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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    October 9, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 41 
  This Week's Top Stories 

House Leadership Declines to Schedule ATC Privatization Bill on House Floor

Congressional proponents of ATC privatization continued their efforts last week, taking to the House floor and meeting with general aviation stakeholders in key congressional districts in attempts to garner support for their legislation. 

While decrying “a few Washington special interests” for holding up consideration of the FAA bill that would turn the nation’s air traffic control system over to the airlines, it was widely believed the legislation would be considered by the full House this Wednesday. However, the House Republican Leadership’s floor schedule for this week still does not include the FAA bill. 

The continued absence of the FAA bill from House floor consideration is being attributed to the general aviation community’s continued strong opposition. 

It is important that NATA members who have not yet contacted Congress visit the NATA Legislative Action Center or utilize the GA industry advocacy hotline, 833-GAVoice (833-428-6423), and tell your Representative to oppose ATC privatization.



Register for NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable | Hotel Room Block Ends Tuesday, October 17


On November 7th and 8th, NATA will hold its annual Aviation Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The Roundtable 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. NATA’s hotel room block ends Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Please make your arrangements soon as the hotel may sell out.


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.
- 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.
- Hear from CNN political commentator Matt Lewis, on how the Trump Administration is affecting the political landscape in Washington, D.C., including the potential impact on proposals to privatize ATC.

NATA Participates in NBAA Conference | ABJ Buyers’ Guide Edition Available

NATA’s leadership team will participate in events and meet with members during this week’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. At 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, President Martin H. Hiller will join a panel at the No Plane No Gain Media Kick-Off Breakfast to discuss the airline industry initiative to take over the air traffic control system. Don’t miss this important briefing. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Marty Hiller, Bill Deere or Tim Obitts, please contact Ellen Miller at In addition, the 2017 Q3 Aviation Business Journal, including NATA’s annual Buyers’ Guide, is available in the publication bins at the NBAA conference. Pick up your copy this week!


New Podcast: Safety 1st Program Administration FAQs


In NATA’s latest podcast episode, our Member Services Coordinator Alex Connole answers the most frequently asked questions about the administration of the Safety 1st program, including resetting passwords, accessing training, printing certificates and more. As the industry-leading ground handling training program, NATA Safety 1st is used by over 1,500 companies around the globe. The Safety 1st Learning Management System (LMS) provides all of the features needed for an effective training program, and is built to serve a diverse set of businesses. Listen here or read a transcript of this podcast.


 Association Highlights

National Air Transportation Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications


NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as to association members looking to continue their education. The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December 2017. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


NATA Podcast Discusses the Prospects for Tax Reform

In a recent NATA podcast, Executive Vice President Bill Deere and Jorge Castro, Founder and Principal of Castro Strategies, LLC, discuss the release of the Trump Administration/Congressional Republican framework for reforming the tax code, its potential impact on aviation businesses and whether the proposal holds the key to finally resolving the tax treatment of aircraft management services.

An advisor to NATA on tax policy, Castro has been on the front line of issues such as the clarification of tax treatment of aircraft management services and has a unique combination of Executive and Legislative Branch experience, having held senior positions at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Senate, and House of Representatives.

During the discussion, Castro notes — for businesses — the highlights of the framework are two-fold, “A significant reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and, secondly, for businesses that operate abroad, there’s a move toward a territorial, international tax system.” Jorge also highlights proposals that would benefit the aviation industry, such as, “The framework allows for immediate, 100% full expensing of new assets for at least five years, an important provision that NATA has championed.” Commenting on the path forward and his expectations for the success of tax reform, Castro advises, “The [Congressional] tax committees are going to need to move this large tax package and that is going to provide an opening to attach the FET legislation [clarifying the tax treatment of aircraft management services]. The Democratic leadership in Congress has expressed initial opposition to the framework, however, President Trump has shown a willingness to negotiate with them and that leaves an opening for tax reform. Anything is possible, and it is important for impacted industries to become engaged in the process.”

Listen to the podcast here.

NATA Social Media Channels | Follow Us to Get Real Time Industry News


NATA was built on a foundation of advocacy as the voice of aviation businesses. Follow aviation business issues and other important industry news in real time on NATA's Social Media channels.


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 and 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


NATA Seeking Sponsors and 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 other aviation businesses. In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the event’s webpage, on signage, in NATA News, and in other advertisement opportunities. In exchange for the use of your facility, your company will be named a sponsor.


Alternatively, paid sponsorship opportunities start at $250. Sponsors and hosts also have the option of promoting their business with marketing flyers and/or giveaways.


If interested in hosting or sponsoring, 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


NATA Holds Final 2017 Advanced Line Service Workshop on November 14-15 in Ft. Myers, FL


On November 14th and 15th, NATA will hold its final 2017 Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop at Base Operations Page Field in Fort Myers, FL. This popular two-day workshop includes discussions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. In addition, attendees will learn about advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training.


Register now for the November ALS Workshop in Fort Myers, FL!

  Member News

Duncan Installs Its First Gogo Avance L5 WiFi System


Duncan Aviation has installed its first Gogo Avance L5 WiFi system in a Gulfstream IV-SP, using its recently developed STC. This marks the first time the system has been installed in this aircraft type. “Duncan Aviation has been a leader in the industry when it comes to the integration of in-flight connectivity into business jets, having installed more than 600 Gogo air-to-ground services in more than 12 aircraft models,” noted Dennis Kruse, an avionics sales and service representative with the Nebraska-based company. Installation of the Avance L5 system, which uses a dual-band router to offer enhanced connectivity applications such as audio and video streaming, was performed at Duncan’s Battle Creek, Michigan facility. Read more.


University of North Dakota Launches $1.5 Million Scholarship Endowment for Aspiring Student Pilots


Amid the growing global pilot shortage, the University of North Dakota (UND) announces the establishment of a $1.5 million scholarship endowment for high-achieving students to earn their wings. Made possible by matching $500,000 contributions from the non-profit UND Aerospace Foundation, UND Promise Scholarship Program and James C. Ray Foundation, the scholarship dollars will enable the next generation of pilots and other aviation and aerospace professionals to attend one of the nation’s leading collegiate aviation programs. “We are constantly looking for ways of attracting the best and brightest students to UND,” said UND President Mark Kennedy. “Endowments like this will help us by providing scholarship dollars specifically for recruitment.” Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, UND Aerospace is increasing the pool of scholarship dollars specifically offered to high school seniors.




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