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View HTML Version of Newsletter   February 12, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 7 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Two-Year Budget Bill Signed Into Law; White House Infrastructure Proposal and 2019 Budget Request Released Today — ATC Included

Last week, a two-year, $300 billion budget deal to fund the federal government through March 23rd was signed into law following much Congressional drama and a temporary shutdown. H.R. 1892, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, increases the budget caps on defense and non-defense discretionary appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, provides Congressional appropriations committees six weeks to finish a 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, and ensures emergency relief to states and territories affected by natural disasters among other issues. 

Congress worked through the night last Thursday in an attempt to avert a government shutdown, but hiccups in the Senate, and a lack of support by House Democrats, resulted in a brief government shutdown before eventual Congressional approval and swift passage into law by President Trump. 

Also today, the Trump Administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal as well as the fiscal year 2019 budget blueprint which, again, calls for the exploration of air traffic control privatization - read NATA's statement. Visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center now to voice your opposition. 


NATA Participates in 2018 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference

Last week, NATA attended the 2018 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach, CA. NATA staff were on hand to visit with member companies, participate in industry events, and answer conference attendee questions related to Safety 1st, membership, workers compensation insurance programs, events and other association product/service offerings.

NATA also provided two live demos of the new 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 — to over 50 conference attendees.

NATA had several prize giveaways: a Surface tablet to a Safety 1st FQMS demo viewer (won by Sean White General Manager at Montgomery Aviation); a $200 Visa gift card for a participant in the association’s Twitter contest (won by Ben Hammond FBO Services Manager at Duncan Aviation – Battle Creek); and a business card drawing for free registrations to the FBO Success Seminar and Certified CSR Program, (won by Nicole Dilullo of Threshold Aviation and Hope Cranmore of Georgia Jet).

NATA Podcast: Enhance Your FBO Success and Service with NATA’s Professional Development Training

In the association’s latest podcast, Karissa Uko NATA Manager of Events and Communications discusses the benefits and background of NATA’s popular FBO Success Seminar and Certified CSR Program with Aviation Business Strategies Group founders, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson. Ron and John are industry experts who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing and training.


Find out what makes these events unique from other industry offerings and why you should attend. For more information and guidance from Ron and John, be sure to read the AC-U-KWIK FBO Connection blog.

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

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.



  Association Highlights

NATA Airport Business Committee Holds Winter Meeting in Long Beach, CA


On February 6th, NATA’s Airport Business Committee convened at Aeroplex/Aerolease Group’s facility in Long Beach, California. Committee Chairman Josh Hochberg (Sonoma Jet Center, Santa Rosa, CA) outlined the Committee goals and responsibilities for 2018. NATA staff members Tim Obitts and Megan Eisenstein discussed several project ideas, including the development of a quarterly industry FBO Economic Survey and an NATA FBO Management Certification program. Chairman Hochberg and NATA Managing Director of Safety and Training, Mike France provided an update on NFPA 407 – Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing. John Enticknap and Ron Jackson with Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) concluded the meeting by revealing ABSG’s annual FBO fuel sales survey results and 2018 industry forecast to the Committee. If you are interested in joining NATA's Airport Business Committee, please contact Megan Eisenstein


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 to 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 in June 2018. For more information, please click here. To submit an online nomination form, click here.

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, CAClick here to see the remainder of the 2018 schedule.e


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

CrewID Boosts Security for Business Aviation Now Available for Flight and Ground Crews


Last week, NATA Compliance Services launched its latest release of its web-based credentialing system, CrewID – an expansion including ground crews. CrewID technology provides real-time verification on any device anywhere in the world. Additionally, CrewID complies with all the requirements and recommendations of ICAO Annex 9, Annex 17 and United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2309. Michael Sundheim, CEO of CrewID stated: “This industry has been in need of a universal credentialing system for years. Furthermore, facilitating the safety and security of the aviation industry is always our number one objective when on-boarding new products and expanding our services. With that in mind, CrewID was born." To learn more about the features and benefits of CrewID, please visit


Manassas Airport Tops List as Economic Engine


A report from the Virginia Department of Aviation lists Manassas Regional Airport as first among the state's 57 general aviation airports. The report credits the Manassas airport with generating $375 million in economic activity in 2016 and 1,351 aviation jobs in 2016. The city-owned airport is less than 40 miles from the nation's capital. It has two runways and handles about 90,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Read more


Business Jet Center Raises a Record-Breaking $45,000 for Veteran Charities at Annual Golf Tournament


Business Jet Center hosted its 5th Annual, Cleared to Land on the Green Charity Golf Tournament on November 10, 2017. A record-breaking $45,000 was donated to Folds of Honor and Patriot Paws Service Dogs. Both charities assist families of military veterans by providing assistance through educational scholarships or living assistance. To date, Cleared to Land on the Green has donated over $150,000 in support of those who have and continue to serve our country in the armed forces. “Our hearts are so full with the amount of support we have received over the years, and especially this year. We know freedom comes with a hefty price and this is one small way we can say, ‘Thank you,’ stated Cat Clay, Tournament Coordinator. Business Jet Center recently established its own 501(c)(3), Business Jet Cares, Inc., to help facilitate its ongoing community involvement projects such as the annual Charity Golf Tournament and their annual Christmas Program, which has provided gifts and services to over 200 families during the holidays over the past four years. Read more.

  ACSF News 

Register Now 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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