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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.


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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


Topics in this Volume:
Ø TSA Announces Three New DASSP Gateway Airports
Ø Legislative Report Analyzing Clean Energy Draft Bill Now Available
Ø FAA Issues Safety Alert Addressing Engine Failures And Information On MEL Revisions
Ø NATA Offers Members State Tax Resource
Ø AOPA's Craig Fuller To Address Rebuilding GA's Reputation
Ø NATA's 2009 Air Charter Summit
Ø Sponsor NATA's Air Charter Summit And FBO Leadership Conference Today! 
Ø GA Industry Encouraged To Register Today For May 13th Day On The Hill
Ø Changes To COBRA That Affect Your Business
Ø NATA Sponsoring AAAE GA Issues Conference April 26-28, 2009, In Addison, TX
Ø How To Build A More Successful FBO - Only Land-Based Location Of 2009 Next Month In Windsor Locks
Ø NATA Weekly Survey
Ø Aviation's Effect On The Environment - Did You Know?


NATA Participates In Roundtable Discussion On LASP
NATA, along with other general aviation industry groups, last week participated in a meeting with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials to discuss potential alternatives to the existing Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposed rulemaking that was introduced last fall.

NATA President James K. Coyne and Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer represented the association at the meeting.

"This initial meeting was a very good first step towards addressing many of the concerns outlined by the general aviation industry," stated Coyne. "We look forward to continuing this dialogue with the TSA to ensure that appropriate security measures are incorporated while recognizing the many unique characteristics of the general aviation community."

NATA submitted its comments on the LASP in late February. Those comments can be viewed by clicking here.

The association's LASP Issue Page may be viewed by clicking here.

Members with questions about this process may contact Eric Byer on the NATA staff.


TSA Announces Three New DASSP Gateway Airports
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week named three new airports as the newest gateway airports for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Being identified as a new gateway airport allows each of the airports identified below to permit certain pre-cleared general aviation operations, including Part 135 on-demand air charter operations, to fly directly from these three new locations into DCA. NATA member companies Landmark Aviation, Wiggins Airways and Signature Flight Support have been identified as the approved FBO locations where operations will depart.

Currently, the TSA allows general aviation flights that meet criteria of the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) to land at DCA. Aircraft must arrive from one of over 25 gateway airports, including the three new additions listed below, after flight crews and passengers have been vetted and screened.

Effective April 15, 2009, the following locations are gateways for the DCA Access Standard Security Program:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, CA - Landmark Aviation
  • Manchester Airport (MHT), Manchester, NH - Wiggins Airways
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB), Long Beach, CA - Signature Flight Support

A complete listing of gateway airports can be found by clicking here.

For more information on the DCA Standard Access Security Program, please contact Eric Byer on the NATA staff.


Legislative Report Analyzing Clean Energy Draft Bill Now Available
On March 31, 2009, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) released a discussion draft of clean energy legislation titled the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). ACES is a committee draft of legislation addressing a comprehensive energy and climate change strategy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce plans to hold a series of hearings the week of April 20, 2009, before a completed version of the bill is finalized and introduced in Congress.

To read NATA's analysis of the ACES, please click here.


FAA Issues Safety Alert Addressing Engine Failures And Information On MEL Revisions
The FAA has published a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) reminding operators of the need to ensure that proper methods are used to identify and verify in-flight powerplant failures and to respond appropriately.

SAFO 09008, Proper Identification and Procedures During In-Flight Engine Failures, calls on operators to review their training curriculums:

  • To ensure that initial and recurrent training programs provide a broad range of engine failure scenarios, including failures that may be misinterpreted as an engine failure.
  • For emphasis that once the flightcrew verifies an engine failure, they should take action to accomplish the correct shutdown checklist and properly plan for an engine-out approach and possible go-around.
  • For emphasis on the importance of the emergency/abnormal checklist, and that they should not be interrupted for routine events until the checklist has been completed. This would include completing the immediate actions for an engine fire or severe damage.

New guidance related to Minimum Equipment List (MEL) revisions has also been published in an Information Document (InFO). FAA InFO 09004, Interim Master Minimum Equipment Lists (MMEL) and Minimum Equipment Lists (MEL) Processes, explains that during the transition from the older mainframe system to the newer Web-based application for MEL revisions the interim methods detailed in the InFO should be used.


NATA Offers Members State Tax Resource
Many on-demand operators have been surprised when states that they have flown into, even only a few times, attempt to impose taxes on the aircraft and in some cases a portion of the air charter business.

With so many states under tremendous economic strain, NATA is seeing states become increasingly aggressive in assigning a tax liability to aircraft operations. States do retain the right to tax property that is operated within their borders and many do so via a personal property tax. Operators should also be aware of sales and use taxes, registration fees and other taxes or fees that can be applied regardless of whether the air charter business is based in the state. Also, states vary in their methods of determining how long an aircraft must be in the state before it is considered to be domiciled there.

Being aware of and planning for potential tax liability is important. To help educate operators, NATA is pleased to announce a new on-line resource for members. The NATA State Tax Issues page provides detailed information on aircraft taxes for each state. Operators should review the information for states they frequent to ensure compliance and to enable proper tax planning.

The State Tax Issues page was compiled by NATA-member Conklin & de Decker and will be regularly updated as states amend their tax laws. For more information about the variety of consulting services offered by Conklin & de Decker, please visit their webpage at

Visit the NATA State Tax Issues Webpage. (Note that users will be required to login prior to accessing the page.)

For more information, contact Jacqueline Rosser.


AOPA's Craig Fuller To Address Rebuilding GA's Reputation
GA Serves America Session, June 10, 2009, NATA FBO Leadership Conference
Join Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Craig Fuller at the 2009 NATA FBO Leadership Conference, June 9-11 in Dulles, Virginia, and find out how you can play a leading role in building a strong, solid foundation of public support for aviation.

General aviation affects the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. The "GA Serves America" campaign will share real, personal stories with fellow citizens and policy makers about the economic lifeline general aviation is to thousands of communities across the country. These messages will be online, in print, and in electronic media in Washington, D.C., and in key states.

"AOPA is now taking the message about the value of general aviation to wider audiences," Fuller said. He notes that there is a good base of public support for general aviation. "They know a little; they need to know a lot more," said Fuller. "AOPA, along with other key associations like NATA, is committed to telling this story."

General aviation is neither understood nor appreciated by some decision makers around the country, especially when it comes to general aviation's contributions to our nation's economy. If enacted, proposed new fees in the president's budget will be devastating to general aviation and to the millions of Americans who depend on it everyday.

Developed by NATA for the leading executives and managers of fixed base operations, the 2009 NATA FBO Leadership Conference is the only annual event designed exclusively to improve the performance and profitability of FBOs. Visit for more information and to register.

(2009 NATA Air Charter Summit (June 8-10) attendees should plan to register for both events to catch this vital presentation by visiting


NATA's 2009 Air Charter Summit
June 8-10, Westfields Marriott, Dulles, VA
Addressing Regulatory and Business Issues Unique to the Part 135 Community

Chief pilots, directors and company executives of Part 135 operations are invited to:

  • Receive an exclusive FAA regulatory review of Part 135 issues such as safety management systems, operational control, Part 135 ARC proposals, flight and duty time requirements, and performance assessments prior to landing with Margaret Gilligan, associate administrator for Aviation Safety, Dennis Pratte, manager, Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch, Don Arendt, manager, Flight Standards Office and Hooper Harris, acting director, Office of Accident Investigation (Invited)
  • Get a general aviation security update from John Sammon, assistant administrator of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Transportation Sector Network Management. Sammon will address the status of the Large Aircraft Security Program NPRM, security directives affecting general aviation operators, and Operation Playbook, as well as many other topics.
  • Explore what you can do to curb the public and media attack on business aviation with Bill Garvey, Business & Commercial Aviation, Lisa Stark, ABC News and Tom Costello, NBC Nightly News (Invited).
  • Discover the best ways to protect your crews, executives and owners from criminal liability in the event of an accident.
  • Know your rights in responding to enforcement actions. In the event of an inspection, find out what you must disclose and what restrictions you may be able to impose on their activities. Get the facts.
  • Learn what some of the world's top general aviation management executives have to say about the current state and future prospects of general aviation manufacturing, sales and delivery and how they will affect your charter, fuel sales and maintenance businesses in years to come.
  • Prepare your business now for success in the new economy. Join James K. Coyne, NATA, Richard Van Gemert, Jet Aviation, Bill Haberstock, Million Air - Salt Lake City and James C. Christiansen, NetJets for a frank discussion about surviving in today's economy and what you can do now to take advantage of a market rebound.
  • Hear from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller (Invited) about a bold new campaign created to tell the human side of aviation called "General Aviation Serves America."
  • Take some time to relax and be inspired and entertained during a dinner performance by the Capitol Steps and during NATA's Excellence Awards Breakfast keynote speech by George Mason University's Head Coach Jim Larranaga.

Visit for more information on this event, housing details and registration instructions. The 2009 Air Charter Summit and 2009 FBO Leadership Conference will be held back-to-back this year to give you more options. Volume and combo event discounts are available. Come for one event, stay for both or send a team to divide and conquer!


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 accessing 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.


GA Industry Encouraged To Register Today For May 13th Day On The Hill
NATA's 13th annual Day on the Hill event will 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, their 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."


Changes To COBRA That Affect Your Business
FREE Online Webinar This Thursday, April 16, at 11:00 AM EST
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Act provides for a federal subsidy of 65% of the COBRA continuation coverage premiums for qualified beneficiaries receiving COBRA continuation coverage due to the covered employee's involuntary termination of employment between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009. These individuals are referred to as "Assistance Eligible Individuals."

NATA will be conducting a Free Online Webinar that will answer all your questions related to these recent changes to COBRA. Space is limited and you must register by this Wednesday in order to attend.

Click Here to Register


NATA Sponsoring AAAE GA Issues Conference April 26-28, 2009, In Addison, TX
NATA is once again sponsoring the AAAE GA Issues Conference that will take place 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 and U.S. government..

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


How To Build A More Successful FBO - Only Land-Based Location Of 2009 Next Month In Windsor Locks
Running and managing a fixed base operation is a very demanding business. It not only requires a strong business sense, it also requires motivated and loyal employees, target marketing and creative negotiating skills.

The NATA is hosting this exciting new seminar on May 14-15 in Windsor Locks, CT. Learn secret, cutting-edge business strategies for maximizing profits in your FBO.

How To Build A More Successful FBO has been designed to help you with just about every conceivable situation in the day-to-day business of running a successful FBO, from developing a favorable lease with an airport authority to negotiating the best agreement with the fuel supplier; from decreasing credit card interest rate charges to lowering insurance premiums and; from dealing with FAA and Environmental Protection Agency issues to building long-term profitable customer relations.

Seminar Topics:

  • Build Long-Term Profitable Customer Relationships
  • Selecting and Developing Top Employees
  • Developing a Favorable Lease with Your Airport Authority
  • Negotiating the Best Fuel Supplier Agreement
  • Decreasing Credit Card Interest Rates
  • Lower Insurance Premiums
  • Make Fractional Aircraft Programs Your Best Friend
  • Winning with Third-Party Fuel Providers
  • Stay On-time and Within Budget on Building Projects
  • Optimize Operations and Prepare for Contingencies

We highly recommend that all FBO owners, managers, general managers, supervisors and entrepreneurs plan to attend. The only land-based location for this seminar in 2009 will be in Windsor Locks, CT, on May 14 - 15.

For further details, please click here

Be sure to register early for the educational experience of a lifetime!


NATA Weekly Survey
Should Congress mandate aircraft emission standards similar to those regulations being imposed by the European Union?

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 that effect while recognizing the initiatives the industry has taken to reduce global warming.

One of the challenges of measuring a fuel's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is accounting for the GHG's that were emitted in the production of the fuel and when it is used. This accounting is known as Lifecycle greenhouse gas (LCGHG) emissions and includes GHG emissions during the five stages of fuel production and use.

Stage 1 - Raw Material Acquisition
Stage 2 - Raw Material Transportation
Stage 3 - Liquid Fuels Production
Stage 4 - Product Transport & Refueling
Stage 5 - Vehicle or Aircraft Operation

Only when all five stages are taken into account can you accurately measure the cost in emissions for using a particular fuel. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory titled Development of Baseline Data and Analysis of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Petroleum-Based Fuels, November 2008 quantifies these LCGHG emission numbers for several major transportation fuels in 2005.

Life Cycle Stage

Conventional Gasoline

Conventional Diesel

Jet Fuel

Stage 1




Stage 2








Stage 4




Stage 5




Total LCGHGe




*All numbers are kilograms CO2 Equivalent per Million British Thermal Units Lower Heating Value (kg CO2E/MMBtu LHV)

The study found that jet fuel, due to its lower refinery energy inputs, has 3.5% and 2.2% lower LCGHG emissions than gasoline and diesel, respectively.



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