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Legalized Marijuana - A Drug Testing Conundrum?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

  • 25 - to date 25 states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use
  • 13,500,000 – in 2014, 6.6% of adults or 13,500,000, age 26 or older, have admitted to being current users of marijuana
  • 22,000,000 - Of the more than 22 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2014, just over 70 percent were employed either full or part time.
  • 52% - Fifty-two percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legal, while 42 percent think it should be illegal
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Tags: Drug and Alcohol Testing, DOT, Compliance, Human Resources, Hiring

Join ASAP to Enhance Safety Culture within your Company

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) - Why you need to know about it

Have you ever made a mistake?...The odds are you probably have but, that's okay!

ASAP is a program that gives the Aviation Community a safe place to report inadvertent errors, without singling out or placing blame on any one individual. ASAP's mission is to develop the best processes possible, and that can only be done with the help of the individuals within the Aviation Community. The goal of ASAP is to share information, so the Aviation Industry can learn from one another instead of pointing fingers.

Joining ASAP gives companies the chance to make safety a culture, not a chore.

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Tags: FAA, Compliance, Aviation Compliance, Safety

NATA Compliance Services - 2015 Best of Reno Award

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Oct 20, 2015

2015 Best of Reno Award

NATA Compliance Services is humbled to be selected for the 2015 Best of Reno Award and is thrilled to be located in a city that recognizes our hard work and dedication within the Aviation Industry.

We strive hard to provide the best services to our clients and it's truly an honor to be identified as a business that positively impacts the Reno area and around the globe.

Click here to see what the Reno Award Program is all about!


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Tags: NATA

eCCF – The Pros, the Cons and Program Impact

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

As the DOT considers the implementation of the electronic Chain of Custody Form (eCCF) and the non-regulated industry continues to expand the use of eCCF, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons and the impact of its use in your drug-testing program.

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Tags: FAA, Drug and Alcohol Testing, DOT

Happy National Aviation Day!

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in honor of the Wright brothers. However, the date specifically represents Orville Wright's birthday, August 19, 1871. The Wright brothers' success was due to many factors, but their innovative thinking and innate passion for aviation really set them above the rest.

Since their first successful flight in 1903, the aviation industry has grown tremendously and continues to excel and advance. 

The Team at NATACS wants to know:

Who do you think are some less recognized, but just as influential people in the aviation industry as the Wright brothers? 

Have a happy and safe National Aviation Day!

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Tags: Aviation News, History, Business Aviation, Air Transportation Industry

Too many emails from us? We can fix that!

Posted by Bailey Wong on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Keep up on the latest news without being over-informed

In the age of technology, emails are a quick way to get a whole lot of information out to a whole lot of people. Personally, I think we've all received one too many emails from companies we used that one time, possibly five years ago. 

Our team at NATA Compliance Services is here to help you with your email problem! We don't want to blast your inbox with obnoxious emails, especially if it has nothing to do with your interests. Read More

Tags: Important Notices, Aviation News, Advisory circular, NATA

Known Crewmember - Crew Discounts

Posted by Emily Vest-Barrenchea on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Did you know???

You can use your Known Crewmember badge to receive Crew Discounts at airports, restaurants, and hotels.

Spread the love!

Has anyone had success using their badge to get Crew Discounts?

Where did you receive the best discount?

Here is a sample of some of the discounts:

  • DFW - 10%
  • SMF - 20%
  • RNO - 15%
  • MDW - 10%
Comment locations with discounts below to help your fellow pilots and support your community. Read More

Tags: Known Crewmember Program

Known Crewmember - The Good, The Better and The Best

Posted by Emily Vest-Barrenchea on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Have you seen this sign?

The Known Crewmember program is available for air charter opertors and their flight crews all around the United States. More than 185 air charter carriers and thousands of their pilots are using the system today.

Your fellow crewmembers would love to hear your feedback.

Please post comments to inform your community below.


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Tags: Known Crewmember Program

Featured Article in ARSA's Hotline Newsletter - “Recreational or Medical” Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing

Posted by Shirley Negri on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

“Recreational or Medical” Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing

By Shirley Negri, NATA Compliance Services

Nearly 50 percent of the United States currently has laws legalizing marijuana in some form. (See Map.)
How does this impact your repair station? Technically it doesn’t, if your operation performs maintenance on commercial aircraft operations including air tour for hire.

The Department of Transportation and the FAA maintain requirements that all “safety-sensitive or covered” employees (e.g., A&P Technicians, Sheet Metal Mechanics, Avionics Technicians) be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Further, regardless if marijuana was used for recreational or medicinal purposes in a state that has “legalized” the activity, detection of use will result in a positive drug test.


For more information:

NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) is the aviation industry’s only full-service employee background investigation and HR-compliance company and an ARSA preferred provider. To learn more, visit

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Tags: FAA, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Important Notices, DOT, Compliance, Human Resources

It’s 2015, Do You Know Where You’re Drone Is?

Posted by Rocco Cipriano on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The FAA estimates there will be as many as 7500 drones (aka Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) crisscrossing U.S. airspace within the next five years. While some see opportunity, others see mayhem.

In recent months, drones have become a hot topic in both aviation and non-aviation circles. News reports of drone sightings and drone misuse have surfaced in local and national media. Recent announcements by Amazon and Google to use drones as delivery systems have sparked imaginative speculation, and fueled the debate on the appropriate use of drones.

Certainly, the FAA, which is mandated to regulate and maintain airspace safety, has been keeping a wary eye on drone usage for some time. In case you’re thinking the FAA is eager to promote expanded drone use, they’re not. To the contrary, the agency has been curtailing it for years, mainly for safety reasons.

The push for more drone-filled skies is coming from the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. government (with a little prodding from private industry).

Recent Congressional History Concerning Drones.

Three years ago, Congress passed and President Obama signed The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (“FMRA”). The legislation is not only about improving our national airspace and air traffic control (NextGen). Inside this Act is a mandate for the FAA to step up the use of UAVs in the U.S. airspace. FMRA contains real deadlines for developing regulations for airspace use in order to make way for many more unmanned aircraft in our skies by 2015.

The Lawsuit That Led To Defining What A Drone Really Is.

While the FAA sanctioned 6 test sights last year to study the use of drones in National Airspace (mostly large UAVs remotely flown by Air Transport Rated Pilots), what they were not at all prepared for, was the dramatic increase in small quad-copters being flown in densely populated urban areas and in congested airspace. (Note: More than a million of these small, unmanned aircraft have been sold to date worldwide.)

Last year, the FAA issued fines to a number of small drone operators across the United States. Some of operators challenged the fines in local courts. Some courts upheld the FAA fines, while others did not – stating there was no clear law or FAA regulation specific to UAVs in the U.S.

The most noteworthy of these cases involved a Ritewing Zephyr drone conducting a series of maneuvers in and around the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. The operator was hired to take photographs of the campus, as well as its nearby Medical Center.

The FAA fined the operator for reckless operation, which included flying as low as 10 ft AGL, to as high as 1500 feet AGL. The FAA stated the drone was flown “directly towards an individual standing on a sidewalk causing the individual to take immediate evasive maneuvers.” The FAA also cited that the drone was piloted "through a tunnel containing moving vehicles,” “under a crane,” “below tree-top level over a tree-lined walkway,” “under an elevated pedestrian walkway,” and “within 100 feet of an active heliport.”

The FAA believed it has the jurisdiction to fine the operator. The operator, however, challenged the case in front of a NTSB administrative law judge, who upon reviewing the case, ruled in favor of the operator because he agreed with the operator that the Zephyr was a “model aircraft” to which the FAA regulations (specifically, FAR 91.13(a)) did not apply; and as such, the judged claimed the “FAA has distinguished model aircraft as a class excluded from the definitions of the term ‘aircraft.’”

Not So Fast. Not So Simple.

If the ruling for the Charlottesville drone operator was not challenged, the FAA knew it would be fighting a losing battle in future court cases against small drone operators, leaving it incapable of regulating their use. In the fall of last year, the FAA appealed to the full board of the NTSB. What resulted from their decision paved the way for the current drone operation restrictions issued recently by the FAA.

What The NTSB Decided. How It Reinforced FAA Authority.

The full board of the NTSB reversed and remanded the previous court ruling. In their opinion, the drone used at the University of Virginia was not a model aircraft but an aircraft that met the definition of the FAA’s regulation of FAR 91.13(a). According to the NTSB, the drone was “an aircraft,” which under FAR 91 states: “is any device used for flight in the air.” By defining it as such, the NTSB backed up the FAA’s assertion that the drone was indeed being operated in a careless and reckless manner, and confirmed the FAA’s authority to regulated small drones in U.S. airspace.

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Tags: FAA, Aviation News, Aviation Compliance, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Security, Air Transportation System

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