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May 19, 2011          Volume 10 Issue 19
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nullAir Charter Summit Sessions Highlight Consequences of Customer and Vendor Bankruptcies, Part 135 Audit Confusion, and Much, Much More…

The 2011 Air Charter Summit will be held June 6-8 in Chantilly, Virginia. The Summit provides the most important opportunity this year to learn about the Part 135 regulatory landscape straight from government officials. Industry leaders will also get the latest intelligence, tactics and strategies from nationally recognized experts, be inspired, find new solutions to current business and economic challenges, and network one-on-one with their peers.

Featured Sessions:
Bankruptcy Has Its Clawbacks
Ronald L. Daugherty, Esq., Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer & Turchi LLP
During the last few years' difficult economy, many businesses have failed. Much to the surprise of many operators, payments made in the final days of those businesses, including payments for charter flights, can sometimes be reclaimed during bankruptcy proceedings. These so-called clawbacks are authorized in the bankruptcy laws and are intended to ensure that all of the failed company's creditors have a fair shot at any remaining assets. How can you protect your business if a customer's business fails and you're asked to give back tens of thousands of dollars? Can you fight a clawback? What are your rights during these proceedings? Find out the answers to these questions and more during this informative briefing.

Part 135 Audit Confusion
James C. Christiansen, Head of Sales, U.S. Central Region, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
Joseph Moeggenberg, President & CEO, ARGUS International, Inc.
Dennis Keith, President and Owner, Jet Solutions, LLC
Brent Moldowan, Managing Director, Wyvern
As the Part 135 community becomes saturated with a variety of audits for operators, learn more about the various audit standards and what the future holds for the on-demand air charter industry.

Visit to see the entire Summit program, view a video invitation by James K. Coyne, and register today. Also, learn how you can help NATA and McFarren Aviation Consulting contribute to the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). The VAC is a charitable organization that provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. NATA and McFarren Aviation Consulting will each contribute $10 for every registered attendee. Please join us.

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nullInside Washington Blog

Don’t Be Left Behind

This week's blog post, Don't Be Left Behind, provides information on many Part 135 resources that can help you gain an edge on your competition and operate even more efficiently and effectively.

Click here to

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nullNATA Welcomes Selection of Thune as Ranking Member on Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security

Yesterday, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced new minority subcommittee ranking member assignments for the 112th Congress. Included in this announcement was the selection of Senator John Thune (R-SD) as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security.

“Senator Thune has long been a supporter of the general aviation industry,” stated NATA President James K. Coyne. “Starting during his time as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, NATA has worked closely with the Senator on a variety of issues affecting our membership and the industry at-large.”

Recently, Senator Thune introduced S. 785, the Freedom from Government Competition Act, to reduce unfair government competition with the private sector, including small businesses.  NATA members have continuously experienced government competition in the form of airport operators competing with private business. 

“Congress must recognize the right of private businesses to have the first option in providing services at airports, and should ensure that airport authorities seeking to provide these same services are not granted an unfair advantage due to their government status,” stated Coyne.   

“NATA congratulates Senator Thune on his selection as Ranking Member and looks forward to continuing its long-standing relationship with the Senator in addressing issues important to America’s aviation businesses,” concluded Coyne.

NATA members are strongly encouraged to ask their U.S. Senate and House Members to co-sponsor the Freedom from Government Competition Act by clicking here.

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nullCoyne Video Clip: “FAA vs. Congress

In his latest video clip, NATA President James K. Coyne addresses the ongoing battle between Congress and the FAA on the future of this nation’s air transportation system.

To view Coyne’s latest video clip, please click here.

To view all of Coyne’s video clips, please click here.

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nullCalifornia SB 619 Placed on Consent Calendar

Senate Bill 619 has been placed on the California Senate floor consent calendar. This is a procedural move that allows a group of bills that have no opposition to be passed as a group, rather than read, debated and voted on individually. If the Senate consent calendar is approved, it will mean that SB 619 leaves the Senate with no opposition.

SB 619 provides an exemption from the rules issued by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for flight instructors and flight training facilities that:

  • Do not require the upfront payment of “tuition” or fees, and
  • Do not require students to enter into a contract of indebtedness

SB 619 would, however, still allow students to purchase “block time” in amounts less than $2,500 from their flight school. NATA will continue its efforts to ensure that relief is passed by the legislature before the July 1, 2011 date on which the BPPE rules become effective for our industry.

NATA is currently engaged in lobbying effort in Sacramento as well as ongoing grassroots efforts around the state of California. NATA has established a fund for its members and others in the industry to contribute towards some of the cost of this effort. For more information, please click the link below.

Click here to learn more about NATA’s efforts in California.

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nullAviation Business Journal Q2 Issue Now Available

The second quarter Aviation Business Journal is in the mail and is also now available at by clicking here. Past editions of Aviation Business Journal can be viewed by clicking here.

In This Issue:

  • Member Profile: Nantucket Memorial Airport
  • A Workers Compensation Controversy
  • Swift Justice: DOT Enforcement
  • Benefits of Airport Minimum Standards
  • And much more…

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06/28-06/29 - St. Louis, MO AAAE/AMCG Sponsor Assurances, Leasing Policies and Minimum Standards Workshop

08/23/2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2011 Commercial Operators Tax Seminar

10/09/2011 - Las Vegas, NV
2011 Fall Committee Meetings

11/07/2011 - Atlanta, GA
Line Service Supervisor Training

11/08/2011 - Atlanta, GA
FBO Success Seminar

03/05/2012 - Las Vegas, NV
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