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Obama Administration’s Second TSA Nominee Withdraws

Major General Robert A. Harding, a retired Army intelligence officer who was President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), withdrew his nomination on Friday night amid questions about his work as a defense contractor. This is the second time in recent months that the White House has lost a nominee to head the TSA.

As the Director for Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), General Harding managed a $1 billion intelligence collection program and almost 5,000 employees, including more than 200 attachés stationed abroad. After serving 33 years in the U.S. Army and retiring from government, General Harding formed his own security consultancy, Harding Security Associates, and continued to work with the DIA on a contractual basis.

Just last week, both the United States Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held nomination hearings for General Harding. Questions arose during the hearings about the contract General Harding’s company secured to interrogate prisoners in Iraq for a few months in 2004 and that his firm collected more federal money than it was entitled to for providing interrogators in Iraq. General Robert Harding told the Committee that none of the interrogators he provided to the Army engaged in harsh interrogation techniques and none had been cited for wrongdoing or prisoner abuse. He said that he repaid the federal government $1.8 million after the contract was terminated because he had provided severance packages to his interrogators, who were suddenly out of a job, although his company had no written policy to do so.

The Obama Administration has not announced its third choice. Due to the back-to-back failed nominations, the post is likely to remain unfilled for months to come.


Legislative Report Available on Senate FAA Reauthorization Legislation
The United States Senate passed legislation last week to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which provided record funding levels for the agency, including the airport improvement program. In addition, the legislation contains numerous provisions to improve aviation safety and sets benchmarks for implementing NextGen. NATA has summarized the major provisions of the bill, please click here to view the legislative report.

The timeline for conference committee negotiations between the House and Senate remains unknown. In the meantime, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 30-day extension of federal aviation taxes and spending authority, as well as FAA funding authorization before the previous extension expires on March 31, 2010. The 30-day extension was needed to give lawmakers more time to agree on a multiyear FAA reauthorization bill that has passed both chambers. An initial three-month extension that was recently passed by the House was held up by the Senate due to concern over a highway spending provision.


Washington State Excise Tax Removed – New Tax Proposed For Aircraft
NATA, along with general aviation (GA) industry groups including the National Business Aviation Association reached out to members in the state of Washington last month about a bill being considered by the Washington State House of Representatives. The bill had intended to increase dramatically the annual tax on aircraft linked to the state. While that effort was defeated, a new House proposal has arisen that would institute an onerous tax based on a complicated chart of aircraft types and manufacture dates. The tax proposal could increase the tax paid by aircraft owners on some newer and heavier GA aircraft in the state of Washington.

NATA sent an action call to members in the state of Washington, to view the action call, please click here.


California To Require Flight Schools To Register As Postsecondary Education Institutions
Assembly Bill (AB) 48, the private postsecondary education act of 2009, passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in late 2009, will for the first time require flight schools to apply for approval to operate within the state. The act creates the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education to oversee the activities of all postsecondary education institutions in the state, such as trade schools, colleges and universities. Prior to passage of this act, flight schools had been specifically exempted from regulation under previous statutes.

While the actual regulations governing the activities, policies and procedures of the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education are still in development, language in AB 48 suggests that flight schools will now be subject to the following fees:

  • Approval to operate application fee ($750-$5000)
  • Additional location approval ($500-$3000)
  • Annual Fee ($1000)

Additionally, all institutions would be required to pay an annual fee equal to 0.75% of the revenue collected by the institution from students who reside in California. These fees are subject to change when the final regulations are promulgated.

NATA is very concerned about California’s attempt to insert itself into the FAA-regulated arena of flight training. NATA staff is in the process of obtaining more information from California and the FAA on the effect these rules will have on flight school operation.


Operators Encouraged To Complete Safety Survey
The Turbine Aircraft Operations Subgroup (TAOS), part of the FAA’s General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, was formed in 2005 to study and make practical recommendations to the FAA regarding safety practices for turbine aircraft operations. As part of that effort, TAOS has created a short on-line safety survey seeking input from pilots and operators about safety-related practices and programs.  

The survey is available by clicking here. The deadline to complete the survey is April 30, 2010.


Top Reasons To Participate In This Year’s NATA Day On The Hill Event In April

The 2010 NATA Day on the Hill is rapidly approaching. Here are just a few reasons why this industry event has become a can’t-miss opportunity to educate Members of Congress as well as participate in many NATA activities.

5. Visiting with your Members of Congress and staff provides an excellent opportunity to invite them for a tour of your facility in their state or district.

4. Attendees will be able to visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hear from Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and CEO. Donohue is widely regarded as one of Washington, D.C.’s most influential lobbyists and political insiders.

3. Should a FAA reauthorization bill still be in conference committee, participant visits with Members of Congress and staff encouraging passage of a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill could be just the reminder to get a bill finally done!

2. Tired of the political posturing that delays important legislation including FAA reauthorization? Well, this is your opportunity to weigh in on FAA reauthorization, health care, taxes, security and many, many more issues!

1. Let Members of Congress and their staff know that as their constituent, general aviation is a critical component of our nation’s economy as well as the global air transportation system!

The 2010 Day on the Hill event also includes the association’s Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. As a benefit to NATA members, we are combining these events along with the Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Spring Committee meetings so only one trip is required.

The association’s Industry Excellence Awards will be presented the evening of April 21st at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation, will receive the association’s Distinguished Service Award.

The events of the entire week provide outstanding opportunities for participants to network with other community peers to learn the latest industry news and developments. If you have never before joined the association during a Day on the Hill event, take the first step towards developing an important new relationship by meeting the staff of your U.S. House Representative and U.S. Senators. We have many return Day on the Hill participants and knowledgeable staff members to help you learn the ropes. For more information about the 2010 Day on the Hill, including how to register, please click here.



LSST Seminar Scheduled For May In Windsor Locks
Windsor Locks is the setting for the May 19-20 Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar (LSST). Line service supervisors, managers and specialists will want to catch the high-impact, high-energy LSST seminar with guided group debates, role playing activities and various case studies designed to take them to a new level of leadership. Participants will achieve certification in accordance with 14 CFR Part 139 fire safety training.

Seminar Benefits:

  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses through self-assessments
  • Learn to promote safety and synergy through teamwork
  • Instill a culture based on trust, partnership and respect
  • Analyze the technical information crucial to performing your job
  • Make your FBO more efficient by learning how to engage and motivate your staff

Among The Topics To Be Covered:

  • Attendee Self Assessments
  • Creating A Healthy Safety Culture
  • Leadership and Supervisor Essentials
  • Legal Compliance As A Leader
  • Employee Engagement / Effective Communication
  • Line Service Supervisor Technical Review
  • Simple Steps To Ensure Top-Notch Customer Service

The LSST seminar provides the training line service supervisors need to become more proficient in supervising staff, motivating others, communicating and coaching a team.

The seminar will take place at the New England Air Museum. The museum contains an outstanding collection of aviation artifacts and over 125 aircraft and 200 aircraft engines, many of which are on display. Click here for more information on this seminar, including how to register.


Air Charter Summit Agenda
Addressing Regulatory and Business Issues Unique to the Part 135 Community
NATA’s 2010 Air Charter Summit will take place on June 7-9 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. The summit provides an important opportunity to learn about the Part 135 regulatory landscape straight from government officials. Industry leaders will also get the latest intelligence, tactics and strategies from nationally recognized experts, be inspired, find new solutions to current business and economic challenges, and network one-on-one with their peers.

Preliminary Agenda Topics And Confirmed Speakers:

  • FAA Regulatory Review: John J. Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, FAA, and Joe Conte, Office of the Chief Counsel, Enforcement Division, FAA
  • Charter Brokering Update: Dayton Lehman, deputy assistant general counsel, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Andy Priester, president and chief operating officer, Priester Aviation
  • Fractional Ownership Leadership Session: Kenneth C. Ricci, chairman, Flight Options
  • Transportation Security Administration Update: Doug Hofsass, deputy assistant administrator, Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA, and Brian Delauter, general manager, general aviation, Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA
  • Economic Outlook for Part 135: Rolland Vincent, president, Rolland Vincent Associates
  • Dinner with Special Guest Speaker: Bruce Jenner, Olympic Hall of Famer
  • State Taxes and Applicability to Part 135 and 91k Operations: Nel Stubbs, vice president/co-owner, Conklin & de Decker
  • Federal Excise Taxes – What Is A Charter Operator’s Liability If The Broker Fails to Collect/Remit: Eileen Gleimer, partner, Crowell & Moring, and Terri Farish, director of client services, Chantilly Air
  • Flight, Duty & Rest – What New Rules Will Mean to the Charter Community: Jacque Rosser, director, regulatory affairs, NATA

Summit brochures will arrive in your mailbox in a few weeks. If you know someone who should get one, please send their information to Visit for event details and to register today!


Deadline Extended Until This Wednesday To Participate In NATA’s 2010 Compensation Survey
Wednesday, March 31, is the last day to submit your information for inclusion in the NATA Annual Compensation Survey. Survey participants will receive a free PDF copy of the survey at no charge – a $50 value. The Compensation Survey is a unique and valuable reference to help you manage your business more profitably. The survey is scheduled for publication in late April 2010.

For more information on the 2010 Compensation Survey, click here.

Click the following link to start the survey: Please contact ARI at with any questions about the survey.


Byer’s Weekly Blog
This week, NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer discusses how social media has played an integral role in disseminating information to NATA members over the last several months. Byer admits that he has been amazed at the positive feedback and overwhelming response from NATA’s members to the various social media sites that NATA has established over the last year. Social media outlets have allowed NATA to highlight key policy issues affecting our members as well as to alert them on new events, products and services that the association is offering. To read Byer’s blog please click here. To view all of NATA's social media sites go to



Weekly Web Survey
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Fact Of The Week
Along with many other industry stakeholder groups, NATA participates in the General Aviation Awards Program. In each of the past 47 years, the General Aviation Awards program and FAA have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors. The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

A previous issue of NATA News profiled the aviation maintenance award winner. This week, NATA is pleased to introduce Kirk Peterson, 2010 National Avionics Technician of the year.

Peterson is a resident of Larimore, North Dakota, and is employed by the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Aircraft Maintenance Department of the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks. He performs and supervises the repair, maintenance and modifications of avionics for more than 100 aircraft as the manager of a large Part 145 repair station. In addition, he mentors numerous UND students each year. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Peterson is a member of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) as well as PAMA's North Dakota chapter.

Congratulations, Kirk!



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