The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has agreed to suspend possible tax assessments against aircraft management companies now undergoing federal excise tax (FET) audits.
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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.
Epic Aviation has partnered with the National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st program to provide discounted training for its branded FBO network. Epic and UVair FBOs will receive access to NATA Safety 1st training products, including the Professional Line Service Training program and the recently launched Supervisor Online Training program, at special network pricing. “Our customers asked for help in reducing the cost of training line service personnel while maintaining the Epic FBO Network’s focus on operating safety. The choice was simple.
In accordance with regulations on the handling of garbage from international flights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBOs and airline service providers are required to obtain proper USDA certification before handling such trash.
“An organized attack by the administration on business aviation,” was among the topics under discussion at the General Aviation Association CEO Town Hall moderated by HAI president Matt Zuccaro yesterday. Panelists–the leaders of AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, NASAO and NATA–also discussed topics ranging from the effects of sequestration to efforts to revisit aircraft certification standards.
Awash with negative comments regarding its proposed air carrier contract maintenance requirements rules, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has extended the original February 11 comment period to March 13. The proposed rule would change the maintenance regulations for domestic, flag and supplemental operations, and commuter and on-demand operations for aircraft type certified with 10 or more passenger seats (excluding any pilot seat).
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has released a new computer-based training program for line service managers. The NATA Safety 1st Line Service Supervision & Training Management Online program is aimed at providing FBO line service supervisors and managers with tools to become more proficient in lesson planning, staff supervision, communication and leadership skills.