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September 15, 2014  –  Volume 13 Issue 37 

nullNATA Applauds Fuel Producers Chosen for Testing in Unleaded Avgas Search

NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks praised three companies – Shell, Swift Fuels, and TOTAL – for developing the unleaded aviation fuels selected by the FAA for further testing as potential alternatives to leaded avgas. Laboratory and rig testing will begin this fall and continue for one year at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. NATA serves as a member of the PAFI Steering Group. The fuels selected today will be tested in a laboratory setting before determining how many will continue to the next phase, which will include full scale testing in engines and aircraft. Click here to read release.


nullNew NATA Policy Playbook Blog Post

Read the latest NATA Policy Playbook blog post by NATA Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs titled “Congress has returned….and is about to leave.” 


nullNATA to Participate in Aviation Outreach Event for Grade School Kids

NATA will represent our industry at an event sponsored by the Aero Club Foundation of Washington. The event takes place on September 23rd at the D.C. location of Signature Flight Support. Approximately 500 students are expected to participate to learn more about the different aspects of aviation. The Foundation is proud to offer support to advance aviation education and help prepare tomorrow’s leaders in the aviation and aerospace industries. If you would like to support the Foundation, please contact them at (703) 327-7082.  


nullFlitebag Now Available

The third quarter Safety 1st Flitebag is now available for download. This issue’s featured article is “Winter Operations Checkup.”  


nullParticipate in NATA Flag Pins for Veterans Project

NATA is working with industry to raise charitable donations for organizations supporting America's veterans. NATA members are asked to participate by securing and displaying American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a donation of at least $1.00 per pin. The funds for this project will be collected periodically through NATA. The project will run through October 2014 culminating in a check presentation to the veterans organizations. To participate, please contact Shannon Chambers at Click here for project details. Direct donations to this project are also accepted. Please make the check out to NATA-Flag Pin Project and send it to NATA's headquarters:

NATA-Flag Pin Project
4226 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
The check must be made out to NATA-Flag Pin Project and received no later than October 31, 2014 so that we may have a proper accounting for the overall 2014 program. Please also send money collected from pin donations to the same account. Click here for a full list of member participants.  



nullNATA Fall Committee Meetings Start Today 

The NATA 2014 Fall Committee Meetings start today and conclude on Tuesday. The event takes place at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA. Dates for the Spring Committee Meetings will be announced soon.  


nullAviation Business Roundtable Features Top Industry Analysts 

NATA welcomes two top analysts as Aviation Business Roundtable speakers. You will not want to miss Stuart Rothenberg, our dinner speaker Wednesday evening. He is a well-known political analyst who will share his take on election results and their potential impacts on Washington. We will also hear from aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis for Teal Group. Find out what is on the horizon for our industry and the political landscape. NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable assembles business executives from all segments of the aviation community and provides a unique opportunity to discuss important and relevant issues with key government officials and other top industry leaders. The Roundtable will begin Wednesday, November 5, at noon with a luncheon and conclude Thursday, November 6, at noon. Registration for this event is $2,000 and is extended to senior level executives. Please contact Rebecca Mulholland, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, at or (703) 647-6407, to register for the Aviation Business Roundtable or if you have questions.                           



nullAtlantic Bets Big on Vegas Ramp

Atlantic Aviation has completed a $1.325 million renovation of its ramp at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, one of the service provider’s top three busiest bases. The 16-acre project was intended to upgrade its McCarran ramp to recognized standards. Click here to read further.   


nullCutter Aviation Names Martin General Manager of Colorado Springs

Cutter Aviation is pleased to announce Calvin Martin as General Manager of the Colorado Springs location. Martin joined Cutter in 2004 where he has held several positions: Line Technician, Supervisor, and Manager; Facility Manager in Dallas, TX, Facility Maintenance in McKinney, TX, Parts Expeditor and Shipping and Receiving. Read more.


nullDuncan Aviation Aircraft Sales Team Releases Fall Edition of Business Jet Model/Market Summary

Duncan Aviation recently compiled and published the third edition of its Business Jet Model/Market Summary, adding information requested by users. The 3Q 2014 edition of this quick reference guide is compiled to show the latest market intelligence in an easy-to-compare format. Read more.


nullAVSEC World Conference Takes Place in October

AVSEC World 2014 will focus on creating a sustainable Aviation and Border Security System. It will look at the need for greater flexibility in regulation, recognition of measures between countries and the alignment of border and aviation security – an imperative for the future. The event takes place October 27-29, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. Click here for more details. 



nullACSF News

Last week ACSF announced its support for ARGUS’ new Certified Charter Broker program. 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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