June 1, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 22
Aviation Business Conference Highlight: A Systems Approach to Aviation Emergency Preparedness
Don Chupp, President of Fireside Partners, will lead the “A Systems Approach to Aviation Emergency Preparedness” session at NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in two weeks. Don’t miss this presentation featuring a new method of conceptualizing, developing, and practicing aviation emergency response plans and preparedness. The core competencies of the industry best practices will be presented and reviewed, along with real-world examples of implementation and results. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of an effective emergency response program, and an effective road map for immediate implementation. It’s not too late, register today!
Wall Street Journal Publishes NATA Views on Air Traffic Control Reform
Last week the Wall Street Journal published the response of NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks to its May 13th article “Can Air-Traffic Control Go Private?” Expressing concern that the article understates the risks associated with creating a user run air traffic control corporation, Hendricks reminded readers, "While modernizing and adapting for future requirements is an absolute must, let’s ensure we aren’t using more than decade-old assumptions and expectations as a pretense for potentially disruptive changes to the world’s best and safest air-traffic control system."
FAA Proposes to Reduce RVSM Requirements
Last week, the FAA issued an NPRM to revise the agency’s requirements for an application to operate in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. The RVSM requirement was first promulgated in 1997, and required an approved separate maintenance program before an operator could be authorized to fly in RVSM airspace. This extra step created additional cost and potential for inconsistency between FAA field offices and operators. The proposal lifts the redundant requirement and, according to the FAA, will save operators approximately $14.1million in the first year following the adoption of the final rule. NATA members will benefit from the cost savings and elimination of potential inconsistencies regarding the maintenance program approvals between FAA offices. Comments are due to the agency by July 27th.
NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project – Thirteen Member Companies Join 2015 Campaign in May
NATA’s Flag Pins for Veterans Project’s 2015 campaign began Memorial Day and runs through October 2015. Project participants are asked to display American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a $1.00 donation per pin, or make a direct donation to the project. Last year’s campaign raised more than $30,000 for veterans organizations. So far, Atlantic Aviation, Batten International Airport, Harbour Air Services KTVC, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Landmark Aviation, Million Air, Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Pentastar Aviation, NATA, NATA Aviation Legal Services and Transplant Transportation Services, Inc. have signed on to support the enduring sacrifices of our Nation’s veterans. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at email@example.com to participate.
Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Action Program Expands to Southern Region
On Friday, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) signed a memorandum of understanding with the FAA Southern Region that will allow aviation operators in the following states to participate in the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The ACSF-managed ASAP program is already approved in the FAA Eastern, Great Lakes, and Western-Pacific Regions. ACSF anticipates adding the Southwest and Northwest Mountain Regions in the near future.
NATA Hosts Air Carrier & Contract Training Workgroup (AC & CT WG) Meeting
Last week, the Air Carrier & Contract Training Workgroup (AC & CT WG) convened at NATA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to continue discussions on air carrier and training center concerns. NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, John McGraw, leads the working group that is responsible for recommending innovative strategies to integrate evidence and scenario-based approaches and evaluation into the training, checking, and qualification modules of operator training programs. The workgroup discussed recommendations for a standardized curriculum model. The next AC & CT WG face-to-face meeting will take place on July 9th at NATA’s office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Commercial Operators Tax Seminar Takes Place July 14-15 in Chantilly, VA
NATA and Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. continue to offer the only tax seminar for commercial operators. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar covers taxes that you, the commercial operator, face every day in your operations. Are you concerned with the IRS Chief Counsel Advisory relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees? This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. In addition, a comprehensive review of the Federal Aviation Regulations, Ops Spec A008 and language that should be included in charter/management and management agreements will be provided on the first day. Register today!
Member Benefit Highlight: NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™
NATA has once again partnered with AirSure Limited to administer the association’s official Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, offered as a compelling member benefit. The strong appeal of the program centers on the annual return on insurance premiums to ALL participants when premiums collected exceed the administrative costs and claims expenses for an individual year. Underwritten by insurance companies with a minimum A-rating by AM Best, the program marks NATA’s 2015 re-engagement of AirSure Limited, which served as the association’s original Workers’ Comp Insurance Program Administrator from 1975 to 2008. The AirSure program now available to NATA members has declared average Good Experience Returns (GER) of 14% since its inception in 2011. Click here for more information.
Jet Aviation Adds Twelve New Aircraft to Its Global Management Fleet
Jet Aviation has seen a significant increase in demand for aircraft management and flight support services in recent months. The company has added 12 aircraft to its global aircraft management fleet this year, including five aircraft in EMEA and Asia and seven in the U.S. Read more.
Mark Schenkel Named Controller At Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation has named Mark Schenkel to the position of Controller, effective this month. Read further.
2015 Aviation Business Conference - Don't Miss Out!
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. One event also means more opportunities to catch up with your business associates. Register by clicking here. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Elizabeth Nicholson at email@example.com.
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!
It's ACSF is pleased to announce that Key Air, Oxford, CT, has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.