California Legislature Passes
Temporary Relief For Flight Training
October 9, 2010 -
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announce that the
California Legislature passed SB 856, a bill that, among its other
provisions, will provide a delay in compliance, for flight training,
with regulations issued by the California Bureau of Private
Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to AB 48, Chapter 310, Statues
of 2009. SB 856 is now headed to
Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk for his signature.
SB 856 creates a
delay in compliance, retroactive from July 2010, until July 2011, for
all flight training facilities and activities. This bill’s passage is
the result of a long effort by NATA, the flight training industry, and
other associations including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
(AOPA) and, if signed by the governor, will allow the necessary time for
the California Legislature to examine the appropriateness of
incorporating flight training into the BPPE’s regulatory purview.
“This delay is
absolutely necessary to ensure that the flight training community is
afforded the opportunity to have its voice heard on regulations
affecting the future of the industry” said NATA Director of Regulatory
Affairs Michael France. “Without this type of opportunity, the impact of
the BPPE’s regulations could be disastrous for flight training and the
aviation industry in general.”
AB 48 authorized
the BPPE to regulate flight training for the first time without input
from the industry. If signed by the governor, SB 856 will mark the
beginning of an effort by NATA and others in the industry to educate
legislators on the uniqueness of flight training and why it cannot be
regulated like typical “brick and mortar” educational facilities.
The National Air
Transportation Association (NATA), the voice of aviation business, is
the public policy group representing the interests of aviation
businesses before Congress, federal agencies and state governments.
NATA's 2,000 member companies own operate and service aircraft.
These companies provide for the needs of the traveling public by offering services and products to aircraft operators and others such as fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, parts sales, storage, rental, airline servicing, flight training, Part 135 on-demand air charter, fractional aircraft program management and scheduled commuter operations in smaller aircraft. NATA members are a vital link in the aviation industry providing services to the general public, airlines, general aviation and the military.
Today, NATA is
widely known for its ability to lobby and track key legislative and
regulatory issues, which have specific impact on the business operations
of FBOs and air charter companies. The association maintains a constant
vigil on common issues that threaten the livelihood of its members.
The U.S. House of
Representatives has recently passed a resolution recognizing the
seventieth anniversary of the National Air Transportation Association
(NATA). House Resolution 1669 highlights the association’s rich history
and contributions to improving the safety of general aviation.
John Duncan (R-TN), a senior member of the House Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation,
introduced the resolution that acknowledges the association’s mission in
representing the legislative, regulatory and business interests of its
members and providing education, services, and benefits to its members
to ensure their long-term economic success.
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