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February 18, 2013   null   Volume 12 Issue 7

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null FAA Extends Comment Period On Air Carrier Contract Maintenance NPRM

Last Monday, the FAA extended the public comment period for the agency’s proposed rule, Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements, to March 13, 2013. NATA held the submission of its formal comments and will continue working with the NATA Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee and Air Charter Committee to respond to the proposed rule.

The proposed rule would expand the requirements for Part 135 on-demand air charter companies that operate aircraft with 10 seats or more. The proposed rule would require affected “operators to develop policies, procedures, methods, and instructions for performing contract maintenance that are acceptable to the FAA and to include them in their maintenance manuals.” It would also require aircraft operators to “provide a list to the FAA of all persons with whom they contract their maintenance.”

Click here to read the full air carrier maintenance requirements NPRM.

Click here to read the FAA comment period extension.

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nullDraft AIP Handbook Open For Public Comment

The FAA is in the process of issuing a revised Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Handbook and released a draft version of the revision for public comment. The AIP Handbook provides guidance to FAA staff and sets policy regarding about the administration of the AIP, a major source of grant funding to public use airports. The draft handbook will be open for public comment until March 15, 2015.

Click here to read the Draft AIP Handbook.

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nullSenate Commerce Committee Announces Aviation Subcommittee Assignments

On February 13, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress. Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, named the following Senators to the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security.

Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
 Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
William Cowan (D-MA)

Ranking Member Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)

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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 can now find the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.

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nullAlaska Commemorates 100 Years Of Aviation History

Aviation has played a vital role in the welfare of the people and communities of Alaska since 1913, connecting communities and people to each other across the state and throughout the world. In the early days, Alaska was inaccessible and remote, with very few roads connecting communities and villages. Airplanes opened the door to communication, medical treatment and law enforcement needs throughout the state and broadened the horizon for Alaskans to connect with people across the nation and the world.

Recently, the Anchorage Museum opened an exhibit, Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation, to showcase the evolution of Alaska aviation throughout the decades. The exhibit will display photographs and artifacts showing the history of aviation in Alaska and how inventive bush pilots modified aircraft to fly in the state’s treacherous weather. Those pilots, stated Anchorage Museum Chief Curator Julie Decker, “were a connection to the outside world and they could deliver things to places where things could never get delivered before.”

Today, Alaska has six times more pilots and 16 times more planes per capita than the rest of the country, according to U.S. Senator and Senate General Aviation Caucus Co-chairman Mark Begich. The exhibit demonstrates how, in just 100 years, Alaskan aviators and the airplanes they fly have evolved from “frivolous spectacle” to a crucial part of the Alaska way of life.

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nullTexas Celebrates General Aviation

General aviation is once again at the forefront of discussion in the Lone Star State, most recently with a celebration of the industry and its important role to Texans across the state and the Nation. On February 6, 2013, the Austin Executive Airport hosted “A Celebration of General Aviation,” which featured general aviation aircraft that are utilized by Texas-based companies to ensure their success. “These aircraft are used statewide and nationally to conduct business in places that have limited, or no, airline access,” stated business owner Charlie Sisk.

Attendees of the event had the opportunity to tour fixed base operations and discussed with airport executives the importance of local airports across the state and how their services impact firefighting and medical treatment that otherwise would not have been possible. “We use general aviation aircraft in numerous ways, but not everyone is aware of all those roles, and that’s the message we are trying to get out,” said Shelley deZevallos with West Houston Airport.

To read a press release from Texans for General Aviation, click here.

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nullACSF Auditor Workshop Immediately Following Symposium

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is hosting an Auditor Workshop for the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) for:

  • individuals interested in becoming IAS accredited auditors,
  • current auditors who wish to renew their accreditation status, and
  • operators interested in learning about the IAS audit standards and process.

Date: February 27 - February 28, 2013
Time: Wed: Feb 27 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.; Thurs: Feb 28 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Cost: $500 per person

For more information, or to register for the Auditor Workshop, click here.

To learn more about the Industry Audit Standard, click here.

The Auditor Workshop immediately follows the Air Charter Safety Symposium. Click here for more details on the Symposium

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nullSpring Is Right Around The Corner
Take Advantage of Spring Training

Give your team everything they need for a winning season at NATA’s Spring Training Week. Taking place in Las Vegas, March 11-13, Spring Training covers all the bases – from safety to supervisor skills to profitability.

FBO Success Seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators and managers to learn how to make the business more profitable while saving money, increase efficiency and improve bottom line performance. John Enticknap and Ron Jackson of the aviation consulting company, Aviation Business Strategies Group, and Leonard Kirsch from McBreen & Kopko, a law firm that specializes in aviation business, teach the seminar.

For line service supervisors and managers, Spring Training week has Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST) Seminar and Safety 1st Trainer Seminar. LSST covers technical aspects of line service supervision, top-notch customer service, management essentials, as well as tips for creating a healthy safety culture through teamwork. Safety 1st Trainer focuses on employees in trainer positions. This seminar includes instruction on creating and effectively presenting lesson plans, increasing student engagement, and all of the necessary skills to make these employees more effective line service supervisors and teachers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your business through each level of management. Click here for more information or to register.

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nullAviation Business Journal Q1 Available Online

The 1st Quarter edition of Aviation Business Journal is now available online.

This edition features:

  • Walk A Mile In My Shoes - First of a three-part series examining the art and science of doing business with airport sponsors
  • Doing Business In A Part 135 Environment – For aircraft operators considering certification
  • Member Profile of Epps Aviation
  • Key Leadership Staff Changes at NATA
  • First NATA Safety 1st FBO Audit Completed

Click here to view the Aviation Business Journal.

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nullNATA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program™ Fact Of The Week
NATA’s new Workers’ Compensation Insurance program includes a No-Interest Payment Option

Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, the administrator of NATA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program™, worked with Companion P&C to create an industry-best payment plan.

With as little as 15% down, you can get 10 equal monthly payments that will allow you the flexibility to hold onto your cash and have control over your finances. Payments can also be made online, allowing for easier bill-pay options.

Contact your agent and let him or her know you want a quote from the NEW NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™ administered by Beacon Aviation Insurance (

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