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Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.

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Topics in this Volume:
Ø Security Directive: No-fly List Recheck Notice
Ø DHS Issues Guidance On Reporting And Recordkeeping For Flight Schools Participating In SEVIS
Ø NATA Calls On FAA To Review Navigational Database Rule 
Ø Aviation Industry Urges Congress Not To Modify AARF Standards
Ø Chevron General Aviation Undergoes Restructuring
Ø Ten Federal Primary Elections Slated For May
Ø Read NATA President’s Latest Capitol View Blog: Aviation…Harrison Ford’s On-screen and Offscreen Love
Ø Spring Committee Meeting Minutes Now Available
Ø 2010 Compensation Survey Now Available
Ø Create Better Leaders
Ø FAA Safety Briefing Focuses On NextGen
Ø DASSP Briefing To Be Held At Air Charter Summit
Ø Byer’s Blog Post On How To Maximize Your PLST Investment
Ø Weekly Web Survey
Ø Environmental Fact Of The Week



NATA Publishes Regulatory Report On California's Regulation Of Flight Schools
NATA has published a regulatory report on proposed rules issued by the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education in California. These rules, prompted by the passage last year of Assembly Bill 48, will regulate the operation of flight training facilities. All flight training operations, including independent certified flight instructors (CFIs), will be required to comply with the provisions of these rules, including such provisions as the requirement for producing and printing a “college catalogue” type of document. Flight training facilities have until August 1 to comply with these rules, including paying a $5,000 application fee and submitting audited financial statements from 2009, or they will no longer be permitted to operate in the state. Other provisions of the proposed rules include:
  • Only CFIs with three years of experience in flight will be allowed to instruct students, unless they can demonstrate an equivalence of other experience factors
  • All flight training facilities will be required to submit a $1,000 annual fee and 0.75% of their gross revenue to the state
  • Flight training facilities’ curriculums must receive approval from the state

These proposed rules are open to public comment until June 7, 2010. Additionally, the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education will hold a public comment forum on these proposed rules in Sacramento, CA, on June 7, 2010.

NATA is very concerned about the negative impact these regulations would have on flight training and urges all impacted members to submit comments.


Security Directive: No-fly List Recheck Notice
On May 5, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security changed its no-fly list update policies as a result of the Times Square Plot. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require aircraft operators to check the no-fly list within two hours of being electronically notified of additions or changes. Previously, aircraft operators were required to re-check the list within 24 hours.

Currently, the TSA general aviation principal security inspectors are reaching out to the general aviation community to ensure that aircraft operators are aware of these new policy updates.

All questions regarding this update should be addressed to NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Jacque Rosser.


DHS Issues Guidance On Reporting And Recordkeeping For Flight Schools Participating In SEVIS
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a policy guidance document on recordkeeping and reporting for flight schools that participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The document provides guidance on what a designated school official must report in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to reflect student status accurately, minimize data fixes on student records, avoid unnecessary student reinstatements and prevent on-site reviews at his or her school. Tips are provided for reporting requirements by the following thresholds:
  • Initial reporting for F and M students
  • Recurring Reporting for F and M Students
  • Transfer of an F student
  • Transfer of an M student
  • Specific event reporting for F and M students

The full DHS policy guidance document is available from NATA by clicking here.


NATA Calls On FAA To Review Navigational Database Rule
In May 1996, the FAA classification of the navigational database update process as preventative maintenance occurred with the issuance of a final rule. At that time, the majority of navigational databases required removal of the unit from the instrument panel and, in some cases, disassembly of the unit itself. It was the intent of this final rule to adapt federal regulations to the current state of modern technology. As a result of the 1996 revisions, the FAA classified the update process as preventative maintenance allowing, by way of 14 CFR 43.3(g), pilots in a Part 91 environment to perform the database update process. However, pilots operating aircraft under Part 135 were prohibited from performing these updates.

Today, the navigational database update process, due to technological advances, has changed from a complex procedure occasionally requiring parts removal and/or disassembly to a more user-friendly, plug-and-play type of process. In an attempt to account for the simplicity provided by these modern navigational databases, several of NATA’s Part 135 on-demand charter members have petitioned the FAA for an exemption from 14 CFR 43.3(g) as it relates to 14 CFR 43 Appendix A (c)(32). These petitions are based upon the economic hardship and safety concerns that arise from scheduling aircraft to be at locations where adequate maintenance facilities are available. Unfortunately, the petitions have been denied.  NATA is now calling on the FAA to review their position and revise the regulation so that navigational database updates are no longer classified as "preventative maintenance." 

NATA submitted a letter to the FAA’s Flight Standards Service, asking the FAA to review the rule and its exemption process. A copy of this letter may be viewed here.

If you have questions, please contact NATA Manager of Regulatory Affairs Dennis Van de Laar.

Aviation Industry Urges Congress Not To Modify AARF Standards
NATA joined the aviation industry in a joint letter to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL) as well as U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) urging their opposition to any language in the final version of legislation to reauthorize the FAA that would make changes to the current aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) standards. R. 1586, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which passed the House on March 19, 2009, contained a provision that would force airports of all sizes to comply with controversial National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements that would inevitably increase the cost for airports and airlines and jeopardize commercial air service to small communities. 

To comply with NFPA standards, airports of all sizes would be required to increase the number of fire fighters and add additional facilities without any evidence that these changes would improve the safety of those airports. The cost requirement for meeting NFPA standards would force airports to divert their limited funding resources from safety and airport improvement projects. 

Aviation industry stakeholders, including airlines, pilot organizations, airports, the FAA and fire fighters, participated in an aviation rulemaking advisory committee (ARAC) on the FAA ARFF standards and have requested that Congress allow the FAA to work with aviation stakeholders through the ARAC process to ensure that proper standards are reached.

To view a copy of the industry letter, please click here.


Chevron General Aviation Undergoes Restructuring
Last week, Chevron announced new changes to its general aviation business. Effective June 1, 2010, Chevron- and Texaco-branded aviation fuels will only be marketed in the following states:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

Chevron will now utilize its major distributor, Hiller/Air Petro, to sell aviation fuel to the general aviation marketplace in these states.

Chevron will withdraw from marketing Chevron- and Texaco-branded aviation fuels in approximately 200 locations.

“After an extensive review of our general aviation business, we are changing our business model,” said Keith Sawyer, Chevron’s General Aviation General Manager. “We are aligning our aviation marketing assets with our manufacturing (refining) system to focus on the areas where our supply reliability is strongest.”

To view Chevron’s press release on this restructuring, please click here.

Ten Federal Primary Elections Slated For May
This month, ten states will hold federal primary elections, including Nebraska, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Idaho. Last week, three battleground states – Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina - that swung for then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 - held closely watched Senate and House primaries that could either solidify the Democratic Party's gains or contribute to a Republican rebound in 2010. 

In Indiana, former Senator Dan Coats (R) won a three-way GOP Senate primary last Tuesday to earn a run against Representative Brad Ellsworth (D) for the seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Evan Bayh. In neighboring Ohio, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher defeated Jennifer Brunner in the race for Democratic Senate nomination. Fischer will face former Representative Rob Portman (R) in November. Voters in North Carolina also had their say in a contested Senate primary; however, Cal Cunningham and Elaine Marshall did not secure a majority vote, thus a runoff election will be held on June 22, 2010. The winner will face Senator Richard Burr (R) in November.

To view other notable primary races, click here to view NATA’s 2010 Primary Election Page.


Read NATA President’s Latest Capitol View Blog: Aviation…Harrison Ford’s On-screen and Offscreen Love
Last week, NATA President James K. Coyne published a blog post highlighting the impact Harrison Ford has had on general aviation and how NATA member companies can get involved with the GA Serves America campaign. To read the NATA Capitol View Blog, please click here.

Spring Committee Meeting Minutes Now Available
The minutes of the NATA spring committee meetings are now available on the association’s Web site.

Please click the appropriate link below to view your minutes. 

Air Charter Committee Minutes
Aircraft Maintenance and System Technology Committee Minutes
Airports Committee Minutes
Business Management Committee Minutes
Flight Training Committee Minutes
Safety & Security Committee Minutes

If you note the need for corrections in any of these documents, please contact your committee staff liaison.


2010 Compensation Survey Now Available
NATA has released its 2010 annual survey report of general aviation service employee compensation. The report includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians.

Employees’ compensation is broken down by geographic region of the country, by the company’s gross sales, by size of the town or city in which the company is located and by the number of employees in the company. In addition to pilots and maintenance technicians, the report includes compensation for inspectors, line service, and customer service representatives, among others.

Association Research Inc., a leading economic research firm based in Rockville, Maryland, conducted the salary study. For privacy reasons, none of the individual responses are provided to NATA.

The report is provided at no cost to NATA members who participated in the survey. The downloadable pdf version is available at a cost of $125 for non-participating NATA members and $299 for non-NATA members. There is an additional $25 charge to receive a hardcopy of the report.

A copy of the report may be purchased on the NATA Web site at in the NATA Store.


Create Better Leaders
Michael France Discusses Benefits of LSST Seminar
NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France recently outlined the vast benefits of attending the Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar in a preview webinar. He reviews what the seminar is, the skills that are covered in the agenda, why you should attend, the speaker lineup and more. 

France speaks from experience with a certified line service supervisor credential on his resume. He says, “I have known for years the tremendous value of this seminar in improving the productivity, customer service skills and safety of line service staff.” Hear more about what he has to say about the seminar in a recording of the webinar.

The next LSST Seminar is the last in the Northeastern region and will take place May 19-20 in Windsor Locks, CT. Don’t miss it! Click here for more seminar details and to register today.


FAA Safety Briefing Focuses On NextGen
The May/June 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the wide range of safety benefits of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and how NextGen will bring more efficient navigation, more effective communications, and greatly improved surveillance capabilities. Articles address ADS-B, performance-based navigation, the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems, and more.

The link to the online edition is:


DASSP Briefing To Be Held At Air Charter Summit
Register Today For Summit To Be Held June 7-9
Operators are encouraged to attend an optional session following the main Air Charter Summit events on June 8 to learn more about the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) application and flight processes. In addition to gaining access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), the program has several other benefits of which many operators are unaware. Are you a TSA-approved DASSP operator or are you missing out on potential revenue? Join Lindsey McFarren, former TSA official, to learn more about this evolving program.

NATA’s Air Charter Summit takes place June 7-9, 2010, at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. This year’s summit has a robust agenda with issues that touch on all facets of the Part 135 and 91k communities, including state taxes, federal excise taxes, the economic forecast for the industry, an FAA regulatory update with the agency’s top leadership, charter brokering, the latest on the Large Aircraft Security Program, a flight, duty and rest update as well as a fractional ownership leadership session. Plus, plan to attend the recently added DASSP briefing on Tuesday. Click here to register.

Make sure to take advantage of the discounted room rate of $149/night that expires May 17 - a savings of $60 per night. The summit hotel room block is filling fast. Call the Westfields Marriott today – 703/ 818-0300!

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Byer’s Blog Post On How To Maximize Your PLST Investment
“NATA Safety 1st PLST Online Offers More Than You Might Expect”
You may know that NATA Safety 1st PLST Online is the industry standard in line service training with more than 3,000 certified technicians to date. But what you might not know is that PLST Online is not the only training resource available to participants. Click here to learn how to get the most from your PLST Online Program.

To read Byer’s blog, please click here.

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Weekly Web Survey
Do you believe that California is taxing general aviation businesses out of business?


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Environmental Fact Of The Week
Over the past eight years, the regulations governing Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans have changed several times and with each change came a different set of compliance dates. These changes have created a significant amount of confusion as to the status of the rules and their compliance dates. The chart below represents the major changes to the SPCC rules and their compliance dates:

Rulemaking Date

Rule Changes

Compliance Date

August 2002
View 2002 Rule Changes

Major restructuring of SPCC Rule

November 10, 2010
View the extension of compliance

December 2006


View 2006 Rule Changes

Exemption of mobile refuelers from sized secondary containment requirement
Provides opportunity for certain small operators to self-certify their SPCC plan

November 10, 2010

View the extension of compliance

November 2009



View 2009 Rule Changes

New  definitions of “facility” and of “loading/unloading racks”
Provision of a new streamlined approach for smaller facilities (template)
Amendment of the facility diagram requirement
Amendment of the integrity testing requirement

Compliance Date:
November 10, 2010

Remember, if your facility was in operation prior to August 2002 you are expected to have an SPCC plan that complies with the pre-2002 in effect now.


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