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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.




NATA Statement on Proposed Rule Governing Flight and Rest Requirements for Part 121
NATA is pleased that the rules announced by Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt are targeted to address pilot hours-of-service rules for Part 121 airlines and that on-demand Part 135 operations are not included in this particular rulemaking.

While the association supports the FAA’s decision to pursue separate rulemaking initiatives for Parts 121 and 135, NATA remains committed to the need for a revision of the Part 135 crewmember regulations related to flight hours, duty periods and rest requirements.

NATA, other aviation trade organizations, numerous aircraft operators and FAA staff invested substantial time and effort to provide the agency with a comprehensive proposal creating a new regulatory system for on-demand operators that addresses concerns about pilot fatigue.

This comprehensive rulemaking proposal was created through the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) several years ago. To date, the FAA has not provided any feedback on the proposal nor has the agency moved to provide a notice of proposed rulemaking based upon the ARC recommendations.

NATA supports the revised pilot flight, duty and rest regulations contained in that proposal and encourages the FAA to take action on it.


FAA Issues Proposed Policy On Residential Through-The-Fence Operations

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a proposed policy on residential through-the-fence (RTTF) operations. The proposed policy was the result of an extensive policy review conducted after objections were received to a draft compliance guide letter circulated late last year. During the policy review, the FAA received comments from industry stakeholders and also held site visits at several airports where RTTF agreements are in place.

The proposed policy maintains the position that RTTF agreements are harmful to the future utility of publicly funded airports by prohibiting new agreements. However, the policy does account for the fact that RTTF agreements are in place a multiple public-use airports around the nation. The existing RTTF agreements will be allowed to remain in place under tighter rules for airport sponsor oversight and control. Additionally, stricter standards will be applied in the event these existing RTTF agreements need to be renewed or modified.

In response to the release of the proposed policy, NATA has published a regulatory report that outlines the details of the policy. Additionally, NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France addressed the topic in last week’s Policy Playbook Blog.


Flight Restrictions Announced For United Nations Meeting

The FAA has released information on temporary flight restrictions (TFR) that will be in place for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly session in New York, New York. The TFR is planned for September 14 through October 1.

Flights within the New York area will be impacted by at least four NOTAMS providing for varying degrees of restrictions on operations and effective dates/times.

Those based in the area or that may have operations in the New York area during the UN meetings should review the FAA Flight Advisory and ensure that NOTAMS are regularly checked to ensure compliance with all restrictions.


New NATA AMT Awards Participation Survey

Earlier this year, NATA announced a new maintenance organization honor open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or aircraft operators that conduct aviation maintenance under Parts Part 91, 121, 125, 127, 129,133, 135, 137, 141, 145, or 147. The NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award program recognizes aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. The award is meant to complement the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Award, while providing an easier application process. The NATA award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed (directly or indirectly) by a maintenance organization who participate in qualified training events. An AMT must complete at least 12 hours of training each year to be counted towards the organization’s award percentage.

NATA has released a new survey for those interested in participating in the NATA AMT Award program. If your company intends to participate and be eligible for an award, please submit your company name and contact information using the survey found at

Upon receiving your information, NATA staff will provide you an awards information packet to confirm your participation in the program.

For more information, visit or contact Dennis van de Laar at

NATA Committee Meetings

NATA will host the association’s 2010 Fall Committee Meetings on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting and Convention. All association members are invited to attend these meetings. Please register online by clicking here or email NATA’s Martha Bozzi at to obtain a printed participation form and complete and return it to Celeste Clark via email or fax at (703) 845-8176.

Agendas for these committee meetings are available at the links that follow:

Air Charter Committee
Aircraft Maintenance and System Technology Committee
Airports Committee
Business Management Committee
Environmental Committee
Safety & Security Committee

Your hotel reservations must be made through the NBAA housing Web site, accessible by clicking here. Those also planning to attend the NBAA Annual Convention & Trade Show must register for that event through NBAA.

Dress for the meeting is business casual.

We hope you plan to join us for these meetings!


NATA 2011 FBO Leadership Conference - February 7-8

Plan to Succeed - The NATA FBOLC sessions on security and grant assurances, the industry economic forecast and the AvGas update, as well as the NATA/NBAA session on how to maximize your time at the S&D Conference, will provide information you need to stay on the leading edge of the industry.

Gain Leadership Insight – Join several top general aviation and shared aircraft ownership management leaders as they share their current views and future prospects for the industry.

Expand Your Business Horizons – Take time at the NATA FBOLC social events, NBAA's S&D Conference and the NATA Safety 1st session to find out how best to serve your customers’ needs and challenges.

NATA’s FBOLC was uniquely designed from the ground up for the leaders of FBOs of all sizes to gather, share best practices, and have a little fun along the way. Visit for more details and to register. 

Watch your mail for the FBOLC post card!


PLST Online Best Practices For Trainers/Administrators - Archived Webinar Recording 

If you've made the investment in the NATA Safety 1st PLST Online and missed the PLST Best Practices webinar, reviewing this archived recording can still help you maximize its capabilities. Earlier this month, Amy Koranda and Louis Soares reviewed best practices that will make your life easier as the trainer/administrator for your company. Louis and Amy also covered questions sent by registered attendees as well as those frequently asked by current PLST Online participants.

Once you view this webinar, you'll be more proficient than ever before with the PLST Online as the trainer/administrator for your FBO and save yourself time in the long run.

Click here to view the PLST Online Best Practices Archived Webinar Recording.

Additional E-learn webinars:

9/22/2010 - FBO Success Preview Webinar - What To Expect October 6-7, 2010, In Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FREE), Noon EDT

9/30/2010 - Social Media Strategies: Tools & Tactics for Success ($49.95), Noon EDT

10/13/2010 - The Strategic Business Plan - A Critical Tool For Developing, Operating, Managing, And Marketing An Aviation Business ($49.95), 1:00 p.m. EDT    

To register for NATA's E-Learn Webinars, visit


Discover More Details About The October FBO Success Seminar
NATA Presents A FREE FBO Success Preview Webinar

The highly acclaimed FBO Success Seminar will make its way to South Florida for a three-day event on October 5-7 in Ft. Lauderdale. If you are an FBO owner/operator, manager or supervisor, come join our webinar to learn how this seminar is designed to help you become more successful in three key areas: Operations, Marketing and Profitability. John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, our lead instructors, will hit the highlights of what it takes for your FBO's success during this webinar. Spend just 30 minutes with us to find out more about this popular program and get your questions answered before its conclusion.

NATA will present the FREE FBO Success Preview Webinar on September 22 from Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here to register for the FREE preview webinar.

Click here for more details on the FBO Success Seminar October 6-7 in Ft. Lauderdale.

NATA will also host a fall Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale on October 7-8 – the last one of 2010. Click here for more details and to register.


Byer’s Weekly Blog

This week, NATA Director of Legislative Affairs Kristen Moore provides a guest blog on President Obama’s recent announcement proposing a National Infrastructure Bank.

To read Moore’s guest blog, please click here.


Survey Question

Do you think that President Obama’s National Infrastructure Bank proposal would help boost aviation infrastructure funding?

Participate in survey.


Environmental Fact Of The Week
NATA’s quick facts on the aviation industry's effect on the environment are designed to encourage members to take every step necessary to minimize the effect aviation has on the environment and recognize the initiatives the industry is taking to reduce global warming.

Did you know that the fluorescent light bulbs used in many FBOs are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as universal waste? Rules promulgated in the early 1990s (40 CFR 273) establish standards for universal waste management, and while most FBOs do not generate enough waste to qualify as large generators, there are still simple rules for the disposal of universal waste that must be followed.

Used florescent bulbs are covered by these regulations due to their mercury content. Mercury can, when not properly disposed of, concentrate in streams, lakes and rivers and have a disastrous effect on water quality. Universal waste disposal regulations require:

  • Proper storage, including labeling, of used fluorescent bulbs
  • Procedures for handling of broken fluorescent bulbs
  • Transportation and disposal of universal waste.

NATA members have access to NATA’s Used Fluorescent Bulbs Best Practices guide, which provides detailed information on creating a simple program for the handling, storage and disposal of used fluorescent bulbs. NATA’s Used Fluorescent Bulb Best Practices meet all EPA and state standards for the disposal of universal waste for small generators.

NATA’s Used Fluorescent Bulb Best Practices is available here.



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