NATA is combining the best of the Air Charter Summit with the best of the Aviation Business & Legislative Conference into one industry-wide event – the NATA 2015 Aviation Business Conference. NATA’s new conference provides important advice, access and information to give your aviation business a competitive edge and to provide insights into what is happening in Washington that could impact your bottom line. A highlight of this all-inclusive event is NATA’s Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill, a “can’t miss” opportunity to connect with Members of Congress and to communicate the vital importance of aviation businesses to the Nation’s economy. One event also means more opportunities to catch up with your business associates. Register now by clicking here.
Congress is now in full swing and is considering policy issues impacting aviation businesses. NATA has updated its whitepaper, "Major Policy Issues," to include the FAA reauthorization and tax issues.
NATA's new address is 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Please note NATA's new address and plan to visit when you are in the area.
NATA 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.
NATA Aviation Solutions
is the consulting arm of the association, providing individualized operational and regulatory consulting services.
NATA Aviation Solutions utilizes a stable of well-known, professional subject matter experts to address local, tactical and strategic issues specifically related to individual businesses.
Among the issues with which NATA Aviation Solutions can assist:
• Certificate consolidations and approvals
• Operational approvals
• MRO issues
• Safety optimization
• Local FAA office assistance
• Tax regulatory and policy issues before the IRS, Department of Treasury and Congress
• Preparation of aviation-related manuals specific to your business
Contact Megan Eisenstein at (800) 808-6282 or email@example.com
to discuss your specific issue, needs and goals.
Today, NATA was notified by the FAA Office of the Chief Counsel that a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) is not required in aircraft operated in accordance with § 135.105 by a single pilot with an approved autopilot. The Chief Counsel was responding to an inquiry from NATA and others challenging an interpretation issued in October 2014 that stated a CVR was required in those single pilot aircraft which caused significant confusion and problems for many air charter operators.
NATA was instrumental in preventing the grounding of airplanes nationwide by conducting numerous meetings with FAA officials. NATA’s efforts resulted in an agreement to address the October interpretation and to allow impacted operators to continue operations without a CVR until this revision was published.
The new interpretation, issued April 10, 2015, revises the 2014 interpretation and ensures airplanes that are single-pilot certified and operated with an eligible autopilot under §135.105 are not required to install a CVR.
NATA appreciates the FAA’s willingness to engage with industry on this issue and is pleased the agency revised its prior position.
NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks provided Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) with views
on how to best stimulate aviation business investment. Hendricks urged the Committee to “be bold and develop legislation that includes the full and immediate expensing of capital investments.” NATA’s remarks come in response to Senators Hatch and Wyden’s recently launched bipartisan effort to solicit ideas from interested stakeholders on how best to overhaul the nation’s tax code.
NATA is working with members and other industry stakeholders to respond to an FAA proposal to impose restrictive slot limits on unscheduled operations at JFK and EWR airports. NATA believes the information provided by the agency is insufficient justification for its proposal and strongly encourages members to review the proposed rule and submit comments by May 8th in opposition to the proposed limits on unscheduled operations. Contact Jacque Rosser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Read more.
The first quarter Aviation Business Journal is available in digital format. In this issue: member profile on McCreery Aviation and articles on redefining safety, an FBO compliance check, valuable resources to demonstrate GA’s value, an SMS update and more. The printed ABJ should arrive in your mailbox soon. As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants.