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NATA News - NATA and GA Community Continue Fight Against Flight Sharing Legislation


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NATA and General Aviation Community Continue Fight Against Flight Sharing Legislation

NATA, along with AOPA and NBAA, continue to fight against efforts to deregulate the charter industry through S. 2650, the Aviation Empowerment Act (AEA), and related language in the FAA reauthorization bill. This legislation creates new definitions for compensation, common carriage and establishes a means for unrestricted and relatively un-surveilled airline-type operations by private pilots, regardless of the mode of communication. It also uses a limited exception (14 CFR §61.113) to commercial carrier certification requirements to bypass the safety, training and aircraft maintenance requirements for those who clearly intend to carry passengers for hire. Therefore, passengers, with whom the pilots admittedly have no connection, are receiving air transportation without the numerous regulatory safety nets required for commercial air carriers. 

While proponents of the Aviation Empowerment Act claim their rights to advertise flights on the internet are stifled, NATA and the general aviation community continue to reiterate that the issue is not how you communicate, it’s what you communicate. This proposal represents a massive — and the general aviation groups believe unintended — deregulation of the existing air carrier industry, rendering no use for air carrier certificates. For more information, or to ask questions, about the Aviation Empowerment Act, contact Rebecca Mulholland at  


NATA Offers 15 Ways to Identify Illegal Charter | Task Force Working Across Industry to Address Member Concerns

In a recent Business Aviation Advisor article, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw detailed 15 ways to identify and protect yourself from illegal charter.


NATA, along with its Air Charter Committee, launched an initiative to combat illegal charter, addressing a growing concern among members and industry. This initiative reinforces the association's ongoing efforts in opposing a serious threat to air charter and the public that is often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements.


NATA's initiative to combat illegal charter is overseen by a sub-committee of its Air Charter Committee called the NATA Illegal Charter Task Force. The Task Force is working with the FAA, IRS, Congress and public to help report, educate and enforce compliance with Part 135 and 91 regulations to protect our members and their passengers from illegal charter.


NATA encourages its members and the aviation business community to support the association’s efforts by sharing our messages on your website, social media and other communication channels.


More information and additional resources are available at

How FBOs Can Work Together to Make Ground Handling Safer

Following the success of its inaugural Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS), NATA is preparing to host the second annual event this September in the Washington, D.C. area.

The two-day event will be held Sept. 11 and 12 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va., and NATA is looking to build off the foundation laid by last year’s symposium. The 2017 GHSS attendees offered feedback saying they benefited from the Open Discussion Forums held during the program. The Symposium will also feature several case studies of how companies experienced and handled incidents to encourage conversations about safety best practices. The GHSS will still offer traditional presentations covering key topics like just culture and accountability; fatigue management in ground handling; people skills and leadership, and their impact on safety; and Safety Management Systems (SMS).


NATA’s Managing Director of Safety and Training Mike France says, “the biggest benefit of the GHSS is it allows NATA to drive collaboration down to the operational level at FBOs to promote safety initiatives.” Click here to read more of the Aviation Pro’s article on the upcoming GHSS. 


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  From the FAA

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued National Part 139 Cert Alert 18-06 to clarify the requirements for hands-on portable fire extinguisher training provided in conjunction with approved 139.321 (e)(1) supervisory fire safety courses. Click here to read The Safety Net blog post about how this may affect your fire safety training.

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FAA Fact Sheet: Flight Maneuverings


More than 25% of general aviation fatal accidents occur during the maneuvering phase of flight — turning, climbing or descending close to the ground. The vast majority of these accidents involve buzzing attempts and stall/spin scenarios (half of which are while in the traffic pattern). Read this month’s fact sheet from the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) on flight maneuvering.

  Association Highlights

NATA’s Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System Replaces the Pen and Paper Approach to Inspection and Maintenance Record-Keeping


NATA’s latest innovative offering, the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (FQMS), is a cloud-based digital aviation fuel quality control management suite that replaces paper-based systems.

Watch NATA’s webinar, demonstrating how the new FQMS modernizes the aviation fuel quality control process and addresses several of the challenges with paper-based systems. Registration is required to view the free webinar recording.

Read more about the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System in NATA's Aviation Business Journal and Business Air's FBO Today.

24/7 Emergency Inflight Support: NATA-Med powered by AirDocs

NATA-Med powered by AirDocs improves operational safety and provides inflight assistance 24/7. This Program — resourced by actual flight surgeons — was created by Harvey Watt & Company in conjunction with former NASA/Space Shuttle Recovery Team Senior & Chief Flight Surgeons and US Space Command/USAFR Senior Flight Surgeons.

The Program assists Part 135, Part 125, Part 91 and Part 91K operators before, during and after flights:

 - Preflight coverage includes the creation and maintenance of on-board medical kits appropriate for each aircraft and its mission, crew medical kit training, flight planning with real-time medical and travel information for locations on itinerary and Go/No Go Assessments.
  - Users receive inflight emergency advice, provided by flight surgeons.
  - Post flight, the Program can coordinate ground medical assets and evacuations when appropriate and incident documentation reporting will be provided to management within twenty-four hours of the event.

Learn more at


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


NATA Seeking Sponsors, Exhibitors and Training Facilities for 2019 Events


NATA is currently seeking FBO member locations to host our 2019 training workshops, professional development seminars, and regional town halls and forums. Please note, the meeting space must have room to fit a minimum of 20-25 attendees comfortably.

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 contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513.
  Member Spotlight

Jet Center Los Angeles to Add Hangar Space


Jet Center Los Angeles at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR) expects to complete its $10.5 million hangar project by month’s end. In addition to 10,000 sq ft of new ramp space, the development will feature a 75,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate aircraft up to a Gulfstream G650. The new addition will bring the facility to 200,000 sq ft of aircraft storage.
“With the help from our partners and talented team, Hawthorne Airport is perfectly situated to service all the overflow from busier L.A. airports,” stated Jet Center Los Angeles president Levi Stockton. “With these hangars in place and the new Rams stadium, Hawthorne Airport will be the hot spot for L.A. corporate travel.” Read more.

   ACSF News

Reynolds Jet Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Midwest Jet Management LLC, dba Reynolds Jet is the newest charter operator to join the ACSF. Along with more than 175 other companies, Reynolds Jet now supports the ACSF vision to enable on-demand air charter providers, corporate flight departments and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. “We are pleased to welcome Reynolds Jet to the foundation,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “With their passion for safety, a focus on teamwork within leadership, colleagues and employees, they strive for uncompromising integrity in every aspect of their daily safety practices. Becoming a member of ACSF reinforces their commitment to providing the safest aircraft and flight crews for their clients.”


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