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Update Government Shutdown

President Trump signed a measure to temporarily fund the government until February 15, 2019. The legislation was passed swiftly by House and Senate via voice votes. Although federal employees are returning to their posts, the industry can still expect delays in the processing of certificates, permits, permissions and other documentation as work gets underway to catch up on all administrative and other functions that have been delayed or on hold for the past 35 days.

When the shutdown entered its fourth week, NATA released a Member Alert highlighting its toll on the aviation industry. From furloughed TSA workers and air traffic controllers forced to work without pay, to the inability for member companies to receive permissions and permits from the FAA, the aviation community felt the effects of a closed government. NATA’s staff is available to answer questions and document stories regarding the shutdown. 

As the affected federal workers return to work amid backlogs, deadlines and the uncertain threat of another looming shutdown, NATA will continue to monitor developments and the impact on aviation businesses. Please call (800) 808-6282  or email Shannon Chambers, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, at schambers@nata.aero  or Megan Eisenstein, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, at meisenstein@nata.aero.  


Oversight and Renewal Requirements for Certain Designees Impacted by the Government Shutdown
On January 28, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a memo to all Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification Offices to allow for the deviation of the FAA Orders and Policy that address training, oversight and renewal requirement due dates for certain designees impacted by the December 2018 government shutdown.

This deviation allows FAA personnel to extend the due date for designee recurrent training, oversight, and renewal for those due on or after December 22, 2018, to April 30, 2019.

This means that designees in good standing, including Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) holders may continue to perform authorized functions in an active status.

As always, after reading the memo, if you have further question, consult your local FAA office.