch and Nextel series season with the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona, FL. As a result, those traveling to/from the Daytona area and in particular using Daytona Beach International (DAB) are advised of anticipated congestion and delays starting Thursday, February 5 through Sunday, February 8. Most of the race teams will arrive Thursday morning and depart Sunday evening. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

OPTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED REGARDING TWEED-NEW HAVEN AIRPORT
Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) in New Haven, CT is struggling financially; as a result, the local board of aldermen asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. According to the FAA, the ramifications of this airport closure would be considerable, as DXR, BDR, and OXC would not be able to absorb additional general aviation and corporate aircraft were HVN to close. NBAA will meet with the aldermen to discuss options. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

FAA SEEKS COMMENTS ON LNK AIRPORT NOISE PLAN, APPROVES RFD PLAN
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Nebraska's Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) and is seeking public comments on the plan by February 9. The proposed program is to be approved or disapproved by June 7. For more information, contact the FAA's Mark Schenkelberg, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106, tel: (816) 329-2645. Copies of the proposed program for Lincoln, as well as the noise-exposure maps that were approved for the airport last September, are available at both LNK and the FAA office cited above. Separately, the FAA recently approved a noise-compatibility program for Illinois' Greater Rockford Airport (RFD). For other information about business aviation airports, visit the NBAA web site at:
http://www.nbaa.org/baaap

"GET A GRIP" AT ANAHEIM'S CORPORATE AVIATION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
"Great Results Involve People (GRIP)" is the theme of the NBAA 10th Annual Corporate Aviation Management Conference, to be held in Anaheim, CA on February 24 and 25. Join your fellow managers in a well-focused two days of considering what it takes to attract, motivate, evaluate and retain the best and brightest personnel for your flight department. Professional management presenters Kevin and Jackie Freiberg will keynote the presentations, and the first 100 people to register for the event will receive a free copy of the Freibergs' book, titled "GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors off Business-as-Usual." This event has been moved to the Anaheim Marriott Suites to take advantage of more reasonable room rates for Attendees. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/camc/2004

FSF/NBAA 49TH ANNUAL CORPORATE AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR, APR. 27-29
The Flight Safety Foundation/NBAA 49th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) will be held April 27 to 29 at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson, AZ. The theme of this event will be "Quality Safety: Oasis in the Desert." CASS was initiated in 1955 to provide a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. More than 300 representatives of business operators attend CASS, which features leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. Several sponsorship opportunities are available for this event; for more information, contact FSF at [email protected]. The preliminary agenda for this event is now available at:
http://www.flightsafety.org/cass04_preagenda.html

INTERNATIONAL OPERATORS SCHOLARSHIP DUE THIS FRIDAY
NBAA offers the 2004 International Operators Scholarship to promote education and training as a means for individuals involved in international business aviation operations to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions. Applications are due to NBAA by this Friday, January 30. For more information or to download an application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2004 NBAA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AND DOSWELL AWARDS
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. All nominations packages are due to NBAA by February 15. Learn more about how to submit a nominations package at:
http://www.nbaa.org/awards


DC-AREA AVIATION OPEN TO BENEFIT CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Since 1989, the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO) has brought members of the aviation community together to raise over half a million dollars for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). The 16th annual edition of this golf and tennis tournament will be held in the Washington, DC area on Monday, May 3. GWAO is the largest contributor of funds for CAN operations, last year raising a record $105,000. This year, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich and Air Transport Association President Jim May will serve as honorary chairmen. Host and sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information or to download a program and registration form, visit:
http://www.gwao.org