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 March 7, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 10 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Announces Leadership Transition

On March 4th, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks announced his intention to resign at the end of his employment agreement in August. “It has been an honor to lead NATA through this period of significant change by greatly enhancing its position as the voice of aviation business on Capitol Hill, at the agencies, and in the states. I am also pleased to have led the association’s move to downtown Washington, D.C., overseen the expansion of the association’s membership, and the development of new products and services to help our members operate safely and effectively in the marketplace. Having accomplished these initiatives, I now look forward to new challenges and opportunities,” stated Hendricks. “NATA is deeply appreciative of Tom’s leadership,” stated NATA Chairman Andrew Priester (Chairman and CEO, Priester Aviation), “Under Tom’s steady hand the association moved forward on a number of fronts particularly enhancing its reputation with policymakers and expanding benefits for NATA’s membership. We respect and appreciate his decision and willingness to remain through August to aid in this transition.” A member of NATA’s board of directors will be designated to assume the duties as interim President/CEO effective September 1st until a successor is named. NATA’s Senior Vice Presidents, William R. Deere and Timothy R. Obitts will oversee the association’s daily activities.

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Senate to Release FAA Reauthorization Legislation This Week

This week, the Senate Commerce Committee is expected to release its proposal to reauthorize the FAA through 2019. The legislation is not expected to create a separate, user fee-funded air traffic control corporation as proposed by the House and instead maintain air traffic control operations under the agency’s purview. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) hopes to mark up the FAA bill in the next few weeks and bring it to the Senate floor in April. A three-year reauthorization, Chairman Thune stated, will allow Congress to keep up with the rapidly changing aviation scene and revisit pertinent issues facing the industry. Separately, the House and Senate will soon vote on a three-month FAA extension to continue the agency’s current authorization past its March 31st expiration. NATA urges members who have not yet weighed in on the House proposal to create a user fee-funded ATC corporation to contact your elected representatives and express your opposition.


NATA’s 75th Anniversary Social Media Contest | February Winner

In celebration of the association’s 75th Anniversary, NATA held its second monthly contest providing an opportunity for one lucky social media follower to win a prize. In February, individuals that followed NATA’s Facebook page were entered in a drawing to win a $200 voucher to use toward NATA products, services or events. The winner of the contest is Deborah Melvin, Airport Manager for South Texas International Airport at Edinburg — a 5-year NATA member. For March’s contest, NATA will select a participant of NATA’s Safety 1st Misfueling Prevention Awareness Training Program. In order to enter the March drawing, you will need to complete the free training and qualify for a certificate of completion. If you haven’t done so already, start your training now at


Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference Ends in April

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! 

  Industry News

Help the FAA Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Safety


The 38th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2015 is underway! The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. These data help to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. If you are selected to complete this year’s survey, you should have received a postcard invitation to participate. You can complete the survey online, or a survey form will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope. Previous years’ survey results can be found hereYour responses are confidential. Tetra Tech is an independent research firm that conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA. The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. If you have any questions, please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email

  Association Highlights

NATA Offers Two Options for Workers Compensation Insurance


Members now have a choice when it comes to workers compensation insurance. NATA’s new workers compensation insurance program with Allianz includes NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return” that provides additional savings by rewarding companies with excellent safety records. This broker-driven program is backed by a trusted international insurance company with proven financial ratings. Realizing no two aviation businesses are alike and each one has unique needs, NATA’s strategic relationship with IFBOA continues to allow members to participate in IFBOA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program with QBE — providing you with options to best fit your business. NATA urges you to contact your insurance broker prior to renewing your workers compensation insurance program to see if the benefits of the Allianz or QBE programs are right for you. To learn more, please visit


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 14th. 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, and more! To review the 2016 opportunities, contact Shannon Chambers at

  Member Spotlight

NATA Members, Banyan Air Service and Aircraft Technical Publishers Move to the Cloud


March 1st, Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) and Banyan Air Service completed an agreement to begin transitioning Banyan’s entire technical information library from CD-based services to the ATP Aviation Hub™, the company’s cloud-based SaaS application. With anywhere, anytime online access to critical maintenance and regulatory information, the Fort Lauderdale-based FBO reported dramatically improved operating efficiency, speed, and flexibility, among other benefits. “We pride ourselves on the highest levels of service excellence and the ATP Aviation Hub represents a considerable source of advantage in a highly competitive market,” said Lewis Homsher, Quality Assurance Manager for Banyan. For more information, click here.


Skytech Celebrates Its 40-Year Anniversary


Skytech, Inc. — a general aviation company specializing in aircraft sales, maintenance, aircraft management and FBOs — is celebrating 40 years of business in 2016. Starting as an aircraft parts company in 1976 at the Martin State Airport in Baltimore, Maryland, Skytech grew with Full-Service FBO locations in Westminster, Maryland and Rock Hill, South Carolina. “We are immensely proud of our past, and equally as excited about the future. To not only survive four decades in business aviation, but continuously grow, you have to be able to adapt to changing demands and provide the highest level of service to your customers. We pride ourselves on just that. And with new services and products on the horizon, that trend looks to continue as we start into our fifth decade!” stated John Foster, President of Skytech, Inc. Currently in the final stages of certification, the addition of an FAA Part 135 Charter Certificate will allow Skytech to further support a growing customer base as well as expand into a brand new one. For a detailed look at Skytech’s history, visit


This Year’s FBO Success Seminar Is Sold Out


This week’s FBO Success Seminar is sold out! For the sixth year, attendees will join NATA and Aviation Business Strategies Group to learn new FBO management techniques and gain essential aviation operational and service knowledge, while sharing experiences with new friends in the FBO industry. NATA’s Safety 1st would like to thank our seminar sponsors for their support and we look forward to hosting our attendees in New Orleans this week.

2016 FBO Success Seminar Sponsors:

Epps Aviation
Multi Service Technology Solutions

New NATA Seminar | The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing Seminar


The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue 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. The seminar will take place May 10th and 11th in Augusta, GA. For more information, please visit

  ACSF News 

The ACSF Symposium Is Tomorrow!


Register now and join your colleagues Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center in Ashburn, VA. 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: Talon Air Inc. Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation




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