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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

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


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


2009 NATA Day On The Hill - Dulles, VA - May 13, 2009


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


Air Charter Summit - Washington - Dulles - June 8, 2009


FBO Leadership Conference - Washington - Dulles - June 9, 2009


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Safety 1st



Congress Extends FAA Reauthorization Legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved legislation last week to extend authorization legislation for the FAA once again. The six-month extension of FAA funding passed by unanimous consent, just hours after the House passed the same measure by voice vote.

The bill, which now goes to President Obama, extends FAA funding from March 31, 2009, through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2009. The extension gives lawmakers more time to work on H.R. 915, the FAA reauthorization bill that cleared the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure this month. The House bill is similar to legislation it passed in the last Congress but that failed to get out of the Senate.

Coyne Continues Valuable Visits With Lawmakers
NATA President James K. Coyne and the association’s legislative staff have embarked on an aggressive schedule to meet with approximately 200 Members of Congress and their staff before the Memorial Day holiday. While dozens of successful meetings have already taken place, the calendar for the coming months is full with upcoming meetings to brief lawmakers on the issues facing our members and the state of the aviation industry during this troubling economic time. To keep you better informed, NATA has established a new webpage devoted specifically to these meetings. Meetings that have been held or are currently scheduled are published, along with photographs of NATA staff with Members of Congress. Please check in often to see if and when we've met with your congressional delegation.

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

To view NATA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda, please click here.

GA Industry Encouraged To Register Today For May 13th Day On The Hill
NATA recently announced its 13th annual Day on the Hill event to be held on May 13, 2009. Each year, the association coordinates more than 200 visits for NATA member representatives to meet with their Members of Congress and staff to address a number of critical issues confronting America’s aviation businesses.

“This year’s Day on the Hill comes at a pivotal point in the general aviation industry’s storied history with the American economy in a recession and the public’s perception that the use of corporate aircraft is a luxury,” stated NATA President James K. Coyne. “All members of the general aviation industry are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and staff so they know directly how important this industry is to their district, state and the American economy.”

General aviation industry members are welcome to participate in the 2009 NATA Day on the Hill and may view this year’s agenda and register online by clicking here.

To view NATA’s 2009 Legislative Priorities, please click here.

“NATA looks forward to representatives from the general aviation community blanketing Capitol Hill to address the major issues confronting our industry,” Coyne said. “More than ever, we encourage all members of the general aviation community to participate in this event to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the value of our industry.”

Congress Holds Hearing On Air Traffic Modernization And NextGen
The U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing this week on Air Traffic Control Modernization and the Next Generation Air Transportation System’s near-term achievable goals. This topic is not a new one and many Members of Congress spoke with frustration on the lack of progress with NextGen considering the amount of time that has been spent on the issue. The hearing consisted of two panels of witnesses consisting of representatives from the FAA, the Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and industry groups such as Aerospace Industries Association of America, General Aviation Manufacturers, and Air Transport Association.

Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) a 13-year veteran on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure asked the panelists for very specific recommendations for proceeding forward with NextGen this year. Because the panels were diverse, the question was answered with technology recommendations, funding levels, and the need for leadership at the FAA.

Pete Bunce, President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, testified that despite the difficult economic climate facing the industry, “aviation manufacturers believe in driving innovation regardless of the state of the economy and they will continue to develop new products to take full advantage of the economic recovery when it comes.” In addition, it is imperative that the FAA continue to move forward with air traffic control modernization that will bring substantial benefits to our economy and the environment.

To view the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s webpage to find more about the hearing and view written testimony, please click here.

Nominate An Industry Colleague Today For One Of NATA’s Industry Excellence Awards
Nominations Due By April 1st
NATA recently announced a call for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community.

Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of five of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations.

These awards cover five categories:

The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.

The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the general aviation industry.

The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training.

The FAA Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes an FAA facility or facility staff member who represents the highest degree of customer service and elevates the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools.

The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years.
Last year’s winners were:

  • Airport Executive Partnership Award - Ray Bishop, airport director, Jackson Hole Airport
  • Aviation Journalism Award - Matt Thurber, senior editor, Aviation International News
  • Excellence In Pilot Training Award - Susan Parson, special assistant, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA
  • FAA Customer Service Excellence Award - Portland, Maine Flight Standards District
  • ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award - Greg Coile, avionics technician, Business Jet Access

All nominations for these five awards must be received by NATA no later than April 1, 2009. The complete nomination package is available by clicking here. Members may also obtain a nomination package by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282 or by e-mailing Celeste Clark.

The awards will be distributed during the 2009 NATA Air Charter Summit to be held in the Washington, DC area this June.

Sponsor NATA’s Air Charter Summit And FBO Leadership Conference Today!
The NATA Air Charter Summit and FBO Leadership Conference will take place June 8-11, 2009, at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, VA. Members interested in sponsoring either of these events may do so by reviewing the links below:

To sponsor the Air Charter Summit, please click here.

To sponsor the FBO Leadership Conference, please click here.

For more information, please contact Diane Gleason.

NATA Sponsoring AAAE GA Issues Conference This April 26-28, 2009 In Addison, TX
NATA is once again sponsoring the AAAE GA Issues Conference that will take place from April 26-28, 2009, in Addison, TX. The GA Issues Conference will cover a range of notable issues affecting general aviation today and the challenges facing the industry in the future. The sessions will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss and debate a variety of issues vital to general aviation. The conference will provide a unique networking forum with prominent figures in the GA community, U.S. government, and industry.

To learn more about the GA Issues Conference, including how to register, please click here.

NATA Seminar Sound Offs
NATA held its third Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar at Education Week in Las Vegas. The following comments regarding the new seminar format and speakers were shared by participants in a closing survey:

“All of the topics discussed are real life occurrences, not hypothetical.”

“The speakers covered significant information that I use every day in the workplace. I will definitely send more of my employees to this training.”

“Dr. Mario Martinez got the group involved and thus developed and maintained everyone’s interest in the seminar. He did an excellent presentation of the materials.”

“Dr. Dewett is a great speaker. You can tell he is passionate about his work. He really made the topics understandable by relating personal stories to drive the messages home.”

“Some motivational speakers are not motivational at all. Dr. Dewett was an exceptional motivator. His whole presentation was relevant and brought many memories. The subject matter examples were very similar to my own.”

“All of the LSST topics were amazing. I wish there could have been more time.”

“This is the fourth time that I have been to this seminar and it was interesting and different each time.”

“I had heard of Walter Chartrand, so I had expectations. I was not disappointed. Walter was knowledgeable and funny.”

“Mr. Chartrand was an excellent speaker. His knowledge of customer service is remarkable.”

“Adam rocks. I felt the seminar was set up very well, moved at a great pace and was not boring. I would attend this training annually or biannually.”

“The seminar was lively and informative, even on topics that could be dull or mundane. Adam was great!”

“This seminar exceeded my expectations. I received detailed information while being able to interact with others in similar situations. The JetParty exercise contained a lot of information that was reflective upon what we had learned.”

The next LSST will be held May 12-13 in Windsor Locks along with the How to Build a More Successful FBO Seminar and the final Environmental Compliance Seminar for 2009. Come see and hear what they are talking about. The full 2009 seminar schedule can be found by clicking on the events calendar at

NATA Seals Member Discount For Flight’s Fleet Database Service
NATA has negotiated a 20% discount for members who purchase Flight’s ACAS Business Aviation fleet database service, the essential tool for anyone who needs to research, sell or market to the world’s corporate aviation community.

For more than 20 years, the ACAS database has been the leading source of information on aircraft fleets and operator contact details and is relied upon by an impressive list of manufacturers, MROs, finance houses and a host of other service providers worldwide. Today, ACAS holds details on more than 150,000 civil and military aircraft, as well as 35,000 contacts.

Now, ACAS is available in a version dedicated to business aviation, covering only the world’s corporate fleet from turboprops to business jets!

ACAS Business Aviation details each aircraft to tail number level (including history) and each operator (often with contact details) and comes with a state of the art desktop interface.

ACAS Business Aviation is your ideal marketing tool, helping you to target aircraft and customers, win new business and analyze market trends, including order backlog.

For more information about your discounted annual subscription or for a free demonstration, go to or call Ron Hargis, in Flight’s Alexandria, VA office at (703) 706-9470.

Be sure to mention NATA to receive your discount.

NOTES: The ACAS database is part of Flight, the leading aviation media group, including Flight International and Airline Business magazines, the ATI online premium service and, the aviation world’s largest media site.

NATA Weekly Survey
Should Congress approve a long-term FAA reauthorization bill even though President Obama has not appointed a new FAA Administrator?

Participate in survey.

Aviation's Effect On The Environment - Did You Know?
NATA’s quick facts on the aviation industry's effect on the environment are designed to ensure that members take every step necessary to minimize the effect aviation has on the environment while recognizing the initiatives the industry has taken to reduce global warming.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, is the transformation of the ground-based air traffic control system of today to a satellite-based system of the future. According to the FAA, new, satellite-based technologies will significantly improve safety, capacity and efficiency on runways and in the nation’s skies while providing environmentally friendly procedures that reduce fuel burn, carbon emissions and noise.

To learn more about NextGen please click here.


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