The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces Board of Directors leadership changes and the election of two new members.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued the following statement in support of S. 2166, the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary (RETAIN) for GPS and Satellite Communications Act. Introduced by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tammy Duckworth (D-Il), and Mike Rounds (R-SD), this bipartisan legislation requires Ligado to cover the cost for correcting any interference their operations may create for the public or private sector, including the aviation industry. Under the current order, Ligado is only required to upgrade or replace government devices that are impacted, leaving the private sector and its consumers to bear the costs for repairs related to private sector GPS signal interference.
Today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), reintroduced the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has revised the Safety 1st Clean Standard to reflect the latest updates from the CDC concerning the Federal Mask Order for Transportation Hubs and best practices pertaining to facility cleaning and disinfecting.
As a result of ongoing discussions between NATA, industry groups, and federal agencies,CDC announced it will be revising its Face Masks Order to not require people to wear masks in outdoor areas of conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs. Until the Order can be amended, the CDC will exercise its enforcement discretion to not require wearing a mask in those outdoor areas.
On June 4th, Governor DeSantis signed the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) bill into state law, which directs public use airports to require Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) to develop and document formal management plans for DEF.
Following the announcement of FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami’s plans to retire on June 30, 2021, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued the following statements.
NATA was disappointed to learn that the petition to the NFPA Board of Directors seeking to overturn the NFPA Standards Council decision #21-3 was dismissed this week. NATA has been vigorously pursuing relief for the aviation industry from costly, unnecessary regulation that mandates additional automatic over-fill protection devices to be retroactively installed at airport loading racks and requires subsequent modifications of mobile refuelers by June 2, 2021.
In accordance with Article VI, Section 3 of the NATA Bylaws, the annual meeting of members will be held by videoconference on June 22, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of the meeting is for the election of directors and other issues as properly may come before the members.
Following news of Robert Sumwalt’s plans to step down as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) effective June 30, 2021, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Timothy Obitts issued the following statement.