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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 26, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 52 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA-Sought Provisions Retained in Tax Reform Legislation

Last week, Congress approved The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which overhauls the nation’s tax code and contains pro-aviation business provisions long-sought by NATA and our members. In a press statement released following passage, NATA President Marty Hiller thanked the Congressional leadership and the House and Senate tax-writing committees for recognizing the significance to aviation businesses nationwide of pro-investment tax policies, including full and immediate expensing and provisions that provide certainty as to the tax status of aircraft management services. Hiller also recognized Senators Brown and Portman and Representative Tiberi, who listened to the needs of aviation businesses and fought on their behalf. In addition, Hiller acknowledged NATA members for their support during this multi-year battle and their recent action in letting their Senators and Representatives know “of the importance of these provisions to their businesses.” President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday. 



FAA Issues Revised SAIB on Jet Fuel Contaminated with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at Eppley Air Field Airport (KOMA)

Today, the FAA published a revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) HQ-18-08R1 “Engine Fuel and Control – Operation with Contaminated Jet Fuel,” lowering the number of impacted aircraft from 36 to 13. The SAIB is in response to aircraft that were serviced with jet fuel containing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at Eppley Air Field Airport (KOMA) in Omaha, Nebraska from November 18-21, 2017. The FAA notes the DEF was “inadvertently used instead of fuel system icing inhibitor (FSII) on two refueling trucks at KOMA and injected into the fuel with each truck’s FSII injection system.” The revised SAIB lists 7 civilian aircraft that uplifted jet fuel contaminated with DEF and 6 civilian aircraft that uplifted jet fuel using refueling equipment that was exposed to DEF. The SAIB is information only and the recommendations are not mandatory. Please contact Megan Eisenstein at with any questions or concerns you may have.


Remembering Thor Solberg, Former NATA Chairman and Board Member

NATA was saddened to learn of the passing of former NATA Chairman and Board Member Thor Solberg, Jr. A retired United Airlines Captain and an Airline Transport Pilot with 11-jet type-ratings, Solberg dedicated his life to preserving and growing his family business, Solberg Airport. Solberg will be remembered as a dedicated member of the aviation business community, who sustained his family’s passion for flying. Thor’s father, an aviation pioneer, made the first successful flight across the Atlantic from the U.S. to Norway in 1935. He will be missed by NATA and the aviation community. Services were held on December 21, and a celebration of life will be held in January.


Digital Version of the 2017 4thQuarter ABJ Available

NATA's 2017 Q4 Aviation Business Journal is now available online.


Highlights from this issue:

- Member Profile — Indiana Flight Center

- 2017 Aviation Leadership Conference

- The Future is Now: Flight Standards Service Realigns

- Arresting a Dangerous Descent for Insurers

- Lessons from NATA’s Inaugural Ground Handling Safety Symposium

As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read.


  Association Highlights

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. We look forward to serving you in 2018!


NATA Headquarters will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018. 

NATA News will return Monday, January 8, 2018.


2018 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar | Registration Open


NATA recently announced its events calendar for next year. Visit for details and updates on the upcoming 2018 schedule.

2018 Events 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


National Air Transportation Foundation Scholarship Applications Due This Week


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


Follow the Safety 1st Program Blog | New Posts on Filter Monitor Updates


Follow “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. The latest blog posts include filter monitor updates from Airlines 4 America and Gammon Technical. Subscribe to “The Safety Net” to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community.


NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program, Underwritten by Allianz, Provides A 29% Good Experience Return (GER)


Earlier this month, NATA announced a 29% GER distribution to its Workers Compensation Insurance participants in the program’s inaugural year. In the related press release, NATA Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Tim Obitts stated, “We are pleased to offer a Program that features substantial financial returns to participants. Its success depends in part on NATA’s safety training programs and events that help drive these GERs, creating additional value for members. This member benefit is the industry leader in rewarding our members’ safe operating results.” Speak with your broker or visit to get started today.

  From the FAA

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA, along with NATA and other general aviation groups, have launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. LOC can result when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. The latest campaign focuses on the advantages and development of Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) — this system has no direct pilot control over the engine or manual control mode.

  Member Spotlight

NATA Compliance Services Offers Guidance on Marijuana Usage in the Aviation Industry


The use of marijuana for medical or recreational use continues to gain legal ground across the U.S., leaving many people in the aviation industry wondering how this affects their operation. NATA Compliance Services clarifies the impact surrounding this issue in a recent blog post.

  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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