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June 30, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 26 

nullNATA Applauds the Nomination of Christopher Hart to Chair NTSB

On Friday, President Obama nominated Christopher Hart to chair the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks issued the following statement in support of the nomination:

"NATA applauds President Obama’s nomination of Christopher Hart to be the next Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Chris Hart is a tireless advocate for advancing safety across all modes of transportation. His continuing strong support for aviation data collection and sharing will be a key driver in helping all segments of the nation’s aviation system improve even further. His long-time dedication to these principles at both the FAA and NTSB make him the ideal candidate to be the next NTSB Chairman. NATA looks forward to continuing our strong support of the NTSB and its staff of safety professionals.”


nullFixed-Wing NVG/EVS Survey Underway: Pilot Participation Needed

The MITRE Corporation is looking for your help. It is currently investigating the usage of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) in fixed-wing aircraft operations and seeks the input of as many fixed-wing aircraft pilots as possible, whether or not they utilize NVG or EVS, in order to provide the FAA with information on the extent of pilots using the technologies. 

The results will contribute to the development of recommendations to the FAA concerning NVG and EVS usage and the expansion of light emitting diodes (LED) in aviation applications. Additional information and a link to begin the survey is available at


nullHendricks to Join GA Caucus Co-Chairman Sam Graves for Annual Airshow and Fly-In

NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks will join General Aviation Caucus Co-Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) in Tarkio, MO for the annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus Air Show and Fly-In on July 11-13, 2014. The event brings together general aviation pilots, aviation industry leaders, government officials and Members of Congress to celebrate general aviation and discuss current issues facing the industry. Click here for more information on the event.  


nullSenate Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on NextGen Progress, Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Aviation Safety

Last Wednesday, June 25th, the Senate Commerce Committee’s Aviation Operations Subcommittee heard testimony on the FAA's progress towards the successful implementation of NextGen and the agency’s efforts to apply provisions from the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. To watch the hearing and read witness testimony, click here.  


nullAviation Management Workshop Announced

Whether you are a general manager, customer service manager, a line service manager or a supervisor aspiring to be a manager, the Aviation Management Workshop will provide you the knowledge and tools you need to be a better leader. The Aviation Management Workshop, September 16-17, 2014 in Savannah, will cover management and decision-making principles, best practice approaches, innovative strategies, and creative techniques from industry experts who have decades of experience leading and managing people and making business decisions. Take action to become a better leader, manager and decision-maker. Register today!



nullCommercial Operators Tax Seminar – Register Today! 

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.                            



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.   


nullA New Workforce Solution for the Aviation Industry

NATA People Solutions recently partnered with Oasis Outsourcing, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to create an outsourced workforce solution dedicated to the aviation industry to consolidate components of your business that are necessary to your operations, but do not generate revenue.

Oasis provides a full proposal that looks at your company’s current hard costs and soft costs in the areas of Payroll Processing, Employee Benefits and 401k, Human Resource Administration and Compliance, Workers’ Compensation Programs, and Affordable Care Act Administration. Their analysis will not only show you where you can save money and time through their program, but more importantly, it will illustrate how this service can reduce your company’s liability in managing your personnel.

In outsourcing these operations to Oasis, you now have:
• Consolidated all of your vendors to one invoice (Payroll, Benefits, 401k, HR, Workers’ Comp)
• Alleviated your administrative burden in managing workforce tasks (Payroll Report, Tax Filing, New Hires, COBRA Notices, 401k Filings, etc…)
• Reduced your company’s liability in the areas human resources and employment (Employee Handbook, HR Trainings like Sexual Harassment, EPLI Insurance, 401k administration, State Unemployment Hearing)
• The ability to attract and retain quality employees by offering a Fortune 500 benefits package

Overall, Oasis will reduce your risk, simplify your operations, and streamline your cash flow. For more information, contact Johanna O’Toole at (703) 845-9000, or visit to start saving today!


nullConklin & de Decker Release 2014/2015 Version of Aircraft Performance Comparator

Conklin & de Decker has announced the release of their 2014/2015 Aircraft Performance Comparator with the most comprehensive aircraft comparison data available to the industry. Part of a family of innovative software products created by Conklin & de Decker, the Aircraft Performance Comparator is a must-have tool for anyone that is acquiring a Business Jet, Turboprop, Piston, or Helicopter, and needs to compare aircraft performance data, quickly and easily.


nullFltPlan Launches Free Android Go App

FltPlan has launched its free full feature Android Go app designed as an alternative to the iPad which until now has been the primary device available for inflight usage. This makes FltPlan the first company to offer free inflight apps on both Apple and Android tablets. Read more here. 



nullACSF News

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that the General Mills flight department has joined the ACSF. Save the date for next year’s Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium. The symposium is scheduled for March 10-11, 2015. Visit for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.  


NATA is the National Air Transportation Association. Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members' prosperity.

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