July 14, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 28
U.S. House Passes Legislation to Make Permanent 50% Bonus Depreciation
On Friday, the U.S. House passed legislation, 258-160, to make permanent 50% bonus depreciation. Earlier in the week, NATA joined 106 other leading national trade associations including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber in a letter to the full House of Representatives supporting this key legislation. Read letter.
Global Ground-Handling Standard Available
Last week, NATA and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). A set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers, IS-BAH features at its core a safety management system (SMS) designed to meet the coming requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). A global industry code of best practices, IS-BAH provides standardization to handlers and operators around the world. Announced in Geneva by IBAC and NATA, the IS-BAH follows the long established structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. IBAC will provide workshops on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH at locations around the world. The first is scheduled to take place August 27, 2014, at Paris Le Bourget. The schedule for the additional IS-BAH workshops will be posted on the IBAC Web site (http://www.ibac.org/) by July 15th. Interested organizations may also go to the NATA website, http://www.nata.aero/, for further information.
Fuel Producers Submit Proposals to FAA for Alternative Fuel Project
NATA President Thomas L. Hendricks praised nine companies including Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift Fuels, and a consortium comprised of BP, TOTAL, and Hjelmco, for submitting proposals to the FAA for development of an alternative to leaded avgas. The formulations developed by these organizations will be tested through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). NATA serves as a member of its Steering Group. The FAA will now begin assessing the viability of the candidate fuels using the data packages provided during the submission process. Phase one testing on the most promising fuels will begin in September with the developers asked to supply 100 gallons of fuel. Fuels that are successful in the first phase will produce 10,000 gallons of fuel for aircraft and engine testing. Read press release.
NATA: Airport Minimum Standards Key for HOU
NATA wrote Mayor Parker of the City of Houston in support of the development and implementation of Airport Minimum Standards at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The letter is in response to concerns that HOU is considering the addition of a sixth FBO to service the general aviation community. Prior to making such a decision, NATA recommends that the Houston Airport System (HAS) consider the benefits of implementing airport minimum standards, including ensuring safety, high quality services to the public and fair competition. Read letter.
Commercial Operators Tax Seminar – Discounted Registration Rate Ends Tomorrow!
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. Are you concerned with the recent IRS Chief Counsel Advisory relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees? This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. Click here for additional details. Register before the July 15, 2014 deadline for discounted registration.
Aviation Management Workshop – Hear Why Past Attendees Recommend this Workshop
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.
Advertise in NATA’s Electronic Membership Directory
Consider purchasing an advertisement in NATA's electronic Aviation Resource Book & Membership Directory. The electronic format of the directory enables members to share access to this valuable resource with everyone in their operation. Contact Shannon Chambers at email@example.com for ad pricing and specifications. The advertising reservation deadline is July 31st and the artwork deadline is August 8th. Members may also upgrade their listing with a logo. Special pricing offered before July 25th.
Key Air President, CEO Selected as New Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Vice-Chairman
Key Air, a leading national provider of best-in-class aircraft management and worldwide executive jet charter services is thrilled to announce that its President and CEO, Greg Kinsella has been selected by the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Board as its new Vice-Chairman. Click here to read more.
Banyan Voted #1 Southeast FBO in Pilots’ Choice Awards
Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) was voted #1 among the top five U.S. FBOs in the Southeast in the 2014 Pilots’ Choice Awards survey by FltPlan, the largest flight planning service in North America. Click here to read further.
A New Benefit for the Aviation Industry – Reduce Your Risk, Simplify Your Operations, and Streamline Your Cash Flow
NATA People Solutions recently partnered with Oasis Outsourcing, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to create an outsourced solution dedicated to the aviation industry for your Payroll Processing, Employee Benefits and 401k, Human Resource Administration and Compliance, Worker’s Compensation Programs, and Affordable Care Act Administration. What this service does, is provide a one stop shop, by consolidating those components of your business that are a necessary part of your operations, yet do not generate any revenue.
In outsourcing these operations to Oasis, you now have:
• Consolidated all of your vendors to one invoice –Payroll, Benefits, 401k, HR, Worker’s Comp
• Alleviated your Administrative Burden in managing these 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)
• Attracted and Retained quality employees by offering a Fortune 500 Benefits Package
Oasis provides you a full proposal that looks at your company’s current hard costs and soft costs in these areas. Their analysis will not only show you where you can save money and time through their program, but more importantly, will illustrate how this service can reduce your company’s liability in managing your personnel. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://nataps.aero/ to start saving today.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of David Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Safety of Wheels Up, as the new ACSF Chairman, and Greg Kinsella, President and CEO of Key Air, as the new ACSF Vice-Chairman. ACSF also announced the selection of Jon Beatty, president & CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, Joshua Hebert, founder of Magellan Jets, Levi Stockton, president of Advanced Air & Jet Center, Los Angeles and Dave Davenport, senior vice president of FlightSafety International to the ACSF Board of Governors. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.