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May 19, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 20 

nullCharter Industry Loses Long-time Advocate and Friend

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and NATA were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Christiansen. Christiansen was a former chairman of NATA, and a founding member and chairman of the ACSF. NATA and ACSF released the following statements last week:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. “Jim was a tireless advocate for our industry and our deepest sympathies go out to his family.”

“Jim was a visionary,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “His leadership and dedication helped form the ACSF.  Jim had a positive impact on the lives of many of us in the aviation community. Our industry has lost a person of great integrity and talent.”


nullTom Hendricks to Serve on Airport Business Editorial Advisory Board

NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks was recently named to the Airport Business editorial advisory board. Hendricks will serve on the panel of highly visible, recognized and influential experts to help provide quality content to the industry. 


nullNew York Governor Declares May 2014 “Aviation Appreciation Month”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a proclamation declaring May 2014 as “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In New York, general aviation supports over 8,600 jobs and over $1 billion in economic activity. “General aviation and local airports are a tremendous resource for local communities and support businesses and economic development across the state,” stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. “NATA and our member companies in New York applaud Governor Cuomo’s recognition of general aviation as a vital resource to the state’s competitiveness and growth.”  


nullSafety 1st Wraps Up Inaugural Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop

Last week, line service professionals participated in the first ever Safety 1st Regional Line Service Workshop in St. Louis. The workshop, which sold out with nearly 30 attendees, was hosted by Jet Aviation St. Louis and the St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department. Read the latest Safety Net Blog post for more details on this successful workshop.  


nullNATA is Seeking a Manager, Regulatory Affairs

NATA is seeking a new Manager, Regulatory Affairs. The Manager, Regulatory Affairs serves as a member of the NATA professional staff and provides critical support to the NATA membership and represents the aviation business community before a number of government and related forums. The position involves substantial technical writing and a demonstrated ability to explain complex regulatory issues to the general public. FAA pilot certification, knowledge of FAA regulations and the federal rulemaking process preferred. Position requires candidate to travel regularly.  



null2014 NATA Air Charter Summit Covers Solutions for Air Charter Operators

NATA’s annual Air Charter Summit will take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Washington Dulles Marriott in Dulles, VA. Online registration, session descriptions and housing reservations (housing deadline is May 27th) are available at A highlight of the Summit is the “Safety, Security & Operations Solutions for Air Charter Operators” session led by NATA Director of Safety and Training, Michael France, ACSF President, Bryan Burns and NATACS CEO, Michael Sundheim. These issue experts will cover the safety and productivity tools and resources available for your business needs. NATA’s services and benefits are developed with the input of our members and we welcome your comments and suggestions in helping to shape future initiatives.

NATA will once again host a raffle and auction in support of the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) at the Summit's BBQ Dinner on Tuesday night. Please contact Amy Hornaday at to donate items for the VAC raffle and auction.  


nullFall Committee Meetings Take Place In Savannah, GA 

The NATA 2014 Fall Committee Meetings start on Monday, September 15, 2014 with meetings and a networking reception and conclude on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 following a half-day of meetings at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA. Registration is available online or through a printable registration form. Please confirm your attendance for the meetings before Tuesday, August 26, 2014.                            



null2014 Commercial Operators Tax Seminar (COTS) Announced

Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. and the National Air Transportation Association continue to offer the only tax seminar for commercial operators. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar deals with taxes that you, the commercial operator, face every day in your operations. Are you concerned with the recent IRS Chief Counsel Advisory relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees?  This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. A comprehensive review of the Federal Aviation Regulations, Ops Spec A008 and language that should be included in charter/management and management agreements will be provided on the first day. The seminar takes place August 5-6, 2014 in Van Nuys, CA. Register today!   


nullDuncan Aviation publishes Business Jet Model/Market Summary

Duncan Aviation recently published the first edition of its Business Jet Model/Market Summary. The Spring 2014 edition of this quick reference guide is compiled to show the latest market intelligence in an easy-to-use and easy-to-compare format, company officials said. Click here to read further and obtain a copy.


nullAir Culinaire Worldwide Opens San Jose Kitchen

To keep up with increasing client demand and enable last-minute requests in Silicon Valley, Air Culinaire Worldwide announced it is now operating an in-flight kitchen at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). The kitchen is located within the Atlantic Aviation FBO and is the only in-flight kitchen based on the field. Click here to read more.


nullDuncan Aviation Names Provo Employee as New Team Leader

Duncan Aviation, the largest family-owned business aircraft service provider in the world, has named Eric Sorensen its new airframe team leader. Click here to read further details. 



nullACSF News

Save the date for next year’s Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium. The symposium is scheduled for March 10-11, 2015. Visit for Air Charter Safety Foundation News.  


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