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October 29, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 44

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null Celebrate Coyne’s 18 Years As NATA President On October 29 In Orlando

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

Please RSVP to Diane Gleason, director of conferences and meetings, at or (703) 575-2050 by Wednesday, October 24.

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nullAviation Business Roundtable Agenda Finalized

The final Aviation Business Roundtable agenda has been announced. The Roundtable is an opportunity for business leaders from all segments of the aviation community to come together with election analysis experts, global business market leaders, federal and congressional officials, and general aviation leaders from around the country. Don't miss out on the marquee aviation event of the year.

Monday, November 12
Aerospace Perspective
Sean O’Keefe, Chairman of the Board & CEO, EADS North America

GA Roundtable
Ed Bolen, President & CEO, National Business Aviation Association
Craig Fuller, President & CEO, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Chuck Suma, Senior Vice President, Global Asset Management, NetJets Inc.

2012 Election Analysis
Sam Whitehorn, Executive Vice President & Recruiting and Hiring Director, McBee Strategic
Rob Chamberlin, Executive Vice President & Business Development Director, McBee Strategic

Dinner Entertainment
Bruce Jenner will share his success secrets on how he reached the title of "World's Greatest Athlete" after the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Jenner is an advocate for general aviation. He owns Bruce Jenner Aviation and has attended NATA events in previous years.
Sponsored by the NATA Sustaining Members

Tuesday, November 13
TSA Roundtable
The Honorable John Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

NTSB Roundtable
The Honorable Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, Member, National Transportation Safety Board

FAA Roundtable
The Honorable Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Lunch Provided - (no speaker)

Events will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. The registration fee is $2,000. A block of guest rooms has been secured. To make reservations, please contact Diane Gleason, director of meetings and conferences, at (703) 575-2050 or

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

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

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nullFAA Issues Revised AC On Part 139 Mandated Fire Safety Training

Last week, the FAA published an updated Advisory Circular 150/5230-4b (AC), Aircraft Fuel Storage, Handling, Training, and Dispensing on Airports. The AC provides guidance on the requirements for developing and approving the fire safety training programs that fueling agents at airports certificated under Part 139 are required to utilize.

NATA, as a leading provider of Part 139 approved fire safety training through its Safety 1st Professional Line Service Training Program (PLST) and Line Service Supervisor Training seminar, has worked closely with the FAA throughout the revision process of AC 150/5230-4b, submitting comments to the draft version in May of this year.

“We are very pleased with the FAA’s efforts in revising the AC,” said Amy Koranda, NATA director of safety and security. “By working closely with training providers such as NATA, the FAA has created an advisory circular that helps to raise the standard of safety training at our nation’s airports.”

With the release of the AC, NATA is moving forward with the approval of its new Online Supervisory training module that will include Part 139 fire safety certification. More information about this program will be available in the coming weeks.

Click here to read the full advisory circular.

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nullNATA Comments On Expanded Use Of Passenger Electronics

In comments to the FAA, NATA supported efforts to expand passengers’ ability to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) on air charter flights and fractional program aircraft.

The FAA is accepting comments through October 30 on a request for comments on expanded PED use.

NATA’s comments articulate the position expressed by the NATA Air Charter Committee that improved access to PEDs, including the ability to use connected mobile devices such as cell phones and e-readers, would be welcome by the passengers on air charter and fractional program aircraft.

Members are encouraged to submit their views on the issue.

View the FAA request for comments.

Submit your comments and view comments submitted by NATA and others at Enter FAA-2012-0752 in the search field to find the correct docket.

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nullFATA’s New Program To Highlight Importance Of GA

The Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) has announced its Beyond the Runway -- Why General Aviation Means Business initiative, the association’s advocacy program to get information about general aviation (GA) into the community. In a news release last week, FATA Executive Director Paula Raeburn stated, “There’s a gap in information – generally – about how GA affects everyone in a community and more specifically, there are so many misconceptions about GA – what it is and what it does for a community.”

Along with information about the industry, including its local and economic impacts, Beyond the Runway will offer presentation guidance materials that will help non-aviation businesses and communities understand the value of the industry. FATA’s magazine, “Florida Aviation Business,” highlights the program (see page 8) and how you can be a general aviation advocate to your non-aviation business partners.

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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
Wondering how to enroll in NATA’s new Workers’ Compensation Insurance program which starts January 1, 2013? Representatives from Beacon Aviation Insurance will be available to answer your questions at this year’s NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. You can meet with a representative at the nearby Peabody Hotel, Rainbow Springs Room 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., October 30, 31, and November 1. You can also call 941-343-8943 to schedule a specific appointment time.

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nullNATA Asks Indiana State Supreme Court To Review Decision That Could Damage Aviation Business

NATA has learned, through its State Advocacy Network, of an Indiana Appeals Court decision that could potentially damage aviation businesses by providing localities that do not own or operate an airport the authority to regulate land uses at airports within the localities’ jurisdiction. Long-standing practice, state laws, and federal grant assurances allow airport sponsors (usually localities that own and operate the airport) the authority to decide exclusively how airport-owned land is used. Under this decision, an airport sponsor would be required to seek permission from a local municipality prior to deciding to what type of uses airport lands could be put.

NATA believes that this decision would harm airports, aviation businesses and airport users. Often localities surrounding airports have priorities that directly conflict with those of the airport authority and the safe and efficient use of the airport within the National Airspace System. NATA has joined the Airports Council International – North America and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in asking the Indiana Supreme Court to review and overturn the appeals court decision.

While this is a State of Indiana issue, it does have the potential to affect aviation businesses across the country. If left standing, this decision would likely be seized upon as a model for anti-airport groups around the country to oppose airport and aviation growth, expansion and utilization.

The Indiana State Supreme Court will likely decide whether it will review this case, Town of Zionsville V. Hamilton Co. Airport Authority, in the next several months.

Click here for more information on the NATA Sate Advocacy Network.

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

NATA Safety 1st has established the NATA Safety 1st 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 Business Management Committee Meeting To Take Place In January
All Committee Members are Invited to Attend as Guests

The NATA Business Management Committee’s first meeting of 2013 will take place on January 21 in conjunction with the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. All NATA committee members are invited to attend this meeting as guests and attend the reception with the NATA Board of Directors that immediately follows the meeting. To register for the meeting and reception, please complete this form and fax to 703-845-8176 or email to

NATA Business Management Committee Meeting and Reception
Monday, January 21, 2013
Meeting: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 Meeting Room: Salon D

Housing arrangements may be made through the NBAA website under events for the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, January 22-25, 2013.

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nullNATA Offices Closed - Monday, October 29

NATA's office will be closed on Monday, October 29 due to inclement weather. NATA follows the Federal Government Closings as most DC area businesses do. Thank you for your patience.

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