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 NATA News

11/29/2010                                                                            Volume 9 Issue 47



NATA is the National Air Transportation Association 

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

NATA's 2011 FBO Leadership Conference - Savannah, GA - 02/07/2011

NATA's 2011 Spring Training Seminars - Las Vegas, NV - 02/21/2011

Line Service Supervisor Training - 02/21/2011

NATA Safety 1st Trainer - 02/23/2011

Environmental Compliance Seminar - 02/24/2011

E-learn Webinar Series:

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Rockefeller and Dorgan Make a Final Push for Passage of FAA Reauthorization
U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Rockefeller and Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations, Safety and Security, are pushing their Senate colleagues to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization in the lame duck Congress.

"We have relied on too many short-term reauthorizations and stop-gap measures. It's time to get this reauthorization bill passed," Chairman Rockefeller said. "This bill will improve the safety of our skies, modernize our air traffic control system and support jobs. The time to act is now."

U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, said "the failure to pass a bill that will modernize our air traffic control system, promote greater safety in the skies, and do the things necessary to support our aviation system in America will be a significant loss for our country.

"We've done short term extension of the FAA Reauthorization Bill 16 separate times since 2007 and now is the time to get this bill done," said Senator Dorgan.

The passing of a full authorization will provide the FAA much needed stability to issue federal grants to airports for critical aviation infrastructure projects. Other than the important aspect of modernizing our nation’s air traffic control system that will support jobs, FAA reauthorization is important to our aviation stakeholders and international partners who depend on the clarity this legislation offers on critical certification and support programs.

Congress returns to Washington next week, however neither the House nor Senate has determined an adjournment date.


FAA Updates DC Special Flight Rules

The FAA recently published revised restrictions affecting the Washington, DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA).

The DC SFRA imposes numerous operational restrictions on flights, particularly VFR flights, in the airspace surrounding Washington, DC. The FAA has published a new NOTAM and a Flight Advisory. The new NOTAM takes effect on December 1, 2010.

Pilots planning operations in the DC SFRA should consult the information to ensure compliance.

Click here to view the Flight Advisory.

Click here to view NOTAM FDC 0/8326.


Find What You Need To Advance In 2011
NATA’s FBO Leadership Conference and NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference February in Savannah

The FBO Leadership Conference is uniquely designed from the ground up for the leaders of FBOs of all sizes to gather, share best practices and have a little fun along the way. The 2011 FBO Leadership Conference will be held February 7-8 at the Savannah Convention Center immediately preceding NBAA’s Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference. This gives attendees an optimal opportunity to meet with their customers and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Event Highlights

As the community looks to rebound in 2011 from the recession, NATA’s James K. Coyne, NBAA’s Edward M. Bolen and AOPA’s Craig Fuller will kick off the FBO Leadership Conference by sharing the latest general aviation industry developments. The conference closes with an informative session on how to maximize your time and increase productivity at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. This was a popular session last year and will include new information specific to this year’s event.

NATA’s 2011 FBO Leadership Conference Preliminary Agenda:

  • General Aviation Leadership Luncheon
  • Political Leadership Session
  • General Aviation Security Update Leveraging
  • Getting The Most Out Of NATA’s Safety 1st and Workers’ Compensation Programs
  • General Aviation Leadership Reception (Westin)
  • Leadership Training Breakfast
  • The Future of Aviation Gasoline
  • Airport Minimum Standards – A Value to the Future of Your Business
  • Maximize Time and Increase Productivity at NBAA's S&D

Don’t miss NATA’s 2011 FBO Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 7-8, immediately preceding the NBAA 22nd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. We hope you will join us there.

For more information or to register to attend the event, visit Contact Diane Gleason at to discuss sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event.


Three Top-Notch Seminars, One Fabulous Location
Your Time To Shine At Spring Training Week In Las Vegas

NATA hosts our third annual Spring Training Week (February 21-24) in conjunction with the Cygnus Aviation Expo (February 23-25) in Las Vegas. This event features many opportunities to help develop training skills and provide information necessary for improved performance in 2011 and for years to come.

The following NATA Spring Training seminars are scheduled to allow you to attend all three and spend some time on the Cygnus show floor:

- Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar - February 21-22 (view LSST preview on event page)

- NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar - February 23

- NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar - February 24

Cygnus Aviation Expo

The 2011 Cygnus Aviation Expo promises to be bigger and better than ever! It is the only aviation industry trade show that brings together 250+ exhibitors from ground support, FBO/aviation services and aircraft maintenance. Network with industry peers and check out the latest and greatest in technology products and services on the show floor.

The Most Productive Week Of Training In A Fun Setting

The NATA 2011 Spring Training Week brochure will arrive in your mailbox in the next few weeks. In the meantime, visit for links to seminar details and to register for one or more of the seminars.

NATA Fuel Handling And Quality Control Guide Now Available For Pre-Order

The 2011 revision of NATA’s popular publication, “Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations” is now available for pre-order for NATA members. The 2011 revision is a complete rewrite that includes full-color photographs and a new easy-to-read format. “Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations” is referenced in FAA advisory circular (AC) 150/5230-4A, Aircraft Fuel Storage, Handling and Dispensing on Airports as an authoritative source for “information about fuel safety, types of aviation fuels, fueling vehicle safety, facility inspection procedures, fueling procedures, and methods for handling fuel spills.”

The goal of this guide is to provide airport fuel service providers a comprehensive, easy-to-understand review of the many complex standards and requirements for the handling of aviation fuel. The incorporation of full-color photographs adds to the usefulness of the 2011 revision as a teaching tool for new and seasoned fuel handling technicians alike.

The 2011 revision is expected to be available for delivery in mid-December. The price for this guide is $150 for NATA members and $250 for non-members. However, NATA members placing a pre-order now can receive this invaluable guide for only $130. Don’t miss your opportunity to get this industry leading guide for a pre-publication price! Click the link below to order now!

Pre-order your copy of NATA’s “Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations” now!


Latest Edition Of ABJ Online Now
The 4th Quarter edition of Aviation Business Journal, the official publication of the National Air Transportation Association, and the only journal dedicated to the business of NATA member constituencies, has been released and should be arriving in mailboxes shortly. The full 4th Quarter edition and past copies are available in PDF format by clicking here. 

This edition of the journal spotlights Mazzei Flying Service, and has articles on health care reform, California’s flight training saga, family-owned/operated aviation businesses, and regular feature articles such as the President’s Message and Inside Washington.

If you have a story idea you would like to see covered in a future edition of Aviation Business Journal, please contact Linda Pylant at


Byer’s Weekly Blog 
This week, NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer, discusses the departure of Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. 

To read Byer’s blog, please click here.


Survey Question

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Fact of the Week – Industry News

Just about 107 years ago the Wright Brothers earned their place in history by completing the first powered aircraft flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the relatively short time since then humanity has witnessed incredible technological advancements that have moved aviation from the realm of dreams to an everyday reality. A recent article on the Los Angeles Times website provided insight into what might well be the next step in the technological advancements in aviation.

According to the article, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first ever license to a commercial company for a space craft to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. The license, granted to Hawthorne, CA based SpaceX, will allow the private company to launch its Dragon space capsule into orbit and then return it to earth again.

Click here to view the full article

Click here to view the FAA Fact Sheet on Regulating and Licensing Commercial Space Travel




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