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House FAA Reauthorization Bill to Be Considered This Week

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4 — The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 — to reauthorize the FAA through fiscal year 2023, providing $104.4 billion for the agency over six years. 

The legislation, nearly identical to the bill reported out of the Transportation Committee last year, does not include a proposal to privatize our nation's air traffic control system, contains many provisions beneficial to aviation businesses, including: workforce development studies, review of flight standards reform metrics and the establishment of a task force to review streamlining flight standards processes. In advance of the floor vote, nearly 220 amendments have been filed for possible inclusion into the House bill, and NATA is reviewing potential negative implications of all proposed amendments to the aviation business community. 

Follow NATA’s social media accounts for coverage of the bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.


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. Attendees will hear from government policymakers, industry experts and 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. 

Thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors: Air Charter Guide, Castle and Cooke Aviation, EPIC Fuels, Jet Aviation, Phillips 66, Pentastar Aviation, Porter County Regional Airport, and Signature Flight Support. Sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at $250. For more information or to register, please visit

NATA Hosts Webinar Featuring Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System

NATA’s latest innovative offering, the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (FQMS), is a cloud-based digital aviation fuel quality control management suite that replaces paper-based systems.

Last week, NATA held a webinar to demonstrate how the new FQMS modernizes the aviation fuel quality control process and addresses several of the challenges with paper-based systems. Registration is required to view the free webinar recording.

Read more about the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System in NATA's Aviation Business Journal and Business Air's FBO Today.


Help NATA Provide a Well-Rounded Perspective of the FBO Industry

NATA is working to provide a well-rounded perspective on the FBO industry in light of the ongoing debate on access and fees at publicly-funded airports.


NATA’s goals are to promote Real FBO Facts and highlight the extraordinary services provided by our FBO members through the FBOs: Above and Beyond initiative.

Help NATA continue to meet rhetoric with facts in support of free enterprise by sharing Real FBO Facts on your website, social media and other communications.

For more information, please visit and


  Industry Updates

Group of Bipartisan Senators Support Industry Ask for Contract Tower Funding


Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee requesting full and dedicated funding for the FAA Contract Tower Program as part of the FY2019 budget. The coalition reiterated the importance of the Program stating that “restricting or reducing the operations of contract towers would have a substantial negative impact on general aviation safety, the efficiency of large commercial airports, disaster relief and emergency medical operations, law enforcement, agriculture activities and businesses throughout the United States.” The letter also notes the cost-effectiveness of the Program and the certainty to local communities that protecting this important Program from “being targeted for disproportionate cuts or elimination of service at certain airports” would provide. This action follows a March 2nd letter from NATA and other major aviation groups to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting $172 million to fund the Program in FY2019, an amount sufficient to fund all 254 contract towers.


Florida Governor Declares April Aviation Appreciation Month


Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared April 2018 as Aviation Appreciation Month. In a proclamation signed last week, Governor Scott highlighted the contributions of general aviation to the state’s economy and business development, noting that 109 general aviation/community airports accommodate more than nine million visitors and business travelers annually. “General aviation and local airports are essential to Florida’s tourism industry, agriculture and manufacturing,” stated Tim Obitts, NATA’s Executive Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, in a joint press release. “NATA and our 210 member companies across Florida applaud Governor Scott for highlighting the importance of this industry to the economic growth and competitiveness of businesses across the state, and we look forward to continued collaboration on issues impacting the aviation business community in the Sunshine State.”

  Association Highlights

Still Time to Participate in NATA’s 2018 Compensation Survey | Receive Complimentary Copy of Results


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 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 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!

NATA’s Certified CSR Program to Take Place This Week in Fort Worth | Additional 2018 Workshop Dates Available


On April 24-25, NATA will host the first of three Certified CSR Programs — instructed by Aviation Business Strategies Group Principals Ron Jackson and John Enticknap — at Alliance Aviation Services in Fort 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.


NATA would like to thank our host Alliance Aviation Services and our sponsors:



Effective FBO

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 

Total FBO/World Fuel Services


This popular program will be offered again September 19-20 (Teterboro, NJ) and November 13-14 (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Reserve your seat, register now for an upcoming date!

 Member Spotlight

NATACS Provides Options for your Company's Identification Needs


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) has over 15 years of experience with crew identification. Since its start in 2002, NATACS has printed over 63,000 badges and continues to provide solutions for the Aviation Industry, such as the Known Crewmember® (KCM®) Program and CrewID®. The KCM® Program is a risk-based screening system that expedites flight crew movements through TSA security, while CrewID® facilitates movements for both flight crews and ground crews. To be eligible for the Known Crewmember® Program, companies must hold a Part 135 or Part 125 certificate, as well as a Twelve-Five (TFSSP) or Private Charter (PCSSP) Security Standard Program with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). CrewID® is available to any legitimate aviation business that needs identification, and has been created to meet the standards set by ICAO Annex 17, Annex 9 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309. Whatever the scope of your operation, NATACS has two great options to meet your needs.

Click here for more information.


Jetex and Wright Electric Create Partnership


Jetex recently announced its partnership with U.S. startup Wright Electric to be the first general aviation company to support electric aircraft for short haul flights. Jetex will implement the charging infrastructure and full support for electric aircraft, expanding throughout their Global FBO Network, starting in Dubai. Jetex also plans to invest in production of the first electric aircraft globally with an estimated range of 540km or 335 miles. Learn more at

   ACSF News

Pentastar Aviation Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that charter operator, Pentastar Aviation, has now joined the ACSF. Along with 165 other companies, Pentastar supports the ACSF’s vision to advance and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. “Pentastar Aviation has the shared attitude among their team members that safety above and beyond what is considered regulatory must be a core value for their company, said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We are delighted that they will be participating in the ACSF-ASAP program as well.” Learn more at


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