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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    March 27, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 13 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA and Other GA Associations Reiterate ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill

NATA, along with other general aviation associations, sent letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding the airlines’ effort to corporatize the nation’s air traffic control system. GA groups urged congressional leaders to provide ample opportunity for all stakeholders to review, analyze and debate any proposed legislation that would change the governance and funding for air traffic control. The letters were sent following the release of the Trump Administration proposed budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes language outlining support for creating an air traffic control corporation. In a press release, NATA expressed concern with the language, highlighting the dangers the ATC corporatization proposal poses to general aviation and urging instead national dialogue and a consensus plan. Read more.



FAA’s New Regulatory Consistency Communication Board Will Benefit Aviation Businesses


On March 23rd, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the procedures governing the agency’s new Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) including how the industry is to bring matters to its attention. The RCCB will provide clarification to internal and external stakeholders on questions related to potential inconsistent regulatory interpretations by the agency’s regions and district offices. “NATA applauds the FAA’s release of the Order putting forward the board’s purpose, responsibilities, and how stakeholders are to utilize it. Consistent application of regulations and policy is something that has plagued the industry for a long time,” stated NATA Director of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw. “We appreciate the agency’s work with stakeholders to operationalize the RCCB that will provide high level guidance to inspectors and industry on issues where there is difference of opinion in interpretation. We are heavily invested in this program and we are looking forward to seeing it succeed,” McGraw concluded.

2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference Full Agenda Now Available

NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference agenda covers a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs — including:

  - industry perspectives on the FAA reauthorization and ATC corporatization proposals,
  - considerations when selecting aircraft maintenance service providers,
  - impact of technology on GA,
introduction and update on TSA security programs,
  - a conversation with CBP on GA customs requirements, procedures, and processes,
  - raising operational safety and visibility,
the importance of airport-tenant relationships, and more!

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!

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available, starting at $250. For more information, please visit


NATA Holds South Florida Air Charter Operator Town Hall | Next Event Tomorrow, March 28 in Chicago


Last week, NATA held the third in its series of Air Charter Operator Town Hall meetings with companies from the South Florida region, gathering at Atlantic Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport. Discussion was led by Suran Wijayawardana (Alerion Aviation), Chairman of NATA’s Air Charter Committee, and covered a range of issues confronting the region’s charter community, including cracking down on illegal Part 135 air carriers, the inappropriate application of transportation excise taxes to aircraft management services and the ongoing negative impact created by flight restrictions at Palm Beach International associated with President Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. Wijayawardana was joined by Bill Deere, NATA’s Executive Vice President of Government and External Affairs, who briefed attendees on the latest legislative and regulatory challenges confronting the charter operator community.


Upcoming Town Halls:

Air Charter Operators - March 28, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Signature Flight Support - Chicago Executive Airport (Wheeling, IL)
Fixed Base Operators - April 12, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at XJet (Englewood, CO)


 From the FAA & CBP

Notice from CBP: Scheduled Outage for eAPIS and eAPIS Web Service Tomorrow, March 28th


Tomorrow March 28th, the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) will undergo scheduled maintenance starting at 5:00 a.m. and ending at 6:30 a.m. EDT. During this time, the eAPIS application and associated web-services will not be available. Other than planning around this outage and submitting eAPIS before or after the maintenance schedule, no further action is needed on your part.


FAA’s Annual Aerospace Forecast Predicts a ‘Stable to Optimistic’ Outlook for General Aviation

Last week, the FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, highlighting the long-term outlook for general aviation as “stable to optimistic, as growth at the high end offsets continuing retirements at the traditional low end of the segment.” The fixed-wing piston aircraft fleet is forecasted to shrink over the years, while the turbine and rotorcraft fleets will expect to see continued growth due to a steady progression of GDP estimates.  The FAA notes, “…the number of general aviation hours flown is projected to increase an average of 0.9 percent per year through 2037, as growth in turbine, rotorcraft, and experimental hours more than offset a decline in fixed-wing piston hours.” As for general aviation aircraft fuel consumption, the forecasted consumption of avgas is projected to decrease by 0.4% each year from 2016-2037 versus the projected growth per annum of 1.9% for jet fuel.


Help the FAA Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Safety


The 39th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) is underway! The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only government source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. The data helps determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. If you are selected to complete this year’s survey, you should have received a postcard invitation to participate. You can complete the survey online, or submit the survey form that was mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope. Your responses will be used for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. If you have any questions, please contact survey manager Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email Previous years’ survey results can be found here.

 Association Highlights

Free NATA Webinar Next Monday, April 3
Insurance, Liability and Risk | Selecting Aircraft Maintenance Services


On April 3rd, Members of NATA's Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee and other industry experts will lead a free webinar discussion on the factors owners and operators should consider when selecting aircraft maintenance service. The webinar is an important precursor to a more detailed discussion at the 2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference. The choice between using an FAA-certificated Part 145 repair station or independent technician is influenced by not only by cost, convenience and efficiency, but also its effect on the operator’s insurance, liability, and risk. Register today and join the panelists at the June 2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference to continue the discussion.


Limited Seats Left for NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop | April 18-20 in Tampa


On April 18-19, NATA will hold its Certified CSR Workshop in Tampa, FL. The workshop will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to 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. New this year, attendees may choose to spend an additional day and obtain an Aviation Food Safety Certification on April 20th. This course will cover FBO food handling best practices. Limited space is available, register today!


Sign Up for the Next Advanced Line Service Workshop | April 19-20 in Phoenix


Register today for an upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop. The next ALS workshop will be held on April 19-20, 2017 at Gateway Aviation Services in Mesa, AZ. The registration fee is only $225/person for this two-day event and space is limited. Register here, download the registration form or view more upcoming ALS Workshop dates.


Increase Revenue with Popular Hangar Subleasing Seminar | May 16-17 in Chicago


On May 16th and 17th, The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue will return for a second year in Chicago, IL. Facilitated by industry-experts FBO Partners on behalf of NATA, this one-and-a-half-day management development program covers the delicate balance between customer service, risk mitigation and revenue optimization in subleasing hangar space to aircraft operators. This course will teach the best practices, strategies and negotiation skills essential in hangar subleasing, and provide an immediate and quantifiable return for attendees. To view the program agenda, click here. For more information or to register, please click here.

 Member Spotlight

Priester Aviation Expands into Boston Market with New King Air 250


Last week, Priester Aviation announced its expansion into the Boston market with the addition of a brand new King Air 250 to its global fleet of over 65 aircraft. “With the addition of the new King Air 250, our expanded Northeast service delivers greater efficiency to our clients,” said Andy Priester, President and CEO for Priester and NATA Board Chairman. “The ease of our on-demand private travel allows for greater freedom with the simplicity of Priester’s pay-as-you-fly model – giving you ultimate flexibility and control over your schedule.” The six-seat King Air 250 offers exceptional efficiency, both in time and cost savings. Its range of over 1,720 nautical miles and exceptional short-field performance provides greater access to more convenient airports. The ultra-quiet King Air 250 is well-appointed with high-speed Wi-Fi, leather seats, an aft private lavatory, power outlets and boasts an oversized luggage area. Read more.


General Aviation in Tennessee


Tennessee Governor Declares March “General Aviation Month”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently declared March 2017 as “General Aviation Month.” In Tennessee, general aviation contributes more than $2.5 billion to that state’s economy each year and plays a vital role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters. “Businesses throughout Tennessee, and across the country, rely on general aviation to connect to other markets, support jobs and improve the economy,” said NATA President Marty Hiller. “NATA and our member companies across the Volunteer State commend Governor Haslam for his continued support of general aviation.” Read more.


NATA Attends 29th Annual Tennessee Airports Conference

Last week, NATA staff attended the 29th Annual Tennessee Airports Conference hosted by member, Tennessee Aviation Association. Conference topics included the Tennessee Aviation Fuel Tax Equity and funding costs shifting to the sponsors: airport authorities, county or city government agencies. Chad Gehrke, President of the Tennessee Aviation Association states, “A focus of our annual Tennessee Airport Conference this year has been on working together as a representation of the Tennessee system of airports and to communicate effectively with our state and local government agencies and civic organizations.” Gehrke adds, “The Tennessee Aviation Association is concerned about the long-term impact this funding change may have for our communities, but most importantly our system of airports.” For more information, click here.



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