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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 28, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 35 
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NATA Holds Successful Series of Air Charter and Industry Town Hall Meetings

Last week, NATA concluded a series of Air Charter and Industry Town Hall meetings with aviation businesses from the Pacific Northwest region at Global Aviation in Hillsboro, OR and King County International Airport in Seattle, WA. Discussions were led by Bill Deere, NATA Executive Vice President for Government and External Affairs, and covered a range of issues, including illegal charter, efforts to ensure the correct application of transportation excise taxes to aircraft management services, and FBO pricing. “By holding town halls across the country, we develop a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the entire aviation business community,” stated Deere in a press release.


Deere also briefed attendees on the status of the FAA authorization bill and asked them to remain committed to voicing their opposition to privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system. “The ATC privatization debate resumes in full force in September, making it imperative that aviation businesses continue to engage with their representatives using resources like NATA’s Legislative Action Center,” noted Deere.


To help NATA promote regional awareness of issues impacting your business, contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513 to host a Town Hall Meeting.

Future Town Hall dates and locations can be found at



NATA Voices ATC Privatization Concerns at Industry Events

On Monday, August 21st, Bill Deere, NATA’s Executive Vice President for Government and External Affairs, participated in the American Association of Airport Executives' (AAAE) General Aviation Issues and Security Conference at Van Nuys Airport in California. Deere appeared on a panel moderated by Jeff Kohlman of Aviation Management Consulting Group that included representatives from AAAE, AOPA, NASAO and NBAA. “The conference was an important opportunity to reach out to a key voice in the air traffic control privatization debate,” stated Deere. “General aviation airport managers and aviation businesses are the people lawmakers simply must hear from if we are to prevent the privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system. Airports and their businesses that service general aviation stand to lose the most from privatization of ATC, which will invariably shift the emphasis of aviation investment away from the national airspace to one focused more on airline route structures. It is important general aviation airports join NATA and over 130 general aviation groups in opposition to the bill,” Deere noted.

Deere will reiterate the importance of continued outreach to elected representatives in opposition to ATC privatization at the 4States Airport Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday, August 29th. The 4States Airport Conference is comprised of all general aviation airports and businesses in the 4-state central region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and have joined together to keep apprised of aviation issues.

Richard Aboulafia Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis for Teal Group, will once again be presenting at the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. Richard's industry forecast is always considered by attendees to be a highlight of the day. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to stay abreast of the industry’s market condition, trends and challenges.

The Roundtable, held in Washington, D.C. on November 7th and 8th, is the premier event focused on senior aviation leaders like you — featuring opportunities for executives to tap into a wealth of industry knowledge from business and government policy experts. For more information or to register, please visit


FAA Check Pilot InFO Encourages Company Check Pilots


FAA recently published FAA InFO 17012, “Regulatory Requirement to Provide Enough Flight Instructors and Check Pilots/Check Flight Engineers,“ guidance highlighting for operators the regulatory requirement to have check pilots. InFO 17012 explains that operators need to have adequate numbers of instructors and check pilots to support their operations (14 CFR 135.323) and not rely solely upon FAA resources.

NATA encourages operators to seek approval for check pilots. Should local FAA inspectors decline requests to approve qualified candidates, operators should discuss this InFO with their inspectors and elevate the issue. 

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 Association Highlights

Hear More About NATA's Ground Handling Safety Symposium | Podcast Now Available


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 26th and 27th 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.


Listen to NATA's podcast to find out more about the origin and theme of this eventFor more information or to register, please visit


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NATA Offers Lifeline Response Platform


The LifeLine Response app provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts and resources, including:


- Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts.  

- Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

- Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map, and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 


Learn more and find out why this platform is entrusted by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.


Free NATA Safety 1st FBO Status Map


The NATA Safety 1st FBO Status Map is a web-based resource that assists aircraft operators in locating FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered. NATA created the map to supplement the existing processes used by aircraft operators when selecting an FBO. The map is searchable by airport ID, company name, address and allows for additional details for each operation. Safety 1st participants can enhance their existing record on a yearly, per location basis. The listing enhancement includes adding their website, logo, contact information and more. Interested businesses can get started by emailing View the map at or


 Prevent Misfuelings with NATA's Free Online Training


The NATA Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program provides awareness training for Pilots, Line Service Professionals, FBO Managers, Customer Service Representatives and more. This free, online-based awareness program is comprised of four different tracks and conforms with standards from the Energy Institute and the Safety 1st Operational Best Practices. The misfueling prevention program can be found at


Get Fast, Free and Straightforward Freight Quotes with PartnerShip®


PartnerShip® provides access to the most competitive freight rates in the industry. This free member benefit saves time and money on every LTL (less-than-truckload), truckload, trade show and small package or expedited freight shipment. Get your free quote at and see how much you can save with the industry’s top freight carriers. Learn more.


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


Register today for the upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop to be held on September 12-13 at Duncan Aviation at Lincoln Airport (LNK) 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 heredownload the registration form or view dates for the final 2017 workshop.

 Member Spotlight

Francis Aviation Hires New Vice President


Francis Aviation has selected John Stuart as its Vice President. Francis Aviation has future plans for expansion to continue to serve a growing base of customers in the area including — a new fuel farm at its Santa Teresa, NM location and a remodeling project at the Las Cruces, NM facility. “I joined Francis Aviation because I have the sense that they are a quality operator that emphasizes safety and quality customer service and equipment,” stated Stuart. Prior, he spent thirteen years as the Vice President of Operations of Trajen Flight Suppor and served as the EVP of Aviation Operations at Astin Executive Services. Read more.


ACI Jet SNA Earns New Hangar Deal Courtesy of Middle School Students


Two sixth graders, Gavin and Jake met during a middle school field trip to ACI Jet at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California. After discovering their shared interest of aviation, they later negotiated a deal to base a Dassault Falcon 900 at the FBO. Jake is the son of an ACI Jet manager and Gavin the grandson of John Dahlberg, the owner of the Falcon 900. “It quickly became very real when Gavin and Jake were granted the authority by their respective parents and grandparents to make the deal happen,” said ACI Jet President William Borgsmiller. “While a school field trip to an airport is anything but run-of-the-mill, Gavin and Jake took the opportunity to learn more about aviation and airports to heart,” former Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva said at the signing ceremony. “It’s inspiring and instructive, and it demonstrates what can come out of an education partnership between our schools and the aviation community.” Read more.




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