With the looming June 2, 2021 deadline just a few months away, NATA’s General Aviation Fuel Handling Subcommittee is continuing its efforts to seek relief for aviation businesses from requirements in NFPA 407- Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing to install automatic shutdown systems at airport loading racks that are also compatible with mobile refuelers.  

NATA’s previous Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) fell a few votes shy of the ¾’s majority required to pass, therefore the Association is pursuing a second TIA seeking further changes to NFPA 407. The newly proposed TIA 1558 calls for complete removal of the requirements for automatic shutdown systems at airport loading racks that are also compatible with mobile refuelers 
(note: this TIA does not impact the longstanding requirement for high-level shutoff systems on mobile refuelers)

NATA continues to highlight the lack of data supporting the need for additional automatic shutdown systems at airport loading racks. Citing our industry’s safety record in bottom loading mobile refuelers for decades following the existing, well-defined requirements for high-level shutoffs and bottom loading operations in NFPA 407. 

Without the changes proposed in NATA’s TIA 1558, airports, FBOs, and other fuel farm operators across the country would be faced with an unnecessary bill of $6,000-$10,000 per fuel farm loading rack, and $2,500-$3,500 per fuel truck with a compliance deadline of June 2, 2021.

The newly proposed TIA 1558 would: 

  • Relieve thousands of general aviation airports, FBOs, and fuel farm operators from the costly, and unnecessary requirements found in sections 5.1.12, and 6.1.3.12.2.7 through 6.1.3.12.2.9 of the NFPA 407 and allow for the continued safe and effective bottom loading operations they have been performing for years.  

We encourage ALL stakeholders to share their support of the proposed TIA 1558, by submitting comments to TIAs_Errata_FIs@nfpa.org before March 17, 2021. NATA suggests you include the following information in your email comment to NFPA: 

  • A clear indication that you support TIA 1558 and encourage the NFPA Aircraft Fuel Servicing Technical Committee to vote in favor of approval.
  • Brief information about your business and the longstanding safety and reliability of your existing high-level shut off systems and operational procedures for bottom loading.
  • Your contact information.

With the June 2nd deadline quickly approaching, NATA has prepared this Interim Guidance document for stakeholders to reference until a decision has been reached on TIA 1558. For questions or additional information, please contact Steve Berry, NATA's Manager of Fuel Quality and Safety at safety1st@nata.aero.

Additional information can be found on the "Update on NFPA 407 Requirements" webinar recording below (name and email required to view):