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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    December 12, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 50 
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ICAO Releases Changes to Business and General Aviation Standards Adopted in 2016

Last week, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) published a summary of changes to its Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) adopted in 2016 by the ICAO Council. The changes to the SARPS became applicable November 10, 2016. As outlined in the bulletin, "It should be noted that the changes to the Annexes for the most part, are not applicable to the operator until actioned in the State legislative framework or otherwise implemented in infrastructure. The main exceptions are standards governing the conduct of flights over the high seas (outside 12NM territorial sea) where State sovereignty no longer governs.” Click here to view the changes.


Scottsdale Commissioners Warn of Impact of Continuing Residential Development


Recently, the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commissioners wrote the city’s Mayor and City Council Members to highlight the “unintended consequences that can arise from the encroachment of residential development near the Scottsdale Airport,” a top 50 business aviation airport. The Commissioners cited the current situation at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in California to illustrate the ramifications of open-ended development near the airport. Airport Advisory Commission Chair, Brad Berry, concluded, “…residential developments do not appear to be slowing down. They are continuing to come…we respectfully ask you to help us preserve this gem in our community for future generations of aviation users and the benefit of our wonderful city.”

Report Demonstrates Contributions of NATA Members at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) to Local Community

A newly released report, commissioned by the Los Angeles World Airports and conducted by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), concludes the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) contributes two billion dollars to the local economy and supports more than 10,000 jobs. NATA President Martin H. Hiller praised the report stating, “Studies like these are invaluable in NATA’s efforts to demonstrate to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels the positive impact of general aviation on communities. The Van Nuys Airport study clearly validates the important role of our members in creating and sustaining jobs, growing the economy, connecting the community and supporting commerce.” Read more.

NATA Participates in "New Unleaded Avgas Deployment" Meeting

Last week, NATA staff participated in FAA/industry discussions addressing focus areas related to a potential transition from 100LL to unleaded Avgas. The group received status updates from the deployment action team leads on the following issues: State/Federal Legislative; Aircraft Fuels Regulations and Standards; Fuel Manufacturing Capability; Distribution System; Airports; Aircraft Modifications; Communication and Training; and International Communications. NATA leads the Airport Deployment Action Team and serves as a member of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative Steering Group. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at


Request for Statements of Qualifications (RFQ) for Options Development, Design, Bidding Assistance, and Construction Observation for a New Aviation Fuel Facility in Jackson Hole, WY


The Jackson Hole Airport Board owns the Jackson Hole Airport located in Teton County, Wyoming. The Board is soliciting Statements of Qualifications and Experience for its use in selecting a firm or design team to develop and help the Airport Board evaluate options, design, assist with bidding, and perform construction oversight of a new fuel facility on the Airport.  This oversight will also include removal of the existing underground general aviation fuel facilities. Obtain the full RFQ from either Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Assistant Airport Director at 307-733-7695 or, or Jim Elwood, Executive Director, at 307-733-7695 or

Association Highlights

NATA Staff Attend 2016 MEBAA Show

NATA Executive Vice President Tim Obitts, and Managing Director, Safety & Training Mike France attended the 2016 MEBAA Show last week in Dubai, UAE. They were on hand to meet with member companies and participate in industry events. Learn more about the MEBAA Show here. Visit for photos and announcements from the show.

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


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

Jet Aviation Receives IS-BAH Standard Registrations Across Its Entire FBO Network in EMEA and Asia

Last week Jet Aviation announced that its network of 11 FBO facilities across EMEA and Asia has received IS-BAH Standard (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). Jet Aviation’s Safety and Quality Manager for FBOs in the region, Daniel Brechbühl stated, "Continuous improvement is a priority at Jet Aviation and our FBO facilities have been working closely together to standardize our handling processes since the IS-BAH registration program was introduced two years ago. These IS-BAH designations show that we stand behind that commitment.” Learn more about IS-BAH here.


Duncan Aviation Prepares for Winter with New De-Icing Protocols


Duncan Aviation recently sent six team members of the Line Crew from Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska, to NATA’s Safety 1st Advanced De-Icing Workshop. After attending the two-day workshop, all Duncan Aviation FBO locations updated its deicing procedures and protocols, resulting in better communication among the team and with pilots. Learn more.


EPIC Fuels and Signature Flight Support Team Up to Improve and Expand Aviation Card Networks


EPIC Fuels and Signature Flight Support have signed an agreement that will allow EPIC Fuels to become the card issuer for the new Signature Flight Support Multi Service Aviation co-branded aviation card. The new card will be accepted at all Signature facilities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at all EPIC and UVair FBO Network branded locations. 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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