December 2, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 38
NATA Comments on DOT Broker Rule
Last week, NATA submitted comments to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed rules covering brokering activities in the air charter industry. Overall the association welcomed the DOTs efforts to improve transparency when flights are brokered. NATA recommended that DOT create a simple online registry system for indirect air carrier brokers and also offered several other suggestions to improve the regulations that DOT proposed. Click here to review NATA’s comments.
IRS Announces 2014 Excise Tax Rates
The IRS has announced the rates for 2014 for certain taxes and fees that are subject to annual inflation. For transportation in calendar year 2014 the domestic segment fee is $4.00, the International Facilities Fee is $17.50 and the fee for transportation beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii is $8.70. These rates are detailed in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-47.
General Aviation Jobs Rally - Dallas, Texas
On Friday, December 6th, at 11:00AM a General Aviation Jobs Rally will be held at Bombardier's Dallas Service Center at Love Field, 7336 Aviation Place, Dallas, Texas. The purpose of the rally is to highlight the importance of general aviation to the Texas and national economy. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Marc Veasey and others will speak at the event. All are welcome. For more information click here.
NATA to Hold Town Hall Meeting In Addison, Texas
NATA will hold a Town Hall Meeting at Million Air at Addison Airport on December 11, 2013. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Email Rebecca Mulholland at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, December 6th to RSVP for this event.
Ohio Governor Declares December 2013 General Aviation Appreciation Month
Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared December 2013 to be General Aviation Appreciation Month across the “Birthplace of Aviation” state. For the third consecutive year, Governor Kasich has recognized the value in aviation to businesses and communities throughout the state. Across Ohio, the proclamation states, there are 98 general aviation airports which provide nearly 17,500 direct and indirect jobs which pay a total of $498 million annually. The total aviation impact throughout Ohio is $10.5 billion, of which general aviation contributes $5.56 billion.
Safety 1st Ground Auditor Workshop
NATA’s Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard allows for two levels of certification: a self-certification level and a third-party audit level. All candidates who meet the requirements to become an accredited auditor will need to be trained on the Ground Audit Standards by NATA. NATA will hold a Safety 1st Ground Auditor Workshop for those candidates January 13-14, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Click here for more details.
2014 Aviation Business & Legislative Conference
Don’t miss D.C.’s premier aviation business and policy event designed to advance the priorities of aviation businesses across the board. The Aviation Business & Legislative Conference will take place March 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, MD. Conference topics include an FAA regulatory update, a legislative update, a Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) session, an aviation legal session, aviation business planning sessions and more. Mark your calendar to attend.
FAA Releases 2013-2014 Deice Holdover Tables
The FAA 2013-2014 deicing holdover timetables are available here. NATA Safety 1st is also updating its online deicing training with the updated links. For more information on the FAA deicing holdover timetables please contact email@example.com or 202-493-1422.
Universal Releases Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Manual Framework
For business aircraft operators, probably one of the least appealing and "flashy" elements of the Safety Management System (SMS) model is the documentation of processes and procedures, otherwise known as "the aviation SMS manual." Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. offers some best practices and free resources to make the construction of the aviation SMS manual simple and complete. Click here to read further.
Open House Held for Remodeled Landmark-ORF Facility
An Open House was held on November 14th to showcase the remodeled Landmark Aviation Norfolk International Airport (ORF) facility. Guests in attendance included current and former Directors and Commissioners of the Norfolk Airport Authority as well as City of Norfolk Councilman Barclay Winn. Click here to read the article.
JDA Unveils SafeAssure™ Safety Risk Assessment Program
JDA announced a comprehensive Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) program called SafeAssure that encompasses the five-step Safety Risk Management (SRM) requirements outlined in FAA Orders 8000.369 and 5200.11. Click here to view the press release on NATA’s website.
The 2014 Air Charter Safety Symposium will take place March 4-5. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/symposium to register. The Air Charter Safety Foundation is also pleased to announce that Transplant Transportation Services, Inc (TTSI) is the newest company to join as a member. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.