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January 21, 2013   null   Volume 12 Issue 3

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null NATA Welcomes Greenville-Spartanburg Airport - First Participant In NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™

NATA is pleased to announce that the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is the first participant in the NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™. Beacon Aviation Insurance (BeaconAIS) manages the new program, and Companion P & C Insurance Group is the underwriter.

Representatives from BeaconAIS and Companion and NATA Vice President Amy B. Koranda visited the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to welcome Jack G. Murrin, V.P. Administration and Finances, CFO, and Marsha Madore, Human Resource Manager, into the program. The BeaconAIS representatives briefed Murrin and Madore on the claims process and familiarized them with the benefits of NATA’s Workers’ Compensation cutting edge program.

In a message to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks thanked them for their support as the first participant in the NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™. “Working very closely with the Beacon team during the first few months of my tenure,” Hendricks wrote, “I can assure you that their level of customer service and personal contact with our members is superior to others in the marketplace. This was a key component in our decision to partner with Beacon.”

Click here for further information on the NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™.

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nullNATA Applauds Selection Of Rep. LoBiondo As Chairman Of Aviation Subcommittee

NATA applauds the selection of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to serve as the new Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee for the 113th Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure selected LoBiondo for the post.

"Chairman LoBiondo understands the vital role of general aviation to the Nation's economy," stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. "He is a capable and knowledgeable leader whose bipartisan work reflects the best interests of the general aviation community."

The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, one of the Nation's premier aviation research, development, test and evaluation facilities, is located in LoBiondo's district. This provides an insightful perspective into key developments that are driving the transformation of the National Airspace System.

"NATA is confident that Chairman LoBiondo's distinguished service in Congress as well as his background as a successful small businessman will be valuable assets in addressing the interests of the general aviation business community," added Hendricks.

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nullFAA Issues Final Rule Affecting Part 139 Certificated Airports

On January 16, the FAA finalized a rulemaking affecting airports certificated under 14 CFR Part 139 that it began in 2011. The 2011 proposal offered a series of safety enhancements for airports certificated under Part 139. A requirement that the airport provide safety training to anyone accessing non-movement areas of the airport prior to granting that access is of most concern to NATA members. NATA’s comments noted the need for increased safety in airport non-movement areas and recommended that the FAA expand the flexibility of the proposed training requirement by allowing airports to accept training provided by third parties (such as NATA Safety 1st) rather than requiring the airport itself to provide that training.

Last week’s final rule removes the proposed requirement for safety training for individuals accessing non-movement areas. In the withdrawal of this proposal, FAA noted that “airlines and ground servicing providers [already]conduct safety training to satisfy the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements” and that the proposal would impose a significant cost on airports to provide redundant training.

The published final rule also declines to implement the proposals that certain Part 139 certificated airports implement a Surface Movement Guidance Control System (SMGC) and that Part 139 airports serving jet aircraft operations institute a Runway Pavement Surface Evaluation program. The final rule did make several minor clarifying changes to 14 CFR Part 139 including more clearly defining that the phrase “certified for more than 9 seats” as it applies to determining the applicability of Part 139.

Click here to read the final rule.

Click here to view this week’s NATA Policy Playbook Blog on this final rule and the value of training.

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nullVisit NATA Booth #433 at Schedulers & Dispatchers

Visit NATA Booth #433 at NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference and enter to win the newest NATA Safety 1st online training for free. Drawings for the Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training (AFCT) will take place on Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 24, at 3 p.m.

AFCT sets a new standard in training for schedulers, dispatchers and all individuals within an organization that participate in flight planning and release processes. AFCT is a certification program that provides core flight coordinator knowledge with an emphasis on safety and technical expertise. AFCT includes training on weather, regulations, airport limitations, maintenance requirements and much more to keep employees in key positions well-informed and up to date. AFCT offers six modules that will make your flight coordinator an invaluable part of the flight planning team - before, during and after every flight.

To read more about AFCT, click here.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security each day from the Federal Register. You may view the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.

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nullArizona Governor Declares January 15 As “Aviation Day”

On January 15, 2013, Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer declared the day as “Aviation Day” across the state. The proclamation emphasizes aviation’s vital role to Arizona’s economy, business development and emergency response. Across the state, the general aviation industry employs about 9,800 people and contributes $1.8 billion to Arizona’s economy.

“We thank Governor Brewer for recognizing the importance of the general aviation industry,” stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. “In addition to general aviation’s vast economic contribution, these aircraft and airports are fundamental in supporting the efforts of police, firefighters, emergency medical responders, search and rescue teams, non-profit organizations and natural disaster relief crews that help to ensure public safety.”

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nullSpring Training Week – Save Time And Money

Time is money, and we aim to save you both. Take advantage of your time in Las Vegas for Spring Training, March 11 – 14, and attend multiple seminars to cover all of the bases: safety, environmental and training.

Line Service Supervisor Training seminar focuses on teaching leadership and supervisor essentials, creating a healthy safety culture, simple steps to ensure top-notch customer service, fire safety training and much more. Safety 1st Trainer delivers in-depth instruction necessary to make effective line service supervisors and teachers. FBO Success seminar will provide insights on how to reduce expenses, improve productivity and efficiency, make your FBO more profitable, and meet short and long-term financial goals. Environmental Compliance focuses solely on environmental issues confronting FBOs and general aviation airports.

Click here for more details or to register.

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nullAir Charter Safety Symposium Spotlight - Developing Safety Culture

Robert Carraway, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia will lead the seminar “Developing Safety Culture” at the Air Charter Safety Symposium on February 26-27.

We shape and form culture not only by how we interact with one another, but also by the countless decisions, big and small, that we make every day, both individually and in groups. We consciously seek to align those decisions with important organizational norms and initiatives, but research has shown us that our individual decision-making processes are fraught with “traps,” particularly when we over-rely on experience and intuition. Through a series of short exercises, we will explore some of these traps and their potential consequences for a culture in which safety is paramount. The answer to how to protect ourselves from these traps lies not only in individual self-awareness, but also in how organizations can create a climate in which individuals protect one another.

Click here for more details on the Symposium or to register.

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nullForeign Voluntary Compensation May Be An Endorsement You Need To Review With Your Insurance Agent

When Statutory Workers' Compensation Insurance ends, Foreign Voluntary Compensation Insurance provides limited coverage of employees of the insured while they are temporarily working outside the U.S. It provides for a repatriation limit that facilitates medical care and covers endemic disease up to a specified limit. This coverage varies by state so you may want to have your insurance agent review it for you. Coverage requirements can vary by state and may not be available in all States.

Have your agent contact Beacon Aviation Insurance today at for assistance with this or any of your other insurance needs. Visit the NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™ website for more details on the new program.

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nullTwo Weeks Remain To Submit An Application For NATA’s AMT Employer Award Program

NATA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program is accepting applications through the end of the month. The award program is open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or other entity that conducts aviation maintenance. The awards program recognizes aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed (directly or indirectly) by a maintenance organization that participate in qualified training events. An AMT must complete at least 12 hours of training each year to be counted towards the organization’s award percentage.

Click here for more information or to download an application.

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nullCall For Nominations – 2012 NATA Industry Excellence Awards

Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. NATA member-submitted nominations are instrumental in determining the recipients of five of these awards.

These awards cover five categories:

The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.

The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the general aviation industry.

The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training.

The FAA Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility or facility staff member who represents the highest degree of customer service and elevates the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools.

The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years.

Please submit your nominations for these five awards to NATA no later than March 1, 2013. The nomination form is available by clicking here. The awards will be presented during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner.

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nullNATA Offices Closed Monday, January 21

NATA’s offices will be closed today, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 22.

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