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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    October 31, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 44 
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NATA Leadership and Staff Attending NBAA-BACE This Week

NATA President Marty Hiller, Executive Vice Presidents Bill Deere and Tim Obitts, and staff will be on hand at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this week in Orlando, FL — meeting with member companies and participating in industry events. For members interested in meeting with Marty or NATA staff, please contact Jake Legere at or (703) 785-5886. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the third quarter Aviation Business Journal in the publication bins at NBAA-BACE.



2017 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar Is Available


NATA is happy to announce the release of its 2017 Events Calendar. As EVP Tim Obitts notes in his latest Aviation Business Journal article, NATA is driving additional value to the membership with an increase of safety-related events and additions of symposiums and forums specific to the air charter, maintenance and ground handling sectors. Click here to view the 2017 Events Calendar and we hope to see you at an upcoming NATA event! For more information, please visit

NATA Mourns the Passing of Aviation Legend Bob Hoover

Last week, aviation legend Robert A. “Bob” Hoover passed away at the age of 94. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) joined in honoring Bob Hoover’s lifelong contributions to aviation:

“Aviation is mourning one of its greatest – Bob Hoover,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. “Bob Hoover’s achievements are legendary and he was generous in sharing his passion and knowledge of flight, inspiring several generations to go out and learn to fly. NATA was proud to be a part of the industry’s tribute to Bob Hoover where the aviation community gathered to pay their respects to this champion of aviation.  Bob’s legend as a talented pilot, airshow performer and mentor will live on through the countless friends, colleagues and fans he touched over the years.”


2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project Comes to A Close


NATA’s 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project ends today, this is your last chance! You can still participate by sending a direct donation — contact Shannon Chambers at to participate. NATA thanks the generosity of the (19) 2016 program participants: Above All Aviation, American Jet Charter, Atlantic Aviation, Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd's Aviation, Fargo Jet Center, Gary Jet Center, Inc., Greenbrier Valley Airport, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Marathon General Aviation, Marathon Jet Center, Margaret Giugliano (McBreen & Kopko, NYC), Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Napa Jet Center, Pentastar Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Stuart Jet Center and Sun Air Jets.


 Committee Update

NATA’s Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee Supports Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 91-AIPRO


On October 27th, NATA’s Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee provided a letter supporting the FAA’s proposal on approved aircraft inspection programs developed under Title 14 CFR 91.409(f)(4). The regulation allows an owner or operator of an aircraft to develop their own inspection program specific to the operation of the aircraft.

The committee noted there is currently very little guidance to instruct industry on how to develop an AIP and this AC is a positive step forward. The average age of the general aviation fleet is increasing, making it important for owners to have the flexibility to develop an inspection program customized to the operation of their aircraft. The proposed AC provides the types of information necessary for aircraft owners and operators to safely operate and maintain their aircraft. The committee also requested the FAA ensure the contents of the AC and FAA inspector policy in FAA Order 8900.1 are aligned to the extent possible. The effort will help continue the consistency and standardization effort that the FAA and NATA supports.

   From the FAA

NATA Participates in ACT ARC Steering Committee Meeting


Last week, NATA staff attended an Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ACT ARC) Steering Committee meeting at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. The Steering Committee reviewed the status of the work plan, scope of work, terms of reference, and next steps for each of the four working groups that comprise the ACT ARC. The Committee was also provided a briefing on the Airman Certification System Working Group (ACS WG).

Led by NATA’s John McGraw, the Air Carrier & Contract Training Working Group (AC & CT WG) provided a presentation to the Steering Committee on their progress. Working Group members briefed the committee on the membership participants, status on the initiatives assigned, next steps, and reviewed the terms of reference. The Working Group also reviewed their next milestones and deliverables. So far, the FAA has accepted the recommendations by the group to identify and eliminate inefficiencies in air carrier training. The agency is already publishing updated policies reflecting the group’s guidance. The next ACT ARC Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for January 25-26, 2017 in Dallas, TX.

 Member Spotlights  

JetBlue Makes Strategic Investment in JetSuite


Last week JetSuite Inc. announced that JetBlue Airways made an investment in the company, helping fuel its fast-growing JetSuiteX service. This partnership will provide JetBlue with a nominee to be appointed to the JetSuite board of directors. JetSuiteX is a growing public charter company that offers convenient flights that include free Wi-Fi, free checked bags, wi-fi, seat assignments, drinks and snacks. JetSuiteX flies 30 passenger jets between Burbank, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, San Jose, California, Carlsbad, California, Concord, California, Mammoth, California and Bozeman, Montana. More options are coming soon.


Rectrix Aviation Formally Launches Daily Hyannis-Nantucket Passenger Flights


Rectrix Aviation, a well-established Hyannis-based fixed base operator (FBO) and private jet charter service, has begun a new daily shuttle option for travelers flying between Cape Cod and Nantucket, MA. Rectrix Shuttle began its new daily commuter air carrier service between Barnstable Municipal Airport (Hyannis) and the Nantucket Memorial Airport Thursday, October 20. This marks the first air carrier venture for Rectrix Aviation. The shuttle flights will occur on the airline's new Beech Super King Air B300. The twin turboprop aircraft has a capacity for 9 passengers, 2 pilots and a reputation for elegance, spacious interiors and safety, as well as quiet takeoffs and landings.

 Association Highlights

National Air Transportation Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications


NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as association members looking to continue their education. The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December 2016. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


Allianz Workers Compensation Insurance Program Tailored for Aviation Businesses


NATA’s Aviation Workers Compensation Insurance Program underwritten by trusted international insurance company Allianz features competitive rates and NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return” that provides additional savings for participating companies based on group performance. NATA’s strategic relationship with IFBOA continues to allow members to participate in IFBOA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program with QBE — providing you with options to best fit your business. Learn more at


Protect Your Aviation Business During an Emergency | ERP Workshop December 5-6 at NTSB Training Center


As a leader in your organization, it is important to protect your business by learning when and how to respond to an emergency event. While taking care of people, managing perception (communicating effectively internally and externally), and participating in the investigation are key objectives, there is often little guidance for management and staff on how to be most effective in these areas. The Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses will help you and your team develop a fundamental understanding of how to develop and manage an effective Emergency Response Program (ERP). View the full agenda here. To register or for more information, click here.


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

 ACSF News

ACSF and Baldwin Aviation Collaborate to Offer ASAP Services


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Baldwin Aviation have been working together to offer the charter and business aviation industry an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) that allows customers to combine the FAA/ACSF ASAP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Baldwin Aviation’s data technology. Both ACSF and Baldwin Aviation are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement in principle. Baldwin Aviation will soon offer ACSF members and ASAP participants an alternative to the web-based application tool (WBAT) program. ACSF members will have the option of signing-up with Baldwin Aviation to access their technology. Visit to learn more.




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