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 March 28, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 13 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Congress Approves Extension of FAA Programs and Taxes Until July 15

Last Monday, Congress approved a short-term extension of the FAA’s operating and funding authority until July 15th, avoiding the March 31st expiration. The extension provides time for both chambers to complete a long-term reauthorization bill and resolve differences, including whether to incorporate House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s proposal to create a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation, a central tenet of the House version of the reauthorization. Unlike its House counterpart — opposed by NATA — the Senate bill does not include the corporation. The reauthorization legislation will go before the full Senate for consideration in early April. For more information and to contact your Representatives and Senators in opposition to Chairman Shuster’s corporation proposal, visit


Senate Appropriators Review DOT Budget, Express Concerns About ATC Corporation

On Wednesday, March 16th, members of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee reviewed the Department of Transportation’s fiscal year 2017 budget request with DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. The budget proposes $15.9 billion for the FAA. Subcommittee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) expressed concerns to Secretary Foxx about House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s proposal to create a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation stating that “likening our system to any other is preposterous.” Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) agreed, adding that an air traffic control corporation is “a dangerous proposal that moves us in the wrong direction.”


NATA Announces New Member Programs for College Students

Last week, NATA announced new Student and College Chapter membership programs dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field, and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. “NATA’s Student and College Chapter memberships provide significant opportunities for college students to build upon their aviation foundation by drawing on the vast experience and knowledge of NATA’s talented membership,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of NATA. Student members can post their resumes on, view current job and internship postings, receive NATA News and other industry updates, access the member directory, and attend NATA events. College Chapters provide exclusive savings and numerous advantages in addition to Student memberships including leadership opportunities, a scholarship to attend the Aviation Business Conference for free, complimentary access to Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training through Safety 1st, and more. Please click here to learn more about NATA Student memberships and click here for NATA College Chapter memberships.


NATA Joins Industry in Support of Aviation Funding

NATA, along with other aviation industry groups, urged House and Senate Appropriations leaders to support funding for several aviation safety programs, including the Contract Tower Program and the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). The groups asked for $159 million in dedicated funding for the Contract Tower Program in the fiscal year 2017 DOT/FAA appropriations bill, stating that this level, “will maintain operations of all current contract towers and applicable new facilities that FAA expects to add to the program.” NATA also encouraged congressional appropriators to continue to invest in the PAFI initiative, which is “essential to ensuring that the transition to an unleaded replacement fuel effectively balances environmental improvement with aviation safety, technical challenges, and economic impact to the U.S. general aviation transportation system.”

  From the FAA

FAA Releases Aerospace Forecast for Fiscal Years 2016-2036


On March 24th, the FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036. The report highlights a favorable long-term outlook for general aviation due to gains in turbine aircraft activity. The FAA indicates “the active general aviation fleet is forecast to increase 0.2 percent a year between 2015 and 2036…although fleet growth is minimal, the number of general aviation hours flown is projected to increase an average of 1.2 percent per year through 2036, as growth in turbine, rotorcraft, and experimental hours more than offset a decline in fixed wing piston hours.”
  Association Highlights

2016 NATA Advertising, Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


Advertising or sponsoring an event with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation decision makers and end users. NATA offers high visibility, optimum value and direct access to aviation business leaders throughout the world. Advertisements are available in Aviation Business Journal, NATA News or on our website! For more information on advertising with NATA, please visit:

Sponsorship opportunities starting at $250 are available. Select the following event(s) to view what options are still open:


New Registration Deadline for 2016 Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program | Register Now Before It’s Too Late


Tuesday, April 5th is the last day to register for the first installment of the Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP). The 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. It 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 April 5th. To learn more, click here.


NATA’s 75th Anniversary Social Media Contest | March Contest


In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, we are holding monthly contests throughout 2016 for our members and program participants to win special giveaways. 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 This month’s prize will be the choice of a free training seat for the recently launched HAZMAT Will Carry, HAZMAT Will Not Carry or Regulated Garbage. The winner will be selected April 1st.

  Member Spotlight

NATA Member, MidAmerica Jet Expanding Charter Service


Two years ago, MidAmerica Jet began transforming the company into a charter service for the 21st century. They added two Cirrus SR-22 single-engine aircraft to serve the market within a 750-mile radius of Owensboro to go with their Embraer Phenom jet, which has a longer range. Pete Carroll, Director of Operations, said MidAmerica Jet has arrangements with other charter services to secure larger planes when larger groups want to fly out of Owensboro. In January 2015, MidAmerica opened a second base at John Tune Airport on Nashville's west side. "Nashville represents about 30 percent of our business," Carroll said. "Most of our business is in Owensboro." The company now has seven pilots and 12 maintenance personnel between the two locations. Additionally, the company expanded into flight training by working with local colleges and responding to the recent pilot drought. For more information, click here.


Conklin & de Decker Releases Latest Generation of MxManager


Earlier this month, Conklin & de Decker launched the latest update of MxManager (MxM) at the 2016 Heli-Expo. An industry leading aviation maintenance software, MxM enables users to track, organize, and control various maintenance activities and expenses. MxManager is a completely integrated maintenance management, inventory, and reporting package. MxM allows users to track costs and labor and improve the flow of information throughout the department to help identify critical cost areas. “We believe that MxManager is the single most cost-effective program on the market today,” stated Brandon Battles, Vice President at Conklin & de Decker. “We continually listen to our users to create an intuitive system that mimics their daily work-flow. Once this new release was ready, we upgraded our key rotor and fixed-winged customers late last year. We have heard great reviews from them about the improved navigation and functionality that allows them to quickly understand the status of their operation,” added Battles. For more information, please visit


Only a Few Seats Left for Safety 1st ALS Workshop in Windsor Locks, CT


NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Windsor Locks, CT on April 6-7, 2016 at the New England Air Museum. The Safety 1st Advanced Line Service 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. Register now before seats are gone! Additional dates and locations for this workshop are available at


Increase Revenue with Hangar Subleasing | New Training Program


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 attendees. The seminar will take place May 10th and 11th in Augusta, GA. To view the program agenda, click here. For more information, please visit


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! Also, sponsorship opportunities for the conference are available starting at $250.




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