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September 10, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 37

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null Greetings From New NATA President Tom Hendricks

NATA welcomed Tom Hendricks last week as its new president and CEO and introduced his new blog “President’s Message.” Click here to read the first blog post “Greetings From New President Tom Hendricks.” Tom also spoke to several industry publications about his background and thoughts in his first week with the association. NATA will highlight these interviews in NATA News, on the Web site and on social media outlets as they are released.

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nullNATA Board Member To Testify Before House Small Business Committee

On September 12, NATA Board of Director member Marian Epps will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about the financial and regulatory impacts of user fees on the aviation industry, specifically the President Obama’s proposed $100 per-flight fee on operators. Epps plans to focus on the detrimental trickling effect the additional user fee would have on small businesses in the aviation community. She also will highlight in her testimony the importance of a unified message to the White House that some fee increase is warranted but that the costs associated with user fees far outweigh any benefit to the administration’s deficit reduction plan.

Epps is the chief financial officer for Epps Aviation in Atlanta, Georgia.

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nullConsistency Of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee Requests Industry Stakeholder Input

The Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) is seeking industry input in the form of an industry stakeholder survey.

Consistent with a mandate in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Section 313, the FAA established the ARC comprising both government and industry representatives to address the issue of consistency in regulatory application, particularly with regard to the certification and application processes. As a component of its tasking, the ARC will develop recommendations and submit a final report to the administrator by December 31, 2012.  The administrator is required to submit the agency’s report to Congress by February 15, 2013.

As the committee works to formulate recommendations to the administrator, the members believed it was important to solicit feedback and collect data from aviation industry stakeholders. The Industry Stakeholder Survey is designed to afford an opportunity for stakeholders to submit information to assist in the formulation of final recommendations.

The industry stakeholder survey is available until September 25, 2012, and can be viewed by clicking here.

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nullHuerta And Pistole Featured At NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA’s annual Aviation Business Roundtable, November 12-13, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia, features FAA Acting Administrator Michael P. Huerta and Transportation Security Administration Administrator John S. Pistole.

The Roundtable is a two-day meeting assembling the top business leaders from all segments of this country’s aviation community to meet with key federal and congressional officials. Attendees include chief executives from airline services providers, manufacturers, charter operators, fuel companies, fixed base operators, flight training facilities, and fractional aircraft ownership organizations. Nearly 100 of your fellow aviation professionals attended in 2011. Please mark your calendar, and plan to attend this premier event.

The program will begin November 12 at noon and conclude November 13 by 2:00 p.m. Additional agenda details will be provided in the coming weeks. The registration fee is $2,000, and this invitation is extended to all senior level executives.

Events will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. A block of guest rooms has been secured, and attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please contact the hotel directly.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
General Hotel Telephone: (703) 415-5000
Reservations Telephone: (800) 241-3333

The group room rate is $299, plus tax, per night. Please call the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and refer to the “NATA Roundtable Meeting” by October 19 to receive the group room rate.

Please contact Diane Gleason, director of meetings and conferences, at or (703) 575-2050, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable or if you have questions.

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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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nullRhode Island Governor Acknowledges General Aviation

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee recently recognized the importance general aviation plays in his state by proclaiming August 2012 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month” in the ocean state.

In his proclamation, Governor Chafee emphasized Rhode Island’s business dependence on the industry to move personnel, equipment and products. Rhode Island’s general aviation supports 1,461 jobs, and the state is home to three air charter companies, nine aviation repair stations, one flight school, and six fixed base operators. The industry generates about $465 million a year for the state’s economy and is a main contributor to the high numbers of visitors and tourists to the state.

NATA joined industry organizations including the Rhode Island Pilot’s Association, Alliance for Aviation Across America, National Business Aviation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials and Westerly Airport Association in applauding Governor Chafee’s support recognizing the importance of general aviation in Rhode Island.

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nullAOPA/NATA/NBAA-Hosted Public Meeting With CBP

Thursday, September 13, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Landmark Aviation at Kendall-Tamiami Airport (KTMB)

Join NATA, AOPA and NBAA for a rare opportunity for operators to discuss local and national general aviation policy issues with officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP). No registration is required for this free event.

This special event provides Part 91, 91K and Part 135 operators the chance to interact directly with key officials of the CBP to address issues and concerns of those who fly internationally and interact with CBP in an open discussion format.

CBP Headquarters Officials

  • Eric Rodriguez: Program Manager, General Aviation
  • Ralph Modisette: National APIS Account Manager – General Aviation
  • Corrie Corbetis: National APIS Account Manager – Compliance and Enforcement

Regional and Local CBP Officials

  • Tangela Wilson: General Aviation Program Manager, Miami Field Office
  • Other Florida Port Operations Management officials

Topics to be covered

  • General Aviation Processing
  • Landing Rights Procedures
  • Notice of Arrival Procedures
  • Operational Differences/Similarities Within Florida and the Nation
  • Our Partnership With Industry
  • Current State of Compliance and Enforcement
  • CBP’s Next Phase of Compliance for General Aviation

Meeting Location Information
West Hangar at Landmark Aviation
Kendall-Tamiami Airport (KTMB)
14150 SW 129th St.
Miami, FL 33186
Parking is available at the Landmark Aviation FBO and across the street from the FBO.

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nullFall Committee Meetings Start Tonight

The NATA 2012 Fall Committee Meetings kick off this evening with a reception at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The reception offers a chance for NATA members to mingle and meet staff and other members.

Committee meetings will take place tomorrow morning, starting at 7:30 a.m. New NATA President Tom Hendricks will be stopping in each meeting to introduce himself and meet attendees.

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nullIt’s Not Too Late To Register
FBO Success, LSST and Safety 1st Trainer Seminars

It’s not too late to get in on the action in Dallas. Registration will be available on-site for all three seminars taking place at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field this week.

FBO Success Seminar – “An MRI for Your FBO”
September 12 – 14
This seminar will teach you ways to save money without cutting corners, improve operational efficiency, make your FBO more profitable, and increase the intrinsic value of your FBO property. This is a very helpful event for FBO owners, managers and finance personnel.

Line Service Supervisor Training
September 12 – 13
A high-impact, high-energy seminar that includes guided group debates, role playing, interactive games and various case studies designed to take you to a new level of leadership. This seminar, specifically designed for Line Service Supervisors, provides the training you need to become more proficient in strategic planning, supervising staff, motivating others, communicating and coaching a team.

Safety 1st – Train the Trainer Seminar
September 14
Attendees will receive the in-depth instruction necessary to become more effective line supervisors and teachers. Sessions include tips and techniques for setting up effective training programs, developing actual lesson plans, increasing student learning retention, and more.

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nullWish Jim Coyne Well In Aviation Business Journal

NATA is pleased to offer a special opportunity to members and friends of the association. In March, James K. Coyne and the NATA Board of Directors announced that Jim’s time with NATA was coming to an end this year. To help mark this occasion, the 4th quarter issue of Aviation Business Journal will feature deeply discounted advertising space rates for messages honoring Jim’s service. We invite you to join us in celebrating Jim’s 18 years at the helm of NATA.

To take advantage of this exceptional opportunity, contact Media Sales Representative Justin Wolfe at (800) 501-9571 x138 or

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nullPrepare Your Deicing Team Before Winter Hits – NATA’s Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing With Updated Holdover Tables

NATA's Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing module is designed specifically for the general aviation industry to familiarize line service specialists with the responsibility of their job and give an overview of the skills necessary for safe aircraft departures in winter weather. 

De/Anti Icing Module

  • General aviation de/anti-icing best practices and procedures
  • Vivid videos and photos to help shape understanding
  • Resources linked to the current Federal Aviation Administration holdover tables
  • Quizzes throughout to reinforce major concepts and a final exam to ensure comprehension

Click here to view the De/Anti Icing video.

Click here to view pricing and to purchase the De/Anti Icing Online Training.

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nullNATA Flight Data Center
Brought to you by

In an effort to provide information on how the industry is performing, NATA has partnered with to provide the following information to its members.


Top 10 Airports by GA Takeoffs and Landings

August 2012











Top 10 GA Aircraft based on Flight Plans filed

August 2012

PC12 Pilatus PC-12

H25B Hawker 700/800 Series

C560 Cessna Citation5/Ultra

BE9L Beechcraft King Air 90 Series

BE40 Beechjet 400

BE20 Beechcraft King Air 200 Series

C56X Cessna Citation Excel

C550 Cessna Citation II / Bravo

P180 Piaggio Avanti P-180

BE350 Beechcraft King Air 350 Series


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