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NATA Member Update

December 2, 2010

In This Issue

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Recognize NATA’s 70th Anniversary

Association Holds Annual Press Luncheon

FAA To Extend Comment Deadline on IA “ Actively Engaged” Proposed Policy

TSA Adds Two New Gateway Airports to DASSP

2011 FBO Leadership Conference Agenda Announced

Association Issues Monthly Newsletters

News Updates Your Way

RA Check 2.0 Launching January 2011

Do You Know When to Re-register Your Aircraft?

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Recognize NATA’s 70th Anniversary

On December 28, 2010, NATA will celebrate its 70th year.  To commemorate the occasion, U.S. Representative John Duncan (R-TN) introduced House Resolution 1699 on September 28, 2010 highlighting NATA’s rich history of ensuring the continuation of the general aviation industry in the United States.  Last week, U.S. Representative Duncan spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives commending NATA prior to the resolutions passage.  In addition, Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Thomas Petri (R-WI) also offered their praise of NATA and support for passage of the resolution.

House Resolution 1669 signifies NATA’s history and contributions to improving general aviation safety.  Since its chart on December 28, 1940, NATA has advocated for its members by providing a voice for aviation businesses within the federal government agencies and here in Congress.  The association has developed close ties with members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  In addition, the association works closely with the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer’s latest blog post discusses NATA’s 70th anniversary and its recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives.

To read Byer’s blog, please click here.

 Association Holds Annual Press Luncheon

Earlier this week, NATA President James K. Coyne met with members of the media to outline the association’s priorities for the upcoming year while highlighting many of NATA’s accomplishments in 2010.  As the general aviation industry continues to grapple with the current economic downturn, Coyne noted that 2011 will continue to provide many additional challenges on the legislative, regulatory and security front. 

To review Coyne’s presentation to the media, please click here.

To review NATA’s 2011 Policy Priorities, please click here.     

To review NATA’s 2011 White Paper Series, please click here.

To learn more about NATA’s press activities, please click here.

 FAA To Extend Comment Deadline on IA “ Actively Engaged” Proposed Policy

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will extend the comment period on the proposed policy intended to clarify the definition of "actively engaged" for the purposes of evaluating applications for Inspector Authorizations (IA).  The new deadline will be January 17, 2010.

The new policy language, if adopted, is meant to assist aviation safety inspectors (ASI) in making the appropriate determination when assessing IA applications, as well as prevent applicant confusion. Under the new language, those holding supervisory positions and, consequently, not actively engaged in maintenance activities would not be permitted to retain their IA. The new policy would go into effect for the next IA renewal cycle in March 2011.

NATA is concerned with the proposed language and its impact on the large number of individuals holding IAs who would become ineligible to maintain them under the new language. NATA has been in direct conversation with FAA Headquarters and is preparing its own comments in cooperation with the NATA Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee.  Watch NATA News and our Web site for further updates.

A copy of the notice of proposed policy can be found here.

TSA Adds Two New Gateway Airports to DASSP

This week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the addition of two new gateway airports to the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). DASSP screening will now be available at Signature Flight Support FBOs at both Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). DASSP allows certain general aviation aircraft meeting extended security requirements to operate into Regan National Airport (DCA) just outside of Washington DC. According to the TSA some of the extended security requirements for DASSP participation include:

  • TSA inspection of crew and passengers
  • TSA inspection of baggage and aircraft
  • Identification and background checks of passengers and crew
  • Submission of passenger and crew manifests 24 hours in advance of flight
  • Armed Security Officer (ASO) on board each flight
  • All DASSP flights must depart from an approved gateway airport and participating fixed base operator (FBO)

More information on the DASSP is available from the TSA by clicking here

 2011 FBO Leadership Conference Agenda Announced

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NATA is pleased to announce the agenda for its 2011 FBO Leadership Conference taking place February 7-8, 2011 in Savannah, Georgia. NATA's FBO Leadership Conference was developed for leading executives and managers of fixed base operations, and features nationally recognized experts who will provide the latest intelligence, tactics and strategies to maximize NATA member FBOs' business success. This year's event immediately precedes NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference and includes the following:

  • Opening General Aviation Leadership Luncheon featuring NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne, NBAA President and CEO Edward M. Bolen, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President and CEO Craig Fuller.
  • Political Leadership Session exploring how the political landscape for 2011 will change and how those changes affect our industry.
  • General Aviation Security Update on issues such as the Large Aircraft Security Program with Transportation Security Administration General Manager, General Aviation Security, Brian Delauter.
  • Get The Most Out of NATA's Safety 1st and Workers' Compensation Programs includes a review of key areas with the greatest impact on operational safety from USAU and a discussion by NATA Director, Safety & Training Amy Koranda on how to address these key areas through the wealth of NATA Safety 1st industry standard resources.
  • Tuesday's motivational breakfast on Winning Business and Life Strategies features PGA golfer, sportscaster and pilot Bobby Clampett.
  • An industry panel on The Future of Aviation Gasoline will review the history and future of lead regulation as well as the efforts our industry is undertaking to work proactively towards a lead free future.
  • In the Airport Minimum Standards - A Value to the Future of Your Business session, experts discuss the value of comprehensive Airport Minimum Standards in protecting the future of your business and how to work with your airport during the development or revision process to secure your interests.
  • The concluding session, Maximize Your Time and Increase Productivity at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, provides a smooth transition into one of NBAA's premier events. 

The preliminary brochure will arrive in the mail over the next few weeks. To view a copy of the preliminary 2011 FBO Leadership Conference brochure and to register, visit Several sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Diane Gleason at to discuss options.

Association Issues Monthly Newsletters

This week NATA issues 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 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 to 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 (ASC) and airline services providers. NATA formed the 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

The NATA 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.

News Updates Your Way

Knowledge Is Power

NATA features many ways to stay connected with developments in the industry, with NATA members and within the association. Our site,, includes various newsfeeds such as NATA events, press releases, and newsletters as well as updates from industry media. In addition, several social media channels were added to provide up to the minute updates of association and industry news and platforms for member comments. Additional Sources Of Immediate NATA News And Information Updates:

We understand that some members rely on more traditional channels to receive news updates. For your convenience, all information updates in the bullets above are available in weekly and monthly newsletters and also at

If you would like to be added to a newsletter or other mailing list, please email   

RA Check 2.0 Launching January 2011

NATA will soon launch an upgraded version of its popular RA Check – automated risk assessment tool. NATA’s RA Check combines safety management system-required risk assessment with automated convenience by fully automating the FAA-published Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT).  Developed by FAA officials and an industry working group, the FRAT was designed to identify potential hazards prior to flight and weigh the risk associated with each hazard through a five step process.  RA Check’s automation streamlines this process, removes subjectivity and standardizes results, saving operators time and money while improving safety.

NATA’s soon to be released RA Check 2.0, provides additional functionality, enhanced customizable user controls and a stand alone function that allows it to be used with or without Computing Technologies for Aviation’s Flight Operating System (CTA-FOS).  

NATA is currently offering a free, 30 day trial to members interested in evaluating RA Check.   To sign up, click here.  After the trial period, members are offered special pricing to subscribe.    

To read an Aviation Business Journal article on RA Check, click here

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.

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








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