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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Federal Excise Tax Working Group Update

NATA scheduled and held an IRS-FET working group meeting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on March 26th to discuss the conclusions reached by the Service that are contrary to several long-standing commercial Federal Excise Tax (FET) revenue rulings – namely that commercial FET is applicable to the amounts paid by aircraft owners for contracted aircraft management services.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FCC Rulemaking on Emergency Locator Transmitters

The FCC has issued proposed rules that could affect the use of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) that broadcast solely on 121.5 MHz. The FCC’s proposed rules would ban the manufacture, sale and importation of any ELT that broadcasts solely on 121.5 MHz.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

FAA Releases Contract Tower Closure List

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released its decision to begin a four-week phased closure of 149 contract towers beginning on April 7. In early March, FAA proposed to close 189 contract control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Moran Amendment Blocked: Contract Tower Closures Imminent

Today, the Senate approved its version of the Continuing Funding Resolution. This legislation would fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Membership Update - Contract Tower Program

Senate leadership has blocked Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-KS) amendment from being considered on the Senate floor during debate on the Continuing Funding Resolution.

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