October 20, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 42
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Foxx to Keynote NATA Aviation Business Roundtable
NATA is pleased to announce that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Anthony Foxx, is confirmed as the keynote speaker on November 5th at NATA’s 2014 Aviation Business Roundtable. Secretary Foxx is the administration’s point person in the effort to address America’s growing infrastructure deficit. Secretary Foxx is touring the nation to build a broad coalition of support for a bold new multi-year plan to grow the nation’s transportation system. He is a major proponent for transparency, accountability and effective use of transportation dollars and we look forward to his insights and perspectives on the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure and upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Secretary Foxx joins an Aviation Business Roundtable lineup including 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.
NATA Statement on the Announcement that TSA Administrator Pistole is Retiring from Public Service
Last Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that TSA Administrator John Pistole is retiring from public service, effective December 31, 2014. Administrator Pistole’s career includes four and a half years at the TSA following 26 years with the FBI. He is expected to be named to a position in academia in the coming weeks. NATA issued the following statement:
"NATA deeply appreciates Administrator Pistole’s service to the country and applauds his devotion to the safety and security of our transportation systems. His efforts in advancing risk-based security have made great improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency at our Nation’s airports. We thank him for his steadfast leadership and for working with our industry as a partner. Best wishes to him and his family.”
CDC and FAA Address Ebola
On October 15, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance about Ebola for airline crews, cleaning personnel, and cargo personnel useful to NATA members with international operations. The CDC guidance includes precautions, procedures and special considerations for mitigating the risk of contracting Ebola. In addition, the FAA has published a statement on infectious disease, focusing on Ebola. The statement outlines its work with the CDC, the aviation industry, and other Federal government partners to prevent the spread of the disease through air transportation and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section.
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.
NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project
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. While the project launched this May, it will not conclude until the end of October, culminating in a check presentation to the veterans organizations.
We look forward to seeing many of this year’s project participants 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. If you have not done so already, please email email@example.com if you are able to take part in the photo opportunity.
In addition, direct donations to the NATA-Flag Pin Project fund are welcome and count toward project participation. There is still time to participate this year. Donations should be sent to NATA-Flag Pin Project, 4226 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 by October 31, 2014. Please email your commitment to the project to Shannon Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed as a participant. We appreciate your support of this invaluable project.
Aviation Business Roundtable Limited Guest Rooms Available
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 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, 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 email@example.com or (703) 647-6407, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable. Events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 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.
Wiggins Airways, Independent Cargo Airline Since 1929, Will be Sold
Wiggins Airways, perhaps the state’s oldest aviation company, is being sold and basically split in two pieces. The employee-owned company services commercial airlines at the Manchester airport and also ships packages to and from smaller cities. It’s been operating at Manchester’s airport since 1929, two years after that facility opened with the state’s first commercial flights. Read more.
Key Air Welcomes New Executive to its Aircraft Management Division
Key Air, a leading national provider of best-in-class aircraft management and worldwide executive jet charter services proudly announces the recent addition of Keith Ruggirello to its management team as Vice President to lead its Aircraft Management Division. Click here to read more.
Fargo Jet Center, Premier Jet Center & Weather Modification Inc. Announce New Leadership Team Members
Neil Brackin joined Fargo Jet Center (FJC) / Premier Jet Center (PJC) as vice president of flight operations to lead the flight operations division and business development in new markets. In addition, Mike Clancy has been promoted to vice president of technical services for Fargo Jet Center and associated companies Weather Modification and Exclusive Aerospace LLC. Finally, Bruce A. Boe has been promoted to vice president of meteorology for Weather Modification Inc. (WMI). Read more.
AVSEC World Conference Takes Place October 27-29, 2014
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.
ACSF is pleased to announce that Associated Aircraft Group, Wappingers Falls, New York, is the newest company to join the ACSF. 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.