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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 15, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 33 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Richard Aboulafia Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis for Teal Group, is confirmed to speak at the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to stay on top of the latest trends and market conditions. Richard's industry forecast was a highlight for last year's attendees. The Roundtable, held in Washington, D.C. on November 9th and 10th, is the premier event focused on senior aviation leaders — featuring opportunities for executives to tap into a wealth of industry knowledge from business and government policy experts. Click here for Aboulafia’s full bio. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the first time — starting at $300. Click here to view the 2016 Aviation Business Roundtable Sponsorship Opportunities. For more information or to register, please visit



NATA’s 75th Anniversary Social Media Contest | July Winner

In celebration of the association’s 75th Anniversary, NATA held its seventh monthly contest providing an opportunity for one lucky individual/company to win a prize. For July’s contest, the association selected a Safety 1st qualified and/or IS-BAH registered company to win a free enhanced listing on the NATA Safety 1st FBO Status Map. This month's winner is Executive Flight Center in Meridianville, Alabama. For August, enter the contest by posting a picture of your aircraft, business aviation operations or team with the hashtag #NATA75 on Facebook and/or Twitter. The winner will receive a free gift bag of NATA and Safety 1st swag, including 75th Anniversary items. For more information, please click here

NATA Seeking Training Facilities for 2017 ALS and Safety 1st Events

NATA is currently seeking FBO locations to host our 2017 Advanced Line Service and other Safety 1st training workshops and seminars. Please note, the training space must have room to fit 20-25 attendees comfortably. This is a great opportunity for FBOs looking for direct, in-person exposure with our members. In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the workshop’s webpage, in NATA News, and in other advertisement opportunities. If interested, please contact Karissa Uko at


Find or Post Your Next Opportunity with NATA Classifieds

Did you know that NATA posts RFPs, job openings and internship opportunities on their website? Interested companies can either post their open positions or send them to Jake Legere at Recent postings include: Chief Inspector, Line Service Shift Supervisor, General Manager, Customer Service Agent and numerous internships. Click here to view more classified listings. This resource is available to NATA members by logging onto


 Association Highlights

NATA Submits Comments on Aviation Training Devices NPRM


Last week, NATA submitted comments on the Regulatory Relief: Aviation Training Devices; Pilot Certification, Training, and Pilot Schools; and Other Provisions. The NPRM addresses: instructor requirement when using a full flight simulators (FFS), flight training devices (FTD), or aviation training devices (ATD) to complete instrument recency; instrument recency experience requirements; second in command (SIC) for part 135 operations; and completion of commercial pilot training and testing in technically advanced airplanes (TAA). NATA supports removing the proposal to have an instructor present when accomplishing flight experience requirements for instrument recency in an FAA-approved FFS, FTD, or ATD; and the proposed rule to allow completion of commercial pilot training and testing in TAA. However, NATA is concerned about the proposal to allow a pilot to log SIC flight time in a multi-engine airplane and suggests revising the rule to permit use of either a multi-engine or a turboprop airplane. NATA applauds the FAA’s on-going review of its regulations and the agency’s efforts to identify unnecessary, duplicative, or ineffective regulations and to mitigate the impacts of those regulations without compromising safety.


Continuing Education Scholarship Available for NATA Members


The NATA Business Scholarship awards $2,500 to an NATA member company employee who is continuing their education. The employee’s studies should be directly related to furthering the skills applicable to working at an FBO, charter company maintenance facility or flight school. Applicable training includes any aviation maintenance program under the aegis of Part 147 or 65, any pilot certificate or rating under Part 61 or 141, or any aviation-related two-year, four-year or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university. Interested students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and an essay on career goals in general aviation NO LATER than the last Friday in December. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


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 Member Spotlight

Pentastar Aviation Appoints Doug Levangie to Vice President of Maintenance


Earlier this month, Pentastar Aviation appointed Doug Levangie to Vice President of Maintenance Operations and Advisory Services. In his new role, Levangie will be responsible for overseeing repair station operations, including maintenance, avionics and interiors services. He will also manage the MRO sales team and oversee advisory services including pre-purchase inspections, aircraft management programs, valuation estimates and aircraft refurbishment planning. “Doug’s significant contributions to Pentastar Aviation throughout the last three decades and his expertise in aircraft maintenance have been invaluable,” said Pentastar Aviation President & CEO Greg Schmidt. “His leadership, in this new position, will allow us to continue to deliver the quality and service experience that our customers have come to expect from Pentastar.” Read more.


Jet Professionals Announces New Location and Management in Burbank, California


With a mid-August opening, Jet Professionals’ new office at Burbank Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA, will address the needs of the company’s growing client base on the West Coast. The new location will offer Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), payroll services, and its full suite of staffing services, including placing pilots, flight attendants, schedulers, dispatchers and technical professionals. Jet Professionals appointed Michella Mykol as Key Account Manager/Crew Resources for the West to manage the company’s new office — including client and relationship management, and sourcing and assessing candidates. Mykol joins the company from AirCare International where she spent the past 10 years in various management roles. “This new office in Burbank will help us better serve and more efficiently handle our client’s needs on the West Coast as business continues to grow,” said George Kythreotis, Jet Professionals’ Vice President and General Manager. “We are also delighted to have Michella Mykol join the Jet Professionals team. Michella brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge and I’m confident she will play a key role in providing and implementing high-quality solutions for our clients and candidates.” Read more.


Sonnie Bates Joins Baldwin Aviation Leadership Team


Last month, Baldwin Aviation named Sonnie Bates as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Following an extensive military career, Bates most recently served as Program Director at the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). “Sonnie will be responsible for the overall operations of Baldwin,” Don Baldwin, President/CEO stated. “He will oversee all safety programs and technology development and will be providing leadership for the company’s aggressive growth plans in an ever-changing industry. We are honored to have him join our team,” Baldwin added. Read more.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Save the Date


Save the date for NATA’s 2017 Aviation Business Conference. Next year’s conference will take place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mark your calendar and look for upcoming registration details!


Guidance for Developing an Effective and Compliant ERP | NTSB Training Center


Protect your aviation business and develop a fundamental understanding of Emergency Response Programs (ERP) with the Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses, presented by NATA and Fireside Partners Inc. On September 13th and 14th at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, this two-day workshop will include 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. For more information or to register, click here.

  ACSF News

Aerobytes Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Aerobytes has joined the ACSF. Along with 140 other companies, Aerobytes supports the ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal, business and commercial aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. Aerobytes provides Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Flight Data Analysis (FDA) and Quick Access Recorders (QAR) to both fixed wing and helicopter operators. Aerobytes now has over 230 customers. Read more.




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