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December 10, 2012   null   Volume 11 Issue 50

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null NATA Maintenance Committee Releases Fall 2012 Best Practice

The NATA Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee has released its fall 2012 best practice regarding aircraft minimum equipment lists (MEL). The MEL is a document and method aircraft operators use to obtain relief from federal aviation regulations requiring that all equipment installed on their aircraft be operative at the time of flight. It is aircraft-specific and spells out which pieces of equipment may be allowed to be inoperable along with any procedures that are required for an aircraft to operate under specific conditions while maintaining airworthiness.

Click here to download the MEL Best Practice.

Other Best Practices Available:

For more information on the NATA Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee, visit the committee page by clicking here.

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null2013 Drug And Alcohol Testing Rates Announced

The FAA has announced the 2013 random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for aviation employees covered by federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

For the period of January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013, the random drug testing rates are:

  • Drug testing = 25% of safety sensitive employees
  • Alcohol testing = 10% of safety sensitive employees

These rates remain unchanged from 2012 and reflect the lowest rates permitted under the law.

More information on drug and alcohol testing programs is available from the FAA by clicking here.

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nullIRS Announces Excise Tax Rates For 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the 2013 federal excise tax (FET) rates for commercial aviation. The new rates are in effect beginning January 1, 2013.

The commercial FET rates subject to annual inflationary adjustment are the Domestic Segment Fee, International Facilities Fee and the fee for flights to Alaska and Hawaii. Other rates (e.g. noncommercial fuel taxes, 7.5% for commercial passenger transportation and 6.25% for cargo) remain in effect unchanged and are not subject to inflationary adjustments.

The adjusted FET rates are:

  • Domestic Transportation of Persons Segment Fee : $3.90
  • International Facilities Fee: $17.20
  • Fee for flights to Alaska and Hawaii: $8.60

The revised fee rates are listed in IRS Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-45.

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nullFAA Information On Super Bowl Flights

The FAA has made information available to aircraft operators planning to arrive and depart the New Orleans metropolitan area before, during and after Super Bowl XLVII. This includes information on traffic management procedures, arrival and departure routes and airports.

Click here to visit the FAA’s Super Bowl Information Page.

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nullApplications For 2013 AMT Employer Recognition Award Program Now Available

NATA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program is open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or other entity that conducts aviation maintenance. The awards program recognizes aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed (directly or indirectly) by a maintenance organization that participate in qualified training events. An AMT must complete at least 12 hours of training each year to be counted towards the organization’s award percentage.

In 2012, 32 businesses received either the one, three or five star award for their participation in the program. Applications for the 2013 award are now available and will be accepted through January 31, 2013.

2013 AMT Employer Recognition Award Program downloads:

2013 Program Information Packet

2013 Award Program Application

For more information or answers to questions, please contact Michael France at

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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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nullOhio Governor Declares December 2012 As “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

NATA and other national industry associations recently welcomed the news that Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared December 2012 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state. General aviation airports in Ohio contribute more than $5.5 billion annually to the economy and support more than 17,000 jobs, according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division notes that the total economic impact of general aviation airports is $1.7 billion. Ohio is home to 46 NATA member companies that provide a variety of services to rural and urban business across Ohio.

“We thank Governor Kasich for recognizing the importance of the state’s general aviation industry,” stated NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks. “Across Ohio and the nation, aviation helps local groups and first responders to respond quickly to emergencies and natural disasters, deliver goods and medical care, and support local businesses.”

To view the proclamation, click here.

To view a press release from the Alliance for Aviation Across America, click here.

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nullTackling Supervisor Challenges Webinar –Thursday, December 13

As a new supervisor, you want to shine from the beginning. You put in extra hours, work hard, and demonstrate unending enthusiasm, but there are still issues to resolve. Learn about the challenges that come with having to manage employees that not too long ago were your peers. These are the peers with whom you used to hang out, go to lunch, talk on the phone regularly or grab a beer after work. Is it any wonder that these same employees don’t take you seriously when you start to assign work, much less try to manage their performance?

This is one of many challenges new and experienced supervisors face as they try to create, maintain and improve their team. This webinar will address some of the challenges faced by supervisors and provide tools for overcoming and tackling them.

Do you experience challenges as a supervisor? Come listen to Bob Hobbi share the many challenges experienced by the supervisors with whom he has worked. You’ll quickly learn that you are not alone and pick up good tips on how not only to survive, but also to create a great team.

Speaker: Bob Hobbi, Founder, President and CEO ServiceElements

When: December 13 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. eastern time

Click here to order.

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null2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium – February 26-27
Safety is an investment: It pays dividends.

The 2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium will be held at the NTSB Training Center on February 26-27, 2013. To be effective, a true culture of safety must be integrated throughout an organization, continuously improved, and regularly audited and assessed. Operators that make this level of safety commitment instill confidence in their employees and customers. 

The Air Charter Safety Foundation will host a variety of industry experts and leaders to explore the value of safety through leadership, proactive approaches to risk management, effective implementation and execution of safety programs, and best practices that create a high performance safety culture. Register for the 2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium to find out how safety is an investment that produces tangible results for your company.

Click here to register.

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nullGuidance For The NTSB Investigation Process

At this year’s Aviation Business Roundtable, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Robert Sumwalt encouraged NATA members to familiarize themselves with the NTSB investigation process. Member Sumwalt subsequently provided the following document titled “Information And Guidance For Parties To NTSB Accident And Incident Investigations” to share with roundtable attendees as well as our membership at-large.

Please click here to review the NTSB document.

This document provides essential information on how the NTSB’s “party” system for investigations of accidents and incidents functions. The roles and responsibilities of all parties to an investigation are described in detail. NATA encourages its members to review and disseminate this information to key employees as appropriate.

For more information, visit the NTSB website.

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nullWorkers’ Compensation Insurance Protects Both Workers And Employers

Workers are protected by Workers’ Compensation Insurance because they will receive benefits without proving fault as to who or what caused their accident while on the job, and employers are protected because their costs are limited to the benefits set out in the law. Workers and employers can all help to save money by doing their part for safety. If fewer accidents happen, the cost will be held down. Safety is everybody’s concern. Have your agent contact Beacon Aviation Insurance for a quote today and see if your company is eligible for a safety discount. Click here for more details on the new program.

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nullSupport Congressional Policies Essential To General Aviation – Join NATAPAC Today

The upcoming year is looking to be busy for aviation. With new Members of Congress to educate on the importance of aviation and the need to re-develop and support the General Aviation Caucus, there is no time like the present to inform your representatives and senators of the vital role aviation businesses play in our nation’s economy. User fees on general aviation are an ongoing issue, this time in the form of a $100-per-flight fee that is included in the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget plan.

NATA supports Members of Congress that have maintained a leadership role on issues important to NATA members by contributing to their congressional campaign. Through the NATA Political Action Committee (NATAPAC), we are able to contribute to the congressional campaigns of Members of Congress that support aviation businesses, regardless of party affiliation. We must work harder than ever to ensure that Congress does not accept the President’s user fee proposal or target general aviation unfairly with negative policies.

We need your contributions to NATAPAC today! No contribution is too small; however, political action committee requirements prohibit more than $5,000 annually to a single PAC. In order to contribute to NATAPAC, members must complete a brief solicitation authorization form that then allows NATAPAC to ask for contributions. This is a quick and easy process. To download and complete this form, please click here and return the form via fax to (703) 845-8176 to the attention of Rebecca Mulholland on the NATA staff.

To learn more about NATAPAC, please click here.

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nullNATA Helps Make The Holidays Brighter For Local Families

NATA has joined many of our members in giving back to their communities during the holiday season. NATA staff personally contributed $1,400 to the Northern Virginia Family Services' Gifting for Families holiday program. “I am proud of the generosity and spirit of our staff and members at this time of the season and throughout the entire year,” said NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks. “We wish you the best for the safest and happiest of holidays.”

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nullAveritt Air Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Averitt Air of Nashville, Tennessee, is the newest charter operator to join the ACSF. Along with 97 other companies, Averitt Air now supports the mission of the ACSF to raise the safety bar in the on-demand air charter and fractional industry.

“Our membership heightens the validity of our commitment to safety. We are very pleased to have the support of the ACSF in that commitment,” stated Averitt Air President and CEO Gary Sasser. 

Averitt Air is a subsidiary of Averitt Express, one of the nation’s leading freight transportation and supply chain services providers. They specialize in aircraft maintenance, management, charter services, sales and acquisitions, and consulting.

“Averitt Air has the shared attitude among their team members that safety above and beyond what is considered regulatory must be a core value for their company,” noted ACSF President Bryan Burns. 

Click here to read the full Press Release.

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