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October 28, 2013  –  Volume 12 Issue 33 

nullHendricks to Speak Before House Aviation Subcommittee

On Wednesday, October 30th, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks will sit before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, in a hearing chaired by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), to discuss the FAA’s certification process. The hearing, titled “Review of FAA’s Certification Process: Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process,” will focus on the progress the FAA has made in implementing provisions in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which require the agency to develop plans to streamline their certification processes and address regional inconsistencies while maintaining the highest level of safety. Mr. Hendricks will address the subcommittee along with the heads of the Aerospace Industries Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.


nullNATA Urges Support for Contract Tower Program

NATA, along with other aviation industry groups, urged House and Senate appropriators to provide funding for the Contract Tower Program as they work towards a FY14 FAA funding resolution. Click here for letter. 


nullNATA President Participated on Leadership Panel at NBAA

NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks joined NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other industry leaders to discuss issues affecting our industry last Wednesday at the Second Day General Session of the NBAA conference. Hendricks discussed the importance of aligning to speak as one voice as an industry as well as the benefits of industry collaboration with regulators as demonstrated by the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee. Click here to read more.  


nullNATA 2013 Membership Directory is Now Available Online

The NATA 2013 Aviation Resource Book & Membership Directory is being offered as a user-friendly online document. Available from any Internet browser, this electronic version allows better access to member information. Members may share access to this valuable resource with everyone in their operation as well as download the directory in Portable Document Format (PDF). Click here to access the directory.  


nullWeekly Regulatory Update

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



nullHuerta and Pistole Confirmed for Aviation Business Roundtable 

NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable takes place November 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia. The Roundtable assembles business executives from all segments of the aviation community and provides a unique opportunity to discuss important and relevant issues with key Administration officials including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and TSA Administrator John Pistole, Members of Congress, and other top industry leaders. The program will begin Wednesday, November 13, at noon with a luncheon and conclude Thursday, November 14th, at noon. Additional agenda details will be provided in the coming weeks. Click here for more information. The housing deadline is October 28th 


nullFREE Workers’ Compensation Insurance Webinar on November 1 

Beacon Aviation Insurance will host a FREE webinar titled “Workers’ Compensation Claims Management-Skills for the Business Owners” on November 1st at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). When it comes to workers’ compensation insurance, it’s one of those “must have” business expenses. So once you sign on the dotted line, you are done. Many businesses handle it this way. But the fact is, the more you know how workers’ compensation “works" the better your business can be. Take time out of your busy day to hear from our experts about the nuts and bolts of workers’ compensation.

Webinar Topics:
When should I report a claim?
What happens when I report my employee’s claim?
Who manages my employee’s claims?
When will my employee’s claim be closed?
Will a claim affect my premium?
How do I encourage safety?

Click here to register.                                  




nullNATA Business Scholarship – December Deadline

NATA is dedicated to promoting safety, professionalism, education and training as a means for individuals to advance their careers. The NATA Business Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is to be used for continuing education for employees of NATA member companies. All applicable studies should be directly related to furthering the skills applicable to working at an FBO, charter company, maintenance facility or flight school.

Interested students must complete an application and submit it along with two letters of recommendation, and an essay on career goals in general aviation NO LATER than the last Friday in December. For more information, please visit   


nullLandmark Aviation Holds SAN Location Groundbreaking

Landmark Aviation held a groundbreaking ceremony on October 17th for its new San Diego International Airport facility. Landmark Aviation will design, build and operate a new, state-of-the-art FBO campus, with a 20,000 square foot terminal, a 250,000 square foot ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres of airfield.


nullJFI Jets Joins EPIC FBO Network

JFI Jets has announced that its JFI JetCenter in Long Beach, Calif., has joined the Epic FBO Network. It has also become an Epic Aviation and UVair branded fuel reseller, and its customers can now earn Bravo Rewards and use the Epic card at Long Beach, said the company. Click here to read the article.


nullUniversal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Provides Free Worldwide Airport and FBO Information via Universal Mobile

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced at NBAA 2013 that it has enhanced its free Apple® iPad® app, Universal® Mobile, by integrating its popular trip reference tool UVTripPlanner(SM), which provides information on worldwide airports, FBOs, ground handlers, in-flight caterers, ground transport providers, hotels, and more. Click here to read more. 



nullACSF News

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) 2014 Safety Symposium will take place March 4-5. Visit to register. ACSF Audit Standard registered L.J. Aviation adds Fourth Citation Sovereign. Visit for more ACSF News.  



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