November 11, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 35
NATA Salutes Our Veterans
On this Veterans Day, NATA salutes the dedication and courage of our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who have served and those currently serving in our nation's armed forces. Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. Today is also a perfect day to remember the critically important work of the Veterans Airlift Command. Please click here to find out more about the Veterans Airlift Command and how you can help.
Final Report to Improve Pilot Testing
The Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATSWG) submitted a final report to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) containing the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) documents for Private, Commercial and Instructor certificates and Instrument rating. Included in the report is a plan to consolidate current FAA handbooks and guidance material to align with the ACS. The new ACS will replace the current the Practical Test Standards (PTS) by integrating the required knowledge, practical and risk management skills into a single format. The FAA plans to issue a Notice in the Federal Register with a request for comments in the next couple of months. Click here to read the final report.
Safety 1st Management Program Transitioned to NATA Member Benefit
The NATA Safety 1st Management System resources are now available to all members as a benefit. The Safety 1st Management System was originally introduced as a enrollment program designed to provide resources and assistance to member companies developing and implementing Safety Management Systems. More information and access to the resources is available here.
Oregon Governor Celebrates General Aviation with Proclamation
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has declared October 2013 as Aviation Appreciation Month across the state. In the proclamation, Governor Kitzhaber outlines aviation’s contributions to the state’s economy and communities, stating that Oregon’s 97 public-use airports contribute over $2 billion in economic impact attributable to the state’s aviation industry. There are over 400 aviation related businesses in 78 cities throughout the state that account for 12,000 jobs. For more information on airports throughout Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation by clicking 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.
Aviation Business Roundtable Kicks Off on Wednesday
NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable takes place November 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia. You may still register by contacting Rebecca Mulholland at (703) 647-6407 or email@example.com, or register onsite. Click here for more information.
Plan to Attend NATA’s 2014 Aviation Business & Legislative Conference
NATA’s 2014 Aviation Business & Legislative Conference will take place March 4-5, 2014. The conference includes the Congressional Reception on the evening of March 4th. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
NATA 2013 Membership Directory is Now Available Online
The NATA 2013 Aviation Resource Book & Membership Directory is being offered as a user-friendly online document. Available from any Internet browser, this electronic version allows better access to member information. Members may share access to this valuable resource with everyone in their operation as well as download the directory in Portable Document Format (PDF). Click here to access the directory.
Worksite Wellness as a Business Strategy to Drastically Reduce Costs
The Affordable Care Act has made you think about wellness. How do you do it? Where do I start? Do I really need it? Read on to find out what others are doing to answer these questions and about Duncan Aviation’s national recognition for their wellness program. Click here for the full article.
$25,000 in Scholarships Awarded at ProJet Aviation's 8th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo
Over 500 students, educators, and parents attended the eighth annual Aviation Education and Career Expo hosted by ProJet Aviation at the Leesburg Executive Airport. Click here to read more.
FAA Certification Processes Under Scrutiny For Lengthy Delays
Inefficient certification processes are delaying hundreds of new applications for aircraft operations and repair stations, says Jeffrey Guzzetti, assistant inspector general for aviation audits for the Department of Transportation. Click here to read the entire article and Tom Hendricks’ statement.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced this week that Advanced Air Management joined as its newest member and that FirstFlight renewed its ACSF Industry Audit Standard registration. The 2014 Safety Symposium will take place March 4-5. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/symposium to register. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.