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September 8, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 36 

nullFAA Extends Time for Comment on Proposed Policy for Non-aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars

The FAA is extending the comment deadline by 30 days for its proposed statement of policy on use of airport hangars to clarify compliance requirements for airport sponsors, airport managers, airport tenants, state aviation officials, and FAA compliance staff. The original comment deadline was on or by September 5, 2014.  On Friday, NATA filed comments on the proposed policy. While generally supportive of the proposal, the association recommended FAA not limit the use of non-aviation items based on item, but rather allow any item so long as it does not interfere with the aviation use of the hangar or create a threat to safety.  In addition, NATA recommended that active homebuilt aircraft assembly - regardless of stage - be considered aeronautical use.


nullSenators Echo House Colleagues and Industry Stakeholders on Urgency for Quick Action of Third-Class Medical Reform

On September 2nd, eleven Senators sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging the departments to take quick action on a review of a time-sensitive FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reform the medical certification process. Swift review of the proposal will allow for the FAA to open the NPRM for public comment in a timely manner. The letter is one of a series of letters sent to DOT and OMB from industry stakeholders and federal lawmakers on the urgency of swift action of the NPRM. Recently, letters from members of the House General Aviation Caucus, co-sponsors of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, and NATA, along with numerous national aviation associations, have been sent with a similar request. 


nullGot Weather? Know What You’re Flying Into

Are you prepared for the weather this flying season? As we head into fall, focus on your pre-flight plan for changing weather conditions. Be prepared and remember your personal checklist. This is the latest topic in the “Got Weather?” safety campaign sponsored by the FAA and general aviation stakeholders, including NATA. We encourage our members to visit to get weather-related fast facts and links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies, and more.  


nullAVSEC World Conference Takes Place in October

AVSEC World 2014 will focus on creating a sustainable Aviation and Border Security System. It will look at the need for greater flexibility in regulation, recognition of measures between countries and the alignment of border and aviation security – an imperative for the future. The event takes place October 27-29, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. Click here for more details.  


null2014 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.  



nullAviation Management Workshop – Held in Conjunction with NATA’s Fall Committee Meetings in Savannah 

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. The Aviation Management Workshop, September 16-17, 2014 also 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!  


nullDon't Miss Tomorrow's FREE Webinar - 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!



nullJet Aviation St. Louis Announces Key Promotions to Management and Operations Teams

Jet Aviation St. Louis is announcing the promotions of experienced managers to several key positions on the leadership and operations teams. Click here to read more.   


nullWheels Up Partners with Luxury Retreats

Revolutionary private aviation company Wheels Up, has partnered with Luxury Retreats, the world's leading luxury villa rental company providing personalized villa vacations, creating a true end-to-end luxury travel experience. Through a strategic alliance designating Wheels Up the official private aviation partner for Luxury Retreats, both organizations’ members will have access to a “one-stop shop” for luxury travel. Read more.


nullSolairus Aviation Marks Five Years in Business

2014 marked the fifth year in business for Solairus Aviation, a private aircraft management and charter operator based out of the San Francisco Bay area. In that short time, Solairus has become one of the private aviation industry’s most highly regarded companies - a feat made all the more impressive by the unfortunate business climate that ravaged the private jet industry in the wake of the financial crisis during 2007-2008. Read further.


nullParticipate in NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project – NATA Welcomes Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd’s Aviation and American Jet Charter

NATA is working with industry to raise charitable donations for organizations supporting America's veterans. NATA members are asked to participate by securing and displaying American-made flag pins in their opera