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NATA: Major Policy Issues

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
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 Aviation Solutions – Individualized Operational and Regulatory Consulting Services
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 meisenstein@nata.aero to discuss your specific issue, needs and goals.
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WSJ Publishes Hendricks' Letter on ATC

Be Careful About Air-Traffic Control
There are no technological “silver bullets” in this business.

May 26, 2015

The article “Can Air-Traffic Control Go Private?” (Business & Tech., May 13) understates the risks associated with such a radical transformation of air-traffic control. We must acknowledge that the Federal Aviation Administration’s air-traffic-control modernization effort, dubbed NextGen, was launched with great fanfare and wildly unrealistic expectations. Despite laboring under that handicap, significant modernization efforts are well under way at the FAA, work that we risk delaying or undermining by addressing reasonable concerns with potentially disruptive solutions.

The U.S. airspace system is second to none in terms of safety, complexity, access and efficiency. Still, no one in the aviation community suggests accepting the status quo. The injection of private-sector practices has and will continue to greatly improve the FAA’s operating structure and performance.

Before we leap too far down the proposed path of some pundits, to remove the air-traffic-control system from its governmental role to a network run by users, let’s demand that our policy makers avoid basing any decisions on unrealistic expectations. There are no technological “silver bullets” in this business. Change to large, complex systems comes on an incremental basis. While modernizing and adapting for future requirements is an absolute must, let’s ensure we aren’t using more than decade-old assumptions and expectations as a pretense for potentially disruptive changes to the world’s best and safest air-traffic control system.
 
Thomas L. Hendricks
President
National Air Transportation Association
Washington
WSJ published May 26, 2015.


NATA Responds to NRC NextGen Review Paper
The National Research Council (NRC) released a review of the FAA’s air traffic control modernization effort and concluded that the original vision for NextGen implementation is not what is being implemented today. In a press release, NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks cautioned against using the NRC paper as a justification for dramatic structural change of the FAA noting that “there is significant work being done at the FAA, work that we risk throwing away by addressing reasonable concerns with potentially disruptive solutions.” Hendricks also stated that “no one in the aviation community suggests accepting the status quo,” but that positive changes “are under way and we need to keep the pressure on for more and faster changes.” Hendricks concluded, “Before we leap too far down the proposed path of some pundits, to remove the air traffic control system from its governmental role to a network run by users, let’s avoid basing any decisions on outdated, unrealistic expectations.”

 

NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project Gearing Up for 2015 Campaign

NATA’s Flag Pins for Veterans Project will begin Memorial Day and run through October 2015. Project participants are asked to display American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a $1.00 donation per pin, or make a direct donation to the project. Last year’s campaign raised more than $30,000 for veterans organizations. So far, Atlantic Aviation, Harbour Air Services - KTVC, Hill Aircraft, Landmark Aviation, Pentastar Aviation, NATA and NATA Aviation Legal Services have once again signed on to support the enduring sacrifices of our Nation’s veterans. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at schambers@nata.aero to participate.