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NATA: Major Policy Issues

Congress is now in full swing and is considering policy issues impacting aviation businesses. NATA has updated its whitepaper, "Major Policy Issues," to include the FAA reauthorization and tax issues.


NATA Industry Excellence Awards and AMT Employer Nominations Are Open

NATA is calling for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2016. To review the award categories and award nomination form, click here. For more information, please contact Karissa Uko at kuko@nata.aero


NATA Launches Free, Industry-Wide Misfueling Prevention Awareness Training
his week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program – a free, online-based awareness program for pilots, line service professionals, FBO general managers and customer service representatives. 

NATA, recognizing the need for an industry-wide misfueling prevention resource, developed the program to conform with standards from the Energy Institute and the NATA Safety 1st Operational Best Practices. The program consists of four different misfueling informational tracks, resources and certificates of completion. 

NATA thanks the AOPA Air Safety Institute and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association for their assistance in producing this program. Additionally, the program was funded by grants from Eastern Aviation Fuels, EPIC Aviation, Phillips 66 and others.The misfueling prevention program and additional resources can be found at www.preventmisfueling.com.
NATA Aviation Solutions – Individualized Operational and Regulatory Consulting Services
NATA Aviation Solutions is the consulting arm of the association, providing individualized operational and regulatory consulting services.
 
NATA Aviation Solutions utilizes a stable of well-known, professional subject matter experts to address local, tactical and strategic issues specifically related to individual businesses.
 
Among the issues with which NATA Aviation Solutions can assist:
• Certificate consolidations and approvals
• Operational approvals
• MRO issues
• Safety optimization
• Local FAA office assistance
• Tax regulatory and policy issues before the IRS, Department of Treasury and Congress
• Preparation of aviation-related manuals specific to your business
 
Contact Megan Eisenstein at (800) 808-6282 or meisenstein@nata.aero to discuss your specific issue, needs and goals.


2016 Aviation Business Conference — Early Bird Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available

NATA's 2016 Aviation Business Conference will take place June 8th-10th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference will kick off with a reception Wednesday evening, June 8th and the conference will conclude Friday afternoon, June 10th. Early bird registration will run through Friday April 8th. Click here to register or for more details!

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NATA Will Not Support “Leap of Faith” FAA Reauthorization Proposal

NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks issued a statement following today’s release by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. The Committee is expected to consider the legislation on February 11.

“NATA cannot support the legislation’s proposal to create a federally chartered, not-for-profit air traffic control corporation. We have been quite clear throughout the development of this legislation that we will not support ‘leap of faith’ proposals that place the fate of any segment of general aviation — in this case the air charter community — in the hands of a yet to be determined board of directors — especially given the fact this segment of general aviation is denied a voice in the corporation’s governance. A user-fee funded ATC corporation, controlled in perpetuity by a board of industry insiders, will place general aviation in constant peril, starve rural America of access to cutting-edge technology, and saddle the travelling public with ever increasing fees. 

NATA understands and respects the process that Chairman Shuster undertook to develop this legislation. We also acknowledge the legislation contains many provisions that reflect NATA’s suggestions for making the FAA a more efficient organization. While we agree with the Chairman that maintaining the status quo risks our nation’s supremacy in aviation, this draft legislation poses even greater risks — to the safe and stable nature of the world’s best air traffic control system and America’s vibrant general aviation community.”

NATA Unveils “No Corporation” Grassroots Campaign Against ATC Privatization

NATA launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation. The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered next Thursday, February 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

NATA created a special webpage — www.nata.aero/nocorporation  — providing additional information and easy steps general aviation businesses can take to contact their elected representatives in opposition to this proposal.

“The hour has rarely been graver for general aviation and we are calling on all aviation businesses to join us. Your immediate personal outreach to your elected representatives is critical to staving off the corporatization of ATC and the imposition of user fees on segments of general aviation. We want make it clear that industry insiders don’t get to decide the future of our nation’s air traffic control system.”