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  April 11, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 15 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Senate Moving on FAA Reauthorization Bill

Last week, the Senate voted unanimously to begin consideration of S. 2658, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, allowing Senators to begin floor debate and offer amendments. The vote comes after numerous closed-door discussions on incorporating into the bill unrelated renewable energy tax provisions. Many Senators are encouraging the inclusion of additional airport security measures into the bill following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, including heightened passenger screening systems and TSA access to additional terrorism-related databases as well as provide the agency a boost to expand upon its TSA PreCheck program. The reauthorization bill would extend the FAA’s authority to operate through October 1, 2017. Watch ongoing Senate debate on the reauthorization legislation here.


NATA Marks 5-Year Anniversary of AMT Employer Recognition Award | Announces 2016 Recipients

On April 5th, NATA announced the recipients of the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) Employer Recognition Awards. These awards are presented annually to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees. Award winners receive either a one, three or five-star award depending on the percentage of employed AMTs meeting the training requirements. This year NATA is bestowing awards to 42 companies, in addition to the annual star awards, eleven companies will receive recognition for five consecutive years as AMT Employer Recognition Award recipients. The award winners will be recognized at the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2016 Aviation Business Conference in June. The full list of winners is available here.


NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference Agenda Now Available

This two-day event, held steps from the United States Capitol, is tailored to the issues impacting the many segments of aviation business including air charter, maintenance, FBOs and more. The NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference, June 8th-10th, kicks off with an opening reception and includes sessions on industry consolidation, hiring challenges with a declining pilot supply, maximizing FBO customer service and much more. Plan on participating in the industry's most comprehensive policy and networking event designed to help you succeed in today's complex and challenging marketplace. Click here for full agenda.


NATA Members | Safety 1st Participants Dominate AIN FBO Survey

NATA congratulates member companies recognized in the AIN 2016 FBO Survey: The Americas. Last week, AIN released the results of the survey that asks respondents to evaluate FBOs they visited the previous year in five categories: passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities, and customer service representatives.  The list of top-rated FBOs in the Americas 2013-2016 (by overall average) is dominated by NATA members that are also Safety 1st participants. Click here to view the full survey report.

  From the FAA

FAA, EASA Extend 8130-3 Requirement


The “new” parts documentation requirement imposed on U.S.-based production approval holders by Change 5 to the United States-European Union Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) has once again been postponed. The new effective date is October 1, 2016 – six additional months to fully realize the benefits of the new 14 CFR § 21.137(o). The MAG details EASA, FAA, and applicant actions required to be taken in order for an FAA-certificated 14 CFR part 145 repair station primarily located in the U.S. to be approved to EASA Part-145; and for an EASA Part-145 Approved Maintenance Organization to be approved to 14 CFR part 145, in accordance with the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety. NATA and other trade associations worked with the FAA to revise the MAG language. As a result, the FAA and EASA agreed to allow implementation of the privileges under 21.137(o) to the greatest extent possible, and agreed to extend the implementation deadline specified in FAA Notice 8900.336 from April 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016. All of the other provisions of MAG CHG 5 remain in effect.


FAA Updates NextGen Website


The FAA recently revamped the NextGen Update website for 2016. The website offers the latest news on NextGen’s top programs, an overview of NextGen’s environmental and safety initiatives, updates on the tools controllers are using, and information to help the general aviation community prepare for the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate.

  Member Spotlight

Private Jet Leader JetSuite Launches New Brand JetSuiteX


Last week, JetSuite launched JetSuiteX, a new public charter operator, offering weekday service in the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles market on April 19, as well as weekend service to Las Vegas from April 22. JetSuiteX will connect Burbank Bob Hope Airport with Contra Costa County’s Buchanan Field in Concord on luxuriously configured Embraer 135 aircraft -- with introductory fares starting from just $109 each way. JetSuiteX will offer service to Las Vegas on Friday nights, returning to Concord on Sunday afternoons. JetSuite also announced the addition of the Embraer EMB-135 LR jet to its existing fleet of Phenom 100s and CJ3s. Read more.


Solairus Adds Seven Charter Aircraft


Solairus Aviation reported adding seven aircraft to its charter fleet in Q1 of 2016, bringing the total number of aircraft on its charter certificate to 52. Northeast large-cabin additions include a Global 5000 and a Challenger 605 based near Boston, Massachusetts and an Oxford, Connecticut-based Gulfstream G550. The South and Southeast now feature a Dallas, Texas-based Dassault Falcon 2000LX and an Orlando, Florida-based Embraer Legacy 450. The West Coast now has a Sacramento, California-based Citation Excel and an Oakland, California-based Dassault Falcon 900DX. Read more.


Duncan Aviation Launches Electronic Aircraft Mx Logbook


Duncan Aviation recently added an electronic logbook feature to its web-based aircraft project management system, myDuncan. Customers can now view their aircraft maintenance logbook entries in real time, categorized by airframe or engine, while at the same time communicate directly with inspectors through the system. Launched in 2006, myDuncan allows customers to monitor progress of any maintenance or upgrade event, giving them greater access and better control of their projects from anywhere in the world. Read more.

  Association Highlights

NATA Student Memberships and College Chapters


NATA’s new Student and College Chapter membership programs are dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field, and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. College Chapters require the school to be an affiliate member of NATA ($266 annual membership) and have 5 student members signed up at $25 each annually. Please click here to learn more about NATA Student memberships and click here for NATA College Chapter membership or contact Jake Legere at or 202-774-1502 for more information.


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The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: 75th Anniversary Special Pricing


In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, the association is offering $400 off the registration fee for The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue. The one-and-a-half-day management development program 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 best practices, strategies and negotiation skills essential in hangar subleasing, and provide an immediate and quantifiable return for attendees. The seminar takes place May 10th and 11th in Augusta, GA. To view the program agenda, click here. For more information, please visit

  ACSF News 

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