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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 1, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 31 
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EPA Finalizes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Engines

Last week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule concluding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain classes of aircraft engines contribute to the air pollution that causes climate change, thereby endangering public health and welfare under section 231(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The final rule applies to “classes of engines used in U.S. covered aircraft, which are subsonic jet aircraft with a maximum takeoff mass (MTOM) greater than 5,700 kilograms and subsonic propeller driven (e.g., turboprop) aircraft with a MTOM greater than 8,618 kilograms.” The EPA’s findings are the precursor to a future domestic rulemaking process to adopt future GHG standards. Any future proposed aircraft engine standards will be open to public comment and review before they could take effect. Read more.



Online Training for Your Trainers | Registration Closes This Week

The NATA Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP) is an online, cost-effective course designed to provide anyone who trains line service professionals the basic knowledge and skills to understand, teach and implement training programs, including Safety 1st. The CTP begins August 10th. Be sure to register your team by Wednesday, August 3rd. The program is comprised of five instructor-led, online classes taught by industry experts and includes the “Fundamentals of Learning,” “Effective Training Management,” “Getting the Most Out of the Safety 1st Program,” and more. Investing in trainers pays dividends in all areas including safety, morale and customer service. Advance the development and growth of your trainers by registering them before Wednesday, August 3rd. To learn more, click here.

NATA 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project

Give 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 the Veterans Airlift Command and Medal of Honor Foundation. NATA thanks our current (14) participants: American Jet Charter, Atlantic Aviation, Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd's 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.


FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

As part of the transition to satellite-based navigation, the FAA announced last week a new policy containing criteria for decommissioning VORs. The agency initially selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned with more to be identified over the next decade. However, under the new criteria, the FAA has opted to retain VORs to perform ILS, localizer or VOR approaches with 100 nm of locations within the continental U.S.; support international oceanic arrival routes; and provide coverage above 5,000 feet agl. Under the plan, 74 VORs are set for decommissioning through Phase 1, which is ongoing through 2020. Under Phase 2 — taking place between 2021 and 2025 — 234 more VORs will be decommissioned.

 From the FAA

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 transition training. The agency also offers a fact sheet detailing what a sound transition training program should involve.


FAA Issues Updated Advisory Circular for Flight in RVSM Airspace


On July 21st, the FAA updated AC 91-85A, Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Airspace, which cancels AC 91-85, Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum Airspace, dated August 21, 2009. AC 91-85A applies to operators (14 CFR Parts 43, 91, 121,125, 129, 135, and 145) that want to apply for authorization to conduct operations in RVSM airspace. According to the FAA, the advisory circular “can be used to obtain an initial operational authorization, or amend an existing, operational authorization. The AC appendices include supporting information related to RVSM airworthiness certifications, training programs, operating practices and procedures, RVSM operations in oceanic and remote continental airspace, and review of height-keeping parameters.”


FAA Issues Interim Final Rule on Repair Stations


The FAA issued an interim final rule on repair stations effective July 27, 2016. The agency “is revising its repair station rules to remove the requirement that a repair station with an airframe rating provide suitable permanent housing to enclose the largest type and model aircraft listed on its operations specifications. The FAA is also revising its general housing and facilities regulation to provide that a repair station’s housing for its facilities, equipment, materials, and personnel must be consistent not only with its ratings, but also with its limitations to those ratings. Finally, the FAA is adding an additional general purpose limited rating to cover maintenance work not covered by the existing 12 limited rating categories.” Comments on this document are being accepted at on or before August 26, 2016.

 Member Spotlight

Gary Jet Center to Sell Unleaded Fuel Alternative to Piston Aircraft


Last week, NATA members Gary Jet Center and Swift Fuels announced their partnership to sell UL94 MON avgas for piston aircraft. "With the demands in the aviation market to begin using unleaded avgas, we began seeking a premium quality aviation gasoline to offer our customers," said Mike Partin, General Manager of Gary Jet Center. "In working with Swift Fuels' CEO, Chris D'Acosta, we immediately acknowledged their product, UL94 MON, was unique and desirable to pilots, and their fuel expertise is unmatched when it comes to unleaded avgas." Swift Fuels CEO, Chris D'Acosta, added, "We are working with regulators, aircraft/engine OEMs, pilots, airports, municipalities, airport boards and supply chain folks to educate the market on the virtues of unleaded avgas. This is all part of our multi-year transition plan moving towards the full replacement to 100LL. We're extremely proud to be the unleaded fuel of choice by progressive leaders like the Gary Jet Center." NATA continues to participate on the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), a government and industry collaboration and will provide updates on the progress of the development and deployment of a new unleaded aviation fuel(s). Read more.


Jet Aviation Flight Services to Commence Air Charter Services to Cuba


Under its Part 135 air carrier certificate, Jet Aviation Flight Services was recently granted approval to begin charter services to and from Cuba. “We are pleased to be one of the few operators worldwide to begin charter services to Cuba,” said Don Haloburdo, Vice President and General Manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services. “Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and the closest Caribbean destination to the United States, which makes it a prime destination for our customers. We strive to anticipate the needs of our customers and this approval strengthens our ability to provide them with the highest level of service.”  Read more.


Duncan Aviation Announces Expansion in Provo, Utah


Duncan Aviation’s effort to expand its Provo, Utah location is beginning to see progress. The updated location will include nearly 50 acres and two new maintenance and painting hangars totaling roughly 200,000 square feet. “We consistently hear from operators in the Western United States that they would like to see more investment in a Duncan Aviation location closer to their home base,” says Aaron Hilkemann, Duncan Aviation President and CEO. “The Provo area is the perfect complement to our other full-service facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska. That is why we initially started our Provo facility. We are pleased to begin work on the infrastructure needed to care for upcoming maintenance and completions demand from in the area and around the world.” Construction on the two-year project is expected to begin summer 2017. Read more.


Northeast Air Invests $3 Million in Terminal Upgrade


On July 29th, Northeast Air unveiled its $3 million-dollar investment in a new terminal and other facilities at Portland (ME) International Jetport. The new terminal offers improved service and facilities for passengers and features a new pilots’ lounge and flight-planning room. Northeast President Henry Laughlin said the company made the investment because visitors’ first impressions of Maine matter. “The Portland Jetport is an important aviation gateway to Maine, not only for vacationers but also for major business leaders and investors who have companies here, or may be considering a location in the state of Maine,” Laughlin added. Read more.


Limited Seats Available for Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in Chesterfield, MO


NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Chesterfield, MO on August 24-25, 2016 at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. 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. Limited seating is available, so register now before seats are gone! Additional dates and locations for this workshop are available here.


NATA and Fireside Partners to Present ERP Workshop at NTSA Training Center


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.




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