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View HTML Version of Newsletter   April 16, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 16 

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Revised FAA Reauthorization Bill Introduced in House – Contains NATA-Sought Provisions

Last Friday, the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released the text of its revised FAA reauthorization bill. The legislation, H.R. 4 – The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 – will provide $104.4 billion for the FAA over six years. The legislation is nearly identical to the bill reported out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last year.  In addition to the inclusion of NATA-requested provisions that would help the agency operate more efficiently, the legislation contains a number of provisions beneficial to general aviation businesses overall, including workforce development studies, ensuring the Oklahoma Registry Office remains open during a government shutdown, and a review of flight standards reform metrics. The bill has been approved by House Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio, and no formal re-vote of the committee will be needed. The bill will now go to the full House of Representatives for floor consideration the week of April 23rd. The Senate will soon vote on their companion bill, S. 1405, and both chambers will convene a conference committee to discuss differences and combine both bills. We look forward to working with Congress to enact this long-term reauthorization later this year.


NATA Asks “What is Egregious FBO Pricing?”

A recent Flying Magazine article  raised the question of whether a $29 dollar "facility fee” and a $5 dollar “infrastructure fee” are truly excessive for an FBO to handle a small single engine airplane, especially in light of a minimum purchase of seven gallons to waive these fees. The article provides an excellent fact check on the ongoing campaign against FBOs. In light of that development, we are surprised to see that ten airports were added to what AOPA is calling an “Airport Access Watch List.” We maintain that all ten of our member FBOs at the named airports are compliant with FAA grant assurances. Each participated in a competitive RFP process and engage in market-driven pricing practices. AOPA notes that it will begin a dialogue with each airport sponsor. We are confident that this will soon clear any misconceptions and lead to the termination of the list. Read NATA’s Member Alert on this issue here.

In addition, NATA Executive Vice President Operations and General Counsel Tim Obitts provided the FBO perspective on The FBO and GA User Fee Story panel discussion last week at the Ohio Aviation Association’s Annual Conference. The panel took place on April 11th and included representatives from FAA, AOPA, ACI-NA and AAAE. We will continue to meet the rhetoric with facts in support of free enterprise, and you can continue to support our efforts through two NATA initiatives - FBOs: Above and Beyond and Real FBO Facts. Please visit those links to find out how you can help provide a well-rounded perspective on the FBO industry.

Register for NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference | June 12-14 in DC

On June 12-14, join your colleagues and customers during NATA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington in DC. 

The event kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday at noon. Attendees will hear from government policymakers, industry experts and other leaders representing various sectors of the GA community—including FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs. Click here to review the full agenda.

In response to the emerging workforce shortage, this year's agenda will also address personnel challenges. To encourage the next generation of aviation leaders to join in the conversations, NATA is offering half-off the conference registration fee for young aviation business professionals. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $250. For more information or to register, please visit


Limited Seats Remain for Next Week’s April 24-25 NATA Certified CSR Program in Ft. Worth

On April 24-25, NATA will hold the first of three popular Certified CSR Programs at Alliance Aviation Services in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. The two-day seminar will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation.

The Certified CSR Program is instructed by Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) founders, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson. Ron and John are industry experts who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing and training. Check out ABSG’s latest blog post about enhancing FBO customer service.


Reserve your seat today, this seminar sold-out twice last year. 

Click here for the April seminar agenda


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 are 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 enclosed 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

Deadline Extended | 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.

The new deadline to complete the survey is April 30, 2018. View the survey outline here and participate by contacting Jake Legere at

Members that participate will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results.


NATA Offers LifeLine Response Platform


The LifeLine Response App provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts:

- Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts.
- Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level.
- Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 

Learn more and find out why this platform is utilized by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.



NATA Members Save on NATA Compliance Services Programs


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) specializes in aviation regulatory compliance and offers the industry a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping operators on the right track. Whether it is regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security program requirements, the Department of Transportation's (DOT) substance abuse prevention requirements or the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety requirements, NATACS has you covered! 

NATACS provides its clients assistance on various compliance requirements, including: 

- Background checks, such as the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) 
- Crew identification cards (The Known Crewmember® Program and CrewID®) 
- Online TSA security training 
- Fingerprinting services 
- Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program

Visit to learn more.


NATA to Host Two Safety 1st In-Person Workshops in May 


NATA is excited to introduce the next step in ground safety enhancement with the Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop. On May 8-10, attendees of this two-and-a-half-day workshop will learn the fundamentals of safety management in a ground handling environment as well as practical knowledge on the development and implementation of an IS-BAH conformant safety management system (SMS). This workshop is designed for professionals who will be leading an FBO safety program and will include independent coursework, as well as a final exam leading to certification as an FBO Safety Manager. Click here to view the Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop agenda.

On May 1-2, NATA Safety 1st will hold its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop in Chicago at DuPage Flight Center (DPA). Train your team to be the next leaders within your company, register today!

Member Spotlight

Cutter Aviation becomes Authorized Pilatus Sales & Service Center for Southwest United States


Cutter Aviation has been appointed as the Authorized Pilatus Sales & Service Center for the Southwest United States. Cutter Aviation joins the award-winning Pilatus network to provide sales and service for the PC-12 NG and PC-24 Jet in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. This region hosts approximately 300 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Cutter Aviation has several service centers in the region located in Phoenix, AZ, Addison, TX, and San Antonio, TX. Learn more at



Universal Aviation Italy Unveils Complete Renovation of Ground Support Facility at Rome Ciampino Airport


Universal Aviation Italy officially completed the renovation of its ground support facilities in Rome Ciampino Airport (LIRA) during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by clients, partners, and airport officials. The facility includes a brand new and modern operations office, crew business center, a crew rest lounge, and a VIP lounge for passengers, which faces directly out onto the ramp. Crews can now take advantage of the rest lounge located on the first floor of the terminal and a dedicated space, adjacent to the operations office, for their flight briefings. Universal Aviation is the ground support division of Universal® and has more than 50 locations in 20+ countries, with four locations operated under Universal Aviation Italy. Learn more here.


Duncan Aviation Appoints Two New Sales Managers at Battle Creek, Michigan


Duncan Aviation has promoted George Bajo to Modifications Sales Manager and Alan Monk to the position of Airframe Sales Manager. Bajo, who has most recently been the Team Leader for the Avionics and Completions team, and Monk, who was the Team Leader for Hawker and Falcon airframe services, will now be responsible for managing and overseeing the sales teams at the Battle Creek facility. The two will work closely with their counterparts in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nate Klenke and Ryan Huss, helping coordinate sales activities for Duncan Aviation at all of its locations. Learn more at


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