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  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Monitoring Transportation Appropriations and FAA Reauthorization Bills Closely

As the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) nears, NATA is monitoring activity for S. 1405, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017 and H.R. 6072, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. Both bills are awaiting passage on their respective House/Senate floor.


Follow NATA on its social media channels for updates.  


Next Week NATA to Discuss State of GA Industry at AAAE Conference

On September 10th, NATA’s EVP Tim Obitts will participate in the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) 2018 General Aviation Issues Conference in Ft. Myers, FL. During the “State of the General Aviation Industry” session, Obitts — along with other association leaders — will discuss today's top general aviation issues, as well as challenges the future holds including the economy, funding, infrastructure, access, regulations, and more. 

Follow NATA on social media for photos from the event.

Next Week NATA to Discuss Aviation Business Issues in Boston

On September 13th, NATA will hold an Industry Town Hall at Jet Aviation Bedford, providing aviation businesses across the Boston region with the opportunity to sit down together and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry.


Attendance is free and a complimentary lunch is provided thanks to AirSure Limited.


RSVP today

Other Upcoming Town Hall Dates

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


Seats Filling Up Fast for Next Week’s Ground Handling Safety Symposium | Registration Available Online and Onsite

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 or to register, please visit Click here to view the GHSS agenda.

  From the FAA

The FAA is sponsoring an Aviation Workforce Symposium on September 13, 2018, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. The event will start with a scene-setting discussion followed by three discussion panels:

  • Priming the Pipeline will explore efforts and ideas for attracting young people to these exciting professions.
  • Pathways to Proficiency will address ways to improve the quality and efficiency of training.
  • Productive Partnerships will discuss existing and potential partnerships that offer a career path.

The symposium will provide an important forum for participants to explore the scope of issues, share strategies and best practices to address this opportunity, and ask the community to help develop and commit to specific steps for cooperation and collaboration. Click here for more information.

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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 like you — 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 continues through 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, room availability and discounted pricing are limited. For more information or to register, please visit

  Member Spotlight

Bakersfield Jet Center Awarded IS-BAH Registration


Last week, Bakersfield Jet Center, located at Meadows Field Airport, Bakersfield, CA, announced that it successfully completed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration. IS-BAH was established through the efforts of the International Aviation Business Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as a global code to identify and promote the use of industry best practices by means of a progressive Safety Management System (SMS) for both FBOs and Business Aircraft Handling Agencies (BAHA). It follows the format and structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program and incorporates many of the guidelines of the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard and elements of NATA's Safety 1st Program.



Jet Aviation Requests Your Feedback on Aviation Business Staffing


Jet Aviation Staffing (also known as Jet Professionals) is conducting an industry-wide survey to understand views concerning the hiring and staffing needs for aviation businesses. The survey will gather insight from aviation professionals responsible for the recruitment and retention of the personnel. The company will contribute $3,000 to Corporate Angel Network for the first 500 completed surveys and then $1,000 for every 100 completed surveys thereafter. Jet Aviation will address findings and publicly disclose their plans later this year. The survey is anonymous and is being administered by an independent third-party expert. For more information, click here.


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 ADS-B deadline in the U.S. 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

Air Partner Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)


Recently, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Air Partner – a global leader in private aviation – is the newest company to join the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF). Along with its safety consultancy division, Baines Simmons, Air Partner is dedicated to the ACSF’s vision of further promoting and enabling the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation. Clients’ safety is Air Partner’s highest priority, which is why the company’s Quality Management System far exceeds FAA requirements and industry norms. Air Partner evaluates the safety, operational performance and financial stability for every air charter operator and crew that it uses. Additionally, if a client needs a tailored safety program, Air Partner is there to meet every specific need. “Their alliance to ACSF underscores a deep commitment to the best standards within the private and business aviation community,” stated Bryan Burns, ACSF President.

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