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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Please call your United States Senators today and urge them to sign the letter below, which is being circulated by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requesting the FAA to keep the 149 contract towers open beyond June 15th.




Friday, April 26, 2013
Congress has approved legislation to end FAA furloughs of air traffic controllers. The bill allows Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood to transfer up to $253 million in unused AIP discretionary funds to keep air traffic controllers working through the end of the fiscal year. The legislation will now be sent to the President for signature.




Friday, April 05, 2013
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its decision to delay the closure of 149 federal contract towers until June 15th.




Thursday, March 28, 2013
NATA scheduled and held an IRS-FET working group meeting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on March 26th to discuss the conclusions reached by the Service that are contrary to several long-standing commercial Federal Excise Tax (FET) revenue rulings – namely that commercial FET is applicable to the amounts paid by aircraft owners for contracted aircraft management services.




Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The FCC has issued proposed rules that could affect the use of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) that broadcast solely on 121.5 MHz. The FCC’s proposed rules would ban the manufacture, sale and importation of any ELT that broadcasts solely on 121.5 MHz.




Friday, March 22, 2013
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released its decision to begin a four-week phased closure of 149 contract towers beginning on April 7. In early March, FAA proposed to close 189 contract control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration.




Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Today, the Senate approved its version of the Continuing Funding Resolution. This legislation would fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.




Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Senate leadership has blocked Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-KS) amendment from being considered on the Senate floor during debate on the Continuing Funding Resolution.




Friday, March 15, 2013
The Senate continues to debate the Continuing Funding Resolution. The Moran Amendment that would avoid shuttering the contract tower program and require the FAA to more fairly and equitably redistribute funding reductions has yet to be considered by the Senate. The amendment, however, is gaining momentum and bipartisan support. If you haven't called your Senators urging their support for the Moran amendment, please do so.




Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The United States Senate is expected today to begin consideration of a Continuing Resolution that would provide funding for the federal government through September 30th of this year.


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