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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    January 30, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 5 
 This Week's Top Stories 

Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s NATA Air Charter Operators Town Hall in Greer, SC

Join your colleagues from across the region tomorrow at SAI Flight Services at Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) for networking and industry updates. This free event brings operators together to discuss shared concerns and interact with the association’s Air Charter Committee.


Town Hall topics will include discussion of regional matters, as well as legislative and regulatory updates. Register now!


Senate Commerce Committee Approves Chao to Be Secretary of Transportation


Last Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted unanimously to approve Elaine Chao’s nomination as transportation secretary. During her hearing, Chao stated the incoming administration has not yet made any decisions on ATC reform, acknowledging it is a huge issue that needs “national consensus” and dialogue. Chao’s nomination moves to a full Senate vote as early as tomorrow.

Agreement Reached by the FAA and City on Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

On Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration and City of Santa Monica, California reached a long-term agreement concerning the future operation of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Under the agreement, the airport will continue to operate through 2028 with a reduced runway length from approximately 5,000’ to 3,500’. NATA President Martin H. Hiller stated “The agreement announced over the weekend is clearly a compromise that will have to be studied closely to fully understand its implications to both SMO and the entire national airport system. The reduction in runway length is a game-changer, the changing mix of traffic in and out of SMO now necessitates a review by the city, other regional communities and private investors as to the appropriate type of aeronautical service businesses to operate at the field.” In September 2016, NATA filed in support of member company Atlantic Aviation’s right to continue to operate at SMO following an attempt by the city to evict it and another provider without adequate plans for the continuing provision of aeronautical services.

President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Restricting Travel from Seven Middle-Eastern Countries


On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the nationals of seven Middle-Eastern countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days or more, creating confusion at some entry points. The administration later clarified that legal U.S. permanent residents were exempt from the order. President Trump cited those seven nations as "countries of concern” and “in order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles”. The executive order bans the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely and will stop the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months. The order will also review suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which currently allows travelers from 38 countries – including most of Europe to renew their Visa without in-person interviews.

 Request for Proposals

City of Maryville, MO Seeks RFPs for FBO at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport


The City of Maryville, Missouri recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to qualified parties interested in providing FBO services at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport. For background and general information on the requirements, qualifications and airport, click here. Proposals are due by March 3, 2017. Please contact Bryan Gregory with any questions at

 Association Highlights

NATA Accepting Applications for the 2017 AMT Employer Award Program


Applications for the 2017 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program will be accepted through March 24, 2017. This award program is designed to recognize companies that employ aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) and encourage and support AMT training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs that participate in qualifying training events. The AMT Employer Awards, along with the Industry Excellence Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2017. For more program information or to download an application packet, click here.



Recognize the Best and Brightest in the Industry


NATA is calling for nominations to recognize individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their fields and the highest levels 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. Nominations for these awards must be received by NATA no later than March 24, 2017. The online nomination form is available by clicking here. Members may also obtain a nomination form by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282 or by e-mailing Karissa Uko.


Build A More Successful FBO with 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.

Develop Successful Customer Service Skills at NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop


On April 18-19, 2017 in Tampa, FL attendees will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation. This year, NATA is excited to partner with Air Culinaire Worldwide to provide attendees with a new Aviation Food Safety Certification. This one-day course will instruct on handling food safely and best practices specific to the unique situations of food handling at FBOs. Learn more and register here.



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

Gama Partners with Hong Kong MRO China Aircraft Services


Gama Aviation's Hong Kong-based joint venture Gama Aviation Hutchinson recently launched a new partnership with local maintenance provider China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL). This partnership will expand upon Gama’s current offerings to business aircraft. Headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport, CASL holds maintenance approvals from aviation authorities in Hong Kong, the U.S., Europe, Taiwan, South Korea, Bermuda and Mongolia. Learn more.



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 ACSF News

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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