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  July 18, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 29 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Commends Congress on Final Approval of Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Legislation

The House and Senate approved and sent to President Obama an extension of the FAA’s funding and aviation taxes at current levels through September 30, 2017. The legislation also includes provisions related to unmanned aerial vehicles, airport security, and streamlining the third-class medical process but does not include a House proposal to corporatize air traffic control. NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks stated, “We are particularly appreciative that lawmakers rejected a divisive House proposal to create a corporatized air traffic control system. The cost for that victory was that many non-controversial provisions to enhance aviation safety, agency efficiency and our country’s economic competitiveness must wait until next year. We will urge the next Congress to drop this divisive proposal in 2017 and approve legislation that represents consensus work of the House, Senate and aviation stakeholders.”



NATA’s College Chapter and Student Membership Initiative

NATA’s new Student and College Chapter membership programs are dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field, and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. Student members can post their resumes on, view current job and internship postings, receive NATA News and other industry updates, access the member directory, and attend NATA events. College Chapters provide exclusive savings and numerous advantages in addition to Student memberships including leadership opportunities, a scholarship to attend the Aviation Business Conference for free, complimentary access to Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training through Safety 1st, and more. Read NATA’s Tim Obitts, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Membership latest article on college chapters and student memberships in the 2nd quarter Aviation Business Journal.


House Ways and Means Committee Approves Aircraft Management Services Tax Legislation

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation (H.R. 3608), sponsored by Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH), which clarifies that aircraft management services are not subject to air transportation taxes. William R. Deere, NATA Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs, praised committee leadership in a press release stating, “NATA deeply appreciates Chairman Brady (R-TX) and the members of the Ways and Means Committee for moving forward this common sense legislation. While the IRS backed away from their original position, small aviation businesses are still vulnerable to potentially enormous tax liabilities and ongoing audits.”


CSR Certification Workshop Coming to Long Beach, CA September 27-28

The Customer Service Representative (CSR) Certification Workshop, presented by NATA and the Aviation Business Strategies Group, will provide valuable knowledge and skills to set the tone for successful customer service experiences. Attendees will learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation.This new certification program starts with a basic fundamentals module administered online through the Safety 1st website and concludes with a robust two-day workshop where attendees complete the valuable knowledge and skills to set the tone for the successful customer service experiences interactive curriculum. For more information or to register, click here.

 Industry News

NATA Honors Eric Craig Grace, World Fuel Services


NATA was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Eric Craig Grace, Regional Sales Executive at World Fuel Services, and his wife Cynthia of Houston, TX. They perished in a tragic accident on July 8, 2016 and are survived by their two children. In addition to his work at World Fuel Services, Eric was a committee member of the Houston Regional Aviation Professionals, as well as a member of the International Operators Conference. A memorial service was held, Friday, July 15. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. NATA will make a contribution on behalf of our membership in honor of Eric and Cynthia. Incoming NATA President Martin Hiller stated, “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Eric and his wife. They are well-loved in the industry and community and our thoughts are with his children, family and friends.”

   From the FAA

FAA Issues Proposed Rule on SMS for Certificated Airports


On July 14th, the FAA released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) titled “Safety Management System for Certificated Airports.” In 2010, an NPRM was issued “to require certificate holders to establish a safety management system (SMS) for the entire airfield environment, including movement and non-movement areas, to improve safety at airports hosting air carrier operations.” The new SNPRM highlights the changes to the proposed applicability. The agency’s latest proposal requires an SMS be developed, implemented, maintained, and adhered to at any certificated airport:

-          Classified as a small, medium, or large hub airport in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS);

-          Identified by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a port of entry (under 19 CFR 101.3), designated international airport (under 19 CFR 122.13), landing rights airport (under 19 CFR 122.14), or user fee airport (19 CFR 122.14); or

-          Identified as having more than 100,000 total annual operations (according to best available data).

The agency also responded to the SNPRM with a revised draft for Draft AC 150/5200-37A, Safety Management Systems for Airports. Comments are due on or before September 12, 2016.

  Member Spotlight

Business Aviation Veteran Michael Parrish Joins Elliott Aviation


Elliott Aviation recently hired Michael Parrish as Senior Director of Regional Sales & Business Development. Parrish’s aviation career spans over 25 years with roles in the United States Air Force, Global Aviation, McKechnie Aerospace and StandardAero. Parrish will be responsible for leading and growing the Regional Sales Manager team to include Elliott Aviation’s Branch Sales Manager. He will also be an active member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team. “Michael’s experience and customer service focus is a perfect fit for what we are looking for in a MRO sales leader,” said Greg Sahr, President of Elliott Aviation. “For many years, he has successfully run high-performing sales teams and fully understands what it takes to create long term customer relationships.” Read more.


Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Announces New Service Enhancements


Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) is expanding its services with two new enhancements. Executive Airport is the first General Aviation airport in the country selected by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) to receive a Global Entry kiosk, which is a CBP program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to expedite entrance into the United States upon arrival. With the kiosk, preapproved travelers no longer need to complete a customs declaration before landing and may skip process lines at checkpoints. The Airport is also one of approximately 100 General Aviation airports in the country authorized by the Department of Homeland Security as a point of entry and departure to and from Cuba. Read more.


Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority Looking to Fill Multiple Positions


The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority in Fort Wayne, Indiana is looking to fill an electrician and two airport maintenance worker positions. The electrician position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the airport electrical distribution system; inspecting, installing and maintaining all airport lighting, wiring and electrical equipment. The airport maintenance workers perform airport maintenance and snow removal duties; operate all Airport Authority’s motor vehicles and power equipment, assist in the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, equipment, electrical systems and make routine and structural repairs to the airport's grounds, roads and buildings. To apply or for more information, click here. Members interested in similar general aviation job opportunities, please visit NATA’s Classifieds.


Signature Flight Support Commences Operations at Stewart International Airport


On July 7th, Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation company, commenced operations at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, New York. The addition of Signature Stewart brings the Signature Flight Support network total to 200 global locations. “Our long-standing, collaborative relationship with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey is exemplary.  Signature has invested heavily in the two states and we have a long-term, optimistic view for business and general aviation in New York and New Jersey.  We are excited to add to our northeast portfolio and look forward to bringing Signature’s world-class service and safety to Stewart International Airport,” stated Maria Sastre, President and COO for Signature Flight Support. For more information, click here.


Prepare for Winter Now | 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


NATA and Fireside Partners to Present New ERP Workshop


The “Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses,” held September 13th and 14th 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. Register here.

  ACSF News

Johnson & Johnson, Inc. Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has joined the ACSF. Along with 140 other companies, Johnson & Johnson supports the ACSF’s vision to encourage and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. Johnson & Johnson brings a commitment of scientific innovation and research to everything they do — from the advancement of their health care and well-being of people to the medical services they provide. The flight department attributes the company’s outstanding safety record to “a culture that starts at the top, exceptional employees, and relentless training.” Read more.




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