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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    April 10, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 15 
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Tell NATA How Your Business Supports the Pilot Community

NATA is continuing its work in support of free enterprise, battling the charge that FBOs and airports are maximizing their respective revenue streams in a manner that is unfair to pilots and the suggestion that FBOs be economically regulated. We have heard from many FBOs regarding how they go out of their way to support the needs of general aviation pilots, even at the expense to their bottom-line. If you have such a story, please contact us today. Your examples assist NATA in its continuing advocacy in support of free markets.



Last Chance to Register for NATA’s Fixed Base Operators Town Hall This Wednesday 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

5 Seats Remain 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 to develop successful FBO customer service skills!


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference 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 airline proposals to corporatize the nation's air traffic control system, efforts to economically regulate FBOs, selecting aircraft maintenance service providers, ground handling safety programs, airport-tenant relationships, and more! The event kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon.


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

 Association Highlights

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


The printed ABJ should arrive in your mailbox soon. As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read.

NATA Offers Lifeline Response Platform

The LifeLine Response app provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts:

- Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts.  

- Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

- Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map, and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 

Learn more and find out why this platform is entrusted by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.

24/7 Emergency Inflight Support: NATA-Med powered by AirDocs


NATA-Med powered by AirDocs improves operational safety and provides inflight assistance 24/7. This brand-new Program — resourced by actual flight surgeons — was created by Harvey Watt & Company, in conjunction with former NASA/Space Shuttle Recovery Team Senior & Chief Flight Surgeons, and US Space Command/USAFR Senior Flight Surgeons. The Program delivers aid to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91 and Part 91K operators before, during and after flights:

- Preflight coverage includes the creation and maintenance of on-board medical kits appropriate for each aircraft and its mission, crew medical kit training, flight planning with real-time medical and travel information for locations on itinerary and Go/No Go Assessments.

- Users receive inflight emergency advice, provided by flight surgeons.

- Post flight, the Program can coordinate ground medical assets and evacuations when appropriate and incident documentation reporting will be provided to management within twenty-four hours of the event.

Learn more at


Get Fast, Free and Straightforward Freight Quotes with PartnerShip®


This free member benefit provides access to the most competitive freight rates in the industry. PartnerShip® saves time and money on every LTL (less-than-truckload), truckload, trade show and small package or expedited freight shipment. Get your free quote at and see how much you can save with the industry’s top freight carriers. Learn more.


6 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

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary


Last month, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) celebrated a milestone with its 70th anniversary. Formerly a training center for World War II Navy pilots, today FXE is home to more than 900 based aircraft, and nearly 160,000 aircraft take off and land at the airport annually. Click here to read more about FXE’s history.


Avfuel Adds ACI Jet Santa Ana Location to FBO Network


Last week, Avfuel welcomed ACI Jet at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA) to its network. “We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with ACI Jet at its three other locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Oceano, California,” said Mark Haynes, Avfuel’s Vice President of Sales. “We are honored to further serve the company’s needs in one of California’s most prominent locations.” ACI Jet at KSNA offers 24-hour fueling services, catering and concierge services, full ground handling services, hangar space, charter services, aircraft maintenance, aircraft and vehicle detailing, secured vehicle parking, and a pilot’s lounge among other amenities. For more information, click here.


NATA Member Augusta Regional Airport Sees Surge in GA Traffic for Masters Tournament


For a fifth year, Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) commemorated its busiest week of the year with a festival. From April 3rd-10th, "Spring Fest" will entertain travelers entering the main terminal gate area with different local musical acts performing one or more sets. "The week of the Masters is historically one of the busiest weeks at AGS. This provides the perfect venue for artists to showcase their talent and entertain the thousands of people visiting Augusta," Airport Executive Director Herbert Judon said. The annual Masters Week surge hit record levels at Augusta Regional Airport and smaller regional airports last year with a 9 percent increase regionally over 2015, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. The airport typically sees a month's worth of air traffic during the period, and an increase at its FBO, where hundreds of private jets arrive for the tournament. “This year, Augusta Regional will close a taxiway to create an additional 200 aircraft parking spots for Masters Week,” said Ken Hinkle, the airport's Aviation Services Director. Read more




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