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State Advocacy Network

NATA has developed a State Advocacy Network (SAN) made up of regional volunteers who act as representatives to keep each other and the association informed of pressing issues in their state.
 
 


   2014 NATA Compensation Survey Available for Purchase
NATA published its 2014 survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The survey includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Visit NATA Store and select search to see full range of products.
Got Weather?

NATA is partnering with the FAA and other general aviation stakeholders on a safety campaign during the 2014 flying season titled “Got Weather?” The purpose of the eight month campaign is to help general aviation pilots prepare for the potential weather challenges they may encounter. The Got Weather? campaign will run through December 2014 and refresh each month to highlight new topics including turbulence, thunderstorms, icing or crosswinds and the resources available to pilots. NATA encourages its members to visit http://www.faa.gov/go/gotweather to get fast facts and links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies, and more.
 
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Secretary Foxx to Keynote NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Anthony Foxx, is confirmed as the keynote speaker on November 5th at NATA’s 2014 Aviation Business Roundtable. Secretary Foxx is the administration’s point person in the effort to address America’s growing infrastructure deficit. Secretary Foxx is touring the nation to build a broad coalition of support for a bold new multi-year plan to grow the nation’s transportation system. He is a major proponent for transparency, accountability and effective use of transportation dollars and we look forward to his insights and perspectives on the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure and upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Secretary Foxx joins an Aviation Business Roundtable lineup including noted industry and political analysts Richard Aboulafia and Stuart Rothenberg, Acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart and FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker. Read more


 
NATA Requests Exemption of Landing Fees for Based Aircraft at MacArthur Airport
NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks wrote to the Town of Islip, NY, requesting it drop recently imposed landing fees on based aircraft at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Hendricks also posed a series of questions to Islip officials in order to determine if an additional nighttime landing fee is consistent with the airport's grant assurance obligations. The Town of Islip imposed landing fees on all aircraft effective September 1, 2014, and for the first time made them applicable to based aircraft. In addition, the new fee schedule established even higher rates for night landings. Hendricks requested reconsideration of the new fees, noting the intended increase would likely lead to reduced business and investment and potential job loss at the airport. He also observed that the imposition of higher fees for nighttime operations appear to be a defacto attempt to curb traffic, which requires specific approval of the FAA. 
CDC and FAA Address Ebola
On October 15, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance about Ebola for airline crews, cleaning personnel, and cargo personnel useful to NATA members with international operations.  The CDC guidance includes precautions, procedures and special considerations for mitigating the risk of contracting Ebola.  In addition, the FAA has published a statement on infectious disease, focusing on Ebola.  The statement outlines its work with the CDC, the aviation industry, and other Federal government partners to prevent the spread of the disease through air transportation and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. 
NTSB Study Highlights Importance of Knowing Medication Impact   
The NTSB recently adopted a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots involved in aircraft accidents. The study found an upward trend in the use of potentially impairing medications and illicit drugs. Although the study did not conclude the use of the medications or illicit drugs were causal to the accidents reviewed, it should serve as a reminder to pilots and others in the aviation environment to consider the possible impact a prescription or over-the-counter medication could have on their performance. For example, the most common impairing drug seen in the study was a sedating antihistamine (diphenhydramine) found in many cold and allergy medications.  As a result, the NTSB issued a related safety alert urging pilots to consult medical professionals to learn about the potentially impairing impact of any drug prior to flying while under the influence of that medication. The complete report will be available in several weeks. An abstract is available here