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ASC Monthly Update

##Date##                                                                                                Volume 5 Issue 7


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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Airline Services Council To Conduct Quarterly Meeting Via Teleconference Tomorrow, July 31, At 12:00 Noon (EDT)
The NATA Airline Services Council (NATA ASC) will conduct its quarterly meeting tomorrow, July 31, at 12:00 noon. (EDT). All NATA ASC members are welcome to participate. To review the agenda for this meeting, complete with conference call instructions, please click here.

The next in-person meeting of the NATA ASC will take place on October 26-27, 2009, in the Washington, D.C. area. Details for this meeting can be found by clicking here.

For more information about these meetings, please contact Eric Byer on the NATA staff.

Airline Services Council Selects New Leadership
NATA President James K. Coyne announced the new leadership of the association’s Airline Services Council (NATA ASC).

The NATA formed the NATA ASC in 2002 to further the interests of companies providing services to scheduled air carrier as their primary business. NATA ASC members represent domestic and international firms employing a combined workforce in excess of 90,000 people and generating more than $2.5 billion in annual sales at more than 450 airports. NATA ASC member company services include aircraft fueling, baggage service, catering, terminal services, cargo services, aircraft handling, de-icing, maintenance, security services, and aircraft cleaning.

Fernando (Fred) DiBenedetto, vice president, business development at Fortbrand Services, Inc., concludes his tenure as chairman of the NATA ASC after three years. DiBenedetto has been involved in the airline services industry for more than 36 years, including serving as president and COO of Servisair/GlobeGround, a leading, global provider of a full range of services to airlines and airports, where he was responsible for the delivery of ground handling services to over 700 customers at 145 airports with annual revenues of one billion dollars. DiBenedetto led the council in tackling a number of critical issues in recent years including independent cargo handling participation in the Transportation Security Administration’s Certified Cargo Screening Program, highlighting the importance of ground handling services to the commercial airport community, and doubling membership within the NATA ASC.

“Fred has been a true champion of the airline services community, advocating for the clear business and safety advantages that the ground handling sector provides to the commercial airline industry,” stated Coyne. “Fred’s devotion to the NATA ASC was seen in many, many ways, including his ability to attract new members that resulted in the more than doubling of the council’s membership over the last two years.”

Replacing DiBenedetto as the NATA ASC chairman is Jack Evans, chief executive officer of Total Airport Services, Inc. (TAS). Evans served as the council’s vice chairman prior to taking the chairman’s position. Evans formed TAS in November 2004 with a single contract and nine employees in San Francisco, California. Within two years, the company had grown to 200 employees and five operating locations including Hartford, Connecticut; Columbus, Ohio; Huntsville, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; and Newark, New Jersey. 

“We are quite fortunate to have had one great chairman with Fred, followed by another with Jack, on the council,” Coyne said. “Jack has laid out an aggressive agenda for the council to tackle over the next two years, and we at NATA look forward to working with him to achieve these goals.”

For more information on the NATA Airline Services Council, please click here.

Senate Commerce Committee Approves FAA Reauthorization Legislation
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to approve S. 1451, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. While passage of the bill out of the committee is a leap forward in the right direction, the next hurdle requires the Senate Committee on Finance to address the bill and the provisions within its jurisdiction. A timeline is uncertain for the Committee on Finance to address the measure, leaving the next step in the process unknown.

NATA issued a legislative report last week on S. 1451, please click here to view it.

Health Care Legislation Update
As Congress endeavors this week to complete its work before the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are focusing solely on legislation to reform health care. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce resumed its mark-up of health care legislation on Wednesday, July 29, after an agreement was reached between the White House, leaders of the House, and four Blue Dog Democrats who were opposed to the legislation prior to Wednesday.

The agreement included cutting more than $100 billion from the bill, including an exemption for small businesses with less than $500,000 in payroll that would have excluded them from the employer mandate to provide health insurance. The compromise also prevents the public insurance option from basing reimbursements on Medicare rates and makes state-based health insurance cooperatives optional. The bill will be delayed until Congress returns in September. 

The Senate, however, is expected to complete its version of health care legislation and possibly bring it to the floor for a vote by August 7. The Senate health care reform package is currently being reviewed by the Senate Committee on Finance and includes incentives for employers to provide health insurance for employees rather than a penalty mandate. The committee is also expected to reject the tax surcharge on wealthy households that the House adopted and limits on deductions for upper-income taxpayers that President Obama is seeking. As the committee works through the bill, they are also carefully weighing provisions to ensure that unintended consequences affecting small businesses and middle-class families are revised or removed.

More details of both the House and Senate legislation will be released in the next two days, NATA will update the membership on the status of this legislation.

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Transportation Appropriations Legislation
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Included in this important legislation is funding for the FAA and its many programs. The House approved the bill with a vote of 256-168, after much debate on the overall price tag of the legislation. The bill consists of $68.8 billion in discretionary spending, an increase of $14.3 billion or 13% above the FY09 level, not including the $787 billion the Department of Transportation (DOT) received in the economic stimulus bill signed into law earlier this year. Of the $75.8 billion included in the bill, $15.9 billion is provided for the FAA.

The increase of funds for the DOT is partially due to the $4 billion increase for a new high-speed rail program, a priority established in President Obama’s budget request issued in February. In addition, the FAA’s Operations Account was increased by $304 million to hire 136 flight standards inspectors and an additional 50 aircraft certification inspectors.

To view NATA’s Legislative Report on the FY10 Transportation Appropriations Legislation, please click here

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.

Summer Congressional Recess Is Prime Time To Invite Members Of Congress To Tour Your Facility
The upcoming 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.

2009 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available!
The 2009 NATA Airline Services Council 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 Airline Services Council 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 logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.


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