2011 AIR CHARTER SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS KEY ISSUES

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) concluded its popular Air Charter Summit this week. The Air Charter Summit is the Part 135 on-demand air charter industry's most popular event with its wide array of business, regulatory and legislative...


• Key players within the audit community assembled to discuss the continuing confusion with the various audits and its impact on Part 135 on-demand air charter operators. During the session, operators continued to express clear concern with the large number of audits that still exist and the importance of coalescing around one audit standard.

• Transportation Security Administration Deputy Assistant Administrator for Transportation Sector Network Management Douglas Hofsass provided a detailed overview of the latest security developments affecting the Part 135 community, including the supplemental Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rulemaking, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and airport badging. Hofsass indicated that the supplemental LASP rule has moved out of the TSA and is now being reviewed by the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.

• U.S. Department of Transportation Principal Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings, Dayton Lehman and Kent Jackson of Jackson & Wade, LLC highlighted the latest activity on charter brokering oversight, some recent enforcement actions and pending rulemaking related to brokering. NATA's Coyne said, "The solid turnout at this year's Air Charter Summit illustrates an engaged and active Part 135 community. There is no shortage of issues facing Part 135 and NATA's Air Charter Summit is the premier event to increase awareness of the existence of these issues and where they stand, provide a forum for discussion and present resources to address questions and challenges."

"I am especially pleased that a portion of the proceeds of this year's summit will help support the work of the Veteran's Airlift Command. I encourage everyone to visit www.nata.aero/acs to find out how they can continue to contribute to this noble and worthy cause," concluded Coyne.

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