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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    September 12, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 37 
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NATA to Host Fall Committee Meetings This Week

On September 13th and 14th, the NATA Aircraft Maintenance and System Technology and Air Charter Committees are meeting at NATA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The committees meet on an ongoing basis to discuss regulatory and legislative proposals impacting the respective sectors, as well as initiatives to enhance training and safety. The Safety Committee will meet on October 13th and the Airport Business Committee meeting will take place prior to the Aviation Business Roundtable on November 9th — both also at NATA headquarters. All members may serve on NATA’s policy committees and the meetings are open to all regular members. If you are interested in participating, please contact Megan Eisenstein at To read more about the agenda’s for this week’s meetings, click here.



NATA’s New Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program for Charter Operators and Part 91 Flight Departments


NATA is partnering with Harvey Watt & Co. to bring an exclusive Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators. For the first time, all program participants are able to receive a group rate through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. The NATA Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost. Enroll today to protect and retain your pilots. Interested parties can contact Harvey Watt & Co. to compare options and differences in coverage by emailing or calling 720-746-3261. Learn more.

NATA Aviation Business Roundtable | Limited Hotel Rooms and New Sponsorship Opportunities

The Aviation Business 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. Hotel reservations must be made by October 17, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the first time — starting at $300. For more information or to register, please visit


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Is Now Available!


NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6th-8th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration is now open and runs through Friday, April 7th — save $95! For more information, please visit


 Industry News

FAA Releases Draft AC on Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)


Last week, the FAA released Advisory Circular (AC) 120-66C — guidance for establishing an air transportation Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The program — which encourages employees of certificate holders or other operators to voluntarily report safety information — provides for the collection, analysis and retention of the safety data obtained through the reporting process. The FAA incorporated enforcement-related incentives including the Compliance Philosophy outlined in FAA Order 8000.373. The agency believes the Compliance Philosophy “is instrumental in ensuring both compliance with regulations and the identification of hazards and management of risk.” When implemented, AC 120-66C will cancel AC 120-66B, Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), dated November 15, 2002. Comments are due on or before October 3rd, 2016.


FAA Safety Briefing


The September/October 2016 FAA Safety Briefing focuses on general aviation career options available. Featured articles explore both flying and non-flying aviation careers, as well as some of the new vocations enabled by the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems rule.


NTSB Safety Alert: Control Foreign Object Debris


Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety alert encouraging mechanics to account for all items after performing maintenance tasks. Mechanics, or others who help with aircraft maintenance, might leave items or residual debris behind that could become foreign object debris (FOD) — including tools, hardware, eyeglasses, keys, portable electronic devices (PEDs), paint chips, and metal shavings. If mechanics and others do not account for every item that they use in or around an aircraft and clean as they go, resultant debris may be ingested into the engine or interfere with critical flight systems, leading to an accident. To view the full NTSB Safety Alert and for other safety resources, follow the “The Safety Net” blog.

 Member Spotlight

Duncan Aviation Celebrates Its 60-Year Anniversary


Duncan Aviation — a privately-owned jet support facility — is celebrating 60 years of business in 2016. Starting with the purchase of a Beechcraft dealership, Duncan Aviation now includes three full service locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, Battle Creek, Michigan and Provo, Utah, and over 30 total locations across the United States offering avionics, refurbishment, maintenance and other services. “When I started with the company, we were 400 people. Now we’re well over 2,200. That’s really great to celebrate,” said Chairman Todd Duncan. For a detailed look at Duncan Aviation’s history, visit


NATA Members to Participate Michigan Business Aviation Expo


On September 22nd, Oakland County (Mich.) International Airport and the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) are hosting the Business Aviation Expo. Included in the program are NATA members Brad Bruce of Pentastar Aviation and Rick Nini of Corporate Eagle — among other industry leaders. The expo is expected to attract representatives from charter operators, fractional ownership providers and service companies, and aircraft manufacturers. For more information, click here.


Avinode Determines Hours Matter When Quoting Air Charter Trips


Nearly half of business aircraft charter flights are booked within two days of departure, according to Avinode’s analysis of 18,000 trips over the past 12 months. Using the company’s SchedAero system, Avinode found 19 percent of the trips are booked the day of travel, while 20 percent are scheduled just one day in advance. They also discovered 80 percent of departing flights were quoted within the previous 48 hours and 90 percent were quoted within the previous five days. “Flight requests are often short notice in the business aviation world, but we didn’t realize that in some cases a matter of hours can make all the difference. If companies don’t have a quick enough process to quote a trip request, the flight will often have already departed,” said SchedAero Business Manager Johan Sjoberg. Read more.


Only 5 Seats Left for Next Week’s NATA Safety 1st Advanced De/Anti-Icing Training


On September 20th and 21st, NATA Safety 1st will hold its 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. Limited seats are available, register now before they are gone! For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Nicholson at (202) 774-1532 or


September 27-28 NATA Certified CSR Program | Limited Seats Available


Your Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are the face of your operation, the NATA Certified CSR Program advances your team’s customer service skills and gives your business an advantage over the competition. Presented by NATA and the Aviation Business Strategies Group on September 27th and 28th in Long Beach, California, this new certification program starts with an online fundamentals module followed by a robust two-day workshop, where attendees engage in an interactive learning experience. At the program’s conclusion, participants receive the designation NATA Certified CSR. Review the full agenda here and click here to register.

  ACSF News

EJM Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Executive Jet Management (EJM) of Cincinnati, Ohio has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. 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 is in-depth in its evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against both FAA and international standards. Charter consumers can view the registry here.




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