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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's New Address
NATA's new address is 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Please note NATA's new address and plan to visit when you are in the area.

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.
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Release of Draft House FAA Reauthorization Legislation Delayed

The The expected release last week by the House Transportation Committee of its proposed FAA reauthorization legislation was delayed due to a lack of House floor time in July to consider the proposal. The Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Bill Shuster, told NATA members attending the Aviation Business Conference the draft legislation will, among other things, create a separate, user-fee funded air traffic control organization.  Details however continue to evolve. For example, though the proposed air traffic control corporation will be funded by user fees, it’s unclear whether some, or all, of general aviation will continue to contribute via the current tax structure.

Release of the bill last week was expected to trigger committee action as early as this Wednesday/Thursday.  It is now unclear whether the proposal will be unveiled before Congress returns in September from its annual August recess.  Major pieces of legislation like the FAA reauthorization are typically considered in the House in a manner that allows for floor consideration without long delays.  Last week House Majority Leader McCarthy announced the July House floor agenda that will include unfinished appropriations bills, the National Defense Authorization, action on the Highway Trust Fund and possibly reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Noting that Rep. Shuster’s proposal holds “profound implications for aviation businesses,” NATA President Tom Hendricks in a note to the membership, stated the association is fully prepared to roll out an aggressive campaign to support general aviation once the details of this FAA reauthorization bill are released and urged association members to review legislative updates from NATA to stay abreast of developments.


Commercial Operators Tax Seminar – Special Offer for NATA Members
NATA and Conklin & de Decker are holding their Commercial Operators Tax Seminar in Chantilly, VA on July 14-15, 2015. This Seminar is held every year and is truly the only Seminar designed for Charter Management companies. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar covers taxes that you, the commercial operator, face every day in your operations. Are you concerned with the IRS Chief Counsel Advisory relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees?  This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. In addition, a comprehensive review of the Federal Aviation Regulations, Ops Spec A008 and language that should be included in charter/management and management agreements will be provided on the first day. If you, or someone else within your company is interested in attending, please call the AZ Conklin & de Decker office at (928) 443-8676 and we will extend the 20% discount off the full price of $995 (10% early bird and 10% NATA member discounts). For more information, click here.
Participate in the NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project

NATA’s Flag Pins for Veterans Project began on Memorial Day and run through October 2015. Project participants are asked to display American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a $1.00 donation per pin, or make a direct donation to the project. Last year’s campaign raised more than $30,000 for veterans organizations. So far, Atlantic Aviation, Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd’s Aviation, Batten International Airport, Harbour Air Services KTVC, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Landmark Aviation, Million Air, Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Pentastar Aviation, Napa Jet Center, NATA, NATA Aviation Legal Services, Signature Flight Support and Transplant Transportation Services, Inc have once again signed on to support the enduring sacrifices of our Nation’s veterans. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at schambers@nata.aero to participate.