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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    September 5, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 36 
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NATA Responds to Informal Part 13 Complaints Filed Against Three Airports

Last week, NATA sent letters in response to recently filed FAA Part 13 complaints alleging “egregious FBO pricing practices” at Florida’s Key West International Airport (EYW)Illinois’s Waukegan National Airport (UGN), and North Carolina’s Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)


“The assertions made in these complaints reflect a misunderstanding of a number of key points related to the economics of aviation businesses: the pricing of aeronautical services, industry consolidation and the airport sponsor-tenant relationship,” stated NATA Executive Vice President Bill Deere. NATA’s response points out the broader general aviation community has questioned the necessity of this campaign, as illustrated in three recent articles that discuss the initiative’s intellectual underpinnings. The articles conclude that FBO pricing has evolved not as a way to maximize revenue from pilots, but rather in response to the changing reality of general aviation.


“This action is disappointing, coming at a time when the general aviation community is confronting a serious effort to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. “General aviation, as we know it in this nation, is under a real threat. We need to stand united right now and not be concerned with distractions like this." Read more



Contribute to NATA’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Campaign

NATA thanks our members who are assisting in disaster relief efforts in the Houston area. NATA has established a webpage to support the American Red Cross effort and kicked off the campaign with a donation.

From generous humanitarian donations to collecting supplies and providing fuel, food and other amenities for emergency service crews, NATA aviation business members throughout Texas and across the nation are doing their part to assist in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

“The generosity and dedication of the aviation business community and their staff is inspiring. NATA members, such as FBOs and airports, have been providing critical ground services and support to relief efforts, while aircraft operators are delivering supplies and aiding in rescue missions. Many others are providing financial support, donations or coordinating resources for these efforts,” stated NATA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Tim Obitts.

NATA members are also offering their facilities as staging areas for emergency crews and providing ramp space for evacuated aircraft.

Share your story with NATA so that we can highlight the important work, brave efforts and generosity of the aviation business community. If you haven’t done so already, please join NATA and our members in making a contribution today.

Matt K. Lewis Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that Matt Lewis, CNN political commentator and The Daily Caller senior contributor, will once again be speaking at this year’s annual Aviation Business Roundtable. Lewis will discuss the Washington, DC political landscape and its effect on aviation businesses one year after the election of Donald Trump.

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. 

This year, attendees will:
- Gain insight from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta on the current state of the nation's air transportation system and ongoing efforts to improve regulatory consistency across the FAA's regions and offices.
- Get to know the new FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami and hear insights and perspectives on FAA’s safety programs and initiatives.
- Receive an inside look at the market and find out what is on the horizon for general aviation from top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia.
- Stay ahead of the curve with the latest developments from general aviation leaders in manufacturing, FBO and air charter sectors.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at $300. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


NATA Reiterates Importance of Continued Outreach to Elected Officials to Oppose ATC Privatization


On Tuesday, August 29th, Bill Deere, NATA’s Executive Vice President for Government and External Affairs, served as the keynote speaker at the 4States Airport Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Deere spoke on the importance of continued outreach by airports and aviation businesses with their elected representatives in opposition to H.R. 2997, the proposal pending in the House of Representatives to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system. The annual 4States Airport Conference brings together representatives from general aviation airports and businesses across the Midwest, including Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, to learn about the industry’s top issues, how they will affect the industry, and what to anticipate in the future.

“General aviation airport managers and aviation businesses are the people lawmakers must hear from if we are to prevent the privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system,” stated Deere. The proposal, if enacted, “will shift the emphasis of aviation investment away from the national airspace to one focused more on airline route structures.” Deere encouraged attendees to visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center, that features easy ways for people to contact lawmakers and join the fight against a proposal that will forever change general aviation as we know it in this nation. “The time has never been more urgent to act,” Deere concluded.

 Association Highlights

Limited Seats Left for Next Week’s Advanced Line Service Workshop 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 heredownload the registration form or view dates for the final 2017 workshop.

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 event. For more information or to register, please visit

NATA Seeking Training Facilities for 2018 Events


NATA is currently seeking FBO locations to host our 2018 training workshops, professional development seminars and regional town halls. Please note, the training space must have room to fit a minimum of 20-25 attendees comfortably. This is a great opportunity for FBOs looking for direct, contact with our members. In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the event’s webpage, in NATA News, and in other advertisement opportunities. If interested, please contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513.


Find or Post Your Next Opportunity with NATA Classifieds


Did you know that NATA posts RFPs, job openings and internship opportunities on its website? Interested companies can either post their open positions or send them to Jake Legere at Previous postings include: Chief Inspector, Line Service Shift Supervisor, General Manager, Customer Service Agent and numerous internships. Click here to view more classified listings. This resource is available to NATA members by logging onto


24/7 Emergency Inflight Support: NATA-Med powered by AirDocs


NATA-Med powered by AirDocs improves operational safety and provides inflight assistance 24/7. This Program — resourced by actual flight surgeons — was created by Harvey Watt & Company, in conjunction with former NASA/Space Shuttle Recovery Team Senior & Chief Flight Surgeons, and US Space Command/USAFR Senior Flight Surgeons. The Program delivers aid to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91 and Part 91K operators before, during and after flights:


- Preflight coverage includes the creation and maintenance of on-board medical kits appropriate for each aircraft and its mission, crew medical kit training, flight planning with real-time medical and travel information for locations on itinerary and Go/No Go Assessments.

- Inflight, users receive emergency advice, provided by flight surgeons.

- Post flight, the Program can coordinate ground medical assets and evacuations when appropriate and incident documentation reporting will be provided to management within twenty-four hours of the event.


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  Member Spotlight

Bryan E. Johnson, A.A.E. Joins Aviation Management Consulting Group


Last week, Aviation Management Consulting Group (AMCG) announced the recent addition of Bryan Johnson to the AMCG team as a consultant. Johnson’s 20-year aviation career includes airport planning, management, operations, and development experience within general aviation and commercial air carrier service airports. Prior to joining AMCG, he was the Airport Director at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC – Broomfield, Colorado) and formerly, the Assistant Director of Aviation at Quad City International Airport (MLI – Moline, Illinois). “The entire AMCG team is excited to have Bryan join the firm and bring with him a broad range of airport management experiences, industry relationships throughout the Great Lakes and Northwest regions, and ideas to assist the firm’s clients with enhancing their GAME (General Aviation Management Excellence),” said Jeff A. Kohlman, Managing Principal of AMCG. Read more.


Universal Aviation UK Earns IS-BAH Accreditation


Universal Aviation UK, based at London-Stansted International Airport (EGSS) has passed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) audit and is now an official IS-BAH accredited location. Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has more than 40 locations in 20 countries. “Our Universal Aviation Safety Team is committed to having the highest global safety standards and has worked tirelessly over the past two years to attain this mark of distinction for our location,” said Sean Raftery, Managing Director, Universal Aviation UK and Ireland. Charlie Mularski, Vice President, International, Universal added, “Universal Aviation UK is the first of our locations to earn IS-BAH accreditation, but will not be the last, as we are fully committed to reaching this level of distinction at all of our locations.” “Over the next year, five more Universal Aviation ground support locations will be going through IS-BAH audits, starting with Universal Aviation Singapore. Our clients’ mission success is our highest priority and that means being committed to not just meeting but exceeding the industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers,” Mularski explained. Read more.


Meridian Hayward Names Carlos Rodriguez New General Manager


Meridian recently announced Carlos Rodriguez as the new General Manager of Meridian Hayward at Hayward Executive Airport. Rodriguez had previously been serving as Operations Manager at the same location. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of the facility. Carlos began his career with Meridian in 2002, when the company was part of the Million Air franchise, moving up through the ranks and becoming the company’s first Training & Safety Coordinator in February of 2013. “In 2016, I was very excited to join Meridian’s expansion to the west coast as the company was in the process of laying the foundation of its culture in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area,” said Rodriguez. “I am extremely proud of Carlos and all he has accomplished over the last 14 years,” said Ken Forester, Meridian CEO. “He exemplifies what we stand for at Meridian. Our entire team is committed to giving our customers, both at Hayward and Teterboro, the very best service every day.” Read more.

  ACSF News

ACSF Member Unity Jets at the Forefront of Safety Achievements in Private Aviation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that its member Unity Jets is at the forefront in achieving the highest levels of safety in the private aviation industry. “Unity Jets has been a member of ACSF since 2015 and places an emphasis on obtaining high level safety data, records, and statistics. Unity Jets has substantially narrowed the list of its approved network down from the many charter operators in the marketplace today,” stated Bryan Burns, ACSF President. Learn more.




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