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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    May 22, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 21 
  This Week's Top Stories 

House Transportation Committee Reviews ATC Reform

Last Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee held a hearing to discuss proposals to create a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation. Committee members heard from a panel heavily tilted in support of privatization. In his opening remarks, Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) noted that last year’s bill (HR 4441) will serve as a framework for the new legislation and will include “a governance structure that is right-sized and balanced, and a board with sole fiduciary responsibility to the organization.” Last year’s legislation made charter operators the only segment of general aviation required to pay user fees. The sole witness opposed to the corporation proposal, Joseph Brown — President of Hartzell Propeller, Inc. — questioned whether the public interest is best served “if Congress gives our wealth and skies to a small group of special interests, operating outside of democratic oversight, so that they can serve their own ends?” Committee markup of the legislation is expected next month. To voice your concerns to your elected representatives over this proposal, visit the NATA Action Center.



Preview of Administration Budget Proposal Suggests FAA To Receive Funding Cut


Tomorrow, the Trump Administration is expected to release the details of its first full budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins on October 1st. Analysis of an advance spreadsheet obtained by the think tank Third Way suggests the Administration will propose an almost $300m cut in the FAA budget from current levels. The most dramatic reductions coming in the accounts dedicated to NextGen modernization (-4%) and research (-15%). Airport funding would be held flat at $3.35 billion. Earlier this year, the Administration released a preliminary budget that also contained language supportive of creating an air traffic control corporation. NATA’s Action Center provides a portal for aviation businesses to quickly and easily voice their concerns to Congress over proposals to create an ATC corporation, visit today.

NATA 2017 Aviation Business Conference Attendance and Sponsors

The NATA Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Over 100 executives and other aviation business professionals from FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs will be in attendance.


NATA would like to thank our sponsors for contributing to the success of this year’s conference: Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, Air BP, Air Charter Guide, Atlantic Aviation, Aviation Management Consulting Group, Conklin & de Decker, Executive Jet Management, Fargo Jet Center, Jet Aviation, Napa Jet Center, NATA Compliance Services, Pentastar Aviation, Phillips 66, Porter County Regional Airport, Priester Aviation, Pulsar Informatics, Ross Aviation, and WellVia.


For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


Registration Now Open for NATA Certified Trainer Course and Certified CSR Program


On July 18-19, NATA is bringing back its in-person Certified Trainer Workshop. The workshop will be held at Sporty’s Pilot Shop in Cincinnati, OH. The trainer course will provide your employees with invaluable tools that empower them to make a measurable difference in your organization. To register or for more details, click here.


On August 22-23, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program in Chicago, IL. The two-day seminar 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. Reserve your seat today, this seminar previously sold-out in April. 

 From the FAA

FAA Offers Pilots Vmc Training and Angle of Attack Guidance


The FAA’s General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has determined that improved and more frequent single-engine training in multi-engine airplanes could decrease the number of multi-engine loss of control events. Specifically, the committee recommends refresher Vmc training to improve pilot response during a power loss. The GAJSC also suggests that stall/spin accidents could be reduced through the equipage and use of angle of attack indicators in GA aircraft. Read more.

 Association Highlights

Speak with Your Broker About NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program

NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program, underwritten by global insurance leader Allianz, provides members with an additional workers compensation insurance option — including NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return,” which provides additional savings based on group performance. Visit to get started or have your broker contact Chuck Couch of Allianz at (678)-393-4019 or


NATA Safety 1st ALS Workshop to Take Place in Reno, NV This Week


NATA Safety 1st will hold its Advanced Line Service (ALS) Regional Workshop May 23rd and 24th at Civil Air Patrol – Nevada Wing in Reno, NV. Thank you to our workshop sponsors: NATA Compliance Services and Civil Air Patrol – Nevada Wing. Check out upcoming sponsorship opportunities here. The next ALS Workshop will be held August 1-2 at Alliance Aviation Services in Fort Worth, TX. Seats fill quickly, register now!


Agenda Available for Commercial Operators Tax Seminar | June 28 in Scottsdale


Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA continue to offer the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar looks at tax issues that you face every day in your operations, including:        


 - Federal Excise Taxes

 - State Taxes 

 - Audits

 - Depreciation and Passive Activity Loss Rules

 - International Fees 


Are you concerned with recent audits by the IRS on management and charter management companies relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees? This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. For the seminar agenda, click here. Register today!

Build a Better Safety Management System | NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium September 26-27 in Ashburn, VA


The NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium is a new annual event developed by the NATA Safety Committee to promote safety at FBOs and other businesses utilizing general aviation ground handling. Held September 26-27 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, the symposium is designed for safety professionals, directors of safety, line service managers or operations managers — anyone who is responsible for making sure that aircraft are handled safely.


The theme of this year’s program is Building a Better Safety Management System and includes: The Big Picture, Safety Management & IS-BAH; Practical Approaches to Risk Assessment; Safety Promotion and Your Organizational Culture; Safety Reporting & Employee Buy-In; The Intersection of Safety & Service; Emergency Response Basics for FBOs; and Data & General Aviation Ground Handling. The registration fee is $295/members and $370/nonmembers. Click here for more information or to register.
 Member Spotlight

Phillips 66 Aviation Expands Compassion Flight Program


Last week, Phillips 66 expanded the list of eligible organizations in its Compassion Flight Fuel Rebate Program. The program roster now totals 30 charities and includes three new additions: Aviation Angels of Hope, Aviation in Action, and Children’s Flight of Hope. This initiative offers a $1-per-gallon avgas rebate to pilots who provide critically ill patients with free transportation to hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country. Compassion flights also support charities that provide transportation for organs, blood and patients awaiting organ transplants. “By alleviating some of the cost of avgas, it’s our hope that more pilots will fly for these incredibly worthy organizations, providing more flights and more life-saving trips to those in need,” said R.G. (Greg) Still, Phillips 66 Manager, General Aviation. Additional details about the Compassion Flight Fuel Rebate Program can be found here.


Aeroplex/ Aerolease Group Completes $7.5M Development Project at Van Nuys Airport


Aeroplex/Aerolease Group recently completed its $7.5 million, 3-acre development project at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The new facility features exclusive hangar space, luxurious shop, office and terminal space, new aircraft ramp and staging areas, and a private parking lot. This addition complements the company’s adjoining 6-acre leasehold. Currently managing over 170,000 square feet of aviation-related facilities at VNY, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group believes the new facility allows them to “better serve business aviation’s diverse needs” while also creating “approximately 100 new high-skilled jobs in our community,” said company President and CEO Curt Castagna. The project was completed with the help of design and architectural firm JRMA and construction firm Viole Construction Co., Inc. Read more.


Cutter Aviation Adds New Managers Sylvia Graebe and Tara Creel-Cesena


Today, Cutter Aviation announced the promotion of Tara Creel-Cesena to FBO General Manager at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport and the appointment of Sylvia Graebe as Charter Sales & Aircraft Acquisitions Manager for the Charter & Flight Management Department based in Phoenix AZ. Creel-Cesena’s knowledge and work ethic led to her second promotion in 2015 as Assistant General Manager at Cutter Aviation - Phoenix Deer Valley. Sylvia most recently served as COO of EASCOR Inc., where her contributions facilitated significant growth for the company. Sylvia has a proven record of generating profits and sales growth in various aspects of charter operations including sales, flight management, ground ops, and catering.

 ACSF News

Allstate Insurance Company Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Allstate Insurance Company has joined the ACSF. Along with 150 other companies, Allstate supports the ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America, serving more than 16 million households nationwide. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting their customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years. Learn more at




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