April 28, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 17
NATA Encourages Participation in Annual FAA GA Survey
The FAA’s annual General Aviation Part 135 Activity Survey for the calendar year 2013 is now underway. Critical data on the general aviation and Part 135 fleets, the number of hours flown and the reasons people fly are collected via this survey. The study results assist the FAA in measuring aviation safety and assessing the effectiveness of regulatory changes as well as determining funding for infrastructure and service needs.
Survey participants are selected by the FAA’s independent contractor and those selected will receive an invitation. Responses can be submitted in writing or online following the directions contained in the invitation. NATA strongly encourages participation in the survey by invitation recipients. The survey is administered by an independent firm, all data will be used for statistical purposes only, and responses will remain confidential.
Maintenance Committee Tackles Conformity Inspection Inconsistency
NATA’s Aircraft Systems and Maintenance Technology Committee formed a working group to address the long-standing issue of a lack of consistency between FAA FSDOs with regard to aircraft conformity inspections when adding an aircraft to a part 135 operating certificate.
It is not uncommon for an aircraft operating on a part 135 certificate in one part of the country to have to undergo significant inspection when that aircraft is moved to a new FAA FSDO. The Committee has gathered conformity checklists used by operators and even some used by the FAA, and is in the process of establishing one clear and consistent check list that will also take into account the rapid changes in technology and new aircraft equipage requirements. The FAA has agreed to support this effort from headquarters and will work with the group to finalize the checklist, ultimately resulting in the FAA posting it as a job aid for inspectors and industry. This should significantly improve the conformity process for all operators. The Committee expects to complete its work this summer and then work with the FAA on final coordination publishing.
Reminder for NATA Regular Members to Participate in Compensation Survey
NATA and Association Research Inc., sent an email invitation to NATA’s regular members asking for participation in NATA’s popular Compensation Survey. It is a unique and valuable reference used year after year by members as well as nonmembers in our industry. The results of the report will only be as good as the quality of the data submitted and the number of companies that respond, so please make every effort to participate. If you have questions or need a link to the survey, please contact Amy Koranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have You Visited the New Safety 1st Blog?
Late last year, NATA Safety 1st launched its first blog, The Safety Net, as a means of communicating the latest safety information to members and the industry at large. Have you taken a moment to visit the blog yet? In the Safety Net you will find great content from the Safety 1st team as well as a number of posts from guest bloggers. Take a moment to check it out at natasafetynet.wordpress.com and don’t forget to register to follow the blog.
Weekly Regulatory Update
NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security each day from the Federal Register. You may view the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.