Jim Coon, executive vice president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), announced he will be leaving the organization after little more than a year to become senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Before his NATA stint, Coon served as chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and majority professional staff member for the House Aviation Subcommittee.
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The U.S. Congress passed legislation to end the 16-day government shutdown late last night, but getting agencies such as the FAA fully back up to speed is likely to take several days or possibly even weeks. “While the agreement reached does reopen the government, it may be some time before services at the FAA and other agencies are fully restored to pre-shutdown effectiveness,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said.
North Carolina-based fuel provider Eastern Aviation Fuels (EAF), the exclusive U.S. distributor of Shell aviation fuels, has partnered with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to provide training to all 460 of its branded FBOs across the country. EAF’s customers will have access to the full range of NATA Safety 1st training products at special network pricing, including the association’s online Professional Line Service Training, Safety 1st OSHA modules and supervisor training programs.
Budget sequestration may have some obvious negative consequences, such as precluding the Pentagon from displaying U.S. warplanes at the Paris Air Show for the first time in more than two decades. But it has the potential to yield some positive changes as well. On the domestic side of the ledger, for example, the head of the FAA’s office of flight standards foresees draconian funding cuts as an opportunity to make changes in the way his agency does business.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has once again partnered with aviation data provider Conklin & de Decker Associates for its annual Commercial Operators Tax Seminar, which will be held in Oak Brook, Illinois on August 6 and 7. Designed to educate Part 135 operators, the seminar will address the latest tax issues affecting aircraft charter and management companies as well as outline important best practices from industry experts.
The U.S. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has honored Flexjet’s maintenance organization with a third consecutive Five Star Award, the association’s highest recognition offered for aviation maintenance technician training. To secure this standing, a company must have at least 90 percent of its AMTs participate in a qualified training program and complete a minimum of 12 hours of education per year. Flexjet achieved 100-percent participation from its maintenance technicians.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has agreed to suspend possible tax assessments against aircraft management companies now undergoing federal excise tax (FET) audits.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced last month that APP Jet Center at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, Calif., is the first FBO to complete the requirements for its Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard. Introduced more than a year ago, the standard is intended to promote best practices in the aircraft service industry, and the association believes the program will eventually become the bar by which all FBOs are judged.
MRO specialist StandardAero has appointed Firoz Tarapore, director and member of the company’s executive committee, as interim president and CEO. He replaces Rob Mionis, who resigned from the company. The Dubai Aerospace Enterprise subsidiary also appointed David Smoot, CEO of Dubai International Capital, as vice chairman.
Despite two previous rejections by lawmakers of the $100-per-flight user fee proposed by President Obama, the White House once again has called for the unpopular levy to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which was released on April 10.