March 31, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 13
Additional Guidance for Passenger PED Use Available
The FAA updated guidance for air carriers wishing to implement policies for expanded passenger use of personal electronic devices (PED). The FAA provided InFO13010SUP as aid for operators to use in the development of their policies. InFO13010SUP now includes information on securing and stowing passenger PEDs. Click here to download InFO13010SUP.
Aircraft Maintenance Parts and Labor Receives Tax Break in Wisconsin
On Thursday, March 20th, the Wisconsin state assembly unanimously passed legislation that would exempt aviation businesses from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor. The bill now goes to Governor Scott Walker, who fully supports the legislation, for his signature into law. Passage of this legislation means that Wisconsin maintenance facilities will now be able to compete with businesses in neighboring states that do not provide the tax and will save pilots time and money transporting their aircraft to states that do not enforce the tax. Supporters of the legislation say that the tax cut will cost about $3 million a year in lost revenue, but it would generate more than twice that much increased business for the Wisconsin aviation industry and boost job growth as a result. Click here to view NATA’s SAN Update which encouraged association members to reach out to their legislators in support of this important legislation.
New York Aviation Jobs Act Awaiting State Senate Action – Contact Your Legislators Now
As reported by the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), the New York state Senate has included in its proposed budget a measure that would exempt general aviation aircraft purchased in the state from the sales and use tax. Under the Aviation Jobs Act, aviation maintenance facilities will be able to compete with businesses in neighboring states and will bolster industry job development throughout the state. NATA urges its members across New York to contact their state legislators now and ask them to support this critical legislation and include it in their final budget. State officials want to hear from you, their constituents, on the benefits of general aviation and the importance of the Aviation Jobs Act to the aviation community and the state. Click here for NYAMA’s press release, more information on the Aviation Jobs Act, and how to contact your state legislators.
FBO RFP for Macon Downtown Airport in Georgia
Click here to read the RFP to provide a Fixed Base Operator for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia at the Macon Downtown Airport.
Hendricks to Participate in Sun 'n Fun Events
NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks will participate in a Town Hall on April 5th at 10:00 a.m. with U.S. Representative Sam Graves and other industry leaders. The Florida Aviation Network will broadcast from the Florida Air Museum during SUN 'n FUN 2014. Hendricks is also scheduled for an appearance on the Florida Aviation Network at 1:30 p.m. on April 5th.
“2014 What FBO Customers Want - AIN Survey Says...” Webinar
For nearly four decades Aviation International News (AIN) has asked its readers to participate in its annual FBO survey and according to their input, rank service providers. Join AIN FBO editor Curt Epstein and Dave Leach, director of new product development, to gain perspective on the background of this survey and the real mechanics behind its highly anticipated results. The webinar takes place at 1:00 p.m. EDT on April 1st. Click here to register.
2014 NATA Air Charter Summit Online Registration Is Open
NATA’s annual Air Charter Summit will take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Washington Dulles Marriott in Dulles, VA. Online registration and housing reservations are now available at www.nata.aero/acs. Additional event details will be available soon.
NATA Regular Members Asked To Participate in Compensation Survey
This week NATA and Association Research Inc., will send an email to NATA’s regular members asking for participation in NATA’s popular Compensation Survey. It is a unique and valuable reference used year after year by members as well as nonmembers in our industry. The results of the report will only be as good as the quality of the data submitted and the number of companies that respond, so please make every effort to participate.
Castle Celebrates 30-Years
Castle celebrated its 30th anniversary with a company dinner and had two of Castle's biggest and best customers in attendance. John Costanzo, President of Purolator International and Gary Keeton, Director of Maintenance for Avion Capital Corporation. Click here to visit Castle Aviation’s website.
Downstream Petroleum Expert Greg Hart Takes Helm Of Nation’s Largest Branded FBO Network
Greg Hart, a downstream petroleum industry veteran, has been named Manager – General Aviation for Phillips 66®, the company announced, heading up the nation’s largest network of branded fixed base operations (FBOs). Click here for the full details.
Brian Andrews Joins Duncan Aviation Airframe Service Sales Team
Duncan Aviation has added Brian Andrews to its airframe service sales team, where he will provide technical sales and quote support for airframe maintenance projects. Andrews, who is well versed in several different airframes, will focus on providing technical sales support for Duncan Aviation’s Embraer clients. Click here to read more.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to recognize Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for its continued sustaining membership. The company has shown its commitment to the foundation’s vision of enhancing and improving safety through its generous financial support. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.