August 31, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 35
Hendricks Addresses Paragon Network, Visits Midwest Members
Last week, NATA President Tom Hendricks addressed a meeting of the Paragon Network hosted by the DuPage Flight Center. In his remarks, Hendricks outlined what will be a busy fall in Washington including concerns over congressional proposals to create a user-fee funded air traffic control corporation. Hendricks followed-up this meeting with briefings at Priester Aviation and Gary Jet Center.
National Labor Relations Board Alters Joint Employer Standard
Last Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board issued what is being described as a landmark ruling that alters the joint employer standard in place since the 1980s. The ruling, adopted by a 3 to 2 vote along partisan lines with Democratic board members in support and Republicans opposed, revises the joint employer standard so that a company that now hires a contractor to staff its facilities may potentially be considered a joint employer of the workers
Safety Notice Warns About Braking Performance on Wet Runways
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning operators of turbojet aircraft that performance data for wet runway landings may not provide sufficient safety margins. Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 15009, “Turbojet Braking Performance on Wet Runways” states that the FAA’s review of recent landing incidents and accidents involving wet runway conditions raised concerns that the braking coefficient of friction was significantly lower than expected. The FAA’s investigation identified runway texture, draining and puddling as possible factors. Data analysis indicates an additional 30-40% of additional stopping distance could be necessary on certain very wet, but not flooded, runways. The SAFO notes that the FAA is continuing to investigate issues with wet runway braking performance shortfalls and operators are encouraged to review the SAFO and consider additional conservatism in assessing wet runway landing distances.
NATA Fall Committee Meetings – Register Now
NATA 2015 Fall Committee Meetings are scheduled for October 6th and 7th at NATA headquarters in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, October 6th, the Airport Business and Safety 1st Committees will meet and on Wednesday, October 7th, the Air Charter and Maintenance Committee meetings will take place. All committee members are invited to a reception on Tuesday evening. Email Rebecca Mulholland at email@example.com for more details and to register.
NATA Remembers Gene Condreras, NATA Member and Head of Panorama Flight Services
Eugene J. “Gene” Condreras—who spent nearly 40 years serving with his family business, the Panorama Flight Service FBO at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.—died on August 23rd. He grew up around the business his grandfather began in 1958 and joined with his brothers Ken Healy and Ed Condreras in the early 1980s. In 1992, their father, Ted Healy Jr., handed over the business to the three brothers, with Gene becoming president. He steered the business until he retired, selling the facility to Landmark Aviation in 2013. The family is asking that donations be made in Gene’s memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Read more.
Bill McNease of Priester Aviation Talks Known Crewmember®
Known Crewmember® (KCM) is a risk-based screening system available to eligible Part 135 and Part 125 air charter crews that expedites access to sterile areas of airports and makes airport checkpoint screening more efficient. KCM is available through NATA Compliance Services (NATACS). Recently, NATACS staff caught up with Bill McNease of Priester Aviation to find out more about how the Known Crewmember® is benefiting him and other pilots. Read more.
Palo Alto: City Seeks Bids for Studies of Airplane Noise
The Palo Alto City Council voted Monday to request proposals from consultants who would analyze air traffic patterns from September 2003 to June to identify the shift toward concentrated, low-altitude flights and recommend ways to reduce noise. Read further.
Landmark Aviation Expands Aircraft Management and Charter Leadership
Landmark Aviation has expanded its aircraft management and charter division’s leadership with the addition of Marla McGatlin as the Manager of Client Relations based in Waukegan, Illinois and Greg Paxson as the Director of Maintenance based in Van Nuys, California. Read more
Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program – Begins in September
The final NATA Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP) for 2015 will begin in September. The CTP is comprised of six instructor-led, online classes that provide the foundational knowledge and skills required to be an effective trainer. These classes are approximately an hour and a half in length and occur over a three-month period. As an online course, the CTP saves participants time away from work and the cost of travel typically associated with in-person seminars and training classes. The course is derived from basic learning and on-the-job training theory and includes practical implementation strategies that allow attendees to have an immediate positive impact on training and morale. Registration is open. For more information, click here.
Final Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in 2015 Takes Place in Fort Lauderdale
Following on the success of the Wheeling, IL Advance Line Service Workshop, NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 20-21, 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. This is the last Advanced Line Service Workshop in 2015. Don’t miss out, register now!
The next Air Charter Safety Symposium takes place March 8-9, 2016. Visit www.acsf.aero for more ACSF news.