April 21, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 16
NATA Participates in New Air Carrier Training Committee
Last week, NATA participated in the first meeting of the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ACT ARC). The decision to form the ACT ARC was announced by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta last November at the Air Carrier Training Roundtable in order to provide a forum for FAA and industry to work together with a focus on updating air carrier training. The ACT ARC will serve as a steering committee with several working groups being formed. One working group, the Air Carrier and Contract Training Working Group, will make recommendations to update Part 135 and Part 142 training policies and will be led by NATA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, John McGraw.
FAA Delays Effective Date For Helicopter Rules
The FAA has announced a one-year delay to the effective date of several new helicopter safety rules. In February, the FAA published a final rule imposing significant new requirements on all helicopters and several rules specifically for helicopter air ambulances. Most of the operational requirements were scheduled to become effective on April 22, 2014. That compliance date is now April 22, 2015. The new action does not impact equipage requirement deadlines, which remain at April 24, 2017. Also unchanged are deadlines for Operations Control Centers in 2016 and a Flight Data Monitoring System in 2018. More detailed information is available in the revised document that publishes today in the Federal Register.
Florida Governor Recognizes Vital Role of General Aviation to State’s Businesses
For the second year in a row, Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared April 2014 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state. The proclamation states that the general aviation industry contributes more than $97 billion annually to the state’s economy and notes that nearly 9 percent of the state’s gross state product comes from businesses that rely on general aviation. “General aviation and community airports are a tremendous resource for local communities, serving as a lifeline for business and economic growth,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of NATA.
General Aviation Supports Millions In Economic Activity and Thousands of Jobs Across Missouri, Governor Says
Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon has recently signed a proclamation declaring April 2014 “General Aviation Appreciation Month." The proclamation cited a Missouri Department of Transportation study which confirms that general aviation contributed $857 million in economic activity and supports nearly 7,500 jobs statewide. “NATA and our member companies in Missouri applaud Governor Nixon’s actions in recognizing general aviation as a vital resource to the state’s competitiveness and growth,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of NATA. This is the fourth year in a row that Governor Nixon has recognized the critical role of general aviation to the wellbeing of Missouri’s citizens, businesses and economy.
Hendricks to Speak At FABA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in June
The Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) hosts their 68th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando from June 9-10, 2014. NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks is scheduled to speak at the conference dinner on Tuesday, June 10th. Join FABA for an action packed agenda as they bring leaders of the aviation community together to discuss some of the industry’s hottest topics affecting Florida aviators.
2014 NATA Air Charter Summit – Reserve Your Sponsorship and Exhibit Space Today!
NATA’s annual Air Charter Summit will take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Washington Dulles Marriott in Dulles, VA. Online registration, session descriptions and housing reservations are now available at http://www.nata.aero/acs. Contact Rebecca Mulholland at email@example.com for available sponsorship opportunities and Elizabeth Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an exhibit booth – space is limited!
The 2014 Air Charter Summit Topics Include:
• Meet Your Regulators
• Security Issues Affecting Charter Operators
• Complying with New EASA TCO Requirements
• What's Next with NextGen
• TFSSP Compliance Session
• Taking Control of Your Reputation and Relationships
• Pilot Employment Concerns
• Working with CBP
• Safety, Security & Operations Solutions for Air Charter Operators
Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop Takes Place at St. Louis Downtown Airport
NATA Safety 1st is pleased to present the 2014 Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop, a two day training event designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your team succeed and become leaders within your company. The workshop takes place May 14-15, 2014 at the St. Louis Downtown Airport and includes hands-on fire extinguisher training (a 14 CFR 139.321 certificate requirement). Click here to register today.
NATA Members Receive a Discount on Known Crewmember® Program Fees
NATA and NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) are pleased to announce that the Known Crewmember® program (KCM) is now available to certain Part 135 and Part 125 air charter pilots. Known Crewmember® is a risk-based screening system that enables TSA security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers. The program expedites flight crewmember access to sterile areas of airports, reduces passenger-screening line congestion, enhances security, and makes airport checkpoint screening more efficient for all who depend on air transportation. Eligible aircraft operators must be approved by applying through the NATACS website. As an added benefit, NATA members will receive a discount on the biannual badge fee as well as the monthly service fee. Visit http://www.natacs.aero/ for more information.
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.
Landmark Aviation Promotes Key Executives
Landmark Aviation has named Ted Hamilton as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). “As we grow our business there is a need for a more strategic outlook on how we integrate our business segments,” Ted explained. “In my role as COO, I will help integrate new locations as we make acquisitions, while ensuring we maintain our commitment to safety and customer service.” Click here to read the Press Release. Landmark Aviation also promoted three other key executives, including Charlotte Cheatham to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, Robert Hiegel to Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer and Matt DeLellis to Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development. The promotions are a part of Landmark Aviation’s strategic plans to accommodate recent and future expansions. Click here for more details.
BBA Aviation Flight Support Announces the Appointment of Mark Johnstone as Managing Director EMEA
BBA Aviation Flight Support announces the appointment of Mark Johnstone as Managing Director EMEA. BBA Aviation Flight Support’s EMEA region is comprised of Signature Flight Support with 25 locations supporting business and general aviation and Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG) servicing commercial airlines at 18 airports. Click here for more details.
Save the date for next year’s Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium. The symposium is scheduled for March 10-11, 2015. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.