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View HTML Version of Newsletter   June 25, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 26 

  This Week's Top Stories 

Latest ATC Spinoff Proposal Meets Continued and Heavy Opposition from General Aviation Industry

Last week, six associations representing the general aviation industry issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump Administration for including in its government reorganization proposal a failed idea to privatize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control services.

“There is a large and diverse chorus of opposition to the idea of privatizing our air traffic control system, including congressional leaders from both political parties, more than 100 aviation organizations, over 100 business leaders, 100 U.S. mayors, consumer and agricultural groups, conservative think tanks, and the majority of Americans. Additionally, this concept has been fully considered in the U.S. Congress and rejected despite years of repeated attempts,” stated NATA and the industry coalition.

Here is a complete list of 300 general aviation pilot organizations, state and local aviation officials, airports, manufacturers, labor unions, businesses, management associations and consumer groups that stand united against air traffic control privatization. 

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Avfuel and Gevo Partner to Promote Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative

Last week, Avfuel announced a significant milestone in its sustainable fuels initiative, entering an agreement with leading next-generation biofuels company Gevo, Inc. Effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel will become Gevo’s exclusive aviation fuel distributor of renewable hydrocarbon products to business aviation and its entire portfolio of customers. Craig Sincock, Owner, President, and CEO of Avfuel, stated that the agreement will help the company meet the demand of its customers for a low-carbon, alternative jet fuel, filling a gap in the industry’s supply chain. Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels assisted in the development of the recently launched Business Aviation Guide: To the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). This guide serves as a helpful resource as the industry prepares to accept new fuel into its mainstream marketplace. Although the guide discusses the industry efforts to bring SAJF to market, the Avfuel-GEVO agreement furthers Avfuel’s efforts to promote a widespread commitment of emissions reduction. Earlier this month during NATA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference, Avfuel presented on the SAJF initiative and participated on a panel about the future of environmental responsibility within the general aviation industry. 

Q2 Aviation Business Journal Available Online | Read About NATA’s Presidents Council, FBO Pricing, FAA Grant Assurances and Much More

NATA’s 2018 Q2 issue of the Aviation Business Journal is available online.


Highlights from this issue:

- Member Profile: Hopscotch Air
- Viewpoint: Gaining Altitude on Value
- Call Sign Chaff
- Introducing the Year’s NATA Industry Excellence Award Recipients
- A Federal Grant Assurance Primer
- The Future of Aviation
- Security Risks: Are You Aware?
- Congress Passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: What Now? What’s Next?
- The Myths of FBO Consolidation
- Aviation Safety: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
- Safety 1st Update: A New Approach to Training
- NATA Ethics Statement
- Stay Out of the Illegal Charter Trap, Keep Your Leases Legal


As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants, click here to read now.


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Registration and Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities Available for the 2nd Annual NATA Safety 1st Ground Handling Symposium | September 11-12 in Ashburn, VA (IAD)

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

See what last year’s attendees had to say about their experience!

Click here for more information or to register.


  Industry Updates

As 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.


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

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

The survey deadline is July 31, 2018.


Remaining 2018 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar


NATA has multiple events throughout this calendar year across the country. Review the remaining 2018 events calendar and don’t miss your opportunity to network within the industry, enhance your professional/technical skills or let your voice be heard.


Conferences and Symposiums
2018 Ground Handling Safety Symposium

September 11-12 | NTSB Training Center | Ashburn, VA

2018 Aviation Leadership Conference

November 6-7 | Kimpton Hotel Palomar | Washington, DC


Town Halls and Forums
Air Charter Forum
August 14 | Priester Aviation | Chicago, IL

Industry Town Halls
September 13 | Jet Aviation | Bedford, MA
September 25 | Epps Aviation | Atlanta, GA
November 15 | Banyan Air Services | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Professional/Technical Development

NATA Safety 1st Advanced Line Service Regional Workshops

July 31- August 1 | Austin Executive Airport | Austin, TX

October 24-25 | Mid Island Air Service | Long Island, NY

November 6-7 | Million Air | Orlando, FL

NATA Safety 1st Certified Quality Control Inspector Workshop

September 18-19 | Wilson Air | Charlotte, NC

NATA Certified Customer Service Representative Program

November 13-14 | Banyan Air Services | Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Free NATACS Drug Program Webinar | July 2 at 11 AM Eastern

Next Monday July 2nd, join NATACS for a free drug program webinar to learn about:

- What NATACS offers as your Third-Party Administrator (TPA)

- What separates NATACS from other TPAs

- Some great features of NATACS’ website

- How NATACS guides keep you in compliance for FAA inspections

Click here to register for the Monday, July 2, 2018, webinar at 11:00 AM Eastern.

  Member Spotlight

Renew Your NATA Membership to Continue Receiving Communications and Special Pricing on Services and Products | June 30th Deadline


Renew your membership with NATA today! Don’t miss out on access to a wide range of training, educational and networking opportunities; and other important member benefits and services. Membership includes discounts on:

- Safety 1st Training Programs,

- Event registration,

- NATACS (aviation HR compliance services), and more.

NATA provides our members with real-time information via email and social media channels. Our popular industry publications such as the quarterly Aviation Business Journal and weekly NATA Newsalso keep members informed and involved in general aviation issues.

Member companies also receive access to the many services to help your business stay competitive, including:

- NATA’s Workers Compensation Insurance Programs,

- NATA Med,

- Known Crewmember Program (KCM)®

- CrewID® and more.

In addition to promoting the advancement of safety and knowledge within the industry, NATA advocates for our members’ interests in Congress and at the federal, state and local government agencies. Your membership is appreciated and we strive to help make your company and our industry safe and successful.

Click here to renew your membership. The deadline to renew is June 30th.


NetJets Launches New Luxury Travel Packages in Collaboration with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts


NetJets and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts recently announced the launch of three luxury travel packages for travelers visiting Anguilla, Orlando or the Bahamas. The offerings combine Four Seasons accommodations with the ability to fly private with NetJets. All three options feature air transportation from NetJets, offering access from 5,000 airports in 170 countries around the globe. Learn more at

   ACSF News

North Memorial Health Air Care Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that North Memorial Health Air Care, located in Crystal, MN has joined the ACSF. Along with 170 other companies, North Memorial Health supports the ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in air care through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. “We are pleased that North Memorial Health Air Care shares the ACSF's foresight to go beyond industry standards and invest in the highest levels of safety and quality available,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “Becoming a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation and participating in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) will help them further that mission.”

For further information, go to


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