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Legislation Seeks to Standardize Training Programs of the TSA

NATA Committee Meetings

FAA Publishes Winter 2010-2011 De-icing Tables

FAA Acknowledges ACSF Audit Standard To Evaluate SMS

Support GA Serves America By Attending The Friday Night Block Party At AOPA's Summit!

Are You Paying Too Much For Uniform Services?

Do You Know When to Re-register Your Aircraft?


Legislation Seeks to Standardize Training Programs of the TSA

U. S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Scott Brown (R-MA), both members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced S. 3866, the Aviation Security Innovation & Reform (AIR) Act to enhance the safety of American airports by improving air passenger screening programs and bolstering state and local law enforcement partnerships to deter terrorism.

The legislation seeks to standardize the training of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) screening workforce by ensuring that every Transportation Security Officer receives increased baseline training nationwide and anti-terrorism training with annual re-certifications.

To read NATA’s legislative analysis of the S. 3866, please click here.


 NATA Committee Meetings

NATA will host the association’s 2010 Fall Committee Meetings this Monday, 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 Martha Bozzi at mbozzi@nata.aero to obtain a printed participation form. 

Agendas for these committee meetings are available at the following links:

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. Registration to attend the NBAA Annual Convention & Trade Show is available through NBAA.

Dress for the meeting is business casual.

We hope you plan to join us for these meetings!


 FAA Publishes Winter 2010-2011 De-icing Tables

The FAA has published the Holdover Time Tables for the 2010-2011 winter season.  This document provides essential information for those operators with FAA-approved de-icing programs and is also useful for all operators that utilize de-icing fluids.

The tables may be downloaded from the FAA at: http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/deicing.


FAA Acknowledges ACSF Audit Standard To Evaluate SMS

The FAA has acknowledged the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard as a tool to validate a company's safety management system (SMS). In the recently released FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 120-92A, "Safety Management Systems for Aviation Service Providers," the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is listed as a source for providing a third-party evaluation for SMS.  

"We are pleased that the FAA has acknowledged that our audit standard can be used to validate a company's SMS," said ACSF Chairman Jim Christiansen.

The ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) comprehensively evaluates both an air charter operator's or shared aircraft ownership company's SMS and its FAA regulatory compliance. The IAS consists of a rigorous review of an operator's processes and procedures, and regulatory compliance, as well as the business' implementation of, and adherence to, an SMS.

"We designed the ACSF audit program to be a single, comprehensive standard for the charter and shared aircraft ownership industry," added Christiansen. "Our listing in the advisory circular is further acknowledgement of our program's credibility."

In 2009, 24 audits were completed and another 32 audits will be completed in 2010. The Foundation will soon be announcing a series of new operators that have successfully completed their audits and made the ACSF IAS registry.

With the ACSF IAS the charter consumer can be assured that audited and registered operators are compliant with the highest standards of safety and compliance. Customers should look for the ACSF IAS-registered logo and encourage their preferred charter provider to participate in the program. 

ACSF makes its operator registry and key company details available at no charge, so verification of IAS registration is quick and easy. Charter consumers can view the registry at www.acsf.aero/registry.


 Support GA Serves America By Attending The Friday Night Block Party At AOPA’s Summit!

On November 12, 2010 join NATA President James K. Coyne and support GA Serves America at the AOPA Summit Friday Night Block Party.  This fun–filled event takes off on Friday, November 12th from 6pm until 10pm on Long Beach’s Pine Avenue.

Southern California’s own Silverbeat Band will be performing live. Dance to sounds from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s along with the British Invasion. Who can forget great artists like Bobby Darin, Herman’s Hermits, Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, CCR and The Moody Blues? This band will take you down memory lane and have you believe you are watching the original artists! There will be fun things for everyone, so bring the whole family.

Register for this worthwhile event by donating to GA Serves America and take advantage of reserved seating at all participating restaurants with special menus for AOPA guests. For more specific restaurant information please visit www.visitlongbeach.com/aopablockparty.

Engage with Aviation!  Be sure to make a contribution to the GA Serves America campaign when you register for this unprecedented event! $20 suggested donation.

Attire: Casual - Bomber jackets invited!


Are You Paying Too Much For Uniform Services?

NATA has partnered with ARAMARK Uniform Services to provide its members access to a discounted uniform rental and leasing solution. This money- and time-saving membership benefit was recently negotiated to provide added value to your membership.

NATA members may now take advantage of these valuable and convenient savings:

To learn more about ARAMARK and the products and services that are available please click here.

To set up a meeting with an ARAMARK representative to review your uniform and facility services needs please call Tania Allaire at (818) 973-3906 or send an email to Tania.Allaire@uniform.aramark.com.

Please mention source code # 197336.


 Do You Know When to Re-register Your Aircraft?

The FAA's effort to re-register all aircraft has begun. Regulations altering the registration process and requiring registration renewal every three years took effect on October 1.

In accordance with the mandatory re-registration of all aircraft currently on the registry, the FAA should have begun mailing notices to the first group of aircraft targeted for re-registration.

Aircraft that were originally registered in the month of March, regardless of year, will have their registration expire on March 31, 2011. The owner should receive a postcard explaining the need to re-register and that the re-registration process needs to be completed prior to January 31, 2011, to ensure delivery of a new certificate prior to the expiration of the old certificate. Other months are as follows:

NATA has partnered with AIC Title Service to provide our members, particularly those with managed aircraft, with a streamlined system to complete and track registrations and renewals. More information about the registration and renewal requirements as well as the AIC partnership is available at www.nata.aero/aic.


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