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NATA Airline Services Council 

NATA formed the Airline Services Council (NATA ASC) to further the interests of companies that provide services to scheduled air carriers as their primary business. The primary goal of the NATA ASC is to provide a voice within the public policy arena, especially in terms of issues that impact their viability and profitability..



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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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Next NATA ASC Meeting Slated For May 12-13, 2009, In Alexandria, VA
To Coincide With Association's Annual Day On The Hill Event
The next meeting of the NATA ASC will take place May 12-13, 2009, in Alexandria, VA. The meeting will coincide with the association's annual Day on the Hill event on May 13.

The NATA ASC meeting on May 12 is open to all members and their guests, and the Day on the Hill event is open to the entire aviation industry.

All NATA ASC members are strongly encouraged to participate. Members can view the schedule for this meeting and register by clicking here.

A detailed agenda for the May 12 meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

The entire 2009 NATA ASC meeting schedule may be viewed by clicking here.

For more information on this meeting, please contact Eric Byer.

SPCC Membership Update
This month's delay in the effective date of the December 2008 SPCC rule changes has created some confusion in the aviation industry. The reason for this is the overlapping of multiple rule changes and their associated effective and compliance dates.

A regulation's effective date is the date that the regulations are codified and appear as part of the current Code of Federal Regulations. At times, particularly with significant regulatory changes, the rules can include a compliance date that is some period of time after the effective date. The compliance date, when specified, is that date by which all those subject to the regulation must be compliant. In the absence of separately listed dates, the effective date is also the compliance date.

The dates of compliance for rulemakings finalized in 2002 and 2006 rule changes are linked and have been extended to November 20, 2009, by a December 2008 rule change. However, the December 2008 rule changes have had their compliance date extended to January 14, 2010. When this was done, the Environmental Protection Agency removed all references to the November 20, 2009 date and reverted to the earlier July 1, 2009 date of compliance for the 2002 and 2006 rule changes.

To view this update in its entirety, please click here.

CA Large Spark Ignition Equipment Regulatory Update
In May 2007, the California Environmental Protection Agency released new rules, via the California Air Resources Board (CARB), governing emissions from off-road large spark ignition (LSI) equipment. These rules require operators of certain fleets of LSI equipment, including on-airport ground service equipment, to determine their Fleet Average Emission Level (FAEL) and then set decreasing limits on FAEL beginning in 2009.

Many operators of equipment with engines having a displacement greater than three liters have had difficulty in meeting the 2009 requirements of the LSI regulations. On April 16, the CARB released Advisory 08-03 to provide relief to these operators. The advisory will exempt certain types of equipment from FAEL calculation for a period of time to allow for the development of new equipment or retrofit kits that allow operators to meet the regulatory standard.

Click here to view NATA's Regulatory Update on CA's LSI equipment regulations.

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 held a series of hearings the week of April 20, 2009. A completed version of the bill is anticipated to be finalized next week.

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

President Obama Signs 6-Month FAA Reauthorization Extension
Earlier this month, President Obama signed a bill into law authorizing an extension of funding for the FAA through September 30, 2009. The extension will allow Congress additional time to work on legislation to reauthorize the FAA while giving the agency spending authority in the meantime.

NATA supports the funding provisions in H.R. 915, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2009 that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The bill includes adequate funding for NextGen and does not include user fees. While House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) has made finalizing FAA Reauthorization a priority, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) has not stated whether his chamber will work to finalize the legislation this year.

To read NATA's Legislative Report on H.R. 915, please click here.

The Employee Free Choice Act Introduced
NATA Releases Action Call in Opposition to Legislation
Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced controversial labor legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act, in both chambers on March 10, 2009. H.R. 1409/S. 560, also referred to as "card check," would change how unions organize workers in the United States by eliminating a company's right to demand a secret ballot if a majority of employees sign authorization cards to form a union. It also requires binding arbitration to reach a first contract, if labor and management can't reach an agreement within 120 days, and increases penalties for businesses that violate labor laws.

The bill passed the House in 2007 but stalled in the Senate. Instead of an election run by the National Labor Relations Board, workers would be able to fill out cards saying whether they support or oppose a union. Big labor unions like the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Change to Win Coalition spent millions of dollars during the 2009 election, and are pushing Congress to approve this legislation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other pro-business groups are working in opposition to the legislation.

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter(R-PA) announced recently that he will oppose invoking cloture on the card check bill, a decision that denies Democrats and labor unions a 60th vote to overcome a Republican filibuster. Specter feels the better way to expand labor's clout in collective bargaining is through amendments to the National Labor Relations Act rather than through eliminating the secret ballot and mandating arbitration. Specter voted for cloture when the Senate considered the bill in 2007, but he stated that the economic crisis prompted his decision on this bill.

Companies such as Starbucks, Whole Foods and Costco recently announced they were forming the Committee for a Level Playing Field and, with the backing of Democratic operative Lanny Davis, would set out to publicize six principles for labor-law reform that provided an alternative to card check legislation.

To view NATA's Talking Points in Opposition to the legislation, please click here.

To participate in NATA's Action Call by writing to your Members of Congress in opposition to this legislation, please click here.

Sponsor Assurances White Paper Published
During the March NATA ASC meeting in Las Vegas, NV, a request was made by members for the association to compile a white paper as to how sponsor assurances affect airline services companies at U.S. commercial airports.

McBreen & Kopko kindly assembled this white paper that can be viewed by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Eric Byer.

Track Important Airline Data Via The Bureau Of Transportation Statistics
One of the little known secrets in the aviation industry is the data compiled tracking airline activity. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics tracks information on air fares, load factors, delays, employment rates and much more.

To learn the latest statistics on the airline industry via the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, please click here.

2009 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available
The 2009 NATA ASC marketing brochure is available for members to download.

Click here to download the brochure today!

If you have questions about the brochure, please contact Eric Byer.

New NATA ASC Logo Available For Member Use
Per the request of members at the NATA ASC meeting in October, NATA has created a new NATA ASC logo that members can use on company stationery, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can utilize as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new NATA ASC logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

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