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What to Expect at NATA’s 2018 Aviation Business Conference | Registration Is Available Online and Onsite

In the association’s latest podcast, Shannon Chambers and Karissa Uko discuss the premier annual event for aviation businesses — NATA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. There’s still time to join your colleagues and customers from June 12-14 for this year’s event at the Grand Hyatt Washington in DC. Once again, NATA is providing conference participants an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives to discuss the issues impacting their businesses — particularly the importance of long-term FAA reauthorization.

The conference agenda covers a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MRO­s — including combating workforce shortage issues, the impact of unethical aviation business practices, taxes on aircraft management services, safety management systems, changes to pilot training and more!

Thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors: Aeroplex Group Partners, Air BP, Air Charter Guide, Atlantic Aviation, Avfuel, Aviation Management Consulting Group, Capital Aviation, Castle and Cooke Aviation, Duncan Aviation, Enterprise Rent A Car, EPIC Fuels, Executive Jet Management, Gulfstream Aerospace, Jet Aviation, Phillips 66, Pentastar Aviation, Priester Aviation, NATA Compliance Services, NATA Compliance Services, NATA Safety 1st, Net Jets, Porter County Regional Airport, Ross Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Solairus Aviation, Stuart Jet Center and World Fuel Services. Sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at $250. For more information or to register, please visit


NATA Forms Illegal Charter Task Force to Address A Top Industry Concern

Last week, NATA announced its initiative to combat illegal charter, addressing a growing concern among members and the industry. The announcement follows several months of collaboration with its membership and Air Charter Committee, and meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to highlight the necessary steps to strengthen the association’s efforts to protect this vital industry.

“Visiting our members throughout the country, the number one concern expressed by the air charter community is the intrinsic danger of illegal charter to their businesses and the industry as a whole. NATA’s initiative reinforces our ongoing efforts in combating this serious threat to air charter and the public that is often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements,” stated NATA Executive Vice President of Operations & General Counsel Timothy Obitts. NATA’s initiative to combat illegal charter is overseen by a sub-committee of its Air Charter Committee called the NATA Illegal Charter Task Force and consists of several action areas involving the FAA, IRS, Congress, public and industry. “The goal of this effort is to protect the safety and integrity of an industry held to a very high standard. Safety and fair competition are paramount to the continued success of the air charter industry. Illegal charter must be stamped-out, not only from a fairness standpoint, but also to ensure the safety of the traveling public,” added Obitts.

The first meeting of the Illegal Charter Task Force will take place at NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference next week. NATA members who would like to participate in the association’s efforts to curtail illegal charter should contact Tim Obitts at

Encourage Congressional Support for Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Aviation Maintenance Industry – Visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center Today

Congress works to modernize our nation’s air traffic control system, lawmakers are looking at ways to improve the aviation technician shortage facing the industry. A bipartisan group of representatives and senators have introduced numerous pieces of legislation – in the form of standalone bills or as amendments to the House and Senate FAA reauthorization bills – to address the shortage by updating outdated training programs at aviation maintenance technical schools and establishing a pilot program to support the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians. NATA encourages you to act now by writing your representative and senators requesting their support of these important pieces of legislation that aim to grow the aviation maintenance technician workforce and promote collaboration with industry, businesses and local and federal governments to produce modernized curriculums that encourage the next generation of aviation technical workers and support thousands of future jobs across the country.


FAA Publishes Proposal for Updated Guidance for Non-Aviation Temporary Closure of Airports

The FAA is seeking comments on a proposed update of its policy regarding approval of the temporary closure of a federally obligated airport for a non-aeronautical purpose. The proposed policy, published last week, states that an operator may temporarily close the airport or part of the airport for a non-aviation event, if the FAA approves that closure in advance. This includes car shows or races, county fairs, parades, sporting events, flea markets, children’s activities, and charitable events.

For these events, the FAA will not approve the activity if it doesn’t promise to “generate intangible benefits,” which includes community goodwill, increasing local awareness of the airport, encouraging local and community support of the airport, or generating an interest in airport use. View other approval requirements here.

Comments on the proposed guidance are due by July 30. Please send comments and feedback to Megan Eisenstein at by July 23rd.


From the FAA

Upcoming Airman Certification Standards (ACS) Webinar on June 6th


Join FAA representatives this Wednesday, June 6th at 3:30 PM EDT to stay abreast of the 2018 ACS updates The Airman Certification Standards for Private Pilot-Airplane, Instrument Rating-Airplane and Commercial Pilot-Airplane have been updated for 2018. This Webinar will cover changes that have been made to these ACS documents. Register here.



Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. A Loss of Control (LOC) accident can happen when the aircraft exits its normal flight envelope and enters into a stall or spin. If a pilot is not paying close attention, the departure from controlled flight can be a surprise, adding confusion at a time when every second counts.

This update touches on best glide speed, distance, position, time in the air, forced landings and more. Learn more at

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 allows NATA members to:

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

View the survey outline here and participate by contacting Jake Legere at

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

The new survey deadline is June 30, 2018.



NATA's Exclusive Loss of License Disability Insurance Program

Enroll in NATA's exclusive Loss of License Insurance Program to further protect your pilots — a crucial advantage in the current challenging environment for pilot staffing and retention. The program, designed for Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators, is available exclusively through Harvey Watt & Co.

All participants are treated as one entity through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. NATA Medical Certification Services are included at no additional charge.

Click here to learn more.


Enhance Your Safety Team’s Professional and Technical Development | Three NATA Safety 1st Events in August and September

NATA Safety 1st will offer three events to enhance safety professionals’ leadership and technical skills, as well as heighten their understanding of several aspects within ground handling aviation safety. These events will encourage knowledge-sharing and best practices and cover top challenges and opportunities within the general aviation safety community. 

On July 31-August 1, NATA Safety 1st will hold its popular Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop at Austin Executive Airport in Texas.  The second annual NATA Safety 1st Ground Handling Safety Symposium will return September 11-12 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. On September 18-19, NATA Safety 1st will hold its new Certified QC Inspector Workshop at Wilson Air in Charlotte, NC.

Visit for more information or to register for an upcoming NATA event.

Member Spotlight

JSSI Acquires Conklin & de Decker


Last week at EBACE, business aviation maintenance plan provider JSSI announced its acquisition of industry research firm Conklin & de Decker last month. Conklin & de Decker is known for its suite of industry products including a flagship cost comparison tool, aircraft cost evaluator, life cycle cost budgeting program, MxManager for maintenance tracking and state tax guide planning tool. The Conklin & de Decker team will join the JSSI staff and the company will maintain its brand as a separate unit in JSSI’s advisory services division. Learn more at


B. Coleman Joins Signature Select Affiliates


B. Coleman Aviation, a full service fixed base operator (FBO) based at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (KGYY), has joined the Signature Select affiliate program.

B. Coleman is comprised of approximately 95,000 square feet of FBO and hangar facilities. The most recently opened 40,000 sq. ft. hangar offers a large, 28-foot door and can house four large-cabin aircraft along with eight midsize to small body aircraft in close proximity to Chicago, IL. Signature Select members are supported by Signature Flight Support’s global sales and marketing teams and are promoted along with its network of more than 200 worldwide locations. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge. Learn more at



Jetscape Services Sponsors and Supports the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Airshow with Ramp Space and Fuel


Jetscape Services was a first-time sponsor and supporter of the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Airshow by providing fuel and parking on their ramp for aircraft that performed in the popular event. Jetscape also supported a team of F‐18 Super Hornets during the event’s practice runs and live performances. Jetscape plans to sponsor the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Airshow, where the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform. Learn more at


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