Return to list


Share this week's
edition of
  View HTML Version of Newsletter    April 3, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 14 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Responds to Call for Economic Regulation of Aviation Businesses

Today, NATA publicly released a report provided to the FAA in response to charges levied by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) that FBOs and airports are maximizing their revenue streams in a manner that is unfair to pilots. Earlier this year, NATA became aware of AOPA’s campaign to regulate airports and on-field businesses, obtained the relevant documentation from the FAA and shared it with other impacted parties in the general aviation community. Recently, AOPA announced it is requesting the FAA either require FBOs to provide unfettered access to ramps and facilities or airports to provide pilots with free public ramp space.

“While AOPA claims to support FBOs and the free market, there is no recognition of the fact that some locations require different pricing models. Incredibly, AOPA chose to attack the FAA for asking stakeholders to comment on its call for economic regulation of FBOs and even criticized NATA for bringing their covert campaign to others attention,” stated NATA President Martin Hiller. “Among other things, the AOPA proposal requires FBOs to assume the security and safety liabilities associated with their presence – without compensation. The decision to assess a facility charge, particularly when there are no purchases of fuel or services, should be yours and not imposed by law or regulation.” Read more.



Register for NATA’s Brand-New Fixed Base Operators Town Hall | April 12 in Denver


The free NATA Fixed Base Operators Town Hall is open to all aviation businesses, including airports, airport tenants, fuel vendors and more. 

Join your colleagues from across the region for a day of networking and industry updates. This event brings aviation businesses together to discuss shared concerns and interact with the association’s Airport Business Committee. This is your opportunity to be heard. 

Topics will include discussion of regional matters, as well as legislative and regulatory updates. Attendance is free and includes lunch. RSVP is required.


April 12, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Denver Fixed Base Operators Town Hall

Sponsored by: XJet and Aviation Management Consulting Group



8201 Interport Blvd

Englewood, CO 80112

Phone: (303) 649-9538

Limited Space Available 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, develop successful FBO customer service skills and register today!


Digital Version of the 2017 1st Quarter ABJ Available


NATA's 2017 Q1 Aviation Business Journal is now available online. Highlights from this issue:


- Member Profile – The Aeroplex/Aerolease Group: Success through Collaborative Consensus
- Guest Articles from Kevin Burke, President and CEO at Airports Council International – North America and Todd Hauptli, President and CEO at American Association of Airport Executives
- Advocacy: NATA’s Member-Driven Committees

- What’s on the Horizon for Safety 1st
- Guidance on ADS-B Compliance
- NATA 2016 Activities & Accomplishments
- Safety Management Systems at Airports


Click here to read.

 Association Highlights

NATA 2017 Aviation Business Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends April 7th | 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 covers a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs — including the FAA reauthorization, ATC corporatization, selecting aircraft maintenance service providers, ground handling safety, airport-tenant relationships, and more! The conference kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration ends this Friday, April 7, 2017 — save $95!


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available, starting at $250. To register or for more information, please visit

NATA Participates in ADS-B Equip 2020 Meeting

Last week, NATA staff met with FAA representatives and industry at the Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting. During the meeting, the Working Group discussed the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program, FAA and industry educational outreach efforts, and privacy issues at the aircraft level. FAA personnel provided updates on current ADS-B Out equipage and avionics performance statistics, and discussed ADS-B manufacturer order forecasts. For the latest information and news on the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, please visit the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website. The next Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting is scheduled for June 2017. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at


NATA Part 135/91 Training Center


NATA's new Part 135/91 Training Center is available to Part 135, Part 91 and fractional operators. Developed by industry experts, the Training Center provides aircraft operators a standardized, trusted and economical system to train their entire team. The training library includes over 50 courses specifically designed to assist air charter, corporate and fractional operators in meeting regulatory training requirements, including:

  - General Subjects and Regulatory Training for Pilots
  - Crew Resources Management Training
  - Safety and Operations Training for Aeromedical Flight Crewmembers
  - Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training
  - Ramp Safety, Towing, Aircraft Fueling and Fuel Farm Management Training
  - Occupational Safety and Health Training

The system is offered by subscription with unlimited access for a fixed annual fee. Learn more and sign up by emailing or calling 800-808-6282.

 From the FAA

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA, along with NATA and other general aviation groups, have launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. LOC can result when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. This month’s topic focuses on maintaining safety during the maneuvering phase of flight: during take-off, landing, and while maneuvering in the traffic pattern.


9 Seats Left for Upcoming 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 17thThe Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue will return for a second year to 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

Phillips 66 Aviation Adds Eleven FBOs to Network


Phillips 66 Aviation recently welcomed eleven FBO locations to its network — Aloha Aviation Services (1T7), in San Antonio, Texas; AVMATS MidAmerica (BLV), in Belleville, Illinois; City of Sikeston (SIK), in Sikeston, Missouri; Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (EMV), Emporia, Virginia; Falcon Aviation LLC (C62), in Kendallville, Indiana; Hammonds Air Service (HUM), in Houma, Louisiana; Moorhead Aviation Services (JKJ), in Moorhead, Minnesota; Spring City Aviation, Inc. (MWC), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ), in Suffolk, Virginia; Thompson Falls Airport (THM), in Thompson Falls, Montana; and Twin Lakes Airport (8A7), in Mocksville, North Carolina. For more information, click here.


Business Jet Access Add Second Hawker to Air Charter Fleet


Business Jet Access (BJA) recently added a second Hawker 800XP to its FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate — bringing its charter fleet to a total of eight aircraft. The midsize aircraft has seating for up to eight passengers with a maximum seats-full range of 2,600 nautical miles. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce this extremely popular aircraft to our charter customers. The Hawker 800XP is a great mid-continent charter option with range to reach both coasts, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands at a very competitive hourly rate,” says Chris Wright, BJA General Manager. The aircraft is configured with a double club/conference arrangement to help facilitate on-board meetings. The Hawker also has a three-seat couch for added comfort, an enclosed lavatory, a microwave oven, coffee maker, CD Player, DVD player, and forward and aft monitors. Read more.


PartnerShip Becomes Approved as A SmartWay Transportation Partner


NATA’s Shipping Program provider, PartnerShip is now a SmartWay Transportation partner. This recognition means that PartnerShip has been environmentally conscious with their associated carriers. The SmartWay Partnership is an alliance between the freight industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve fuel efficiency, and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution resulting from freight operations. There are approximately 3,000 SmartWay member businesses (shippers, logistics companies, truck lines), and PartnerShip joins that club. Learn more.




Follow NATA on 

NATA is the National Air Transportation Association. Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members' prosperity. 
About NATA  |  Membership  |  Committees  |  Products & Services  |  Events  |  News  |  Safety 1st  |  Government Affairs
Sitemap | Press Room | Media Gallery | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved.
NATA News is a weekly e-newsletter offering top industry, legislative, regulatory and association news.
To unsubscribe from NATA News, please Click Here