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  May 30, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 22 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Senate Commerce Leaders Urge House FAA Action

Last week, the leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote to their House Transportation Committee counterparts urging action either on the Senate’s recently approved, bipartisan FAA Reauthorization legislation, or on a House proposal that does not contain the controversial provision to create an air traffic control corporation. The FAA’s current authorization expires July 15th. Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) emphasized that there is not enough consensus in the Senate on the idea of separating air traffic control from the FAA, concluding that the Senate bill “provides the only viable opportunity this year to deliver a bill to the President.”


One Week Left to Register for the NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference

Seats and hotel rooms for the NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference are filling up fast. There is only one week left to register for this two-day event, held steps from the United States Capitol. The conference sessions are tailored to the issues impacting the many segments of aviation business including air charter, maintenance, FBOs and 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. Register today at or use this registration form. Interested attendees may also register onsite at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in the Congressional C/D room on the lobby level.


NATA Promotes Safety 1st and IS-BAH at EBACE

NATA’s Senior Vice President Tim Obitts and Managing Director of Safety & Training Michael France spent last week promoting the NATA Safety 1st program and IS-BAH to a global audience of FBOs and ground handlers at the European Business Aviation Association’s annual conference and exposition (EBACE). France and Obitts met with current international Safety 1st users and other foreign-based FBOs and ground handlers to advance NATA’s mission of creating safe and successful aviation businesses. Additionally, France participated in the annual IS-BAH Standards Board meeting hosted by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).


NATA Members Texas Jet and I.A.M. Jet Centre Earn IS-BAH Certification

NATA would like to congratulate two members that are Safety 1st Qualified for recently becoming IS-BAH Registered: Texas Jet and I.A.M. Jet Centre, Jamaica! Click here to read about I.A.M. Jet Centre's accomplishment. Visit the FBO / Ground Handling Status Map to see what other service facilities are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered. To find out more about the IS-BAH program, please visit or the Safety Net Blog.

  Association Highlights

NATA 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project


This year, please consider giving back to those who fought to defend our nation and freedom. NATA’s 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project will run until October 31, 2016. 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 nearly $30,000 for veteran organizations. NATA would like to thank our current (13) participants: American Jet Charter, Atlantic Aviation, Gary Jet Center, Inc., Greenbrier Valley Airport, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Napa Jet Center, NATA, Pentastar Aviation, Signature Flight Support and Stuart Jet Center. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at to participate.

  Member Spotlight

Jet Aviation Adds Eight Aircraft to Its Global Management Fleet


Jet Aviation continues to grow its global managed fleet. In the past two months, the company added two Gulfstream G650s and a G550, and an Airbus to its managed fleet in EMEA and Asia, and two Dassault Falcon 2000, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter and a Global Express in the U.S. Of the nearly 300 aircraft that Jet Aviation manages worldwide, 120 are based in EMEA and 33 in Asia, reflecting the company’s commitment to excellence. In the U.S., the Falcon 2000 aircraft and Sikorsky S-76 helicopter are based in Trenton, N.J. The Global Express is based in Van Nuys, CA. Read more


Free Safety Posters and Resources from USAIG Now Available


The Safety Net Blog provides a means to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st program and gain access to industry safety and training resources. One such resource available from USAIG, is offered at no cost — safety screensavers and wallpaper. Click here to read more and learn how to download these resources today!


Pazos FBO Services to Expand Caribbean Presence


Last week, PAZOS FBO Services announced details of the company’s multi-million-dollar expansion slated to begin operations during the fall at the strategic Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (LMM) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airport currently serves more than 135,000 operations and moves more than nine million passengers annually. PAZOS’ new 12,500 square feet building will increase staff size by almost 30% and will more than double their existing operation, including a sizeable extension of hangar facilities and aircraft parking. The expansion also includes the opening of a full service U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) terminal within the new FBO building. “PAZOS joined the Air Elite Network as one of the first Caribbean locations and has been one of the network’s clear leaders in growth and development in the region. These new enhancements will no doubt enhance the Air Elite diamond service experience for customers when traveling within the network,” said Steve Drzymalla, World Fuel Services’ Vice President, Business Aviation Bulk Fuel. For more information, click here.


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 here.


Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA Bring Refreshed Commercial Operators Tax Seminar to Omaha


On July 13th, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. and NATA will once again offer the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. This year, the Tax Seminar is tailored as a one-day session and will be held at the Jet Linx headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. 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 for the tax seminar, click here. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Shannon Chambers at


Popular Aviation Leadership and Management Workshop Returns in August


On August 2nd and 3rd, the Aviation Leadership and Management Workshop, presented by NATA and Aviation Management Consulting Group, will provide the knowledge and tools you need to be a better leader — whether you are a general manager, customer service manager/supervisor or you are aspiring to be a manager. During this two-day workshop, you will learn proven leadership and management principles, best practice approaches, innovative strategies, and creative techniques from industry experts who have decades of experience leading and managing people and making business decisions.

  ACSF News

New ACSF Member | Silverhawk Aviation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Silverhawk Aviation is the newest charter operator to join as a member. Along with more than 137 other companies, Silverhawk Aviation now supports the ACSF vision to enable on-demand air charter providers, business, and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry.

Learn more and join the ACSF today.




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