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     April 7, 2011    

In This Issue

Top Reasons To Participate In This Year’s NATA Day On The Hill Event In May

NATA Highlights New Provisions In House Passed FAA Reauthorization Bill

Congress Repeals Onerous 1099 Reporting Mandate

NATA Recognizes AMT Employers

OSHA 10-Hour Course For Ground Operations Seminar – Only Offered Once In 2011

Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar - Only LSST In Northeast In 2011

Register Now For The Only Conference Dedicated Solely To Charter Operators

Policy Playbook Blog

Limited Time Pricing For Refueling And Quality Control Manual

Top Reasons To Participate In This Year’s NATA Day On The Hill Event In May

Hotel Deadline Is Friday, April 8

The 2011 NATA Day on the Hill is rapidly approaching. Here are just a few reasons why this industry event has become a can’t-miss opportunity to educate Members of Congress as well as participate in other NATA activities.

5. Visiting with your Members of Congress and staff provides an excellent opportunity to invite them for a tour of your facility in their state or district.

4. Attendees will be able to hear from U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), General Aviation Caucus co-chairman and member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, prior to scheduled congressional meetings. 

3. FAA reauthorization bill will likely be in conference committee, which is a prime opportunity for participants visiting with Members of Congress and staff not only to encourage final passage of a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill but also to advocate for provisions important to aviation businesses.

2. Concerned about future security constraints and/or onerous federal regulations on General Aviation? Well, this is your opportunity to discuss them with your legislators who are directly involved with these issues.

1. Let Members of Congress and their staff know that, as their constituent, general aviation is a critical component of our nation’s economy as well as the global air transportation system.

The 2011 Day on the Hill event also includes the association’s Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. As a benefit to NATA members, we are combining these events along with the Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Spring Committee meetings (May 4) so only one trip is required.

The events of the week provide outstanding opportunities for participants to network with other community peers to learn the latest industry news and developments. If you have never before joined the association during a Day on the Hill event, take the first step towards developing an important new relationship by meeting the staff of your U.S. House Representative and U.S. Senators. We have many returning Day on the Hill participants and knowledgeable staff members to help you learn the ropes. For more information about the 2011 Day on the Hill, including how to register, please click here.


NATA Highlights New Provisions In House Passed FAA Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 658, FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011on Friday, April 1, 2011, by a vote of 223 to 196. The bill contains a number of NATA-supported provisions that will improve aviation safety and address the needs of the association’s membership. For example, U.S. Representative Robert Woodall (R-GA) successfully offered an amendment that would prohibit the FAA from finalizing a Notice of Proposed Interpretation to revise existing Part 135 interpretations that permit flight crews to extend their duty day when unexpected circumstances beyond their control occur. The amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent.

To read a legislative report on the H.R. 658, please click here.

 Congress Repeals Onerous 1099 Reporting Mandate

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 4, a bill that repeals the expanded 1099 reporting mandate that was included in President Obama’s Healthcare Overhaul legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The repeal of this reporting mandate is a victory especially for small businesses. Specifically, the provision in PPACA mandated that small business owners file a 1099-MISC form to the Internal Revenue Service for all payments made to vendors totaling $600 or more in a tax year. The business community and especially small business owners expressed outrage regarding these onerous paperwork requirements, which will add significant costs to their operations.

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3, 2011, with bi-partisan support. H.R. 4 is expected to be signed into law by the President.

NATA Recognizes AMT Employers

NATA is pleased to announce the 2011 award winners of its Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Recognition Program. The AMT Employer Recognition Program recognizes employers that share the association's belief that high quality AMT training has a positive impact on aviation safety, employee morale and customer satisfaction and have demonstrated their belief by providing that training to their employees. The following companies have received either One, Three or Five Star recognition in the program for their dedication to training in 2010:



Jet Aviation - BED
Bedford, MA

Banyan Air Service - Maintenance
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Central Flying Service
Little Rock, AR
Jet Aviation - TEB
Teterboro, NJ
Broadie's Aircraft
Fort Worth, TX
Edwards Jet Center
Billings, MT
Mach 5 Aviation
Auburn, CA
Crown Air Aviation
San Diego, CA


Mayo Aviation, Inc.
Englewood, CO
Duncan Aviation
Lincoln, NE
Air Resource Group
Springdale, AR
Million Air - Houston
Houston, TX
Intercontinental Jet Service Corp.
Tulsa, OK
Banyan Air Service - Avionics
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
NetJets Sales
Columbus, OH
Kansas City Aviation Center
Olathe, KS
Berwind Aviation
Philadelphia, PA
NetJets Aviation
Columbus, OH
Million Air - SLC
Salt Lake City, UT
Bombardier Flexjet
Richardson, TX
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Rolling Meadows, IL
SpiritJets LLC
Chesterfield, MO
Executive Jet Management
Cincinnati, OH
Prior Aviation Service, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Stevens Aviation, Inc. - BJC
Broomfield, CO
Flight Options, LLC
Cleveland, OH
Standard Aero - LAX
Los Angeles, CA
    The Home Depot
Atlanta, GA

These companies will receive an award that can be displayed at their facility to demonstrate their efforts in providing high quality training to their employees, and will receive recognition on NATA's Web site.

The AMT Employer Recognition Program requires participants to document training provided to employed AMTs. Status levels within the program provide One, Three or Five Star awards depending on the percentage of employed AMTs receiving training meeting the program threshold. This 2011 award recognizes a company's efforts in calendar year 2010.

"I am pleased with the success of this new program with 29 NATA member companies receiving recognition for their efforts in 2010," said NATA President James K. Coyne. "I look forward to expanding this program next year as more facilities follow the lead of this year's awardees and reinforce the belief that a quality training program for AMTs produces long-term benefits in safety, customer retention and their company's bottom line."

More information on the NATA AMT Employer Recognition Program is available at

OSHA 10-Hour Course For Ground Operations Seminar – Only Offered Once In 2011

NATA's Safety & Health Training for Ground Operations (OSHA 10-Hour Course) will be offered once this year, on May 26-27 immediately following NATA's popular LSST Seminar in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. NATA's OSHA 10-Hour Course has been specifically designed for all employees with safety and health responsibilities. Attendees will be introduced to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and general industry policies, procedures and standards, as well as gain a working knowledge of OSHA regulations. Our instructor will provide real-world OSHA guidance and aviation case studies. Attendees will be provided audit and checklist templates as well as the knowledge to implement and improve their facility compliance programs. Participants will receive a course completion certificate from NATA as well as a course completion card from OSHA.

Seminar Topics:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of safety and health concepts
  • Obtain a working knowledge of OSHA regulations as well as general industry policies
  • Increase your awareness of the link that exists between risk and safety
  • Review and take back a practical checklist that will increase your ability to perform your day-to-day duties safely
  • Learn correct safety procedures and standards
Click here for more details and a link to register for NATA's OSHA 10-Hour Course.

Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar - Only LSST In Northeast In 2011

NATA's Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar will once again take place at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, on May 24-25. This seminar, specifically designed for Line Service Supervisors, provides the training you need to become more proficient in strategic planning, supervising staff, motivating others, communicating and coaching a team. This high-impact, high-energy seminar includes guided group debates, role playing, interactive games and various case studies designed to take you to a new level of leadership. You will also take part in self-assessments to explore your strengths and weaknesses and their effect on your management style.

Don't miss the chance to attend the LSST in Windsor Locks. Click here for more details and a link to register.

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Register Now For The Only Conference Dedicated Solely To Charter Operators

The 2011 NATA Air Charter Summit will take place June 6-8 in Chantilly, Virginia, at the Marriott Westfields, convenient to Washington Dulles International Airport. NATA has put together a solid program featuring the most vital issues affecting the Part 135 and 91k industries today.

Session highlights of this year's summit include:

  • FAA Regulatory Review
  • Most Frequently Issued FAA Part 135 Violations
  • Open Forum with the FAA Part 135 Branch
  • Transportation Security Administration Update
  • Twelve-Five Standard Security Program Session (TFSSP Operators Only)
  • Alleviating Part 135 Audit Confusion
  • Bankruptcy Has Its Clawbacks
  • Charter Broker Guidance Session
  • Dinner with Special Guest Speaker - David Feherty, CBS Sports Broadcaster
  • Optional Monday Tour of the National Air And Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Welcome Reception And Networking Luncheon

For more details on these sessions, click here to preview the advance Air Charter Summit program. The program will arrive in your mailbox over the next few weeks. You can always visit to register for the summit today.

New for this year's summit, NATA has partnered with McFarren Aviation Consulting to raise funds for the Veterans Airlift Command. Visit for more details on how you can help.

Policy Playbook Blog

Guest Blogger Lindsey McFarren of McFarren Aviation Consulting discusses the recent effort by NATA and MAC to support the Veterans Airlift Command.

To read the Policy Playbook blog, please click here.

Limited Time Pricing For Refueling And Quality Control Manual

NATA is offering a 25% discount on its updated Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations through the end of April. Don't miss out on this limited-time offer either to purchase an updated version of this manual or buy additional copies for your facility at this special rate.
Rate per manual for NATA members: $146.25 ($195 regular price)
Rate per manual for Non members: $187.50 ($250 regular price)

Click here to view several sample pages from the manual.

Visit NATA's online store to make your purchase before this offer ends!




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