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  May 2, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 18 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Gives Top Honors to Industry Greats James C. Christiansen and Mark C. Willey

NATA is pleased to celebrate the best and the brightest in the industry at the Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon on June 9, 2016. The William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award, will be presented posthumously to James C. Christiansen and the NATA Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Mark C. Willey. The awards luncheon takes place in conjunction with the Aviation Business Conference and is included in the registration fee. Luncheon tickets can be purchased by contacting Karissa Uko at Click here for more information on the Ong Memorial and Distinguished Service Awards and here for additional details on the other Industry Excellence Awards. 


Hendricks Responds to Wall Street Journal Article on Air Traffic Control Privatization

Last week, NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks submitted a letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to its April 27th article “The Air-Traffic System U.S. Airlines Wish They Had.” Countering the article’s allegations that NavCanada is the air traffic control system model to emulate in the United States, Hendricks reminds readers, “While corporatizing air traffic control may sound ideologically attractive to some, it’s also a disincentive for airlines to pursue modernization and operating efficiency and instead rely on cost shifting and exclusion of other aviation users from what they see as their airports and airways.” Hendricks also asserts, “The ability to repeatedly manage incredibly complex airspace safely, in multiple locations no less, without being required to give preference to certain users happens in only one place in the world – the United States.”


Flag Pins for Veterans Project Returns for 2016

NATA’s annual Flag Pins for Veterans Project will run from May 1st until Veteran’s Day 2016. Once again, project participants are asked to display American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a $1.00 donation per pin, or make a direct donation to the project. Last year’s campaign raised $30,000 for Veteran’s Airlift Command and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at to participate.


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

In celebration of the association’s 75th Anniversary, NATA held its fourth monthly contest providing an opportunity for one lucky social media follower to win a prize. In April, followers of NATA’s LinkedIn Company Page were entered in a drawing for a free training seat for an upcoming NATA Safety 1st workshop. The winner of the contest is Gary Jet Center of Gary, Indiana — an 8-year NATA member. For May’s contest, the association will select an Aviation Business Conference registrant to win two free ads in our weekly newsletter, NATA News — if you haven’t already, please register for the conference here.

  Industry News

NATA and GA Community Praises FAA Part 23 Rulemaking and Urges Rule Completion in 2016


On the eve of an FAA public hearing on the Part 23 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), a coalition of leading general aviation organizations, including NATA, applauded the FAA’s efforts to improve safety and make it easier to bring new products to market for the light general aviation sector, while strongly encouraging the agency to finish its work on the issue by the end of 2016. The NPRM is a result of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (SARA) that was signed into law on November 27, 2013. The groups recognized the FAA for its leadership, calling the Part 23 effort “a poster child for good rulemaking.” NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks added, “The FAA’s proposed rule recognizes that we live in an era of extraordinary innovation; its emphasis on performance-based standards will accelerate the availability of exciting new safety enhancing products to the aviation community. Just as important, performance-based standards will enhance regulatory clarity, assisting in efforts to increase regulatory consistency across the agency’s regions and offices.” Please click here to view full comments.

 Association Highlights

California State University, Los Angeles Forms NATA’s Inaugural Student Chapter


California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), which offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Administration, is the first to join the NATA College Chapter program. Sponsored by the Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, the College Chapter provides students valuable resources, access to experts and networking opportunities to advance their future aviation careers. “We’re excited to provide students with new opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience from experts in the aviation business industry,” said Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO and NATA Board Member Curt Castagna. “By partnering with other aviation companies and trade organizations, we can successfully introduce students to the diversity of careers available behind-the-scenes at airports—from FBO management, sales and finance to aviation law and engineering.” NATA College Chapters provide numerous student-only savings and advantages. For more information about CSULA’s College Chapter, click here.


New 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 the Aviation Business Journal, NATA News or on our website For more information on advertising and sponsorships with NATA, click here.

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

June 8-10 Aviation Business Conference (sponsorship packet)

July 12-13 Safety 1st ALS Hayward, CA

Advanced De-Icing Workshop Salt Lake City, UT

  Member Spotlight

Phillips 66 Aviation Expands Contract Fuel Program


Phillips 66 Aviation recently expanded its contract fuel program, Partners-Into-Plane, to allow Part 91 corporate and all Part 135 charter operators to participate. It previously was available only to Part 121 and 125 operators, as well as Part 135 cargo, air ambulance and scheduled passenger operations. Building on its existing platform, the program does not require fuel releases or contract fuel cards for processing, which streamlines the process. Partners-Into-Plane is currently available at 200 FBOs in the U.S., and more than 300 members participate in the program, including major and regional passenger and cargo airlines, air ambulance, firefighting and other specialty operators. “In response to overwhelming feedback, we are making this program enhancement available to all flight operators,” said Phillips 66 Aviation manager for general aviation Greg Hart. For more information, click here.


Pentastar Aviation Partners with SmartSky Networks to Develop STCs for Gulfstream G450 and G550 Aircraft


Later this year, Pentastar Aviation will develop supplemental type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft in utilizing the SmartSky 4G network. The partnership will also include hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Pentastar serves as a business aviation leader, providing aircraft management, charter, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning fixed-base operation (FBO) services. “We are pleased SmartSky Networks has engaged Pentastar to help bring this impressive technology to the market,” says Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation President & CEO. “The SmartSky network will enable our customers to get the high-speed internet experience they need.” Click here for more information.


New Speaker Added to Upcoming Essentials of Hangar Subleasing Seminar


Paul Lange, President of the Law Offices of Paul A. Lange, is the latest speaker to join The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue roster. This seminar 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


NATA Aviation Business Conference Session Preview | Slow Onset Hypoxia
May 17, 2016 – 2 pm EDT – Free Webinar


NATA's 2016 Aviation Business Conference is coming to Washington, DC June 8th through 10th. A webinar on May 17th will offer a preview of a conference session led by speaker, Dr. Paul Buza of the Southern Aero Medical Institute. Dr. Buza has spent years researching the unique profile and dangers associated with slow onset hypoxia and will discuss the challenges crew members face in recognizing the onset of this quiet risk.

Free Registration – Click Here Now


Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop | Hayward, CA


NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Hayward, CA on July 12-13, 2016 at APP Jet Center. The 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. Register now before seats are gone! Additional dates and locations for this workshop are available at

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