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  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA and Industry Support Legislation Addressing Technical Workforce Shortage

On March 5th, NATA, along with 16 other organizations, sent a letter supporting legislationS.2506, to establish an Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

NATA President Marty Hiller applauded the Senators for recognizing the needs of the aviation maintenance sector by introducing legislation that would address the technical workforce shortage. “The establishment of the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program brings together the aviation maintenance industry to encourage new opportunities through innovation and provides resources to inspire the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians,” Hiller noted.

NATA and its Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee will continue to monitor the bill as it moves through the legislative process.


DOT Secretary Addresses House and Senate Transportation Committees on Administration’s Infrastructure Proposal

Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently spoke before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to provide an update on President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. A concern among both committees is regarding the amount of federal investment ($200 billion) and how to incentivize states and local governments to generate their own revenue for infrastructure projects. Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) emphasized that passing an infrastructure bill with bipartisan support means being “realistic about our needs, and how we can address them in a fiscally responsible way.”

The status of the infrastructure proposal is stagnant, and passage of any infrastructure legislation into law this year is looking unlikely. Lawmakers in both chambers are still at odds on how to pay for the plan and are focused on other issues, like approving an omnibus spending bill and passing a long-term FAA reauthorization bill, before the August recess. Additional infrastructure hearings will take place this week.  

NATA and Committees Work to Mitigate Threats to GA in FAA Reauthorization Legislation

While NATA and the general aviation community achieved a victory over ATC privatization, there are other industry issues in the House FAA reauthorization bill. Although the House language contains NATA-sought provisions helpful to the general aviation community — including NATA “asks” related to flight sharing and Part 135 rest and duty rules — there are provisions in the bill that may negatively impact the industry. NATA — in coordination with our policy committees — is working to mitigate the potential negative consequences of proposals to eliminate the barrier between private and commercial pilots and flights, an existing provision related to air ambulances, and issues related to aircraft registration.


The FAA’s current authorization expires March 31st, therefore a short-term funding extension is anticipated, with the stated goal of long-term FAA authorization  passage before the August recess. NATA will continue to work with Chairmen Shuster and Thune, and Congress on a bipartisan reauthorization bill that provides stable, long-term FAA funding and is in the best interest of the general aviation community.

NATA Reiterates Importance of Ethical Standards for GA

Last week, NATA issued the “Statement Regarding Ethical Conduct” for general aviation businesses — outlining the Association’s ongoing commitment to promoting the highest ethical standards and integrity throughout the industry. NATA’s Board of Directors met in February to discuss fulfilling the vital need for all aviation businesses to adopt and adhere to a code of ethics that enforces company values, promotes fair business practices and deters wrongdoing.

“The heart of NATA’s mission is to empower general aviation businesses to act safely and with integrity. It is these attributes that have historically been a key part of the success of the general aviation industry,” stated NATA President Marty Hiller on behalf of NATA’s Board of Directors.

“NATA’s Statement Regarding Ethical Conduct is a solid product borne of careful consideration and the fusion of decades of industry experience. We hope that it serves as a guide for our members and aviation businesses everywhere,” added Greg Schmidt, NATA Board Chairman and President & CEO of Pentastar Aviation. Read more.

  Industry Updates

Help the FAA Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Safety


The 40th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) is underway! The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only government source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. The data helps determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. If you were selected to complete this year’s survey, you should have received a postcard invitation to participate. You can complete the survey online, or submit the survey form that was mailed to you in the postage-paid envelope. Your responses will be used for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. If you have any questions, please contact survey manager Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email Previous years’ survey results can be found here.

  Association Highlights

Participate in NATA's 2018 Compensation Survey


We encourage your participation in NATA’s 2018 Compensation Survey. All information will be kept strictly confidential and cannot be tied back to the respondent or reporting location by anyone (including NATA), and will be reported only in aggregate with other responses. The survey will provide valuable information that NATA members can use to ensure compensation and benefits are competitive with others in the industry.

The results of the report are only as good as the quality of the data submitted and the number of companies that respond, we ask all members to please participate in the survey so that NATA can provide the best data results possible. The general aviation community greatly benefits from this resource, thanks to your cooperation.

To begin, you will need your membership number and the necessary compensation and benefit information. The deadline to complete the survey is April 15, 2018. Participate by contacting Jake Legere at Members that participate will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results. 

Nomination Deadline for NATA Award Programs Ends Next Week


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.

Next Week NATA to Host Denver Industry Town Hall and Advanced Line Service Workshop


On March 22, NATA will hold an Industry Town Hall at Signature Flight Support (APA) in Denver, CO. 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!

On March 20-21, NATA Safety 1st will hold its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop in Denver at Centennial Airport. Train your team to be the next leaders within your company, register today!

Leverage Service to Attract Air Charter and Aircraft Management Clients | Choice of Two April Seminar Dates and Locations


NATA is very pleased to partner with ServiceElements, International to introduce the Competitive Strategies for Client Services Seminar: How Air Charter and Aircraft Management Companies Leverage Service to Win in the Marketplace. Designed specifically for professionals in the charter management world, the program will explore the attributes of modern service expectations and help attendees develop a plan to meet and exceed those expectations both professionally and company-wide.


This workshop recognizes that each organization is unique and creates results based on its specific business, goals, customers and team members. Attendees will also learn how to tailor their operation’s service strategies based on their own experiences. Utilizing service scenario simulations, group exercises and class discussions, the seminar is tailored to build service confidence and skill in all attendees. 


Register or learn more:

April 3-4 | Sheltair | Fort Lauderdale, FL

April 10-11 | Aeroplex/Aerolease Group | Van Nuys, CA

 Member Spotlight

Gammon Technical Holds 2nd Annual Aviation Fuel Handling Training Symposium


Gammon Technical Products hosted over three hundred industry fuel handling professionals and experts at its second annual Aviation Fuel Handling Training Symposium on March 6-8 in Los Angeles. NATA’s Managing Director, Safety & Training, Michael France participated in a panel discussion on fuel quality control (QC) supervision and training, as well as demonstrating the new Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (FQMS) — a cloud-based digital system replacing the pen and paper approach to inspection and maintenance management.


Montgomery Aviation Rebrands as First Wing Jet Center


Montgomery Aviation recently announced its rebranding as First Wing Jet Center, with the company’s Indiana FBOs at Indianapolis Executive (TYQ) and Frankfort/Clinton County Airports (FKR) now taking on the new name. Its flight school at TYQ will be known as First Wing Flight. Montgomery Aviation was named after former owners Dan and Andi Montgomery, who have since retired. The sister companies in its family—Indianapolis-based aircraft sales, maintenance, charter, and management firm Eagle Creek Aviation and the Naples Jet Center FBO in Florida—will retain their current names but will get new logos to match the First Wing branding.


“Since Montgomery Aviation was purchased by Eagle Creek Aviation in late 2015, we've been working to develop a new brand and identity to help take us into the future, and we believe the First Wing name is key to taking us there,” said First Wing Jet Center Vice President and General Manager Sean White. “Our customers will receive the same service they've come to expect as our ownership, management and team remain unchanged.” Read more.


NATA Compliance Services Webinar on Marketing Your Fingerprinting Business | March 14


This Wednesday, March 14th, NATA Compliance Services will host a 20-minute webinar on How to Market Your Fingerprinting Business at 9:00 am PDT. The webinar will review multiple techniques that can be used for any size business, and approaches that are inexpensive and can be implemented right away. Click here to register.



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