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Recent Articles and Publications:

  • Aircraft Electronics Association – Avionics News
  • Aircraft Electronics Association – Pilot’s Guide to Avionics 2016-2017
  • NATA Aviation Business Journal
    • The Odyssey: An Epic Story of Regulating Air Charter Brokers
      1st Quarter 2014, page 14

    • Doing Business in the Part 135 Environment”
      1st Quarter 2013, page 22
      What do you need to know before considering Part 135 certification? This article outlines some general requirements and unexpected hurdles.

    • First NATA Safety 1st FBO Audit Completed
      1st Quarter 2013, page 47
      The first audit in accordance with the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard was conducted in November of 2012. This article explains how the audit works, what topics are covered, and a series of lessons learned from that first audit.

    • First NATA Safety 1st FBO Audit Completed
      1st Quarter 2013, page 47
      The first audit in accordance with the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard was conducted in November of 2012. This article explains how the audit works, what topics are covered, and a series of lessons learned from that first audit.

    • The Broker Issue – Brokers Tell Their Side
      2nd Quarter 2012, page 13
      Love air charter brokers or hate them. Most air charter operators do business with brokers. In fact, almost every air charter operator acts as a broker at some point in time. Have you ever sold off a trip after a mechanical problem prevented your company from completing it? If so, then your company acted as a broker. In this article, we are going to look at the brokers’ side of the story.

    • Finally – A Safety Rating for FBOs
      1st Quarter 2012, page 45
      NATA Safety 1st recently established the Ground Audit Standard to promote industry best practices and Safety Management Systems (SMS) development among ground handling providers in response to member requests for a safety standard and rating for FBOs. This audit standard is the first published audit for FBOs and other ground handling service providers.

    • Falsification – A Deadly Sin
      4th Quarter 2011, page 14
      Falsifying records is one of the FAA’s deadly sins. It seems a discussion about falsification of records should start with, “It’s bad” and end with “so don’t do it.” The issue is not quite that easy. Where is the line between correcting or “modifying” a record and actually “falsifying” information?

    • Avoid a Training Credit Crisis
      3rd Quarter 2011, page 21
      A hot topic is the legality of transferring or giving credit for pilot training from one air carrier to another. Here’s an example: The Part 135 air carrier for which you work hires Fred, a Falcon 50 pilot. In fact, you’re going to put him through your company indoctrination class and schedule him for a trip next week. But wait a minute! How much of Fred’s training and checking is really relevant to your operation?

    • Swift Justice: DOT Enforcement
      2nd Quarter 2011, page 19
      Running afoul of Department of Transportation rules can be painful, especially for “non-operators” in the aviation industry, such as brokers, ticket agents, and others. Find out what lessons can be learned from prior enforcement proceedings and how businesses can avoid attracting the attention of the “swift justice” Enforcement Office.

    • Cowboy Charter Operations: Putting a Stop to Part 134 ½ Charter Activity
      1st Quarter 2011, page 17
      The legitimate on-demand charter community – those with a valid Part 135 air carrier certificate – refer to those operators conducting illegal charter activity as “Part 134 ½ operators.” Our industry has been tarnished enough by the improper actions of Part 134 ½ operators. It’s time to tame the cowboys.

    • The Broker Issue
      3rd Quarter 2010, page 33
      Certificated air carriers have struggled with several concerns related to brokering over the years, and good brokers continue to fight against the negative connotation that has somehow come along with the term “broker.” Two issues received significant attention at NATA’s recent Air Charter Summit: Should brokers be required to gain DOT approval before conducting business? Who is liable for federal excise taxes that result from brokered flights?

  • Airport Business
    • Short-Term Lease, Long-Term Investment
      May 2012
      FBOs and other on-airport aeronautical service providers (ASPs) have long struggled with using private funds to invest in their facilities on leased land on airports. Short-term lease terms often limit an FBO’s ability to take advantage of favorable lending practices and commercial tax rules related to depreciation and amortization. The General Aviation Infrastructure and Investment Coalition (GAIIC) was created to begin a dialogue about leasing provisions with FBOs and airports, as well as to increase visibility within Congress of the concerns surrounding private investments by ASPs. This article discusses the recommendations of the GAIIC.

    • Common Sense for General Aviation
      April 2011
      This article outlines four steps to improve general aviation airport security and emphasizes GA security doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to be effective.

    • Analyzing GA Security: One on One with Lindsey C. McFarren
      March 2010
      Aviation Business conducted this one on one interview with Lindsey McFarren to discuss GA security insights gained from working at the TSA, the long-awaited Large Aircraft Security Program, and acceptable risks in GA security.





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