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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 14, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 33 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Provides Resources to Arm Aviation Businesses in Battle Against ATC Privatization

The number one aviation issue in Washington continues to be the FAA reauthorization bill, H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, and its proposal to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Over 130 groups, including NATA, oppose the legislation and are hard at work educating Members of Congress and their staffs on the detrimental impact this proposal would have on general aviation. Members of Congress want to hear from aviation businesses in their districts before voting on the legislation in September, making it critical that you engage with lawmakers. Make your views known, through:

No Member of Congress’ position can be taken for granted, making it critical for aviation businesses to continue to engage with their elected representatives. For more information on how to use your voice on Capitol Hill, contact the NATA Legislative Affairs team.


GA Association Leaders Urge Continued Outreach on ATC Privatization

Last week, the leaders of the Washington, DC, based GA associations, including NATA, AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NBAA, briefed aviation associations and aviation businesses from across the country to emphasize the importance of continued outreach to their elected officials in opposition to privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system.

NATA President Marty Hiller, along with key ATC privatization opponent Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) explained that as Congressional leaders take a break from Washington to visit with constituents, it is critical they hear first-hand how ATC privatization will negatively impact general aviation. “GA has come together in opposition to this legislation and that’s a good start, but we have to keep working together,” Hiller stated during the call. “Time is short with a possible vote looming, so we can’t give up now,” Hiller added, acknowledging that there are only 12 working days in September, so the deadline to have your voice heard is rapidly approaching. Every vote counts, so talking to your elected officials about the dangers ATC privatization poses to aviation businesses across the country could mean the difference between our current system that benefits all users and one that is dominated by the airlines. Act now!

FAA Proposal on the Use of ADS-B Out Would Eliminate RVSM Authorization

On August 7th, the FAA announced the release of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) "Use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out in Support of Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Operations." The proposal would allow an operator of an aircraft equipped with a qualified ADS-B Out system to operate in RVSM airspace without requiring an authorization. Since ADS-B Out systems are capable of monitoring aircraft altitude-keeping performance equipment and altimetry errors, the FAA is looking to rid the current process of obtaining RVSM authorizations for those operations. The agency believes that by eliminating this application requirement, the proposal would “reduce both operators’ costs and FAA workload, while maintaining the existing level of safety.” The agency also points out that those operators properly equipped with ADS-B Out systems would be able to begin RVSM operations immediately. Comments on the NPRM are due on or before September 7, 2017. If no major amendments are required, the FAA expects the proposal to become effective in 2018.


RSVP for an August NATA Air Charter and Industry Town Hall


This month, NATA will hold Air Charter and Industry Town Hall meetings with aviation businesses in Portland, OR on August 23 and Seattle, WA on August 24. Join your colleagues from across the Northwest region for networking and discussions on the challenges, risks and opportunities faced among the diverse operations found under Part 135 regulations. Other topics will include overviews of air charter and general aviation issues, including regional matters and legislative and regulatory updates. Attendance is free and includes lunch.


RSVP is required. Confirm your attendance using the links below:

August 23 (Portland, OR – Global Aviation) 


August 24 (Seattle, WA – King County International Airport)


 Association Highlights

NATA to Honor Little Rock’s Central Flying Service with Aviation Milestone Award


On August 16th, NATA’s Executive Vice President Tim Obitts and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will commemorate Central Flying Service’s milestone of reaching 475,000 flight training hours. The event is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on the ramp at the company's headquarters at 2301 Crisp Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, and includes a ceremonial training flight. Founded by Claud Holbert in 1939, family-owned Central Flying Service is one of NATA’s earliest members and has been doing its part to ready the nation’s supply of pilots since the company’s establishment as part of the pre-World War II federal Civilian Pilot Training Program. Read more.


Limited Space Available for NATA’s Certified CSR Seminar | August 22-23 in Chicago

Next week, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program on August 22nd and 23rd at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL. The two-day seminar will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn marginal customer transactions into a fulfilled client transformations. To review the agenda, click here.


Limited space is available, 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.

August 15th Deadline: 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.


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 savings based on group performance. Visit to get started or have your broker contact Chuck Couch of Allianz at (678)-393-4019 or


Register for Upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop | September 12-13 in Lincoln, NE


Register today for the upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop to be held on September 12-13 at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska. 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 dates for the final 2017 workshop.

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

Ohio State University Airport Celebrates National Aviation Day with New Terminal and Learning Center


Saturday is National Aviation Day (August 19th), and the Ohio State University Airport at Don Scott Field will commemorate the opening of the Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center. President Michael V. Drake and College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams will be joined by representatives of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation and other guests to celebrate upcoming enhancements to the airport. The two-phase project will support construction of a new aviation education and research facility with state-of-the-art flight simulators, research labs and classrooms. Combined with a modern flight terminal, the new facilities will integrate education with airport operations, benefiting Ohio State students as well as Columbus-area residents and visitors. The opening of the new facility is slated for January 2019. The groundbreaking event coincides with aviation milestones at Ohio State¬≠, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the university’s aviation education program and the 75th anniversary of its airport. Read more.


National Jets Authorized by TSA for DCA Gateway FBO Status at FLL


National Jets (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International) recently received approval as an DCA Gateway FBO under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). The DASSP governs business aviation access to Washington’s Reagan National Airport (KDCA). "Adding our DCA Gateway approval only increases the conveniences that we are able provide our customers," stated Sam Robbin, National Jets CEO. With flight operations dating back to 1947 with the Durham Flying Club and its initial leasehold at FLL in 1961, the company is also celebrating its 70-year anniversary. Read more.


Signature Opens FBO at Boeing Field/King County International Airport


Signature Flight Support opened its newest FBO at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle. The $11.5 million, 6,250-sq-ft executive terminal includes meeting rooms, pilot lounges and a full-service customer desk. The project, part of a local airport redevelopment initiative in cooperation with the Boeing Field King County Airport and the King County Water and Land Resources Department, includes an experimental system for storm water management. Built on the site of a demolished FBO and hangar, the new facility does not yet include a hangar. But that will soon change, according to Signature President and CEO Maria Sastre. “We’re working on a hangar opportunity on the field as we speak,” she said at the opening reception. “So I’m hopeful that in the next year, we’ll be able to provide a solution for customers who would like to be tenants with Signature at Boeing Field.” Read more




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