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May 15, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 20 


  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Awards Top Honors to Edward M. Kilkeary, Sr. and David Todd Duncan

Last week, NATA announced the recipients of its two highest honors, who will be recognized at the annual Awards Presentation Luncheon on June 7th, held in conjunction with the NATA 2017 Aviation Business Conference. This year’s William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award recognizes Edward M. Kilkeary, Sr., an innovative business leader, pilot and former NATA Board Member with an aviation career spanning more than 40 years. The NATA Distinguished Service Award goes to former NATA Board Chair, past Chair of the NATA Aircraft Sales Committee and current Chairman of Duncan Aviation, D. Todd Duncan. Todd began his career with Duncan Aviation nearly 30 years ago, starting in aircraft sales and leading component services before becoming Chairman in 2007. He was a founding board member of the NATA’s Air Charter Safety Foundation and continues to support NATA as a member of its Presidents Council. Contact Karissa Uko at or Kim Blankenship at for more information on NATA's Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon and to secure ticket or attend the luncheon and full conference by registering here.



Hotel Rooms Are Filling Up for the 2017 Aviation Business Conference | Room Block Ends May 23rd


The NATA Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. NATA is providing conference participants an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives to discuss the issues impacting aviation businesses — particularly the airlines’ proposal to create a user-fee funded air traffic control corporation. The conference agenda covers a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs.

Make your hotel reservations online now, as limited hotel rooms are available under the NATA room block, which ends May 23rd. Once the room block is sold out, the room rate will increase by $100.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available, starting at $250. The deadline to confirm your sponsorship selection is May 26th.

For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


NATA Urges Members to Contact Congress on ATC Corporation Proposal

NATA recently launched its revamped Legislative Action Center, making it easier than ever to communicate with elected officials about the important issues impacting aviation businesses. Members are encouraged to visit this convenient site and urge your representatives and senators to oppose the airline industry proposal to create a user-fee funded air traffic control corporation. New features to the Action Center include the ability to amplify your message through social media and sharing with friends. You are the best representative of the aviation business community and your opinion carries significant weight with elected officials. Just a few keystrokes will allow policymakers on Capitol Hill to know exactly how you feel about a proposal that poses significant concerns to general aviation.



The Popular NATA Certified CSR Program Returns Again This August


On August 22-23, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program in Chicago, IL. The previously sold-out 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.

Save the date, more details and registration information will be available soon!




 From the FAA


 FAA Offers Safety Tips for International Flying


Flying internationally always requires more planning than domestic travel. If you are intending to fly for an extended period of time in a particular country, then there may be additional requirements depending on the country you are operating in. The FAA offers some general guidelines for flying outside the United States including: international permits, CBP requirements, pilot licensing, territorial limits based on insurance policies, fuel availability, maintenance and weather reporting. Click here to get more details on international flying.




 Association Highlights


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Limited Space Available for Next Week’s Advanced Line Service Workshop | May 23-24 in Reno


Register today for the upcoming Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop to be held on May 23-24 at Civil Air Patrol in Reno, NV. ALS workshops are designed for Line Service Professionals, both experienced or relatively new to the industry. This workshop also assists managers, owners and even customer service representatives with knowledge and skills that will help them excel in their respective areas. 

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.






 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!







Registration Now Open for New 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


L.A. Senior Assistant City Attorney and Former FAA Airports Administrator Eduardo Angeles Joins Cal State LA as Adjunct Professor


Eduardo A. Angeles, in-house senior counsel to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and former head of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airports Division, will serve as Adjunct Professor of Aviation Law at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) starting next fall. “We are deeply honored to have such a talented individual, renowned attorney and respected industry expert share his knowledge and experience with our students,” said Keith Mew, Ph.D., Chair of the CSULA Aviation Administration Program. “Eduardo Angeles is an amazing role model for the next generation of aviation industry executives who will assume leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.” At CSULA, Angeles joins NATA members Randall Berg, a 30-year adjunct professor and former American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Chair, and Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO Curt Castagna, a 25-year adjunct professor and recently-appointed member of the L.A. County Aviation Commission. As the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Airports from 2014 to 2016, Angeles oversaw $3.5 billion in annual airport improvement grants and managed programs for national airport planning and development. In his current role as Senior Assistant City Attorney, Angeles is assigned by the L.A. City Attorney’s Office to the Legal Division of LAWA, the agency responsible for the operation and governance of Los Angeles International and Van Nuys Airports. Read more.







 Clay Lacy Aviation to Undergo IS-BAH Registration


Last week, Gateway USA LLC doing business as Clay Lacy Aviation, LLC (CLA-Seattle) announced it would undergo the process for the first Stage II IS-BAH registration in the United States. Only three other ground-handling operations in the world (all in Europe) have reached this milestone. In June 2016, CLA-Seattle was recognized as an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) “Trailblazer” FBO by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), when they earned one of the first Stage I registrations. Read more.






 Solairus Aviation Adds Global 6000 to Houston Location


Solairus Aviation recently added a Global 6000 aircraft to its fleet. The ultra-long range aircraft can seat up to 15 passengers and includes: coffee pot, convection and microwave ovens, enclosed lavatory, flight phone, Freon air conditioning, full galley, iPod station, leather seats, satellite phone, Wi-Fi, and more. Read more





 ACSF News


 Sedgwick Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Sedgwick Claims Management Services has joined the ACSF. Along with 150 other companies, Sedgwick 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. Sedgwick is a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions. The company takes care of people and organizations by delivering cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting and other services. Learn more.






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