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 February 22, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 8 
  This Week's Top Stories 

House Action on AIRR Act Delayed

While Congress was not in session last week, House Transportation Committee staff work continued on the H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. The legislation’s centerpiece proposal, to create a user fee-funded, federally chartered, not-for-profit air traffic control corporation, is opposed by NATA and others in the general aviation community. The Transportation Committee’s leadership hoped to bring the bill to the House floor for consideration this week. However, opposition from House Democrats, other House committees and House conservatives resulted in a Leadership decision not to place the bill on this week’s House calendar. The legislation still poses a significant threat to aviation businesses and if you have not already done so, NATA encourages you to contact your elected representatives and express your opposition to the proposal.


United States and Cuba Reestablish Scheduled Air Service

On February 16th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it signed an arrangement to restore scheduled air services between the United States and Cuba. The order will facilitate visits for travelers that fall under one of the 12 categories authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for travel to Cuba and does not limit charter services. U.S. carriers will now have the opportunity to operate up to a total of 110 daily roundtrip flights between the two nations. The arrangement invites applications from U.S. carriers and initiates a proceeding for DOT to select which U.S. carriers will be able to offer scheduled flights to Cuba, and from which U.S. points. The department will consider which proposals will offer and maintain the best service to the traveling and shipping public. Applications are due March 2.

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Industry Participation Grows for the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Training

To date, more than 800 industry professionals have already participated and received a certificate of completion for the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program. NATA launched the free, industry-wide awareness training on February 3rd. The program serves a variety of aviation professionals and includes downloadable resources. It also includes tracks for pilots, line service professionals, and FBO managers and customer service representatives. Visit


Last Week to Submit Your Nominations for the Industry Excellence and AMT Awards

Today, February 22nd is the last day to submit your nominations for the 2015 Industry Excellence Awards The deadline for the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program is Friday, February 26th. 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. The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2016. For more information, please click here.

  Association Highlights

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Available for 2016 Aviation Business Conference


Sponsoring the 2016 Aviation Business Conference is a unique opportunity to put your business in front of general aviation decision makers and other professionals who utilize your products and services. Depending on your sponsorship selection, you may receive complimentary conference registration, recognition in the on-site program, exposure on the event website, verbal acknowledgement during respective program events, and more! We have a limited amount of exhibitor opportunities as well. Click here for the full list of 2016 Aviation Business Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities. For more information, please contact Karissa Uko at (202) 774-1513 or email


Increase Your Business’ Exposure, Advertise in the Aviation Business Journal


Looking to increase your visibility to aviation businesses? Consider purchasing an advertisement with NATA in the 2016 Q1 Aviation Business Journal (ABJ). The advertisement deadline closes March 7th. Advertising with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation decision makers and end users — including aviation business Owners, CEOs, Chairmen, Principals, and Presidents. There are other advertising opportunities available including: NATA News, our website and more! To review the 2016 opportunities, contact Shannon Chambers at

  Member Spotlight 

NATA Member Gill Aviation Completes Airport Improvements


David Wayne Hooks Airport (DWH) in Houston, TX completed a two-year capital improvement program valued at more than $1 million. Improvements included resurfacing of the primary 7,009-foot runway, which has a weight capacity of 85,000 pounds, and grading and repaving several taxiways. Other enhancements include enlarging and strengthening the main ramp to accommodate larger aircraft, exterior lighting for T-hangars, periphery drainage improvements and installing high speed security gates at all entrances. "With more than 275,000 annual aircraft movements, we are one of the busiest non-commercial privately held airports in the U.S. serving business and general aviation customers as well as military DOD contract fueling," said Jag Gill, president. "Keeping the airport at optimum operating conditions for all our customers is our primary goal in making substantial commitments to capital improvements.” For more information, click here.


Oakdale Municipal Airport Requests Proposals for FBO


The City of Oakdale is seeking interested FBOs to support airport growth and traffic in a mutually advantageous partnership. The Oakdale Municipal Airport – Dan Donnelly Field features a 75 ft. wide by 3,020 ft. long runway, as well as upgraded taxiways with a number of commercial hangars available for long-term lease. Click here to learn more about this 80-aircraft facility.


FBO Success Seminar: Seats Are Filling Up, Room Block Deadline Is Running Out


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. Seats are limited and the hotel room block ends tomorrow, February 23rd. As a special bonus, seminar attendees will receive a free copy of the book, FBO Survival: 10 Tips to Keep Your Operation Lean, Mean & Profitable

The full agenda and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to register, please click here.


Dallas ALS Workshop Sold Out | Don’t Miss Out on Upcoming Dates


The last seat is taken for the March 15-16, 2016 ALS Workshop in Dallas, TX. Register now for one of the upcoming workshops before it's too late! Safety 1st Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop is a two-day training event designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your line service team succeed and become new leaders within your company. Companies can get a discount on the workshop price if purchased with the PLST and/or the Supervisor Online Training.

Register now for an upcoming ALS Workshop:


Safety 1st Is Coming to Augusta, GA | Essentials of Hangar Subleasing and Advanced Line Service Workshop


The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue (May 10-11) is a one-and-a-half-day management development program that covers the delicate balance between customer service, risk mitigation and revenue optimization in subleasing hangar space to aircraft operators. Facilitated by industry-experts FBO Partners on behalf of NATA, this course will teach the best practices, strategies and negotiation skills essential in hangar subleasing, and provide an immediate and quantifiable return for an attendee.

NATA Safety 1st is also pleased to host its popular Advanced Line Service Workshop at Augusta Regional Airport in Augusta, GA on May 11th and 12th. Join NATA for two valuable workshops. Register today. 

  ACSF News 

ACSF Symposium Is Two Weeks Away


Time is running out to register! Join your colleagues March 8-9, 2016 to learn from industry leaders on system safety, reducing risk, safety metrics and much more. Stay informed with trending and emerging safety challenges facing aviation businesses and consumers.

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Other ACSF News: Loyd’s Aviation Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation




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