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  July 4, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 27 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Participates in Unleaded Avgas Deployment Meeting

Last week, NATA staff participated in a deployment meeting on the development of unleaded aviation fuel through the Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative (PAFI). Meeting participants, comprised of FAA and industry representatives, discussed how to address deployment issues related to the transition from 100LL to unleaded avgas and issues associated with deploying a new unleaded fuel(s) into the market. The PAFI Program recently completed Phase I: Lab Tests, Emissions & Toxicology Assessments in December 2015 and Phase II is underway, which includes full scale engine and aircraft testing. In late March, the FAA announced fuel formulations from Shell and Swift Fuels were selected for Phase II testing. Phase II testing is scheduled to occur by year’s end through 2018. The next deployment meeting is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2016.



Lawmakers Considering Long-Term FAA Extension

Congress returns this week and will adjourn July 15th in advance of the two national political conventions and its annual summer recess. The biggest aviation agenda item on the plate of lawmakers is how to proceed on FAA legislation in advance of the July 15 expiration of the agency’s current authorization. One idea under active consideration is taking up a long-term extension, perhaps for as long as 15 months, that includes action on a few urgent policy aviation priorities related to safety and security. Such an outcome would not include a proposal advanced by House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster to create an air traffic control corporation.


NATA and ACSF Host FAA to Discuss Illegal Charter

Last week, ACSF President Bryan Burns and NATA SVP for Government & External Affairs Bill Deere met with FAA officials to discuss illegal charter operations and ways to educate the public and Part 91 and 135 operators about the safety and legal ramifications. Earlier this year, the FAA issued an updated advisory circular highlighting the importance of aircraft lessees understanding operational control and guidance to help lessees avoid entering into illegal commercial operations. NATA, in coordination with members of the Air Charter Committee, submitted comments during the AC’s development that were subsequently adopted.


FAA Issues Draft Order on Consistency and Regulatory Interpretation Initiative

On June 27th, the FAA published Draft Order 8000.RCCB to establish the Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) within the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) and Flight Standards Service (AFS) and define how the RCCB operates. The order derives from the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s (CRI-ARC) recommendation to address and reduce inconsistent interpretation and application of regulations. NATA’s Maintenance Committee led the creation of the ARC and served as ARC co-chair. The 45-day comment period closes on August 11, 2016.

 Association Highlights

It’s Getting Hot | Heat Stress and OSHA


With summer underway, temperatures are on the rise with some areas already experiencing record-breaking heat. Although OSHA does not have specific regulations concerning the management of employee heat stress, the General Duty Clause of the 1970 OSHA Act has been used to cite employers that have allowed employees to be exposed to potentially serious physical harm from excessively hot work environments. For more information on OSHA heat stress interpretation and available NATA Safety 1st training, visit “The Safety Net” blog — a great place for trainers and administrators to share thoughts on safety and training issues, ask questions, share comments or even make suggestions for using Safety 1st online training more effectively. Subscribe to “The Safety Net” to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community. If you have any questions regarding Safety 1st Heat Stress training, please send an email to

   Industry News

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA, along with NATA and other general aviation groups, have launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. LOC can result when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. This month’s topic focuses on engine maintenance and performance monitoring.


FltPlan Releases eLogbook Program Redesign


FltPlan recently released a new version of their free eLogbook program with a redesigned user interface and an array of new features. Users can now add photos and documents to any log entry, store instructor endorsements, passenger information to add to eLogbook entries, and add custom wallpaper to the home page. One significant new feature allows users to create an “at-a-glance” overview that graphs flying trends, landings per year, past flights, and flight times. The graph can be easily customized based on aircraft make and model, timeframe, and aircraft type. The new eLogbook program also features a responsive design that allows access to the program on any device — from desktop computer to mobile phone. “If you are already a user of for filing your flight plans, importing data directly into your eLogbook from the website is simple” said Sarah Wilson, Principal and Director of New Technology and Business Development. “And, since all of the data is stored on FltPlan’s servers and can be accessed without a subscription, pilots can use our eLogbook for a lifetime.” For more information, click here.

 Member Spotlight

APP Jet Center Hayward Undergoing Major Expansion


NATA member APP Jet Center in Hayward, CA, is in the midst of a $5-million expansion and renovation. The project includes a new 20,000-square-foot hangar and a 3,000-square-foot passenger terminal as well as renovation of APP’s existing 12,000-square-foot hangar and office space complex. “Hangar space is in high demand at Hayward,” stated Thom Harrow, Chief Executive Officer of APP Properties, Inc. (parent company of APP Jet Center). “We look forward to meeting that demand with this development and offering the best service and facilities to our clients.” Construction is expected to be completed by year-end. On July 12th and 13th, APP Jet Center Hayward will host the upcoming NATA Safety 1st Advanced Line Service Workshop. Seats are filling up fast, register before it’s too late!


Konect Aviation to Manage McMinnville Municipal Airport


Konect Aviation Oregon will become manager of the McMinnville Municipal Airport. The company has been in operation at the McMinnville Airport since 2009 and became its FBO this year. In addition to the scenic tours and charter service Konect Aviation already offers, the operator recently added fixed wing flight training and concierge services including travel information, aircraft catering, and passenger car rentals. Owner and General Manager Holly Nehls says of the transition, “It’s been a lot of work and things are shaping up. The city has been shifting focus to support the airport, so Konect’s timing is great.” In 2017, the city will renovate the airport’s main runway coinciding with Konect’s efforts to build a new FBO office and terminal building by 2018. For more information, click here.


Commercial Operators Tax Seminar to Take Place in Omaha Next Week


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 examines 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


Become An Effective Aviation Business Leader | Popular NATA 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 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. Sponsorship opportunities are available here. Click here to view the workshop agenda. For more information, please visit


NATA and Fireside Partners to Present New ERP Workshop


The “Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses,” held September 13-14 at the NTSB Training Center in Northern Virginia, is a training event designed to provide a fundamental understanding of Emergency Response Programs (ERP) for all aviation businesses. The program covers regulatory requirements and industry "best practices," using a combination of classroom learning and practicum exercise. The workshop will include both general sessions addressing the commonalities of building successful ERPs and cultures within any aviation organization, and breakout sessions to provide in-depth learning relevant to each specific line of business. Click here to view the preliminary agenda. Register here.


New NATA Safety 1st Advanced De/Anti-Icing Training Is Coming to Salt Lake City


On September 20th and 21st, NATA Safety 1st will hold its new Advanced De-Icing Workshop at TAC Air in Salt Lake City, Utah. The workshop will provide instruction on safety protocols associated with de-icing procedures, advanced de-icing techniques and hands-on de-icing training. All attendees will be provided the Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing Online Training module which must be completed in advance of the workshop. The preliminary agenda is available here. For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Nicholson at (202) 774-1532 or




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