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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 22, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 34 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NTSB Chairman Chris Hart Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart is confirmed to speak at the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear Chairman Hart's insights and perspectives on the Board’s aviation safety priorities. 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. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the first time — starting at $300. For more information, please visit



NATA Talks Airport-Tenant Relations and CBP Programs at AAAE Conference

Today, NATA Senior Vice President Bill Deere spoke at AAAE's annual General Aviation Issues and Security Conference in Denver, Colorado. Deere noted the success of aviation businesses is directly tied to healthy and vibrant airports and reiterated NATA’s commitment to enhancing airport-tenant relations. He also updated attendees on the FAA reauthorization process and the risk that air traffic control corporatization proposals pose to general aviation airports. Deere ended with remarks on the recently released GAO report, requested by NATA, which concluded a 2005 change in tax law is resulting in an annual diversion from the Aviation Trust Fund to highway construction of between $100 and $200 million. Bill asked GA airport managers to join in the effort to stop this diversion. Later today, NATA Board Members Curt Castagna (President/CEO of Aerolease Group) and Clara Bennett (Executive Director of Boca Raton Airport Authority) will lead a panel, The Challenges and Opportunities in Launching GA User Fee CBP Programs.

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. 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 advertising opportunities. Please note, the training space must have room to fit 20-25 attendees comfortably. If interested, please contact Karissa Uko at


NATA Member Curaçao Air Terminal Services N.V. Earns IS-BAH Certification

NATA would like to congratulate member, Curaçao Air Terminal Services (CATS) for recently becoming IS-BAH Registered! Visit the FBO / Ground Handling Status Map to see the other service facilities which are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered. To find out more about the IS-BAH program, please visit or the Safety Net Blog.


 Industry News

EPA Releases Findings on GHG Emissions from Aircraft Engines


Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published 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 the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 231(a)(2)(A). The final rule — effective September 14, 2016 — 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.” Examples of these aircraft include the Cessna Citation CJ3+, the Embraer E170 and larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747. 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.

   Member Spotlight

NATA Members Make Industry Impact, Developing Talent


Purdue Aviation | Purdue University | Phillips 66

Purdue Aviation — located at the Purdue University Airport (KLAF) — offers premium flight support for all types of aircraft with services that include the expected FBO offerings including fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, flight training, aircraft rental and aircraft sales. The FBO and Phillips 66 support Purdue University’s School of Aviation & Transportation Technology, allowing students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the FBO as they pursue their dream jobs in the aviation industry. “I’ve been involved in the aviation industry for my entire life, following in the footsteps of my father, said Jeff Pittard, President of Purdue Aviation. “I feel very strongly about supporting the next generation of aviation leaders. Our special partnership with Purdue University allows students to work alongside our employees, gaining valuable on-the-job training. The Purdue Aviation/Purdue University partnership commences this Fall semester. Read more.


University of Oklahoma | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Last week, the FAA selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). This center — expected to open within the next few months — will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. University principal investigators will perform the research projects with senior faculty and students. “This world-class, public-private partnership will help us focus on the challenges and opportunities of this cutting-edge field of research,” FAA Administrator Huerta said. “We expect this team will help us educate and train aviation professionals well into the future.” For more information, click here.


JetSuiteX Launches New Flight Service Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas


Last week, JetSuiteX introduced daily service between San Jose and Burbank, California. JetSuiteX’s new service will connect Mineta San José International Airport with Burbank Bob Hope Airport with two roundtrip flights — one morning and one evening each day — except Saturdays. “We are pleased to see JetSuiteX add service to Burbank from Silicon Valley’s airport,” said San Jose Director of Aviation Kim Becker. “This charter service provides our business travelers more alternatives to match their hectic schedules.” The public charter operator launched service in April, and offers regular flights in major west coast markets. Read JetSuite’s member profile in the second quarter Aviation Business Journal.


Cutter Aviation’s New Colorado Springs FBO Terminal Construction Underway


Earlier this month, Cutter Aviation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new FBO Executive Terminal at Colorado Springs Airport (KCOS). NATA Senior Vice President, Tim Obitts was in attendance along with Cutter Aviation executives and staff, airport officials, and the media. In August 2006, Cutter Aviation acquired the former FBO and launched operations at KCOS. Cutter Aviation recently purchased a large corporate aircraft storage hangar at the airport and also completed the construction of a new 62,000-gallon fuel farm. The FBO terminal expansion increases Cutter’s office space to approximately 9,000 square feet, aircraft hangar storage space to 132,000 square feet, and more than doubles its property to over 16 acres. “We are delighted to be underway with construction of our new FBO terminal in Colorado Springs,” said Will Cutter. “Cutter looks forward to continuing to serve the users of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport with this new facility. The new FBO terminal, increased ramp space and new fuel farm gives us the ability to better serve our customers here at Colorado Springs.” Visit NATA’s Facebook and Twitter for event pictures. Read more.


West Star Aviation to Expand Chattanooga Airport Facilities


This October, West Star Aviation will commence construction on a 45,000-square foot paint center at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, where it eventually aims to employ up to 250 people. "The [existing] hangar the last two months has been full to capacity," said Debi Cunningham, West Star Aviation's Vice President of Marketing. West Star specializes in the repair and maintenance of air frames, windows and engines, as well as major modifications for private aircraft. The company also handles avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, and paint and parts. The MRO also plans to add a 55,000-square-foot maintenance center that could open in 2018. Read more.


Safety 1st to Hold Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in Chesterfield, MO This Week


NATA Safety 1st will host its Advanced Line Service (ALS) Regional Workshop August 24th and 25th at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Thank you to our workshop sponsors: Spirit of St. Louis Airport and Phillips 66. There’s only one ALS Workshop left for 2016, register now to train your line service team October 4th and 5th at Wisconsin Aviation. View our upcoming schedule of events at


Prepare for Your Runway and Team for Winter | NATA Safety 1st Advanced De/Anti-Icing Training in 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


Develop Successful Customer Service Skills in Long Beach, CA


On September 27th and 28th, 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 interactive curriculum. For more information or to register, click here.

  ACSF News

Sun Air Jets, Mayo Aviation and Priester Aviation Renew ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Sun Air Jets, Camarillo, CA, Mayo Aviation, Denver, CO and Priester Aviation, Wheeling, IL, have all renewed their status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “By renewing their standing on the IAS Registry, they have demonstrated their pledge to high standards,” said ACSF president Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their continued commitment.” The IAS is the first and only extensive audit program specifically created for on-demand operators by a committee of Part 135 and 91K industry leaders. It is conducted every 24 months and offers an in-depth evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against FAA and international standards. Read more.




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