September 7, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 36
NATA Responds to Department of Labor Overtime Proposal
On September 3rd, NATA responded to the Department of Labor proposal to increase the salary threshold at which executive, administrative, and professional employees qualify for overtime pay concluding it would negatively impact the aviation business sector. In addition, NATA saw no need to modify the current duties test suggesting any such discussion should be subject to a further rulemaking. Responding on behalf of the association, Bill Deere, SVP for Government Affairs suggested, “The feedback NATA received from its members is similar to that of other organizations representing small businesses. The proposal will inhibit the promotion of employees to management positions and return some current managers to hourly status. The end result will be reduced take home pay and loss of benefits.”
Aviation Business Roundtable Highlight: Political Outlook with Charlie Cook
NATA welcomes renowned political analyst Charlie Cook to the Aviation Business Roundtable speaker lineup. When Mr. Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for The Washington Quarterly. Click here for full bio.
NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable annually brings together the industry's senior business executives to discuss important and relevant issues with key government officials and other top industry leaders. The Aviation Business Roundtable begins Tuesday, October 20th, at 8:00 a.m. and concludes that evening with a dinner address by Mr. Cook. Registration for this event is $2,000 and is extended to senior level executives. Please contact Rebecca Mulholland, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, at email@example.com, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable or if you have questions.
FAA Publishes Revised Guidance on Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts
The FAA has put out for comment revised guidance on Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts (Proposed AC 21-29D). The revised Advisory Circular (AC) focuses on traceability and the airworthiness of parts that fall outside the original equipment manufacturer and reside more frequently in the aftermarket. This new draft mixes the aftermarket and production approval holder requirements and could potentially confuse the industry. NATA’s Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee will review the newly proposed draft and submit comments on behalf of our members. Comments are due September 28, 2015 and can be emailed to: Joseph.firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATA Hosts Air Carrier & Contract Training Working Group (AC & CT WG) Meeting
Last week, the AC & CT WG, led by NATA’s John McGraw, held a meeting at NATA's Washington, D.C. headquarters. The working group received a briefing from FAA subject matter experts who presented information on scenario-based training development techniques and flight deck automation findings and recommendations. The working group also concentrated their efforts on developing a work plan and timeline for the Phase II/Long Term tasking regarding the scenario-based training recommendations for the upcoming Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ACT ARC) Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for mid-October. The next meeting is scheduled for October 1-2, 2015 at NATA’s office in Washington, D.C. For further details, please contact Megan Eisenstein at email@example.com.
NATA Attends GAJSC SAT Meeting
Last week, NATA’s Regulatory Affairs staff attended the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Analysis Team (GAJSC SAT) meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting participants, comprised of industry and government representatives, reviewed the final edits of the System Component Failure – Powerplant (SCF-PP) Safety Enhancements and also discussed the updates on Loss of Control (LOC)-I 1/2 Safety Enhancement implementation activities. The next scheduled GAJSC SAT meeting is tentatively scheduled to occur in December 2015. For further information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATA Attends Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) Meeting
Last week, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, John McGraw, attended a full committee ASAC meeting, which was closed to the public. As stated on the TSA webpage, the ASAC “provides advice to the TSA administrator on aviation security matters, including the development, refinement, and implementation of policies, programs, rulemaking, and security directives pertaining to aviation security.” The next annual public ASAC meeting is scheduled to occur on November 20, 2015. For further details, please contact Megan Eisenstein at email@example.com.
NATA Safety 1st Introduces New Online Training Blog Series
NATA Safety 1st is pleased to introduce the first in a bi-weekly series of blog posts featuring frequently asked Questions & Answers about our online training. “The Safety Net” is a great place for trainers and administrators to share thoughts on safety and training issues, ask questions, share comments or even make suggestions for using Safety 1st online training more effectively. Join us to stay up-to-date with the program. Recognized safety and training experts from across our industry are on board as contributors and we are also open to new voices and ideas. So if you have something to say about safety or training, do not hesitate to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe here https://natasafetynet.wordpress.com/.
Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents
The FAA and general aviation groups, including NATA, launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #Fly Safe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. A LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. Contributing factors may include: poor judgment/aeronautical decision making, failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action, intentional regulatory non-compliance, low pilot time in aircraft make and model, lack of piloting ability, failure to maintain airspeed, failure to follow procedure, pilot inexperience and proficiency, or the use of over-the-counter drugs that impact pilot performance. Click here for more information on the current topic “Medications and Pilots
Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Safety 1st Training?
The final NATA Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP) for 2015 begins September 16th. 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 still 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.