THAT’S NOT FAIR!!! – A little work now can help avoid problems later

Ever tried moderating a fight between unhappy children? It is a no-win situation! I have three kids, a nine-year-old son and twin seven-year-old girls, and let me tell you, when one of them feels that they have been mistreated, the others are going to hear about it. I usually get involved when I hear, from the other side of the house, “THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!!” yelled loud enough to attract attention from the neighbors. As I try to find out what’s going on, each of the involved kids start trying to tell me their story (spun to their advantage!) before the other one can get a word out. The end result often becomes about winning the argument, not necessarily solving the problem that occurred to start the argument. Once everyone has calmed down, I try to spend time teaching my kids about the importance of working together and understanding the other’s point of view so arguments and fights don’t occur in the first place.

I tell that story because it is a great analogy of some airport–airport tenant relationships). Often, both parties go along minding their own business until one day a dispute arises and one party screams, “THAT’S NOT FAIR!” A long, drawn-out dispute ensues. Each party spends countless time and resources to prove that they are right, and regardless of who ends up winning both parties and their relationship end up damaged. As a business operating on an airport, how can you work to prevent this type of situation from occurring and still make sure that your interests are adequately represented and protected? Part of the answer lies in a document called Airport Minimum Standards.

Airport Minimum Standards outlines the minimum requirements for performing a commercial aeronautical activity at an airport. Airports use minimum standards as a tool for complying with the federal grant assurances they are required to sign in order to receive federal funding. These standards when developed, written and implemented properly work to the benefit of all parties — the airport, current on-airport businesses and potential future on-airport business. NATA has been engaged in an effort to educate its members and the industry in general on the importance of properly designed minimum standards at public use airport.

As a commercial on-airport business, you have an important role to play in the development process for airport minimum standards, but what is that role? In an effort to help answer that question, on July 21st NATA is hosting, as part of its E-Learn webinar series, a presentation  titled New or Amended Minimum Standards: How to Ensure that Minimum Standards Help Not Hinder Your Business. The webinar will feature Leonard Kirsch, ESQ, a partner at McBreen & Kopko law firm. Mr. Kirsch has extensive experience with airport minimum standards and is an industry expert on airport sponsor assurances.

If you have questions regarding the minimum standards development process and your role, as an on-airport business, in that process, I encourage you to check out NATA’s E-Learn Webinar Series page and register for New or Amended Minimum Standards: How to Ensure that Minimum Standards Help Not Hinder Your Business. The cost is low, only $49.95, and the questions this webinar answers can help prevent that situation where you feel like screaming, “THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!”

Click here to visit NATA’s E-Learn Webinar Series page.

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3 Responses to THAT’S NOT FAIR!!! – A little work now can help avoid problems later

  1. Doug Lacey says:

    Is it possible to receive a copy of the webinar which you conducted on the 21st? I would like to get copies of the same for airport management as they will be amending minimum standards in the very near future.


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