July 22, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 19
Final Rule on Combined Drug and Alcohol Testing
The FAA published a final rule allowing commercial air tour operations to combine drug and alcohol testing programs. Operators choosing to do so would first need to receive a Letter of Authorization (LOA) from their local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Unifying drug and alcohol programs will reduce the administrative costs and burdens operators have experienced. Click here to read the final rule.
NATA Welcomes TSA PreCheck Program Expansion
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) welcomes TSA Administrator John Pistole’s announcement today of a new process allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA PreCheck. The TSA PreCheck program is an expedited screening process for pre-approved airline travelers. See TSA press release.
House General Aviation Caucus Reaches 200 Members
On Thursday, July 18, U.S. Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) became the 200th member to join the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus. Formed in 2009, the caucus aims to promote the vital role general aviation plays in communities across the nation. To date, the House General Aviation Caucus is considered to be one of the largest in Congress. Click here for more information and to see if your Representative and Senators are members of the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses.
Weekly Regulatory Update
NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, the 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.
Commercial Operators Tax Seminar Just A Few Weeks Away
Register today for the NATA and Conklin & de Decker sponsored Commercial Operators Tax Seminar. The seminar takes place August 6-7 in Chicago, Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.
NATA Fall Committee Meetings
NATA will host its Fall Committee Meetings September 23-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hotel information, a schedule of events and links to register are available at http://www.nata.aero/Committees.aspx.
NATA/Beacon Workers’ Compensation Insurance Webinar
NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™ administrator, Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, will host a FREE webinar on August 1 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Understanding the basics of Workers’ Compensation Insurance and how it affects your bottom line is a vital part of doing business today. Register today at http://www.nata.aero/webinars.
Save the Date – New and Updated Educational Opportunities
NATA Safety 1st is launching its new Aviation Management Workshop and an updated version of its popular Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST) seminar this fall. Both events take place September 25-26 in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with the Fall Committee Meetings. The Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar features new speakers and new content. Visit http://www.nata.aero/events in the coming days for more details.
Save with ARAMARK Uniform Services
NATA members have privileges and benefits beyond advocacy, safety and training. Our program with ARAMARK Uniform Services is designed to provide a hassle-free shopping experience and some of the lowest uniform rental rates in the industry. Click here for details on how to dress for success and save money by mentioning national account ID # 93103.
Duncan Aviation's Lincoln Facility Earns South African Certification
Duncan Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) location in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently announced that it has been approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. Click here for the entire article.
Mauiva Landing at Manassas Regional Airport
Mauiva AirCruise landed at Manassas Regional Airport on their inaugural flight into the area. Mauiva is bringing international visitors to the City of Manassas on their journey around the East Coast. Mauiva selected Manassas Regional Airport as a regular stopping point for their AirCruise tour for the airport’s personal attention to patrons; for the inviting terminal building; for the 6,200 foot runway which gives aircraft a longer area for takeoff and touchdown; for the proximity of the airport to tourist attractions; and because of the de-icing equipment available to airport clients at Manassas Regional Airport. Click here to read more.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation recently welcomed Air Trek, Apollo Jets and Private Jet Charter as new members. Earlier this month, L.J. Aviation, Latrobe, PA renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. ACSF also announced the selection of Jeff Baum, president and CEO of Wisconsin Aviation, as the new ACSF Chairman, and David Hewitt, president of Hewitt & Company, as the new ACSF Vice-Chairman. Please visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more details.