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Thursday, March 23, 2017

FAA’s New Regulatory Consistency Communication Board Will Benefit Aviation Businesses

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the procedures governing the agency’s new Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) including how the industry is to bring matters to its attention. The RCCB will provide clarification to internal and external stakeholders on questions related to potential inconsistent regulatory interpretations by the agency’s regions and district offices.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

NATA Holds South Florida Air Charter Operator Town Hall

On Tuesday, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) held the third in its series of Air Charter Operator Town Hall meetings with companies from the South Florida region, gathering at Atlantic Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport. Discussion was led by Suran Wijayawardana (Alerion Aviation), Chairman of NATA’s Air Charter Committee, and covered a range of issues confronting the region’s charter community, including cracking down on illegal Part 135 air carriers, the inappropriate application of transportation excise taxes to aircraft management services and the ongoing negative impact created by flight restrictions at Palm Beach International associated with President Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NATA and Other GA Associations Reiterate ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill

With the need to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration before September 30 of this year, a host of general aviation association leaders today joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

NATA Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court in Support of Bombardier

NATA filed a Friend of the Court brief in support of member company Bombardiers’ request the U.S. Supreme Court review a Fifth Circuit ruling upholding an IRS decision to apply federal transportation excise taxes to the management fees of its then fractional operation subsidiary, Flexjet.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Ride Share Advocates Not Giving Up On Lower Flying Safety Standards

In an article in the March 16, 2017 Wall Street Journal (An Easy way to make the Skies Friendlier), advocates for aviation ride-sharing applications like Flytenow suggest helping disadvantaged private pilots build experience by letting them fly passengers for hire. Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) provided the Wall Street Journal a response reiterating the dangers of such a model.

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