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ASC Monthly Update

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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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Status Update On Employee Free Choice Act
Leadership in the U.S. Senate stated recently that H.R 1409/S. 560, the Employee Free Choice Act or “Card Check” bill should make it to the floor for a vote in July. Senate Democrats feel they have gained additional support for the bill with Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) changing parties and becoming a Democrat, as well as potential support from Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the Senate will vote before the House takes up the bill because the Democratic majority in the House ensures it will pass.

NATA strongly encourages its Airline Services Council members to be outspoken in opposition to the Card Check bill.  It will take a great deal of influence in both the House and Senate to persuade lawmakers that this legislation will negatively affect small businesses and large employers in the U.S.

Call, write, or visit your representatives today via NATA’s Legislative Action Center.

Via the association’s Legislative Action Center, contacting your Members of Congress on the Employee Free Choice Act is easy and only takes 5 minutes!  Please weigh in today on this important issue!

House Passes Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation
Last week, prior to adjourning for the Fourth of July recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). ACES mandates an economy-wide carbon dioxide emissions cap 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, 42% below by 2030 and 82% lower by 2050. In addition, the bill includes a renewable electricity standard and expanded production of electric vehicles, and mandates significant increases in energy efficiency in buildings, home appliances, and electricity generation. On a positive note, the bill originally included a provision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon emissions standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines by 2012 but that provision was removed from the final version of the bill.

To learn more about ACES, please view NATA’s Legislative Report by clicking here.

House Passes FY 2010 Homeland Appropriations Bill
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $44 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The funding level is $2.6 billion above fiscal year 2009 and $200 million below the President’s budget request. The bill includes $7.69 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including $5.266 billion for aviation security, and $800 million for Explosives Detection Devices (EDS), as well as provisions for air cargo and aviation regulation and enforcement. 

To view NATA’s Legislative Report on the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, please click here.

SPCC Compliance Date Extended
On June 12, as expected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended the compliance date for the 2002 and 2006 Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule changes to November 10, 2010. This extension of compliance date is intended to allow affected facilities time to review and implement the multiple changes to the SPCC rules that have been promulgated over the last seven years. It is very important to note that this extension for compliance only applies to the rulemaking changes that have occurred since 2002. Therefore, any business that was in operation prior to August 16, 2002, should already have an implemented SPCC plan. NATA has produced a membership update that details the current requirements for SPCC compliance.

NATA Releases Airport Sponsors Guide To Minimum Standards
As a value added benefit to its membership, NATA has released the 2009 revision of its Airport Sponsors Guide to Minimum Standards and Airport Rules & Regulations. The guide is a comprehensive review of all federal guidance on the creation, implementation and revision of airport minimum standards and covers such topics as:
  • History of federal aid to airports
  • Federal Grant Assurances
  • Evaluating the airport environment
  • Airport sponsors rights
  • Exclusive Rights
  • Airport rules and regulations

The 2009 revision of the Airports Sponsors Guide to Minimum Standards and Airport Rules & Regulations has been completely rewritten and is designed to present airport sponsors with a thorough review of the important concerns when developing and implementing minimum standards. This revision also focused on reorganizing topics and presenting them in an easy to read and understand format.

The guide will be an important resource for airport sponsors trying to ensure sustainable growth and increased service levels at their airports. Airport commercial service providers will also find this guide invaluable as a tool to understanding the many issues surrounding minimum standards.

The Airport Sponsors Guide to Minimum Standards and Airport Rules & Regulations is available to NATA members online at or by clicking here.

Purchase Your NATA Environmental Compliance Manuals For Half Price Today!
The association is pleased to offer the comprehensive manual supplied to attendees participating at one of NATA’s Environmental Compliance Seminars in 2009 for half price.  The cost to members for this manual is now $99.

The NATA Environmental Compliance Seminar for Aviation Facilities is the only event that focuses solely on environmental compliance issues confronting FBOs and general aviation airports. With pressure mounting from the media, the federal government and the public at large, this seminar is designed to ensure that FBOs and general aviation airports are complying with environmental mandates that affect their daily operations.

If you were not able to make one of NATA’s Environmental Compliance Seminars in 2009 this is your opportunity to read up on what you missed! 

For more information on how to purchase an NATA Environmental Compliance manual, please contact Rebecca Mulholland on the NATA staff. 

Summer Congressional Recess Is Prime Time To Invite Members Of Congress To Tour Your Facility
The upcoming Fourth of July and August congressional recess in Washington, D.C. is an opportune time for you to invite your Members of Congress and their staff to visit your general aviation facility. Such a tour is a valuable way to inform key congressional leaders on the principal issues confronting our national air transportation system while allowing you to address local issues affecting your business. This one-on-one interaction will give Members of Congress and their staff a better understanding of the value of America’s aviation businesses and airline services companies.

Please visit the congressional tour information page that includes sample letters and more information by clicking here.

2009 Updated Congressional Schedule: (House and Senate)

June 29-July 3 – Independence Day Recess (House & Senate)
August 3-September 4 – August Recess (House)

August 10-September 7 – August Recess (Senate)
October 30 — Target Adjournment

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact NATA Director of Legislative Affairs Kristen Moore at (800) 808-6282 or by email at

Download NATA’s New Fact Book Today!
NATA has updated its popular fact book titled General Aviation in the United States. This publication was produced by the association for its members, including airline service companies, as a tool to help illustrate the importance of aviation businesses to the U.S. transportation system and economy.

General Aviation in the United States provides an in-depth review of the NATA membership segments as well as other important components of the general aviation and airline services industry. This handy reference also contains information on a number of U.S. government agencies that affect the day-to-day operation of aviation businesses, and features several charts containing vital general aviation and business aviation statistics on fuel consumption, fractional ownership companies, active pilots, airports, and much more.

"NATA's fact book is one of the many helpful resources available to aid our members in educating community and government leaders about the value of our industry as a critical component to the American economy," NATA President James K. Coyne stated.

Click here to download your free copy of General Aviation in the United States now!

Members who have questions regarding this publication may contact Linda Pylant or Shannon Chambers.

May Meeting Minutes Now Available For Member Review
The NATA Airline Services Council met on May 12 in Alexandria, VA, to discuss a variety of legislative, regulatory, security and business issues affecting member companies. Doug Hofsass, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general manager of the Commercial Aviation and Airports Branch, and Ed Kelly, TSA general manager of Air Cargo, visited with NATA ASC members to review airport security and cargo screening issues affecting the ground handling industry.  

Other issues discussed during the May meeting include:

  • FAA Reauthorization Update
  • Employee Free Choice Act Update
  • Labor Issues Affecting ASC Member Companies
  • Development of a long-range issue paper for the NATA ASC
  • Training opportunities for NATA ASC members

Minutes from the May NATA ASC meeting are now available by clicking here.

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

Mark Your Calendar For Remaining 2009 NATA ASC Meetings
The next NATA ASC meeting will take place on July 31, 2009, at 12:00 Noon (Eastern) via teleconference.  The agenda for this meeting will be released to NATA ASC members next week.

The Fall 2009 NATA ASC meeting will take place in Alexandria, VA, on October 26-27, 2009. 

The updated 2009 NATA ASC Meeting Schedule may be viewed by clicking here.  Please mark your calendars accordingly!

For more information, please contact Eric Byer.

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
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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