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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 an Surface™ 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 staff will be on hand to answer questions about membership, Safety 1st, insurance products, events and other association offerings. Schedule your appointment now to meet with NATA at S&D!


NATA Unveils Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System | Breakthrough Tool Enhancing Industry Safety and Efficiency

Last week, NATA unveiled the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (Safety 1st FQMS), a cloud-based digital tool for general and business aviation fuel quality management inspections, record keeping and auditing. NATA will demonstrate Safety 1st FQMS during the upcoming Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach, CA, at NATA’s Booth 840 on February 7th (3:30 pm – 4:00 pm) and 8th (2:00 pm – 2:30 pm). You may also schedule an individual appointment to view this and other NATA products and services at

The Safety 1st FQMS is offered at an affordable, monthly rate and replaces traditional pen and paper record keeping with an intelligent system that increases management visibility, employee accountability and operational safety. This tool affords Part 135, Part 91 and Part 91k operators the ability to remotely audit fuel quality control.

Visit NATA at the upcoming NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Booth 840, or go to for more information or to schedule an online demonstration today!

NATA’s 10th Annual FBO Success Seminar | 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. Register now!


Let Your Voice Be Heard | Join NATA for the February 22 Town Hall in Austin

Join NATA for an Industry Town Hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 22 at the Austin Executive Airport in Austin, TX.

NATA Industry Town Halls provide aviation businesses from across the country the opportunity to come together and discuss the 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! Attendance is free and lunch is included.

Please click here to RSVP for the February town hall in Austin.

Industry Update

TSA Intends to Withdraw Private Aircraft Security Program


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) indicated its intention to withdraw a controversial proposal to impose security programs on general aviation aircraft and airports. The TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would have imposed security requirements on aircraft, including private aircraft, over 12,500 pounds and on certain airports that serve them. The LASP was initially proposed in 2008 and was met with strong opposition by NATA and industry. The TSA, as with all federal agencies, must periodically report on the status of current rulemaking projects in the Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. The current Agenda was published on January 18, 2018 and states, “TSA has decided to not pursue this rulemaking.” TSA indicated it sought to issue a formal withdrawal of the proposal in January 2018, but it has not yet been published.

Association Highlights 

Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee to Meet March 20-21 in Washington, DC


The Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee is preparing for its Spring Meeting to be held at NATA headquarters on March 20-21, 2018. Top agenda items include increasing committee membership and the member-developed commercial operator aircraft conformity check list. Last fall, the committee met with the FAA to further urge the agency to publish the aircraft conformity check list. The committee also continues to focus on consistency and standardization by supporting opportunities to work with the FAA on guidance and policy review and the application of FAA policy. If you are interested in joining the Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee, contact Carol Giles at


NATA Presents Safety 1st Subscription Program


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


Register for Upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop | February 21-22 in Long Beach, CA


Register today for the upcoming Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop to be held on February 21-22 at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. 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 February 21-22 ALS Workshop at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. Click here to see the remainder of the 2018 schedule.


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

IBAC Releases 2018 IS-BAO/IS-BAH Workshop Schedule


This year, The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) will hold 6 workshops for its International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) program. Established in 2014, the IS-BAH program recognizes business aircraft handlers that incorporate best industry practices into their daily operations. The program reached its 100th registration in January 2018. IS-BAH workshops, which began in January and run through December, include five locations in the U.S. and one in the UAE. The workshops comprise a day dedicated to the fundamentals of either the IS-BAH program and another that focuses on auditing and evaluation requirements. “We are looking forward to a busy workshop schedule this year and continue to identify key locations to accommodate newly interested operators, FBOs, and auditors, as well as registered participants seeking recurrent training,” said Kurt Edwards, Director General of IBAC. Read more.


Universal Aviation Singapore Earns IS-BAH Accreditation


Universal Aviation Singapore joins Universal Aviation London Stansted (EGSS) as the second Universal Aviation location to become an IS-BAH accredited location. “Universal Aviation Singapore is the second of our locations to earn IS-BAH and our second in the last six months, joining Universal Aviation Stansted, which earned its accreditation in August 2017,” said Charlie Mularski, Senior Vice President, International, Universal®. “Throughout 2018 and early 2019, we anticipate five more Universal Aviation locations to be audited for IS-BAH accreditation. Our clients’ missions are stressful. We’re ensuring they can be at ease, knowing we are meeting and exceeding business aviation’s best safety and security procedures when operating to our Universal Aviation locations.” Read more.

  ACSF News 

Register 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.” View the agenda and register at


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