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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    July 31, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 31 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Intervenes to Assist Pilatus PC-12 Charter Operators

The FAA is shortly expected to announce the resolution of an issue preventing air charter operators from adding certain Pilatus PC-12 aircraft to their certificates. Resolution of the issue began as a result of an NATA Air Charter Operators Town Hall earlier this year, when a member company alerted the association that a local FAA office had denied requests to add to their operating certificate several PC-12 aircraft intended for passenger operations.


NATA immediately reached out to FAA headquarters staff to understand and resolve the issue, which was over whether and how older model Pilatus PC-12s meet the electrical power requirements applicable to passenger operations under instrument rules in a single-engine aircraft. The issue was not limited to one company, but rather multiple operators across the country were experiencing the same problem. The FAA’s expected announcement will clarify the process for evaluating certain older PC-12 aircraft for passenger-carrying operations under Part 135. Concurrently, the FAA will also issue new inspector guidance reflecting the same information and procedures. NATA will immediately post the information on its website and social media channels when the FAA makes its official announcement.



Senate Funding Bill Rejects ATC Privatization; Includes NATA Asks

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Transportation funding bill, providing the Federal Aviation Administration with $16.97 billion for the fiscal year, beginning October 1st. The legislation rejects the Trump Administration’s proposal to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and includes provisions sought by NATA on behalf of the aviation business community.

In a press release, NATA President Marty Hiller commended the Committee stating, “the committee-approved legislation continues to demonstrate the lack of necessity for ATC privatization” by giving the FAA nearly $900 million more than the Administration requested and providing over a billion dollars to support NextGen modernization. Hiller also recognized the Committee’s inclusion of two provisions beneficial to aviation businesses, sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), that will enhance Part 135 safety and regulatory consistency. “NATA and the entire aviation business community is deeply indebted to Senator Moran for his continued support, including his unwavering opposition to ATC privatization.”

House Vote on ATC Privatization Delayed Until September | NATA Urges Members to Continue Contacting Lawmakers in Opposition

On Friday, the House of Representatives adjourned for its traditional August recess without considering H.R. 2997, legislation to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The legislation’s author, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is not giving up the effort, telling reporters it needs just a few more Members of Congress to commit to supporting it before it can be scheduled for a vote in September.


Members of Congress often pass through FBOs during the August recess, providing an excellent opportunity for aviation businesses to interact with their elected officials, discussing the dangers ATC privatization poses to general aviation and showcasing the good paying jobs created by the industry. Companies interested in offering a tour of their facility or requesting a meeting with their Member of Congress are welcome to contact the NATA Legislative Affairs team for assistance.


Last Chance to RSVP for NATA’s Air Charter Operators Town Hall This Thursday in Dallas/Ft. Worth


NATA’s August 3rd Air Charter Operators Town Hall is open to all Part 135 operators. Join your colleagues from across the Dallas/Ft. Worth 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 Air Charter Committee. Topics will include discussion of regional matters, as well as legislative and regulatory updates. Attendance is free and includes lunch. RSVP is required.


August 3, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Dallas/Ft. Worth Air Charter Operators Town Hall

Sponsored by: Alliance Aviation Services


Alliance Aviation Services

2221 Alliance Blvd., Suite 100

Fort Worth, TX 76177

Phone: (817) 890-1000


Click here for other upcoming town halls.

 Association Highlights

EAN Aviation Becomes First West African IS-BAH Registered and Safety 1st Qualified Location to Appear on NATA’s Global FBO/Ground Handler Status Map


EAN Aviation, of Lagos, Nigeria, is the first west African company to receive the IS-BAH registered and Safety 1st qualified designations. “We are pleased to see the FBO Status Map gain traction globally with the addition of the first African IS-BAH registered and Safety 1st qualified aviation business. We commend EAN Aviation for their continued commitment to safety and we look forward to seeing more international companies join their ranks,” stated Tim Obitts, NATA Executive Vice President. The FBO/Ground Handler Status Map highlights FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and/or IS-BAH registered. View the map at


NATA Safety 1st ALS Workshop to Take Place in Ft. Worth, TX This Week

NATA Safety 1st will hold its Advanced Line Service (ALS) Regional Workshop August 1st and 2nd at in Ft. Worth, TX. Over 40 line service professionals will gather for the two-day event hosted and sponsored by Alliance Aviation Services. The next ALS Workshop will be held on September 12-13 at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE. Seats fill quickly, register now!


WellVia Provides Telehealth Services to Members


NATA recently entered into an agreement with WellVia, a nationally recognized Telehealth leader, to bring its wellness and nonemergency medical care services to the general aviation community. Members across the U.S. now have the opportunity to participate in a program with 24/7 access to board-certified physicians for nonemergency care via mobile app, web or phone.


Members can interact with a doctor in three simple steps:


1. Request a Consult

2. Speak with a Doctor

3. Pick up Your Prescription


Get started at


Associate Members: Ensure Correct Information for ABJ Q3 Buyers’ Guide


The upcoming third quarter Aviation Business Journal includes NATA’s Buyers’ Guide and will have bonus distribution at the fall NBAA conference. Associate Members should ensure their information is correct by logging in as a member at and clicking on the Membership Directory link on the Membership tab. Should you need to change your information or have questions, please contact Jake Legere at (703) 785-5886. The deadline to update your record is August 15th.


NATA’s Certified CSR Seminar Room Block Ends August 7th


On August 22-23, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare 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 marginal customer transactions into a fulfilled client transformations. To review the agenda, click here.


Make your hotel reservations online now, as limited hotel rooms are available under the NATA room block, which ends August 7th. Once the room block is sold out, the room rate will increase. Reserve your seat today. This seminar previously sold-out in April.


See what previous seminar attendees had to say about the NATA Certified CSR Program.

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

Jet Aviation Opens San Juan FBO in Puerto Rico


This month, Jet Aviation held its FBO grand opening gala at Puerto Rico’s San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport. As Jet Aviation’s 10th U.S. location, it features a 12,500-sq-ft glass-fronted terminal with an in-house U.S. Customs and Border Control facility, the only FBO in the Caribbean to offer such service. Formerly Pazos FBO Services, the rebranding of the facility represents an expansion of Jet Aviation’s Caribbean presence, joining its location in Nassau, Bahamas. “We’re not here just to put another dot on the map. We’re here to develop partnerships with people like Pazos founder and president of Jet Aviation San Juan, Jose Maldonado. We’re here to develop the economy in Puerto Rico and drive business aviation traffic, and we’re very confident that we can do that,” said David Paddock, Jet Aviation SVP of Regional Business Operations USA. Read more.


Cutter Aviation Promotes Christopher Gradisar to Manager of Aircraft Services in Addison, TX Repair Station


Cutter Aviation recently announced Christopher Gradisar’s promotion to Manager of Aircraft Services in Addison, Texas. In his new role, Gradisar is responsible for managing all aspects of the maintenance operation, including the successful implementation of maintenance work order projects and cost-effective utilization of department resources. He began his career with Cutter Aviation in 2005 when he was hired as Chief Inspector for Cutter’s maintenance facility at Dallas Executive Airport. In 2012, Gradisar accepted the position as Service Supervisor where he directed the day-to-day operations for the shop. He started his aviation career working as an A&P for an aircraft maintenance provider in Pueblo, CO and later moved to Dallas, TX, where he worked as a floor inspector with Raytheon Aircraft. Read more.

 ACSF News

ACSF Announces New Chairman and Vice-Chairman


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of Dennis Fox, Senior Vice President of Operations at Executive Jet Management (EJM), as the new ACSF Chairman. Fox, who also serves on NATA’s Board, succeeds Joe Salata, Vice President of Flight Operations for Flight Options LLC. Additionally, Mike Graham, Director Flight Operations Safety, Security and Standardization, Textron Aviation was elected the new ACSF Vice-Chairman. Fox’s and Graham’s terms began July 1, 2017. Learn more.




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