July 21, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 29
Aviation Subcommittee to Examine Challenges and Opportunities of Aviation Manufacturing
On Wednesday, July 23rd, the House Aviation Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Domestic Aviation Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities.” The subcommittee will examine the state of American aviation manufacturing and the economic health and challenges that face the industry. Click here for more about the hearing, including testimony and additional background information.
FAA Provides Forms For Drug/Alcohol Testing Programs
The FAA provides several forms to help employers meet their obligations for mandatory drug and alcohol testing programs.
Two forms have recently been revised and are now available:
• Pre-employment Notification and Acknowledgement
• Notice to Report for Random Testing
These and other useful forms are available from the FAA Drug Abatement webpage.
Kentucky Governor Declares July 2014 “Aviation Appreciation Month”
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently signed a proclamation declaring July 2014 as “Aviation Appreciation Month.” Across the state, aviation employs thousands of Kentuckians and accounts for $1.75 billion in economic activity. Also of note, the aerospace industry led Kentucky exports in 2013 with $5.6 billion. To read the proclamation, click here.
FAA Issued Change 1 to AC 43-6C on July 15th
The AC 43-6C provides information concerning acceptable methods of testing altimeters, static systems, altitude encoders, and air traffic control (ATC) transponder systems (ATCTS). It covers the acceptable means of compliance for testing — after original installations, after performing repairs, or during scheduled recertification. The FAA issued Change 1 to this AC on July 15th. Read more.
New Safety Net Blog Posts
Michael France, NATA Director of Safety and Training, recently submitted two new Safety Net blog posts: “The Dog Days of Summer” and “Who Are Your Managers?”. Please be sure to visit http://natasafetynet.wordpress.com/ to sign-up to receive updates when new blog posts are available.
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.
Fundamentals of IS-BAH and IS-BAH Auditor Workshops Begin in August
Earlier this month, NATA and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) released the International Standard – Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). Companies that are interested in becoming IS-BAH registered will be required to attend a “Fundamentals of IS-BAH” workshop. Individuals that would like to become IS-BAH auditors will be required to attend this workshop as well as an “IS-BAH Auditing” workshop. These workshops begin next month and additional dates will be announced later this year.
• August 27, 2014 – Fundamentals of IS-BAH – Le Bourget, France
• August 28, 2014 – IS-BAH Auditing – Le Bourget, France
• September 17, 2014 – IS-BAH Auditing – Atlanta, GA
• September 18, 2014 – Fundamentals of IS-BAH – Atlanta, GA
Companies interested in IS-BAH registration must register for the Fundamentals of IS-BAH workshop but may also register for a non-accreditation version of the IS-BAH Auditing workshop in order to learn more about the auditing process. For more information or to register for a workshop, visit http://www.nata.aero/safety1st.
Commercial Operators Tax Seminar in Van Nuys, CA
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.
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.
New Services Offered to Pilots Attending Oshkosh
Services such as morning weather briefing and flight planning will be available in a new location for pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the 62nd annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association, is July 28th-August 3rd at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. EAA Pilot Services, presented by Signature Flight Support, will be located in the Federal Pavilion. DTC DUAT will be the official weather provider, and ForeFlight will have iPads on hand for pilots to explore the latest ForeFlight Mobile features. The daily weather briefing will be provided by the National Weather Service. Click here to read more.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that AvJet Corporation, Burbank, CA and MedEscort International/National Transplant Flight Group (NTFG) are the newest companies to join the ACSF. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.