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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

NATA Safety 1st Management System (SMS) Workshop – Dulles, VA - March 2, 2009


ACSF Safety Symposium - Ashburn, VA - March 3-4, 2009


NATA Education Week at Aviation Industry Expo - Las Vegas, NV - March 9-11, 2009


Environmental Compliance Seminar - Windsor Locks, CT - May 11, 2009


Line Service Supervisor Training - Windsor Locks, CT - May 12, 2009


How To Build A More Successful FBO - Windsor Locks, CT - May 14, 2009


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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Safety 1st


Topics in this Volume:
Ø Write Your Members Of Congress Today To Stress The Importance Of America’s Aviation Businesses
Ø NATA Announces New Capitol Hill Visits Webpage
Ø Coyne Highlights Aviation Environmental Issues In National Journal Blog
Ø Members Encouraged To Complete Foam Fire Suppression System Survey; Association Joins NFPA Technical Committee
Ø NATA Joins Aviation Industry Stakeholders In Promoting Environmental Agenda
Ø Economic Stimulus Legislative Report Now Available
Ø GAMA Holds Annual Industry Review
Ø ACSF’s Air Charter Safety Symposium Is Next Week
Ø, Your Industry News Source

Limit Exposure To Grievances, Charges And Lawsuits


SPECIAL NOTICE – NATA's Annual Meeting of Members


NATA Weekly Survey


Aviation's Effect On The Environment - Did You Know?


LASP Comment Period Closes This Friday; Members Encouraged To Submit Comments!
Members are strongly encouraged to submit comments on the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) that are due this Friday, February 27, 2009. NATA urges its members to utilize its LASP Membership Comment Tool that is available for download from the association's LASP Issue Page.

Later this week, the association will submit comprehensive comments that will be available for review on the NATA home page at

Members having questions about this document or the LASP should contact Eric Byer.

Write Your Members Of Congress Today To Stress The Importance Of America’s Aviation Businesses
Late last year, Congress held a series of hearings to determine whether the Big Three auto manufacturers, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, warranted federal assistance due to their companies' financial struggles. During one hearing, Members of Congress blasted the three testifying CEOs for using private aircraft to travel to the hearing when asking Congress for billions of dollars in federal assistance. As a result, provisions were included in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate bills that would have required companies receiving federal funding to divest themselves of corporate aircraft. The legislation wasn't passed in either chamber and the Bush administration released Troubled Asset Relief Act (TARP) funds from the U.S. Treasury to General Motors and Chrysler. The terms of this loan included provisions prohibiting the purchase or lease of private aircraft.

The recently passed $787 billion economic stimulus package and the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Act of 2008 were passed to aid the ailing economy while sustaining or creating jobs. The decision of lawmakers, advertently or inadvertently, to sever general aviation industry jobs because the Big Three automakers flew corporate aircraft to Washington, D.C. for committee hearings has become a problem for the industry. Public perception is that general aviation or business aircraft are strictly luxury assets -- contrary to the truth which is that general aviation plays a vital role in the health of the American economy. The general aviation industry must ban together to educate lawmakers and the public about the role it plays in our economy and remind them that we too are struggling amidst our nation's ailing financial situation.

Please click here to contact your Members of Congress today to highlight the vast importance of the general aviation industry to the American economy!

NATA Announces New Capitol Hill Visits Webpage
NATA has embarked on an aggressive schedule to meet with approximately 200 Members of Congress and their staff in the next few months to discuss our 2009 legislative agenda. To keep you better informed, NATA's new Web site has a webpage devoted specifically to those meetings. Meetings that have been held or are currently scheduled are published. Photographs of NATA staff with Members of Congress will be posted. Please check in often to see when we've met with your congressional delegation.

To visit the Capitol Hill Visits webpage, please click here.

Coyne Highlights Aviation Environmental Issues In National Journal Blog
NATA President James K. Coyne has become a regular contributor to National Journal's Transportation Expert Blog. This week, Coyne answers the question, How Should Climate Change Legislation Regulate Transportation Emissions?

To read Coyne's Blog response, please click here.

Members Encouraged To Complete Foam Fire Suppression System Survey; Association Joins NFPA Technical Committee
NATA is asking all members who own or operate aircraft hangars to complete a new survey gauging the economic impact that foam fire suppression system requirements have on their business. Members are strongly encouraged to complete this survey no later than the close of business on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

To complete this survey, please click here.

The responses to this survey will be compiled and presented to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) within the association's comments on NFPA 409.

Also, Eric Byer, NATA vice president of government and industry affairs, has applied to the NFPA's Technical Committee to represent aviation businesses nationwide. The NFPA Technical Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the NFPA Standards Council on a wide range of fire building codes including those for general aviation aircraft hangars.

Members wishing to learn more about foam fire suppression systems and NFPA 409 may do so by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Eric Byer.

NATA Joins Aviation Industry Stakeholders In Promoting Environmental Agenda
The aviation industry has joined forces in an effort to address its role in climate change. Almost twenty organizations representing the aviation industry have come together to create a document to explain the industry's role in environmental policy. While Congress has committed to making environmental measures affecting climate change a priority in the coming years, the aviation industry's proactive approach to climate change is being highlighted to educate Members of Congress and their staff when individual organizations meet with Congress this year.

To view the Aviation Industry Stakeholders Executive Summary, please click here.

Economic Stimulus Legislative Report Now Available
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved the $787 billion economic stimulus package that Congress has been considering over the last month. President Barack Obama signed H.R. 1, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act into law on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. The final measure contains many provisions to help stimulate the economy, including tax credits, homebuyer incentives and foreclosure assistance, as well as essential transportation infrastructure funding.

To read NATA's Legislative Report on H.R. 1, please click here.

GAMA Holds Annual Industry Review
Last week, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association conducted their 2009 Annual Industry Review. According to GAMA, 2008 year-end worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes decreased for the first time in five years.

To view the press release on GAMA's Annual Industry Review, please click here.

ACSF’s Air Charter Safety Symposium Is Next Week
Register Now To Reserve Your Place!
Next week, the 2009 Air Charter Safety Symposium will take place at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA.

Presented by the Air Charter Safety Foundation, the symposium is on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4. Attendees will have access to top-notch speakers and enjoy both educational and networking opportunities.

Keep reading to learn about some of the exceptional learning events at the 2009 Air Charter Safety Symposium!

Confused about SMS programs?
FAA leaders responsible for SMS implementation and guidance along with Flight Safety Foundation President Bill Voss will walk you through how SMS programs are being required, what you can expect from the FAA and how you could experience international operational restrictions in the near future if you don't have SMS programs.

Also, National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chair Robert Sumwalt will explain how you can convince your owners and executives to begin SMS implementation now. Learn why SMS is really a "business plan for safety" that will not only improve operational safety, but also have a positive impact on the bottom line.

What are the security risks to operations that you haven't considered?
There is plenty of talk about charter and general aviation security right now, but what are the true security risks facing operators? Lindsey McFarren from SH&E consultants will draw on her extensive experience to highlight real security risks and how you can mitigate them.

Why are risk assessment tools important to safety?
Risk assessment tools are an emerging tool in air charter and shared aircraft ownership, but the United States Coast Guard has integrated risk assessment into their operations for years. Commander Jeffrey Kotson will give attendees insight into the Coast Guard's system for analyzing and mitigating operational risks.

Registration at the Air Charter Safety Symposium includes a special social event on Tuesday evening. All guests will be treated to a complimentary dinner and drinks at Clyde's Willow Creek Farm.

To learn more or to register, visit, Your Industry News Source
Visit often for instantly updated industry news and information. NATA's site features a new live industry news feed on the homepage. The feed's sources and content topics are customized to deliver the latest news you need.

Select the NATA News tab on the association's homepage to view all NATA-issued press releases, action calls, and reports. You may also opt to visit your area of interest (Ground Ops, Flight Ops, etc.) for the NATA news and information that means the most to your business.

NATA offers our members yet another option for news delivery in the Classifieds area. Members may post their own news releases. The posted news releases are sorted by specific area of interest and may be made available in the appropriate industry area of the site. Share your news today!

With all of these news options, there is even more reason to visit often and make your source for industry information.

Limit Exposure To Grievances, Charges And Lawsuits
Valentino From Jackson Lewis To Join Kirsch In Las Vegas
Complying with aviation regulatory law is not optional. The Aviation Legal Compliance Workshop, March 9 at NATA's Education Week, is designed to give you a firm understanding of the laws that affect your business and help you avoid costly fines, substantial penalties and possible lawsuits.

Leonard Kirsch, Esq., McBreen & Kopko, will address airport leases and agreements, general business matters, handling insurance claims, and regulatory compliance, rulemaking and enforcement matters, and will be joined by Christopher Valentino, partner at Jackson Lewis, to present the Employment Law portion of this workshop.

With 542 attorneys practicing in 40 offices nationwide, Jackson Lewis represents management exclusively in employment, labor, benefits and immigration law and related litigation.

Register for this workshop and one of the seminars to be held at NATA's Education Week at the Aviation Industry Expo and receive FREE Guest Access to the other five seminars. Click here for more details on this offer.

SPECIAL NOTICE – NATA's Annual Meeting of Members
In accordance with Article VI, Section 3 of the NATA Bylaws, the annual meeting of members will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in meeting room N103 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV beginning at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is for the election of directors and other issues to properly come before the members.

The Board of Directors, acting as a nominating committee of the whole, nominated as directors of NATA for 3-year terms:

Todd Duncan
Duncan Aviation
Lincoln, NB

Kenneth C. Forester
Meridian - Teterboro
Teterboro, NJ

Mark Willey
Chief Executive Officer
Bridgeford Flying Service
Napa, CA

Members may submit other names for nomination by writing to the President, NATA, 4226 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302

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