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February 11, 2013   null   Volume 12 Issue 6

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null TSA Issues Security Advisory Regarding Manhunt For Former LAPD Officer

Early Saturday morning, NATA provided its membership a Security Advisory from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding the ongoing manhunt for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner who is accused of murdering three people. According to the advisory:

While there is no specific information at this time that Dorner is considering using general aviation, TSA requests that operators use an increased level of awareness concerning any suspicious activity during the coming days. TSA suggests that aircraft and airport owners and operators review the security measures contained in the TSA Information Publication, Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports.”

The advisory requests that theft of a general aviation aircraft or suspicious activity at an airport be reported to the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287) and local law enforcement immediately.

Click here to view the full security advisory.

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nullNATA Comments On Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Rule

Today, NATA submitted its formal comments to the FAA on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements. This rulemaking, issued in November 2012, is the result of a mandate contained within the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and creates additional rules relating to the use of contract maintenance for Part 121 air carriers and Part 135 operators utilizing aircraft with 10 or more passenger seats.

The association’s comments focus on the striking differences between operational models of Part 121 and Part 135 carriers and how those differences may lead to additional burdens being placed on smaller Part 135 operators: “NATA is concerned that the NPRM does not adequately justify the inclusion of Part 135 10 or more operators into this rulemaking. NATA believes that the FAA must consider the unique aspects of Part 135 air carrier operations or limit a final rule on this matter to Part 121 air carriers as required by the Act.”

Click here to read NATA’s full comments.

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nullSpring Training Week Blog Post

Time is money, and we aim to save you both. Take advantage of your time in Las Vegas for Spring Training, March 11 – 14, and attend multiple seminars to cover all of the bases: safety, environmental and training.

Mike France, NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs, recently wrote a blog post on the Spring Training Week Seminars:

“It was just a few years ago that on a morning like this I was out on the ramp at the airport pulling aircraft out of their hangar or clearing snow off a fuel truck. It was back during those times that I got my first introduction to NATA and the Safety 1st training seminars. My employer sent me to the NATA Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST) in Chicago. The first seminar marked the moment my job became a career; the opportunity to talk with other attendees and meet with industry experts broadened my horizon beyond just the FBO and airport where I worked.

Now, we are coming up on one of my favorite events of the year, our NATA Safety 1st Spring Training Week in Las Vegas, NV. NATA Safety 1st Spring Training Week is Safety 1st’s premier training event, combining the LSST Seminar with the Safety 1st Trainer Seminar, Environmental Compliance Seminar and FBO Success Seminar. I love this event because of the opportunity it provides to interact with line service supervisors, general managers, training coordinators and compliance specialists from aviation facilities around the country. The discussions that occur during the seminars and even between sessions never fail to teach me something I did not know about our industry.”

Click here to read the full blog post.

Click here for more details on Spring Training Week.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security each day from the Federal Register. You can now find the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.

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nullNorth Dakota Lawmakers Urge FAA To Support Their Airports

Congressional officials from North Dakota recently sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta asking the agency to offer support on infrastructure projects at airports in their state.

In the letter, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND-At Large) asked the agency to recognize that North Dakota is continuing to experience unprecedented economic growth statewide and that expansions are necessary to meet existing and future demands for air service. “As North Dakota, the number two oil-producing state in the nation, helps to provide fuel and electricity for our nation, impacts on the aviation infrastructure of this region must be addressed,” the letter states. “Investment in our state’s aviation system by the FAA through Airport Improvement Program discretionary awards is critical for long-term growth and development.”

To read the letter written to Administrator Huerta , click here.

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nullTexas General Aviation Caucus Meets To Discuss Importance Of GA Across State

Recently, Texas state officials met for the first time as part of the Texas General Aviation Caucus to discuss the importance of general aviation to communities across the state. Caucus Chairman Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin) pointed out that general aviation provides over $15 billion in economic impacts to Texas and employs more than 56,000 people. “It is an industry we need to protect and expand,” he stated.

The bi-partisan caucus has nearly 20 members, which include state representatives and senators from across the state. State Senator Troy Fraser (R-District 24) was elected Vice Chair of the caucus along with Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock) and Representative Ralph Sheffield (R-Temple) who will hold leadership roles.

The caucus heard remarks from Dave Fulton, Director of the Aviation Division for the state of Texas, and John White, President of Texans for General Aviation, who highlighted that general aviation ties state communities together and provides economic benefits and quality of life benefits with “higher paying jobs, life flight, fire fighting capabilities and other services.”

To read more about the caucus’ first meeting and for a list of members who attended, click here.

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nullNATA Releases 2013 Event Schedule

On Friday, NATA released its 2013 schedule of conferences, committee meetings, educational opportunities and events.

Notable events on the calendar include the Aviation Business and Legislative Conference (formerly the FBO Leadership Conference) on April 22-23, followed by the new Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill on April 23. The schedule lists other well known NATA events, such as the Air Charter Summit on June 17-19 and Spring Training Week on March 11-14.

"In 2013, NATA is taking a new approach to several of our events and programs. We are aligning our goals strategically and utilizing top talent to build and reposition the association in Washington,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. “We invite you to attend our events to find out how we are successfully advocating for general aviation issues in Washington. These events will provide attendees a forum for obtaining the best training and knowledge in the industry."

To view the full schedule of events, click here.

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nullNATA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program™ Fact Of The Week
Your Workers' Compensation Policy May Include TRIA Which Could Help Cover A Terrorism-Caused Loss

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act charge (TRIA) found on Workers’ Compensation Insurance policies covers the increased risk presented by terrorism and was put into effect after 9-11-2001. Coverage in a Workers’ Compensation Insurance policy is whatever any given state decides that it is. The statutes of that state spell out what coverage is and each Workers’ Compensation Insurance policy merely points to the state statutes in the coverage section. 

Coverage can be extended by various endorsements like 'other states', 'foreign voluntary', etc. However, there is no endorsement to add or extend coverage that protects employees against terrorism. It is provided by the statutes of each state. 

The TRIA charge that you see on some policies is just that: a charge reflecting the increased exposure that was recognized in Workers’ Compensation Insurance after the World Trade Center fell. As then, if any terrorism event happened today, all employees would get Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefits.

Many states differ in how the charge is applied, but the charge is applied automatically by the insurance company computer, per that state's rules. The state's rules dictate when it appears and how much it is.

Have your agent contact Beacon Aviation Insurance today at for assistance with this or any of your other insurance needs.

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