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NATA is the National Air Transportation Association 

Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.


Upcoming Events

Commercial Operators & Management Tax Seminar - San Antonio, TX - September 23-24, 2009

Advanced Line Service Supervisor Training - San Diego, CA - September 23-24, 2009

Line Service Supervisor Training - Pittsburgh, PA- December 2, 2009

Safety 1st Trainer - Pittsburgh, PA- December 4, 2009


Professional Line Service Training 


PLST Online provides the most up-to-date training available for line service specialists – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Line service supervisors can conduct the new PLST Online training anytime and from anywhere there is access to the Web.   

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139 Fire Safety Training Online

This training not only meets and exceeds the requirements of 14 CFR 139.321 but also allows you to interact with other students in a group learning environment, receive the very latest NFPA news, watch live training presentations and much more.

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Fuller, Coyne To Appear At GA Serves America Town Hall Meeting In Charlotte, NC, on July 20
Support General Aviation Serves America Today!
Recently, NATA became a partner and major contributor to the General Aviation Serves America campaign that was introduced in late April by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The General Aviation Serves America campaign was created by AOPA to highlight the importance of the general aviation industry to the U.S. economy with the potential for new taxes and security restrictions.

As part of this partnership, AOPA President Craig L. Fuller and NATA President James K. Coyne will jointly appear at a GA Serves America Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 20, 2009, in Charlotte, NC. 

To learn more about this event, please click here.

NATA is also asking its members to support this critical new initiative in three ways.

  • Showcase General Aviation Serves America educational materials at your facilities. These educational materials will include brochures, posters and a promotional video. To request a General Aviation Serves America FBO packet, please contact Eric R. Byer on the NATA staff.
  • Contribute directly to the General Aviation Serves America campaign by clicking here.
  • Host a fundraising event featuring AOPA President Craig Fuller and/or NATA President James K. Coyne. To do so, contact Eric R. Byer on the NATA staff.

NATA members having questions about the association’s involvement in supporting the General Aviation Serves America campaign may contact Eric R. Byer.


GA And 135 Annual Activity Survey Underway – NATA Urges Participation
The General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2008 is now underway, and we need your help. The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the size and makeup of the general aviation and Part 135 fleets, the number of hours flown, and the reasons people fly. These data help to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety.

If you received a postcard invitation or survey form in the mail, please complete the survey today. You can complete the survey on-line at (use aircraft N-Number to login) or return the survey form you receive in the mail using the postage-paid envelope. If you already completed this year’s survey, thank you! We appreciate your help.

Why is your participation important?

  • Your help is needed to prepare accurate estimates of aviation safety. Data from this survey are used to calculate fatal accident rates for general aviation and Part 135 aircraft.

  • A focused effort is being made by the FAA to improve the data quality for high-end, high-use aircraft, a significant part of the GA fleet.  As a result, 100% of on-demand Part 135 and turbine aircraft are being asked to participate in the 2008 GA Survey. 

  • Your responses are completely confidential. PA Consulting Group is an independent research firm that conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA and prepares statistical reports. Individual information is not shared with the FAA.

  • An abbreviated survey form is available for owners of multiple aircraft. We know your time is valuable. If you own three or more aircraft and received several survey forms, please contact us!

Questions? Lost the survey form? Own three or more aircraft? Please contact Theresa Tennant of PA Consulting Group toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email

NATA thanks you for your help!


FAA Guidance Addresses In-Flight Fires
Free Training Video Available
The FAA has published two documents related to aircraft fires. In InFO 09010, “Availability of a FAA In-flight Firefighting Training Video,” the FAA announces the availability of a free training video to educate flight crews on the dangers of in-flight fires and how to respond in the event of a fire. All aircraft operators are encouraged to incorporate the video into their pilot training programs. The video compliments Advisory Circular 120-80, “In-Flight Fires.” The InFO includes links to download both the AC and the video.

A second document, SAFO 09013, “Fighting Fires Caused By Lithium Type Batteries in Portable Electronic Devices,” gives specific recommended procedures for responding to a lithium battery fire. A link to a training video specific to laptop computer battery fires is also provided.

Due to the significant danger presented by in-flight fires, NATA strongly recommends that all aircraft operators obtain and use the guidance offered by the FAA.


Read The July/August Edition Of FAA Aviation News Today!
All members of the general aviation industry are encouraged to read the July/August FAA Aviation News magazine that is available online at:

FAA Aviation News is free-of-charge and includes opinion editorials from key FAA officials on a variety of important safety issues affecting the general aviation industry.  FAA Aviation News is published every two months via the FAA Aviation News Web site at:


Fall 2009 Committee Meetings Cancelled
To accommodate committee member concerns with the struggling economy, NATA is cancelling the 2009 NATA Fall Committee Meetings originally scheduled for September 14-15.

View a memo announcing the cancellation.

Contact NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer with questions.


Tax Help For Charter Operations
Part 135 air charter operators face a dizzying array of federal and state tax laws daily – but now there is help! The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar will provide answers to some of the most common and confusing tax questions.

NATA and Conklin & de Decker have teamed up to present this two-day comprehensive seminar covering the entire range of key tax issues. From federal excise taxes to state taxes and international fees and from FARs to IRS regulations, you will find the information and answers you need.

Why Attend?

  • Learn the tax implications of charter brokering
  • Discover common tax errors and how to avoid them
  • Anticipate state tax problems before they become your problems
  • Expand your understanding of international user fees
  • Save time and money by knowing your rights

This seminar is offered only once this year, so reserve your space today.

For more information or to register, visit NATA’s Events Calendar at or call 800-808-NATA.


Advance Your Line Service
High performance line service supervisors are absolutely essential to successful operations. Annual training in the latest and best practices is the most effective way for supervisors to maximize efficiency, safety and profit.

NATA’s Advanced Line Service Supervisor Training (ALSST) Seminar provides the tools to increase the performance of line crew supervisors and set them and your operation apart from the rest.

Seminar Benefits:

  • Advanced skills to train, motivate and discipline employees
  • Employees will be better equipped to respond to both emergency and ordinary, day-to-day situations
  • An energized and confident workforce
  • Decreased employee turn-over
  • Improved communication and performance
  • FAA-Approved 14 CFR 139.321 Fire Safety Training certification
  • Attendees who have completed both the LSST and ALSST seminars receive an NATA Certified Supervisor Certificate and are recognized in NATA’s e-Toolkit

Featured Speakers:
Walter Chartrand, AirBP Aviation Services
Frank Surface, MoneyWise Solutions

September 23 & 24     San Diego, CA
This seminar is offered only once this year, so reserve your space today.

For more information or to register, visit NATA’s Events Calendar at or call 800-808-NATA.


Let Work For You
Ever wish you could make an announcement or market a service or product to other NATA members? NATA now offers a free marketing service to all NATA members - the Classified-Member Posts section of The classifieds section is designed to allow members to post their own press releases and classified ads. Check boxes in the press release area provide the ability to target specific audiences. The classifieds are divided into three sections: RFPs, jobs and buy/sell, which can be marketed to all members, or to specific member groups.

Discover how can work for you today. Click the Classified-Member Posts link on the left sidebar of the homepage or contact Linda Pylant for more information.


Purchase Your NATA Environmental Compliance Manuals For Half Price Today!
The association is pleased to offer the comprehensive manual supplied to attendees participating at one of NATA’s Environmental Compliance Seminars in 2009 for half price. The cost to members for this manual is now $99.

The NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities is the only event that focuses solely on environmental compliance issues confronting FBOs and general aviation airports. With pressure mounting from the media, the federal government and the public at large, this seminar is designed to ensure that FBOs and general aviation airports are complying with environmental mandates that affect their daily operations.

If you were not able to make one of NATA’s Environmental Compliance Seminars in 2009, this is your opportunity to read up on what you missed! 

For more information on how to purchase an NATA Environmental Compliance manual, please contact Rebecca Mulholland on the NATA staff. 


NATA Weekly Survey
Should the FAA include Part 135 and 91k operations within their new Aviation Rulemaking Committee on flight and duty time requirements when an existing recommendation from the 2003 Part 125/135 on this subject has yet to be implemented?

Participate in survey.


Environmental Fact Of The Week
NATA's quick facts on the aviation industry's effect on the environment are designed to ensure that members take every step necessary to minimize the effect aviation has on the environment while recognizing the initiatives the industry has taken to reduce global warming.

Did you know that Congress is currently considering sweeping new emission standards that could affect the aviation industry? The association has produced a comprehensive new legislative report on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 that the U.S. House of Representatives approved over a week ago.  



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