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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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FBO Success Seminar - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 10/5/2010


Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 10/6/2010 

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Update on California’s Regulation of Flight Schools

As the California legislative session draws to a close, NATA is working hard in Sacramento to achieve relief from the regulations issue by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Assembly Bill 1140, the legislation sponsored by NATA, is currently being held in the Senate Appropriations Committee by Committee Chair Senator Christine Kehoe. Although NATA has mounted an effort to pressure Sen. Kehoe and Members of the Senate leadership to release AB 1140 to the floor, it does not appear that is likely to happen at this point.

AB 1889, which offers a delay in compliance to some flight training facilities, is currently awaiting a vote on the Senate floor. Last week, AB 1189 was amended, against NATA’s wishes, to remove the requirement for the legislature to hold informational hearings on the appropriateness of regulating flight training and add a requirement that all flight training facilities register with the BPPE during the compliance delay. Even with the amendment, it is likely that hearings on the regulation of flight training will occur later this fall. Provisions that were objectionable to the Schwarzenegger administration were also removed during the bill’s amendment. It is not clear at this point if the changes made to the portions of AB 1889 unrelated to flight training were significant enough to avoid a veto from Governor Schwarzenegger.

AB 1889 is now the sole bill providing relief to the flight training industry moving through the California legislature. NATA expects AB 1889 to be heard early this week, and the association will be lobbying in Sacramento to ensure the bill’s passage. The latest amended version of AB 1889 is available here.


Reminder - MVY Restrictions In Place Through Aug 29

Operators are reminded that flight restrictions remain in effect in the area of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. 

FAA NOTAM FDC 0/8986 provides specific information on the temporary flight restrictions (TFR). The TFR consists of an inner 10 NM ring and an outer 30 NM ring surrounding Martha's Vineyard island.

Most arrivals and departures at MVY will be permitted, subject to special security procedures.

Operators Of On-Demand Charter Flights And Personal Flights Must:

  • Apply for and obtain a waiver from
  • Pass through a gateway airport prior to flight to MVY
  • Aircraft and passengers will be screened at the gateway airport for MVY arrivals and at MVY for departures from Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Operators must register for gateway access or MVY departure screening at least 72 hours in advance.

    Gateway Airports Are:
  • Westchester (KHPN)
  • Barnstable (KHYA)
  • Green State (KPVD)

The Transportation Security Administration screening hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (local time) daily at each gateway airport and KMVY.

Operations in the outer ring of the TFR are limited to aircraft arriving and departing local airports. Operators must regularly check NOTAMS to ensure the most current procedures are followed.


NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards

Earlier this year, NATA announced a new maintenance organization honor open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or a Part 91, 121, 125, 127, 129,133, 135, 137, 141, 145, or 147 entity that conducts aviation maintenance. The NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Recognition Program awards aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. The award is meant to complement the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Award, while providing a special recognition for employers that support training.

The NATA award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed, directly or indirectly, by a maintenance organization who participate in qualified training events. An AMT must complete at least 12 hours of training each year to be counted towards the organization’s award percentage.

While training hour records are not due until the end of the year, we are asking everyone who is interested in participating to notify Dennis van de Laar at as soon as possible to sign up for additional information on how to participate.

With your commitment, we can ensure that this program will be a success for many years to come.

For more information, visit


Mark Your Calendars
Start Off 2011 with Two Major NATA Events

NATA’s FBO Leadership Conference will be held February 7-8, 2011, immediately preceding NBAA’s 22nd Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Visit for resources from the 2010 FBO Leadership Conference and additional details in the coming weeks on the 2011 event.

NATA’s Spring Training Week takes place February 21-24, 2011, at the Aviation Industry Expo (AIE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spring Training Week seminars include the Line Service Supervisor Training, Environmental Compliance and NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminars. Visit for AIE and seminar details.

Think Ft. Lauderdale in October
Final LSST Seminar For 2010

The Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar, October 6-7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, will round out the 2010 LSST seminar schedule. Don’t miss the chance to become more proficient in strategic planning, supervising staff, motivating others, communicating and coaching a team as well as to complete FAA-required 14 CFR 139.321 Fire Safety Training before the end of the year. This high-impact, high-energy seminar includes guided group debates, interactive discussions and various case studies designed to take you to a new level of leadership.

Don’t miss the final LSST Seminar in 2010. Click here to register today for the October 6-7 seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


FBO Success Seminar, What Others Are Saying, See for Yourself
Don’t Miss The October 5-7 FBO Success Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale!

The highly acclaimed FBO Success Seminar will make its way to South Florida for a three-day event, October 5-7 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Here’s what some of our attendees had to say about the FBO Success seminar…

“Thank you for an amazing and very informative seminar. It was obvious that it took a long time to prepare for the presentation, and I know that everyone that attended enjoyed it and learned a lot from your efforts. I have been in the aviation management business for over forty (40) years and can tell you I have never learned more about my job in just two days. I hope that others in our industry get the same opportunity that you gave me and my wife this past weekend. It would be a shame to go to all of the work that you did and not offer the seminar to others…”
John Steidinger, President
Noreast Aviation Services Inc

“Thank you very much for all your hard work and dedication on this project as well as General Aviation. It’s nice to know that we as members of NATA are getting a lot of bang for our membership buck! I enjoyed the seminar and have learned many things that will help our FBO continue to move forward in very challenging times.”
Danny George, President
Jet Center Medford

“…just wanted to tell you – Dan and I attended the Seminar at Sea and it was fantastic! We have attended other FBO programs in the past but this was by far the best! Adam, Amy, Linda and the ABS (Aviation Business Strategies) team did a fantastic job! The interaction with the other FBOs went beyond amazing! As all of us face times of uncertainty in the year ahead – this program benefitted many facets of FBO concerns! Great job, and be sure to tell the board!”
Andi & Dan Montgomery
Montgomery Aviation

Plus, Join The FREE FBO Success Seminar’s Preview Webinar
If you are an FBO owner/operator, manager or supervisor, join our webinar to learn how this seminar is designed to help you become more successful in three key areas: operations, marketing and profitability. John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, our lead instructors, will hit the highlights of what it takes for your FBO's success during this webinar. Spend 30 minutes with us to find out more about this popular program, and get your questions answered before its conclusion. This FREE webinar will take place on September 22 beginning at Noon EDT. Visit to register.

Click here for more details on the FBO Success Seminar and to register for the seminar today!


New NATA E-Learn Webinars
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9/9/2010 - PLST Online Best Practices For Trainers/Administrators (FREE), Noon EDT
If you've made the investment in NATA's Safety 1st PLST Online, this webinar will help you maximize its capabilities. Louis Soares and Amy Koranda will review questions sent by registered attendees as well as those frequently asked by current PLST Online participants.

9/22/2010 - FBO Success Preview Webinar- What To Expect October 6-7, 2010 In Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FREE), Noon EDT
The highly acclaimed FBO Success Seminar will make its way to South Florida for a three-day event, October 5-7 in Ft. Lauderdale. If you are an FBO owner/operator, manager or supervisor, join our webinar to learn how this seminar is designed to help you become more successful in three key areas: operations, marketing and profitability. Spend 30 minutes with us to find out more about this popular program and get your questions answered before its conclusion.

9/30/2010 - Social Media Strategies: Tools & Tactics for Success ($49.95), Noon EDT
Already made the decision to add social media to your business and marketing plan? Need to know how to increase your audience, improve productivity and enhance your use of social media channels? Developed to help take social media practitioners and professionals to the next level - this webinar covers the finer elements of planning, tools, execution, policies & standards, and monitoring.

10/13/2010 - The Strategic Business Plan - A Critical Tool For Developing, Operating, Managing, And Marketing An Aviation Business ($49.95), 1:00 p.m. EDT
In addition to communicating the mission, vision, and values of an aviation business (as they relate to the development, operation and management, and marketing of the aviation business), the Strategic Business Plan (SBP) conveys the specific goals and objectives that need to be met to position the aviation business most effectively for the future and/or take it to the next level. In essence, the SBP provides a systematic approach for making decisions today that will have a direct impact on the aviation business. SBP answers the question: How is the aviation business going to get there - what needs to happen to get from Point A to Point B?

To register for NATA’s E-Learn Webinars, visit

Fact Of The Week

Being a member of NATA provides a wealth of benefits. One of the most under-utilized benefits is often our Web site! Everyone knows that is a great place for getting the latest information for government actions affecting your business, but what most people aren’t familiar with is our issues page. The issues page, accessed by clicking on the “issues” link on the left side of the home page, provides access to the topics NATA has addressed over the last several years.

Once you access the issues page you will find the list of topic arranged alphabetically from ADS-B to Washington state aircraft taxes. Clicking on a topic will take you to a page with all the information that NATA has produced on that topic, including white papers, action calls, advocacy letters and much more.

If you don’t have a user name and password but your company is an NATA member, just click on the "Sign Up as a New Contact" link on the login page and you will be guided through the process of creating your own log-in to the Web site.

We invite you to spend a little time browsing the issues page and the rest of the NATA Web site!

Click here to visit the NATA Issues Page!

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Byer’s Weekly Blog

This week, NATA Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer discusses Washington’s inability to get anything done.  

To read Byer’s blog, please click here.


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