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October 15, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 42

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null O’Keefe & Hersman Added To Roundtable Agenda
Deadline for Housing Reservations is October 19

The Honorable Sean O’Keefe, Chairman of the Board & CEO of EADS North America and The Honorable Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chairman of the Transportation Safety Board have been added to the agenda for the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable on November 12-13, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia.

The Roundtable is a two-day meeting assembling the top business leaders from all segments of this country’s aviation community to meet with key federal and congressional officials. Attendees include chief executives from airline services providers, manufacturers, charter operators, fuel companies, fixed base operators, flight training facilities, and fractional aircraft ownership organizations.

Other speakers include Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael P. Huerta and Transportation Security Administration Administrator John S. Pistole, as well as Olympic Hall of Famer Bruce Jenner.

The program will begin Monday, November 12, at noon and conclude Tuesday, November 13, by 2:00 p.m. Additional agenda details will be provided in the coming weeks. The registration fee for this exclusive leadership event is $2,000.

Events will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. A block of guest rooms has been secured, and attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please contact the hotel directly.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202
General Hotel Telephone: (703) 415-5000
Reservations Telephone: (800) 241-3333

The group room rate is $299, plus tax, per night. Please call the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and refer to the “NATA Roundtable Meeting” by Friday, October 19, to receive the group room rate.

Please contact Diane Gleason, director of meetings and conferences, at or (703) 575-2050, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable or if you have questions.

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nullNATA Flight Training Committee Meets at AOPA Summit

NATA’s Flight Training Committee met in Palm Springs during the AOPA Aviation Summit.  The meeting included new participants from various segments of the aviation industry and guests included a representative from the FAA’s Airmen Certification and Training Branch as well as NATA’s President and CEO Tom Hendricks.  Topics discussed during the meeting focused on regulatory issues affecting the flight training industry such as limitations being imposed on the number of checkrides a designated examiner may conduct and broader topics such as the possible effect on aviation businesses from a future pilot shortage. 

For more information on NATA’s Flight Training Committee, contact Collin Smith at or visit the committee webpage by clicking here.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

Relevant updates from the FAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are compiled each day from the Federal Register. The latest notices, rules and proposed rules can now be found in a single source by clicking here.

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nullWorkers Compensation Insurance Program Fact of the Week

Representatives from Beacon Aviation Insurance Services will be available at the Peabody Hotel at NBAA’s Annual Meeting and Convention to answer questions about NATA’s New Workers’ Compensation Insurance program (new program start date is January 1, 2013). To schedule an appointment to meet with a representative from Beacon, call (941) 343-8943 or email at

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nullNATA State Advocacy Network Aims To Protect Member Interests at the State and Local Levels

NATA’s State Advocacy Network (SAN) is an effort started in January 2012 that aims to increase awareness of state and local issues among the general industry and highlights ongoing state legislation, events and opportunities for NATA members to raise issues or pose questions or concerns for association and industry assistance.

As you know, aviation businesses are confronted with a host of issues including airport and land use, security, taxation, aircraft noise and emissions, and other priorities that arise. Volunteers of the network will play an important role in the association’s efforts to stimulate and encourage greater involvement among its members with the goal being to build a strong network to defeat unwarranted policies. The network’s web site has been used as a platform to gain awareness and support for issues facing members and their businesses and provides news and updates on ongoing state legislation.

If your business or state is experiencing local industry problems that require the association’s support, to request a list of SAN volunteers, or if you hear of problems that may arise and need more information, contact the State Advocacy Network via email at or by calling (800) 808-6282.

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nullSupport Congressional Candidates Essential To General Aviation – Join NATAPAC Today

An election year is upon us, which means there is no time like the present to inform congressional candidates of the vital role of aviation businesses to our nation’s economy. User fees on general aviation are an ongoing issue, this time in the form of a $100-per-flight fee that will likely be included in the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.

NATA supports Members of Congress who have maintained a leadership role on issues important to NATA members by contributing to their congressional campaign. Through NATA’s Political Action Committee (NATAPAC), we are able to contribute to the congressional campaigns of Members of Congress who support aviation businesses, regardless of party affiliation. We must work harder than ever to ensure that Congress does not accept the President’s user fee proposal or target general aviation unfairly with negative policies.

Ultimately, we need your contributions to NATAPAC today! No contribution is too small; however, political action committee requirements prohibit more than $5,000 annually to a single PAC. In order to contribute to NATAPAC, all members must complete a brief solicitation authorization form that then allows NATAPAC to ask for contributions. This is a quick and easy process. To download and complete this form, please click here and return the form via fax to (703) 845-8176 to the attention of Rebecca Mulholland on the NATA staff.

To learn more about NATAPAC, please click here.

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nullCelebrate Coyne’s 18-Years as NATA President On October 29th in Orlando, FL

The NATA board of Directors invites you to a reception celebrating James K. Coyne’s 18-years at NATA on Monday, October 29th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  The reception will take place at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida, before the NBAA Annual Convention. 

Please R.S.V.P. to Diane Gleason, director of conferences & meetings, at or (703) 575-2050 by Friday, October 19th. 

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nullNATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Workshop – November 14-15, 2012, Englewood, CO
Limited Seats Available

NATA Safety 1st has established the Ground Audit Program and the standards to create a consistent operational safety standard for fixed base operators, airports, and other service providers while increasing the overall safety level of these operations. This program also provides on-demand charter, fractional and corporate aircraft operators with an alternative to costly proprietary audits from these service providers.

NATA's Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard will allow for two levels of certification: a self-certification level and a third-party audit level. All candidates must submit an application to become an auditor and, if qualifications are met, they then need to be trained on the Ground Audit Standard by NATA to be listed as an accredited auditor. FBOs seeking self-certification may submit an employee’s application in order to be considered for the self-certification audit process.

To apply to become an auditor and gain admittance into this training workshop, click here. For more information about the ground audit program, please click here.

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nullNATA Fuel Handling & Quality Control Webinar Series

Join NATA and four well-known industry experts as they discuss the ins and outs of aviation fuel handling and quality control (QC) challenges. Following NATA’s popular fuel webinar series from last summer, the upcoming webinars highlight the latest developments on QC and filtration and are available at a package price of only $249.95 for NATA members.

Aviation Fuel Quality Control from Receipt to Issue - Leading industry expert, Jim Gammon, president of Gammon Technical Products, will provide a review of what you need to know about aviation fuel handling and quality control. The procedures and tips you get from this webinar will help you ensure that you provided the highest quality fuel that is “Clean and Dry” to your customers every single time.
Wednesday, October 17th - 2p.m. EDT

Aviation Quality Control – Record Keeping - An effective record keeping system not only protects you and your company, it also serves as a tool that can assist you in spotting and addressing trends that could end with equipment failure or contaminated fuel. Reed Fuller, equipment director and quality control officer for Ascent Aviation, will conduct a review of the technical material critical for every line service technician.
Wednesday, October 24th – 2p.m. EDT

Spec. 103 – An Overview - During this webinar, you will hear from an Airlines for America representative who is involved with the development of revisions to Spec. 103, Standard for Jet Fuel Quality Control at Airports. Spec. 103 is the standard required by airlines in order to provide fuel service and is also used by most general aviation facilities for fuel quality control.
Wednesday, November 7th – 2p.m. EST

Aviation Fuel Filter Monitors - EI-1583, 6th Edition - Fuel filters and water separators are the central component of most on-airport aviation fuel quality control systems. How well do you and your staff know your fuel filters? In this webinar, your staff will have the opportunity to hear from Rick McKenna, director of marketing and inside sales for Velcon Filters LLC, one of the leading aviation fuel filter manufacturers on the specifics of handling and using fuel filters.
Wednesday, November 14th – 2p.m. EST

What do you get for the package price of $249.95? One price will get you a copy of NATA’s Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations, plus all four webinars (a $400 value). Your purchase price includes access to full recordings of each webinar that your staff can use over and again. This series package is also available to non-member companies for $349.95.

Click here to register for the NATA Fuel Handling & Quality Control Webinar Series.

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nullN-Jet and Priester Aviation Join ACSF ASAP Program

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that N-Jet and Priester Aviation of Wheeling, Illinois have become the latest on-demand charter operators to participate in the ACSF Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). They join Best Jets International of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Bemidji Aviation Services of Bemidji, Minnesota, who were the first operators to participate.

“We’re extremely pleased that these operators have joined the ASAP program,” said ACSF Chairman Dennis Keith. “This commitment will allow them to make a positive contribution in risk reduction and they are leading the way to improving the overall safety culture of our industry.”

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 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.

To read more of this press release, click here.

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