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  May 9, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 19 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Hendricks to Participate on ATC Modernization Panel

On May 13th, NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks represents our industry on a panel discussion, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, titled “Modernizing Our Air Traffic Control System: What’s the Holdup?” Moderated by Bart Jensen of USA Today, the panel will examine the status of our air traffic control system, discuss the need for reform and investigate options for progress. For more information and to register for the event, click here


Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA to Host Commercial Operators Tax Seminar in July

On July 13th, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. and NATA will once again offer the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar looks at tax issues that you face every day in your operations including: federal excise taxes, state taxes, audits, international fees, and depreciation and passive activity loss rules. For the seminar agenda, click here. To register or sponsor the tax seminar, click here.


NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference Room Block Ends May 27th

The NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference 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. This two-day event, 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 the full conference agenda. To register or book your hotel reservation through NATA’s room block, please visit Hotel rooms are very limited, book your reservation online through NATA’s room block by Friday, May 27, 2016.


NATA Participates in Airman Certification Standards Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ACS ARAC) Meeting

Last week, NATA’s regulatory affairs staff attended an Airman Certification Standards Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ACS ARAC) meeting in Washington, DC. The Working Group is responsible for the implementation of the ACS, which will replace the preceding Practical Test Standards (PTS). The ACS will add task-specific knowledge and risk management elements to each PTS Area of Operation/Task — resulting in a more systematic approach to airman certification. During the meeting, the Working Group reviewed the ACS deployment plan, and received updates on the standards, guidance, testing, and processes. The next ACS ARAC meeting is scheduled for September 13-14, 2016. A recently updated PDF version of the Airman Certification Standards FAQ can be found on the ACS webpage. For further information on the ACS, please contact Megan Eisenstein at

  From the FAA

FAA Extends 8130-3 Requirement Regarding MAG Change 5


On May 2nd, the FAA issued Notice N 8900.360 Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG), Change 5 Requirements for the FAA Form 8130-3 From Production Approval Holder extending the implementation date from April 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016. The notice addresses concerns about the current MAG raised by numerous FAA-certificated repair stations (CRS) on the changes contained in Section B, Appendix 1, paragraph 10, Release and Acceptance of Components.


FAA Makes Two Major Drone Announcements at AUVSI Conference


Last week, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee to help facilitate unmanned aircraft integration issues. While speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual conference, Huerta stated, “…the drone advisory committee is intended to be a long-lasting group. It will help identify and prioritize integration challenges and improvements, and create broad support for an overall integration strategy.” The FAA Administrator also revealed the agency’s plans to simplify the use of drones for students as long as the drones are being used for educational and research purposes. The agency claims “…schools and students will no longer need a Section 333 exemption or any other authorization to fly provided they follow the rules for model aircraft. Faculty will be able to use drones in connection with helping their students with their courses.”

  Industry News

Are You Ready for the June 1 GHS Compliance Deadline?


By June 1, 2016 all aviation businesses and other firms, must be fully compliant with the OSHA rule on the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of labeling chemicals. In addition, all employees must be trained on the use of the GHS system. Compliance with the GHS hazard communication rule requires that aviation businesses: update old Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) utilizing the GHS system, revise Hazard Communications Programs to include the GHS system and train all employees on reading and understanding GHS labels. Aviation businesses can provide employees with the required training through NATA’s Safety 1st Hazard Communication Training Module. This module covers the new aspects and labels used in the GHS as well as the foundations of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. Learn more about NATA’s Safety 1st Hazcom Training Module at For updates on HAZcom and other Safety 1st programs, please follow the “The Safety Net” blog.

  Member Spotlight

Sheltair Acquires FBO at Tampa International Airport (TPA)


Sheltair recently acquired Tampa International Jet at Tampa International Airport (TPA), Florida. Sheltair Chairman and CEO Jerry Holland stated, “We are pleased to announce that we acquired Tampa International Jet Center, an award-winning operation with a highly commended customer service staff.  We are genuinely excited about bringing their expertise and reputation into the Sheltair family. Strategically, this location and operation fits perfectly into our growth model and compliments our network of FBOs.” Sheltair plans to build a new 32,000 SF hangar and executive offices at TPA with a projected investment of $5.5 million. This project will feature the latest advances in design and construction and include high tail doors to accommodate new large cabin business aircraft with an anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2017. For more information, click here.


New U.S. CBP Facility at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport


For the first time in approximately three decades, U.S. Customs and Immigration service is now available at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport to facilitate increased traffic to Cuba. Last week, the new 4,200-sq-ft permanent Customs and Border Patrol facility opened in the airport’s former commercial terminal. In anticipation of the achievement, the airport recently added “International” to its name. The cost for the $1.6 million facility was split equally between the Florida Department of Transportation and the Monroe County Airport Authority, said Thomas Henderson, assistant county airports director and Marathon Airport manager. According to NATA member Marathon Jet Center, it is the only FBO that pumps jet-A at the airport after Customs clearance — pilots can request fuel delivery to the aircraft in the Customs area, depending on traffic, a feature that would waive facility fees for turbine-powered aircraft. The general aviation, non-towered airport is open 24/7 and features a 5,000-foot runway. For more information, click here.


California State University, Los Angeles Seeking Aviation Assistant/Associate Professor


California State University, Los Angeles has an opening for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in the Aviation Administration of CSULA’s Department of Technology College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in guiding students on projects and independent studies, and a commitment to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Preference will be given to those candidates with a Ph.D. in a related area, and professional experience in air cargo transportation. The start date for this position is next fall, September 2017. NATA members interested in similar general aviation job opportunities, please visit NATA’s Classifieds.


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 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 killer. All webinar registrants will receive a complimentary recording of the webinar.

Free Registration – Click Here Now


NATA and Safety 1st to Hold Augusta, GA Workshops This Week


May 10th and 11th, the inaugural Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue will take place in Augusta, Georgia. Seminar participants will learn 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, while sharing experiences with new friends in the FBO industry. NATA would like to thank our seminar sponsors for their support and we look forward to hosting our attendees in Augusta this week.

2016 Essentials of Hangar Subleasing Seminar Sponsors:


One Mile Up


NATA Safety 1st will also host its Advanced Line Service (ALS) Regional Workshop May 11th and 12th at the Augusta Regional Airport. Thank you to our workshop sponsors: Air BP, Aviation Business Strategies Group, EasyFBO and Augusta Regional Airport. Check out our upcoming schedule of events at


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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