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NATA and Industry Coalition Urge Senate Passage of Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Legislation

NATA, along with a strong coalition of associations ranging from general and commercial aviation to manufacturers and drone interests, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urging consideration of legislation providing long-term reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“It is essential that the FAA is provided long-term authorization for its activities and programs to maintain and advance the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” the groups note, while adding that long-term legislation will allow the support needed to continue to build, invest, hire, innovate and grow this dynamic industry. “The FAA’s success and that of the aviation system will be significantly enhanced by progress and passage” of the legislation, the letter concludes.

Last year, the Senate Commerce Committee passed the legislation and, in April, the House of Representatives passed its FAA reauthorization bill. Current funding authority for the agency expires September 30th.


NATA Urges Funding for WWII Commemorative Program in DOD Appropriations Bill

Last week, NATA and 17 other aviation and veteran support organizations sent a letter to Senate Appropriations leadership urging the adoption of an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill that honors the sacrifices of World War II veterans and marks the 75th anniversary of several of the battles. This commemorative program focuses on “honoring these veterans, educating the public about the history of World War II, paying tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the U.S. during the war, and recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by our allies,” the letter states. Many educational components included in the program focus on aviation, including “the skills and sacrifices of pilots and mechanics, and the tremendous achievement in aircraft manufacturing during the war.” 

The supportive groups conclude by stating that the program and its activities will seize public imagination, reflect on our nation’s ability to rally together to preserve our national interest, and “be a defining moment in remembering the historic significance of the sacrifices of our veterans and nation during World War II.”

NATA Announces New NATA Now Blog

NATA is pleased to announce the launch of our new community blog, NATA Now. This blog will be updated regularly with articles written by the NATA Staff and occasional contributing editors.

The content of our blog will include staff perspectives, timely advice and information on aviation business, association updates, member profiles, the latest NATA products, services, initiatives and more.

Subscribe now to stay informed and learn how to fully utilize your membership.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback on blog posts and encourage you to interact with other members by sharing your thoughts and asking questions. If there is a certain aviation business topic you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment on the blog. 


Join NATA for the Premier Event for Executive and Senior Level Aviation Business Leaders | November 6-7 in DC

Join NATA and your colleagues for the November 6-7 Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC) in Washington, D.C. The ALC is the premier event focused on senior aviation leaders — featuring opportunities for executives to tap into a wealth of industry knowledge from business and government policy experts.

The event also offers many opportunities to network and interact in meaningful discussions on enhancing business operations and addressing industry issues. 

The program begins with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. and resumes on Wednesday, November 7 with a full day of sessions and a concluding Networking Reception that evening. Registration is available at


  Association Highlights

On August 17th, the FAA issued the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Adams County, Colorado an airport launch site operator license, called “Spaceport Colorado” at the Front Range Airport (FTG) in Watkins, Colorado. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation states, “Under the Proposed Action, the FAA would issue a launch site operator license to the BOCC, which would authorize the BOCC to offer Spaceport Colorado to commercial launch providers to conduct launch operations of horizontal take-off and horizontal landing reusable launch vehicles (RLVs).” It is important to note that the Proposed Action does not include the approval of any launches as any future application for a launch license would be subjected to further environmental review. Click here to view the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision for Front Range Airport Launch Site Operator License, Spaceport Colorado (Final PEA and FONSI/ROD).

NATA’s Regulatory Affairs staff participate on the FAA’s Spaceport Categorization Aviation Rulemaking Committee. All Spaceport related inquiries can be sent to Megan Eisenstein ( or Chris Baum (


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 recent 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 and read AviationPros latest article: “How FBOs Can Work Together to Make Ground Handling Safer”.


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


NATA Members Save on NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) Programs


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) has over 15 years of experience with crew identification. Since its start in 2002, NATACS has printed over 63,000 badges and continues to provide solutions for the Aviation Industry, such as the Known Crewmember® (KCM®) Program and CrewID®. The KCM® Program is a risk-based screening system that expedites flight crew movements through TSA security, while CrewID® facilitates movements for both flight crews and ground crews. To be eligible for the Known Crewmember® Program, companies must hold a Part 135 or Part 125 certificate, as well as a Twelve-Five (TFSSP) or Private Charter (PCSSP) Security Standard Program with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). CrewID® is available to any legitimate aviation business that needs identification and has been created to meet the standards set by ICAO Annex 17, Annex 9 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309. Whatever the scope of your operation, NATACS has two great options to meet your needs.

Click here for more information.


Fuel QC Matters, Are You Prepared? | NATA Safety 1st Certified QC Inspector Workshop Next Month in Charlotte

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 Updates

Universal Weather & Aviation’s Lex den Herder Retiring After Over 40 Years


Last week, Universal Weather & Aviation announced the retirement of Lex Den Herder former Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs. In 1977, Lex joined the company as the night shift manager in flight operations and over the next 40+ years, he served in a variety of leadership roles. During his tenure, Den Herder developed the trip support services team concept and oversaw Universal’s international global network, which he helped grow to more than 40 locations in 20 countries. In his most recent position, he helped ease operating restrictions around the globe, including reducing permit lead times and lessening visa restrictions in India, reducing restrictions for fractional operators in Mexico and helping bring U.S. pre-clearance to Shannon, Ireland. Lex has been an active member of NATA’s Airport Business Committee and also participates in other industry groups. Read more.



Ross Aviation Acquires Hangar at the Jacqueline Cochran Municipal Airport (KTRM)


Last week, Ross Aviation announced its acquisition of the Oliphant hangar at Jacqueline Cochran Municipal Airport (KTRM) in Thermal, California. The hangar features 26,000 square feet of hangar space and can accommodate the largest of today’s long-range business jets. Conveniently, the hangar is immediately adjacent to Ross Aviation’s executive terminal. In addition to the hangar, Ross Aviation signed a long-term lease with the Airport Authority for an additional 2 acres of ramp space adjacent to, and in front of, the new hangar. Learn more at


Duncan Aviation Works to Complete ADS-B Upgrades


Duncan Aviation continues to fill up slots for ADS-B upgrades through 2018 and the first half of 2019. With the U.S. ADS-B deadline less than a year and a half away, Duncan’s MRO locations and satellite avionics shops are using the company’s access to 42 STCs to upgrade aircraft. Duncan's avionics technicians have completed hundreds of ADS-B upgrades at its locations in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. These ADS-B upgrades are often combined with inspections, routine maintenance and interior modifications. Learn more at

   ACSF News

JetsPlus Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)


Recently, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that JetsPlus is the newest charter operator to join the ACSF. Along with more than 175 other companies, JetsPlus 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. “The entire company is built around a top-down culture of safety that expects and encourages clear, open dialogue, empowering every team member to be an active contributor to the welfare of their passengers. We are delighted that they will be participating in the ACSF-ASAP program as well,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. The ACSF has developed the industry audit standard, an all-inclusive audit tailored for Part 135 and 91K operators that acts as a detailed gap analysis of an operator’s management practices. The audit program consists of a thorough review of an operator’s processes, procedures and regulatory compliance and the operator’s implementation of, and adherence, to a safety management system.

For further information, go to


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