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NATA Endorses Chubb as the Preferred Provider of the NATA P&C Plus Insurance Solution for Its Members

Last week, NATA announced that it has endorsed Chubb as its preferred provider of a full suite of insurance and risk engineering services for NATA members through the NATA P&C Plus Insurance Program (NATA P&C Plus). This independent agent and broker-based insurance solution delivers flexible insurance options with a quick and simple underwriting submission process.

NATA P&C Plus offers a broad range of insurance products and services including: Property, Inland Marine, Commercial Automobile, Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Employed Lawyers Liability, Cybersecurity, Crime, Kidnap Ransom and Extortion, Workplace Violence Expense, Environmental Liability, Risk Engineering and Claims Handling.

“NATA’s preferred provider arrangement with Chubb encourages members to access a wide array of insurance options from the company (through Chubb’s network of independent agents and brokers) that address risk exposures associated with their operations,” stated NATA Executive Vice President of Operations and General Counsel Tim Obitts.

Learn more about the new Program here, or contact your licensed independent agent or broker.


NATA Concludes Successful Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference: Increased Attendance and Energy

On June 12-14, NATA convened its fourth Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Attendance at the event exceeded previous years, driven in part by an agenda and speakers addressing opportunities and current issues facing the aviation business community.


In addition to the Congressional Fly-In, other conference highlights included the annual Industry Excellence Awards Presentation and Luncheon, keynote speeches by TSA Administrator David Pekoske and FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami, as well as panel discussions and presentations covering a wide range of topics including safety, maintenance, tax issues and the future of environmental responsibility.


The conference was sponsored by: Air BP, Atlantic Aviation, Chubb, Jet Aviation, Net Jets, Phillips 66, Signature Flight Support, TAC Air and World Fuel Services. NATA also recognizes other member companies and industry partners for supporting various conference events. Read more


Save the date for NATA’s Aviation Leadership Conference, taking place November 6-7 at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Washington, DC.

Tomorrow NATA Leadership to Discuss the General Aviation Business Forecast at the FABA Annual Conference

Tomorrow, NATA Executive Vice President Tim Obitts will be a featured panelist at FABA’s Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Tim will join a panel of other leading industry executives to discuss the General Aviation Business Forecast. 

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For more information about the FABA conference, please click here.


NATA Announces Changes to Board Governance

Last week, at its annual Membership Meeting and Aviation Business Conference, NATA announced that Jeff Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Aviation in Denver, CO, will serve as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. The NATA Board of Directors also named Curt Castagna, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group in Long Beach, CA, Board Vice-Chair.



  Association Highlights

On June 13th, NATA members met with key officials in the U.S. Senate to discuss the need for a long-term FAA reauthorization bill to provide certainty for the agency and industry moving forward. NATA members reiterated the importance of a comprehensive bill, noting that passage would ensure the FAA has the resources needed to oversee the industry as efficiently and effectively as possible — assuring the U.S. continues to have the largest, safest and most diverse aviation system for years to come. NATA members also encouraged support for flight standards reform and workforce development, and requested opposition on issues that pose harm to the aviation business community — including efforts to blur the lines between private and commercial pilots and flights. “This important event provides the aviation business community the opportunity to meet with their elected officials face to face, and emphasize the importance of the industry to Congressional leaders,” stated Rebecca Mulholland, NATA’s Director of Legislative Affairs. “Congress wants to hear from you, their constituents, and the Congressional Fly-In allows you to use your voice to help shape the policy that guides our community in Washington and around the country.” For more information about future Congressional Fly-Ins or on meeting with your elected officials on Capitol Hill, call (202) 774-1525 or email


NATA Committees Hold Spring Meetings in Washington, DC


Airport Business Committee

On June 12th, NATA’s Airport Business Committee convened at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. NATA staff members Tim Obitts, Mike France, and Megan Eisenstein offered insight on the status of NATA’s FBO Management Certification Program, NATA Ethical Standards, FBO pricing practices and proposed guidance changes to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 – Standard on Aircraft Hangars. The meeting concluded with an update from committee member Jeff Kohlman (Managing Principal, Aviation Management Consulting Group) on the status of NATA’s 2018 Compensation Survey. The survey deadline is June 30, 2018 and members that participate will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results. 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; and take an in-depth look at your operation from every position. View the survey outline here and participate by contacting Jake Legere at

If you are interested in joining NATA’s Airport Business Committee, please contact Megan Eisenstein at

Air Charter Committee

The Air Charter Committee members welcomed Don Haloburdo (SVP, Flight Services at Jet Aviation) and Ryan Waguespack (VP of Business Development at Summit Aviation) as Committee Chairman and Vice Chair, respectively. During the meeting held at NATA headquarters, the committee reviewed actions and ideas to combat illegal charter activity, including development of an action plan and activities of the Illegal Charter Task Force (a subcommittee of the Air Charter Committee). Mark Valette, an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector from the Air Carrier Training Systems & Voluntary Safety Programs Branch discussed recent agency guidance intended to ensure operators are granted adequate numbers of check airmen and reviewed the progress made by the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Also joining the meeting was TSA’s Michael Rucinski, Industry Engagement Manager – General Aviation, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. Committee members discusses several hot topics with Rucinski, including implementation of REAL ID requirements, ideas for improving access during presidential TFRs, and how the industry can best work with TSA to improve general aviation security programs. Members interested in joining the committee should contact Jacque Rosser at

Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee

On June 12th, NATA’s Maintenance Committee, held its spring meeting at NATA headquarters in Washington, DC. The committee welcomed members from the FAA’s Aircraft Maintenance Division, who provided briefings on ADS-B and discussed the status of FAA policy initiatives. The committee also led two panels at the ABC, one on workforce development and the other on maintenance hot topics panel, that discussed import issues and challenges that face owners when importing aircraft. Both sessions were well-attended and supported by the FAA. The sessions created great dialogue and the Maintenance Hot Topic panel produced an action item for the Maintenance Committee to develop best practices for NATA members regarding import and roles and responsibilities for owners. If you are interested in joining NATA’s Maintenance Committee, please contact Carol Giles at


Cover Your Pilots with NATA's FAA Medical Certification Services


The NATA FAA Medical Certification Services Program, administered by Harvey Watt & Co. grants an operator’s pilots unlimited confidential access to doctors and nurses, a subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletinand expert representation to the FAA. This includes submitting documents to the FAA, responding to FAA inquiries, expediting recertification case reviews, appeals, and presenting cases to specialty FAA board hearings.

This Program is exclusively available to all Part 135 air carriers and their pilots, as well as Part 91 corporate flight departments and their pilots, for a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members are eligible for a special discount.

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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

Ross Aviation Earns DCA Gateway Status


Ross Aviation (PANC) in Anchorage, Alaska, was recently named a gateway FBO through the DCA Access Standard Security Program, granting flights leaving the operation the ability to fly directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA) in Washington, D.C. Flight operators can now fuel up for their cross-country trip from Anchorage to Washington, D.C., for a more convenient flight plan thanks to the DCA Gateway designation. Learn more at


Duncan Aviation and Cutter Aviation Announce Personnel Updates


Duncan Aviation announced Dave Thompson as team leader for the first dedicated Falcon team at the company’s facility in Provo, UT. Thompson will lead efforts to build the team and gather the necessary tooling and ground-support equipment over the next several months to make sure the team is set for all models and workscopes in the Falcon product line. Learn more at

Cutter Aviation announced the promotion of Mark Wilson to the newly created position of Pilatus Program Director. In this new role, Mark will be the primary contact and direct all business for the new Pilatus Center which is comprised of our repair stations, Pilatus satellite centers, Pilatus fleet operators, and Pilatus wholesale parts and warranty support within the Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado Pilatus territory. Mark has been with Cutter Aviation for more than 15 years and has held numerous positions within the company. Most recently, Mark held the position of Senior Business Analyst. Learn more at


Latest Air BP Offering Contributes to Misfueling Prevention


Earlier this month, Air BP announced their new Airfield Automation technology - an innovation that enhances safety, reliability and compliance in aircraft refueling operations. According to the Air BP press release:

“The cloud-based platform consolidates the data related to airport fueling operations and works via an app on a handheld device in the fueling vehicles. The appropriately named ‘safe2go’ app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks to add an additional misfuelling barrier. It then electronically captures customer details which are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline. By using this automated, end-to-end, paperless system, accuracy is enhanced and any potential miss-keying errors minimized”

Air BP tested the technology over the past two years at 9 separate locations in the UK, Cyprus and Portugal and expects it to be fully implemented at 350 locations by 2020. They believe it to be “the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuellingAs a result, Air BP is currently pursuing patent protection for this distinctive technology”.

NATA has long been an advocate in the fight against aircraft misfueling and offers a General Aviation Misfueling Prevention program free of charge. The program includes learning tracks for pilots, FBO managers, line service techs and CSRs to educate everyone involved in the refueling process about their role in misfueling prevention. To learn more visit or subscribe to NATA's Safety Net blog.
   ACSF News

Premier Air, Inc. Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Premier Air, Inc. dba Premier Private Jets a worldwide aircraft charter and management company based in Stuart, FL has joined the ACSF. Along with 170 other companies, Premier Private Jets supports the ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs.

 “We are pleased to welcome Premier Private Jets to the foundation,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “Becoming a member of ACSF and participating in our Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) program demonstrates their commitment to continuous improvement.”

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