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NBAA Update #04-22
Monday, May 31, 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].


Business Aviation News & Issues
U.S. Government Outlines New Terror Threats
On May 27, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice advised U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies of new creditable information that Al-Qaida is planning a major attack within the United States and on U.S. interests abroad to possibly coincide with symbolic national dates or events upcoming during the summer months. These could include Memorial Day, Fourth of July, the G-8 World Leader Economic Summit (SAV) as well as the Democratic (BOS) and Republican (NYC) National Party Conventions. Since there is no specific information on the nature/target of such attacks, the national terror threat remains at Code Yellow (elevated). Please remain alert and focused on your business aviation security programs. NBAA will provide you with any updated information as it becomes available. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at (202) 737-4485 or [email protected]. Members are reminded to follow NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security, published online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/bestpractices

Successful EBACE2004 Has Record Attendee and Booth Space Totals
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2004), held May 25 through 27, registered a record 6,487 Attendees -- an increase of 8.4 percent over last year's total of 5,984. It also featured 247 Exhibitors occupying a record 728 3-meter by 3-meter booth spaces in Geneva Palexpo, an increase of 18 percent over last year's booth space total of 615. The Static Display on Geneva International Airport featured a total of 36 business aircraft. On May 27, the closing day of EBACE2004, Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, toured the EBACE exhibition hall and boarded several aircraft in the Static Display. The visit by the president of the European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the European Union, illustrates a strong European interest in business aviation and the importance of the sector for the European air transport industry. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2004/20040528-035.php

House Bill Would Deny Deduction for Personal Use
On May 12, Representative Emanuel (D-IL) submitted a bill, HR 4352, that seeks to restrict a company's ability to deduct certain portions of a flight conducted for personal use. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, where it awaits further action. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected], or view a PDF version of the bill online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/govt/108th/hr4352.pdf

Kerry States Support for Business Aviation Access to TFRs and DCA
On a recent stop into Washington National Airport (DCA) aboard his presidential campaign aircraft, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) stated his support for business aviation access to temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and DCA at least equivalent to that of the commercial airlines. NBAA Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs Pete West was invited aboard the chartered Boeing 757, where he informed Kerry and members of his campaign and policy staff about the issue and NBAA's Secure Access initiatives. In response to West's assertion that security-qualified general aviation flights pose no national security risk, Kerry said, "There's no reason that these flights shouldn't be allowed access.... We need to and will work together on this." For more information, contact NBAA's Pete West at [email protected].

Germany Faces Possible Air Traffic Controller Strike in June
Germany faces a possible strike by air traffic controllers in June because state-owned employer Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) is refusing to negotiate with a new trade union representing them. A strike ballot ends on Monday and the union plans to start preparing in early June for a strike, according to DFS. Many of Germany's 1,700 air traffic controllers are organized in the new Union of Air Traffic Controllers (GDF), which wants to force the company to recognize it as a partner for wage negotiations. So far, services union Verdi has exclusively represented air traffic controllers. The DFS spokeswoman said the new union did not fulfill all the requirements to be a negotiating partner. DFS said it doubted whether a strike, which would seriously disrupt flights in Europe, would be legal. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

What Should You Know About ASDE-X?
Standard ASDE (airport surface detection equipment) is ground radar that depicts primary returns (raw radar) on the airport as an aid for the ground or ramp controller. ASDE-X is a multi-modal system that will display an ID tag next to every radar target depicted on the ground controller's display. Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) was the first U.S. airport to go operational with ASDE-X, which is coming online at other airports around the country, and by January 2007, it will be operational at a total of 34 airports. For more information on this topic, review an article by Bob Conyers and David Rivers of the NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/asde-x.php

Pilots Invited to Participate in Study About Monitored Approaches
The FAA is sponsoring a pilot survey on the subject of monitored approaches to understand how pilots view the monitored approach method of executing approaches. The survey asks questions about the pilot's familiarity with the monitored approach method of precision approaches, opinions about the monitored approach, type of training had with the monitored approach, experiences (if any) executing the monitored approach, piloting background and other comments. Pilots who hold active or inactive pilot certificates in commercial or airline transport class should take the survey. Others eligible for the study include people who are not pilots but have first- hand knowledge of monitored approaches, such as an operations manager of a commercial carrier. Members should consider taking the online survey. Using the case- sensitive password "nbaa," you can access the web site at:
http://www.pilotsurvey.org

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Regional News
New York State Pushes to Mandate GA Airport Security
The New York State Assembly is quickly moving forward on a bill that would impose burdensome restrictions for aircraft owners and operators at a general aviation airport in New York State. The Bill, A10543, Part K, proposes to add several requirements to operators of general aviation airports, including mandatory compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) GA Airport Security Guidelines, verification of passengers and cargo, and development of emergency maps and contacts. NBAA believes that general aviation airport security is a national priority and that the TSA should administer any mandates for security. NBAA has asked its Members in New York State to contact their state elected officials and Governor Pataki to have them remove these provisions from the bill. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected], or view a copy of the bill (number A10543) online at:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg

Advisory for Users of 1-800 WX-BRIEF
Users of 1-800 WX-BRIEF should be aware that cell phone usage might result in operational deviations. Even though pilots may be hundreds, even thousands, of miles from their home bases, some cell phone systems recognize the area code assigned to the cell phone and might route the call to the AFSS within or nearest to that area code. Thus, pilots might incorrectly believe they are talking to an AFSS near their physical location, while AFSS controllers might believe the pilot is within their AFSS area of responsibility. The FAA is asking for help to prevent occurrences of this nature. Pilots should attempt to use discrete AFSS telephone numbers if they know them, and should inform the briefer of their present location, including the state, and use the airport identifier. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected].

Avoid Travel Delays in Delaware This Week
Operators in the Delaware region should expect delays and congestion in conjunction with this week's NASCAR race in Dover, DE. The following airports may expect more congestion and traffic than usual, particularly on Thursday, June 3 and Sunday, June 6: Delaware Airpark (33N), Sussex County Airport (GED) and New Castle County Airport (ILG). Special air traffic procedures will be in effect, so operators should check NOTAMS. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

New Schedulers and Dispatchers Group Forming in Northeast
Several schedulers and dispatchers in the Northeast have inquired about forming a schedulers and dispatchers association to cover the area that includes Northeastern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The purpose of the association would be to address issues and concerns specific to schedulers and dispatchers in the specified region as well as to provide a venue for sharing information important to performing everyday activities. A September meeting date will be announced. Interested schedulers and dispatchers who would like more information should contact Amy Roy at [email protected] or NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].

REACHBAC

NBAA News
Flight Attendant Conference to Be Held June 18-19 in Anaheim
The NBAA 9th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held June 18 to 19 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. The two-day event offers valuable information on issues such as cabin safety, security, corporate aircraft passenger service, catering tips, and ideas on how to manage careers. Several sponsorship opportunities are available for this Conference; interested parties should contact NBAA's Dina Green at [email protected]. To review the Conference agenda or to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/fltatt/2004

NBAA Static Display Exhibitor Contracts Being Accepted Through Jun. 4
The NBAA2004 Static Display of Aircraft will be held on Henderson Executive Airport (HND), located approximately 11 miles south of the Las Vegas strip, a 20- to 25-minute drive from the Las Vegas Convention Center. NBAA shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the airport. Exhibitor contracts have been revised and currently are being accepted through June 4. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/cs/amc/2004/static.php

NBAA Member Poll on Term Life Insurance for Pilots
NBAA is conducting an online poll to evaluate Member interest in an NBAA-sponsored term life insurance program for pilots. Participate in the one-question poll at:
http://www.nbaa.org/poll/200405

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http://www.nbaa.org/advertise

NBAA2004

Upcoming NBAA Events
REACHBAC Event
June 4, St. Louis, MO

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 7-8, Boston, MA

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 9-10, Boston, MA

Security Training for Part 91 Operators
June 8, Chicago, IL
June 10, Denver, CO

9th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, Chicago, IL

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
June 25, Chicago, IL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
July 15-16, Hong Kong, China

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events

Review Future NBAA Convention Dates
http://www.nbaa.org/conventions/futuresites.htm

Contact Congress

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