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View HTML Version of Newsletter   January 29, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 5 
  This Week's Top Stories 

New Podcast: NATA Discusses Aviation Business Outlook on Capitol Hill

In the association’s latest podcast, NATA looks at the issues on Capitol Hill impacting aviation businesses.


Join the association's legislative affairs team as they discuss aviation business-related provisions in the recently passed tax bill, what NATA members can expect during government shutdowns, amendments to the upcoming FAA bill harmful to our industry and the prospects for ATC privatization. 


Catch up on other NATA podcasts including:

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


Helping Aviation Businesses Grow by Leveraging Social Media - Part Two


NATA Safety 1st Launches Subscription Based Pricing


NATA Presents New Safety 1st Subscription Program

NATA is pleased to announce the industry-wide launch of its Safety 1st Subscription Program — offering unlimited use of all NATA Safety 1st training at a fixed annual or monthly cost, eliminating the training expenses incurred by employee turnover.

“By offering unlimited use of all Safety 1st training programs for one fixed annual or monthly cost, we encourage companies to raise their training programs to even higher levels,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. “The Safety 1st Subscription Program is another way NATA is fulfilling our mission of empowering safe and successful aviation businesses.”

For more information, listen to the related NATA podcast and visit the Safety Net blog. To begin maximizing operational safety with the Safety 1st Subscription Program now, contact us at

Meet with NATA Staff at Schedulers and Dispatchers for Demos and Several Chances to Win!

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. Attendees with walk-up meetings will receive one entry in a drawing to win a tablet. Those making appointments in advance will receive two entries upon arrival at their scheduled time. 

NATA will also give away a $200 gift card during an onsite social media contest. Follow NATA on Twitter for more information.

The association is also holding its annual business card drawing. Winners will be selected to attend the popular FBO Success Seminar and Certified CSR Program.


NATA Holds Phoenix Industry Town Hall, Heads to Austin in February

On January 23, NATA held the first in its series of 2018 Industry Town Hall meetings with Phoenix-area companies gathering at Cutter Aviation (PHX). NATA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Tim Obitts led a discussion covering a range of issues confronting the region’s aviation business community — including improving relationships with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the impact of tax reform on general aviation, and recruiting employees to address the pilot and maintenance tech shortage confronting the industry. 

“Events like these are critical to NATA better assisting its members to address the real-world issues they confront every day,” stated Obitts. 

Upcoming Town Halls:

  Association Highlights

NATA Discusses 2018 Legislative Priorities at IAWA Conference


Last week, NATA Director of Legislative Affairs Rebecca Mulholland served as a panelist at the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) General Aviation Women’s Leadership Forum in Boca Raton, FL. Mulholland briefed the audience on NATA’s successes in 2017 and discussed aviation business’ legislative challenges for 2018, reiterating the importance of continued outreach to elected representatives in opposition to ATC privatization. Mulholland also discussed other important issues in the FAA reauthorization bill — including potential proposals to further restrict aircraft registrations and to eliminate the barrier between private and commercial pilots and flights — and answered questions about Congress’ perception of the ADS-B 2020 mandate. For more information about IAWA, visit


NATA Hosts First Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2018 | Next Workshop February 21-22 in Long Beach


Last week, NATA kicked off its 2018 Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop training series at Gateway Aviation Services in Mesa, AZ. The two-day event included sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service best practices, misfueling prevention and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Guest speakers Rick Spencer of Facet Filters and Reed Fuller of World Fuel Services also instructed attendees on aviation fuel filtration and quality control. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Fire Department provided hands on fire-extinguisher training during the workshop. 


NATA would like to thank Matt Nebgen, Shannon Jones and all the staff at Gateway Aviation Services for hosting the association’s first 2018 ALS workshop.


Register now for NATA’s next ALS workshop on February 21-22 at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. Click here for upcoming dates and registration information.

  From the FAA

FAA Issues Super Bowl LII™ Special Air Traffic Procedures


Due to the large number of aircraft expected for Super Bowl LII™, the FAA has announced special traffic management procedures for arrivals and departures in the Minneapolis area. The FAA is not imposing a slot requirement; however, all aircraft will require an FBO ramp reservation for arrivals and departures in the days preceding and following the event. Operators planning flights to airports in the vicinity between January 31 and February 6, 2018 should contact their preferred FBO to secure space as soon as possible. Operators should also remember that the TSA typically announces flight restrictions 3-5 days prior to the game.

Click here for a list of Minneapolis area airports impacted by the Super Bowl LII™ NOTAM.


NATA’s 10th 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

Boca Raton Air Traffic Control Tower Renovations Continue to Phase II


In 2017, the Boca Raton Airport Authority completed several substantial renovations to the Air Traffic Control Tower, including updates to the roof, HVAC, bathroom plumbing, cab plumbing and certain fire line valves. This year, the tower will enter the second phase of work, replacing the windows and repairing millwork and fixtures in the cab and training/break room. “Since the Tower began operations in 2000, it has played a vital part in the airport’s role as a premier general aviation facility,” said BRAA Executive Director and NATA Board Member Clara Bennett. “Phase II will ensure that it remains a cornerstone of our operations.” This final phase of improvement is expected to be completed in the Fall. Read more.


NATA Compliance Services Discusses Importance of Employee Identification


In its 2017 “Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports and Users,” the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that airports may want to consider card identification systems for their employees. In its latest blog post, NATA Compliance Services explains the importance of employee identification to GA security. 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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