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NATA is the National Air Transportation Association 

Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.



Upcoming Events

Environmental Compliance Seminar - January 20

Line Service Supervisor Training - January 20/21

NATA Safety 1st Trainer - January 22


Professional Line Service Training 

PLST Online provides the most up-to-date training available for line service specialists – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Line service supervisors can conduct the new PLST Online training anytime and from anywhere there is access to the Web.   

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139 Fire Safety Training Online


This training not only meets and exceeds the requirements of 14 CFR 139.321 but also allows you to interact with other students in a group learning environment, receive the very latest NFPA news, watch live training presentations and much more.

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Pre-Employment Screening Exam


NATA is offering the first pre-employment screening exam specifically for line service technicians and FBO customer service specialists.

With predecessor exams already in use at more than 900 companies worldwide, NATA has adapted the most cost effective and revealing pre-employment testing and post employment testing available for FBO use.

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Association Releases New LASP Comment Tool For Members
First Public Meeting Starts Tomorrow
Last month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officially unveiled its public meeting schedule for the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). The meetings announcement comes after the TSA formally extended the comment period on the proposed rule during the NATA's Aviation Business Roundtable this past November. The new deadline for industry to submit comments is February 27, 2009.

The notice states that there will be five meetings, all in the month of January, that will take place at major metropolitan areas. The specific dates, times and locations for these meetings follow:

  • January 6, 2009 - Westchester County Airport (HPN), Building 1 Airport Road, White Plains, NY 10604
  • January 8, 2009 - Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta Airport, One Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354
  • January 16, 2009 - Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • January 23, 2009 - Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
  • January 28, 2009 - Conference Center, Hilton Houston Hotel--North Greenspoint, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, TX

All meetings will start at 9:00 a.m. local time with registration commencing at 8:00 a.m.

These meetings will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so members are encouraged to arrive at 8:00 a.m. or earlier to ensure that their voices can be heard.

To prepare members for these public meetings as well as for comment submittals, the association has provided a comprehensive "NATA LASP Comment & Meeting Tool" that is available for review and download.

NATA strongly encourages members to play an active role in these meetings by appearing and providing a short statement based upon the input provided in this new tool. If members are unable to appear at these meetings, the association encourages members to use this new tool to draft and submit comments to the TSA on the LASP proposed rule. Comments are due by February 27, 2009.

Click here to view NATA's Large Aircraft Security Program Issue Web Page, complete with the association's initial analysis and press release, along with a copy of the proposed rule and many other supporting documents.

For additional information, please contact Eric Byer.

Byer Appointed As GA Representative To Key DHS Aviation Security Advisory Committee By Secretary Chertoff
In a letter dated December 23, 2008, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff appointed NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer, as a member of the department's Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). Byer will serve as a member "representing the viewpoint of Aircraft Tenants and General Aviation."

The ASAC's mission is to examine areas of civil aviation security as tasked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration with the aim of developing recommendations for the improvement of civil aviation security methods, equipment and procedures.

For more information on the ASAC, please click here.

Coyne Pushes Aviation Infrastructure In Letter To Congress; USA Today Article Highlights Coyne's Push
Members Encouraged To Utilize Action Call
NATA President James K. Coyne will send a letter this week to all 535 Members of Congress requesting support for aviation infrastructure funding in the next economic stimulus package. The letter continues the association's push to ensure that aviation infrastructure funding be included in the economic stimulus bill being considered by President-elect Obama and Congress.

In a letter sent last month to Congressional leaders, Coyne stated, "The delay of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 has halted critical infrastructure projects which are essential to our airports' ability to generate economic benefits and essential to safety and security at our nation's airports." According to the FAA, $600 million in aviation infrastructure projects within the Airport Improvement Program alone would permit essential ready-to-go projects such as taxiway rehabilitation and widening, apron construction and rehabilitation, airport rescue and firefighting equipment and facilities, and public access roads to proceed without further delay.

The impact of inadequate infrastructure could prove more costly than investment in infrastructure. A significant increase in air traffic congestion is one factor felt by most of the traveling public. In 2007, 1.8 million flights were delayed, the highest number reported by the Department of Transportation. If infrastructure improvements aren't made by 2014, flight delays will increase by 62% and cost approximately $170 billion.

NATA's efforts on aviation infrastructure were recently picked up USA Today. To view this article, please click here.

The association strongly encourages its members to contact their Members of Congress in support of aviation infrastructure funding. To learn how, click here to view the Action Call.

Airspace Restrictions Announced For Inauguration
The FAA has published a NOTAM and Flight Advisory detailing the flight restrictions planned for Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

The Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) surrounding Washington, DC will be modified to impose additional restrictions beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time through 6:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

The restrictions are detailed in FAA NOTAM 8/4901 and further explained in a Flight Advisory.

General aviation operations will be significantly impacted by these restrictions. All operators planning to be in the vicinity of Washington, DC on Inauguration Day should carefully review the NOTAM and advisory and ensure compliance with all requirements.

NATA Delivers Opportunities To Help You Keep Your 2009 Education And Training Resolutions
Start Off The Year With One Of Three January Sessions In Houston, TX
Environmental Compliance Seminar, January 20
The NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities is the only event that focuses solely on environmental compliance issues confronting FBOs and general aviation airports. With pressure mounting from the media, the federal government and the public at large, this seminar is designed to ensure that FBOs and general aviation airports are complying with environmental mandates that affect their daily operations.

Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar, January 20-21
This seminar, specifically designed for Line Service Supervisors, provides the training you need to become more proficient in planning, supervising staff, motivating others, communicating and coaching a team. The program includes guided group debates, role playing, interactive games and various case studies designed to take you to a new level of leadership. You will also take part in self-assessments to explore your strengths and weaknesses and their effect on your management style.

NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar, January 22
NATA's newly updated Safety 1st Trainer Seminar delivers the in-depth instruction necessary to make you a more effective line service supervisor and instructor.

In this seminar, now in a new one-day format, you will learn how to engage an audience, increase student memory retention, effectively present curriculum, and identify verbal and nonverbal cues, as well as many other valuable training skills. NATA's Safety 1st Trainer also includes instruction on the industry's benchmark program for initial and recurrent training of line service specialists - known as PLST or Professional Line Service Training. This new seminar was designed specifically to enhance PLST program training via cutting-edge teaching techniques.

February Training In Durham, NC
NATA will offer its Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar on February 17-18 in Durham, NC. Please make note of the new dates.

NATA's Education Week At Aviation Industry Expo, Las Vegas, March 9-11
NATA is partnering with the Aviation Industry Expo (AIE) to bring you an information-packed week of workshops, training seminars, product and service displays, networking opportunities and motivational events designed specifically to improve the performance and profitability of your aviation business and decrease expenses.

The association will host a variety of seminars and workshops to provide each attendee multiple learning opportunities during NATA's Education Week. These educational offerings will be lead by nationally known industry experts, who will share the latest intelligence tactics and strategies to boost employee performance, ensure safety, increase customer service satisfaction and, ultimately, improve your company's bottom line.

The Aviation Industry Expo, the only trade show focused on ground support, FBO/aviation services and aircraft maintenance, will bring together over 400 exhibitors to display the most relevant products and services for your business needs. Take time between seminars to access the latest technology products and services, experience hands-on equipment demonstrations and attend networking opportunities on the AIE show floor.

Stephen Hopson will deliver an inspirational keynote address on overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of success. Hear how he persevered to become the first instrument-rated deaf pilot and then went on to encourage others to realize their dreams and achieve success despite overwhelming odds.

Click here to view a clip of Stephen Hopson.

NATA's Education Week Opportunities:

Visit the events calendar at for schedule and registration information.

NATA Weekly Survey
NATA recently launched a new weekly survey as part of an effort to obtain more information from our members in order to serve their daily needs better. These surveys will range from specific policy topics to programs and products and services that the association provides or should provide. The association strongly encourages members to take a few moments to review and complete this online survey in each week's edition of NATA News.

Week #6:
Do you plan to testify at one of the five public meetings on the Large Aircraft Security Program proposed rule and/or submit comments?


Participate in survey.

Aviation's Effect On The Environment - Did You Know?
NATA's quick facts on the aviation industry's effect on the environment are designed to ensure that members take every step necessary to minimize the effect aviation has on the environment while recognizing all those good initiatives the industry has taken to reduce global warming.

Fact #40:
The State of Arkansas could soon incorporate a new set of climate initiatives pushed by an out-of-state advisory group that would be ill-advised and costly, according to a recent column in the Arkansas News.

Click here to read the entire article.

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