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April 22, 2013   null   Volume 12 Issue 16

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null 2013 Aviation Business And Legislative Conference Begins Today – Not Too Late To Attend

The 2013 Aviation Business and Legislative Conference begins today. Last minute attendees can still register onsite by visiting the registration table. The conference is taking place at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Virginia.

Attendees of the session When Disaster Strikes – Preparing To Provide Aid and Rebuilding Your Business will receive a free copy of the Community Relations Toolkit. NATA’s most popular publications are on sale for a discounted conference price at the NATA booth.

Click here for more information.

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nullFAA InFO on First Class Medical Certificate

The FAA published an Information for Operators (InFO) to remind Part 121 air carriers and pilots that those exercising the privileges of an ATP certificate must have a first class medical certificate.  Beginning on August 2 of this year, all pilots operating for a Part 121 air carrier will be required to first obtain an ATP certificate.  The mandate was set forth by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.  To read the InFo, click here.

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nullAPP Jet Center Hayward First To Complete NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit

NATA’s Safety 1st is pleased to announce that APP Jet Center in Hayward, California, has become the first company listed on the NATA Ground Audit Registry. NATA’s Safety 1st Ground Audit program was created to provide a consistent operational safety standard for fixed base operators, airports, and other facilities providing ground-handling services to business and general aviation aircraft.

APP Jet Center’s completion of the Safety 1st Ground Audit and their listing on the audit registry indicate the high level of emphasis APP Hayward’s managers and employees place on safety and quality.

“Preparing for, conducting and following up on the Safety 1st Ground Audit was beyond educational and has allowed us to view our business as something more than just a provider of fuel and ground services. Flight crews, flight departments, and aircraft managers are part of a highly regulated world and are recognized for that. Putting forth the work to be listed on the Safety 1st Ground Audit Registry has made us feel we are a more integral part of perpetuating safety in the industry and not just a firm selling fuel and towing aircraft,” said APP Jet Center Vice President of Operations Christopher A. Hambleton.

“The NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit is an unprecedented opportunity for our FBO members to take a rigorous look at their operation as a whole, figure out where improvements in safety need to be made, and ensure those changes are implemented. We applaud the effort put forth by APP Jet Center Hayward to complete the Ground Audit and achieve listing on the Ground Audit Registry,” said NATA Manager of Safety 1st Programs Elizabeth Nicholson.

For more information about the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit, click here.

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nullWeekly Regulatory Update

NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security each day from the Federal Register. You may view the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.

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nullWhat FBO Customers Want - AIN Survey Says...

Aviation International News (AIN) surveys users every year and ranks FBOs according to respondents’ input. Join Curt Epstein and David Leach to gain perspective on the background of this survey and the mechanics behind its highly anticipated results.

What will you take away from this webinar?

  • The historical background of this survey
  • The methodical process behind this survey
  • The categories that evolved over the years
  • Highly anticipated comments of the users
  • Knowledge of who the top ranked FBOS are
  • Reasons why users avoid an FBO
  • Reasons why users select an FBO

Speakers: Curt Epstein and David Leach with Aviation International News
When: May 2, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to register.

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null2013 NATA Membership Directory – Check Your Listing

In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information available, the association will once again offer the NATA 2013 Aviation Resource Book & Membership Directory as a user-friendly online document. In order to ensure the directory is accurate and current, we ask that you please take a few minutes to look over your company’s online listing. To review your company information, click here.

The format of NATA’s 2013 Aviation Resource Book & Membership Directory will enable members to share access to this valuable resource with everyone in their operation. The option to click on advertisements and Internet addresses of members will be available, and searching the directory will be easier via a clickable member index. Members will also be able to download the directory as a pdf.

If you have any changes to your listing, please contact NATA at (800) 808-6282 or email You can also log onto the NATA website to make changes.

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nullMeet Beacon Aviation Insurance Services Vice President At NATA Conference

Robert McManus, COO and vice president of underwriting for Beacon Aviation Insurance Services, will be speaking at the NATA Aviation Business and Legislative Conference on the topic of demystifying Workers’ Compensation Insurance this afternoon. McManus will also be available throughout the conference to answer questions about Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Beacon Aviation, and the new NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance ProgramTM. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a representative face to face and get the facts.

Visit for more information.

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nullNATA Member Honored As Best Place To Work

The results of the 2013 “Best Places to Work” contest sponsored by Woods & Aitken LLP, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Lincoln Human Resources Management Association named Duncan Aviation, a NATA member in Lincoln, Nebraska, one of the top five best large businesses to work for in Lincoln. Duncan was one of 100 companies nominated in the contest. Employees of each company were surveyed, and Duncan was ranked third in the large business category, which includes businesses with more than 151 employees.

To read more about the contest, click here.

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