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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 18, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 51 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA-Supported Pro-Aviation Business Provisions Included in Tax Reform Legislation

On Friday, House and Senate conferees released the final version of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), preserving two pro-aviation business provisions supported by NATA – clarification that aircraft management services are not subject to the 7.5 percent commercial ticket tax and immediate expensing for both new and used equipment.


NATA President Marty Hiller praised Chairmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other conferees for retaining “provisions in the tax bill that provide our member companies with long-sought certainty as to the tax status of aircraft management services and encourage investment in the new and used aircraft markets.”


The conference report is expected to be considered by the House and Senate this week. 



IFBOA Workers Compensation Safety Group Program and QBE Aviation Announce Final Good Experience Return of 18% to Close 2012 Program Year

Last week, the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) and QBE Aviation of QBE Holdings, Inc. (QBE) announced that the IFBOA Workers Compensation Safety Group Program’s second year (2012) closed with a final Good Experience Return (GER) of 18%, distributing $2.98 million to program participants. To date, over $10 million in GER has been earned by the program’s over 680 participants. A driving force for these participation numbers is the strategic alliance between IFBOA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), allowing NATA members to participate in IFBOA’s Workers Compensation Safety Group Program.


Learn more about this top producing program at or contact Jake Legere at 703-785-5886.

NATA Participates in ADS-B Equip 2020 Meeting

Last week, NATA staff met with FAA representatives and industry at the Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting. During the meeting, the Working Group discussed FAA and industry educational outreach efforts, privacy issues at the aircraft level, and call sign mismatch issues. FAA personnel provided updates to the plenary on current ADS-B Out equipage and avionics performance data along with compliance and enforcement of ADS-B equipment performance requirements. For all the latest information and news on the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, please visit the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website. The next Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting will take place in the spring of 2018. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at


2018 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar

NATA recently concluded its 2017 event season. Visit for details and updates on the upcoming 2018 events schedule.

Highlights include:

 - 7 Advanced Line Service Workshops 

 - 8 NATA Industry Town Halls

 - The 2018 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference

 - An inaugural NATA Quality Control Inspector Workshop

 - 2018 Ground Handling Safety Symposium



Happy Holidays from NATA


Everyone at the National Air Transportation Association wishes you a safe and happy Holiday Season! Thanks to the support of members like you, we are able to provide education programs, events and advocacy that connects people and improves our industry. May the holidays be joyful and the coming year be prosperous. 


NATA Headquarters will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018. During this time, NATA News will be sent Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and will return Monday, January 8, 2018. 

  Industry Updates

2018 Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Rates Announced


The FAA has announced the 2018 random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for aviation employees covered by federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.


For the period of January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, the random drug testing rates are:


- Drug testing = 25% of safety sensitive employees

- Alcohol testing = 10% of safety sensitive employees


These rates remain unchanged from 2017 and reflect the lowest rates permitted under the law.

More information on drug and alcohol testing programs is available on the FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program webpage.

FAA Announces Beta Release of PRD


The FAA recently released InFO 17019, announcing the agency is making progress toward implementing the Pilot Records Database (PRD). When hiring pilots, air carriers are required to check the pilot’s background. The PRD system was developed after Congress mandated that the FAA develop and manage an electronic database to house and supply the required records so operators are able to more easily obtain the records.


The FAA is allowing Part 121 carriers to request and participate in the PRD beta test. The PRD will eventually replace the current Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) process. The FAA anticipates that as the beta release matures, it will accept different carriers. Ultimately, all pilot background checks will be required to be conducted using the PRD instead of the PRIA process.
  Association Highlights

New Podcast: Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Business Podcast | Part Two


Social media is a cost-effective and easy-to-use tool regardless of business size and should be an active part of an NATA member company’s marketing strategy. In the second podcast in a series about social media, Karissa Uko, NATA’s Events and Communications Manager discusses best practices and trends to increase audience engagement. Listen here.


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 Friday, December 29th. For more information or to complete your application, click here.

  Member Spotlight

Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) Offers Five Motivating Factors to Build a Passionate FBO Team Culture


In a recent blog post, Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) Principals, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson offer FBOs guidance on developing an engaging team culture. In the NATA Certified Customer Service Representative (CSR) Program, instructed by ABSG, Enticknap and Jackson delve into the internal culture of an FBO — largely represented by the employees who provide the various services and thus engage the customer at numerous points throughout the transaction. The blog post describes five key factors of human motivation that result in the desire to accomplish something meaningful. Learn more about developing your FBO’s internal culture by registering for an upcoming NATA Certified CSR Program seminar!


Embry-Riddle Receives $1 Million Grant to Establish New Aviation and Engineering Research Center


A new project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration (EDA), is expected to create 387 jobs and spur $1.6 million in private investment. The facility will serve as the new home for Embry-Riddle’s Eagle Flight Research Center, a hub for engineering research and development. “Embry-Riddle has a 90-year legacy of innovation, and our research is shaping the future of human mobility,” said University President Dr. P. Barry Butler. “We are pleased and honored to receive this research award to advance innovation, economic development and job growth in Florida.” 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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