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Topics in this Volume:
Ø House Voted On Health Care Reform Legislation
Ø FAA Disallows Nighttime Curfew At Bob Hope Airport
Ø Senate Panel Approves Climate Change Legislation
Ø Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group Asks FAA For New Control Tower 
Ø Heck Hired As Association’s New VP, Financial Operations
Ø H1N1 Update
Ø 2009 AOPA Summit Recap
Ø Byer’s Blog: NATA Staff Member Mike France Writes About The FAA’s Recent KBUR Ruling
Ø NATA To Hold An FAA Reauthorization Policy Webinar November 19
Ø NATA Security Policy Webinar Recording Now Available
Ø Upcoming Webinars - Free To NATA Members
Ø Dip Into The Social Media Pool
Ø NATA Answers The Call With Revamped 2010 Educational Programming
Ø 2010 FBO Leadership Conference – Preliminary Schedule, January 25-26
Ø 2010 Air Charter Safety Symposium
Ø Prepare Your Team For A Winning Season
Ø NATA Weekly Survey
Ø Environmental Fact Of The Week


“Coyne’s Video Briefings” Highlights Important Issues Confronting NATA Member Companies
Today, NATA unveiled the first video in an ongoing series featuring NATA President James K. Coyne called “Coyne’s Video Briefings.” A new video will be released every few weeks and will focus on “hot topics” and important current events affecting the association’s membership and the general aviation industry at-large.

The first briefing, titled “Fiscal Crisis,” focuses on the current economic climate facing the general aviation industry and contains a brief cameo appearance by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

“These video briefings allow me to speak directly to our members on current political and financial issues affecting their companies,” Coyne stated. “I will also be able to provide some candid perspective as to how these issues impact the bottom line of aviation businesses and what actions our members can take to ensure that their companies are protected from new taxes and unnecessary regulations.”  

“In recent weeks, NATA has become aggressive in creating a number of different resources for our members to learn more about what NATA is doing for them,” Coyne said. “We believe that these new video briefings will complement our efforts in creating the NATA President’s Capitol View Blog and the Inside Washington Blog along with joining Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks.

To view “Fiscal Crisis,” please click here.

To view the catalog of Coyne’s Video Briefings, please click here.


House Voted On Health Care Reform Legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday evening approved H.R. 3692, legislation to reform our nation’s health care. The measure passed by a slim margin with a vote of 220-215. Click here to view the roll call vote. Freshman Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), who represents the City of New Orleans, was the sole Republican vote. The GOP had been adamantly opposed to health care reform legislation for many reasons, in particular because the House measure raises taxes during a time of record deficits and our country cannot afford a new entitlement program that would cost an estimated $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) secured enough votes from her party by allowing an amendment to be offered to anti-abortion Democrats that bars the government insurance plan from covering abortions and prohibits people who received insurance subsidies from purchasing private plans that cover abortions.

The 10-year $894 billion bill places a surtax on individuals earning more than $500,000 a year to raise revenue for health care reform. In addition, the bill intends to insure more than 36 million uninsured Americans. About 15 million of the poorest children and adults would be eligible to enroll in Medicaid and an additional 21 million would be able to purchase coverage from a new national insurance exchange, where private plans would compete with a "public option" backed by the federal government. The bill includes small business tax incentives as well as exempts small businesses with payrolls of less than $500,000 annually from being required to provide health coverage or face penalty. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) hopes to bring the Senate’s Health Care Bill (S. 1796) to the floor before Thanksgiving, and final legislation is not likely to reach President Obama’s desk before the New Year. 

NATA will provide a detailed legislative report this week on both H.R. 3692 and the Senate’s companion bill, S. 1796. 


FAA Disallows Nighttime Curfew At Bob Hope Airport
Last week, in a letter to the executive director of the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Airport Authority, the FAA denied the authority’s request to institute a nighttime curfew on air traffic at Bob Hope Airport in Southern California. The authority had requested, by Part 161 application, to institute the curfew to curtail airport noise in surrounding communities.

The FAA’s denial stated that the authority’s application had failed to meet four of the six statutory requirements for instituting an airport access restriction under the Airport Noise and Capacity Act. NATA submitted comments opposed to the authority’s application and has produced a regulatory report that outlines the specifics of the FAA’s denial.

The FAA’s decision highlights the fact that the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Airport Authority has focused solely on severely limiting airport access despite the fact that its own application points out that less restrictive, more cost efficient solutions are feasible. A copy of the FAA’s letter to the authority’s executive director is available here.


Senate Panel Approves Climate Change Legislation
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works officially approved its version of a climate and energy bill, with a vote of 11 -1 (Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) voted No). The proposal approved by committee Democrats calls for a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Lawmakers from coal-dependent states say that target will hurt their economies. When the U.S. House of Representatives cleared a companion measure earlier this year, it was able to win support for reductions of only 17% by 2020.

Republican members of the committee boycotted the vote to protest a lack of a complete analysis of its potential economic impact. Republicans have called the Senate climate change legislation and a similar measure passed by the House of Representatives “a tax that the country can ill-afford at a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty.” 

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ 11-1 vote to approve the climate proposal may have little long-term significance in shaping the final bill.


Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group Asks FAA For New Control Tower
Last week, NATA President James K. Coyne joined with ten other members of the Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group in asking FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt to increase the priority for construction of a new air traffic control tower at Teterboro Airport (TEB). The current control tower at TEB was constructed in the early 1970s as a temporary facility and does not provide controllers an unobstructed view of vital areas of the field.

“In terms of air safety, ensuring that tower controllers have an unobstructed view and the latest technology and equipment is vital,” said Coyne. “Teterboro Airport is the nation’s busiest general aviation airport, and Teterboro controllers need a new tower to continue to control the flow of air traffic safely.”

The letter to Administrator Babbitt notes that in recent years the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has invested nearly $100 million on a variety of safety improvement projects at TEB, including new taxiways, lighting improvements, and the installation of a new Engineered Material Arresting System. Despite repeated requests that a new tower for TEB be placed on the FAA’s Capital Plan priority list, the project still remains a low priority for the agency. NATA and the Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group hope that bringing this issue to the attention of the administrator will help make a new tower a priority for the FAA.

In 2006, the Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group assembled a diverse group of aviation industry professionals, including experienced aviation experts representing TEB’s fixed base operators, airport users and tenants, and national and local aviation industry associations, to bridge the interests of the aviation community and airport neighbors proactively and voluntarily and to offer practical and workable local solutions that address the unique nature of TEB.

Other signatories to the letter included Net Jets Aviation Inc., Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport, Jet Aviation, Signature Flight Support, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, Meridian Air Charter, First Aviation Services, and AFCO AVPORTS Management LLC dba AvPorts.

To view the letter sent to Administrator Babbitt, please click here.


Heck Hired As Association’s New VP, Financial Operations
NATA President James K. Coyne last week announced the hiring of Timothy J. Heck as the association’s new vice president, financial operations. Heck takes over for Alan Darrow, who recently retired from the organization after more than 15 years of service as NATA’s chief financial officer. Heck assumed responsibility for handling all of the association’s financial operations effective October 19th.

Prior to joining NATA, Heck was the comptroller for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and held similar positions with other associations. Heck earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“Tim is a fantastic addition to the NATA staff,” stated Coyne. “His strong financial management background and vast experience with non-profit organizations will be invaluable to NATA, especially as our industry works through one of the worst economic downturns in recent memory.”

Heck, who also holds a Certificate of Public Accounting, has a proven track record in affecting change by implementing best practices in the areas of operations, cash and treasury management, budgeting, process reengineering and strategic planning to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. 

“NATA and its membership are quite fortunate to have someone of Tim’s caliber assuming the vice president of financial operations position,” concluded Coyne. “I look forward to working with Tim as we build off of the solid financial foundation that Alan provided during his service to the association.”


H1N1 Update
NATA has been participating in weekly teleconferences with the FAA and other industry representatives to facilitate information regarding the current spread of the H1N1 flu and its impacts on the aviation transportation sector. The following represents the latest information regarding H1N1 (as of 10/30/09):
  • Overall, visits to doctors for flu-like illness continue to increase sharply to about 8% of all visits, about eight times the usual levels for this time of year.  The rate is higher than the very bad flu season of 2007-2008. 
    • All 10 regions remain above the epidemic threshold.  The percentage of visits for flu-like illness increased in five of 10 regions (Northeast, Midwest), dropped in three (Southeast, Texas area, California/Alaska/Hawaii) and remained the same in the other two (Northwest, Colorado/Dakotas area).
  • Total hospitalization rates for the flu continue to increase and are higher than expected for this time of year. 38,451 hospitalizations (confirmed and by symptom) since 9/1/09 (up from 30,000 last week). 
  • All 50 states are reporting widespread or regional flu activity.  49 states (up from 46) are reporting widespread flu activity; one state and 1 territory are reporting regional flu activity.
  • Virtually all the flu viruses identified so far continue to be the 2009 H1N1 virus; the vaccine continues to be a good match, and the virus continues to respond well to Tamiflu and Relenza, with rare exceptions.
  • Shipments of both nasal spray and injectable H1N1 vaccine continue to the states.  As of 10/30, 26.6 million doses were available to be shipped, up from 14 million on 10/21.

More information on the H1N1 flu can be found at


2009 AOPA Summit Recap
Coyne And Staff Fly the NATA Flag
AOPA's President Craig Fuller sent the following message during the AOPA Summit last Thursday.

"One Voice" was heard today at the AOPA Summit in Tampa in a big way – and “One Big Voice” is what decision-makers listen to. We should all thank the leadership and professionals of our allied associations for coming to Summit this morning, locking arms and developing strategies to fight new costs and restrictions that threaten GA. Our allies: Ed Bolen of National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); Pete Bunce of General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA); Peggy Chabrian of Women in Aviation International (WAI); Jim Coyne of National Air Transportation Association (NATA); Paula Derks of Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA); and Tom Poberezny of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). We are united as an industry. This unity translates into growing support from Capitol Hill and from leaders across America who understand the vital role that GA plays in the economies, safety, health, and connectedness of our communities. We were thrilled to hear that message echoed by Governors Joe Manchin (WVA) and Sonny Perdue (GA), who joined us this morning and at our Noon Rally." Fuller went on to say, "There is also much more to do. We’ve launched, done our climb-out and now we’ve got to get growing. AOPA staff, our partner associations, and our supporters in government can’t do it all. We must get our message into every corner of America to keep the Summit momentum going into the critical budget debates in 2010."

NATA President James K. Coyne played an important role in the "One Voice" session as a powerful representative of aviation businesses and a lively role as master of ceremonies of the General Aviation Serves America rally. He introduced several special guests and presented a rousing speech along with Fuller, and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III. They expressed the dire need for pilots to help fight user fees, communicate their message to elected officials and invest in aviation or risk losing it all. Coyne's passion for aviation inspired and energized the crowd of pilots, industry colleagues and aviation enthusiasts present at the convention center as well as thousands of audience members participating online. He spoke of his immense pride as he recently flew for the first time with his son in left seat as a newly accomplished private pilot, and the utter importance of protecting our freedom to fly for future generations.

NATA's Amy Koranda and Shannon Chambers greeted members and informed attendees about safety programs such as Flight Crew Briefings and Safety 1st Professional Line Service Training on the show floor and in a forum held Saturday. Koranda led a near-capacity crowd through safety practices at FBOs, what to look for to ensure a Safety 1st operation, and how to take advantage of the Safety 1st Flight Crew Briefing when flying into Teterboro Airport.


Byer’s Blog: NATA Staff Member Mike France Writes About The FAA’s Recent KBUR Ruling
Every now and then in the course of my job at the National Air Transportation Association I come across a document that makes me furrow my brow in disbelief. That’s exactly how I felt earlier this year as I read the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Airport Authority’s Part 161 application to institute a mandatory nighttime curfew at Bob Hope Airport in Southern California. The application is basically a request that the FAA allow the airport authority to impose airport access restrictions to alleviate noise issues in the surrounding community. Earlier this week, the FAA denied that request on the grounds that it failed to meet four of the six statutory requirements for instituting an access restriction. To view France’s blog in its entirety, please click here.


NATA To Hold An FAA Reauthorization Policy Webinar November 19
Last month, the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed legislation, H.R. 3607, to extend funding authority for the FAA through December 31, 2009. This short-term extension is the sixth extension since FAA reauthorization legislation officially expired on September 30, 2007. Concerns remain with the continued extensions of legislation authorizing the FAA and Congress’ failure to approve a long-term reauthorization bill. These short extensions allow the FAA to operate, but the lack of bill completion forces the stall of critical modernization and implementation aspects that would otherwise be applied with the reauthorization bill, such as the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). In addition, without FAA Reauthorization legislation, the Obama administration will likely implement a “funding mechanism” or user fee in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 budget to support the Airport and Airways Trust Fund.

Join us for a free webinar highlighting the major provisions of the House and Senate versions of FAA Reauthorization and what the likelihood will be in seeing this legislation made final this year. The webinar will take place November 19 from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer period following. Click here to register for webinar.


NATA Security Policy Webinar Recording Now Available
On November 3, NATA held a webinar on Security Policy hosted by NATA Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer and NATA staff members Jacqueline Rosser and Michael France. The webinar was attended by over 70 industry professionals from around the country and covered topics including:
  • Large Aircraft Security Program - LASP
  • Twelve-Five Standard Security Program Update
  • TSA Operation Playbook
  • Possible Repair Station Security  Rule

The webinar lasted for one hour and included a thorough question-and-answer period. It is available, to NATA members, for viewing at

If you missed the GA Security Policy Update Webinar from last week, you can view a recording by clicking here.


Upcoming Webinars - Free To NATA Members
December 1, 2009, at 12:00 noon (EDT) - Message from NATA President James K. Coyne on NATA's FBO Leadership Conference that will be held just prior to NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, TX.

December 16, 2009, at 12:00 noon (EDT) – Briefing by NATA Staff Member Mike France on NATA’s newly published Airport Sponsors Guide to Minimum Standards and Airport Rules & Regulations.

(Invitations will be sent out for each webinar soon)


Dip Into The Social Media Pool
NATA marketing director Shannon Chambers was recently interviewed by Benet Wilson of Aviation Week for a blog post on "NATA's Dip Into The Social Media Pool." Click here to visit Aviation Week's Blog Post.

If you or your company want to share your Twitter handle or Facebook page address, send an email to or direct message to @nataaero on Twitter and we will post your handle or address in the next issue of Training Times. Also, become a fan of NATA at or follow NATA's tweets at for news updates and special offers.


NATA Answers The Call With Revamped 2010 Educational Programming
NATA is coordinating some of its major conferences and seminars with other leading industry events in 2010 to answer the needs of the aviation business community and provide added value and convenience. Free member update webinars and “for fee” training webinars are also among the new educational initiatives to be included in next year’s program.

“A recent survey revealed that NATA members place higher value on training and educational programs in a down economy, but require more convenient access to these events due to budget and staffing constraints,” said NATA President James K. Coyne. “A changed and challenging business climate demands new thinking in association programming, a demand that we are addressing through innovative and creative means.”

NATA kicks off 2010 with the FBO Leadership Conference (January 25-26) in coordination with the National Business Aviation Association’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, TX. In March, NATA hosts its annual Spring Training Week of seminars (March 15-17) in conjunction with the Aviation Industry Expo in Vegas. Next year, NATA continues its strong partnership with AOPA in the General Aviation Serves America campaign, hosting Town Hall meetings and other local events to educate politicians and the public at large about the importance of general aviation to communities and the national economy.

Continuing to reach out to members in new ways, NATA offers webinars as part of 2010 event programming. The NATA Government and Industry Affairs Team led by Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer and including issues experts such as Director of Regulatory Affairs Jacqueline Rosser, Director of Safety and Security Russ Lawton, Director of Legislative Affairs Kristen Moore and Manager of Regulatory Affairs Mike France take turns hosting free monthly issue updates for members. These sessions will be recorded and provided at for accessibility by all members. NATA and NATA’s Safety 1st team are also coordinating a series of modestly priced webinars to supplement on-site seminars with compact, efficient and convenient sessions on topics such as customer service, environmental compliance, human resource management, and more.    

“NATA’s goal is not only to fulfill, but to exceed the need for training and career and business development education in our industry in the most convenient and cost effective manner. These ideas are part of a new path toward success that we are asking our members and industry participants to join us on in 2010,” Coyne said.

To learn more about sponsoring one of NATA’s 2010 educational events, please click here.

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2010 FBO Leadership Conference – Preliminary Schedule, January 25-26
Preceding NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio
The 2010 FBO Leadership Conference sessions focus on change and relationships. Change isn’t necessarily bad, it can lead to different or new, but with change comes questions and fresh approaches to just about everything familiar to us within the business world. Change is not just external, it is also internal to your company.

What are the long-term implications for the industry, in general, and your business, specifically? How will you do business in this new environment? Who will tomorrow’s customers be and how will you reach them? What is the value of relationship-building in a recession? How can you foster those relationships? How much more change can you expect? The 2010 FBO Leadership Conference will address these questions, and more!

To learn more about the 2010 FBO Leadership Conference, please visit

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2010 Air Charter Safety Symposium
Annual Air Charter Safety Foundation Event is March 2-3
The Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) third annual Air Charter Safety Symposium will be held at the Marriott Westfields Washington Dulles on March 2-3, 2010. The Westfields is conveniently located near Washington Dulles International Airport. 

The symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter industry where current and emerging safety challenges are investigated. For 2010, the symposium will emphasize practical application of current safety enhancing programs.

The program is being finalized but will include information on

  • Strengthening your corporate culture
  • Practical techniques to improve safety and security
  • How safety systems can benefit your bottom line
  • Understanding implementation hurdles before beginning a new safety initiative
  • How you can use safety audits as a tool to improve your operations

ACSF has secured a limited room block at the Westfields for symposium attendees. Reservations made on or before February 8, 2010, are eligible for a rate of $149 plus taxes per night. Easy online room reservations are available by using the ACSF Westfields Reservation Link.

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Prepare Your Team For A Winning Season
NATA’s 2010 Spring Training Week
We are pleased to host our second annual Spring Training Week in conjunction with the Aviation Industry Expo on March 15-17, 2010, in Las Vegas. NATA’s Spring Training Week consists of several major league seminars designed to answer questions about the business climate, advance the skills of FBO owners, general managers, line service specialists and supervisors, and enhance the success of their operation in any economic environment.

The 2010 Line Up:

  • FBO Success Seminar
  • NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar (Train the Trainer)
  • Environmental Compliance Seminar
  • Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar (LSST)

For more information and to register for the seminars, please go to,, or search for National Air Transportation Association on Facebook.

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NATA Weekly Survey
NATA’s weekly surveys are part of an effort to obtain more information from our members to serve their daily needs better. These surveys range from specific policy topics to programs, products and services that the association provides or should provide. The association strongly encourages members to take a few moments to review and complete the online survey in each week’s edition of NATA News.

Have you laid off employees during the current economic downturn, if so how many?

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Environmental Fact Of The Week
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 the effect aviation has on the environment while recognizing the initiatives the industry has taken to reduce global warming.


Cessna Aircraft plans to help the City of Greensburg with environmental issues as the city works to rebuild itself as one of the first “green” cities.

Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson and Cessna chairman and CEO Jack Pelton are signing a memo of understanding this afternoon, the company said. Cessna and the city will work together on developing and starting energy management programs, adopting clean and efficient sustainable resources and reducing the overall environmental impact.

The two will create a list of areas to explore and will then mobilize employees to provide expertise for a variety of projects, including green airport development and coordination of aviation activities in the Greensburg community with general aviation industry associations, the company said.

Greensburg was decimated by a deadly tornado on May 4, 2007.

Greensburg has become a living laboratory for research on sustainable design and community development, Dixson said in a statement. Teaming with Cessna shows the commitment Kansas people and businesses have to work together to better the environment.


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