Monday, February 22, 2021
The University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering released a report titled Review of Foam Fire Suppression System Discharges in Aircraft Hangars as part of a research study on the impacts of low-expansion foam, high-expansion foam and deluge systems in aircraft hangars.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The House and Senate have taken the first procedural steps to work on President Biden’s request for $1.9 trillion dollars in COVID relief. This process, known as reconciliation, will allow expedited passage of the final legislative package by a simple majority vote, avoiding a possible Senate filibuster. NATA has obtained and analyzed early drafts for possible industry impacts.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Please be advised that effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, Transport Canada expanded existing international flight restrictions to funnel scheduled passenger flights—including commercial, charter, business, and private— from ALL countries into four Canadian airports.
The CDC issued anorder requiring travelers to wear masks when entering the premises of a transportation hub, awaiting, boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel, including at airports and while onboard aircraft.
On January 21, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to take action to implement public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on public modes of transportation and at ports of entry to the United States. The outlined measures are consistent with CDC guidelines and include:
NATA has been advised that the Department of Treasury began sending agreements today to Part 135 passenger air carriers pursuant to the PSP2 program authorized by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Act (“Act”). As authorized by the Act, Treasury prorated payments – for both 135 and 121 carriers – at a level of approximately 39% of the awardable amount. For those receiving $100 million or less, this is an outright grant.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Today, the FAA released funding opportunities for two long-anticipated aviation workforce development grant programs. NATA strongly supported the creation of these programs during the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and has subsequently led a coalition of industry and labor organizations in ensuring the programs received full funding. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to become pilots, aerospace engineers or unmanned aircraft systems operators. The Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants will help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of aviation maintenance technicians. Educational institutions and aviation businesses can apply at www.grants.gov through March 22.
NATA is pleased to see the release of the FAA’s Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) resource tool, which resulted as a recommendation from the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee on which NATA served.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Starting January 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling into the United States, including by private flights, air charter, and general aviation aircraft, will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. All passengers must complete an attestation affirming their compliance with the CDC requirements and provide it to their aircraft operator.
Today, the IRS announced finalized regulations intended to clarify how the exemption from commercial transportation excise taxes for aircraft management services is applied.