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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: Drug and Alcohol

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: MISC

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: MISC

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: Badging

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: Badging

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:

http://www.dot.gov/odapc/dot-recreational-marijuana-notice

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/drug_alcohol/news/media/ODAPC%20Medical%20Marijuana%20Notice.pdf

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 http://info.natacs.aero.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

It’s 2015, Do You Know Where Your 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.

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Tags: Aviation News

The Biggest Threat To Your Business May Be Working For You!

Posted by Rocco Cipriano on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

In September 2013, a TSA screener at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested a few hours after resigning for making threats against the airport on the anniversary of 9/11. In December of that year, the FBI arrested an avionic technician at Wichita Airport for plotting a suicide attack using an improvised explosive device.

These are just a couple of examples of employees who became a significant threat in the workplace. However, workplace threats are not limited to “home-grown” terrorists, radicalized by Islamic militarism. It also includes the careless employee, who unintentionally downloads a virus that infects your company’s computer network, or the disgruntled employee who acts unprofessionally with a customer. You may remember the JetBlue Flight Attendant, who became a YouTube sensation, when he quit his job by yelling a few choice words to passengers, grabbing some beers for the road and using the plane's emergency chute to exit the aircraft.

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Tags: Human Resources

4 Things To Do To Prep For Your 2015 Hiring Needs

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

As economic conditions improve and gas prices plummet, the airline industry is poised to see more demand for flights and flight services starting in 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects passenger demand, for example, will grow 3.4% in 2015 and continue steadily until 2019. With this growth will come increased capacity and the need for more human resources to serve passengers and to safely complete operations at all levels of the aviation industry. With that in mind, let’s look at four things you can do now to prepare you for your 2015 hiring needs.

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Tags: Human Resources

Economic Forecasts Call for Bluer Skies

Posted by Rocco Cipriano on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Without a doubt, business aviation took a big hit during the economic downturn. A great deal of the damage was caused by the perception that the “Haves” were flying around in their plush biz jets while the “Have-Nots” were experiencing an economic free fall.

The sight of automotive and banking industry executives flying to Congressional hearings in multi-million dollar private jets, asking for a handout, did not sit well with the Congressmen and the general public in 2008. Despite valid arguments that corporate jets save businesses time and money, the press skewered executives for this particular company perk, which in turn fueled the public outcry against their perceived conspicuous consumption.

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Tags: Aviation News

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