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  June 20, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 25 
  This Week's Top Stories 

FAA Includes NATA Recommendations in Final Policy on the Non-Aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) incorporated NATA recommendations into its final policy on the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars that will take effect July 1, 2017. In its September 2014 comments, NATA expressed concerns with the proposed policy’s description of incidental use and limitations on homebuilt aircraft projects. NATA also recommended “all activity related to homebuilt aircraft be considered aeronautical use and local authorities be permitted to manage homebuilt aircraft activity through hangar leases and local policy.” “NATA appreciates the FAA’s inclusion of our recommendations in the final policy and applauds the agency’s efforts to standardize and formalize its non-aeronautical use of airport hangars policy,” stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. For more information, click here.


NATA Board Member Clara Bennett 2016 Inducted Into Florida Aviation Business Association Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame

Last week, the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) held its 2016 Conference and Trade Show in Sarasota, FL. NATA President Tom Hendricks appeared on a panel with AOPA’s Mark Baker and NBAA’s Christa Fornarotto updating participants on the FAA reauthorization legislation, including the prospects for securing third-class medical reform and the controversial House proposal to create an air traffic control corporation. Also during the event, NATA board member Clara Bennett, Executive Director of the Boca Airport Authority, was inducted into the Florida Aviation Business Association Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor those who have made or continue to make significant contributions to the business aviation in Florida.


FAA Releases Draft AC Pertaining to Part 145 Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals

Today, the FAA released draft advisory circular (AC) 145-9A, Guide for Developing and Evaluating Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals. The AC provides information for all repair station certificate holders and applicants under 14 CFR part 145 to develop and evaluate a Repair Station Manual (RSM) and Quality Control Manual (QCM). The draft AC states, “The FAA has revised this AC to incorporate policies and procedures identified in related FAA guidance for clarity and consistency. It also clarifies the minimum requirements for an RSM and QCM and provides guidance for items that should be included in these manuals.” This AC cancels AC 145-9 CHG 1, Guide for Developing and Evaluating Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals, dated March 19, 2009. Comments are due on or before July 20, 2016.


New FAA Medical Certification Services Program Available for All Part 135 and 91 Operators

NATA recently launched a new “FAA Medical Certification Services” benefit program for Part 135 and 91 operators and their pilots. Administered by Harvey Watt & Co., this program was previously available only when combined with insurance products or through airlines for their pilots. The NATA FAA Medical Certification Services program grants an operator’s pilots unlimited confidential access to doctors & nurses, a subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletin and expert representation in submitting documents to the FAA, responding to FAA inquiries, expediting recertification case reviews, appeals, and presenting cases to specialty FAA board hearings. The program is exclusively available through NATA for a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members are eligible for a significant additional discount. For more information, click here.

 Association Highlights

NATA Names New Board of Directors Members


On June 9th at its annual Membership Meeting, NATA announced the reelection of Andy Priester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Priester Aviation, as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. Greg Schmidt, President and CEO, Pentastar Aviation, was elected to serve as Board Vice Chair. Also, reelected to serve an additional term were Clara Bennett, Boca Raton Airport Authority; Gary Dempsey, Jet Aviation; Andy Priester, Priester Aviation; and Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation. Additionally, NATA elected two new members to its board of directors: Clive Lowe, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Aviation Services and Christian Sasfai, Vice President and COO, TAC Air. Effective September 1st, board member Marty Hiller (Owner and Partner, Marathon Jet Center) will serve as NATA's acting president following the August 31st departure of President and CEO Tom Hendricks. Senior Vice Presidents, Bill Deere and Tim Obitts will stay on and oversee the association’s daily activities. Read more.


Flag Pins for Veterans Project Returns for 2016 | NATA Welcomes Back Participant Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd’s Aviation


NATA’s annual Flag Pins for Veterans Project runs 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 nearly $30,000 for the Veteran’s Airlift Command and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. We are off to a great start this year with 14 participating member companies. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at to participate.


Free Safety 1st FBO Status Map


The FBO Status Map is a web-based resource to assist aircraft operators in locating FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered. NATA created the map to supplement the existing processes used by aircraft operators when selecting an FBO. The map is searchable by airport ID, company name, address and allows for additional details for each operation. Safety 1st participants can enhance their existing record for a yearly fee, per location ($75 members/$200 nonmember). The listing enhancement includes adding their website, logo contact information and more. Interested businesses can get started by emailing

To view the FBO Status Map, please visit or


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. Depending on your event selection, sponsors will have opportunities to network with event attendees, access the attendee list for follow-up communications, receive recognition on the event webpage, workshop manual, and digital NATA communications — among other incentives. Click here to view all the NATA and Safety 1st event sponsorship opportunities.

 Member Spotlight

Napa Jet Center Seeking Aviation Scheduler and Logistical Specialist


The Napa Jet Center Aircraft Charter/Management Department is currently seeking a Professional Scheduler with experience in sales and office management. Qualified applicants will be well organized, internally motivated and possess strong analytical, problem solving, computer and communication skills. Applicants with a FAA Dispatcher Certificate and experience in the industry is preferred, but training is available for the right person. This position’s typical functions include charter sales and scheduling, accounting, and training and continuing education. Resumes should be sent to Members interested in similar general aviation job opportunities, please visit NATA’s Classifieds.


Sierra Blanca Regional Airport Hosts Aviation Convention


On June 19th, about 60 planes flew into Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (KSRR) in Ruidoso, New Mexico for their pilots and passengers to attend the five-day 56th American Navion Society Annual Convention. Sierra Blanca Airport Manager Dave Pearce said representatives of the ANA contacted him and asked if the airport would be interested. "They had looked at all our various websites and pictures and also the fly-ins we've had previously," he stated. "Obviously, we're more than happy to host them. We called around and gave them a list of different hotels and motels and things to do around here. They got real excited about it. This is our chance to shine and introduce them to Ruidoso." For more information, click here.


Kristen Easterday Joins Columbus Regional Airport Authority


Last week, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) announced the addition of Kristen Easterday to the organization as Director, Government Affairs. She most recently served as Vice President, Government Relations for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “With her wealth of experience in government relations and established community connections, Kristen will serve as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic representative of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority,” said Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “She has a strong reputation in her field of expertise in the Central Ohio government, business and economic development communities and I believe she will become an invaluable asset to the organization.” In her new role at CRAA, Easterday will be responsible for the development and execution of government relations strategies and the day-to-day management of government relations issues at the local and state levels. For more information, click here.


Agenda Now Available for Popular Aviation Leadership and Management Workshop


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 an aspiring 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. Click here to view the workshop agenda. For more information, please visit


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




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