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Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Contact Your State Senator Today In Support Of SB619


California’s attempts to regulate flight training as private postsecondary education have led to the issuance of rules that threaten to harm flight training providers irreparably. A National Air Transportation Association (NATA) member survey indicated that up to 90% of flight training facilities could be forced to close their doors when these rules take effect for our industry on July 1. But you can prevent that from happening.

NATA, in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has worked to obtain long-term relief from the regulations issued by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. Currently, California Senate Bill 619 (SB619) contains an exemption from the rules issued by the state for any flight training facility or flight instructor who:

  • Does not require upfront payment of tuition or fees in exchange for training, and
  • Does not require students to sign a contract of indebtedness in exchange for training

Students will still be able to purchase “block time” in amounts up to $2500.

SB 619 is expected to be voted on by the full California State Senate this week. Your support is vital to its passage. Without SB 619, all California flight training facilities and flight instructors will become subject to the new regulations on July 1. NATA urges its membership and other interested individuals to contact their State Senator TODAY in support of SB 619.

Click here for contact information for your Senator.

Click here for talking points in support of SB 619.

Please contact your state Senator today and ask them to vote for SB 619.

NATA’s legislative and grassroots efforts in California to find relief for flight training business will continue! You can also help in this fight. Consider making a donation to NATA’s California Flight Training Fund to help offset some of the costs of this ongoing battle.

Staff Contact:  Michael France
Director of Regulatory Affairs

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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.