May 5, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 18
NATA Joins FAA and Industry on “Got Weather?” Safety Campaign
NATA is partnering with the FAA and other general aviation stakeholders on a safety campaign during the 2014 flying season titled “Got Weather?” The purpose of the eight month campaign is to help general aviation pilots prepare for the potential weather challenges they may encounter. The Got Weather? campaign will run through December 2014 and refresh each month to highlight new topics including turbulence, thunderstorms, icing or crosswinds and the resources available to pilots. NATA encourages its members to visit http://www.faa.gov/go/gotweather to get fast facts and links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies, and more. Campaign updates will also appear on NATA’s Twitter, Facebook, and website.
NATA Launches “Flag Pin for Veterans Project”
NATA is working with industry to raise charitable donations for organizations supporting America's veterans, including the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), Wounded Warrior Project and Medal of Honor Society. NATA members are asked to participate by displaying American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a donation of at least $1.00 per pin. The funds for this project will be collected periodically through a fund setup by NATA (NATA-Flag Pin Project). The project launch is May 2014 and will continue through October 2014 culminating in a check presentation to the three organizations. Industry project partner organizations including AOPA, EAA, GAMA and NBAA will encourage their members who travel to support the project. Click here for project details. Contact Shannon Chambers at email@example.com to participate.
NATA Honors Former House T&I Chairman Jim Oberstar
The following is a statement by National Air Transportation Association President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks on the passing of Former House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar:
“American aviation, and general aviation in particular, mourns the passing of one of its greatest proponents. From his position in Congress, Jim Oberstar championed the causes of aviation safety, modernization and infrastructure development. Americans owe a great deal to his unflagging interest and support in developing what is the world's best aviation system. NATA joins the rest of the aviation community in recognizing the accomplishments of this great legislator.”
NATA Continues Advocacy on IRS Excise Tax Issue
NATA is continuing efforts to engage the Treasury Department and IRS in a constructive dialogue about the proper tax treatment of fees paid by aircraft owners for management services. Last fall, the IRS suspended federal excise tax (FET) assessments related to aircraft management-related fees and placed the issue on its annual Priority Guidance List.
NATA and other industry representatives recently met with officials from the Treasury Department to discuss the status of any upcoming regulatory guidance on the FET. During this productive meeting, the Treasury Department personnel indicated a willingness to consider a guidance strategy that could more closely align IRS commercial and noncommercial determinations with those of the FAA. Treasury officials asked industry participants to provide additional information to help educate them on how the FAA currently regulates the general aviation industry. Those materials were provided and another meeting is anticipated to continue discussions.
NATA will continue to remain actively engaged in representing member interests on this significant issue.
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.
2014 NATA Air Charter Summit – Take Control of Your Reputation and Relationships
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. A highlight of the Summit is the “Take Control of Your Reputation and Relationships” session led by Dana Carr of Air Trek. Mr. Carr will walk you through the steps he took to rebuild and strengthen his businesses’ reputation and cement his customer relationships after a business setback. NATA will once again host a raffle and auction in support of the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) at the Summit's BBQ Dinner on Tuesday night. Please contact Amy Hornaday at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate items for the VAC raffle and auction.
Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop – Only A Few Seats Remain
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). NATA thanks Air BP, Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, ServiceElements™, TAC Air and World Fuel Services for their support of this workshop. Click here to register. Hurry, only a few seats remain.
Fall Committee Meetings Take Place September 15-16
The NATA 2014 Fall Committee Meetings start on Monday, September 15, 2014 with meetings and a networking reception and concludes on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 following a half-day of meetings at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA. Registration is available online or through a printable registration form. Please confirm your attendance for the meetings before Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
NATA Student Memberships Are Now Available
NATA is pleased to offer Student Memberships. Please help us encourage the next generation of aviation business professionals by spreading the word. Student members pay only $25 each year for membership dues and receive access to NATA's website and email communications, and are also eligible to attend committee meetings as a guest. A copy of a valid student ID is required at the time of application. Click here for a membership registration form.
Conklin & de Decker Release the Aircraft Cost Evaluator 2014 Volume I
Conklin & de Decker has released the Aircraft Cost Evaluator 2014 Volume I, delivering the most up-to-date benchmarking, operating, and ownership cost data available to the aviation industry. Aircraft Cost Evaluator is the flagship product from Conklin & de Decker’s family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products that address more than 550 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. Click here to read the Press Release.
The Gary Jet Center Awarded Supplier Of The Year Award By The Boeing Company
The Gary Jet Center has been recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Non-Production category by The Boeing Company. The Gary Jet Center was one of 15 companies honored April 17th in Chicago for its high-level performance and service quality in working with Boeing in 2013. Click here for more details.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Sun Air Jets, Camarillo, CA has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. 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.