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NBAA Update #04-16
Monday, April 19, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LABACE2004 WAS LARGEST BUSINESS AVIATION EVENT EVER
IN LATIN AMERICA
Held last week from Thursday to Saturday in São Paulo, Brazil, LABACE2004 registered over 3,500 Attendees, who viewed the products and services of 93 Exhibiting Companies at the Transamérica Expo Center and 19 aircraft on Static Display at Congonhas Airport. LABACE is the only Latin American event to focus exclusively on business aviation. During the event, LABACE Management announced that LABACE2005 has been scheduled for Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2, 2005, in São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit:
DICK DOUBRAVA TO STRENGTHEN GOVERNMENT
ADVOCACY ON SECURITY ACCESS
NBAA welcomes Richard Doubrava in the new position of Director, Security. In this role, he will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the NBAA Security Council in developing policies and programs in the areas of business aviation security, particularly NBAA's new Secure Access program. Doubrava will be responsible for promoting these views before government officials and public policy organizations, such as DHS, TSA, FAA and others. For more information, visit:
NBAA URGES CONGRESS TO ENACT
BONUS DEPRECIATION EXTENSION
In correspondence to Charles E. Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance last week, NBAA Interim President and CEO Donald E. Baldwin expressed strong support for a provision pending in Congress that would extend the bonus depreciation provision in current law by one year. If enacted, businesses purchasing business aircraft in 2004 would qualify for bonus depreciation as long as they place the aircraft in service by December 31, 2005. Under present law, a taxpayer must purchase and place in service an aircraft or any other depreciable asset by the end of 2004 to qualify. For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at email@example.com or Mike Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review the NBAA letter at:
FEEDBACK REQUESTED FOR GA COALITION MEETING WITH STONE
The GA Coalition, of which NBAA is a member, is now scheduled to meet with Rear Admiral David M. Stone, TSA Acting Administrator, on Friday, May 7 to address security concerns on behalf of the general aviation community. NBAA Interim President and CEO Donald E. Baldwin will represent NBAA at this meeting, which will provide an ideal opportunity for NBAA to present security issues identified by its Members. Members should send security issues for this meeting to NBAA via e-mail to email@example.com.
MEMBER RECOMMENDATIONS REQUESTED FOR PRESIDENTIAL
NBAA Board Vice Chairman Ken Emerick requests Member advice and counsel regarding the Association's search for a new president and CEO. To recommend qualifications or nominations for the position, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online form at:
AVIATION INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS ANSWER YOUR
NBAA is pleased to announce participation from all major aviation insurance underwriters at the upcoming NBAA Aviation Insurance & Financial Risk Management Seminar. On April 27 in Tucson AZ, join aviation insurance underwriter executives, including Mike Sweeney, President of USAIG; Richard Davis, Global Aerospace; Gordon Murray, AIG; and Ernest Despain, W. Brown Associates, who will be present to answer your aviation insurance questions such as: How does airline insurance affect that of general aviation and why? What position are the insurance companies taking with regard to providing coverage on the new very light jets (Eclipse, Mustang, Safire, etc.)? What can we expect from the Aviation Workers Compensation Insurance market going forward? In addition, time will be allocated for audience questions on any topic. For more information, visit:
CASS 2004 THEME IS "QUALITY
SAFETY: OASIS IN THE DESERT"
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. CASS is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for business aircraft operators. This year's CASS topics include human factors, ground accident prevention, operational safety culture, wind-shear accidents and maintenance. For more information or to register, visit:
91.141 TFR NOTAMs EXPECTED FOR
Several 91.141 TFR NOTAMs are anticipated for VIP travel on April 22 in Wells, ME and April 23 in Indianapolis, IN; Naples, FL; and Coral Gables, FL. 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:
NBAA OFFERS PART 91 RVSM OPERATIONAL
AND MAINTENANCE TEMPLATES
NBAA, in collaboration with Marcelo Casanove of Cessna Aircraft, has developed Part 91 operational and maintenance templates to assist operators in developing an RVSM manual for FAA approval and Letter of Operational Authorization (LOA). The templates are based upon FAA Airworthiness Safety Inspectors evaluation instructions and provide a starting point to operational and maintenance approval, but should not be considered an FAA-approved document. For more information, contact Eli Cotti at (202) 737-4479 or email@example.com. Download the templates in Microsoft Word format at:
FAA DRVSM SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR JUNE
The FAA will present its seventh seminar on Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (DRVSM) June 9 and 10 in Atlanta, GA. The intent of this seminar is to provide information on the DRVSM program to operators and other interested parties. Information confirming hotel and dates will be announced as soon as possible. For more information, contact Latonia Sewell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
NBAA STAFF TO ADDRESS CHINESE GENERAL AVIATION PLANNERS
Representatives from the People's Republic of China are visiting with FAA personnel in Washington, DC, to learn about general aviation operations and VFR charting. NBAA staff will meet with these six representatives on Wednesday, April 21 to provide a tour of NBAA's GA Desk at the Air Traffic Control Command Center, an introduction to business aviation operations, and an overview of VFR flight planning and flying from a VFR pilot's perspective. Weather permitting, NBAA's staff members will take the Chinese delegation on a local VFR flight, providing a hands-on introduction and experience with air traffic procedures and piloting. For more information, contact NBAA's Mike Nichols at email@example.com.
NBAA ANNOUNCES TWO NEW PDP PROVIDERS,
ONE NEW PDP COURSE
NBAA is pleased to announce two new Professional Development Program (PDP) Course Providers. Based in West Simsbury, CT, Global Jet Services, Inc., offers a PDP Course titled "Aviation Interpersonal Maintenance Management (AIMM)," which meets PDP Objective L2. Based in Houston, TX, mPowerOps, LLC offers a Course titled "Current Electronic Communications," which meets Objective C6. In addition, existing PDP Provider CornerStone Strategies, based in Friendswood, TX, has added a new PDP Course titled "Technology in the 21st Century," which meets Program Objective C6. Fore more information, visit:
AIRSPACE UPDATE: OAKLAND CENTER
Oakland Center (ZOA) will begin final phase testing this weekend of the relocation of low altitude sectors in their Center. These sectors primarily control and hand off arrivals for the three major Bay Area Airports and also to numerous other small airports in the San Francisco area. If significant weather moves into the area, VFR traffic requesting an IFR clearance into the Bay area can expect delays of up to 45 minutes. Also, if the Bay Area airports are operating in a Southeast configuration, delays could reach beyond 30 minutes. Otherwise the only anticipated delays will be expanded MIT (Miles In Trail) and altitude capping from Seattle Center (ZSE). The final phase testing will begin on April 24 and last for 72 hours. This event is part of the move to Northern Cal TRACON (NCT) from ZOA. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS IN ALABAMA THIS WEEK
Travelers to Alabama should be prepared for delays and congestion in the Southeast, especially on the ground at Talladega Municipal (ASN) and Anniston Municipal (AND) airports in conjunction with this week's NASCAR Cup races at Talladega Super Motor Speedway. In particular, expect added traffic and congestion the afternoons of Wednesday, April 21 and Sunday, April 25. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
FERRIS WHEEL CONSTRUCTION PLANNED NEAR TETERBORO RUNWAY
Should a contractor succeed in erecting a 426-foot Ferris wheel near Runway 1 at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB), the VASI glide path will be 115 feet lower than the Ferris wheel. The structure will be located within 8,939 ft. from the approach end of Runway 1. The FAA is taking relevant comments on the effect the structure would have on operations at the airport. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TETERBORO USERS GROUP HAS NEW WEB SITE
The Teterboro Users Group (TUG) has a new web site at http://www.tugatteb.com, which operators at Teterboro Airport (TEB) may find of interest. The site contains pertinent and updated information on airport conditions as well as topics on Customs clearance and security procedures at TEB. Additionally, TUG intends to provide coded departure route (CDR) information on the site. For more information, visit the TUG site or contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION AT IAD BEGAN LAST WEEK
On April 16, the initial phase of seasonal runway construction projects began at Washington-Dulles International (IAD). Runway 12 is unusable and Runway 30 has a displaced threshold of 3,000 ft. leaving 7,000 ft. available for use. Beginning June 10, Runway 12/30 will be closed completely. Volume demand at IAD is greatest 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Local (2200z-2300z), however peak GA demand periods are 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (1100z-1300z) and 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (1900-2200z). GA Traffic contributes 25 to 30 percent of operations at IAD, partially attributable to an ongoing ban of GA operations to Reagan National Airport (DCA). IAD runway construction is scheduled to be completed by September 10. For more information, contact NBAA's GA Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA GALA MOVED TO EVENING OF WEDNESDAY,
The NBAA Gala has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 during the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2004) this October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, NV. Formerly known as the NBAA Safety Awards Banquet, the NBAA Gala has been moved from its traditional Thursday evening spot to Wednesday evening. A highlight of this event will be the presentation of the Association's 2004 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and 2004 John A. "Jack" Doswell Award. Although the 2004 entertainment has not yet been decided, past events have featured stars such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole and Marvin Hamlisch. Convention Delegates can register for the NBAA Gala when they register for NBAA2004. Visit the official Convention web site at:
ALL 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: