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ASC Monthly Update

##Date##                                                                                                Volume 6 Issue 10


NATA Airline Services Council 

NATA formed the Airline Services Council (NATA ASC) to further the interests of companies that provide services to scheduled air carriers as their primary business. The primary goal of the NATA ASC is to provide a voice within the public policy arena, especially in terms of issues that impact their viability and profitability.



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Council To Hold Conference Call On November 17
Due to the cancellation of the October 24-25, 2010 meeting in Las Vegas, NV, the NATA Airline Services Council will hold a conference call on November 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern). The agenda for this conference call may be viewed by clicking here. Participants on this call will include:

  • Douglas Hofsass, deputy assistant administrator, Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA

Issues to be addressed during the upcoming meeting include:

  • Airport and cargo security
  • Airline bankruptcy
  • Insurance
  • Legislative update
  • Streamlined badging processing

For more information about the conference call, please contact NATA’s Eric R. Byer.

NATA E-Learn Webinar Series – SPCC Compliance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules on Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans are applicable to all aviation facilities that store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or oil. Over the last eight years, these rules have undergone three changes and multiple compliance date extensions and consolidations. The end result is confusion throughout our industry on who has to have an SPCC plan and by when.

To help answer questions, NATA will host, as part of its E-Learn Series, a webinar devoted to SPCC rule changes and compliance for the aviation industry. This webinar will feature industry leading SPCC expert George Gamble, owner of 2G Environmental, and NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs Michael France. Together, Gamble and France will walk you through the basics of the SPCC rule and how it affects your business.

By the end of this webinar, you will learn:

  • Whether your facility needs an SPCC plan
  • When your facility must be in compliance
  • What type of containment is needed for your mobile refuelers
  • Valuable tips for compliance

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m. The cost is only $49.95 per location and registration is available now. Please don’t miss this opportunity to educate your entire staff on the importance of SPCC compliance

Legislation Seeks To Standardize TSA Training Programs
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 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 Releases Regulatory Report On Airport SMS NPRM
On October 7, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing to require airports that are certificated under Part 139 to develop and implement safety management systems (SMS). NATA staff have reviewed the NPRM and produced a regulatory report outlining the requirements of the proposed rules. This NPRM is open for public comment until January 5, 2011. During the comment period, NATA staff will work with the FAA and the industry to achieve a better understanding for the agency of the proposed rules’ impact on the association’s membership.

Click here to read the Regulatory Report on the Airports SMS NPRM

Congress Recognizes NATA’s 70th Anniversary
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing NATA’s seventieth anniversary. House Resolution 1669 highlights the association’s rich history and contributions to improving the safety of general aviation.

Representative John Duncan (R-TN), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, introduced the resolution that acknowledges the association’s mission in representing the legislative, regulatory and business interests of its members and providing education, services, and benefits to its members to ensure their long-term economic success.

“The resolution recognizes the foresight and resiliency of the association founders, William A. Ong and Leslie H. Bowman, NATA’s first two presidents, as well as the important contributions of George E. Haddaway and John L. Gaylord, who were instrumental in the organization’s formation,” stated NATA President James K. Coyne.

The House Resolution congratulates NATA on its 70 years and states that the U.S. House of Representatives “applauds the National Air Transportation Association for creating programs and resources to enhance the safety of general aviation operators; and commends the National Air Transportation Association for being instrumental in bolstering the general aviation industry during a time of turmoil in the 1940s.”

“It is a true honor for the association and its members to be recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives,” stated Coyne. “I would especially like to thank Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. for introducing House Resolution 1669. Congressman Duncan has been an active and steadfast supporter of the association and its membership, and continues to be an outstanding leader on general aviation issues in the House of Representatives.”

“We are thrilled that Congress has highlighted the important role NATA plays in the aviation industry, recognizing its members for their steadfast support in ensuring the growth and durability of the general aviation community,” Coyne concluded. “NATA looks forward to the next 70 years as it continues to represent and support the thousands of small businesses that make up the backbone of our national air transportation system.”

To read House Resolution 1669, please click here.

NATA Board Of Directors Visits World Trade Center Site
The NATA Board of Directors visited the World Trade Center site during its quarterly board meeting earlier this month. The tour, sponsored and coordinated by officials of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, allowed NATA board members to see current construction and to pay their respects to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

"This tour was an incredibly moving experience for our entire board of directors," explained NATA President James K. Coyne. "To stand on the highest floor of the newly raised (and still under construction) Tower One and look down at all the progress that has been made in such a short period was remarkable."

Intense and round-the-clock efforts are currently underway as preparations are made for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"The members of the NATA Board of Directors applaud all the men and women working at the World Trade Center site for their tireless efforts in constructing a magnificent memorial," Coyne stated. "In honor of these efforts and of those who lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001, NATA will be making a donation to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum."

"I would also like to thank officials at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for coordinating this tour," concluded Coyne. "NATA and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey continue to have an outstanding working relationship, and we look forward to addressing aviation issues important to our membership and the New York City metropolitan area."

Look To NATA As Your Mid-Term Election Resource
The political landscape is about to change with next week’s mid-term elections. It’s not a matter of if, but how much. The U.S. House of Representatives Democratic majority is in serious jeopardy, and the economy is the biggest concern for most Americans. New targets in congressional races seem to emerge daily, which is why NATA is keeping a close eye on races to keep you informed. To learn more, please visit the NATA Mid-Term Election Page by clicking here. 

Archived E-Learn Webinars - A Wealth Of Aviation Business Resources
Brush Up On Topics Geared To Your Business
NATA E-learn webinars are recorded and available for purchase. A link to the recording as well as a copy of accompanying presentation slides will be provided once your order has been processed. Click here to access more information on each of the webinars listed below or select the corresponding link to place your order now.

Strategies for Negotiating with Airport Authorities: Utilizing the Sponsor Assurance to Ensure Fair Treatment Among FBOs Place Order - $49.95

New or Amended Minimum Standards: How to Ensure that Minimum Standards Help Not Hinder Your Business Place Order - $49.95

Hiring & Screening In Today’s Market Place Order - $49.95

Success with Social Media Place Order - $49.95

Social Media Strategies: Tools & Tactics for Success Place Order - $49.95

PLST Online Best Practices For Trainers/Administrators Place Order – FREE

NATA President’s Capitol View Blog – When Airports Change Sides, Is There An Antidote?
In a recent Capitol View Blog, NATA President James K. Coyne discusses how economic constraints can change some airports from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.

To read Coyne’s Capitol View Blog, please click here.

Have You Checked Out NATA’s Workers’ Compensation Plan?
The NATA Workers’ Compensation Plan was created in April 1975 with three specific goals in mind:

  • Provide NATA members with a dependable long-term market for Workers’ Compensation Insurance;
  • Structure the plan in such a way that if the overall loss experience of the participating members is favorable, participants would share in the return of a portion of the premium at the end of the policy year (good experience return); and
  • Make joining the plan as easy as possible. 

The NATA plan is underwritten by USAIG (United States Aircraft Insurance Group), the nation’s largest aviation insurance organization and a division of Berkshire Hathaway. They have provided the coverage since the plan’s inception.   

Click here to view the online brochure or have your agent/broker check with USAIG at (212) 859-3988.

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 negotiated to provide added value to your membership.

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

  • 20% off rental and lease uniform rates
  • 20% off facility services (mats, towels, mops, restroom supplies, etc.) 

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

Please mention source code # 197336.

2010 Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available For Member Use
Earlier this year, NATA updated and published its 2010 Airline Services Council brochure. This brochure provides information on the latest activities that the NATA ASC is undertaking, including issues, meeting schedule and member listing.

The 2010 NATA ASC brochure is now available for download by clicking here.

Members interested in receiving professionally printed hard copies of this brochure may contact Eric Byer.

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New NATA ASC Logo Available For Member Use
NATA has created a new NATA ASC logo that members can use on company stationery, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can use as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

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