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Header Charter Summit Provided 2011 Air Guidance on Key Issues byline Text N ATA recently held its popular Air Charter Summit on June 7-9. The Air Charter Summit is the Part 135 on-demand air charter industry’s most important event with its wide array of business, regulatory and legislative topics on issues affecting the aviation community at-large. This year’s Summit included a robust agenda with issues that touched on all facets of the Part 135 and fractional program management communities, including charter brokering, Transportation Security Administration updates, audit standards, drug trafficking combat techniques, frequently issued Part 135 violations and the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program. Popular sessions featured advice on how to protect your business against clawbacks in bankruptcy proceedings and a forum with the FAA Part 135 Branch where several industry hot topics were discussed, including the transfer of pilot training between operators (see page 21 for more on this topic) and the use of iPads by flight crews. Were you unable to attend this year’s Air Charter Summit? (Or did the dog eat your notes?) Each Summit session is summarized below. www.nata.aero/acs Keynote Address – DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Patrick Arata Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Patrick Arata opened the Summit with an overview of DEA and recent activities. Arata discussed possible indicators of drug trafficking, including aircraft with modified tail numbers, blacked-out windows, and recent paint jobs; or charter customers refusing to provide full names, asking to pay cash, or requesting very short layovers at the intended destination. Arata also shared two of the DEA’s biggest concerns regarding the use of general aviation aircraft: the transportation of pharmaceuticals from questionable medical facilities, known as “pain clinics”, commonly found in southeast Florida, and the transportation of precursor chemicals for the production of methamphetamines. He explained that a charter customer can spend $10,000-$20,000 for a one-day charter trip from the Midwest to southeast Florida and return with over $100,000 worth of Percocet, Vicodin, or Oxycontin. Arata advised Summit attendees to be vigilant in maintaining operational control of aircraft on their air carrier certificates; check passenger identification and utilize the TSA’s No Fly List; only work with known brokers; and be suspicious of one-way flights, cash payments, and short layovers. Arata also asked attendees to contact the El Paso Intelligence Center’s (EPIC) Air Watch – a hotline to report suspicious drug related activities at 888-USE-EPIC. Continued on page 33 32 NATA 2011 Aviation Business Journal | 3rd Quarter 2011 http://www.nata.aero/acs

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