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April 16, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 16

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null Byer’s Blog – It’s Time To Put The IRS In Its Place!

NATA Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer is urging all members to contact their congressional officials to put a stop to the IRS’ efforts to impose commercial taxes on fees charged for aircraft management services and repeal the burdensome fuel fraud tax.

To read Byer’s blog in its entirety, please click here.

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nullIdaho Governor Urges President Obama To Defend General Aviation

On April 12, 2012, the Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter on behalf of Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter requesting President Obama to recognize the importance of general aviation to local communities and economies in Idaho and across the country.

The governor pointed out that the industry is facing onerous “user fee” taxes that could be detrimental to the industry and would negatively impact the economy. In March, he signed into Idaho law a bill that exempts aircraft parts, supplies and maintenance from the state’s sales and use taxes.

Governor Otter joins a list of state and local officials who have asked the Obama administration to recognize the vital importance of general aviation. This year alone, a letter from 100 mayors in 48 states was sent to the President deprecating attacks on general aviation, and 37 states have issued proclamations highlighting the positive impacts general aviation has in their states.

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nullACSF Receives FAA Approval For ASAP Demonstration Program

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has received approval from the FAA as an aviation safety action program (ASAP) manager and to conduct a demonstration program for on-demand charter operators. The program will begin with two charter operators under the jurisdiction of the FAA Minneapolis Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and will eventually expand to other charter operators in the FAA Great Lakes Region that are interested in participating in the ACSF ASAP program.

“We are extremely pleased that the FAA is allowing the ACSF to offer this invaluable safety tool to charter operators,” said ACSF Chairman Jim Christiansen. “Companies using ASAP have benefited greatly by learning about and resolving safety issues before an unfortunate safety event occurs.”

An ASAP is a reporting program that allows employees of participating air carriers and repair station certificate holders to identify and report safety issues to management and to the FAA for resolution, without fear that the FAA will use reports accepted under the program to take legal enforcement action against them, or that companies will use such information to take disciplinary action.

“The ACSF appreciates the support and hard work of the FAA Great Lakes Region and Minneapolis FSDO staff that made this program a reality,” noted Christiansen. “We believe this effort will raise the safety bar in the on-demand charter industry.”

The objective of the ACSF ASAP program is to expand to other FAA regions, and to encourage charter operators that lack the resources to establish their own ASAP program to participate and benefit from this valuable safety tool.

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nullSpecial Offer On NATA’s Newest Publications
FBO Managers Resource Kit Offers All Three Titles At One Low Price

NATA recently released new editions of its Negotiating Aviation Agreements guidebookand Community Relations Toolkit, and in late 2011 released an update of its Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations guidebook. Each publication not only contains essential guidance on important business issues, but also provides templates, samples and other practical resources to put to work in your operation now.

NATA is offering the three books separately or together as an FBO Managers Resource Kit. The FBO Managers Resource Kit offers the best discount price for these publications, but you may still purchase them individually. The FBO Managers Resource Kit price is $600 for members and $880 for non-members.

Negotiating Aviation Agreements – Member $399, Non-member $599
The Negotiating Aviation Agreements guidebook is for FBOs and specialized aviation service operations doing business at general aviation airports. It is intended to identify and discuss certain legal, business and insurance issues that arise in negotiating agreements to provide aeronautical services at airports.

Community Relations Toolkit – Member $149, Non-member $249 
The Community Relations Toolkit is a handbook for expanding community outreach efforts to airport neighbors and key stakeholders. It is through an effective community relations plan that an aviation business owner or airport manager can detect, in the early stages, concerns or issues within the local public that need to be addressed.

Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations – Member $195, Non-member $250
The Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations is a comprehensive review of the complex standards and requirements for the handling of aviation fuel.

You may visit the NATA Store to purchase NATA publications. If you have questions, please contact Jess Hammett at (800) 808-6282.

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nullDon’t Miss Upcoming April Webinars

NATA Safety 1st PLST Online Tips
The NATA Safety 1st team will review the learning management system and available reports as well as introduce a new report available to trainers. Frequently asked questions from the trainers and students of the PLST program will be discussed and questions from participants on the webinar will be answered.

Speakers: Amy B. Koranda, Director, Safety and Training
Elizabeth Nicholson, Safety 1st Programs Manager
Louis Soares, Safety 1st Assistant Manager
Date/Time: April 19, 2012, at noon EST

Click here to register. Registration for this webinar is FREE and includes a copy of presentation materials and link to a recording of the webinar.

Dealing with Hazardous Materials
Everything we do in aviation involves the use of hazardous materials. This webinar will discuss the obligations imposed by OSHA, EPA, FAA, Customs, and state and local governments on the purchase, storage, use and disposal of hazardous substances.

Speaker: Lindsay McGuire, Esq., McBreen & Kopko
Date/Time: April 26, 2012, at noon EST

Click here to register. Registration for this webinar is $49.95 per location and includes a copy of presentation materials and link to a recording of the webinar.

NATA's E-learn Webinar Program
NATA's E-learn program is designed to enhance your education from the convenience of your site. E-learn includes several webinars specially priced at $49.95 as well as free policy and event preview webinars. The registration rate for the scheduled webinars includes participation for one computer/connection in the live webinar, a copy of the presentations and any additional materials. These 60-minute webinars complement NATA's networking Summit, Conference and seminars by bringing experts on the hottest topics to you throughout the year. To view a full listing of NATA's upcoming webinars, click here.

Archived Webinars:
Archived webinar recordings along with a pdf of the presentation slides may be purchased here.

Webinar Cancellation Policy:
Webinar registration fees are non-refundable. All registrants will be given the link to the recorded webinar upon the conclusion of the live webinar along with any other resources.

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nullNATA President And CEO To Hold Town Hall Meetings In New York And Florida

NATA, along with ExcelAire and Jet Aviation, will hold Town Hall meetings on Wednesday, May 2, at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), and Friday, May 11, at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The meetings will feature NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne, who will discuss critical issues in Washington and across the country that face America’s aviation businesses and airports.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ExcelAire, Inc.
Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)
2221 Smithtown Road
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
*lunch will be provided*

Friday, May 11, 2012 (time TBD)
Jet Aviation
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
1515 Perimeter Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

“Town Hall meetings present a great opportunity to interact with aviation businesses in your area and to discuss issues and concerns,” stated Coyne. “It is important to know how what is going on in Washington could affect your business and learn what NATA is doing to help.”

For more information and to RSVP to either event, contact Rebecca Mulholland at (703) 647-6407 or

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nullLine Service Supervisor Training Seminar –Energize Your Line Team May 15-16 – Windsor Locks, CT

Energetic, awesome, interesting, engaging, enjoyable, useful, realistic, and applicable are just some of the adjectives used on NATA’s seminar evaluations to describe the Line Service Supervisor Training. Attendees particularly enjoy our variety of speakers including Walter Chartrand, Dr. Todd Dewett, Mike France, Reed Fuller, Leonard Kirsch and Christine Hill.

What are you waiting for? Come build career knowledge, confidence and success with NATA's Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST) Seminar in Windsor Locks. The LSST contains the most comprehensive technical line service and supervisory skills training in one place, at one time. This course satisfies 14 CFR Part 139 Section 321 for fire safety training certification – an FAA requirement of line service supervisors to be completed every 24 calendar months.

Click here for more details and to register for NATA’s Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar in Windsor Locks, CT.

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nullAir Charter Summit Provides Important Regulatory Review
FAA Panel to Address Rules and Regulations on the Horizon

Register today for the 2012 NATA Air Charter Summit. The 2012 Air Charter Summit will be held June 11-13, at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly/Dulles, Virginia. The summit provides an important opportunity to learn about the Part 135 regulatory landscape straight from industry experts and government officials.

With a plethora of new rules and regulations on the horizon, one of the most important sessions at the summit will be a full FAA regulatory review panel. FAA representatives responsible for Part 135 oversight will provide attendees updates on current regulatory initiatives and details on the status of the industry and upcoming actions the FAA has planned for Part 135 operations. With new rules expected that deal with how you operate positioning, repositioning, or deadhead flights, it is important to hear from the FAA on these initiatives and get their estimates on timing so you can be prepared and involved in the crafting of those rules.

Other timely Air Charter Summit topics include:

  • Adapting to New FAA Guidance for New Hire Pilot Training
  • IRS Efforts to Expand Taxes to Charter Management Agreement Fees
  • New Training Offerings from NATA 

The Air Charter Summit is also a great opportunity to network with other charter companies around the country - meet new friends and connect with those you already know. To highlight our partnership with the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a charitable organization that gives free transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical treatment or other needs, NATA is collaborating with the VAC to shake up our usual formal dinner. A fun social dinner is planned for Monday night featuring a raffle to benefit the VAC, with prizes including an iPad.

An optional tour of the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be available. Featured aviation artifacts on the tour include the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the deHavilland Chipmunk aerobatic airplane. The tour also features an overlook view at the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where restoration is now underway on a Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver and where the museum is beginning restoration on a number of NASA artifacts destined for the Udvar-Hazy Center's James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, which currently features the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Gemini VII space capsule, the Mobile Quarantine Unit used upon the return of the Apollo 11 crew, and a Redstone rocket.  

To contact NATA, please call 800-808-6282 or email Diane Gleason at

To make your reservations at the Westfields Marriott, call 703-818-0300.

For more information, or to register, click here.

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nullNATA Names Greenberg Business Management Committee Chair

Last week, NATA announced that Brett A. Greenberg has been named chairman of the NATA Business Management Committee. As chairman, Greenberg will coordinate with NATA staff and the association's membership in developing a strategic direction for the Business Management Committee. The committee was formed to develop programs and services that achieve both the committee's purpose and provide on-going oversight of NATA member-service programs.

In his current position, Greenberg's duties fall within the scope of general oversight of Galaxy Aviation's chain of FBOs. Greenberg has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University and Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University and is a private instrument, multi-engine commercial pilot.

"We are very pleased to have Brett as chairman for the NATA Business Management Committee," said NATA Director of Membership and Business Development Daniel Gurley. "His vast experience in FBOs and the general aviation industry will bring a unique perspective for leading this committee."

More information on the NATA Business Management Committee is available by clicking here.

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nullNATA Names Moylan Environmental Committee Chair

Last week, NATA announced that it had named Patrick Moylan as the chairman of the association’s Environmental Committee. Moylan is the director of health, safety, environment and security for Signature Flight Support and has been an active participant on the Environmental Committee for the past two years.

“We are very pleased to have Patrick as chairman for the NATA Environmental Committee” said NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France. “His experience in practical environmental issues affecting aviation businesses makes him a perfect fit for leading this committee.”

Click here to read the NATA Press Release.

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nullCheck Out NATA’s Money Saving Membership Benefits!

NATA is best known for its advocacy role in Washington, D.C., and throughout the nation — fighting hard to ensure that aviation businesses receive equitable treatment in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Locally, NATA actively supports a growing airport network so aviation businesses can continue to prosper.

But are you also aware of the many money-saving discounts that NATA members can utilize? NATA has negotiated discount programs for many services and products that your business uses. ARAMARK provides up to a 20% discount on customized uniform and rug solutions and HD Supply offers up to a 14% discount on its catalog prices. NATA also has rental car discounts with national providers, Avis and Hertz. 

NATA Compliance Services offers a 10% discount to members on their already competitive rates and USAIG provides industry-leading Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage that gives a good experience return based on unused premiums. 

Make sure you are getting the most out of your membership by seeing which of the many money-saving discounts will work for your company. For more information, please click here to visit the NATA Web site.

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