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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    November 28, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 48 
This Week's Top Stories 

Court Blocks Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rule

Last Tuesday, a U.S. District Court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction to the Department of Labor’s overtime exemption rule scheduled to go into effect on December 1stNATA filed in opposition to the proposal last year noting it “will inhibit the promotion of employees to management positions and return some current managers to hourly status.” The rule states no employee with a guaranteed salary of less than $47,476 will qualify as exempt under the executive, administrative, or professional exemptions. The current minimum salary level is $23,660. The Department of Labor still has the option to appeal to the New Orleans, Louisiana-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


2017 Excise Tax Rates Announced


The IRS recently announced the 2017 rates for certain commercial transportation federal excise taxes and fees that are subject to annual inflationary adjustment. For transportation in calendar year 2017, the Domestic Segment Fee is $4.10, the International Facilities Fee increases to $18.00 per passenger and the fee for transportation beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii is $9.00 per passenger. The 7.5% tax on amounts paid for passenger transportation and the 6.25% rate for cargo are not indexed to inflation and remain unchanged. The new rates are explained on page 22 of IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-55.

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Midair Avoidance

Following its investigation of two recent accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert on reducing midair collisions. The first fatal collision took place on July 7, 2015 when a Cessna 150 and a U.S. Air Force F-16 collided, causing two deaths. The second took place on August 16, 2015 when a North American Rockwell Sabreliner and a Cessna 172 collided, killing five people. View the NTSB animations, accident reports, and safety recommendation reports here.


Your One Stop Shop for Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Program Management


Sign up for free when you register before January 1, 2017 for the NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) Anti-Drug & Alcohol Misuse Program Management (a $250 value). NATACS acts as a Third-Party Administrator (TPA) and is your one stop solution for managing random selections, audit assistance, program setup, assistance with regulations, company policy templates, and administration. Learn more about the program and free monthly webinars here.

Association Highlights

NATA’s 2016 Industry Excellence Awards


NATA will soon call for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. Stay tuned for more information or contact Jake Legere at 



Free Safety 1st FBO Status Map

The FBO Status Map is a web-based resource to assist aircraft operators in locating FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered. NATA created the map to supplement the existing processes used by aircraft operators when selecting an FBO. The map is searchable by airport ID, company name, address and allows for additional details for each operation. Safety 1st participants can enhance their existing record on a yearly, per location, basis. The listing enhancement includes adding their website, logo contact information and more. Interested businesses can get started by emailing


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Sign Up for the Next Advanced Line Service Workshop 


Registration is now open for the first Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2017. The ALS workshop will be held January 18-19, 2017 at Galaxy FBO in Houston, TX. The registration fee is only $225/person for this two-day event and space is limited. Click here to register or download the registration form.



Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 FBO Success Seminar

NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand. Join your colleagues March 7-8, 2017 at the Chateau LeMoyne French Quarter in New Orleans, LA, to learn new FBO management techniques, gain essential operational and service knowledge, and connect with fellow attendees at a networking forum. This seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators, general managers, new managers, finance personnel and other key FBO employees who are interested in building a more successful FBO. Please visit here for agenda, hotel information and registration details.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Available

NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 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 7, 2017 — save $95! For more information, please visit
Member Spotlight

Stevens Aviation and Atlantic Aviation Sign Letter of Intent to Build New Facility at Nashville

Last week Stevens Aviation and Atlantic Aviation signed a letter of intent to build a new MRO facility at the Nashville, TN airport (BNA). Facility plans include a 40,000-sq. ft. hangar that can accommodate the full line of Gulfstream, Challenger and Embraer Legacy airframes. Learn more.


Signature Flight Support Continues Expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean


Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation company, continues its strategic expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean with a new 7,000 sq. ft. state of the art FBO located in Panama City, Panama at Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO) and is completing its facility at Port of Spain Piarco International Airport (POS/TTPP) in Trinidad. Signature Select recently added a new location in Colombia at the El Dorado International Airport (BOG/SKBO). Learn more


Register for the 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium


The 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium will take place March 7-8, 2017 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Topics will include Reducing Risk, Emergency Response Plans, Leadership, Ground Handling and more. ACSF members can register for $685 (nonmembers $795). Registration includes admittance to the two-day event, all scheduled group meals, breaks, and social functions, and transportation to and from hotel to events. To learn more or to register, click here.




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