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 November 23, 2015 — Volume 14, Issue 47 
  This Week's Top Stories 

FAA Reauthorization Update

Shortly before the FAA’s current authorization lapsed, Congress approved a six-month extension of the agency until March 31, 2016. Lawmakers gave themselves this additional time to address higher priority issues including a budget deal, raising the nation’s debt ceiling, and a long-term highway funding bill. Those issues are in the process of being closed out and that means the FAA reauthorization will soon be front and center. We expect the central issue of the upcoming FAA reauthorization debate, ATC reform, to resume in a much more public manner. To read more about the FAA reauthorization and NATA's efforts, click below. 

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Remembering Gwen Mayo, First Woman Chairperson of NATA

NATA was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time NATA member and industry leader Gwendolyn “Gwen” Lee Olson Mayo. Gwen founded and led Mayo Aviation, a prominent Denver Part 135 charter operator and 36-year dedicated partner with Flight for Life Colorado. A pioneer in the charter aviation industry, Mayo was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame; served as the first female chairperson of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA); and received NATA’s William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award and the National Business Aviation Association’s Silk Scarf Award. 


FAA Extends Comment Period for 14 CFR Part 147 Proposed Update

Last week, the FAA extended the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) related to the agency's proposed update to 14 CFR Part 147. The action comes after NATA joined with other aviation and education industry groups last month to request an extension. The group requested more time to consider and analyze the NPRM in order to help the agency produce an effective final rule.

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NATA Participates in Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation (CRI) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Meeting

Earlier this month, NATA and industry received an update from the FAA on the implementation of CRI ARC recommendations. The FAA discussed activities to improve the consistency of regulatory interpretations within the FAA’s Flight Standards Service (AFS) and Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). Of the six recommendations the CRI ARC developed, three of those recommendations have since been closed out.


  Association Highlights 

FAA Issues Notice in Response to NATA and Industry MAG Rev 5 Concerns


On November 17th, the FAA issued a notice in response to a letter signed by NATA along with a coalition of aviation trade associations recommending the FAA consider aligning the implementation of the MAG. The notice delays implementation of the FAA Form 8130-3 requirement until April 1, 2016.


NATA’s 2015 Membership Survey | Thank You for Your Valuable Feedback


NATA would like to thank its members for providing valuable feedback regarding membership and NATA’s offerings. Member input is critical to ensuring NATA remains successful in serving you and your specific business needs. NATA would like to also congratulate William Bendokas of New England Airlines, who was selected randomly in our raffle to win a complimentary registration for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference or a $500 credit towards NATA products and services.


Send in Your Nominations for NATA’s 2015 Industry Excellence Awards


NATA is calling for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. To review the award categories and award nomination form, click here. For more information, please contact Karissa Uko at


NATA & Safety 1st Release 2016 Calendar of Events


Upcoming Events:

Advanced Line Service Workshop in Anchorage, Alaska

Advanced Line Service Workshop in Dallas, Texas

FBO Success Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana

  Member Spotlight 

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) Releases Two New Products


Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) recently announced the release of two new products: ATP Tool Compliance Manager and ATP Employee Compliance Manager. Charles Picasso, ATP’s new CEO, stated the products address their customers’ needs and allows ATP to deliver “two products that will finally enable them to manage these critical processes in a single streamlined and integrated fashion.” For more information, click here.


Fargo Jet Center, Sister Company Selects New President


NATA member Fargo Jet Center recently named Neil Brackin as President of its sister company, Weather Modification, Inc. Brackin, who rejoined the team in 2014 as Vice President of Flight Operations at Fargo Jet Center, will continue to build on the foundation of WMI’s position as a global leader in modern atmospheric research and cloud seeding as well as new business development in emerging technologies. To read more about Brackin’s impact as an aviation industry leader, click here.


2016 Aviation Business Conference — Early Bird Registration Opens Next Week!


NATA's 2016 Aviation Business Conference will take place June 8th-10th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference will kick off with a reception Wednesday evening, June 8th and the conference will conclude Friday afternoon, June 10th. Early bird registration will open December 1st and run through Friday, April 8th. Mark your calendar now and look for upcoming registration details!

  ACSF News 

ACSF Symposium


Registration is now open for the 2016 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Dulles, VA on March 8–9, 2016. The event theme is Safety: A Smart Investment for a Rich Future and will touch on the following subjects: system safety, reducing risk, safety metrics and much more. Visit for more information and to register online today!




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