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August 27, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 35

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null Aviation Industry Sends Letter To DHS On Importance Of Repair Station Security

NATA recently joined eleven other aviation associations in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the agency to meet its commitment and complete the repair station rulemaking by the fourth quarter of 2012. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) completed its work on the rule and submitted its report to DHS for review. The letter underscores “how important it is that DHS and the Office of Management and Budget complete consideration in a manner that will permit the repair station security rule to be finalized in the time frame provided by TSA.”

In 2003, Congress first mandated that the TSA establish a regulatory framework for repair station security during that year. In 2007, Congress created a ban, which was to begin in 2008, against the FAA certification of foreign repair stations unless the rulemaking was completed. For fiscal year 2013 reports, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations have included language urging final action on this rule by year-end.

“The only three things holding up the rulemaking process are politics, politics, and politics,” stated NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne to Aviation International News in an exclusive interview on the issue. Coyne stated that the ten-year holdout is a result of the executive branch not understanding the implications of the agency’s inaction on the aviation industry.

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nullNATA’s Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing Online Training – New 2012-2013 Holdover Tables Available

Make sure your deicing team has the right training with the official FAA holdover time tables for winter 2012-2013. Winter weather training programs, like NATA’s Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing module, will get your team focused on the responsibilities of their job and prepares them with the skills necessary for safe aircraft departures.

What’s covered in the online training?

  • Introduction: reviews the crucial reasons for deicing and the affects of icing on aircraft flight.
  • Deicing & Anti-Icing Fluids: covers the different types of fluids, their characteristics and their primary usage.
  • Deicing & Anti-Icing Application: covers specifics on when and how to apply the different fluid types.
  • Deicing and Anti-icing Safety: discusses personal protective equipment requirements and procedures for the safe operation of your deicing equipment.
  • Deicing Procedures: discusses techniques to deice aircraft effectively and best practices to follow.
  • Anti-icing Fluid Application: stresses what to do and what NOT to do when applying anti-icing fluids.
  • Final Preparations For Departure: covers your responsibilities as well as what to expect from the flight crew after de/anti-icing and prior to aircraft departure.

To experience online training firsthand, review our recorded webinar on NATA’s Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing module by clicking here.

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nullHonor James K. Coyne in Aviation Business Journal

This year marks the end of James K. Coyne’s term as president and CEO of NATA. To give NATA members a chance to honor Jim, we’re offering deeply discounted advertising space rates in the 4th quarter issue of the Aviation Business Journal.  

This is the perfect opportunity to thank Jim for his dedication to NATA, and you, for the past 18 years, and to wish him and Holly well on their future endeavors.

Ads will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Media Sales Representative Justin Wolfe at (800) 501-9571 x138 of Closing date for advertisements is October 6.

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nullCongressional Tours Important For General Aviation Awareness in Congress

When members of Congress visit their districts, you have the prime opportunity to shape what is happening in Washington. In fact, with so much under debate before elections, it is critical to make sure your representatives and senators appreciate the direct local impact of policies currently under consideration.

As summer recess comes to an end, representatives and senators will be hard at work preparing for elections and working to get unsettled legislation resolved. Now is the best time to invite your elected officials to tour your facility and inform them of the critical issues general aviation is facing in today’s tough economic time. NATA’s Congressional Tours page provides a detailed step-by-step guide on how to reach out to your Members of Congress and show them first-hand the issues confronting our national air transportation system and issues affecting your business.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

Relevant updates from the FAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are compiled each day from the Federal Register. The latest notices, rules and proposed rules can now be found in a single source by clicking here.

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nullDo You Have State Or Local News You Would Like to Share With NATA Membership?

NATA’s State Advocacy Network (SAN) is an effort started in January 2012 that aims to increase awareness of state and local issues among the general industry and highlights ongoing state legislation, events and opportunities for NATA members to raise issues or pose questions or concerns for association and industry assistance.

The network’s Web site has been used as a platform to gain awareness and support for issues facing members and their businesses. Most recently, SAN successfully lobbied for the passage of legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that exempts taxes on aircraft parts and maintenance in the state. The network is working with the legislature towards swift passage in the state’s Senate chamber and eventual support by the governor.

If your business or state is experiencing local industry problems that require the association’s support, or if you hear of problems that may arise and need more information, contact the State Advocacy Network via email at or by calling (800) 808-6282.

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nullDon’t Forget to Register for NATA’s Fall Committee Meetings

The 2012 Fall Committee Meetings offer the perfect chance to observe how NATA committees help guide the association. The meetings will take place in Dallas, Texas, on September 11. All NATA members are invited to attend the committee meetings as guests.

Tom Hendricks, NATA’s new president, will also be in attendance at the committee meetings, giving members the chance to meet him. Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome the new leader of NATA and help him learn more about your individual business.

Please register for the meetings by completing the appropriate participation form found at the links below and return it to Celeste Clark via email or by fax at (703) 845-8176 by September 7.

Committee Member Participation Form
Non-committee Member Participation Form

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Wyndham Dallas Love Field. The telephone number to make reservations is (214) 357-8500.

Take advantage of your time in Dallas by attending one of NATA’s fall seminars. FBO Success Seminar, Safety 1st Trainer, and Line Service Supervisor Training will all be taking place in Dallas after the committee meetings.

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nullDo You Need An MRI For Your FBO?

"Seeking operational help for an FBO is no different than seeking medical help for an illness," said John Enticknap, president of Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) and facilitator for the seminar. "Sometimes we need a closer look at all the vital parts in order to come up with a remedy that puts us on the path to prosperity. That's why we call it an MRI for Your FBO."

In addition to the 10 sessions addressing financial and operational productivity, the seminar places an emphasis on networking with other FBOs and learning various best practices through lively roundtable discussions. Business Jet Center will also conduct a tour of their facility, giving attendees an opportunity to see first-hand the inner workings of this highly successful FBO.

Registration for the FBO Success Seminar is available on NATA's Web site. The cost for the three-day seminar is $625 for NATA members and $725 for non-members. FBOs registering two or more attendees receive more than a 20% discount, per registrant.

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nullKeystone And Priester Aviation Renew ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Keystone Aviation, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Priester Aviation, Wheeling, Illinois, have renewed their status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “By renewing their status on the IAS Registry, they have demonstrated their commitment to high standards,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their continued dedication.”

The IAS is the first and only extensive audit program specifically created for on-demand operators by a committee of Part 135 and 91K industry leaders. It is conducted every 24 months and is in-depth in its evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against both FAA and international standards.

Click here to read the ACSF Press Release.

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