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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 11, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 50 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Urges Its Members to Act Now to Retain Pro-Aviation Business Provisions in Upcoming Tax Bill

As members of a House and Senate Conference Committee rush to finish a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code, NATA is working to ensure two provisions are included that guarantee continued investment and tax simplification for aviation businesses in the United States:

  - Retain House Provision Related to Immediate Expensing

  - Clarify the Tax Status of Aircraft Management Services


Visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center to write your Members of Congress today and ensure they understand the importance of these provisions to the aviation business community. 



NATA Submits CBP Regulatory Review Comments

Last week, NATA submitted comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of potential provisions for improvement, streamlining or outright repeal. NATA, an active member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Working Group, commented on the need for “CBP to initiate a process to define charter operators in a manner consistent with FAA regulations and separate from airlines, re-evaluate the regulations, particularly those of 19 CFR 122, and re-assign these operations to the rules applicable to private operations.”


To view a table highlighting several key regulatory areas that NATA recommended for streamlining, revision and/or elimination, please click here.

FAA Airport Compliance Division Releases Q&As on FBO Industry Consolidation and Pricing Practices

On December 7th, the FAA’s Office of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis Division (ACO-100) posted to its website Q&As on “FBO Industry Consolidation and Pricing Practices.” The agency prepared the Q&As “as a basis for discussion between airport sponsor, the FBO, and aeronautical users on the issue of reasonable access, without unjust discrimination, at Federally obligated public-use airports.” Visit to read the association’s state of the aviation business sector overview, discussing the changing economics of the general aviation sector and resultant costs involved in operating today’s airport businesses.


Let Your Voice Be Heard | Join NATA and Industry for the January 23 Town Hall in Phoenix

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 general aviation business community. 

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

This is your opportunity to be heard!



  Industry Updates

Certain Excise Tax Rates Changing in 2018


The IRS announced 2018 rates for certain commercial transportation federal excise taxes and fees that are subject to annual inflationary adjustment. For transportation in calendar year 2018, the Domestic Segment Fee is $4.20, the International Facilities Fee increases to $18.30 per passenger and the fee for transportation beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii is $9.20 per passenger.


The 7.5% tax on amounts paid for passenger transportation and the 6.25% rate for cargo are not indexed to inflation and remain unchanged. The 2018 rates are found on page 20 of the IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-58.


DOT Part 40 Final Rule | Changes to the Drug-Testing Panel


The Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently published the Final Rule to the changes in its drug testing program. These changes include adding four new semi-synthetic opioids to the testing panel, which go into effect January 1, 2018.

The four semi-synthetic opioids are:

  - oxycodone
  - oxymorphone
  - hydrocodone
  - hydromorphone

Changes to the testing panel means changes to the Custody and Control Form (CCF). Ensure your company's CCF is updated and in use no later than June 30, 2018. Check Step 5A for the addition of the four new semi-synthetic opioids to confirm you are using the newly revised CCF. Visit or contact NATA Compliance Services at for more information.

Important Industry Update Concerning Monitor Filter Elements


Last month, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) issued a position statement on Super Absorbent Polymer or SAP (the media used in EI 1583 filter monitor cartridges), which recommended that filter monitors be phased out of all aviation fuel handling systems. The announcement came after eight separate, documented incidents in which SAP was found downstream in engine/airframe fuel system components. Following the initial position statement from IATA, several leading industry groups have issued their own statements. Parker’s Velcon Aviation Filtration Division issued Service Bulletin 1217-1, which seeks to clarify the various current positions. The bulletin includes the collective “best practices” of IATA, A4A, JIG, and EI along with Parker’s “go-forward” actions for their EI 1583 qualified monitor elements. For more industry recommendations on the monitor filter elements issue, please visit “The Safety Net” blog — a great place for trainers and administrators to share thoughts on safety and training issues, ask questions, share comments or even make suggestions for using Safety 1st online training more effectively. Subscribe to “The Safety Net” to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community.

  Association Highlights

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.


Register for Upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop | January 24-25 in Phoenix


Register today for the upcoming Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop to be held on January 24-25 at Gateway Aviation Services in Phoenix, AZ. ALS workshops are designed for Line Service Professionals, both experienced or relatively new to the industry. This 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. The 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 in their respective areas. 


The registration fee is $250/person, register today for the January 24-25 ALS Workshop at Gateway Aviation Services in Phoenix, AZClick here to see the remainder of the 2018 schedule.
  Member Spotlight

McCreery Aviation in McAllen, Texas Awarded IS-BAH Registration


McCreery Aviation, located at the McAllen International Airport, has successfully completed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration.

A full service FBO since 1946, McCreery Aviation is a family-owned business that offers aircraft fueling, maintenance, aircraft sales, avionics service and installation, charter, parts and operates a flight school. "Our entire team is dedicated to the principles of IS-BAH while providing the safest operating environment for all our stakeholders," said Bob McCreery, McCreery Aviation President. Read more.

Banyan Air Services Hosts Aviation Career Day


On December 9th, Banyan Air Services hosted an Aviation Career Day at its Ft. Lauderdale, FL facility. Several flight schools and colleges participated in the event, offering insight on education and career opportunities within the industry. Attendees also received a guided tour of the Banyan Air Services complex, including visits to FBO Services, Maintenance, Avionics and Pilot Shop. 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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