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Wednesday, 15 July, 2009

FAA Introduces New Chart Agent Model

FAA INTRODUCES NEW CHART AGENT MODEL

July 14, 2009

What’s at Issue
The FAA has introduced a new model for distribution of aviation charts to the flying public.

Why It’s Important
The new chart model has the potential to reduce the availability of aviation charts at smaller airports and FBOs.

Major Provisions
The new chart agent model will require chart agents to have a minimum annual net sales volume of $5,000.  Current chart agents who do not meet that level have the option to:

  • Remain a chart agent and submit a business plan to the FAA detailing plans for increasing sales to reach the $5,000 net sales level
  • Cancel your account with the FAA and become a sales outlet for another chart agent
  • Cancel your account with the FAA and no longer sell aviation charts

Current chart agents who do not meet the $5,000 level must decide on a course of action by September 18, 2009.

NATA Position
NATA applauds the FAA for its concern for efficiency and economy in aviation chart delivery, but is concerned that the new chart model may adversely affect safety by restricting the availability of aviation charts at smaller FBOs and airports.  Current chart agents who do not meet the sales volume requirement are encouraged to develop a plan of action so the availability of current charts is not affected.

Status
More information on the FAA’s new Chart Agent Model is available at: http://naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/agent_model

Staff Contact:    Mike France
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
mfrance@nata.aero

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For general press inquiries, contact Shannon Chambers at 703-298-1347 or schambers@nata.aero

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for over 75 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.