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View HTML Version of Newsletter   August 27, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 34 
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FAA Releases Information for Operators (InFO) on Updates to FIS-B NOTAMs

On August 23rd, the FAA published InFO 18008, Flight Information Systems – Broadcast (FIS-B) Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Guidance and Policy Updates, to inform the pilot community that not all FIS-B aeronautical information (AI) products include all NOTAMs. The InFO states, “FIS-B NOTAM information is limited to the preceding 30 days...the pilot in command (PIC) is responsible for reviewing all necessary information prior to flight…AI information obtained solely via FIS-B should not be regarded as a thorough preflight briefing.” Therefore, pilots must recognize that FIS-B AI may not include all NOTAMs that an in-depth preflight briefing entails.


Also, worth noting is that the agency is currently updating Advisory Circular (AC) 00-63, Use of Flight Deck Displays of Digital Weather and Aeronautical Information, the Aeronautical Information Manual, and the Aeronautical Information Publication to notify pilots that although NOTAMs may still be active, after 30 days, the NOTAMs will be removed from the FIS-B feed.


Please contact the FAA’s Flight Technologies and Procedures Division’s Future Flight Technologies Branch at (202) 267-8790 with any questions or comments regarding this InFO. 


Agendas Now Available for September Safety 1st Fuel QC and Ground Handling Events

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.


For more information on sponsorship, registration and other details, please visit Click here to view the GHSS agenda.


The 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. 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 Click here to view the Fuel QC Workshop agenda.

Room Block Filling Up Fast for NATA’s November Aviation Leadership Conference 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.


Thank you to our current sponsors for supporting this year’s ALC: Avfuel, Boca Raton Airport Authority, Jet Aviation, Pentastar Aviation, Phillips 66 and Priester Aviation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, starting at $300. 


The room block ends Friday, October 12th, availability and discounted pricing are limited. For more information or to register, please visit 


Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Contamination Risk Alert

Our industry has seen several incidents in recent months where DEF was accidently injected into jet fuel instead of FSII, causing significant aircraft damage. Although none of these incidents led to an aircraft crash, there is a substantial risk of engine failure in aircraft fueled with DEF contaminated fuel. NATA urges its members that utilize Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII or Prist) to review their storage, handling and personnel training procedures to prevent dangerous fuel contamination. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that addresses the dangers of DEF contaminated aviation fuel.

In December of 2017, NATA released a DEF Contamination Prevention training course through its Safety 1st Supplemental Safety Training program. This course is provided free of charge to anyone in the industry and could help prevent future incidents related to DEF Contamination. For complimentary access to the DEF Contamination Prevention course, please click here. Additionally, NATA provides multiple resources to assist and educate our members on aviation fuel management. 

For questions regarding DEF contamination prevention or any of the resources described in this alert, please contact


  Association Highlights

NATA Headquarters will be closed Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. The association wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. 


AIN Highlights NATA and Industry Efforts for Tax Clarity Are Still Ongoing


A recent Aviation International News’ (AIN) article reminds industry that efforts to resolve lingering questions about the application of excise taxes to aircraft management services is ongoing. The article recalls a panel discussion at the association’s June Aviation Business Conference in which NATA’s Senior Advisor, Regulatory Affairs Jacqueline Rosser, Air Charter Committee members Nel Stubbs (Conklin & de Decker Vice President) and David Norton (Partner with Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley, & Norton), and tax expert Jorge Castro (Founder and Principal of Castro Strategies) addressed concerns with guidance from the IRS on how to approach taxes on aircraft management fees, despite a recently passed congressional measure intended to provide clarity on the issue.


In late 2017, Congress took concrete steps to finally resolve the aircraft-management taxation matter, passing a measure as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that essentially exempts management fees from commercial air transportation FETs. The measure was broadly welcomed from a business aviation community heavily reliant upon aircraft management. But the IRS’s early interpretation of that congressional measure is raising another round of questions, and again no definitive guidance has been forthcoming.


NATA’s Rosser stressed that despite the open questions and lack of a timeline for guidance, the good news is “we’re still able to meet with [the IRS] and we’re still talking with them.” She also stressed that even if some of the determinations might not be acceptable to all, “It’s better to have an answer than to find ourselves back where we were.” Read more.

NATA Adds P&C Plus Program to Its Insurance Offerings


NATA launched a P&C Plus Insurance Program with Chubb Insurance, exclusively for you. The Program provides a full suite of insurance coverage for members. This broker-driven program delivers flexible coverage options with a quick and simple enrollment process. 

The NATA P&C Plus Program offers a range of coverages including:

  • Commercial Property
  • Inland Marine
  • Business Auto
  • Storage Tank Liability - TankSafe® 
  • Premises Pollution Liability
  • Cyber Liability
  • Management Liability – Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Fiduciary
  • Crime Coverage
  • Kidnap Ransom and Extortion
  • Workplace Violence Expense

Speak with your broker about this new offering or fill out this form to speak with a Program representative.

Let Your Voice Be Heard | NATA Industry Town Halls to Return in September

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 a legislative and regulatory update.

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


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

  Member Updates

JetSuite, Inc.’s New President Stephanie Chung Breaks the Glass Ceiling


Last week, aviation leader Stephanie Chung was appointed President of JetSuite, Inc., making her the first African-American woman to occupy a high-level title at a major business aviation company. Chung has over 30 years of commercial and business experience within the aviation industry. She will assume responsibility for sales, revenue management, marketing, guest services and performance of the JetSuite brand. Before becoming President, Chung trained individuals and businesses worldwide as an award-winning executive coach, business advisor and sales mentor. “I am incredibly honored and proud to appoint Stephanie as President of JetSuite, Inc., and know that her expansive aviation knowledge and sales leadership will be a key asset for the company," said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite and JetSuiteX. "We are thrilled to have Stephanie lead the JetSuite team as we enter the next phase of growth and our tenth year in operation." Read more.



Epps Aviation Delivers First Pilatus PC-24 in the Southeastern United States


In a closing ceremony held last week, Epps Aviation delivered its first Pilatus PC-24 to Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge, LA. The PC-24 is the first in a new class of “Super Versatile Jets” (SVJs), which combine the performance of a jet with the versatility of a turboprop airplane. Although it is powered by jet engines and has the speed, range and maximum altitude associated with similar jets, the plane is capable of operating on much shorter runways, following in the footsteps of its highly popular turboprop predecessor, the Pilatus PC-12. Learn more at


NetJets First Officer Recruitment Campaign


NetJets recently launched a recruitment campaign for experienced First Officers to join its aviation program. Pilots who meet the application criteria, including a minimum of 1500 hours flight time, are encouraged to apply to KURA Aviation, the pilot training and recruitment services company that is managing the campaign and providing the training, from August 15, 2018 through August 27, 2018. NetJets is looking for highly skilled pilots who have proven themselves in the toughest of aviation environments including military combat missions, senior air force positions and at leading commercial airlines. Learn more at

   ACSF News

ACSF and Wyvern LTD Collaborate to Offer Two Results with One Combined Audit


Recently, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Wyvern is now an approved auditing company for the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS). This approval allows charter operators and fractional ownership program managers to accomplish a single audit that combines both the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) and the Wyvern Wingman Standard. Both ACSF and Wyvern believe this will be a win-win relationship for the Charter operators and Fractional program managers as they work together to reduce operational risk and redundant workloads associated with multiple audits. The two standards will complement each other as the Wyvern Wingman standard has become a recognized symbol of an operator’s overall quality to charter buyers around the world and the IAS is focused on operational and maintenance initiatives that are applied and refined to assist the commercial business aviation marketplace in achieving safety metrics found in the U.S. airline marketplace.

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