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NATA Rejects AOPA's Claims Regarding the FBO and Airport Community | WAI Rescinds Campaign Support

Last Tuesday, NATA issued a statement refuting a call for industry support of the ongoing “Denial of Airport Access and Egregious FBO Fees” campaign. The association outlined the detrimental impacts the initiative has to the general aviation community, including increased costs for users, the redirection of resources from important operational and safety projects at airports, and a failure to recognize how airports carry out mandates from TSA and satisfy the agency’s rigorous requirements. “NATA remains focused on educating the public on the realities of running aviation businesses and collaborating to find solutions specific to each airport – instead of a universal approach that will not consider unique characteristics found at every airport,” said NATA President Marty Hiller. Women in Aviation (WAI), who initially signed onto AOPA’s campaign, rescinded their support. On Friday, WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian released a statement, noting that while there are financial challenges inherent in flying, “we also recognize that FBOs provide services crucial to our flying, as well as extending comforts, which enhance general aviation operations.” For more information about how FBOs contribute to the success of the general aviation industry, visit NATA’s Real FBO Facts and share your stories of extraordinary FBO service.


Aviation Authorization/Appropriations Bills Still in Limbo as Deadlines Gradually Approach

Two bills important to the general aviation community are still working their way through the legislative process, both seemingly stuck in the same place for the same reasons. S. 1405, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017, has come close to making a Senate floor appearance, but negotiations over amendments, as well as judicial nominations and other issues have shifted the bill back in the queue. Senate transportation leadership noted that a bill probably will not be ready this week, and the Senate is scheduled to take its one-week summer recess the following week, making potential floor time, if any, available mid-August. Expiration of FAA authority is September 30th, and a House and Senate conference committee must convene to hash out differences between their bills by the deadline. Also, S. 3023, Fiscal Year 2019 transportation appropriations, is in its final preparation stages before it heads to the floor for a vote. However, the bill has been combined with three other bills (related to Agriculture, Financial Services, and Interior and the Environment), creating a “minibus” that requires time and containing many amendments to sort through. However, transportation and the other eleven appropriations bills, must be passed this year, making its path to the floor easier. Continue to follow NATA’s social media for updates on these important bills to the general aviation community.

NATA Supports Legislation Empowering Next Generation of GA Pilots

Last week, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced S. 3270, the Securing and Revitalizing Aviation (SARA) Act of 2018, that promotes and supports the next generation of general aviation pilots. The SARA Act focuses on issues, including education and curriculum development, reviews existing regulations that limit the availability of pilot examiners, and calls for more consistent access between pilots and designated pilot examiners, regarding recurrent skills training requirements. “This bill will empower the next generation of needed pilots by giving young Americans access to quality aviation curriculum such as ground school --– a critical first step for most careers in aviation,” stated Senator Inhofe. Senator Duckworth also noted that this bipartisan bill “targets these problems by expanding educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in aviation, protecting volunteer pilots, and implementing safeguards that benefit the entire aviation community.” For more information on the SARA Act of 2018, click here.


NATA Welcomes U.K. All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation to DC Headquarters

Last Thursday, NATA welcomed the U.K. All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG) to its DC office to discuss similar issues between the United States and the United Kingdom, including ways to spur interest and support for general aviation in the field and in government. Considered the largest bipartisan All Party Parliamentary Group in Parliament, APPG seeks to “ensure that general aviation inspires both current and future generations to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thereby creating high-tech jobs and growth in all nations and regions” of the U.K. Following a meeting with House General Aviation Caucus co-chairs Sam Graves (R-MO) and Marc Veasey (D-TX), NATA and the APPG discussed general aviation access, education and interest for the community, the perception of general aviation in Congress and Parliament, drone integration, and environmental impacts on communities. The delegation was particularly interested in general aviation’s success in combating privatization efforts, and encouraged continued dialogue as the industry adapts to the ever-changing landscape. NATA looks forward to continued discussions with APPG on our shared goal of highlighting the important contributions of the industry to our respective countries.


  From the FAA

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 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 month’s update includes a message from interim FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell, discusses eliminating distractions, emergency best practices, fundamentals of ground safety and more. Learn more at

  Association Highlights

NATA Submits Comments on the FAA’s Proposed Statement of Policy for Non-Aviation Use of Airports


On July 25th, NATA submitted comments on the FAA’s proposed statement of policy regarding temporary closure of federally-obligated airports for nonaeronautical purposes. The purpose for the update is to provide additional guidance to airport sponsors describing the evaluation and approval process for such requests and formalizes a process that accounts for safety, efficiency, tenants, and financial responsibility associated with non-aviation use of airports.

In addition to the items the airport sponsor must prepare in its Safety Plan, NATA’s letter advises the FAA to add an emergency response plan that includes, but is not limited to, incident command structure, responsible agencies, emergency contact personnel, and mutual aid and evacuation routes, depending on the scope and scale of the event held at the airport. NATA also recommended the FAA provide an overall schedule of submission for sponsors to follow when requesting a temporary closure as well as an expected time frame for agency approvals on requests for a temporary closure of a ramp, taxiway, runway or an entire airport for a non-aeronautical event.


One Day Left to Get Free 2018 Compensation Survey Results


Please participate in NATA’s 2018 Compensation Survey by tomorrow. 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.

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 tomorrow, July 31st!


What's New for the Upcoming Annual Ground Handling Safety Symposium | September 11-12 Ashburn, VA

On September 11-12 in Ashburn, VA (IAD), attendees of NATA’s Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) will participate in open forum discussions focused on the operational safety needs of FBOs and other GA ground handlers. In NATA's latest podcast, hear more about how we're expanding opportunities to collaborate and share what's happening in the world of ground handling safety. For more information or to register, please visit

Upcoming NATA Events:

Air Charter Forum
August 15 | Priester Aviation | Chicago, IL

Ground Handling Safety Symposium
September 11-12 | NTSB Training Center | Ashburn, VA

Industry Town Hall
September 13 | Jet Aviation | Bedford, MA

Certified Quality Control Inspector Workshop
September 18-19 | Wilson Air | Charlotte, NC


NATA Compliance Services Discusses Safety and Security in GA Industry and Hosts Upcoming Webinar

In its latest blog post, NATA Compliance Services touches on how the FAA-established standards, regulations and prevention programs are effective for the safety and security of pilots. Also covered is the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) role and the importance of strengthening the security of the aviation industry. Read more to find out how these two regulatory groups enable the aviation industry.

Drug Program Manager Webinar

On Wednesday, August 1st, 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 Wednesday, August 1, 2018, webinar at 11:00 AM Eastern.


  Member Spotlight

Phillips 66 Teams Up with Afton on Unleaded Avgas


Phillips 66 and Afton Chemical have teamed up to develop and distribute an unleaded 100-octane avgas (UL100) that would eliminate dependency on the leaded 100LL currently used by most piston-engine aircraft. The proposed Phillips 66/Afton UL100 contains no tetraethyl lead, is fully compatible with the existing 100LL fuel storage and distribution network, and is expected produce fewer harmful emissions than 100LL. Cost is currently unavailable for the developing alternative fuel. Phillips 66 plans to refine and distribute UL100, and Afton will provide the additive package that helps bring the fuel’s octane rating to 100, to meet anti-detonation needs of high-compression piston aero engines. Learn more at


ProJet Aviation to Award Over $388K in Scholarships at Its Aviation Education & Career Expo


On October 26th, ProJet Aviation will host its 13th annual Aviation Education & Career Expo at the Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia. More than 700 students, educators, and parents are expected to attend the Expo, which is designed to showcase exciting careers in aviation and aerospace to young adults (ages 16-22). This free event features keynote speakers, live demonstrations, and static displays with representatives from over 70 aviation organizations, including the US military, emergency medical airlift, law enforcement, maintenance/avionics repair, government agencies, private charter, in-flight catering, and more. “The theme for this year's event is DESTINY," said ProJet Aviation GM Julie O’Brien, who is the Co-founder of the event. "We believe the Expo has the potential to motivate, inspire, and ultimately change a student’s destiny.”


NATA will be on hand to award its annual scholarship and to educate and encourage the next generation of aviation business leaders. Read more.

   ACSF News

ACSF ASAP Services Now Available through


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that joined the list of software providers allowing ACSF Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) participants to submit ASAP reports in the very near future.

“The overall goal is to provide ACSF ASAP participants the ability to use the safety management system (SMS) software provider of their choice,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “It is through a cooperative effort with the software providers and shared mission of safety that ACSF is able to accomplish this goal. The addition of represents another win-win relationship for the charter and business aviation community as we work together to reduce operational risk and redundant workload.”

Learn more at


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