May 25, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 21
Aviation Business Conference Hotel Room Block Expires Today – Make Your Reservations Now
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. One event also means more opportunities to catch up with your business associates. Register by clicking here. Hotel rooms are very limited and the room block expires today, reserve one now!
Bonus Depreciation Legislation Reintroduced in Congress
Last week, Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) reintroduced legislation (H.R. 2510) to make permanent the immediate expensing of 50% of new investments in equipment and software. Immediate expensing, or bonus depreciation, expired at the end of 2014 and similar legislation authored by Rep. Tiberi was approved by the House of Representatives in 2014. NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks urged the House Ways and Means Committee to give it prompt consideration stating: "The legislation’s permanent extension of 50% expensing for new equipment and software will assist the general aviation sector by encouraging aviation businesses to make immediate capital investments in the U.S. economy.” Senate companion legislation is expected to be introduced shortly after the Memorial Day congressional recess.
NATA Joins Other GA Groups in Support of Veterans Flight Training
On Tuesday, NATA joined six other GA groups in a letter to the House Veterans Affairs Committee opposing legislation (H.R. 476) to cap reimbursement to veterans for flight training conducted through public institutions. The legislation is in response to press reports concerning the per student reimbursement rates for program participants at certain schools. The letter points out that "Many of the veterans currently working toward their commercial pilot licenses matriculated based upon the promise of full tuition benefits for pilot training after completing their active duty service. Now that they have fulfilled their duty and honored us with their service, veterans in these programs dream of an aviation job and work hard to attain that goal — making sacrifices to achieve that commercial pilot license and counting on Congress to stand behind promises made."
NATA Participates in the GAJSC SAT Meeting with FAA and Industry
Last week, NATA participated in a General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Analysis Team (GAJSC SAT) meeting with FAA and industry stakeholders. The GAJSC SAT focuses their efforts on researching, analyzing and developing mitigation strategies related to GA safety issues. The committee reviewed the status of the safety enhancements and discussed communications and social media outreach initiatives. For more information, contact Megan Eisenstein, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs at email@example.com.
House Aviation Subcommittee Reviews Airport Financing and Development
Last week, the House Aviation Subcommittee held a Roundtable with industry stakeholders on airport financing and development as part of ongoing discussions on reauthorizing the FAA. Representatives from the airlines, FAA, private business and airports discussed proposed passenger facility fee (PFC) increases and the potential negative effects on airport-airline relationships. Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) urged all sides to work together toward a resolution.
NATA Headquarters Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
NATA Headquarters will be closed today, May 25, 2014, in observance of Memorial Day. The association thanks all of our men and women serving in the U.S. military, past and present, and wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Please Help Us Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Aviation Safety
The 37th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2014 is underway. 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. You can complete the survey online, or a survey form will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope. If you have already completed this year’s survey, thank you! Previous years’ survey results can be found at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/general_aviation/. Questions? Please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six FBOs Join Air Elite Network
World Fuel Services has announced that six new FBOs have joined the expanding Air Elite Network, with nine having been accredited in 2015. The latest members bring Air Elite-accredited locations to 43 around the globe, since the launch of the program by World Fuel Services in late 2011. Read more.
Signature Adds Magnum Aviation to Select Network
Magnum Aviation has signed an agreement to become the second fixed-base operator in Europe to join Signature Flight Support’s “Signature Select” network. Read further.
Limited Aviation Business Conference Sponsorships Available
The Air Charter Summit + Aviation Business & Legislative Conference
Get your company's name front and center at NATA's Aviation Business Conference. Executives from across the industry will be in attendance at this year's conference, you don't want to miss this opportunity! All sponsorships include recognition on conference signage, on NATA's website and in the conference program.
• Conference Program Advertisement - $2,000
• Continental Breakfasts - $1,500
• General Sessions - $750 - $1,000
• Refreshment Breaks - $500 - $1,500
• Congressional Reception - $3,000
• Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon* - $3,000
• Concurrent Sessions - $500
• Dinner, VAC Raffle & Auction Fundraiser* - $5,000
• Full Conference Sponsor* - $6,000
*Sponsorship includes at least one complimentary registration for the conference. Contact Elizabeth Nicholson at email@example.com or (202) 774-1517 to finalize your sponsorship! Register for the conference here.
Take the First Step Toward IS-BAH Registration
Do not miss the upcoming Fundamentals of IS-BAH Workshop at NATA's Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on June 19th, immediately following NATA's Aviation Business Conference. This workshop is a required element of IS-BAH registration and is presented by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and hosted by NATA. If your business is considering IS-BAH registration, one company individual must attend a Fundamentals of IS-BAH Workshop. The registration fee is $500 per attendee. Seating is limited, so be sure to register today! In order to obtain the maximum benefit from attendance at the IS-BAH Workshop, participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the IS-BAH manual to review during the workshop. The IS-BAH can be obtained from the NATA website.
Third Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop Takes Place in Chicago
NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Chicago, IL on July 7-8, 2015. The Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your line service team succeed and become new leaders within your company. Register now, seats fill up quickly for this popular workshop!
ACSF responded to Alan Levin’s article published by Bloomberg on May 15, 2015: “Private Jets Have More Fatal Accidents Than Commercial Planes.” Read the response here. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.