July 29, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 20
Flight Instructor Standards Available for Comment
The Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATSTWG) published a draft version of the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the authorized instructor certificate. The new standards are intended to replace the current Practical Test Standards with more up-to-date standards that emphasize risk management. Click here to read the notice in the Federal Register.
NATA President to Participate in AirVenture Panel Discussion
NATA President Tom Hendricks is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion titled "Stronger Together" next Tuesday at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The panel takes place at 1:00 p.m. in the EAA Welcome Center. Click here to add this panel discussion to your schedule of events.
Indiana Tax Exemption Makes State Friendlier to Aviation Business
On July 1, 2013, an Indiana law was passed that exempts aviation fuel and maintenance work on airplanes from the state’s 7-percent state sales tax. The exemption replaces the state sales tax on aviation fuel and maintenance with a flat 10 cents-per-gallon excise tax for fuel purchases. The tax cut provides cost savings to operators and allows businesses throughout the state to better compete with neighboring states, which had previously capitalized on Indiana’s high taxes. The legislation is long-awaited in Indiana, and began with the 2012 passage of a tax exemption on the maintenance of foreign-registered aircraft followed by intense lobbying efforts by NATA and other national and state aviation organizations. “We are happy the legislature in Indiana recognizes the importance of general aviation and took the steps to ensure we remain a leader in aviation in our country,” stated Andi Montgomery, co-owner of Montgomery Aviation in Zionsville and Indiana volunteer with NATA’s State Advocacy Network. For more information about general aviation in Indiana, click here.
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 August 6-7
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.
FREE 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.
Fall LSST Seminar And New Aviation Management Workshop
NATA Safety 1st is launching a 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. To lean more or register for these events please visit NATA’s Events Page.
When Renting a Car – Don’t Leave Money On the Table
NATA provides rental car discounts to members for personal and/or business rentals. Don’t leave money on the table when making a reservation. It is very important that you always ask for the best rate available through Avis Worldwide Discount number (AWD) A807900. Click here to make an AVIS reservation using your NATA discount.
Montgomery Aviation – Annual Down Syndrome Indiana Open House & Fly-In
Montgomery Aviation, the fixed based operator at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, is excited to support Down Syndrome Indiana once again this year by hosting the 7th Annual Down Syndrome Indiana Open House & Fly-In on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Click here for more details.
Twenty Years of Young Eagles Fuel Rebates from Phillips 66® Aviation Have Helped Hundreds of Thousands of Kids Take Flight
“Phillips 66® Aviation is committed to spreading awareness and excitement about the wonders of aviation to the youth of America,” explains Rosemary Leone, Director, Programs Development, General Aviation, Phillips 66. “Programs like the Young Eagles are essential to the future of aviation. We’ve found that the Phillips 66 Aviation Young Eagles rebate encourages pilots to take more Young Eagles flights.” Click here for more details.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation is pleased to announce that New Flight Charters is the newest charter broker to join the ACSF. Along with over 106 other businesses, New Flight Charters supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. Visit www.acsf.aero for more details.