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December 24, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 52

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null NATA Safety 1st System Upgrade

The NATA Safety 1st Online Training Learning Management System underwent a minor face lift of the User Interface. Participants will notice slight changes in the administrator features, but the student portal has remained the same. We made the changes with input from many of our users and with streamlining and simplifying uppermost in our minds.

If you are a Safety 1st participant and would like to view a short webinar about the changes made to the system, please click here. We have also included the changes in the Administrator and Student Guidance located in the Training Resource Tab when logged in to the training site as an administrator.

As always, please let us know your thoughts by emailing

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nullList of Parks Exempted From National Parks Air Tour Management Act Published

Last week, pursuant to requirements contained in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) of 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Park Service (NPS) published a list of the national parks that are exempted from the requirements of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) of 2000. This list, as required in the FRMA, contains all national parks with fewer than 50 annual air tour flights.

The FAA and NPS continue to be required to coordinate and develop Air Tour Management Plans for air tour operations over national parks that have not been exempted from the NPATMA.

Click here to view the list of exempted parks.

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nullFAA Publishes “Lessons Learned” From Airport Planning Study

In 2010, the FAA undertook the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Study in order to “help airports achieve their planning and operational objectives while reducing environmental impacts, achieving environmental benefits, and improving relationships with local communities.” Last week the FAA published a report on the program’s progress and a summary of “lessons learned.” The next report from the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Study is expected in June of 2013.

Click here to download the current Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Study report.

Click here for more information on the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Study.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

Relevant updates from the FAA, the 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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nullOhio Mayors Recognize Value of General Aviation

Fifteen mayors from across Ohio have become part of a growing number of mayors across the country that recognize the critical importance of general aviation to their communities and towns. The state’s mayors added their names to an ongoing petition, started by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, to the Obama Administration explaining the detrimental impact a proposed $100-per-flight user fee would have on the industry and those that depend on general aviation.

Across Ohio, general aviation plays a major role in the state’s economy, job growth and competition. The industry contributes $5.56 billion to the state’s economy, with a total economic impact of aviation calculated to be $10.5 billion. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported in a 2006 study that 35 percent of businesses stated that they own, lease, charter or are a part of a fractional ownership of a general aviation aircraft. Ohio’s 98 general aviation airports support over 17,000 jobs and contribute nearly $500 million in payroll. Earlier this month, Ohio Governor John Kasich declared December to be “General Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state.

To read the petition, to see if your mayor has signed it, and for information on how to get your mayor to sign it, click here.

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null2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium Program Available

The preliminary program for the 2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium is now available online. Programs will be in your mailbox in the next few weeks. Click here to view the pdf version.

For more information and to register, click here.

Following the Air Charter Safety Symposium, on February 27-28, there will be an ACSF Auditor Workshop for individuals interested in becoming Industry Audit Standard (IAS) accredited auditors, current auditors who wish to renew their accreditation status, or operators interested in learning about the IAS audit standards and process.

For more information on the ACSF Auditor Workshop, click here.

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nullSpring Training Seminar Spotlight – FBO Success Seminar

NATA’s FBO Success Seminar is one of the most popular educational events NATA has to offer. This two-day seminar, taking place on March 11-12, teaches new FBO management techniques and essential aviation operational and service knowledge. This seminar offers a great opportunity for FBO owners, managers, supervisors and finance personnel to learn tricks of the trade that will not only benefit their business financially, but also improve their image in the industry.

FBO Success topics include fuel sales strategies, customer service tips to maximize profits and customer retention, business finance and insurance, legal aspects of running an FBO, employee relations and more. Attendees have the chance to participate in roundtable discussions with their peers and exchange best practice ideas. The FBO Success Seminar is hosted by the writers of ACUKWIK’s FBO Connection blog, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, as well as Leonard Kirsch, an expert in aviation law.

See what other attendees are saying:
“The FBO Success Seminar instructors are very professional and knowledgeable. They provided valuable input on pricing strategies and I found the overall seminar to be worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this seminar to any manager of a small to large FBO.” - Bob McMillan, General Manager, Abilene Aero

“I learned everything from fuel purchasing to what it means to provide excellent customer service. The facilitators are true industry experts. I hope to attend future FBO Success Seminars and would recommend this seminar to other FBO professionals who want to stay up‐to‐date on industry best practices.” - Matthew McVicker, Assistant Airport Manager/ Marketing, Wood County Regional Airport in Bowling Green, OH

Click here for more information or to register.

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nullAll NATA Committee Members Invited to Attend Business Management Committee Meeting

The NATA Business Management Committee meeting, taking place January 22, 2013, is being held in conjunction with NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. All NATA Committee members attending Schedulers & Dispatchers are invited to attend. Immediately following the committee meeting will be a NATA Board of Directors reception. 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
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Meeting: Noon – 5:00 p.m. in Conference Room 8
Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room 11
Location of Meeting & Reception: Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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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nullWorkers' Compensation Insurance Program Fact Of The Week

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PROGRAM AND YOU COULD SAVE MONEY!  When companies "take charge" of the workers’ compensation process in their workplace by implementing policies and procedures to direct what occurs immediately after an injury, and when light-duty or transitional-duty options are available, claims tend to be shorter and less costly.  Contact your Agent today to obtain a quote from Beacon Aviation Insurance and to find out more about their industry-leading claims management practices. Visit the Beacon website for more details on the new program.

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nullNATA Office Holiday Closings

NATA’s office will be closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, as well as Monday, December 30, and Tuesday, January 1 for the holidays.

The NATA Board of Directors and staff extend best wishes for happy holidays!

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