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NATA is the National Air Transportation Association 

Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.



Upcoming Events

Environmental Compliance Seminar - January 20

Line Service Supervisor Training - January 20/21

NATA Safety 1st Trainer - January 22


Professional Line Service Training 

PLST Online provides the most up-to-date training available for line service specialists – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Line service supervisors can conduct the new PLST Online training anytime and from anywhere there is access to the Web.   

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139 Fire Safety Training Online


This training not only meets and exceeds the requirements of 14 CFR 139.321 but also allows you to interact with other students in a group learning environment, receive the very latest NFPA news, watch live training presentations and much more.

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Pre-Employment Screening Exam


NATA is offering the first pre-employment screening exam specifically for line service technicians and FBO customer service specialists.

With predecessor exams already in use at more than 900 companies worldwide, NATA has adapted the most cost effective and revealing pre-employment testing and post employment testing available for FBO use.

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NATA ASC Holds Conference Call With TSA Representatives
Follow-up Meeting Slated for January 13 at 11:00 a.m.
The NATA ASC held a conference call on December 5 with representatives from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to discuss the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). The call focused largely on how cargo handling companies can become involved in the CCSP as the TSA looks to meet the 50% cargo screening mandate established by Congress for February 2009.

Minutes from this conference call can be viewed by clicking here.

The NATA ASC will hold a follow-up call on January 13, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern). NATA ASC members may participate on this call with the following information:

Dial-in number: (866) 454-3507
Passcode: 070951

Any members having questions about either of these conference calls can contact Eric Byer.

2009 ASC Meeting Schedule Announced
During its October 21 meeting in Alexandria, VA, the NATA ASC finalized its meeting schedule for the 2009 calendar year.

Members may view the revised event memorandum for this meeting by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Eric Byer.

2009 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available!
The 2008 NATA Airline Services Council marketing brochure is available for members to download.

Click here to download the brochure today!

If you have questions about the brochure, please contact Eric Byer.

New NATA Airline Services Council Logo Available For Member Use
Per the request of NATA ASC members at the last meeting in October, NATA has created a new NATA ASC logo that members can use on company stationary, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can utilize as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new NATA ASC logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

TSA Issues New Security Directive On Security Threat Assessment And Reporting Requirements Related To Individuals With Airport-Issued Identification Media
Recently, the TSA issued a new Security Directive requiring airport operators to perform “additional security measures prior to issuing airport identification media to the individuals who apply for or hold airport-issued identification media at U.S. airports.”

According to the TSA, “The airport operator must immediately pass the information and directives set forth in this SD to all stations affected. The airport operator must disseminate this information to senior management personnel, authorized airport operator representatives, and supervisory security personnel at affected locations. All airport operator personnel implementing this SD must be briefed by the airport operator on its content and the restrictions governing dissemination.”

To view a complete copy of the Aviation Security Directive Advisory, please click here.

ACTION NEEDED: New Air Regulations For Ground Support Equipment
The California Environmental Protection Agency has issued new air regulations, via the Air Resources Board (ARB), for ground support equipment (GSE) at airports. The new rule has placed an unexpected burden on the ground handling community in California, and the rule’s promulgation is equally concerning to NATA members in other states who may face similar regulations in the future.

The ARB was established to work with the public, the business sector and local governments to find solutions to California’s air pollution problems. Specifically, ARB is responsible for maintaining healthy air quality, conducting research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution, and systematically attacking the serious problems caused by motor vehicles, which are the major causes of air pollution in the state.

The ARB has taken measures to reduce emissions from automobiles and trucks in the state and recently announced a stricter focus on off-road vehicles and equipment which includes GSE at airports. This group, referred to as Off-Road Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) Equipment, is intended for gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fueled vehicles and equipment. Diesel-fueled vehicles are also regulated, but under a separate rule. The off-road engines covered under this rule only include engines that are greater than 25 horsepower, but this will likely include almost all GSE.

Shortly after NATA sent this notice to members, ARB posted a program advisory to the Off-Road LSI Equipment Web site.

The advisory states that ARB will allow operators of airport GSE to exclude gasoline-fueled GSE from the non-forklift fleet average calculation for determining compliance with the January 1, 2009 fleet average emission level standard.

The ARB has also posted a link to the amendments that were adopted at its November 21, 2008 hearing for new LSI engines of one liter or less. These amendments include more stringent exhaust emission standards and evaporative emission standards.

To see the program advisory and amendments, please click here.

Republican Representative Ray LaHood Selected As Secretary Of Transportation
Retiring GOP Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Ray LaHood (R-IL) was recently named by President-elect Obama as his nominee to become the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. LaHood has been a leading advocate for improving the state of Illinois’ transportation infrastructure, including improving local airports by securing funds for new airport construction and expansion, while also working with local officials to increase air service.

LaHood, a moderate Republican, served as the longtime chief of staff to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-IL) before winning the seat in his own right upon Michel's retirement in 1994. LaHood served on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 1995 to 2000. While a member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, LaHood was an advocate of improving local airports in Illinois by working with the community and local officials to increase air service and secure funds for new construction and expansion of airports. From 2001 to the present, LaHood served on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations. LaHood is the second Republican to join the President-elect’s Cabinet.

To view NATA’s press release, please click here.

A complete biography on Congressman LaHood can be viewed by clicking here.

NATA Sends Letter To Congress In Support Of Aviation Infrastructure Funding
Members Encouraged to Contact Congress in Support of Aviation Infrastructure Funding
NATA President James K. Coyne recently sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting support for aviation infrastructure funding in the next economic stimulus package. “The delay of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 has halted critical infrastructure projects which are essential to our airports’ ability to generate economic benefits and essential to safety and security at our nation’s airports,” Coyne wrote. According to the FAA, $600 million in aviation infrastructure projects within the Airport Improvement Program alone would permit essential ready-to-go projects such as taxiway rehabilitation and widening, apron construction and rehabilitation, airport rescue and firefighting equipment and facilities, and public access roads to proceed without further delay.

The impact of inadequate infrastructure could prove more costly than investment in infrastructure. A significant increase in air traffic congestion is one factor felt by most of the traveling public. In 2007, 1.8 million flights were delayed, the highest number reported by the Department of Transportation. If infrastructure improvements aren’t made by 2014, flight delays will increase by 62% and cost approximately $170 billion.

It is important that NATA members reach out to their Members of Congress in support of aviation infrastructure funding.

To learn how, click here to view the Action Call.

To view a copy of the NATA letter, click here.

First NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar Of 2009 To Be Held In Three Weeks!
NATA is pleased to announce that it will again offer its Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities on January 20, 2009, in Houston, TX. This popular new seminar focuses solely on environmental compliance issues confronting FBOs and general aviation airports. Issues to be addressed during the half-day seminar include:
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations and the new parts that will take effect in 2009
  • Storm Water Permitting and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Waste Issues (hazardous waste, universal waste, waste oil and waste fuel)
  • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Benefits to participants of the seminar include:

  • Increase awareness of all applicable regulations
  • Ensure compliance with new environmental mandates
  • Avoid costly errors and negative press
  • Discuss best management practices
  • Review procedures, equipment and requirements
  • Receive a training certificate

The seminar presenter is George S. Gamble of 2G Environmental, LLC. Gamble, a professional engineer since 1992, has a wealth of corporate experience in the chemical industry as well as the environmental consulting industry. In January 2004, Gamble formed 2G Environmental, LLC with a focus on the EPA Regulations for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures.

Gamble has prepared SPCC plans or related projects for over 100 aviation facilities ranging from FBOs to corporate aviation facilities. Other aviation activities include environmental training, environmental due diligence, storm water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention plans, OSHA compliance and recordkeeping, and other environmental consulting.

In addition to his extensive aviation experience, Gamble has also prepared SPCC plans for several trucking/transportation facilities, warehouse facilities, retail facilities, and industrial facilities across the Southeast.

"The NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities is a great opportunity for our members to learn the latest environmental compliance issues affecting their business," stated NATA President James K. Coyne. "When we ask our members about concerns they have with their daily operations, environmental compliance is always an issue that they want to learn more about to ensure that their organization is doing all it can to protect the environment."

Interested parties may learn more about the NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities, including how to register, by clicking here.

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