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 February 1, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 5 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Debate on Whether to Create a Corporatized Air Traffic Control System Intensifies

Though the draft House FAA reauthorization bill is not yet available, stakeholder debate about the merits of creating an air traffic control corporation is increasing. Last week a new consumer coalition, Americans Against Air Traffic Privatization, was launched announcing “privatizing our air traffic control system will needlessly disrupt one of the safest air traffic control systems in the world, eliminate middle class jobs, increase costs for passengers, close facilities in rural areas, and slow down the implementation of much-needed technology, like NextGen, that is already beginning to improve air travel in our country.” Last Thursday, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee wrote the Commerce Committee expressing their opposition to Senate FAA reauthorization legislation creating an ATC corporation. Today, a USA Today column posted by Steve Dickson outlines how privatizing air traffic control will increase traveler costs, citing high ticket prices in Canada and the United Kingdom as examples. 

The draft House legislation is expected to be unveiled as early as this week.


Last Call for Comments on FAA’s Draft Advisory Circular 43-210A

The comment period on the draft AC 43-210A closes, this Sunday, February 7th. The AC describes a standardized procedure for requesting approval of technical data associated with major alterations/repairs for certificated products. The AC also provides information that can help determine if a proposed repair/alteration requires approved data; guidance and standardized procedures for obtaining field approval of data; and Instructions for completing the field approval checklist located in the AC’s Appendix A. In the past Field Approvals have been a point of contention regarding consistency and standardization of application of policy and regulations. The original version of the AC created a baseline for both the FAA and industry in classifying major repairs and alterations as well as what data was needed to support repair or alteration. In this revision the FAA has updated the AC to compile all the information necessary to classify and support the repair and alteration into one place from classifying data to role and responsibilities. 

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NATA Launches FREE Misfueling Prevention Awareness Training

NATA is pleased to announce the launch of the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program, an online awareness training program for a variety of aviation professionals that includes downloadable resources. The program also includes tracks for pilots, line service professionals, FBO managers and FBO customer service representatives. To access the free program, visit


Updated Environmental Compliance Checklist Resource Available to Members

The NATA Environmental Committee recently completed its update of the NATA Environmental Compliance Checklist. Though not an extensive review of all environmental regulations, the checklist is intended to assist facilities with compliance with the most common environmental rules affecting aviation facilities. Click here to review the updated NATA Environmental Compliance Checklist.

  Association News

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


The Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP) 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. The CTP is comprised of six instructor-led, online classes that are approximately an hour and a half in length and occur over a three-month period. As an online course, the CTP saves participants time away from work and the cost of travel typically associated with in-person seminars and training classes. 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.


Win a Free Safety 1st Online Training Course


In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, we are holding monthly contests throughout 2016 for our members to win special giveaways. January’s contest includes a chance for NATA members to win a free Safety 1st online training course. Click here, to learn how to win. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, February 5th. Check back next week for the announcement of January’s winner and details on February’s contest. 


Applications for 2016 AMT Employer Award Program Now Available


NATA is accepting, through February 26th, applications for the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. This award program is designed to recognize companies that employ aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) and encourage and support AMT training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs that participate in qualifying training events. The AMT Employer Awards, along with the Industry Excellence Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference this June. For more information on the program, or to download an application packet click here.

  Member Spotlight 

Banyan Air Services to Host FAA 2020 Mandate Event


Banyan Air Services, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is hosting an event on Thursday, February 18th that will prepare, educate and save operators money on their ADS-B, FANS-1A, EFIS and/or IFE upgrades. Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Garmin and CMD Flight Solutions will be here to help with solutions and package incentives. The event also includes new product showcases by Flight Display Systems, Gogo Aviation, Raisbeck Engineering, BLR, and Blackhawk. Click here for more details.


Register Now for March 2016 FBO Success Seminar


This year’s FBO Success Seminar will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 8th and 9th. Attendees will learn new FBO management techniques and gain essential aviation operational and service knowledge, while sharing experiences with new friends in the FBO industry. To register or for more information, click here.


Don’t Miss Out: Other 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
Essentials of Hangar Subleasing in Augusta, Georgia – May 10-11, 2016

Click here for information on NATA events and links to register.


Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference Is 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 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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