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  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA, GA Groups Oppose Capping of Veterans’ Flight Training Benefits

Last week, NATA joined other major general aviation groups in a letter to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee opposing a provision in HR 4149, legislation to improve the delivery of veterans’ flight training benefits, but would cap the amount of funding available for training. The groups noted that despite the numerous provisions in the bill to improve the program’s efficiency, the proposed capping of program payments unfairly impacts the ability of veterans to pursue well-paying jobs in the civilian aviation sector. “Capping funds available for flight training degree programs virtually guarantees that veterans seeking to use their GI Bill benefits to enter the aviation industry will have insufficient funds to achieve their goals,” forcing veterans to either abandon their pursuit or be burdened with significant personal debt, the groups notes. The letter urges the Committee to remove the discriminatory cap on flight training at public institutions and to “keep the promises that will allow veterans their choice of career.”



NATA Collaborates with FAA to Update and Clarify NOTAM on Fuel Contamination

Last Thursday, NATA sent an alert to its membership regarding the FAA issuance of a NOTAM announcing an investigation into a fuel contamination issue related to jet fuel sold in the central United States. The NOTAM brought into question the reliability of fuel sold in a large part of the Midwest.

Upon receipt of the notice, NATA immediately began investigating the issue. Working collaboratively with the FAA, the NOTAM was updated and clarified to Eppley Airfield between November 18-20, 2017. We appreciate the FAA working with NATA to resolve this issue in a timely manner. 

NATA will keep members apprised as events continue to unfold. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this NOTAM, please contact John McGraw, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs at

Registration Open for 2018 Regional Advanced Line Service Workshops

In 2018, NATA Safety 1st will continue to offer its unique mix of technical and service training at locations across the country. These popular two-day workshops include 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. The Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop is designed for Line Service Professionals who are experienced or relatively new to the industry. This program can assist managers, owners and even customer service representatives with knowledge and skills that will help them excel at work. 


The first 2018 workshop will take place January 24-25 at Gateway Aviation Services in Phoenix, AZ. Click here to see the remainder of the 2018 schedule.

Let Your Voice Be Heard | Join NATA and Industry for an Upcoming 2018 Town Hall

NATA Industry Town Halls provide aviation businesses from across the country the opportunity to come together and discuss the pivotal challenges, risks and opportunities within the  aviation business community. 

Other topics will include an overview of general aviation issues, including regional matters and legislative and regulatory updates.

This is your opportunity to be heard!

2018 NATA Industry Town Halls

January 23 | Phoenix, AZ 
February 22 | Austin, TX

March 22 | Denver, CO

April 19 | San Diego, CA

May 10 | Minneapolis, MN

September 13 | Bedford, MA

September 25 | Atlanta, GA 
November 15 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL



  From the FAA

FAA’s Winter 2017-Spring 2018 “ADS-B Equip Now!” Brochure Now Available


Please click here to view the FAA’s Winter/Spring ADS-B brochure! 


Come January 1, 2020, pilots must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace.  This brochure provides helpful information on installation challenges, compliance, Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) products, call sign mismatch issues, and ways in which ADS-B In offers GA pilots an extraordinary level of safety and situational awareness.
 Association Highlights

Nomination Forms Now Available for NATA's Annual Industry Excellence and Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Programs


NATA is seeking nominations to recognize individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their fields and the highest levels of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation industry. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations.

Nominations for these awards must be received by NATA no later than March 23, 2018.

2017 Industry Excellence Awards Nomination Form

2018 AMT Employer Award Application 


Understanding the UPS and FedEx Rate Increases with PartnerShip


Every year, FedEx and UPS evaluate their shipping rates and make adjustments that can affect your business. UPS and FedEx rates are expected to increase by 4.9% beginning December 24, 2017 and January 1, 2018, respectively. PartnerShip®, NATA’s Shipping Program, has evaluated the new rate charts and completed a detailed analysis, so it’s easier for NATA Members to assess the impact on their shipping costs.


Download the free white paper at


Visit or call 800-599-2902 to enroll and save money on your shipping costs!

Deadline Approaching for National Air Transportation Foundation Scholarship Applications


The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 and the deadline to apply is the last Friday in December. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


NATA Compliance Services Offers Drug Program Manager Webinar


Tomorrow, NATA Compliance Services is concluding its series of short webinars on everything related to Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programs. There’s still time to register for the final webinar, click here to sign up.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 11:00AM Eastern

FAA inspection items and audit preparation ~ 30 minutes

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

Giles Group Helps Southern Sky Attain Part 145 Approval


Last month, Southern Sky Aviation received its FAA Part 145 certification with the assistance of international aviation consultancy the Giles Group. The Giles Group helped Southern Sky Aviation complete an application and present manuals and other documentation to the agency for approval. “It really helps to bring in experts who understand the regulations and the importance of following proper procedures,” said Bo Andres, President of Southern Sky Aviation. “As for the FAA, in every contact we had, it was clear they wanted us to succeed and to succeed on behalf of safety.” 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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