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NBAA Update #04-15
Monday, April 12, 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].


NBAA REQUESTS MEMBER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
On April 7, NBAA Board Vice Chairman Ken Emerick requested Member advice and counsel regarding the Association's search for a new president and CEO. "We would like to pursue an accelerated, open process as we conduct the search for the next NBAA president and chief executive officer," said Emerick. "Consequently, I am asking that NBAA Members provide recommendations to the Search Committee in the form of qualifications or nominations for the position." To recommend qualifications or nominations for the position send an e-mail to [email protected] or complete the online form at http://www.nbaa.org/next. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040407-023.php

LABACE2004 OPENS THIS THURSDAY IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
The 2nd Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2004) will open this Thursday, April 15 at the Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo with an Opening General Session featuring keynote speakers Anderson Markiewicz, Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) chairman, and Robert P. Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, operations. As of April 7, LABACE2004 had registered 211 booth spaces from 92 business aviation products and services Exhibitors, an increase over 2003's event, which featured 204 booths from 88 Exhibitors. More than 3,500 Attendees are expected for the three-day Show. For more information, visit:
http://www.labace.aero

PART 135 OPERATORS MUST USE UNIQUE APIS CARRIER CODES BY TOMORROW
By Tuesday, April 13, air carriers will be required to use unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) APIS data to Customs & Border Protection (CBP). NBAA's APIS Submission Service has been modified to allow for the use of APIS Carrier Codes. The change is required by new Security Directives and Emergency Amendments requiring carriers to electronically provide a master crew list (MCL) and crew manifest data to the TSA. If an operator has an IATA code, that code must be used. Otherwise, carriers must obtain an APIS Carrier Code from CBP. CBP requires approximately two to three business days to process APIS Registration Form requests. Part 91 operations are not subject to MCL or APIS requirements. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/apis

NBAA PARTICIPATES IN COMMITTEE ADDRESSING FUTURE AIR NAVIGATION
Last week NBAA attended the first meeting of the Performance-Based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC). Rather than rely on traditional ground-based navigation aids, operators who can reliably fix their aircraft position using specified performance requirements eventually will be able to navigate using satellite-based navigation aids and equipment already existing on the aircraft. Among other benefits, this allows for new procedures to be developed that will increase safety, improve airport access in all weather conditions, and reduce delays at airports in certain dense airspace areas. This effort continues the transition away from ground-based navigation systems in the NAS. NBAA is pleased to participate on the PARC to provide input for implementing performance-based airspace operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Berty Damato at [email protected] or download a PDF file at:
http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/afs400/RNProadmap.pdf

EUROCONTROL REQUIRING RVSM HEIGHTKEEPING VALIDATION EVERY TWO YEARS
Many NBAA Members have received a notice from the Eurocontrol RVSM Height Monitoring office noting that it has been over 24 months since the company's aircraft has been monitored. The notice also requests that a height monitoring flight be scheduled during or before the company's next flight into the European Union. Although a GMU flight may be accomplished in the United States beforehand, it also is permissible to schedule an overflight to take place during an upcoming EU trip, if more convenient. The latter may be arranged by contacting Bryan Jolly at +32-2-729-3785 or [email protected] For more information, visit http://www.faa.gov/ats/ato/rvsm1.htm or http://www.ecacnav.com/rvsm/default.htm, or download a PDF file from the NBAA web site at:
http://web.nbaa.org/member/ops/cns/rvsm/EURMonitor20040329.pdf

UPDATED NBAA STATE AVIATION TAX REPORT NOW ONLINE
NBAA's Tax Committee is pleased to announce that an updated version of the NBAA State Aviation Tax Report is now available online. This document provides an overview of state and local taxes on business aircraft ownership and operations. Items reviewed include: sales and use tax, personal property tax, registration fees and state fuel taxes. Citations to tax codes and state taxation contact information provide an excellent resource for further information. NBAA Members are encouraged to keep NBAA abreast of any state or local tax initiatives. To provide updates and legislative initiatives on aviation taxes, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at [email protected] Members may download this publication in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/taxes/state

FAA ISSUES FINAL RULE REGARDING SECURITY CONTROL OF AIR TRAFFIC
The FAA has issued a final rule that reorganizes the agency's regulations governing the security control of air traffic (FAR Part 99). The FAA said this was necessary "to reflect the changing environment and the increased role of [other] Federal agencies in advising the FAA about matters related to the security of air traffic operations...." The FAA issued the rule, which is effective on April 29, without seeking public comment "because the changes are minor and for the most part non-substantive." NBAA believes that the revisions, which include modifying the definitions of air defense identification zones and defense visual flight rules, will have only minor operational impact on business aviation. For more information about security issues, visit the NBAA Security web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security

FAA DEVELOPS TOOL TO PREDICT IN-FLIGHT ICING
Using the new, web-based Forecast Icing Tool, aviation meteorologists and airline dispatchers can warn pilots about icing hazards up to 12 hours in advance. In-flight icing is most hazardous to private pilots and air taxi and commuter aircraft operators flying at lower altitudes. Those aircraft may not have sophisticated wing-deicing equipment used by larger commercial aircraft. The FAA tool provides a high-tech color weather map and/or a flight route display of icing potential at flight levels from 3,000 to 18,000 feet. The user can select forecast times from three-, six-, nine-, and twelve-hour intervals to plan safe routes of travel. All FAA-developed weather tools, operated by the National Weather Service, are publicly available online at:
http://adds.aviationweather.gov/icing

WESTCHESTER AVIATION ASSN. ADDRESSES ISSUE OF LOCKING WHEEL CHOCKS
White Plains, NY's Westchester Aviation Association (WAA), with input from NBAA and AOPA, successfully addressed the issue of locking wheel chocks at Westchester County Airport (HPN) with the County. Initially, the County's requirement was for any aircraft parked for 30 minutes or more to be chocked. Although several alternatives were presented to locking wheel chocks, the County insisted on their use when aircraft are unattended and are: (1) not attached to a tow bar with torque link disconnected, (2) blocked by a vehicle or other aircraft, or (3) parked nose-in to a building or other obstruction. Ultimately, WAA successfully convinced the County that locking wheel chocks should not be required until two hours after an aircraft has arrived or two hours prior to departure. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

REVISED FAA STATEMENT UNDERSCORES NEED FOR NEW RUNWAYS AT MSY
The FAA has revised the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared for proposed new runways at New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The move is being made to provide "the long-term option of taking steps necessary to protect a site for a new air carrier runway." The EIS also will consider the option of building a new airport. The FAA said that the existing 7,000-foot-long Runway 1/19 does not provide full instrument capabilities, and it is not feasible to extend it because of its proximity to an access road. The proposed new 8,000-foot runway would provide additional capacity, especially during low-visibility conditions. In addition, the conversion of Taxiway G to a runway would provide general aviation with a 6,731-foot landing strip. For more information, contact FAA's Joyce M. Porter at (817) 222-5640.

AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN VIRGINIA
Martinsville, VA's Blue Ridge Airport (MTV) will be busier than usual from Thursday, April 15 to Sunday, April 18 in conjunction with Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville Motor Speedway. Be prepared for congestion along the airways, especially approach/departure control for the MTV area, and on the ground at MTV. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

FAA PROPOSES ALASKAN TACAN DECOMMISSIONINGS
The FAA has proposed decommissioning nine Alaskan TACANs at Barrow, Bettles, Deadhorse, Gulkana, Homer, Nome, Johnstone Point, Unalakleet and Yakutat. The FAA requests public input on this topic. For more information, contact FAA's Robert van Haastert at (907) 271-5863 or visit:
http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/notices/tacan-decommissioning.htm

NBAA RECOGNIZES TFE731 TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
NBAA and Honeywell Engines recognize John Ackerman and Greg Kuta for their years of service to the TFE731 Subcommittee of NBAA's Technical Committee. Ackerman of Atlantic Aero served for 30 years, and Kuta of Eaton Corp. served for 20 years. The NBAA Technical Committee obtains and evaluates data concerning aircraft, aircraft equipment, operations and maintenance problems relative to the business aircraft owner and pilot. For more information, contact NBAA's Eli Cotti at [email protected] or visit the NBAA Technical Committee web page at:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/committees/tech

CORPORATE AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR SET FOR APR. 27-29 IN TUCSON
Held annually in North America, the Flight Safety Foundation /NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar was initiated in 1955 to provide a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. Three hundred or more representatives of business operators are expected to attend the CASS this April 27 to 29 in Tucson, AZ, including leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. For more information or to register, visit:
http://www.flightsafety.org/seminars.html#cass

AVIATION INSURANCE: HANGAR RASH AND OTHER AIRCRAFT MISHAPS
Who is responsible when an FBO's line staff technician dings your wing? Will your insurance pay a claim if your aircraft is damaged by a negligent hangar landlord? Should the aircraft's pilots sign the hold harmless agreement the airport manager provided to them upon landing? Interpreting your aircraft insurance policy and managing the financial risk of aircraft ownership and operations can be complex and intimidating. Working with your broker and knowing your policy coverage and limits will ensure you are prepared in the event of a mishap. NBAA's Aviation Insurance and Financial Risk Management Seminar on April 27 in Tucson, AZ, will get you on the right path. This is the last time this Seminar will be offered in 2004. To register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/riskmgmt/20040427

APPLICATIONS DUE THIS WEDNESDAY FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANT SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the 2004 Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Scholarship, one of nine scholarships offered by NBAA, are due April 15. To review the full list of awards or download an application form, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/scholarships

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: FSF ANNUAL SAFETY AWARDS
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) annual safety awards program recognizes individual and group achievements in aviation safety. Recipients of these prestigious international awards are selected by independent selection boards from among candidates nominated by aviation professionals and organizations worldwide. NBAA Members are invited to submit a nomination for these important awards online via the FSF web site. The award ceremony will be held at the 57th annual International Air Safety Seminar in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, November 17, with more than 550 guests in attendance. To learn more, contact FSF at [email protected] or visit:
http://www.flightsafety.org/awards.html


YOU CAN PROVIDE A VALUABLE COMMUNITY SERVICE
Corporate Angel Network arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. Thanks to the generosity of 500 of America's finest corporations, Corporate Angel Network has arranged more than 14,000 flights since its founding in 1981. Your company can get involved too. To review a current list of cancer patient "rides needed," including city-to-city destinations and date range, visit:
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/corporate/seats.html