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View HTML Version of Newsletter   October 30, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 44 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Requests FAA Take Action Against Illegal Charter Issue

At last week’s FAA General Aviation Safety Summit, NATA EVP Bill Deere discussed with Administrator Huerta and other FAA senior staff the growing challenge illegal charter operations pose to legitimate Part 135 providers.

“In 2017, NATA visited with Part 135 and aircraft management companies all over the nation and their number one concern is illegal charter,” stated Deere. NATA requested the agency review the resources it dedicates to identifying and stopping these operations, and to ensure field staff are both available and properly trained to immediately investigate a hotline call.

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NATA Welcomes Aviation Business Executives, Government Officials and Industry Experts to Annual Leadership Event

Next week, NATA will hold its annual Aviation Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. Agenda highlights include a Breakfast Keynote and Award Presentation with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, a market forecast from top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, an introduction to the new FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami, and an FBO pricing panel with representatives from AOPA, AAAE, fuelers and FBOs.

Registration is still open. For more information or to reserve your seat, please visit


Limited Seating Still Available for Final 2017 Advanced Line Service Workshop | 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. Attendees will also learn about advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training.


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

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  Association Highlights 

Scholarships Available for Aviation Business Professionals and Aviation Students


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.


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


Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Business | Latest NATA Podcast


In the first podcast in a series about social media, Karissa Uko, NATA’s Events and Communications Manager, discusses how utilizing social media can improve both your company’s bottom line and community stature. Social media is a cost-effective and easy-to-use tool regardless of business size and should be an active part of a NATA member company’s marketing strategy.


Listen here or read a transcript of this podcast.

Connect with NATA Associate Members | ABJ Buyers’ Guide Edition


NATA's 2017 Q3 Aviation Business Journal is now available online. Highlights from this issue:


- Member Profile — Sheltair: Expansionary Mode

- Introduction to NATA’s 2017 Board Members

- 2017 Buyers’ Guide

- NATA’s Maintenance Committee Assists FAA with Standardized Compliance Checklist

- 2017 Aviation Business Conference Wrap-Up 

- Guidance on ADS-B Compliance

- Selling Your FBO

- Safety 1st Update

- And more!


Click here to read.

2018 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Save the Date


Save the date for NATA’s 2018 Aviation Business Conference. Next year’s conference will take place June 12-14 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. Mark your calendar and look for upcoming registration details!

  Member Spotlight

NATA Presents Scholarship at ProJet's 12th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo


Last Friday, NATA participated in ProJet’s 12th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo at Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia. Over 700 students, educators and parents attended the event, which featured keynote speakers, live demonstrations, and static displays with representatives from over 60 aviation organizations. During the expo, more than $206,000 was awarded in aviation education and flight training scholarships. NATA's Ellen Miller and Alex Connole were on hand to speak with attendees and present a scholarship to local high school student Kyle Weller. For event photos, please visit NATA’s Twitter page.


Signature Flight Support Brings FBO Customs Inhouse at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire


Signature Flight Support, in partnership with United States Customs and Border Protection and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, has introduced customs and immigration services directly within the Signature Manchester terminal building. The six-month project between Signature and the airport authority will improve the international arrival process for visitors. “Signature has been working with our airport partners to constantly evolve our products and services, with a consistent focus on accessibility for our customers to the markets that we serve. Our collaboration with the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and US Customs and Border Protection demonstrates a conscientious effort to reduce transit time for our customers.” Read more.

  ACSF News 

Registration Now Available for ACSF’s 2018 Safety Symposium | March 13-14 in Ashburn, VA


Register now for the 2018 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The event takes place March 13-14, 2018. The Symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter and business aviation industry where current and emerging safety challenges are reviewed and discussed. This year’s theme is "Promoting the Highest Levels of Aviation Safety.” For more information, please click here.




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