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September 1, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 35 

nullImportance of Aviation Recognized in South Carolina

For the second year in a row, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a proclamation declaring “South Carolina Aviation Week,” August 17-23, 2014. There are 61 general aviation airports in South Carolina that contribute more than $417 million in economic activity annually. “Aviation plays a vital role in the economy of South Carolina, providing many thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” the proclamation concludes. The South Carolina Aviation Association discusses on their website the importance of the proclamation and how businesses across the state can participate. Click here for more information from the Alliance for Aviation Across America.


nullHendricks to Speak at Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium on Friday

NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks will speak on Friday at the first annual 2014 Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium (CBAS2014). 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 provide networking opportunities to build stronger local aviation businesses. Click here for more information, an agenda of events and to register for CBAS2014. 


nullHouse GA Caucus Urges DOT to Expedite Review on Medical Certificates

Recently, thirty-two House General Aviation Caucus members signed onto 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. Caucus members asked that the DOT finish its review process within 30 days so the NPRM can be opened for public comment. Earlier in August, NATA joined other national aviation associations in signing a similar letter to DOT advocating fast action for medical reform.  


nullGAMA General Aviation Jobs Rally to be Held in North Dakota

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s contributions to the economy on September 5th at 1 p.m. at the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Flight Operations’ James C. Ray Hangar in Grand Forks, North Dakota. U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, and Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley will speak, as well as representatives from Appareo Systems, Cirrus Aircraft, and Piper Aircraft. For more information on the General Aviation Jobs Rally and to register, click here.  


nullFAA Introduces Electronic PIREP Submissions

The FAA recently published Information to Operators (InFO) 14011, announcing a new online Pilot Report (PIREP) submission tool located on the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center "Aviation Digital Data" website. The tool will allow users to enter turbulence and icing PIREPs electronically. These PIREPs will be integrated into existing weather forecast processes to improve accuracy. Operators interested in participating must enroll with the FAA. Details regarding enrollment and PIREP submission may be found in the InFO.