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In This Issue

Congress Recognizes NATA’s 70th Anniversary

Relief For CA Flight Training Facilities

NATA President’s Capitol View Blog – When Airports Change Sides, Is There An Antidote?

FAA Publishes Safety Management System NPRM For Part 139 Airports

Aircraft Re-registration Process Underway

The Strategic Business Plan - a critical tool for developing, operating, managing, and marketing an aviation business

Association Issues Monthly Newsletters

NATA Committee Meetings


Congress Recognizes NATA’s 70th Anniversary

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing NATA’s seventieth anniversary. House Resolution 1669 highlights the association’s rich history and contributions to improving the safety of general aviation.

Representative John Duncan (R-TN), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, introduced the resolution that acknowledges the association’s mission in representing the legislative, regulatory and business interests of its members and providing education, services, and benefits to its members to ensure their long-term economic success.

“The resolution recognizes the foresight and resiliency of the association founders, William A. Ong and Leslie H. Bowman, NATA’s first two presidents, as well as the important contributions of George E. Haddaway and John L. Gaylord, who were instrumental in the organization’s formation,” stated NATA President James K. Coyne.

The House Resolution congratulates NATA on its 70 years and specifically states that the U.S. House of Representatives “applauds the National Air Transportation Association for creating programs and resources to enhance the safety of general aviation operators; and commends the National Air Transportation Association for being instrumental in bolstering the general aviation industry during a time of turmoil in the 1940s.”

“It is a true honor for the association and its members to be recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives,” stated Coyne. “I would especially like to thank Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. for introducing House Resolution 1669. Congressman Duncan has been an active and steadfast supporter of the association and its membership, and continues to be an outstanding leader on general aviation issues in the House of Representatives.”

“We are thrilled that Congress has highlighted the important role NATA plays in the aviation industry, recognizing its members for their steadfast support in ensuring the growth and durability of the general aviation community,” Coyne concluded. “NATA looks forward to the next 70 years as it continues to represent and support the thousands of small businesses that make up the backbone of our national air transportation system.”

To read House Resolution 1669, please click here.

 Relief For CA Flight Training Facilities

Over the past several weeks, the NATA has been working with California legislators during their special session to secure language providing for a delay in compliance, for flight training facilities, with regulations issued by the California Bureau Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Late yesterday, after extensive outreach efforts by NATA, bills in both in the California Assembly and Senate were amended to provide a delay in compliance for all flight training until July 2011. The amended bills would, however, require facilities providing flight training to notify the BPPE that they are operating during the delay period.

The amended bills, Assembly Bill (AB) 1616 and Senate Bill (SB) 856, are expected to be voted on today. Both bills would require a two-thirds vote, and if passed it is expected they would be signed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Click here to read AB 1616.

Click here to read SB 856.

 NATA President’s Capitol View Blog – When Airports Change Sides, Is There An Antidote?

In this week’s Capitol View Blog, NATA President James K. Coyne discusses how economic constraints can change some airports from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.

To read Coyne’s Capitol View Blog, please click here.

FAA Publishes Safety Management System NPRM For Part 139 Airports

Today the FAA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing requiring airports that are certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 139 (14 CFR 139) to develop and implement safety management systems (SMS). The proposed regulations would require Part 139 certificated airports to submit SMS implementation plans, depending on airport class, within 6 to 9 months of the publication of a final rule. Airports, again depending on class, would be allowed between 18 and 24 months to implement their SMS program.

The FAA envisions an airport SMS program to be a “formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-wide safety policy, developing formal methods of identifying hazards, analyzing and mitigating risk, developing methods for ensuring continuous safety improvement, and creating organization-wide safety promotion strategies.

NATA staff is currently examining the NPRM and will be publishing a Regulatory Report providing association members with more details on these proposed rules.

 Aircraft Re-registration Process Underway

The FAA’s effort to re-register all aircraft has begun. Regulations altering the registration process and requiring registration renewal every three years took effect on October 1.

In accordance with the mandatory re-registration of all aircraft currently on the registry, the FAA should have begun mailing notices to the first group of aircraft targeted for re-registration.

Aircraft that were originally registered in the month of March, regardless of year, will have their registration expire on March 31, 2011. The owner should receive a postcard explaining the need to re-register and that the re-registration process needs to be completed prior to January 31, 2011, to ensure delivery of a new certificate prior to the expiration of the old certificate.

NATA has partnered with AIC Title Service to provide our members, particularly those with managed aircraft, with a streamlined system to complete and track registrations and renewals. More information about the registration and renewal requirements as well as the AIC partnership is available at

The Strategic Business Plan - a critical tool for developing, operating, managing, and marketing an aviation business

E-Learn Webinar on October 13, 2010 – 1300 EDT

In addition to communicating the mission, vision, and values of an aviation business (as it relates 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 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. Beyond answering the key questions, Where is the aviation business today (Point A) and Where do you want the aviation business to be tomorrow (Point B), the SBP answers the question, How is the aviation business going to get there, and what needs to happen to get from Point A to Point B?

This webinar will provide attendees’ a deeper insight into:

  • The role, purpose, and importance of the SBP
  • The key elements and essential components of the SBP
  • A best practices approach for developing the SBP

Featured Presenters – Paul A. Meyers and Jeff A. Kohlman, Aviation Management Consulting Group
Paul A. Meyers, Principal in Charge
Paul Meyers, a principal of Aviation Management Consulting Group, has eighteen years of aviation and management experience including FBO operations, air carrier operations, integrated freight operations, employee training and development programs, and aviation management consulting.

Jeff A. Kohlman, Principal
Jeff Kohlman, a principal of Aviation Management Consulting Group, has over fifteen years of general aviation management and operations experience, including FBO operations, facility management, flight department operations, employee training and safety program development and implementation, and aviation management consulting.

Visit to register today!

 Association Issues Monthly Newsletters

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

Arrival Times
NATA’s 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 submitted 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 (NATA ASC) and airline services providers. NATA formed the 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.

Maintenance Monthly
NATA’s Maintenance Monthly newsletter contains news items that are especially important to those active in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of aircraft. The newsletter features items such as key legislative and regulatory issues, a company feature story (Maintenance Shoplight) and an overview of all the month’s regulations pertinent to aircraft maintenance.  Click here to read NATA’s Maintenance Monthly.

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.

NATA Committee Meetings

NATA will host the association’s 2010 Fall Committee Meetings on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting and Convention. All association members are invited to attend these meetings. Please register online by clicking here or email NATA’s Martha Bozzi at to obtain a printed participation form and complete and return it to Celeste Clark via email or fax at (703) 845-8176.

Agendas for these committee meetings are available at the links that follow:

Air Charter Committee
Aircraft Maintenance and System Technology Committee
Airports Committee
Business Management Committee
Environmental Committee
Safety & Security Committee

Your hotel reservations must be made through the NBAA housing Web site, accessible by clicking here, and you may register through NBAA to attend the NBAA Annual Convention & Trade Show.

Dress for the meeting is business casual.

We hope you plan to join us for these meetings!


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