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Appropriators Call for $17.7 Billion in Budgetary Resources for FAA in Fiscal Year 2019

Last Tuesday, House Appropriations Committee leadership released the text of its fiscal year 2019 Department of Transportation appropriations bill. The bill provides $17.7 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to include $1.3 billion for NextGen programs and $168 million for the Contract Tower program. “This bill will provide a much-needed boost in funding for improvements in our infrastructure system – whether it is roads, rail, transit systems, or air and waterways,” stated Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) in a press release. The bill builds on the investments made in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus agreement, and provides the FAA “targeted increases above the budget request to accelerate critical NextGen air traffic control modernization projects,” Subcommittee Ranking Member David Price (D-NC) noted. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee approved the legislation last Wednesday, and it now heads to the full Committee for consideration.


NATA and Other Leading Aviation Organizations Draft Advisory Circular for Remote Technology Use

On May 28, an industry Media Luncheon will be held to launch a plan to help advance the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The initiative reflects our industry’s long-standing commitment to emissions reduction, including the stated objectives of achieving a two-percent improvement in efficiency per year from 2010 until 2020, carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards, and a 50-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, relative to 2005.


The event will be held in conjunction with the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018), taking place the same week at Geneva’s Palexpo and Geneva Airport.


As part of the launch, a new product – “Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)” – will be unveiled. Learn more about the plan and event here. NATA will also present on SAJF during its 2018 Aviation Business Conference Reception.

Room Block Ends Tomorrow 5/22 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. Click here to review the full agenda, which includes topics for FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs. 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. Please secure your hotel reservation as the room block ends tomorrow, May 22nd discounted pricing and availability will no longer be guaranteed after the block closes.  

Thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors. Select sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at $250. For more information or to register, please visit


NATA Leadership Discusses GA Challenges and Opportunities at Industry Events in San Diego and Springfield, IL

Last week, NATA President Marty Hiller and Executive Vice President Tim Obitts were featured panelists at the National Aircraft Finance Association’s (NAFA) 47th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Marty joined a panel of other leading general aviation association executives to discuss the State of the Aviation industry in 2018. That afternoon, Tim served on a panel discussing the New Tax Law and its impact in Business Aviation and Lending.


On Wednesday, May 23, Tim will provide opening remarks to attendees of the 2018 Illinois Aviation Conference.


Follow NATA on Twitter (@nataaero) to view photos from the events.


From the FAA

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

Participate in NATA’s 2018 Compensation Survey Today


Please participate 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 allow NATA members to:

- Stay competitive in your region
- Assess your current benefit and salary offerings
- Take an in-depth look at your operation from every position

View the survey outline here and participate by contacting Jake Legere at jlegere@nata.aeroMembers that participate will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results.

The new survey deadline is June 30, 2018.



Mike France Represents NATA on Through the Noise Podcast

Through the Noise recently invited Mike France, NATA’s Managing Director of Safety and Training to speak about his role and experience, the general aviation industry, Safety 1st offerings and other NATA initiatives. Through the Noise is a weekly podcast that explores hurdles, solutions and the process of cultivating success for nonprofits through conversations with executive directors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, communications directors, financial planners and other professionals. Listen to the episode here.


24/7 Emergency Inflight Support: NATA-Med powered by AirDocs

NATA-Med powered by AirDocs improves operational safety and provides inflight assistance 24/7. This Program — resourced by actual flight surgeons — was created by Harvey Watt & Company, in conjunction with former NASA/Space Shuttle Recovery Team Senior & Chief Flight Surgeons, and US Space Command/USAFR Senior Flight Surgeons.

The Program assists Part 135, Part 125, Part 91 and Part 91K operators before, during and after flights:

- Preflight coverage includes the creation and maintenance of on-board medical kits appropriate for each aircraft and its mission, crew medical kit training, flight planning with real-time medical and travel information for locations on itinerary and Go/No Go Assessments.
- Users receive inflight emergency advice, provided by flight surgeons.
- Post flight, the Program can coordinate ground medical assets and evacuations when appropriate and incident documentation reporting will be provided to management within twenty-four hours of the event.

Learn more at


NATA Offers Three Upcoming Safety 1st Professional Development Events

On July 31-August 1, NATA Safety 1st will hold its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop at Austin Executive Airport in Texas. This workshop is designed to develop your line service team into the next leaders of your company. In addition to fuel quality control, the agenda includes sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service and fire safety training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Register for the upcoming ALS Workshop or view other workshop dates and locations at

The second annual NATA Safety 1st Ground Handling Safety Symposium will return September 11-12 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The Symposium is a two-day event developed by the NATA Safety Committee to promote safety at FBOs and other general aviation ground handling businesses/operations. The symposium is designed for aviation professionals, including directors of safety, line service managers, operations managers and flight departments — any stakeholder responsible for ensuring the safe handling of aircraft. The event will also give attendees the opportunity to network with fellow safety professionals from across the industry. For registration or sponsorship information, please visit

On September 18-19, NATA Safety 1st will hold its new Certified QC Inspector Workshop at Wilson Air in Charlotte, NC. This workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive education in everything fuel handling related, including topics such as fuel characteristics, filtration, sampling & testing, maintenance and setting up a conformant inspection program. The program features both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the most common fuel quality control tasks. Additionally, attendees will receive instruction on developing internal QC training programs that assures all refueling personnel understand the basics of aviation fuel handling and quality management. For more information or to register, please visit

Member Spotlight

Weather Modification International and Fargo Jet Center Receive Validation of Amended Supplemental Type Certificate from Civil Aviation Administration of China for King Air 200/300 Mounted Cloud Seeding Equipment


Last week, the Weather Modification International (WMI) and sister company Fargo Jet Center (FJC) announced that they will receive Validation of Amended Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) from Civil Aviation Administration of China for King Air 200/300 mounted cloud seeding equipment.


This VSTC was previously approved in December 2015 through the review and validation process China authorities follow when approving modifications to foreign aircraft.  The now completed Amendment to this original VSTC allows for more extensive modifications and additional equipment to include:

- Dropsonde atmospheric sounding launcher

- Ice rate meters

- Various external cameras

- Airborne Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR)

- Additional canister mounted cloud physics instruments

Learn more at 


Elliott Aviation Hires Brian Husa as Regional Sales Manager


This month, Brian Husa joined Elliott Aviation as its Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Husa brings nearly 30 years of aviation experience to the company including executive sales, technical sales and client service. He will be responsible for executing regional sales strategies in the Midwest region, focusing on enhancing Elliott Aviation’s brand within his territory and generating new sales. Learn more at


Eastway Aviation LLC dba Sunrise Jets Joins the ACSF and Enrolls in ASAP Program


The The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Eastway Aviation LLC, dba Sunrise Jets is the newest company to join the ACSF. Along with 168 other companies, Sunrise Jets now supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers, corporate flight departments and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. “By participating in ASAP, the company is promoting a positive safety culture and providing a near consequence-free environment, which will allow its employees to identify safety issues and report information that can be critical to identifying potential precursors to accidents,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns.

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