July 7, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 27
Hendricks to Speak at First Annual Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium
Reynolds Jet Management will host the first annual Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium (CBAS2014) on the campus of Northern Kentucky University on September 5th. The symposium will bring together the leading business aviation companies and flight departments from the tri-state area centered on Cincinnati, including the metro areas of Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington and Louisville; present the most current and relevant topics impacting the region's aviation industry and provide an opportunity to network and work together to build a stronger local business aviation community.
Joining Tom Hendricks in the speaker line-up will be Robert Sumwalt, Board Member, NTSB; Joe Moeggenberg, President, ARGUS International; Kent Jackson, Partner, Jackson and Wade; and Eric Rodriguez, Program Manager, GA Office of Field Operations, CBP. CBAS2014 will be held in the state-of-the-art Digitorium on the campus of Northern Kentucky University on September 5, 2014. “We are excited about bringing this opportunity to our local business aviation community,” said Al Mann, Reynolds Jet Management Director of Operations, “we have a fantastic line-up of presenters and topics.” Read more.
APHIS Seeks 218% Increase In Air Carrier Fees
Commercial aircraft arriving in the U.S. from international locations are, with limited exceptions, subject to passenger and aircraft inspections fees imposed by the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). These APHIS inspections are often administered by agents from Customs & Border Patrol, but the fees are directly remitted by carriers to APHIS. APHIS has announced a proposal to reduce passenger fees by one dollar (to $4/passenger) but increase aircraft clearance fees from $70.75 to $225. APHIS asserts that the fee increase is necessary to ensure it is adequately reimbursed for its costs.
NATA is concerned with the dramatic proposed increase in the aircraft clearance fee and intends to submit comments on the proposal. Although the initial comment public period closed June 24th, APHIS recently agreed to accept comments through July 24th, 2014. Members are encouraged to review the proposal and submit comments.
Download the APHIS April 25, 2014 proposal.
Download the July 1, 2014 comment period extension.
NEW President’s Message Blog Post
NATA Reminds Charter Operators to Apply for EASA Third Country Operator Authorization
Do you think you are exempt from the new European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization requirement because you don’t fly to Europe? Think again!
NATA encourages charter operators to apply for the TCO authorization as soon as possible. Although the deadline for applying without penalty is November 26, 2014, operators who fail to apply by this deadline could be denied access to EU airspace after that date.
Read EASA’s FAQs and answers here.
Apply for the TCO authorization here.
New Aviation Center to Strengthen Auburn University Programs, Boost the Industry and State Economy
Auburn University is elevating its aviation program by establishing a center that will serve as a focal point for instruction, research and outreach and support the aviation and aerospace industries. The center will strengthen academic and research programs, recruit industry to Alabama, improve flight operations and training and collaborate with other colleges and universities, particularly in workforce development efforts. The new center’s steering committee will provide strategic guidance and is comprised of university, industry and government representatives. In addition to Hammett, it includes former Federal Aviation Administration official John McGraw, who chairs the Auburn Aviation Management Advisory Board and leads regulatory affairs at the National Air Transportation Association. Read more.
Aviation Management Workshop – Why You Should Attend
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. Click to hear what last year’s attendees have to say about the Aviation Management Workshop. Register today!
NATA Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in August
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.
Commercial 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.
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. “July’s topic is Flying IFR: Know what you’re flying into.”
Charles Buckland Named GM of Landmark Aviation at AVL
Charles (Chuck) Buckland has been named the General Manager of Landmark Aviation’s Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) location. “With 19 years of experience in general aviation, Chuck is the ideal leader for our thriving general aviation market in Asheville,” Landmark Aviation Regional Vice President Jim McNeill said. “I am certain he and his team will continue to provide the top level service that the AVL customers have come to expect.” Read more.
NATA Welcomes New Participant to the NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project
WorldNATA is working with industry to raise charitable donations for organizations supporting America's veterans. 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 NATA. The project will run through October 2014 culminating in a check presentation to the veterans organizations. To participate, please contact Shannon Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for project details.
Direct donations to this project are also accepted. Please make the check out to NATA-Flag Pin Project and send it to NATA's headquarters:
NATA-Flag Pin Project
4226 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
The check must be made out to NATA-Flag Pin Project and received by October 31, 2014 so that we may have a proper accounting for the overall 2014 program. Please also send money collected from pin donations to the same account.
NATA appreciates the support of the following project participants:
-Beacon Aviation Insurance Services
-Central Flying Service, Inc.
-Montgomery Aviation, Inc.
-Showalter Flying Service
-Signature Flight Support
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that International Group (IG), Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 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 http://www.acsf.aero/ for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.