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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    February 6, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 6 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA to Demo New Product at S&D This Week

Today, NATA announced the launch of the Part 135/91 Training Center providing operators a standardized, trusted and affordable system to train their entire team; pilots, flight coordinators and ground handlers. NATA is demonstrating the new Center at booth #1701 during this week’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. NATA staff will also be meeting with member companies and participating in industry events. Follow NATA's activity during the conference on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NATAatSDC. For members interested in talking with NATA at the conference, please contact Jake Legere at or (703) 785-5886.



Elaine Chao Confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Transportation


On January 31st, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) commended the confirmation stating: “Her unwavering commitment to public service will be an asset to the Department of Transportation and the new administration.” NATA President Marty Hiller also praised Chao following President Trump’s announcement of her selection, “Secretary Chao is a serious, substantive choice to head a department that is critical to the economic success of our nation.” For more information on Secretary Chao, click here.

NATA Statement on Santa Monica Airport Announcement

On January 28th, the Federal Aviation Administration and City of Santa Monica, California announced a long-term agreement concerning the future operation of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The arrangement will allow the airport to operate through 2028 with runway length to be reduced to 3,500’. NATA President Marty Hiller noted that the agreement will have to be studied closely to fully understand the 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.


NATA Praises FAA's Peggy Gilligan: A True Leader in the Pursuit of Aviation Safety


Last week, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Margaret “Peggy” Gilligan informed senior FAA officials she will be retiring. Gilligan has been Associate Administrator since 2009 and has served at the FAA in various capacities since 1980. In a press release, NATA President Marty Hiller praised Gilligan for her service and dedication to improving aviation safety stating, “Peggy has been the heart and soul of the FAA’s effort to improve aviation safety for many years. The numerous awards and recognitions she has received throughout her career speak to her tireless dedication to making flying safer. The results of her work are demonstrated in something the public now takes for granted — ever improving accident rates. NATA also deeply appreciated her commitment to improving the interaction between the agency and aviation businesses community and her focus on partnership with industry toward common-sense regulation. Her leadership will be missed.”


 Association Highlights

NATA Holds Southeast Regional Air Charter Operator Town Hall


Last Tuesday, NATA held its second Air Charter Operator Town Hall meeting at SAI Flight Services at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Sixteen companies from across the southeastern region gathered for discussion led by Ryan Waguespack (Priority Jet), a member of the NATA Air Charter Committee. The town hall covered a range of issues confronting the charter community including – strategies for recruiting and retaining pilots, the safety and competitive challenges posed by illegal charter and the impacts of new charter business models. Bill Deere, NATA’s Executive Vice President of Government and External Affairs, briefed attendees on the latest legislative and regulatory challenges confronting the charter operator community. Stay tuned for announcements on future Air Charter Town Halls! Read more.


2017 NATA Advertising, Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


Advertising or sponsoring an event with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation decision makers and end users. NATA offers high visibility, optimum value and direct access to aviation business leaders throughout the world. Advertisements are available in Aviation Business Journal, NATA News or on our website! For more information on advertising with NATA, please click here.

Sponsorship opportunities starting at $250 are available. Select the following event(s) to view what options are still open:

Aviation Business Conference
NATA Regional Town Halls/Forums
Safety 1st ALS Workshops
FBO Success Seminar
Certified CSR Workshop with Aviation Food Safety Training
Safety 1st Advanced De-Icing Workshop
The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue
Commercial Tax Seminar
Certified Trainer Course

NATA Accepting Applications for the 2017 AMT Employer Award Program


Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. This award 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. The online nomination form is available by clicking here. For more information, contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513.


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 NATA Certified CSR Workshop 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 on April 20th. This one-day course will instruct on best practices and safety 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

Phillips 66 Aviation Adds Five FBOs to Network


Phillips 66 Aviation recently welcomed five FBO locations to its network — Devils Lake Aero Service (KDVL) in Devils Lake, North Dakota; Lawton Aviation Services (KLAW) in Lawton, Oklahoma; Storm Flying Service (KEBS) in Webster City, Iowa; Brookneal Airport, (K04V) in Brookneal, Virginia; and Winamac Pulaski County BOAC (KRWN) in Winamac, Indiana. For more information, click here.

 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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