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 NATA News

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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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Additional Information On New Helicopter Air Ambulance Rules Available
The FAA has proposed significant changes for equipment, staffing, training and weather minimums for all helicopter air ambulance operations. The agency’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) also includes changes affecting all Part 135 helicopters as well as proposals to alter load manifest requirements for every Part 135 operation (whether the aircraft is fixed-wing or helicopter). 

NATA has published a regulatory report providing additional information on the NPRM.  Members can read this report by clicking here.


NATA Releases Regulatory Report On Airports SMS NPRM

On October 7, 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). NATA staff have reviewed the NPRM and produced a regulatory report outlining the requirements of the proposed rules. This NPRM is open for public comment until January 5, 2011. During the comment period, NATA staff will work with the FAA and the industry to achieve a better understanding for the agency of the proposed rules’ impact on the association’s membership.

Click here to view the Regulatory Report on the Airports SMS NPRM.


Legislation Seeks To Standardize TSA Training Programs

U. S. Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Scott Brown (R-MA), both members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, introduced S. 3866, the Aviation Security Innovation & Reform (AIR) Act to enhance the safety of American airports by improving air passenger screening programs and bolstering state and local law enforcement partnerships to deter terrorism.

The legislation seeks to standardize the training of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) screening workforce by ensuring that every Transportation Security Officer receives increased baseline training nationwide and anti-terrorism training with annual re-certifications.

To read NATA’s legislative analysis of the S. 3866, please click here.


Who’s Leading In The Polls?
A weekly update on congressional elections prior to Election Day

The political landscape is about to change. It’s not a matter of if, but how much. Congress has adjourned, and the fight to the finish is under way. The U.S. House of Representatives Democratic majority is in serious jeopardy, and the economy is the biggest concern for most Americans. New targets in congressional races seem to emerge weekly, which is why we’ll be keeping a close eye on races and keep you informed on who’s leading in the polls.

FAA Publishes Winter 2010-2011 De-icing Tables

The FAA has published the Holdover Time Tables for the 2010-2011 winter season. This document provides essential information for those operators with FAA-approved de-icing programs and is also useful for all operators that utilize de-icing fluids.

The tables may be downloaded from the FAA by clicking here.


Are You Paying Too Much For Uniform Services?

NATA has partnered with ARAMARK Uniform Services to provide its members access to a discounted uniform rental and leasing solution. This money- and time-saving membership benefit was recently negotiated to provide added value to your membership.

NATA members may now take advantage of these valuable and convenient savings:

• 20% off rental and lease uniform rates
• 20% off facility services (mats, towels, mops, restroom supplies, etc.)
To learn more about ARAMARK and the products and services that are available, please click here.

To set up a meeting with an ARAMARK representative to review your uniform and facility services needs, please call Tania Allaire at (818) 973-3906 or send an email to

Please mention source code # 197336.


Do You Know When To Re-register Your Aircraft? 
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. Other months are as follows:


NATA has partnered with AIC Title Service to provide 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


Survey Question

Do you believe that the TSA will issue its revised proposed rule for the Large Aircraft Security Program in 2011?

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NextGen Fact Of The Week

When you hear the word NextGen, it is likely that one of the first things that comes to mind is ADS-B, or aircraft equipage, not the National Airspace System Voice System (NVS). However, upgrades to the NVS are also a part of the technical improvements we know as NextGen.

The NVS is a set of, now obsolete, equipment that provides for intercom, interphone, and radio communications between air traffic control positions. This equipment is slated for upgrade as part of NextGen improvements.

According to the FAA, “Future air traffic operations as envisioned by the Next Generation (NextGen) Air Transportation System will require a new flexible networkable voice communications system with flexible networking capabilities. NVS is the key voice communication component for the NextGen System.”

Click here to visit the FAA’s Web site to learn more about NextGen improvements to the NVS.



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