NATA has developed a State Advocacy Network (SAN) made up of regional volunteers who act as representatives to keep each other and the association informed of pressing issues in their state.
NATA published its 2014 survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The survey includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Visit NATA Store
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NATA is partnering with the FAA and other general aviation stakeholders on a safety campaign during the 2014 flying season titled “Got Weather?” The purpose of the eight month campaign is to help general aviation pilots prepare for the potential weather challenges they may encounter. The Got Weather? campaign will run through December 2014 and refresh each month to highlight new topics including turbulence, thunderstorms, icing or crosswinds and the resources available to pilots. NATA encourages its members to visit http://www.faa.gov/go/gotweather
to get fast facts and links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies, and more.
NATA expressed its opposition to the approval of a lease granting a new entrant fixed base operator status at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). In a letter sent Friday to the City of Houston’s Mayor and City Council, the association urged the Council to amend the lease to create a level playing field among all FBOs at HOU. The proposed lease is scheduled for consideration by the City Council on September 30th (Agenda Item 24).
In writing to the Council, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks proposed the lease under consideration be amended to accelerate the amount and tempo of investment made by the proposed new entrant and clarifying that at least one new hanger is for the exclusive use of third party customers. Hendricks observed that absent such language, the City of Houston “will be creating an unequal level of competition among FBOs at the airport, a clear violation of FAA grant assurances.” In July, NATA had written the City recommending that before adding a new FBO at Hobby it should to develop airport minimum standards. Read more.
NATA joined other industry groups, including AIA, AEA, ARSA, A4A, NACA and GAMA, in petitioning the FAA to make a correction to the Final Repair Station rule issued August 14, 2014. While the FAA accepted all of NATA’s recommendations during the comment phase, the final rule deleted the word "serious" in section 145.221 addressing the reporting of service difficulties. NATA and the other petitioners requested reinsertion of the word, arguing otherwise repair stations would be required to report any defect regardless of criticality. Read more
The FAA is extending the comment deadline by 30 days for its proposed statement of policy
on use of airport hangars to clarify compliance requirements for airport sponsors, airport managers, airport tenants, state aviation officials, and FAA compliance staff. The original comment deadline was on or by September 5, 2014. On Friday, NATA filed comments
on the proposed policy. While generally supportive of the proposal, the association recommended FAA not limit the use of non-aviation items based on item, but rather allow any item so long as it does not interfere with the aviation use of the hangar or create a threat to safety. In addition, NATA recommended that active homebuilt aircraft assembly - regardless of stage - be considered aeronautical use.
The NTSB recently adopted a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots involved in aircraft accidents. The study found an upward trend in the use of potentially impairing medications and illicit drugs. Although the study did not conclude the use of the medications or illicit drugs were causal to the accidents reviewed, it should serve as a reminder to pilots and others in the aviation environment to consider the possible impact a prescription or over-the-counter medication could have on their performance. For example, the most common impairing drug seen in the study was a sedating antihistamine (diphenhydramine) found in many cold and allergy medications. As a result, the NTSB issued a related safety alert urging pilots to consult medical professionals to learn about the potentially impairing impact of any drug prior to flying while under the influence of that medication. The complete report will be available in several weeks. An abstract is available here