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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.



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2010 FBO Leadership Conference - San Antonio, TX - 01/25/2010

FBO Success Seminar -Las Vegas, NV - 03/15/2010

Environmental Compliance Seminar -Las Vegas, NV - 03/15/2010

Line Service Supervisor Training -Las Vegas, NV - 03/15/2010

NATA Safety 1st Trainer -Las Vegas, NV - 03/15/2010

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Congress Sends Letter To Obama Opposing User Fees In FY11 Budget
U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Jerry Costello (D-IL) and Ranking Member Thomas Petri (R-WI) along with 116 additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama advising him not to include general aviation user fees in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. Costello, Petri and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) support maintaining the current mechanism of using fuel taxes to support the Aviation Trust Fund, as is contained in H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, which passed the House earlier this year.

The letter states that “the current system of aviation excise taxes has proven to be a stable and efficient source of funding for our aviation system. Furthermore, we believe that user fees will place an undue administrative burden, and associated costs, on system users – particularly small businesses and general aviation users.” 

To view the letter, please click here.

To view NATA’s Press Release, please click here.


FAA Releases Correction To Final Rule On Pilot Training
Last week, the FAA released a corrections document that addresses errors in the final rule, Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Pilot School Certification, issued August 21, 2009. In that rule, the FAA significantly increased the requirements and restrictions on using a flight simulator for training and testing for additional pilot ratings. The changes occurred in the creation of a new Part 61.64, which was supposed to consolidate and simplify the existing rules.

NATA originally submitted comments questioning the rational and purpose of the rule changes when they appeared in a 2007 NPRM. The final rule issued by the FAA in August did not address those comments. After consulting with NATA’s Flight Training Committee and others in the training industry on the effects of these changes, NATA Government and Industry Affairs staff began a series of discussions with FAA staff on the problems with the final rule as published. These discussions led to last week’s release of a corrections document.

The corrections made by the FAA allow a level C flight simulator to be used for all training and testing for an additional pilot rating if the applicant meets one of the following:

  • Holds a type rating in a turbojet airplane of the same class of airplane, and that type rating may not contain a supervised operating experience limitation;
  • Has 1,000 hours of flight time in two different turbojet airplanes of the same class of airplane;
  • Has been appointed by the U.S. Armed Forces as pilot-in-command in a turbojet airplane of the same class of airplane;
  • Has 500 hours of flight time in the same type of airplane; or
  • Has logged at least 2,000 hours of flight time, of which 500 hours were in turbine-powered airplanes of the same class of airplane for which the type rating is sought.

Pilots who do not meet any of the above prerequisites may still complete all training and testing for an additional rating in a flight simulator if they accept a 25 hour supervised operating experience (SOE) requirement being placed on their rating. Pilots not wanting an SOE and not meeting the above prerequisites must then complete a practical test in the aircraft.

NATA is pleased with the FAA’s cooperation in addressing these issues. NATA has released a regulatory report, which is available to members here, that details the changes made in the corrections document. The published version of the corrections document can be viewed here.


DHS Funding For Fiscal Year 2010 Approved
Congress overwhelming approved a final $42.8 billion fiscal year (FY) 2010 Homeland Security spending bill that provides funding for aviation security programs under the jurisdiction of the Transportation Security Administration.
To view NATA’s comprehensive legislative report on the FY 2010 Homeland Security spending bill, please click here.

Byer’s Blog: When Charter Safety Becomes Politicized

In recent months, there has been a misguided sense of panic in some entities within the federal government and the mainstream media about Part 135 on-demand air charter safety. Byer’s latest blog post examines the underlying causes, some steps that should be put in motion to understand our industry’s risks better, educate consumers and improve safety, and the important roles of NATA and the Air Charter Safety Foundation in setting the record straight.

Click here to view Byer's Blog.


NATA’s Safety 1st Flight Crew Briefings
Set a great example in your community
It is the pilot-in-command’s responsibility before each flight to become familiar with all available information regarding all airports of intended use. What if you could give pilots flying to your airport for the first time – or the fiftieth time – the benefit of talking with the veteran pilots of your airport? The complex airspace surrounding airports and the high volume of traffic during peak hours demand that flight crews be thoroughly familiar with the air traffic procedures for the area and the airport layout before arriving and departing. The Flight Crew Briefing is a customized online training tool that gives pilots and other flight crew members flying into and out of an airport access to critical safety information about the airport, including its location, layout, operations, regulations, and safety and security procedures. The Briefing allows pilots to hear advice and guidance from airport management, based pilots, and other flight crew members who are familiar with your airport.

Why should my airport invest in an airport Flight Crew Briefing module?  

  • Avoid negative media coverage and protect your airport’s reputation.
  • Demonstrate that you are proactive in the prevention of incidents and accidents.
  • Help create positive connections in aviation and local communities by promoting good neighbor noise and security policies.
  • Prove your safety and security commitment.
  • Be the #1 authority for local airport safety information.

Click here for a pdf about NATA’s Safety 1st Flight Crew Briefings or contact Russ Lawton at for more information. Visit to view the Teterboro Flight Crew Briefing module.


NATA Promotes GA And Safety 1st To AOPA Crowd

Visit Us At The AOPA Aviation Summit In Tampa,
November 5-7

NATA President James K. Coyne will be part of an aviation leadership panel during the AOPA Aviation Summit's opening forum on November 5. The focus of the panel will be on what's ahead for general aviation with topics such as user fees, security mandates and airspace issues. NATA will also be represented in booth 518 and during a safety forum on Saturday. Amy Koranda, director, safety management and Shannon Chambers, director, marketing & membership will promote the importance of Safety 1st in the selection of ground services, how to find a Safety 1st certified operator, the benefits of flight crew briefings and other valuable Safety 1st tools to Summit attendees at the booth. Koranda will also lead NATA's forum titled "Enhance Your Safety in the Air and on the Ground," Saturday, November 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 21. Participants will learn about free NATA tools available for preflight planning that can greatly improve the safety of their flight and ground experience and how to incorporate them. Please remember to add NATA to your Summit schedule.  

Prepare Your Team For A Winning Season
NATA’s 2010 Spring Training Week
We are pleased to host our second annual Spring Training Week in conjunction with the Aviation Industry Expo on March 15-17, 2010, in Las Vegas. NATA’s Spring Training consists of several major league seminars designed to answer questions about the business climate, advance the skills of FBO owners, general managers, line service specialists and supervisors, and enhance the success of their operation in any economic environment.

The 2010 Line Up:

  • FBO Success Seminar
  • NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar (Train the Trainer)
  • Environmental Compliance Seminar
  • Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar (LSST)

For more information and to register for the seminars, please go to,, or search for National Air Transportation Association on Facebook.


2010 FBO Leadership Conference – Preliminary Schedule, January 25-26
Preceding NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
in San Antonio, TX
The 2010 FBO Leadership Conference sessions focus on change and relationships. Change isn’t necessarily bad, it can lead to different or new, but with change comes questions and fresh approaches to just about everything familiar to us within the business world. Change is not just external, it is also internal to your company.

What are the long-term implications for the industry, in general, and your business, specifically? How will you do business in this new environment? Who will tomorrow’s customers be and how will you reach them? What is the value of relationship-building in a recession? How can you foster those relationships? How much more change can you expect? The 2010 FBO Leadership Conference will address these questions, and more!

Monday, January 25, 2010
12:00 noon - 1:45 p.m. – Welcome Luncheon & Keynote Address

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – The Future of Health Care & Impact on Small Businesses

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Building Business Partnerships in a Recession

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – President’s Reception & Party

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. – Leadership Breakfast

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Airport & Community Relations

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. – How To Market Your Business At NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

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Plan To Attend – 2010 Air Charter Safety Symposium
March 2-3, Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) will hold its annual Air Charter Safety Symposium on March 2-3, 2010, at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Strengthen your corporate culture
  • Learn practical techniques to improve safety and security
  • Discover how safety systems can benefit your bottom line
  • Understand implementation hurdles before beginning a new safety initiative
  • Find out how to use safety audits as a tool to improve your operations

Visit for more information or to register.


The Industry News Tab On NATA.Aero Brings You A World Of Information
Industry News is a live newsfeed from sources around the world - covering stories that affect general aviation businesses. The results are filtered to report the news that interests you most including what’s happening at NATA, with other NATA members, in Congress and throughout the general aviation industry. Click the Industry News tab on the homepage to view the listings.

NATA Weekly Survey
NATA’s weekly surveys are part of an effort to obtain more information from our members to serve their daily needs better. These surveys range from specific policy topics to programs, products and services that the association provides or should provide. The association strongly encourages members to take a few moments to review and complete the online survey in each week’s edition of NATA News.

Should President Obama dispense with the inclusion of a new user fee for general aviation in his FY 2011 budget after 118 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to him recently opposing such a proposal?

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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.

NATA member company Dallas Airmotive (a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO)company) has been recommended for ISO 14001 certification after being found ISO 14001 compliant by a third-party registrar. According to the International Standards Organization, ISO 14001 certification ensures that a company:



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