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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.

   EASA Third Country Operator Authorization Application Deadline Rapidly Approaching
The application deadline for the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization requirement is rapidly approaching. Commercial air transport (CAT) operators not based in the European Union (EU), including U.S. Part 135 operators, must complete the application process by Nov. 26.

Any CAT operator intending to fly to, from, or within the following locations must apply for the TCO authorization:
  • the 28 Member States of the European Union
  • the 4 EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
  • the following territories in which Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 , the so called “Basic Regulation” applies: Gibraltar, Åland Islands, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte

Note: United Kingdom overseas territories are generally not EU members and therefore are not subject to the TCO requirement, with the exception of Gibraltar, which is an EU member. TCO authorization is required to fly to, from, and within Gibraltar.

NATA encourages affected charter operators to apply for the TCO authorization as soon as possible, if they have not yet initiated the process.

Operators will likely not receive TCO authorization from EASA even if they apply prior to the deadline as EASA expects full implementation to take about 24 months. Operators who have properly submitted an application prior to the deadline will be permitted to continue operations to the EU during the 24-month transition period while awaiting issuance of their TCO authorization. Operators must continue to follow national procedures of EU Member States with respect to obtaining operating permits for flights to the EU until they receive formal authorization from EASA. Operators that fail to apply prior to the deadline might NOT be permitted to conduct EU operations until they apply for their TCO authorization.

Read EASA’s FAQs and answers here.

Apply for the TCO authorization here.


NATA Asks Congress and Senate to Act on Tax Provisions
Today, NATA joined a massive coalition of 527 major associations asking lawmakers to act on tax extenders, including bonus depreciation, during the lame duck session. These tax provisions are important to U.S. jobs and help provide economic growth. “Failure to extend these provisions is a tax increase. It will inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken conditions in the employment marketplace.”  Read Senate letter and House letter
NATA Asks Members to Help Educate Congress About the Tax Status of Management Services
NATA is seeking the assistance of its member companies that offer aircraft management services.  The association is educating Congress about the tax status of management services in order to secure cosponsors for bipartisan House and Senate legislation that clarifies the issue. NATA members are not seeking to avoid taxation, rather that aviation taxes are applied appropriately.  The legislation makes clear that the amounts paid by aircraft owners for management services should not be taxed at the commercial federal excise tax rate of 7.5%.
Writing your elected officials requesting cosponsorship of this important legislation will assist the legislation’s authors, Representative Pat Tiberi and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, in building support for this important legislation. Read more.  
FAA Issues Correction Requested by NATA for Final Rule Regarding Repair Stations

NATA learned that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will act to correct the final rule for Title 14 CFR 145 Repair Stations issued on August 14, 2014. After publication, and based on information in the petition for rulemaking that NATA supported, the FAA realized that the word “serious” should remain in section 145.221 addressing the reporting of service difficulties. Since the final rule’s changes do not become effective until November 10, 2014, this correction will ensure that the word remains in the regulation.

NATA joined other industry groups to petition the FAA to make a correction to the final repair station rule. NATA requested reinsertion of the word, arguing otherwise repair stations would be required to report any defect regardless of criticality.

“NATA is pleased that the FAA recognized the issues with omitting the word “serious” in the final rule and applauds the agency for working with us to adopt this common sense solution,” stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. 


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.