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View HTML Version of Newsletter   February 19, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 8 
  This Week's Top Stories 

White House Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Blueprint Calls for ATC Privatization

Last week, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget blueprint, providing high level detail about the Administration’s proposals related to federal discretionary funding. The proposal reduces overall Department of Transportation funding by 19 percent and includes language outlining support for creating an air traffic control corporation.

In a press statement following the budget release, NATA President Marty Hiller noted that despite strong bipartisan opposition to ATC privatization, “NATA will continue to fight this existential threat to general aviation and the businesses that support this vital community.” 

Hiller vowed to work with the Administration and Congress toward a more efficient FAA, “with a priority on educating them about the risks posed by handing over our nation’s air traffic control system to special interests.”

For more information about the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request, visit NATA’s Policy Playbook.


Free to Fly Act Would Permit Greater Foreign Investment in U.S. Air Carriers

Last week, Representative Dave Brat (R-VA), introduced H.R. 5000, the Free to Fly Act, which he asserts will encourage travel and tourism by repealing restrictions that limit the level of foreign investment and control in U.S. airlines and other air carriers, including on-demand charter carriers. Representative Brat’s proposal would eliminate the U.S. citizenship requirement for ownership and control of an air carrier. This would be a significant change in current law and presents some concerns over risks to aviation safety and security. In a press statement following the release, Representative Brat noted that current restrictions “artificially cap foreign ownership in U.S. airlines at 25 percent, which increases the cost of capital and limits consumer choices.” The Free to Fly Act, he states, would therefore require any foreign U.S. airline subsidiaries to be established and regulated under U.S. law, be based in the United States, and only employ American workers. Currently, all U.S. air carriers must be owned and controlled by U.S. citizens.


NATA will work with our Air Charter Committee to review the Free to Fly Act. If you have concerns or questions regarding the Free to Fly Act, please contact NATA at 800-808-6262.

Be A Part of NATA’s Safety 1st Training Program Redevelopment

NATA Safety 1st is currently redeveloping its online training content to incorporate improvements and new features suggested by our members and users. As part of this process, we are seeking new photographs of ground handling activities, such as aircraft fuel and oil servicing, quality control checks, and towing operations.

If your company is interested in sharing photos of ground handling operations at your facilities, and possibly having these images featured in the redeveloped NATA Safety 1st training program, please contact our Trainer/Content Manager Steve Berry at

Subscribe to “The Safety Net” blog to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community.

NATA Industry Town Hall and Advanced Line Service Workshop This Week | Registration Still Open

On February 22, NATA will hold an Industry Town Hall at Austin Executive Airport in Texas, providing aviation businesses across the region the opportunity to sit down together and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry. Attendance is free and lunch is provided complimentary thanks to Airsure Limited. RSVP today!

On February 21-22, NATA Safety 1st will hold its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop in Long Beach, CA at Ross Aviation. Train your team to be the next leaders within your company, register today!

NATA will be in Denver, CO for the upcoming town hall on March 22 at Signature Flight Support and ALS Workshop on March 20-21 at Centennial Airport. Click here for NATA’s full 2018 events calendar.

  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 encourages pilots to adopt informal lock out/tag out procedures to ensure awareness of unairworthy aircraft conditions. The FAA also offers 6 steps to prevent loss of control and mitigate flight risks

  Association Highlights

2018 NATA Advertising, Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


Advertising or sponsoring an event with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation business decision makers and end users. NATA offers high visibility, optimum value and direct access to industry leaders throughout the world. 

Advertise in the Aviation Business Journal, NATA News or on our website For more information on advertising, click here


Depending on event selection, sponsors/exhibitors will have opportunities to interact with event attendees, access the attendee list for follow-up communications, and receive recognition on the event webpage, workshop manual and in digital NATA communications — among other incentives. Opportunities start as low as $250. Click here to view all of the NATA and Safety 1st event sponsorship options.

NATA Podcast: Enhance Your FBO’s Success 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. The FBO Success Seminar is scheduled for March 6-7 in Miami, FL and the Certified CSR Program will have three date offerings, beginning April 24-25 in Ft. Worth, TX.

For more information and guidance from Ron and John, be sure to read the AC-U-KWIK FBO Connection blog.

Nominate Exceptional Aviation Business Colleagues and Companies | NATA Award Programs Call for Nominations


Nomination forms are 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. The nomination deadline is March 23, 2018. For more information, please click here. To submit an online nomination form, click here.

2018 NATA Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference | Register Now and Save $95


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

Cullman Regional Airport GM Joins NATA’s Airport Business Committee


Ben Harrison, General Manager of the Cullman Regional Airport, recently joined NATA’s Airport Business Committee for a three-year term. Harrison has worked at the airport for six years and was promoted to serve as general manager in 2014. Cullman Regional Airport is jointly operated by Cullman County and the City of Cullman. More than 80 aircraft are based at the facility, which operates a 5,500-foot runway and a parallel taxiway. “The committee helps serve as the voice of aviation businesses, and I am honored to be invited to join the committee,” Harrison stated.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Harrison on the NATA Airport Business Committee,” said NATA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Tim Obitts, in a release. “His years of experience in airport management and his passion for aviation will be invaluable to our committee. We look forward to having him on board.” Read more.


ARGUS International Research Analyzes Early-2018 GA Activity


Last week, Argus International released data, indicating business aircraft flying in the U.S. and Canada continued to improve last month — with activity up 4 percent year-over-year — well above the 3.3 percent gain that Argus predicted. The company is forecasting a 3.8 percent rise for February 2018.


Flying by both operator type and aircraft category were up across the board last month. Part 135 activity soared by 8 percent year-over-year, while fractional and Part 91 reported increases of 2.2 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. By aircraft category, turboprops led the pack, rising 5.5 percent from a year ago, followed by large-cabin jets, up 4 percent; midsize jets, up 3.1 percent; and light jets, up 2.8 percent. 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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