March 16, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 11
Senate Unanimously Confirms Christopher Hart as NTSB Chairman
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed the Honorable Christopher Hart to serve as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks commended the Senate’s action following its 97 to 0 vote confirming Hart stating: “As a general aviation pilot, Chairman Hart’s training and personal experience will be critical to advancing aviation safety initiatives such as supporting pilot professionalism in training, promoting proactive safety information reporting programs and ensuring that automation continues to improve safety. Chairman Hart addressed our members on these issues late last year and we look forward to continuing these conversations and working with him in the future.”
NATA Opposes Restrictions on Aviation Businesses Operating at East Hampton Airport
NATA, joined by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Business Aviation Association, submitted comments at last week’s East Hampton Town Board Meeting in opposition to the town’s proposal to restrict operations at East Hampton Airport (HTO). NATA recently hosted a meeting with industry and members of the town board to discuss the proposal’s impacts on the general aviation community, local businesses and the national air transportation system. Though the town's proposal includes a reassessment of its impact later this year, NATA Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs Bill Deere observed, "we fear by then the resultant damage in lost revenue, investment opportunities and jobs will be irreparable. Aviation jobs are good-paying jobs that will not be easily replaced in the community.” Read more.
Hendricks Discusses New NATA Aviation Business Conference
In June, NATA will host the inaugural Aviation Business Conference in Washington, D.C. This new conference combines the best of our previous Aviation Business & Legislative Conference and Air Charter Summit into one industry-wide event. Read Hendricks’ latest blog post, “NATA’s New Aviation Business Conference – An Event For All Members,” for more information and a link to add this exciting event to your calendar.
NATA Takes Part in Industry Effort to Support Funding Alternative to Leaded Avgas
NATA and other general aviation associations wrote last week to the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the FAA's budget request for the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative. The associations told lawmakers, "Investment in this program this year and continuing through FY 2018 is essential to ensuring that the transition effectively balances environmental improvement with aviation safety, technical challenges, and economic impact.” Read letter.
NATA Safety 1st Held Two Successful Events in Vegas
NATA Safety 1st completed their popular FBO Success Seminar and first Advanced Line Service Regional Workshop for 2015 in Las Vegas last week. Photos from both events are available on the Safety Net blog.
Take a Closer Look at the Safety 1st Digital ERS
The Safety 1st Digital Emergency Response System (ERS) is a cutting-edge tool designed to assist businesses to prepare for – and respond to – emergency situations with an unparalleled level of effectiveness. The system utilizes a business’s existing or custom developed emergency response plan – but unlike a paper manual – places contact lists, emergency checklists and enhanced communications tools in the hands of decision makers when they need them most. An online, interactive demonstration of the new Safety 1st Digital ERS is available, take a look today!
NATA Encourages Members to Participate in GA and Part 135 Activity Survey
The 37th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for calendar year 2014 will begin soon! 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. These data help 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. Prospective respondents will receive a postcard. Read more.
Avfuel’s Newly Launched Website Enhances Customer Experience
Avfuel Corporation launched a new website this week. Avfuel.com provides visitors an advanced online experience - a refreshed design backed by sophisticated software technology. Completely rebuilt, the new avfuel.com has a smarter interface and is optimized for tablet and mobile device viewing. Read more.
Priester Aviation Earns ARGUS Platinum Safety Rating
Priester Aviation, LLC, has once again been awarded the ARGUS Platinum rating for industry best practices, as certified by Aviation Research Group/U.S. This rating is the organization’s highest obtainable certification. Read more.
2015 Aviation Business Conference - Save Now with Early Bird Registration!
The Air Charter Summit + Aviation Business & Legislative Conference
NATA is combining the best of the Air Charter Summit with the best of the Aviation Business & Legislative Conference into one industry-wide event – the NATA 2015 Aviation Business Conference. NATA’s new conference provides important advice, access and information to give your aviation business a competitive edge and to provide insights into what is happening in Washington that could impact your bottom line. A highlight of this all-inclusive event is NATA’s Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill, a “can’t miss” opportunity to connect with Members of Congress and to communicate the vital importance of aviation businesses to the Nation’s economy. One event also means more opportunities to catch up with your business associates. Registration is now open, don’t miss our early bird conference pricing by clicking here.
NATA Safety 1st Introduces a New Air Charter Workshop
NATA Safety 1st will hold its first workshop for air charter operators on April 22-23, 2015 in Long Beach, CA. Above the Clouds: Next Level Client Services is a new workshop experience tailored to provide the knowledge and skill to drive continuous improvement in customer loyalty, revenues and profits. The workshop is hosted by Airflite and presented in conjunction with ServiceElements™. Learn more.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation concluded its Air Charter Safety Symposium last week and would like to thank the attendees, sponsors and speakers for making it a success. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.