June 17, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 21
NATA Air Charter Summit Starts Today – Register Onsite
The 2013 Air Charter Summit begins this evening with a welcome reception at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott in Dulles, Virginia. Those interested in attending the summit can still register onsite. Registration is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight, and all day tomorrow. For event details, visit www.nata.aero/acs.
Advisory Circular on Wildlife Strike Reporting
The FAA published an Advisory Circular (AC) on the Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Reporting System. The document provides steps on reporting a wildlife strike as well as how to access the FAA National Wildlife Strike Database. Click here to read the Advisory Circular.
Weekly 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.
Delaware Celebrates General Aviation
Recently, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Lieutenant Governor Matthew Denn declared June 2013 as “Delaware General Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state. The proclamation highlights general aviation as “a vital strategic resource to the state and the people” and discussed the industry’s contributions to the state’s people, businesses and farms. In 2011, Governor Markell issued a similar proclamation recognizing general aviation’s vital role to the vitality and success of Delaware.
Importance of General Aviation Recognized in Nevada
On May 17, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a proclamation declaring June 2013 as Aviation Appreciation Month. Aviation “is a critical tool for companies in Nevada to improve efficiency, save money and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment and jobs to all areas of the state,” the proclamation states. This is the second proclamation in two years that Governor Sandoval has signed recognizing the importance of aviation to the state’s economic and social wellbeing.
Illinois Governor Declares General Aviation Month
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently declared June as “General Aviation Month” across the state. The proclamation states that general aviation contributes over $4.4 billion to Illinois’ economy and supports nearly 55,000 jobs at general aviation airports statewide. Throughout Illinois, there are 89 fixed base operators, 13 flight schools and 65 charter flight companies. In 2011, Governor Quinn also signed a proclamation recognizing the value of general aviation to the wellbeing of Illinois’ people and businesses.
Support General Aviation Tax Exemption Legislation in New York
NATA members throughout New York are encouraged to contact their state Representatives and Senators in support of bills in both chambers that would exempt general aviation aircraft purchased in the state from the New York sales and use tax. Click here for more information on the bills and how you can contact your legislators in the House and Senate TODAY.
Safety 1st Ground Auditor Workshop Approaching
The Safety 1st Ground Auditor Workshop will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 25-26. The Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard provides a single operational standard for use in FBOs and other ground-handling facilities. Check out the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard webpage for more information.
Commercial Operators Tax Seminar – August 6-7, 2013
NATA and Conklin & de Decker will host the Commercial Operators Tax Seminar on August 6 - 7 in Chicago, Illinois. Expert instructors deliver the information and tools necessary to enable aircraft operators to determine where taxes and fees apply and how best to manage tax compliance and the impact on company cash flow. To view the preliminary agenda or to register, click here.
GA Avgas Coalition Praises FAA's Announcement to Solicit Candidate Fuels in Search of an Unleaded Avgas
The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the FAA’s announcement today to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100 low-lead (100LL) aviation gasoline (avgas) that general aviation aircraft use today. Click here to read the full press release.