October 13, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 41
NTSB Acting Chairman Hart and FAA Deputy Administrator Whitaker Confirmed for Aviation Business Roundtable
NATA is pleased to announce that Acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart and Deputy FAA Administrator Michael G. Whitaker have been added to the Aviation Business Roundtable agenda. Hart and Whitaker join a lineup that also includes noted industry and political analysts Richard Aboulafia and Stuart Rothenberg.
In his role as FAA Deputy Administrator, Whitaker serves as the Chief NextGen Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System. He is a seasoned aviation executive with extensive business, regulatory, legal, and international experience. Whitaker is also well versed in general and commercial aviation and has led collaborative efforts and joint ventures to promote aviation safety, enhanced performance and profitability, fostered alliances, and improved corporate governance.
Christopher A. Hart has served as Acting NTSB Chairman since April 26, 2014 and in July was nominated by the President to serve as Chairman of the NTSB. Hart's nomination was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in September and is expected to be considered by the full Senate in November. Originally sworn in as a Board member in 2009, Hart joined the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a member of the NTSB. Immediately before returning to the Board in 2009, Mr. Hart was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was previously the FAA Assistant Administrator for System Safety.
Please contact Rebecca Mulholland, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, at email@example.com or (703) 647-6407, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable.
NATA Requests Exemption of Landing Fees for Based Aircraft at MacArthur Airport
On Friday, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks wrote to the Town of Islip, NY, requesting it drop recently imposed landing fees on based aircraft at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Hendricks also posed a series of questions to Islip officials in order to determine if an additional nighttime landing fee is consistent with the airport's grant assurance obligations. The Town of Islip imposed landing fees on all aircraft effective September 1, 2014, and for the first time made them applicable to based aircraft. In addition, the new fee schedule established even higher rates for night landings. Hendricks requested reconsideration of the new fees, noting the intended increase would likely lead to reduced business and investment and potential job loss at the airport. He also observed that the imposition of higher fees for nighttime operations appear to be a defacto attempt to curb traffic, which requires specific approval of the FAA.
NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance ProgramTM Featured at NBAA
Beacon Aviation Insurance Services and NATA staff will be available at the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, October 21-23, 2014, to answer questions about the NATA Workers’ Compensation ProgramTM. We look forward to seeing you at booth #4093.
Associate Members Featured in Q3 Aviation Business Journal
NATA’s third quarter Aviation Business Journal features the 2014 Buyers’ Guide. Be sure to take a look at all the specialized products and services offered by NATA’s associate members. You may also pick up a copy of this issue at this year’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando.
NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project – NATA Welcomes Keystone FBO Services as a Participant
NATA is working with industry to raise charitable donations for organizations supporting America's veterans. The NATA Flag Pins for Veterans project demonstrates the general aviation community’s appreciation for their highly distinguished legacy of unwavering patriotism and sacrifice. It's not too late to participate. While the project launched this May, it will not conclude until the end of October, culminating in a check presentation to the veterans organizations.
NATA members can participate in two ways:
First, by displaying American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a donation of $1.00 per pin. Each company should secure their own supply of flag pins. You may find suggested pin and display box sources as well as language for signage using this link.
In addition, direct donations to the NATA-Flag Pin Project fund are welcome and count toward project participation. Donations should be sent to (NATA-Flag Pin Project, 4226 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302). Please email your commitment to the project to Shannon Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed as a participant.
NATA invites project participants to join us for a photo opportunity at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Beacon Aviation Services booth (#4093) at NBAA's annual convention in Orlando. Please email email@example.com if you are able to take part in the photo opportunity.
Aviation Business Roundtable Housing Discount Expires Tomorrow
NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable assembles business executives from all segments of the aviation community and provides a unique opportunity to discuss important and relevant issues with key government officials and other top industry leaders. Don’t miss out! This year’s exciting speaker lineup includes noted industry and political analysts Richard Aboulafia and Stuart Rothenberg, Acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart and FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker.
The Roundtable takes place November 5-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Registration for this event is extended to senior level executives. Please contact Rebecca Mulholland, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 647-6407, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable. A block of guest rooms has been secured, and attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations via this link. The deadline for discounted guest rooms expires tomorrow, October 14th. Please make your reservations today!
Spring Committee Meetings Take Place Preceding NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference – Book Your Hotel Now
NATA’s Spring Committee Meetings are scheduled for February 2, 2015. The meetings will precede the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Jose, CA. Room registrations must be made through NBAA’s room block.
Cuba Emergency Medevac Approval for Jet Logistics
Jet Logistics Inc. announced it has been selected by AAC-Air Ambulance Caribbean, Inc. (AAC) as the comprehensive aviation partner for the company¹s new domestic and international aero-medical programs. Click here to read further.
Paragon Aviation Group Adds Minneapolis and New Orleans FBOs to Network
Paragon Aviation Group has added Premier Jet Center in Minneapolis and Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in New Orleans to its network of FBOs. Click here for more.
Signature to Operate New FBO in Turks and Caicos
Building work on a brand new 6,800 square foot private terminal and aircraft hangar in Providenciales is close to completion with a launch date set for next month. The new fixed based operator (FBO) is based off Chalk Sound Road opposite the public terminal at Providenciales International Airport. Click here to read additional details.
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.
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.