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May 7, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 19

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nullNATA Comments On FAA 1500 Hour NPRM

NATA submitted its comments to the FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require all airline pilots to have received an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. The rule means prospective airline pilots would have to accumulate 1500 hours total flight time before getting a job with an airline as well as complete a newly proposed ATP training program, including training in a flight simulator.

“The regulations established by this NPRM will guide the next generation of airline pilots and have an effect on the entire aviation industry, from small Part 61 flight schools to the largest airline,” NATA noted in its comments. The association pointed out that, as written, the proposed rule would shift a significant amount of the training burden and cost from the airlines to the individual pilot.

Click here to read NATA’s comments on the 1500 hour NPRM.

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nullByer’s Blog – Fuel Fraud: To Repeal Or Not To Repeal

This week, NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer provides members with an update on the fuel fraud tax and why it is important that members continue to demonstrate their grassroots prowess as the highway bill ramps up into high gear on Capitol Hill.

To read Byer’s blog, click here.

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nullSign Petition Encouraging White House Explanation For $100 User Fee Push

The General Aviation Airport Coalition has launched a petition requesting that the Obama administration explain in detail its persistent push for a $100 per-flight user fee for users of air traffic services. It also seeks to determine the process by which, if enacted, the fees would be collected.

Earlier this year, the general aviation community gathered almost 9,000 signatures on a similar petition to the administration titled “Take Aviation User Fees Off the Table.” Also, nearly 200 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 30 members of the U.S. Senate have signed bipartisan letters in opposition to the proposal. Throughout all of the efforts, the administration continues to defend its position on the need for the fee, stating that everyone needs to pay their fair share in today’s challenging budget environment.

To view and sign the petition urging the Obama administration to explain how the proposed fee is fair, visit the “We the People” petition site. If the appeal receives 25,000 signatures by May 16, 2012, the White House states that it would review it and issue an official response accordingly.

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nullMaine Governor Paul LePage Declares April 2012 General Aviation Appreciation Month

NATA, along with other national aviation organizations, welcomed the news that Maine Governor Paul LePage had signed a proclamation declaring April 2012 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Governor LePage joins 38 other governors who have recognized the importance of general aviation and its impact on their state’s economy. The 68 general aviation airports in Maine produce $521 million annually in economic output and support 1.2 million jobs, according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America. 

NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne praised the governor in a recent press release issued by the Alliance. “We welcome Governor LePage’s proclamation, which is an important recognition of the tremendous value of general aviation in communities across Maine,” he stated.

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nullACSF And SMS Seminar Draws Record Attendance

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) in partnership with last week held a one-day informational seminar on Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Southbury, Connecticut.

The seminar focused on the basics of SMS, current and future regulatory requirements, and tips on how to develop and implement a company-wide SMS.

The 68 attendees, who traveled from as far away as the Dominican Republic and California, included the staff of flight departments, on-demand air charter operators, fractional aircraft management companies, and FBOs.

“We are extremely pleased with the overwhelming interest in learning more about SMS and its implementation,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “The response and comments from the attendees clearly indicated a desire to know how SMS can benefit their companies.”

“The attendees were very interested in tools to support their SMS,” said President Ken Wilson. “We plan on holding more of these seminars to assist the aviation community.”

Another seminar is already planned for July. The location and details, when available, will be listed on the events section of the ACSF Web site and at .

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nullCoyne To Focus On Issues Facing Aviation Businesses At Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

NATA, along with Jet Aviation – PBI, will hold a Town Hall meeting on Friday, May 11, at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The meeting will feature NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne, who will discuss critical topics facing airports and aviation businesses in Florida and around the country.

Friday, May 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Jet Aviation
1515 Perimeter Road
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
*lunch will be provided – hosted by Jet Aviation*

“Town Hall meetings are a great way to interact with aviation businesses in your area and to discuss issues and concerns. In addition, it is important to know how what is going on in Washington could affect your business and learn what NATA is doing to help,” states Coyne.”

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

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nullLSST Seminar Starts Next Week
There Is Still Time To Register

If you haven’t yet signed up to attend NATA’s popular Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST) seminar in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, it is not too late. Click here to register online. Onsite registrations will be also accepted.  

The seminar will take place at the:
New England Air Museum - Windsor Locks
Bradley International Airport
36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Don’t miss out on this educational and team building experience. Additional seminar details may be found online.

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nullAir Charter Summit Discount Room Rate Ends May 11

NATA’s Air Charter Summit brings the air charter community together for a series of sessions on working within the Part 135 regulatory landscape and other pressing business issues as well as providing unique networking and educational opportunities. This year’s summit will take place June 11-13 at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. Be sure to make your room reservations by this Friday, May 11, to take advantage of NATA’s discounted room rate.

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Tel: (703) 818-0300
Discounted Room Rate: $199 plus tax

Cutoff date to receive the NATA discounted room rate is Friday, May 11, 2012. Please contact the hotel directly to secure your reservation or click on the link below for online reservations.

Click here to make online housing reservations.

If you have questions regarding housing, registration or sponsorships, please contact Diane Gleason, director of meetings and conferences, at (703) 575-2050 / (800) 808-6282 or  

Click here for NATA Air Charter Summit event details and link to register today!

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nullGet the Most Out Of Your Membership With Valuable Savings

NATA is best known for its advocacy role in Washington, D.C., and throughout the nation. The association fights 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 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 off of customized uniform and rug solutions and HD Supply offers up to a 14% discount from its catalog prices. NATA also has rental car discounts with national providers, Avis and Hertz. 

NATA Compliance Services offers a 10% discount to members off their already competitive rates and USAIG provides industry-leading Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage that provides 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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nullSpecial Offer On NATA’s Newest Publications
FBO Managers Resource Kit Offers 20% Discount

NATA recently released new editions of its Negotiating Aviation Agreements guidebook and 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- a 20% discount on published rates.

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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