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NATA EVP Obitts Discusses Vital GA Topics at Industry Events

Today, NATA EVP Tim Obitts, along with other association leaders, discussed the state of the GA industry at AAAE's General Aviation Issues Conference and will join Euro Jet this Friday, September 14th, to speak at their 10-year Anniversary event in Prague. 

On September 20th, Obitts, will provide an update to Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium (CBAS) attendees on illegal charter and NATA’s ongoing efforts led by the NATA Illegal Charter Task Force to combat this industry threat. The CBAS event brings together the leading business aviation companies and flight departments from the Cincinnati tri-state area. Click here to visit NATA's website to find out more on the issue.


New Post Available on NATA Now Blog

Last month, NATA announced the inception of the NATA Now blog intended to keep members updated on the latest association information and offerings. Please subscribe here to get the latest updates and featured stories. Click here to read the latest post on what NATA is doing to encourage the next generation of aviation business leaders, written by our former summer intern Michael Paul.

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.

FAA to Host 2018 Aviation Workforce Symposium

The FAA is sponsoring an Aviation Workforce Symposium on September 13, 2018, at the 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. 


This Week NATA to Host 2nd Annual Ground Handling Safety Symposium and Industry Town Hall

This week, attendees of NATA’s second annual Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) will participate in the industry’s only event focused on the operational safety needs of FBOs and other GA ground handlers. GHSS speakers include: Benjamin Goodheart, PhD of Versant, Tim Collins of Service Elements International, Don Baldwin of Baldwin Aviation and NATA’s Michael France. Unique to this year, attendees will hear case studies from TAC Air, Facet and Wilson Air — in which participants will discuss best practices for ground handling. NATA Safety 1st would like to thank our sponsors for their support of this year’s event: Baldwin Aviation, Chubb, Crew ID, Facet, FBO Partners and Service Elements International! GHSS registration is still available onsite.

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

  Association Highlights

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


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NATA FAA Medical Certification Services for Part 135 and 91 Operators


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.

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  • Unlimited confidential access to doctors and nurses
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  • 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.

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Sold-Out Certified QC Inspector Workshop Takes Place Next Week in Charlotte, NC
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. We look forward to hosting our attendees in Charlotte next week!



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 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, Priester Aviation and TAC Air. Sponsorship opportunities are available still available, starting at $300.

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

  Member Spotlight

Chantilly Air to Construct New FBO


At Manassas Regional Airport, Chantilly Air received authorization to construct a new FBO joining APP Jet Center and Duller Aviation. This $13 million facility is expected to begin this fall, in hopes of being completed by the end of next year. The project involves a three-story 24,000-sq-ft terminal, with the upper two floors designated to company and tenant offices. It will consist of a passenger lounge, conference room, flight planning area, fitness center and other amenities. Furthermore, Chantilly Air will include 60,000 sq. ft. of heated hangar space, to support the latest large-cabin business jets, producing a total of 80,000 sq. ft. of aircraft storage at this general aviation airport.

“With a recent economic impact study showing Manassas Regional Airport as the busiest general aviation airport in the Commonwealth of Virginia and accounting for roughly 30 percent of the statewide $1.1 billion in economic activity, the timing could not have been better to build a premier FBO facility,” said Caleb Stitely, the company’s marketing and client relations manager.


Larry Hogan Proclaims September as General Aviation and Community Airport Month


Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, signed a proclamation last week to designate September 2018 as “General Aviation and Community Airport Month”, in the state of Maryland. This declaration emphasizes the importance of Maryland’s airport system and general aviation to the state’s economy and transportation network. Of the 35 public-use general aviation airports, the Maryland aviation structure generates and supports 9,368 jobs and over $865 million in business-generated revenue. Likewise, the state’s airports serve 7,961 pilots and 2,284 general aviation aircraft. The proclamation highlights that general aviation plays a crucial role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters.

“General aviation and local airports play an important role in our state, connecting communities across Maryland and supporting thousands of jobs for our citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to supporting our local airports and our aviators, who provide an important public service and contribute to our state’s thriving economy.”


Fair Wind Air Charter Joins the ACSF ASAP Program


Recently, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Fair Wind Air Charter is the newest operator to join the ACSF-ASAP program. Along with 175 other companies, Fair Wind supports the ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal, business and charter aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. “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, said ACSF President Bryan Burns.” 

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