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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.




California Regulation of Flight Schools Update
Last week the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1889 and sent it to the Governor. AB 1889 offers a delay in compliance from the rules issued by the CA Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for facilities “certified” by the FAA to perform flight training. AB 1889 also contains a host of other provisions unrelated to flight training. Unfortunately, these unrelated provisions have forced Governor Schwarzenegger to vow to veto AB 1889. NATA staff and lobbyists continue to work with the Schwarzenegger administration to find solutions that will prevent AB 1889 from being vetoed.

NATA has begun a challenging process of attempting to get a delay for flight training passed by the legislature during its upcoming special session in a form that would garner a signature from the Governor.

Also last week, the BPPE issued changes to the regulations governing postsecondary educational facilities. Among those changes was removal of the requirement to submit audited financial statements. Rather, the Bureau would require the submission of financial statements that had been reviewed by a Certified Public Accountant, a less burdensome process than auditing.

NATA’s legislative effort will continue and further updates will be issued to members and the industry in general.

Click here to read the Regulatory Report on the modified BPPE regulations.


NATA Partners with AIC Title to Assist with FAA Re-Registration Requirements

NATA and AIC Title Service, LLC are making available an affordable, simple to use program that allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a straightforward Web interface.

This new program is in response to a recently published FAA final rule that will require all currently registered aircraft to complete an aircraft re-registration according to a specific schedule over the next three years.

By partnering with AIC, NATA is able to offer aviation businesses access to a service that air charter operators and flight schools, especially those with managed aircraft, will find particularly valuable.

Key benefits of the AIC Aircraft Re-Registration Program:

  • Those who manage aircraft can ensure uninterrupted registration, providing continued operational ability for owners and for charter/rental flights.
  • Aircraft managers offering to handle the re-registration process for owners is a tangible value-added benefit, saving them time and effort.
  • By working through AIC, you have the ability to specify where the new registration certificate is delivered. This is especially beneficial to charter operators and flight schools. For example, new certificates can be directed to the air charter operator’s place of business, the location where an aircraft is typically based, or anywhere the owner and manager agree upon.
  • AIC helps you ensure the forms are fully and accurately completed to avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • AIC provides detailed information on the progress of a re-registration through an on-line interface that allows tracking the status of your entire fleet quickly and easily, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to assure aircraft owners their FAA obligations are being met.
  • AIC hand delivers each registration to the FAA, ensuring traceable delivery and avoiding the uncertainty that may come with the FAA-sponsored interface.

Click here to learn more about these benefits or visit The cost is just $45 per aircraft.


Location Of Some FAA Documents Moving

The FAA has shut down the OpSpec website at This website housed several draft documents open for comment, including Master Minimum Equipment Lists, Policy Letters, Letters of Authorization and OpSpecs/MSpecs.

All final documents and information can now be found in the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at or the Aviation Safety draft documents page at Space between draft docs – period or slash?

Users may subscribe to receive email alerts when new documents are posted.

Detailed information on the specific types of documents and where they can now be located is available in FAA Information Document 10018.


NATA Participates At NASAO Conference

Amy Koranda, NATA’s Director of Safety & Training, and Lindsey McFarren, President of McFarren Aviation Consulting, will represent NATA at the 79th NASAO Annual Convention and Trade Show from September 11-14, 2010 in Wichita, KS.

Attendees may visit NATA’s booth #13 to learn more about the association’s products and services including its new Flight Crew Briefings, its online Professional Line Service Training program, and the latest offerings for the NATA Safety 1st Management System for Ground.

Association Issues Monthly Newsletters

NATA last week issued three of its monthly newsletters, Arrival Times, ASC Monthly Update and Training Times. To learn more about NATA’s newsletters please click here.

Arrival Times

NATA Arrival Times is a monthly newsletter geared toward our General Aviation Airports and Fixed Base Operators (FBO). If you have a story that you want considered for inclusion in Arrival Times please contact Eric Byer. At NATA we take pride in demonstrating the value and necessity of our nation's airports. We especially welcome the opportunity to draw attention to those who are part of the NATA membership or have a valued working relationship with our aviation service providers. Click here to read Arrival Times.

ASC Monthly Update

This monthly newsletter contains information useful to the NATA Airline Services Council and airline services providers. NATA formed the Airline Services Council (NATA ASC) to further the interests of companies that provide services to scheduled air carriers as their primary business. The primary goal of the NATA ASC is to provide a voice within the public policy arena, especially in terms of issues that impact their viability and profitability. Click here to read ASC Monthly Update.

NATA Training Times

NATA's Training Times newsletter features articles, tips, opportunities and contests developed to keep your team and operation in top shape. Click here to read Training Times.


Policy Playbook Blog
This week, Jacqueline Rosser, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, discusses the association’s new partnership with AIC Title Service, LLC in providing an affordable, simple to use program that allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a straightforward Web interface.

To read NATA’s Policy Playbook Blog please click here.


FBO Success Seminar Series – Focus on Fuel Costs 
The October 5-7 FBO Success Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale will focus on Fuel Costs. In the FBO business, fuel price counts. Many factors affect fuel margins and market share in today’s economic environment. This event will examine all aspects of the fuel supplier relationship by inviting fuel suppliers/fuel brokers/contract fuel suppliers to engage in lively discussions during roundtable presentations. The FBO Success Seminar will also examine other pertinent topics in a comprehensive three-day, interactive event designed to help FBOs better manage their day-to-day operations and become more successful.

Seminar topics include:

Managing the Effectiveness of Your Operation

    • From lowering your credit card interest rates to minimizing your insurance premiums, we’ll show you ways to be more efficient.

Managing Your Customer Relationships

    • Establishing profitable relationships requires consistent customer service. From training to managing your brand, learn how to make the customer your best friend.

Managing Your Fuel Supplier Relationships

    • The more you know about fuel pricing and purchasing fuel, the better your fuel supplier relationship. We examine strategies to improve your bottom line.

Click here to register for the October 5-7 FBO Success Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.



Fact of the Week

Late last week NATA received its copy of the 2010 edition of NFPA 409 – Standard on Aircraft Hangars by mail from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In early 2009 the revision process for NFPA 409 became a contentious issue when the NFPA committee overseeing the changes proposed that automatic sprinkler systems be required in all new group III hangars, a group III being any smaller than 12,000 square feet. NATA took action on this issue and arranged for the association’s President, James K. Coyne, to meet with the committee at their annual meeting in Seattle in April of 2009.

Mr. Coyne discussed the difficulties of requiring sprinkler systems to be installed in small hangars as well as provided information on the actual risk relating to fires in small hangars to the committee. After answering the committee’s questions, the entire committee was treated to a tour of NATA member company, Galvin Flying Services facilities at nearby Boeing Field. The tour provided the committee members an opportunity to see firsthand the unique nature of general aviation operations. Several weeks after the meeting, NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs, Michael France, became the first general aviation member of the NFPA committee overseeing the development of NFPA 409. The end result of NATA’s efforts have been the removal of the requirement for sprinkler systems in small, group III, hangars and a commitment from the committee to explore options for a new standard that would address the unique challenges involved in operating small to mid-size general aviation hangars.

NATA is there for you and your business, working to ensure that issues that are important to your success are addressed in a manner that allows for the continued growth and success of general aviation!


NATA Headquarters Closed In Observance of Labor Day Holiday

NATA Headquarters will be closed today, September 6, 2010, in observance of Labor Day. NATA will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.


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