August 18, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 33
FAA Issues Final Rule Amending Repair Station Regulations
FAA’s Final Rule 14 CFR, Parts 43, 91, and 145 amends the FAA’s repair station regulations to allow the FAA to deny an application for a new repair station certificate if the applicant or certain associated key individuals had materially contributed to the circumstances that caused a previous repair station certificate revocation action. The rule also adds a new section prohibiting fraudulent or intentionally false entries or omissions of material facts in any application, record, or report made under the repair station rules, and provides that such actions are grounds for imposing a civil penalty and suspending or revoking the related certificate, approval, or authorization. According to the FAA, these changes are necessary as current repair station rules do not presently provide such safeguards. The agency believes both these changes will enhance safety by reducing the number of individuals in the repair station industry who commit intentional and serious violations of the regulations or who demonstrate they are otherwise unqualified to hold repair stations certificates. NATA submitted comments that were favorably considered in the final rule. Click here for more information.
Please Help Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Aviation Safety
The 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2013 will be ending soon, and we need your help! If you have already completed this year’s survey, thank you! The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. This information helps to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The GA Survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among general aviation aircraft. You can complete the survey on-line, or a survey form will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope. Questions? Own three or more aircraft? Please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Hendricks to Speak at First Annual Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium
NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks will speak to attendees at the first annual 2014 Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium (CBAS2014) in Cincinnati, OH on Friday, September 5, 2014. Hosted by Reynolds Jet, CBAS2014 will bring together leading business aviation companies and flight departments from the tri-state area to discuss current topics that affect aviation businesses in the area and to provide networking opportunities to build stronger local aviation businesses. Click here for more information, an agenda of events, and to register for CBAS2014.
Controlling Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Costs
Understanding the claims process of Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WCI) helps minimize risk and ultimately helps control your claims costs. Join us for a FREE webinar on September 9, 2014 at 2:00 EDT to learn more about:
• Understanding the WCI System
• Knowing National Trends of WCI
• Designing Safety and Health Programs
• Developing Claims Processes
• Planning Return to Work Strategies
Learn a lot about cost saving measures for Workers’ Compensation Insurance claims in a short amount of time. Register today!
NATA Joins Letter to DOT Secretary In Support of Third Class Medical
On Friday, August 15th, NATA joined other general aviation associations in a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging the department to finalize a review of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) addressing third class medical certification reform. The letter points out that the FAA has had ample opportunity to evaluate the safety aspects of changes to the Third Class Medical outlined in the NPRM and that by implementing the proposed changes, more pilots will have the opportunity to fly without the expense and frustration of the medical certification process, while maintaining safety as the number one priority.
Click here to view the letter.
Fall 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.
Aviation Management Workshop – Held in Conjunction with NATA’s Fall Committee Meetings
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!
Participate in NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project – NATA Welcomes Stuart Jet Center to the Project
NATA 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 email@example.com. 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.
-NATA Aviation Legal Services
-Showalter Flying Service
-Signature Flight Support
-Stuart Jet Center
2014 NATA Compensation Survey Available for Purchase
NATA published its 2014 survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The survey includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Visit NATA Store and select search to see full range of products.
Western Aircraft Expands in Boise
Western Aircraft recently held a ribbon cutting celebration in honor of its most recent expansion at Boise Airport. The company added two new buildings totaling 26,000 square feet to its 18-acre leasehold. The new construction includes an expanded parts facility, as well as a two-story infill building that houses support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation. Click here to read further.
FBO Aerocardal Limitada Joins The Air Elite Network
At the 2014 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE 2014), World Fuel Services announced that FBO Aerocardal Limitada, located at the AMB – Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, joined the growing Air Elite® Network. Click here to read more.
ACSF President Bryan Burns is the keynote speaker for the Southern and Northern California’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Group (SONO) event scheduled for September 4, 2014 in Camarillo, CA. Visit http://www.sonosd.com/ for more event details. 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.