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February 29, 2012     null     Volume 11 Issue 2
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nullObama Signs FAA Reauthorization Bill Into Law

The long-delayed FAA reauthorization bill, H.R. 658, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, became public law on February 14, 2012. The legislation provides nearly $16 billion per year to the FAA through fiscal year 2015, and authorizes $3.35 billion annually for the Airport Improvement Program. Final legislation allows the agency to operate without the uncertainty experienced through 23 short-term operating bills over the past five years.

To view NATA’s Legislative Report on the bill, please click here.

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nullRead Inside Washington Blog Post -- President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Is Fish Wrap Yet Again

NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer recently issued a blog, in David Letterman fashion, citing the reasons why the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget is dead on arrival and should be considered fish wrap.

Click here to read this blog post in its entirety.

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nullCongress Creates Yellow Pages Caucus To Reduce Unfair Government Competition

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives formed the Yellow Pages Caucus in an effort to help ensure that the government isn’t taking over activities that should be performed by the private sector. The caucus is dedicated to reliance on the private sector, rather than the government, to provide commercially available goods and services to the government. This effort will reduce the size and scope of government, and create private jobs.

Not only do federal agencies duplicate the services that can be provided by private business, many also engage in unfair government competition with the private sector. For this reason, Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation, H.R. 1474/S. 785 the Freedom from Government Competition Act, to combat unfair government competition with the private sector. 

Fourteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined the caucus: Pete Sessions (R-TX), Diane Black (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), John J. Duncan, Jr., Richard Hanna (R-NY), Nan Hayworth (R-NY), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Todd Young (R-IN).

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nullHost A Congressional Tour Of Your Facility

Members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, in addition to spending a lot of time in Washington, spend valuable time in their states and districts during scheduled congressional work periods and recess periods.

Members of Congress use recess opportunities to visit with constituents, making this the perfect time for NATA members to invite their Senators and Representatives to tour their facilities. A tour of your facility is a valuable way to inform key congressional leaders on the principal issues confronting our national air transportation system while allowing you to address other issues affecting your business. This one-on-one interaction will give Members of Congress and their staff a better understanding of the value of America's aviation businesses and airline services companies. Host a tour today!

To learn more about how to host a Congressional tour, please click here.

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nullAviation Security Advisory Committee Announces Its Leadership

The Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), chartered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this year, announced its leadership last week. The committee voted to make Carter Morris, senior vice president of transportation security policy at the American Association of Airport Executives, the ASAC chairman and Bill Cason, director of security for the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), the committee vice-chairman.

“Morris and Cason bring strong backgrounds in aviation to the table that will be invaluable assets in leading the committee,” said Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole. “I am confident that their vision for the future of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee will be key in advising TSA as it moves forward with a more intelligence driven, risk-based approach to aviation security.”

The ASAC was chartered by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide input to the TSA on aviation security issues. NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France serves as a member of the committee.

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null2012 Meeting Schedule Announced

The NATA Airline Services Council meeting schedule for 2012 was recently announced. The council will conduct two in-person meetings in 2012 as well as two conference calls. Dates and times for the conference calls will be determined shortly and confirmed with members.  Both in-person meetings will be held in the Washington, D.C. area.  Details on these meetings can be found below:

DoubleTree Hotel, Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
General Tel: (703) 416-4100

The guest room rate is $229++ per night for single occupancy. Please contact Diane Gleason at or (703) 575-2050, and she will secure your room reservation for each meeting.

The DoubleTree is conveniently located five minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

Spring Dates:
Monday, May 14 – 6:00 p.m.-evening: Dinner (TBD)
Tuesday, May 15 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: ACS Meeting

Fall Dates:
Monday, October 1 – 6:00 p.m.-evening: Dinner (TBD)
Tuesday, October 2 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: ACS Meeting

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nullFind Out More About NATA's Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard Free Webinar On March 1

NATA Safety 1st has established the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program and the guidelines to create a consistent operational safety standard for fixed base operators, airports, and other service providers while increasing the overall safety level of these operations. This webinar will give an overview of the guidelines, the reason for the standard and a general review of objectives.

Lindsey McFarren, McFarren Aviation Consulting
Elizabeth Nicholson, Manager, Safety 1st Programs

Date/Time: March 1, 2012, at 12:00 EST

Click here to register.

Click here for full list of upcoming webinars.

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nullNATA Staff Responsibilities And Issue Areas

In a continuing effort to expand its support of policy issues, safety training and member services important to aviation businesses, NATA has developed a new "Responsibilities and Issue Areas" white paper to ensure that member companies know whom to contact at the association with questions or concerns. All NATA staff can be contacted via the association toll free number at (800) 808-NATA or via email utilizing the NATA staff directory.

If members identify an issue or area that is not covered in this white paper, please contact Eric R. Byer, NATA's vice president of government and industry affairs.

The NATA staff thank all of its members for their continued support! 

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null2011 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available For Member Use

The NATA Airline Services Council brochure provides information on the latest activities that the council is undertaking, including issues, meeting schedule and member listing.

Members interested in receiving professionally printed hard copies of this brochure may contact NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric Byer.

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nullNew NATA ASC Logo Available For Member Use

NATA has created a new NATA Airline Services Council logo that members can use on company stationery, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can use as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

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