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June 9, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 23 

nullFAA Appropriations Bill Reaches Senate Floor

The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved for floor action its version of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 that will begin on October 1, 2014. The bill provides $15.86 billion to the FAA for next year, $580 million above the administration request. Similar to its House counterpart, the legislation prohibits the FAA from finalizing or implementing new aviation user fees. A report prepared by the Committee accompanies the legislation and provides greater detail on the spending levels for individual FAA programs as well as expressions of congressional interest and required reports on a variety of aviation related subjects. Read more.


nullWashington Governor Proclaims June as General Aviation Appreciation Month

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently signed a proclamation declaring June 2014 as Aviation Appreciation Month. Across the Evergreen State, there are 134 public-use airports that support 248,500 jobs and $50.9 billion in economic activity. There are 44 charter flight companies, 113 repair stations and 64 FBOs in the state. “General aviation and community airports play critical roles in the lives of Washingtonians, as well as the operation of businesses, industry, ranches and farms,” Governor Inslee stated in the proclamation.

Click here for more information from the Alliance for Aviation Across America. 


nullNATA Digital Membership Directory Deadline Is Approaching

Ensure Correct Aviation Resource Directory Listing And Maximize Your NATA Membership. June 27, 2014 is the deadline to provide updated information for NATA's 2014 Aviation Resource and Membership Directory. Members can provide updated profile and company information at to ensure:

* Correct information in NATA's Aviation Resource and Membership Directory
* Up-to-date information on NATA's online directory
* The right people within your organization receive important information
* Delivery of relevant NATA publications
* Receipt of information about NATA's valuable products and services

To ensure that your information is up-to-date and accurate:  Visit, login and then click on Update Your Profile. If you need assistance, please contact Adey Hambissa at or by phone at (800) 808-6282.  


nullJet Aviation Flight Services Becomes First Organization Approved for Expanded Known Crewmember® Program

Jet Aviation Flight Services is approved to offer Known Crewmember® (KCM) to Part 135 air charter crewmembers. This risk-based screening system enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers. Read more.  


nullAir Charter Summit Starts Next Week - Don't Miss the "What's Next with NextGen" Session

A highlight of NATA’s Air Charter Summit is the “What's Next with NextGen” session.  FAA Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards officials will present and take questions about the plans for both mandated and incentive based NextGen equipage. Details about the upcoming ADS-B mandate, FANS requirements, as well as emerging capabilities will be discussed. Visit to register now.  



nullCommercial Operators Tax Seminar to Take Place in August 

Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. and NATA are pleased to announce that they are partnering again this year to offer the Commercial Operators Tax Seminar, entitled, “Back to Basics.” This year’s Tax Seminar will be held in Van Nuys, California on August 5-6, 2014. Click here for additional details.  


nullNATA Safety 1st Announces Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in Dallas, TX 

Building off of the success of the inaugural Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop held in St. Louis, NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Dallas, TX, August 20-21, 2014. This two-day training event is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your line service team succeed and become new leaders within your company. Register soon! Seats fill up fast for this popular workshop.                         



nullRetired Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP Bring Valuable Training Opportunities and a Piece of Aviation History to Los Angeles-Based Aviation School

Veteran pilot and business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy donated two iconic business jets, a non-flying Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP, to an aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport, marking the largest single gift in the adult education program’s history. Operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation (NVOC-Aviation) has prepared students for highly skilled, well-paying careers as aircraft mechanics for over 40 years and holds an over 90 percent job placement rate for graduates who pass required Federal Aviation Administration exams. To read more, click here.   


nullUniversal Aviation and Le Castellet Airport Reach Agreement to Co-brand FBO

Universal Aviation and Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ) announced at EBACE 2014 in Geneva that the airport’s FBO will become a co-branded member of the Universal Aviationsm ground support network. Under the agreement, Universal Aviation will partner with the airport to operate the FBO, which will adhere to the same consistent procedures, standards and training protocol at all Universal Aviation locations. Click here to read more.


nullPiper Seneca Renovation Helping Mechanical Dreams Take Flight

Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, has donated a Piper Seneca to the Salt Lake City Community College aviation department. The aircraft’s engines were removed, its wings demated from the fuselage, and all components were loaded and transported by students to the college’s Salt Lake City aviation campus. According to Todd Baird, a mechanical aviation instructor with the college, the aircraft made an impact starting with the disassembly. Read more.


nullFall Committee Meetings Take Place in Savannah, GA

The NATA 2014 Fall Committee Meetings start on Monday, September 15, 2014 with meetings and a networking reception and conclude 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.