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March 18, 2013   null   Volume 12 Issue 11

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null Contract Tower Program Update

On March 15, NATA issued the following member update on the contract tower program:

The Senate continues to debate the Continuing Funding Resolution. The Moran Amendment that would avoid shuttering the contract tower program and require the FAA to more fairly and equitably redistribute funding reductions has yet to be considered by the Senate. The amendment, however, is gaining momentum and bipartisan support. If you haven't called your Senators urging their support for the Moran amendment, please do so.

Last week's member update included a message from FAA Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle regarding the contract tower program and the FAA's decision to delay an announcement of its final decision on which towers it will cease to fund. This delay in the announcement is a result of the large number of explanations received from stakeholders regarding adverse effects to the national interest in closing certain towers. Please select this link to view the member update in its entirety.

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nullSenator Highlights NATA Member in Budget Hearing

During the markup of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget resolution, Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) highlighted NATA members Dan and Andi Montgomery of Montgomery Aviation in Indiana. He discussed the impact of FBO businesses such as theirs on the economy and other industries around the country, such as agriculture and medical care.  Representative Rokita said that he has often stopped for fuel at Montgomery Aviation and has met the hard working staff at the FBO.

Click here to view the video.

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nullNATA Member Workgroup to Review International Regulated Garbage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, administers regulations affecting the handling of garbage generated on certain international flights. FBOs and airline service companies are required to obtain certification from the USDA before handling such garbage and to follow strict rules when handling that garbage.

NATA member companies have expressed concern with the inconsistencies in the process for obtaining certification from the USDA to handle regulated garbage. NATA has established a working group to address this issue and will draw on expertise from across the industry to better identify the problem and propose solutions.

Any NATA member company wishing to participate on this workgroup should contact Michael France at

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nullFAA Updates Fuel Handling Advisory Circular

The FAA has issued an update to the Advisory Circular 150/5230-4b, Aircraft Fuel Storage, Handling, Training, and Dispensing on Airports, addendum that lists training providers authorized by the agency to perform the fire safety training required by 14 CFR 139.321. This update, among other changes, finalizes the approval received earlier this year of the NATA Safety 1st Supervisor Online training.

The Supervisor Online training is comprised of eight modules, which when completed, will fulfill the requirements of 14 CFR 139.321 as well as provide advanced training on supervision, leadership and motivation. For more information, or to purchase Supervisor Online seats, please visit

Click Here to Read the Updated AC 150/5230-4b

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nullHawaii Governor Declares 2013 the “Year of General Aviation”

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie recently announced that 2013 will be known as the “Year of General Aviation” across the state.  Throughout Hawaii, general aviation is used as a vital resource for business and tourism, keeping the state accessible and connected. The industry serves as a major economic resource for its residents, contributing more than $412 million into the economy every year. Nearly 58,000 jobs are impacted by general aviation in Hawaii.

NATA’s 15 member companies across Hawaii provide essential services to the state’s residents including business development, emergency response, and natural disaster relief. Hawaii is home to 13 public-use airports and one general aviation airport throughout its numerous islands. According to the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division, there are approximately 1 million takeoffs and landings per year at Hawaii’s 14 publically accessible airports.

To view the proclamation, click here.

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nullAviation Business and Legislative Conference Session Highlight
Business Aviation: The Opportunities & Challenges On The Road Ahead

The business aviation outlook remains cautious due to various economic and industry issues. However, at the same time there are opportunities for operators and suppliers who are well positioned to take advantage of the return to growth. During his presentation, Richard Brown of ICF SH&E, will address issues affecting the outlook for business aviation such as structural changes taking place within the FBO market, maintenance spend outlook and also the ever present issue of availability of trained pilots and mechanics.

To view the Aviation Business and Legislative Conference brochure or to register, visit

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nullNew NATA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program™ Savings Webinar - FREE

NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program administrator, Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, will host a FREE webinar to review the specifics of the New NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program.  The webinar will last approximately 30 minutes and will allow for a Q&A session at the end.

Our webinar discussion includes the following program information:

  • Overview of Beacon Aviation Insurance Services (administrator)
  • Overview of Companion P&C (carrier)
  • How to get a Quote
  • Coverage Overview
  • How to get the Best Pricing
  • Dividend Plan overview and Payout schedule
  • Safety, Loss Control and Claims Management assistance
  • Important Dates to remember (30-60-90 days prior to your renewal)

Whether you have participated in the previous program or are interested in participating in the new program, you will learn about the benefits of the new program and receive answers to your specific questions. It will also be helpful to those who just want to learn more information about the program, review expectations of cost-savings, understand how the Dividend Plan functions, and discuss value-added safety and loss control measures for cutting costs.

Speakers:  John Cunningham, President; Bob McManus, Vice President; Dick Woodall, Director Sales & Marketing - Beacon Aviation Insurance Services 
When: April 4, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Click Here to Register

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nullSystem 1 and System 2: A Perfect Team
2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium Recap Blog

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) just completed its annual Air Charter Safety Symposium at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The symposium provided two days of presentations and discussions on topics including developing a positive safety culture, safety leadership, and starting an aviation safety action program (ASAP).

The theme for this year's symposium was, "Safety is an Investment: It Pays Dividends." The event drew more than 120 representatives from the on-demand air charter and fractional aircraft ownership community, as well as various aviation industry experts. The major excitement of the symposium was stirred up by the variety of the speakers. Instead of a typical aviation conference line up of "So-and-So Charter Company's Director of Safety" - multiplied by 9 or 10 presentations - this event featured a broad range of professionals from within the aviation industry and outside of our industry, including an Associate Professor of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School at the University of Virginia, Robert L. Carraway.

Carraway's presentation was one of the most talked about of the entire event. His engaging discussion focused on two prevailing personality types and how each type approach important decisions or risk. These personality types were presented as System 1 and System 2 people.

Click here to read the rest of this blog post.

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nullMagellan Jet Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Magellan Jets is the newest company, and first ever charter broker, to join the ACSF. Along with 100 other companies, Magellan Jets supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry.

“Our mission at Magellan Jets is to provide our clients with world-class levels of service and safety for all of their private travel needs,” said Magellan Jets Founder and CEO Joshua Hebert. “The ACSF standards help ensure that safety is the cornerstone of every decision we make.”

Click here to read the full press release.

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nullWorkers' Compensation Insurance Program™ Fact Of The Week
The Money Is In The MOD

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) annually analyzes and calculates your Workers’ Compensation Modification (MOD) rate.  This can lead either to a credit or debit in the price you pay for your Workers’ Compensation Insurance.  The MOD rate is based upon several factors including your loss ratio.  Lower losses can lead to years of higher credits.

Have your agent contact our Workers’ Compensation Insurance program administrator, Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, at for assistance with this or any of your other insurance needs.

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