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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 21, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 34 
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Last Chance to RSVP for This Week’s NATA Air Charter and Industry Town Halls in Portland and Seattle

This week, NATA will hold Air Charter and Industry Town Hall meetings for charter operators and other aviation businesses in Portland, OR on August 23 and Seattle, WA on August 24. Join your colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest for networking and discussions on the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry — including regional matters and a legislative and regulatory update. Attendance is free and includes lunch.


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

August 23 (Portland, OR –  Global Aviation | Portland-Hillsboro Airport) 


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



Agenda Now Available for NATA’s 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. To view the full symposium agenda, please click here. The registration fee is $295/members and $370/nonmembers.


For more information or to register, please visit

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 21stCentury 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


This month, 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. “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!


 Association Highlights

NATA Talks General Aviation Challenges and Future at AAAE Conference


Today, NATA Executive Vice President Bill Deere spoke at AAAE's annual General Aviation Issues and Security Conference in Van Nuys, California. Deere took part in a panel discussing today's top general aviation issues — including FAA reauthorization, the dangers of ATC privatization, and more. Follow NATA’s social media channels for event photos.


NATA Certified CSR Program Taking Place This Week in Chicago

On Tuesday and Wednesday, NATA and the Aviation Business Strategies Group will hold the second Certified CSR Program of the year in Chicago, IL! The workshop will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to create successful customer service experiences. Program participants will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation. NATA would like to thank our seminar sponsors for their support and we look forward to seeing our attendees in Chicago this week.


2017 NATA Certified CSR Program Sponsors:

Aviation Business Strategies Group


World Fuel Services/TotalFBO

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.


Get started at


Accessible and Economical | NATA Part 135/91 Training Center


Developed by industry experts, the NATA Part 135/91 Training Center provides online courses in a standardized, easy-to-use format to train the entire team. The library includes over 50 courses specifically designed to assist air charter, corporate and fractional operators in meeting regulatory training requirements. The system is offered by subscription with unlimited access for a fixed annual fee. Request a demo at

 From the FAA

FAA Safety Briefing: Avoiding Pilot Deviations


The August 2017 FAA Safety Briefing focuses on avoiding pilot deviations. The FAA Safety Team offers tips and resources to prevent airborne and ground pilot deviations.


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, NE. 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.
   Member Spotlight

Stuart Jet Center Begins Construction on New Hangars


Stuart Jet Center recently began construction on two new hangars. The 25,000 square feet expansion will be able to accommodate aircraft up to a G-650 or Global Express. The project will include an additional 11,000 square feet of hangar-accessible office and shop space for tenant convenience and lease with occupancy availability in November 2017. “We’re always looking for opportunities to expand and better serve our customers,” said Dan Capen, President of Stuart Jet Center. “These new hangars, complete with office space, will give us the room we need to accommodate the growth of Stuart and our customer base, particularly as we head into the winter months.” In addition to its facility development, Stuart Jet Center will also expand its services with U.S. Customs in the first quarter of 2018. Read more.


Meridian Air Charter Adds Another Gulfstream G550 to Fleet


Meridian Air Charter, located at Teterboro Airport and Hayward Executive Airport, added a Gulfstream G550 business jet to its managed fleet. The aircraft is based in Gary, Indiana (GYY) to serve its Chicago area customers. “We are extremely pleased to offer our customers in the Chicago market a great option for long haul trips,” said Chris Battaglia, Director of Charter Sales. “This G550 is equipped with the latest technologies and amenities, ensuring a productive and comfortable flight.” Read more.


NATA Members Collaborate to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Van Nuys Airport


Last week, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group announced its solar power project that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and generate clean energy at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The roof-mount/canopy solar electric system will generate approximately 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 million pounds annually. The system’s environmental impact is the equivalent of planting 850 acres of trees and eliminating 6.5 million car miles. “This is the first-ever solar installation at Van Nuys Airport that will help reduce its carbon footprint and demonstrate the aviation community’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO and NATA Board Member Curt Castagna. “There exists tremendous potential for airports across the nation to implement sustainable energy projects, and we hope to continue in these efforts by leading with this initiative.”


Scheduled to go live in fall 2017, this new clean energy project resulted from a successful partnership between Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and PCS Energy, the solar provider that leased the roof space and will install the solar panels. “Van Nuys Airport is pleased to collaborate with our tenants on public-private partnerships that advance sustainability at our airport facilities,” said VNY Airport Manager Flora Margheritis. “We commend Aeroplex/Aerolease Group for driving innovation, playing a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to set the industry standard for sustainable design and operations.” Read more.



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