|Topics in this Volume
|Read Byer’s Latest Blog Post|
This week’s resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt comes at a time when leadership continuity is absolutely critical. With the 2012 election year now upon us, when substance takes the backburner to all things fluff and nonsense oriented, our industry can ill-afford a vacancy in the most important aviation leadership position within our government. Click here to read Byer’s blog “Babbit’s Departure Compounds Uncertainty” in its entirety.
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|Membership Dues Reminder|
NATA’s membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. To remain a member in good standing, dues need to be paid by January 31, 2012.
Members that pay their invoices prior to December 31 may pay the 2011 rate. The new dues schedule goes into effect on January 1, 2012.
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|Join NATA’s Presidents Council Today|
NATA’s Presidents Council provides executives of member companies with the opportunities, knowledge and connections to excel as leaders, while developing a closer affiliation with their peers and NATA’s leadership.
The NATA Presidents Council promotes significant professional growth. As a Council member, you will receive executive governmental updates and exclusive opportunities to develop key relationships with industry leaders. The opportunities to connect with Council members and high-ranking officials benefit your personal business portfolio and advance the success of your operation.
For more information and to join, click here.
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|Call For Nominations - 2011 NATA Industry Excellence Awards|
NATA announces a call for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community.
Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of five of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations.
These awards cover five categories:
The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.
The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the general aviation industry.
The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training.
The FAA Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes an FAA facility or facility staff member who represents the highest degree of customer service and elevates the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools.
The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years.
Last year's winners were:
- Airport Executive Partnership Award - John Bales, director of Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri
- Aviation Journalism Award - Jeff Burger, Convention News Co.
- Excellence In Pilot Training Award - William M. Hays, president and CEO, ATD Flight Systems LLC
- FAA Customer Service Excellence Award - Columbus Flight Standards District Office
- ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award - Eddie Stephen Taylor, Epps Aviation
All nominations for these five awards must be received by NATA no later than January 31, 2012. The nomination form is available by clicking here. Members may also obtain a nomination form by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282 or by e-mailing Celeste Clark.
The awards will be presented during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner on March 28, 2012, just preceding the NATA 2012 FBO Leadership Conference, 2012 NATA Day on the Hill, and Spring Committee Meetings to be held in the Washington, DC area on March 29-30.
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|NATA AMT Employer Award Program Applications Now Being Accepted|
As announced in an NATA Press Release last week, the association is now accepting applications for the 2012 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Award Program. This program, which is now in its second year, is designed to recognize companies that focus on providing high quality, frequent training to their AMT employees. In 2010, the AMT Employer Award was provided to 28 companies. The award is divided into three levels; one, three and five star award, based upon the percentage of employed AMT completing the minimum qualifying training events.
If your company employs AMTs, NATA invites you to participate in this no-cost awards program as a way to show your customers and the industry that you care about your maintenance technicians and the work they do. Program applications will be accepted through the end of January 2012.
Click Here To Download The Program Informational Packet.
Click Here To Download The Program Application.
For more information, please email Michael France at email@example.com.
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Don't Miss NATA's Annual Christmas Party
Reminder – NATA’s Annual Christmas Party will be held December 15. If you have not done so already, please RSVP to Rebecca Mulholland at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you.