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View HTML Version of Newsletter   January 22, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 4 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA and Industry Emphasize Importance of FAA Aircraft Registry During Government Shutdown

In response to the government shutdown, NATA President Marty Hiller joined the heads of other major general aviation associations in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao requesting the FAA’s Aircraft Registration Branch open despite the government shutdown. The associations emphasized the importance of the registry’s activities to the general aviation community. “It’s ironic the one aspect of the government shutdown of most immediate concern to general aviation, the shuttering of the FAA’s aircraft registry, could have been avoided had House Republicans dropped its proposed ‘airlinization’ of air traffic control and approved the FAA authorization  a provision which removes any possible confusion about the registry remaining open during these shutdowns,” stated Hiller. As of Monday afternoon, it appears Congress is poised to reopen the government through February 8th



NATA Submits Comments to FAA on AC 145-9A, Guide for Developing and Evaluating Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals

On January 17th, NATA submitted comments to the FAA Deputy Director, Office of Safety Standards regarding the agency’s latest revision to AC 145-9A. NATA noted the technical and policy-related improvement of AC 145-9A; however, the AC did not contain change bars to mark revisions, forcing users to compare the previous AC with the latest version.

NATA added that the use of revision bars is a best practice in document control and configuration management, and the agency itself expects such a practice from industry when commenting upon FAA proposals.


NATA requested the FAA consider updating the AC to show the changes that took place by utilizing the change bar feature or another acceptable method.

Last Chance to Register for This Week’s NATA Industry Town Hall and Advanced Line Service Workshop in Phoenix

Tomorrow, January 23rd, NATA will host an Industry Town Hall at Cutter Aviation in Phoenix, AZ. The town hall provides aviation businesses across the region the opportunity to sit down together and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry — including regional matters and a legislative and regulatory update. Attendance and lunch are free. RSVP today to let your voice be heard!

On Wednesday and Thursday, NATA Safety 1st will also host its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop in Phoenix at Gateway Aviation Services. Train your team to be the next leaders within your company, registration is still open.



New Podcast | NATA at S&D: Demos of New Products, Opportunities to Win Great Prizes and More!

In the association’s latest podcast, NATA’s Mike France and Shannon Chambers discuss the association’s plans for showcasing new products, services and events at the upcoming Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference (February 6-9).

NATA will be on hand for both scheduled appointments and walk-up meetings during the 2018 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference (Booth 840). Visit with NATA staff and see demonstrations of the association’s new products and services. 

In addition to NATA  giveaways, attendees will have the chance to win a free tablet and a $200 Visa gift card!


  Association Highlights

NATA Participates in IAWA General Aviation Leadership Forum Thursday


On Thursday, January 25thNATA’s Director of Legislative Affairs Rebecca Mulholland will participate on a panel at the International Aviation Womens Association's Inaugural General Aviation Women’s Leadership Forum, discussing legislative issues affecting the general aviation community. Mulholland will be joined by policy experts from NATA member company Universal Weather, international law firms, and other national GA associations. In addition to reiterating the importance of continued outreach to elected representatives in opposition to ATC privatization, Mulholland will discuss other FAA reauthorization issues — including potential proposals to eliminate the barrier between private and commercial pilots and flights, issues in the air ambulance community, and proposals related to aircraft registration. For more information about the International Aviation Womens Association, click here.


Start Saving Today | Speak with Your Broker About NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program


NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program, underwritten by global insurance leader Allianz, provides members with an additional workers compensation insurance option — including NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return” (GER), which provides additional savings based on group performance:

- Competitive rates
- Additional savings for participating companies in the form of a Good Experience Return
- Underwritten by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Put this program to work today. Visit to get started or learn about the 2017 GER here.

Digital Version of the 2017 4th Quarter ABJ Available


NATA's 2017 Q4 Aviation Business Journal is 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.

Nominate Exceptional Individuals and Companies for NATA’s Industry Excellence and Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Awards


Nomination forms are now available for the 2017 Industry Excellence Awards and the 2018 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped improve the general aviation community. The recipients of the following awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations:

Airport Executive Partnership Award
ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award 
Excellence In Pilot Training Award 
Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award 

The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference this June. For more information, please click here. To submit an online nomination form, click here.

NATA’s 9th Annual FBO Success Seminar Returns | March 6-7 in Miami


NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand! Join your colleagues March 6-7, 2018 at Atlantic Aviation | Miami-Opa Locka to learn new FBO management techniques, gain essential operational and service knowledge and connect with fellow attendees at a networking forum. This seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators, general managers, new managers, finance personnel and other key FBO employees who are interested in building a more successful FBO. Attendees will hear from industry experts John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing and training. Seats fill quickly, register today!


2018 NATA Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Available


NATA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference takes place June 12-14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The conference kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration is now open and runs through Friday, April 6, 2018 — save $95!

Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $250. For more information, please visit

  Member Spotlight

IS-BAH Achieves Century Milestone


Last week, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) announced its International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) program has reached 100 registered handler locations since its introduction in July 2014. The IS-BAH follows the structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program, as the global industry standard for business aircraft handling agents and fixed-base operators around the world. “We are excited to reach this milestone of 100 IS-BAH operator locations, and I am very proud of our team that made this possible,” stated Terry Yeomans, Program Director for IS-BAH. “We are experiencing substantial growth in the program right now. I see our momentum continuing as more FBOs and handling agents embrace the code of industry developed best practices.” 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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