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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Provide $17.7 Billion to FAA in Fiscal Year 2019

Last week, the U.S. Senate approved a four-bill “minibus” spending package (H.R. 6147), including S. 3023, the Fiscal Year 2019 transportation appropriations bill. The legislation provides $17.7 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the modernization of our nation’s air transportation system in the next fiscal year. “NATA appreciates the support of the Transportation Appropriations Committee to fund projects and programs important to the general aviation industry, including full funding for the Contract Tower Program and additional support for alternative fuels research,” stated NATA President Marty Hiller in a press release following the bill’s passage. 

Hiller noted NATA requests included in the legislation, such as efforts to improve the quality of Part 135 incident reporting data and the establishment of an electronic guidance library that will eliminate outdated or conflicting policies. “The hard work shown by congressional appropriators in passing this bill validates the importance of continued collaboration between the FAA and the general aviation community," Hiller concluded. 

A House and Senate conference committee will convene in the coming weeks to develop agreed-upon compromise legislation. This legislation, and other appropriations bills, must be signed into law by September 30th.

Continue to follow NATA’s social media for updates on these important bills to the general aviation community.


AOPA’s Position Poses Unintended Consequences to Airports and General Aviation

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), AOPA is working to include language that seeks to force airports to use AIP funds to provide through-the-gate ramp access, as well as regulate how fees and prices are communicated at any airport which receives federal funding. Under the proposal, airport operators would be required to provide “a reasonable amount” of public ramp space for transient parking for general aviation aircraft, to be paid for with AIP funds. Additionally, the language is asking for the FAA to regulate how aviation businesses advertise and sell their products and services. 

The general aviation community has many questions with this language and worries that this initiative risks increasing costs for users, will redirect resources from important operational and safety projects at airports, and fails to recognize how airports carry out mandates from TSA and satisfy its rigorous requirements. 

NATA is continually educating the public and Capitol Hill on the detrimental impact this proposed language could have the general aviation community and aviation businesses across the country, if enacted. 

Through NATA’s online and print resources, the public and industry will gain a better understanding of the landscape of general aviation, and what it provides to communities in every state, to avoid potential unintended consequences from AOPA’s campaign.

NATA Podcast: 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. See what previous GHSS attendees had to say about their experience.


Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $250. For more information or to register, please visit


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  Association Highlights

The NATA FAA Medical Certification Services Program, administered by Harvey Watt & Co., was previously available only when combined with insurance products or through airlines for their pilots. Now all Part 135 air carriers and their pilots and Part 91 corporate flight departments are eligible for this program featuring a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members will also enjoy a special discount.

Benefits include:

   -  Unlimited confidential access to doctors and nurses

   -  A subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletin

   -  Expert representation in submitting documents to the FAA, responding to FAA inquiries, expediting recertification case reviews and appeals, and presenting cases to specialty FAA board hearings

View a sample of the Aviation Medical Bulletin, one of the health-related resources provided by this valuable program.

Get started by clicking here.


NATA Offers LifeLine Response Platform | Situational Awareness and Online Protection


The LifeLine Response app provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts:

   -  Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts. 

   -  Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

   -  Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map, and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 

Learn more and find out why this platform is utilized by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.

NATA Hosts Fifth ALS Workshop of 2018 | Next Workshop October 24-25 in Long Island, NY


Last week, NATA wrapped up another successful Advanced Line Service Workshop at Austin Executive Airport in Texas. ALS workshops include a unique mix of technical and service training with sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training, misfueling prevention, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Guest speakers Collin Self of Facet Filters and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 led sessions on aviation fuel filtration, quality control and misfueling prevention. Attendees also received hands-on fire extinguisher training during a live fire demonstration.

NATA would like to thank Jodie Kaluza and all the staff at Austin Executive Airport for making this event possible. We also appreciate Facet Filters for sponsoring the 2018 ALS Workshops! Photos from the event can be viewed on the Safety Net blog.

There are only 2 more ALS workshops left for this year! Click 
here for dates and registration information.

Raise the Bar: NATA Safety 1st Professional Development for Fuel QC Management

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.


For more information or to register, please visit

  Member Spotlight

Van Nuys Airport Concludes Aviation Careers Education Academies

Last month, roughly 40 middle school and high school students participated in the annual Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy hosted by Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Students were given an inside look at VNY’s history and daily operations of the airport, air traffic control and Los Angeles Fire Department. The students also learned about the industry and career opportunities by visiting local aviation businesses, landmarks and museums. They met experienced individuals in the field, including airline pilots, mechanics and other aviation professionals. Learn more at


Sheltair Announces Construction on a New FXE Hangar Complex to House Banyan Air’s FBO Service


Last week, Sheltair announced the firm will build, lease and manage a new 20-acre Northside Hangar Complex at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) with fixed-base operator services offered by Banyan Air Service. The $30 million-dollar facility will include a state-of-the-art 180,000 square foot hangar complex consisting of eight large cabin-class sized hangars and an additional 30,000 square feet of office and shop space. The new development will also house Banyan’s Northside FBO terminal and construction is already underway. Sheltair plans to host ribbon-cutting ceremonies winter 2019. Learn more at


L.J. Aviation Names Edward M. Kilkeary, Jr. President and COO


Last month, L.J. Aviation named Edward M. Kilkeary, Jr. President and Chief Operating Officer. Kilkeary is responsible for all aspects of L.J. Aviation’s day-to-day operations, including Aircraft Management Services, Aircraft Maintenance, Commercial Client Services and FBO Facility Operations. In his expanded role, he will report to Edward M. Kilkeary, Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Ed started his career at L.J. Aviation in 1991 as a Line Pilot. He was appointed Director of Safety in 2007, Vice President of Operations in 2008, and President of Operations in 2017. Read more at

   ACSF News

Gama Aviation Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Gama Aviation renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. The IAS is the first and only extensive audit program specifically created for on-demand operators by a committee of Part 135 and 91K industry leaders. It is conducted every 24 months and is in-depth in its evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against both FAA and international standards. Customers should look for the ACSF IAS registered logo and encourage their preferred charter provider to participate in the program. The ACSF makes its operator registry and key company details available at no charge, so verification of IAS registration is quick and easy. 

Charter consumers can view the registry at

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