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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    December 5, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 49 
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President-Elect Donald Trump 

Nominates Elaine Chao To Lead the
Department of Transportation


Last Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Elaine Chao to serve as Secretary of Transportation. Chao has previously served as Secretary of Labor and held the position of Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. NATA President Marty Hiller praised the choice stating, “NATA congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao on her selection by President-elect Trump as our next Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Chao is a serious, substantive choice to head a department that is critical to the economic success of our nation. In the coming days, we will all be looking to the Department of Transportation to lead the discussions about the best way to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, including our airports and modernizing our air traffic control system. Secretary Chao’s familiarity with the Department – and the bigger picture that drives debates about transportation policy – will be critical to moving our nation forward. Aviation businesses are excited to work with Secretary Chao and her team and we thank President-elect Trump for his excellent choice.”



NATA Hosts General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Analysis Team (GAJSC SAT) Meeting


Last week, NATA hosted the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Analysis Team (GAJSC SAT) meeting at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, received a safety data update from the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention (AVP) and an implementation update on the status of several Safety Enhancements (SEs) pertaining to System Component Failure – PowerPlant (SCF-PP) and Loss of Control (LOC). The FAA also provided an update on the agency’s Aviation Data Exchange (AVDEX) system project. The purpose of the AVDEX system is to allow repair stations, pilots, mechanics, and operators share and report information and problems with one another. The system will generate and provide improved quality data. The meeting concluded with a discussion on the GA metric and potential future projects. The GAJSC SAT will meet in early 2017. For more information contact Megan Eisenstein at

FAA Issues Advisory Circular on Anti-Misfueling Devices

On November 17, 2016 the FAA updated and re-issued Advisory Circular 20-122A on Anti-Misfueling Devices: Their Availability and Use – Change 1. The updated Advisory Circular covers the benefits of fitting reciprocating engine-powered general aviation aircraft with anti-misfueling devices and fitting of fuel dispensing equipment with special fuel hose nozzle spouts. The update applies to anyone working on aircraft refueling, defueling, servicing, and maintaining fuel dispensing equipment. All involved are strongly encouraged to review the information in the updated AC and apply the techniques, as appropriate. NATA contributes to the anti-misfueling effort by providing free General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Training

California State University Los Angeles Seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor, Aviation Administration


California State University Los Angeles is hiring an aviation professional to begin in the summer of 2017. Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must also have a commitment to graduate teaching and research (including laboratory instruction and supervision of projects) and an ability to take advantage of the College’s strong, well-established ties to local industry. Interested parties can contact Dr. Keith Mew at (323) 343-4550 or Read more.

Association Highlights

Deadline Approaching for National Air Transportation Foundation 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 and the NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 and the deadline to apply is the last Friday in December. For more information or to complete your application, click here.



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  


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 on 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



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

Duncan Aviation to Host Free NextGen Seminar December 14th


Duncan Aviation’s last free NextGen Seminar will take place in Oakland, CA on December 14th from 8:00 am – 2:55 pm at Jet Aviation. Learn what equipment you need to comply with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Future Air Navigation Systems 1A (FANS 1A) mandates. Discussion includes information about the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and certified equipment currently available for business jets. Contact Mark Francetic to learn more or RSVP at or (702) 303-4888.



Ventura Aviation Hosting Event with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb


On December 8th Ventura Aviation will host an evening presentation for New York Area CEOs, headlined by Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL Head Sniper, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and stunt pilot. The event will take place inside its hangar at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm. Drinks and food will be provided and parking will be available at its facility, valets will also be available at the main terminal. Please RSVP to to reserve your complimentary seat. The new HondaJet and brand-new Mooney Acclaim will be on display and are available for test flights. Learn more.



Stratajet Forms Alliance with Million Air


Stratajet and Million Air recently entered an agreement that will allow Stratajet customers to select domestic Million Air locations while making an online reservation. The partnership provides customers with more destinations when booking their customized travel. 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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