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 January 4, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 1 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Congress Returns to Work This Week, FAA Reauthorization on Its Agenda

An important year for aviation begins this week as the House of Representatives returns to work after its holiday recess. The Senate will resume its work next week. Lawmakers have until March 31st to reauthorize the FAA and its programs. Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, noted the importance of the FAA reauthorization bill stating, “In 2016, we have significant work in front of us, and nothing in our committee’s jurisdiction looms larger than passing a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the opportunity to enact reforms creating a safer and more efficient aviation sector.” The Ranking Democratic Member of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said in a recent interview that while he was optimistic the House could act on reauthorization legislation well in advance of the deadline, the question of whether to create a privatized air traffic control corporation is still unresolved.


ACSF Recognizes Advanced Aircrew Academy’s ASAP eLearning Module

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Advanced Aircrew Academy has developed an eLearning module for companies to train their employees that participate in the ACSF Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). ASAP is an FAA/industry partnership that provides a near consequence-free environment whereby the participants can identify safety issues and report information that can be critical in identifying potential precursors to accidents. Advanced Aircrew Academy will collaborate with the ACSF to recognize ASAP reporting trends to enhance their general operating subject eLearning modules.

NATA AMT Employer Award Applications Available this Week

Applications for the 2016 NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Award will be available on January 6th. The AMT Employer Recognition Award program recognizes employers that meet a qualifying level of ongoing training and development for their AMT employees. The 2016 AMT Employer Recognition Award is based upon training provided in calendar year 2015. For more information, please visit


NATA Supports FAA Effort to Update Regs on Electronic Signatures, Recordkeeping, and Manuals

Last week, NATA submitted comments on the FAA’s advisory circular (AC) 120-78A Electronic Signatures, Electronic Recordkeeping, and Electronic Manuals. The association supports the agency effort noting, “In today’s environment of electronic document management systems and electronic signature capability, it is important that our members be afforded every opportunity to increase operating efficiencies within a secure operating system.  NATA offered several suggestion including a request that the FAA ensure the contents of the AC and FAA Inspector policy in FAA Order 8900.1 are aligned to the extent possible.

  Association Highlights

First Installment of the 2016 Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program Begins in February


The Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program is an online course designed to provide anyone who trains line service professionals the basic knowledge and skills to understand, teach and implement training programs, including Safety 1st. Investing in trainers pays dividends in all areas including safety, morale and customer service. Advance the development and growth of your trainers by registering them before February 17th. To learn more, click here.


Increase Your Business’ Exposure, Advertise with NATA in 2016!


Looking to increase your visibility to aviation businesses? Consider purchasing an advertisement with NATA. Advertising with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation decision makers and end users — such as aviation business Owners, CEOs, Chairmen, Principals, and Presidents. There are multiple advertising opportunities available including: NATA’s quarterly Aviation Business Journal (ABJ), NATA News, our website and more! For more information, contact Shannon Chambers at

  Industry News

Aviation Week Introduces Digital Archive


Aviation Week is turning 100 years old. To mark their centennial, Aviation Week will lift the curtain on a massive digital archive displaying every page of every issue produced. This project, undertaken with the support of Boeing, also turning 100, involved scans of more than 440,000 pages. To find out more, click here.

  Member Spotlight

NATA Member, Duncan Aviation Brings in New Talent


Last month, Duncan Aviation announced several new hires to their team. The latest additions include: Jamie Wilson (Engine Service Sales Representative), Jeff Simmons (Avionics Installations Sales and Support), Vincent Antignani (Northeast Regional Manager), Alfredo Garcia (Southwest Regional Manager), Kevin Miesbach (Components/OEM New Business Development Manager), Brian Andrews (Interior Manager), and Brian Leitschuck (Paint and Interior Completions Sales). For more information, click here.



Jet Aviation Flight Services First Airbus ACJ318 Available for Charter in U.S.


Jet Aviation Flight Services added the first Airbus corporate jet certificated for U.S. Part 135 to its air carrier certificate. “Our team works diligently to expand our charter fleet and provide charter options to meet our customer needs. It is our pleasure to offer our clients one of the largest aircraft in the market for long-range charter trips,” said Don Haloburdo, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services. To learn more, click here.


Don’t Miss Out: Upcoming Safety 1st Events


FBO Success Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana - March 8-9, 2016
Advanced Line Service Workshop in Dallas, Texas - March 15-16, 2016


Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference Is Now Open


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 run through Friday, April 8th. Please visit to register and save today! 


 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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