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.
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.
The FAA has published information
addressing cold temperature altitude corrections on instrument approach procedures via the Notice to Airmen Publication. The information contained in “Updated Cold Temperature Restricted Airport Guidance (GEN14001)” addresses long-standing safety concerns over cold weather altimetry errors and how pilots should make proper altitude corrections by making available a list of 14 CFR Part 97 “Cold Temperature Restricted Airports” to the aviation industry. The agency is in hopes the published notice will provide more consistency throughout the industry on how to perform the corrections.
Last week the FAA responded to industry input on the OSA issue by releasing a Fact Sheet – Sleep Apnea in Aviation
. The FAA Office of Aerospace will implement new guidance for Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) in the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners on March 2, 2015 that will not disqualify a pilot on BMI alone or require an OSA evaluation. As stated in the Fact Sheet, “The FAA is not changing its medical standards related to OSA. The agency is revising the screening approach to help AMEs find undiagnosed and untreated OSA.” NATA, along with other industry stakeholders and members of Congress, had expressed concerns to the FAA over proposed guidance on OSA. The proposed guidance would have required treatment for pilots with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more and in turn would have grounded those pilots until further treatment had been completed.
The Obama Administration released its FY2016 budget proposal. The Administration is proposing to fund the FAA at a level of $15.8 billion. The proposal also includes the repeal of depreciation rules designed to encourage the purchase of general aviation aircraft. "NATA is pleased that the Administration recognizes the important mission of the FAA by proposing significant increases for FAA operations, system modernization and research; however it will be a heavy lift for the aviation industry. Among other things, the President’s overall discretionary budget proposal, including the FAA, is well above the caps required by law and these increases will face a very skeptical Congress, said NATA President Tom Hendricks. "We also appreciate the Administration removing a proposal from previous budgets to impose user fees on general aviation activity. However, we will continue to vigorously oppose revising the tax treatment for the purchase of business aircraft. It adversely impacts aviation businesses that are known for creating highly-skilled, good paying jobs at a time when we must continue to build economic momentum. NATA and its members will continue to work with our aviation industry colleagues and congressional leaders to ensure it is not enacted into law."
NATA, in partnership with A3P Technologies, have launched the Safety 1st
Digital Emergency Response System®. The System is a cutting-edge digital tool that allows aviation businesses to prepare for, and respond to, emergency situations with an unparalleled level of effectiveness. Utilizing a business' existing or custom developed emergency response plan, but unlike a paper manual, it places contact lists, emergency checklists and enhanced communications tools in the hands of decision makers when they need them most through their smartphones, tablets and PCs. It also provides automated text, email and voice notifications to key staff in the event of an emergency situation and acts as the digital command center for coordinating response. Additional information is available at www.nata.aero/safety1st
or contact NATA Safety 1st
or 202-774-1535 for more information or to schedule an online demo.
NATA and 13 other GA associations wrote to the FAA requesting the agency's technical standards office assign its highest priority to working with the GA community to ensure the certification of affordable ADS-B solutions in advance of the 2020 equipage requirement. "Affordable equipage is an important matter to aviation businesses whether their business model relies on utilizing GA aircraft or providing services to the GA community in areas where ADS-B transponders will be required," said NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks. "To its credit the FAA, through its Equip 2020 initiative, recognizes this challenge and we appreciate their thoughtful approach to addressing this issue. However, with the equipage deadline rapidly approaching, we want to ensure the agency’s technical standards office makes addressing this challenge its top priority.”
The FAA released an Advisory Circular (AC 120-92B) which provides information for 14 CFR Part 121 air carriers who are required to implement SMS and aviation service providers who are looking to voluntarily develop an SMS based on requirements in 14 CFR part 5.