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NATA Member Update

December 9, 2010

In This Issue

Rogers Named Chairman Of Appropriations Committee

Mica Selected Chairman Of Transportation And Infrastructure Committee

NATA E-Learn Webinar Series - Part 135 Rest & Duty - What Do The Regulations Really Require?

February Is A Big Month

NATA AMT Award Deadline

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

ACSF Announces New Board Member Charles O’Dell

Instant Access To Legislative And Regulatory Information

Rogers Named Chairman Of Appropriations Committee

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY), a 36-year member of the United States House of Representatives, was selected yesterday by the Republican steering committee as the new chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the most powerful committee in Congress. Congressman Rogers beat out fellow committee veteran and former chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and 10-year veteran Jack Kingston (R-GA). 

Congressman Rogers represents rural southeastern Kentucky’s 5th District. He was elected to his 16th term in November and has been a member of the appropriations panel since 1983. Rogers has served on eight subcommittees and has chaired both the Transportation and Homeland Security Subcommittees. Rogers and fellow Republicans instituted a moratorium on earmarks for the next two years and have pledged to reduce spending and knock down the deficit.

“I am humbled and thrilled with the steering committee's decision, and look forward to the honor and responsibility of leading the Appropriations Committee next year,” Rogers said in a statement. “There is no doubt that we have a tough and demanding chore ahead of us. The nation is in a fiscal crisis, and hard decisions are coming.”

 Mica Selected Chairman Of Transportation And Infrastructure Committee

U.S. Representative John L. Mica (R-FL) was chosen by the House Republican Conference yesterday to serve as chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 112th Congress. 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has broad jurisdiction over the nation’s highways, aviation system, transit, rail transportation, pipelines, the Coast Guard, maritime transportation, water resources, economic development, public buildings, and emergency management.

In the previous two congresses, Mica served as the committee’s Republican leader. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2006, he was the chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, during which time he authored the last multi-year FAA authorization to be signed into law. Mica has been a member of the committee since his election to Congress in 1992.

Mica said in a statement, “The Committee must pass stalled major surface transportation, aviation, and water resources bills, and I will do so as soon as possible in a manner that protects the taxpayers and creates jobs. It is critical that Congress jumpstarts transportation projects to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and get people working.”

 NATA E-Learn Webinar Series - Part 135 Rest & Duty - What Do The Regulations Really Require?

Many Part 135 operators have questions about how to comply with pilot duty and rest regulations. There are literally dozens of legal interpretations, FAA notices and even court rulings that impact how compliance with the rules is to be achieved.

This special webinar, Part 135 Rest & Duty -What Do The Regulations Really Require?, will give on-demand air charter operators in-depth information on how the FAA requires rest to be provided and what constitutes a "legal" rest period.

To ensure that operators are able to ask their questions about this sensitive regulatory issue freely, only employees of Part 135 on-demand operators will be permitted to participate.

Who Should Attend:
Chief Pilot
Director of Operations
Company Executives

Lori Edwards, Associate, Jackson & Wade, LLC
Jacqueline Rosser, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NATA

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. There is NO charge for this webinar and registration is available now. Please don't miss this opportunity to help ensure your compliance with Part 135 Rest & Duty regulations.

February Is A Big Month
Featuring Four Conveniently Located Top Industry Events

NATA FBOLC Kicks Off The Month
The 2011 NATA FBO Leadership Conference (FBOLC) will be held at the Savannah Westin Harbor on February 7-8. NATA recently released the conference agenda featuring:

  • NATA’s sessions on security and airport minimum standards, the motivational breakfast with PGA golfer Bobby Clampett and the AvGas update, as well as the NATA/NBAA session on how to maximize your time at the S&D conference, that will provide the information and inspiration you need to stay on the leading edge of the industry.
  • Briefings on how the political landscape will change in 2011 and what impact these changes will have on general aviation in the political leadership session and as well as briefings on the latest developments from general aviation industry’s top leaders at the opening luncheon.
  • Opportunities at NATA’s FBOLC social events, NBAA’s S&D Conference and the Safety 1st session to find out how best to serve your customers’ needs and challenges.

Visit for full event details and a link to register today!

NBAA’s S&D Conference Immediately Follows in Savannah
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference is the industry’s leading annual event for providing timely and valuable information on the topics, trends and challenges facing the professionals responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. The 2011 NATA FBOLC immediately precedes NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which gives attendees an optimal opportunity to meet with their customers and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Don’t miss the last FBOLC Session, “Maximize Time and Increase Productivity at NBAA’s S&D,” to learn the best ways not only to hit your target market at S&D, but also grow your market share with lasting business relationships. Visit for event details and housing information for both S&D and FBOLC conferences.

Spring Training Week At Cygnus Aviation Expo In Vegas
NATA is pleased to host its third annual Spring Training Week (February 21-24) in conjunction with Cygnus Aviation Expo. Spring Training is a line service camp featuring all-star seminars designed to enhance safety practices, provide major league knowledge and help you coach your team to a winning season. This year’s seminars include:

Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar
Monday, February 21 - Tuesday, February 22
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $495

NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar
Wednesday, February 23
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $275

Environmental Compliance Seminar For Aviation Facilities
Thursday, February 24
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $250

Visit for more event details and to register for one or more of NATA's seminars.

 NATA AMT Award Deadline

The submission deadline for maintenance organizations to participate in NATA’s new Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Award program is fast approaching. Applications to be considered for an award are due no later than January 30, 2011.

"To show how much you value the safety and maintenance of your fleet and the people who make it work, we strongly encourage your organization to participate,” said NATA President James K. Coyne in a press release issued last Tuesday. “With your commitment, we can ensure that this program will be a success for many years to come."

For a detailed program description, go to

The application and list of qualified training/technicians may be submitted via fax to 703-845-8176 or completed and submitted online by e-mail to

The Weather Outside Is Frightful
But, Your De/Anti-icing Training Does Not Have To Be

Build confidence and consistency in your de/anti-icing process through standardized training best practices with the new Safety 1st online module. This winter weather training program is designed to familiarize your line service specialists with the responsibilities of their job and give an overview of the skills necessary for safe aircraft departures.

Benefits of Safety 1st de/anti-icing online training:

  • Vivid videos and photos tell the story
  • Quizzes throughout reinforce major concepts
  • Final exam ensures comprehension
  • Most up-to-date de/anti-icing best practices and procedures
  • Current FAA holdover tables
  • Consistent training for all de-icing crews
  • Specifically designed for general aviation

NATA’s Safety 1st Online training is comprehensive – everything needed to train, test and track line specialists is included in convenient online modules. Pricing for online training is based on a sliding scale. Don’t let old man winter get the best of your operation; visit to view a demo video and order your online training today!

ACSF Announces New Board Member Charles O’Dell

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) recently announced the selection of Charles O’Dell, director of operations of Sun Air Jets, Camarillo, California, as the newest member of the ACSF Board of Governors.

O’Dell, who has 21 years of experience in aviation, began his career as a flight instructor and flew for the U.S. Forest Service. He has held various positions over the years, such as flight department chief pilot, airline captain and check airman.

O’Dell joined Sun Air Jets in 2002 as director of operations. An active flight instructor and airline transport pilot, O’Dell has more than 12,300 total flying hours and is type-rated in multiple aircraft.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California Coast University.

“We are delighted to have Charlie as an addition to the ACSF Board,” said ACSF Chairman James C. Christiansen. “His knowledge and experience in the charter industry will be a great contribution to the foundation’s mission and future initiatives.”

Instant Access To Legislative And Regulatory Information

One of NATA's key functions is to represent its members’ interests to the government. The NATA’s Government and Industry Affairs staff monitors Congress and the FAA and lets you know what new legislation and rules are in the works, how they will affect your business, and what you can do about it. They lobby on your behalf, providing expert testimony to Congress and working with our Political Action Committee, to ensure that your business’ future is secure.

As the voice of business aviation, NATA provides you the latest information on issues that affect your business. Through the Web site, you have member-only access to a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute issue database of safety, regulatory and legislative resources. To view these resources, click here. The resource pages are organized by topic and contain issue background, historical information, releases on the latest developments, links to other resources and NATA’s key staff contact. If you prefer to view the issue resources by release type and date, visit the Legislative and Regulatory Information tab on the Government Affairs page. Either way, you can stay advised on recent developments and NATA’s latest actions to help ensure a secure future for our members.

The Government & Industry Affairs staff is always available to answer questions or address concerns. Please click here to view NATA staff contacts and the issue areas for which they are responsible.





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