October 12, 2015 – Volume 14 Issue 41
Representative DeFazio to Open NATA 2015 Aviation Business Roundtable
NATA is pleased to announce the Honorable Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will open the 2015 Aviation Business Roundtable next Tuesday, October 20th, in Washington, DC. Representative DeFazio will discuss his proposal to address the budgetary and procurement challenges the FAA faces through the creation of a "21st Century Constitutionally Chartered FAA Corporation." Representative DeFazio joins an exciting speaker lineup that includes TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, noted industry and political analysts Richard Aboulafia and Charlie Cook, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy The Honorable Peter Rogoff, and Chief NFIB Economist Dr. William Dunkelberg.
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 leading political analyst Charlie Cook. Please contact Rebecca Mulholland at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable or if you have questions.
NATA Participates in Unleaded Avgas Meetings
Last week, NATA staff participated in several meetings related to the development of unleaded aviation fuel. On Tuesday, the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) Steering Group, of which NATA is a member, met in Washington, D.C. The FAA and industry engaged in discussions on the progress, plan, and schedule of Phase I: Lab Tests, Emissions & Toxicology Assessments; the plan and schedule for Phase II: Full Scale Engine & Aircraft Testing, and reviewed the status update on the aircraft and engine test program. The PAFI Steering Group also discussed next steps in addressing issues related to the transition from 100LL to unleaded Avgas. The next PAFI Steering Group meeting is scheduled for December 8th in Austin, Texas.
Later in the week, NATA was part of the “New Unleaded Avgas Deployment” working group meeting at the American Petroleum Institute. The group reviewed the legislative and regulatory activities associated with the removal of lead from aviation gasoline. The FAA and industry continue to collaborate on identifying issues and formulating actions necessary for safe deployment of replacement unleaded avgas during the transitional period. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at email@example.com
NATA Comments on the Latest FAA Change to MAG Rev 5
On October 7th, NATA joined a coalition of aviation trade associations in a letter recommending the FAA align the implementation of the Maintenance Annex Guide (MAG) with the implementation date of the FAA Part 21, Amendment 21-98 Final Rule. The aviation groups’ request pertains to the change that requires new parts received by a U.S. repair station be accompanied by an FAA Form 8130-3 issued from a U.S. production approval holder (PAH).
NATA Applauds FAA’s New Compliance Philosophy
In an October 6th speech, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta discussed the agency’s next step in its Risk-Based Decision Making called the Compliance Philosophy. NATA President Tom Hendricks praised the shift in oversight emphasis from enforcement action to safety compliance stating, "As Administrator Huerta noted, the effectiveness of this change requires an open and transparent exchange of information and data between the FAA and the aviation community. NATA fully supports this initiative and will continue to work with the agency to fully realize the benefits of this important policy change.”
NATA Calls For Extension of Critical Investment Tax Incentives
In a letter to Congress last week, NATA and more than 200 leading associations and companies called for the extension of critical pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-investment tax incentives including enhanced Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. The group noted, “The current uncertainty about these tax policies is discouraging investment in the United States and, in some cases, keeping companies on the sidelines. This impacts both companies that make investments and companies that manufacture capital equipment and reduces job growth that typically accompanies such investments. Renewing these provisions will provide an immediate incentive for businesses to make additional capital investments, boosting economic growth and job creation.”
OSHA Announces FY 2015 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
In a press release from the National Safety Council, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration released its top 10 most frequently cited standards. Visit the Safety Net blog to see the list, while you’re there don’t forget to subscribe to the Safety Net blog!
JFI Jets and ACP Jets Announce a Strategic Merger, Creating a World Class Aircraft Management Company
JFI Jets, a worldwide leader in private jet charter, aircraft management and maintenance, recently announced its acquisition of ACP Jets, a highly respected private jet operator. The combined entity will immediately offer aircraft management, hangar space, charter and maintenance services in the nation’s three busiest private jet markets: New York Metro, Southern California, and South Florida. Upon full FAA integration, it will operate and manage a combined fleet of 17 midsize and heavy jets available for charter. For more information, read here.
NATA Member, Stevens Aviation to Exhibit at NBAA 2015
Catch NATA member, Stevens Aviation at the NBAA 2015 Conference on November 17th-19th in Las Vegas, N.V. Stevens Aviation will host several vendor seminars throughout the conference, including the November 18th seminar “NATA and the State of the Aviation Industry” presented by special guest, NATA President and CEO, Tom Hendricks. Be sure to visit the Stevens Aviation Team at NBAA 2015 Conference booth N1321. For more information, click here.
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2016 Aviation Business Conference – Save the Date
Mark your calendar for NATA’s 2016 Aviation Business Conference. Next year’s conference will take place June 8-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Save the date and look for upcoming registration details!
Save the date for the upcoming 2016 Air Charter Safety Symposium scheduled for March 8-9, 2016 at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center. To take advantage of the ACSF room block, you can make reservations by calling (800) 321-2211 or online using the following link: Book your group rate for 2016 ACSF Safety Symposium. Visit www.acsf.aero for more ACSF News.