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Senate Moving on FAA Bill – What NATA is Monitoring

Late last week, the Senate Commerce Committee began the process of asking for amendments to S. 1405, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017, which indicates that movement on the FAA bill is beginning. NATA will be monitoring the bill’s progress and any amendments that will impact the aviation business community. Specifically, NATA is advocating for the retention of our legislative “asks” related to regulatory consistency, better tracking of Part 135 accident and incident data, and language to combat illegal charter as well as to fight against harms to the community, including efforts to promote illegal flight sharing and push for transparency in the air ambulance industry. Knowing there is very limited floor time, and to ensure the FAA bill receives time before August, committee leaders may attach the bill to other pieces of legislation, creating a package of bills that they hope will pass in days. 

Continue to follow NATA’s social media as the bill moves through the legislative process.


NATA and GA Coalition Urge House Veterans Affairs Committee to Reject Attempts to Cap VA Flight Training

Last week, NATA and a coalition of general aviation and air medical service providers jointly submitted a letter to the House Veteran’s Affairs committee in opposition to language that calls for a cap on veteran’s flight training benefits. The groups note that the legislation, HR 5649, does contain provisions that support the benefits program - including the program’s structure, coverage for obtaining a private pilot’s license, and flexibility for public schools to contract for flight training. However, “the proposed capping of program payments undermines the important goal of helping our nation’s veterans enter a field where they are desperately needed.” Implementing caps for flight training means insufficient funds for veterans who wish to use their GI Bill benefits toward a career in aviation, leaving the veteran the choice of abandoning the path or incurring debt by personally subsidizing the difference or taking on student loans. “We urge the Committee to remove the discriminatory cap on flight training at public institutions and to keep the promises that will allow veterans their choice of career,” the groups conclude.

Free FAA Webinar to Explain Pilot Records Database Fundamentals | July 19 at 2 pm CDT 

On July 19th at 2pm Central, the FAA will host a new Pilot Records Database (PRD) webinar

NATA encourages all PRD users to participate in the webinar, which has been created specifically for Aviation Employers who may use PRD to satisfy portions of PRIA. The webinar will describe the fundamental functions of PRD, including a walk-through of how an airman provides consent and how an air carrier or operator uses the PRD to view an airman’s FAA records. It will also outline the various user-roles in PRD and how they’re managed. For more information or to register, click here.

New videos are also available for pilots and aviation employers who review FAA records, including:

How to review your FAA Records and grant consent to aviation employers to see those records

How to register an Authorized Responsible Person

How to register for access to PRD as an Authorized Consumer or Authorized User Manager

How to approve a request to be an Authorized Consumer or Authorized User Manager


2018-2019 NATA Advertising, Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities | Expand Your Reach within the Aviation Business Community

Advertising with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation business decision makers and end users. NATA offers high visibility, optimum value and direct access to industry leaders throughout the world. NATA members likely include your business customers and associates, such as professionals from the FBO, air charter operator, safety, ground handling, maintenance/MRO and OEM communities. Advertising opportunities are available in Aviation Business Journal, NATA News and more. For a full list of options, please visit

NATA is also currently seeking FBO locations to host our 2019 training workshops, professional development seminars, and regional town halls and forums. This is a great opportunity for FBOs looking for direct contact with our members. In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the event’s webpage, on signage, in NATA News and in other advertisement opportunities. In exchange for the use of your facility, your company will be named a sponsor and will receive a complimentary registration where applicable. Alternatively, paid sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities start at $250. Sponsors and hosts also have the option of promoting their business with marketing flyers and/or giveaways. If interested in hosting, sponsoring or exhibiting, please visit


  Association Highlights

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 operations 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.


Associate Members: Ensure Correct Information for ABJ Q3 Buyers’ Guide


The upcoming third quarter Aviation Business Journal includes NATA’s Buyers’ Guide and will have bonus distribution at the fall NBAA conference. Associate Members should ensure their information is correct by logging in as a member at and clicking on the Membership Directory link on the Membership tab. 

Should you need to change your information or have questions, please contact Jake Legere at The deadline to update your record is August 8th.


Enhance Your Pilot Benefit Offerings with NATA


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. The NATA Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost

Click here to learn more.


Let Your Voice Be Heard | NATA Industry Town Halls and Air Charter Forums to Return in August


NATA Industry Town Halls provide aviation business leaders across the region the opportunity to sit down together and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry — including regional matters and legislative and regulatory updates.

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

NATA Air Charter Forums allow attendees to discuss issues impacting the Part 135 community, including illegal charter, federal excise taxes, the pilot shortage, FSDO relationships and more.

August 15, 2018 | Priester Aviation | Chicago, IL
Additional dates TBA

RSVP is required for both the town halls and forums, lunch is included complimentary.


Raise the Bar: NATA Safety 1st Professional Development for Your Entire Team

Beyond the Basics: Advancing Your Line Service Team
Join NATA Safety 1st on July 31-August 1 at the Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop* in Austin, TX. This two-day workshop is designed to develop your line service team members into the next leaders of your company. In addition to fundamental fuel quality control training, 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. Other workshop dates and locations are available here.

QC Counts. Are You Prepared?

The new Certified QC Inspector Workshop* on September 18-19 at Wilson Air in Charlotte, NC will provide attendees with a comprehensive advanced education in everything fuel handling related. Enhance your knowledge on fuel characteristics, filtration, sampling and testing, maintenance, and setting up a conformant inspection program. This workshop will include both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the most common fuel quality control tasks. 

Additionally, this course will cover the importance of QC record keeping and documentation, along with how to prepare for a QC audit.

The Premier Event for FBO & Ground Handling Safety Management & Education

The 2nd 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. In addition to networking opportunities, attendees will hear from industry experts and share their own ground handling best practices in an open forum format.

  Member Spotlight

Florida’s Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) Sponsors School Supplies Drive


Earlier this month, the Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) teamed up with its two of its FBOs — Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support — for a school supplies drive. The group collected various items for children in need, including pencils, uniforms, paper and more. Learn more at


Bombardier to Add HUD/EVS Option for the Challenger 350


Bombardier recently announced that a lightweight Rockwell Collins head-up display and enhanced vision system will be available as a factory option on new Bombardier Challenger 350s, as well as a retrofit for in-service airplanes. It will be cut in on the production line next year. The combined HUD/EVS will further expand the avionics functionalities of the Pro Line 21-equipped super-midsize business jet, which comes standard with a synthetic vision system. Learn more at


Cutter Aviation to Begin Pilatus Maintenance Operations at Denver Centennial Airport


Last week, Cutter Aviation announced they will begin Pilatus Aircraft maintenance operations at the Denver Centennial Airport (APA). It was awarded the Pilatus sales and service center dealership for the U.S. Southwest — covering Southern California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico — in early April.

Cutter’s Denver Centennial location is equipped to serve the full line of Pilatus aircraft, including the PC-12 and PC-24. It offers airframe services, inspections, support, avionics and interior refurbishment, as well as avionics and instrument overhaul and repair services. Learn more at


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