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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.

Upcoming Events

2010 Commercial Operators Tax Seminar - Indianapolis, IN - 8/17/2010

Summer E-learn Webinar Series:

7/21/2010 - New or Amended Minimum Standards

8/10/2010 - Hiring and Screening in Todays Market

8/17/2010 - Social Media Strategies: Tools and Tactics for Success





DCA Summit Explores Opportunities For Operators
Last week, NATA, along with representatives from Signature Flight Support, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Business Aviation Association and several operators that utilize Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), met with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials to discuss operational activity into DCA as well as review the DCA Access Standard Security Program. The all-day meeting, which was announced by TSA General Manager for General Aviation Brian Delauter last month during NATA’s 2010 Air Charter Summit, provided the general aviation industry an outstanding opportunity to highlight a number of concerns with TSA officials on ways to expand access into and out of DCA while addressing continuing concerns of security officials within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

“My hat goes off to Brian and his staff for coordinating this productive meeting and exploring avenues to truly ‘re-open’ DCA,” stated NATA Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer. “I am confident that over the next few months we will see a higher number of operations thanks to the TSA’s willingness to sit down with industry and listen to our concerns.”

To review NATA’s DCA Access Standard Security Program Issue Page, please click here.

For a response to additional questions about this meeting, please contact Eric R. Byer.


NATA President Holds Town Hall Meeting To Discuss California’s Regulation Of Flight Schools

Last week, NATA President James K. Coyne visited NATA member company Mazzei Flying Service in Fresno, California, where he led a "town hall" discussion regarding NATA’s efforts to provide relief from the state’s regulation of flight training.

Also speaking at the meeting were Jim Brannan, owner of Mazzei Flying Service and Laura Brown, NATA's local lobbyist working on this issue in Sacramento. Attendees flew and drove to Fresno from around the state to get the latest information on NATA’s progress in obtaining a delay in compliance for flight training through the state legislature.

Coyne addressed the importance of this issue not only to California but also the industry in general and reiterated NATA’s commitment to securing a successful outcome. Brown provided the audience a “nuts and bolts” briefing on NATA’s legislative effort to this point as well as an overview of the strategy for the next two months.

The California Legislature is currently on summer recess and is expected to reconvene in early August. NATA will be hard at work in Sacramento throughout August to obtain relief for flight schools threatened by the unjustly high fees and requirements of the regulations issues by the state.


Senator Mark Begich, Alaska, Warns EPA On “Premature Regulation Of Leaded Avgas”

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Senator Mark Begich of Alaska warns that “premature regulation of leaded avgas will have a substantially negative impact on transportation, health, and safety in Alaska.” The Senator’s letter is in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) released on April 28, 2010, addressing the possibility of regulations aimed at setting an emissions standard for lead emitted by general aviation aircraft.

In his letter, Senator Begich, who serves as the GA Caucus Co-Chairman in the Senate, outlines the value of general aviation to Alaska:

“Most of Alaska’s rural communities are served by shorter gravel airstrips which cannot accommodate larger jet aircraft. Because of these logistical limitations, general aviation and air taxis are a critical component of commerce and are the prevalent method of transporting people, goods, and mail to Alaska’s roadless communities. The EPA states “lead is not used in jet fuel, the fuel utilized by most commercial aircraft.” While this statement may hold true for the lower 48 states, the vast majority of commercial aircraft in Alaska are smaller piston-driven aircraft, which use avgas.”

The Senator has also asked that the comment period for the ANPR be delayed by an additional two months, until October 31, 2010. The Industry Avgas Coalition, comprising NATA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Business Aircraft Association, the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical Refiners Association, had originally requested an extension of the comment period to late October but were only granted a 60-day extension until August 27, 2010.

Click here to read Senator Begich’s letter to the EPA


Phillips 66® Aviation To Provide NATA Safety 1st PLST Online Training To Its Branded Dealers

NATA is pleased to announce that Phillips 66 Aviation will provide its branded aviation dealers with NATA’s Safety 1st PLST Online line service training. Phillips branded dealers will have access to this popular training program through a proprietary Phillips 66/NATA Web portal.

“The ConocoPhillips Company takes safety seriously. We are excited to be able to provide this industry-recognized professional line service training program to our branded dealers,” said Rod Palmer, manager of general aviation for Phillips 66 Aviation. “Our dealers and their staff can now become Safety 1st Certified at little or no cost to them.”  

Dealers will be allocated a number of training courses depending on their size. More can be purchased at a special subsidized rate, if needed. 

“Phillips 66 Aviation is making a phenomenal investment in a large number of their branded FBOs’ employees by providing the training,” said NATA President James K. Coyne. “This endeavor is just one demonstration of the strong commitment to safety that is such an admirable quality of Phillips 66 Aviation.” 

NATA and Phillips 66 expect to begin offering access to training before the end of the summer. 

FREE Webinar: Health Care Reform Law And The Implication On Small Businesses
Don’t miss this update on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

The recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) has dramatically changed the health care landscape in the United States. While there are many regulatory hurdles that lie ahead before implementation of many provisions contained in the bill, the best defense is knowing what the major provisions entail. Dr. Bob Graboyes, senior healthcare advisor with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) will break down the most onerous provisions affecting small businesses. Join us for this free webinar on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Click here to register!  


NATA Continues Its E-Learn Series With Webinar On Minimum Standards
NATA is continuing its E-Learn Webinar Series this week with a webinar titled New or Amended Minimum Standards: How to Ensure that Minimum Standards Help Not Hinder Your Business. The webinar, that will take place on July 21 at 12:00 noon (Eastern), will be hosted by NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France and will include featured speaker Leonard Kirsch, ESQ, a partner at McBreen & Kopko in New York City. Kirsch has extensive experience with airport minimum standards and is an industry expert on airport sponsor assurances.

As airports seek new revenues, confront simmering issues at their airports, and attempt to control aeronautical activities at general aviation airports, new minimum standards are being drafted, old minimum standards are being rewritten and existing minimum standards are being enforced. Properly drafted minimum standards can protect existing businesses from undercapitalized and unsafe competitors and from businesses that have no basis to come on airport except that they have a friend in high places.

Attendees will learn:  

  • How to interpret airport minimum standards
  • How to participate in development so minimum standards help not hinder your business
  • What the Federal Aviation Administration says about minimum standards

Minimum standards can be your best friend or worst enemy. The FAA requires airport sponsors to seek comments from airport users before finalizing these standards. Be on the forefront of these efforts by learning to influence the drafting of the standards before they are finalized.

Registration for this webinar is now open at the low cost of $49.95, and attendees will leave this webinar well prepared to participate in their airport's minimum standards development or revision process.

Click Here to Register!


Rosser And Stubbs Review NATA's Commercial Operators Tax Seminar
July 22 Webinar at Noon EDT
The NATA Commercial Operators Tax Seminar (August 17-18 at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, IN) covers taxes that commercial operators face every day in their operations, such as federal excise taxes, fuel taxes, sales and use taxes, personal property taxes, income taxes, international fees and more. For a closer look at this popular seminar, NATA's Jacqueline Rosser will host a preview webinar on July 22 to go over the benefits and give audience members a chance to ask questions about the agenda and speakers. Click here to register for the July 22 preview webinar to be held at Noon EDT.

Agenda Topics:
How FARs Impact Charter Management Agreements
Creating Charter Management Agreements
Application of Federal Excise Taxes & Enforcement
The World of Charter Brokers
Fuel Fraud
Like-Kind Exchange
Those Other International Fees
Impact on Costs When Placing an Aircraft on Part 135
Issues That Aircraft Owners Face
State Tax Planning

Webinar Hosts:

Jacqueline Rosser
Director, Regulatory Affairs, National Air Transportation Association
Jacqueline (Jacque) Rosser has extensive experience representing the general aviation industry before Congress and the federal agencies. In her current role with the NATA, she serves as the director of regulatory affairs and oversees association activities involving on-demand air charter and fractional ownership program operations. She works directly with officials of the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, as well as the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies impacting air transportation.

Nel Stubbs
Owner, Conklin & de Decker
Nel Stubbs is an owner with the aviation-consulting firm of Conklin and de Decker and specializes in consulting on aviation tax issues (federal, state and local) that are associated with the ownership and operation of corporate aircraft, cost, tax and financial analysis of various aircraft operations, and the structuring of aircraft ownership. In addition, Nel is responsible for the management of the State Aviation Tax Guide for General Aviation.

Click here for more information about the August 17-18 Commercial Operators Tax Seminar and for event registration.


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 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 that 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.

To learn more about NATA’s Safety 1st Flight Crew Briefings, please click here.


RA Check 2.0 Coming Soon

NATA will soon launch an upgraded version of its popular RA Check – automated risk assessment tool. NATA’s RA Check combines safety management system-required risk assessment with automated convenience by fully automating the FAA-published Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT).  Developed by an FAA/industry working group, the FRAT was designed to identify potential hazards for turbine-powered aircraft prior to flight and weigh the risk associated with each hazard through a five-step process.  RA Check’s automation streamlines this process, removes subjectivity and standardizes results, saving operators time and money while improving safety.

NATA’s soon to be released RA Check 2.0, provides additional functionality, customizable user controls and a standalone function that allows it to be used with or without Computing Technologies for Aviation’s Flight Operating System (CTA-FOS).  

NATA is currently offering a free, 30-day trial to members interested in evaluating RA Check. To sign up, click here.  After the trial period, members are offered special pricing to subscribe.    

To read an Aviation Business Journal article on RA Check, click here


Byer’s Weekly Blog

This week, NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer discusses NIMBYism at Venice Munical Airport in Venice, FL.

To read Byer’s blog, please click here.


Survey Question
Have you reviewed NATA’s Safety 1st Airport Flight Crew Briefings for Newark Liberty International Airport or Teterboro Airport?

Participate in survey.

Industry News
William (Bill) Hoddenbach, chair of the NATA Aircraft Maintenance & Systems Technology Committee, was profiled in a recent edition of the Davis County Clipper.

Both a helicopter and airplane certified pilot, Hoddenbach is the director of maintenance at Million Air Salt Lake City. He is a true believer in the importance of general aviation. “The general public doesn’t have a good appreciation for all that general aviation does for the community for the transportation infrastructure in this country,” Hoddenbach said.

He has been active in the general aviation community for many years, and we are glad to see him be recognized for his great work at Million Air and NATA.

Read more here


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