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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    November 7, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 45 
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NATA Applauds 2nd Circuit Ruling on East Hampton, Calls on Town to Rescind Criminal Summonses

On November 4th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling in favor of the Friends of the East Hampton Airport, Inc. in its battle with the Town of East Hampton.  The 2nd Circuit concluded that local laws enacted by the Town of East Hampton limiting access to the town's airport violate the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990.  The 2nd Circuit directed the lower court to issue a preliminary injunction barring the Town of East Hampton from enforcing two local laws.  The Town’s restrictions include a mandatory curfew prohibiting all aircraft from using the airport between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and an extended curfew prohibiting “noisy aircraft” from using the airport from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m.  A third law, imposing a weekly flight limit had already been enjoined in the lower court in 2015.  Recently, the Town issued criminal summonses imposing significant financial penalties and threatened arrest to a number of NATA Part 135 members.

“NATA is pleased the 2nd Circuit made a sound decision in favor of aviation businesses and our national airport system,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. Hiller added, “The imposition of arbitrary airport restrictions that do not comply with FAA procedures would burden the vibrant general aviation community at HTO, potentially reducing future investment and creating inadvertent job loss.  In light of this important decision, we call on the Town to immediately rescind the 38 airport curfew criminal summonses it has issued related to these illegal restrictions and to refund the fines already levied on innocent general aviation operators.”  


CBP Commissioner Highlights CBP General Aviation Working Group’s Efforts In Orlando

On November 1st, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske outlined ways the agency and the general aviation community are working collaboratively to help improve “communication, establishing more uniformity from port to port, and streamlining and simplifying procedures for business aviation operators.”  To help meet these goals, and to facilitate collaboration, CBP formed the CBP General Aviation Working Group.  This joint industry-government working group is comprised of representatives from NATA, NBAA, AOPA, international service providers, and CBP personnel.

“In 2017, the General Aviation Working Group will continue working to improve efficiency and effectiveness, carrying on its important work on a CBP General Aviation Operators’ Guide to replace the obsolete Private Flyers’ Guide.  The group will also work toward improving CBP uniformity through the issuance and re-issuance of CBP memos and external guidance documents to be made available on CBP’s website,” stated Commissioner Kerlikowske. The Commissioner also touched on two pilot programs CBP is considering that would “leverage APIS.” One program addresses the Southern Border Overflight Exemption by going paperless, and the second program, a Single-Syntax APIS Solution, “would let all unscheduled private and commercial GA operators interact with CBP through a singular mechanism in APIS.” For more information on the CBP General Aviation Working Group initiatives, please contact Megan Eisenstein at

2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project Comes to A Close

NATA appreciates the generosity of the (19) 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project participants: Above All Aviation, American Jet Charter, Atlantic Aviation, Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd's Aviation, Fargo Jet Center, Gary Jet Center, Inc., Greenbrier Valley Airport, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Marathon General Aviation, Marathon Jet Center, Margaret Giugliano (McBreen & Kopko, NYC), Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Napa Jet Center, Pentastar Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Stuart Jet Center and Sun Air Jets. Learn more about the project at


National Air Transportation Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications


NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as association members looking to continue their education. The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December 2016. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


 Association Highlights

2017 NATA Events Calendar Is Available


NATA is happy to announce the release of its 2017 Events Calendar. As EVP Tim Obitts notes in his latest Aviation Business Journal article, NATA is driving additional value to the membership with an increase of safety-related events and additions of symposiums and forums specific to the air charter, maintenance and ground handling sectors. Click here to view the 2017 Events Calendar and we hope to see you at an upcoming NATA event! For more information, please visit



Protect Your Aviation Business During an Emergency | ERP Workshop December 5-6 at NTSB Training Center

As a leader in your organization, it is important to protect your business by learning when and how to respond to an emergency event. While taking care of people, managing perception(communicating effectively internally and externally), and participating in the investigation are key objectives, there is often little guidance for management and staff on how to be most effective in these areas. The Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses will help you and your team develop a fundamental understanding of how to develop and manage an effective Emergency Response Program (ERP). View the full agenda here. To register or for more information, click here.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Is Now Available!

NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-82017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration is now open and runs through Friday,
April 7, 2017 — save $95! For more information, please visit
  Member Spotlight

Banyan Air Service Receives Certification


Banyan recently received certification from Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) to perform maintenance and avionics services on Mexican-registered Beechjet, Challenger, Citation, Falcon, Hawker, HondaJet, King Air, Kodiak, Learjet, Piaggio and Pilatus airplanes. This new certification complements other FAA maintenance certifications that Banyan currently holds from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, EASA, Paraguay and Venezuela. Learn more.


Pentastar Unveils Wireless Charging Unit

Last week in Orlando, FL, Pentastar Aviation introduced a new wireless charging unit for aircraft cabins. These units accept aircraft power without cords or adapters to efficiently charge mobile devices with wireless-charging capability. The wireless charging unit is produced by Cobalt Aerospace. Learn more. 


Marathon Jet Center Sees Increase in Aircraft Traffic


With the opening of a new U.S. Customs and Immigration facility at Florida Keys International Airport (MTH), Marathon Jet Center has seen an increase in traffic. Since April, the FBO has seen approximately 100 international arrivals and expects business to improve more once high season begins after Thanksgiving. The company plans to enhance its facility next year with the opening of a new 12,000-sq-ft hangar and improvements to the terminal. Read more.

 ACSF News

Save the Date for the 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium


The 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium will take place March 7-8, 2017 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Topics will include Reducing Risk, Emergency Response Plans, Leadership, Ground Handling and more. ACSF members can register for $685 (nonmembers $795). Registration includes admittance to the two-day event, all scheduled group meals, breaks, and social functions, and transportation to and from hotel to events. To learn more or to register, click here.




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