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Congressional Transportation Leaders Release Compromise FAA Reauthorization – House Vote Expected Wednesday

Early Saturday, House and Senate transportation leaders released the text of a 1,200 page compromise bill (HR 302, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018) to reauthorize the FAA for five years and provide $96.7 billion in funding. This compromise bill (which combines the House and Senate FAA bills) drastically shortens the process towards enactment into law and sets Congress and the Administration up for a legislative win before congressional adjournment for the midterm elections. While the majority of the bill focuses on FAA reauthorization, other bills have been included that support the needs of NTSB, maritime, TSA and disaster relief for states affected by Hurricane Florence. The compromise legislation contains many issues supported by NATA, including efforts to ensure regulatory consistency, combat illegal charter, encourage the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians, and promote the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). The House is scheduled to take up this massive bill on Wednesday at noon and send it to the Senate for immediate consideration. If all goes according to plan, it’s estimated that a final Senate floor vote will occur sometime Friday and be delivered to President Trump for enactment into law on Saturday, avoiding an expiration of funding authority and a sixth short-term extension. For an analysis of the legislation, click here. Follow NATA’s social media for continuing coverage of the compromise bill’s contents and progress.


DOT Broker Rule Increases Consumer Protections, Transparency | Regulations Include NATA-Submitted Recommendations

Last Wednesday, NATA urged its members to review and prepare for the application of new Department of Transportation (DOT) standards related to the sales of charter flights. The DOT's newly-released regulations impact air charter transactions that are constructed to provide formal structure within which air charter brokers may operate, increase transparency in transactions, enhance protection for consumers and strengthen enforcement capabilities.

The final rule, “Increasing Charter Air Transportation Options,” which goes into effect February 14, 2019, establishes a new class of indirect air carrier known as “air charter brokers.” The DOT has maintained similar rules for disclosures, refunds and prohibited actions that apply to air charter operators. The regulations have been under consideration since at least 2007 when the DOT was prompted to act following safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Jacqueline Rosser, NATA’s Regulatory Affairs Senior Advisor, stated, “for well over a decade the air charter industry has called for better oversight of transactions involving brokers, who typically are not commercial aircraft operators but facilitate charter agreements between consumers and operators. These regulations are the culmination of that effort.” Read more about this rule and other requirements here.

NATA Members to Hear from New Association President Gary Dempsey at Tomorrow’s Atlanta Town Hall

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. During tomorrow’s September 25th town hall, attendees will hear from the Association’s new President Gary Dempsey. Click here to RSVP for the upcoming November 15th town hall in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

NATA Air Charter Forums allow attendees to discuss issues impacting the Part 135 community, including illegal charter, federal excise taxes, the pilot shortage, FSDO relationships and more. Click here to RSVP for the forums on October 30th (Houston, TX) or November 1st (San Jose, CA).

RSVP is required for both the town halls and forums, lunch is included complimentary courtesy of sponsors AirSure Limited and Gogo Business Aviation!


NATA Launches In-Person Training with Safety 1st OnSITE

Last Thursday, NATA launched its Safety 1st OnSITE program.


The Safety 1st OnSITE program is an auxiliary training source that allows users to customize a one to three-day, in-person safety and operational training experience at their location. Safety 1st OnSITE provides consumers the ability to create their custom in-person training experience from any of the following course topics such as aviation fuel quality control and misfuelling, Safety 1st training program review, Safety 1st towing safety program and more!


Michael France, NATA’s Managing Director of Safety and Training, expressed that, “The NATA Safety 1st OnSITE program is designed for those companies seeking to exceed industry standards in safety and operational training.”


For pricing and more information, contact NATA at Follow the Safety Net blog  for updates on Safety 1st initiatives and to interact with other aviation safety professionals.


   Industry News

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Declares September 2018 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”


Last week, NATA and other leading aviation trade associations commended Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for declaring September 2018 “General Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state. According to the Alliance for Aviation Across America, Connecticut contributes over $7.4 billion to the state’s total economic output and the state’s 20 public-use general aviation airports serve 4,810 pilots and 1,613 active general aviation aircraft. Tim Obitts, NATA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, noted that general aviation and local airports support well-paying jobs and communities throughout the state. “We thank Governor Malloy for issuing this proclamation and recognizing the value of general aviation businesses and local airports across Connecticut,” he stated.


FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


Last week, the FAA released a newsletter about their #FlySafe campaign, which educates GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate with established aircraft limitations. This push has gained a great deal of attention because in the recent 10-year period, there were more than 1,200 fatal loss-of-control accidents. A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. To avoid LOC, stabilized approaches are crucial, such as a constant speed and consistent descent rate. The FAA’s Acting Administrator, Daniel Elwell stated, “The FAA and industry are working together to prevent LOC accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts — some of which are already reducing risk.” Read more about the FAA’s initiatives to avoid LOC here

   Association Highlights

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



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.


NATA Offers LifeLine Response Platform

The LifeLine Response app provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts:

  -  Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts. 

  -  Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

  -  Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map, and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 

Learn more and find out why this platform is utilized by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.


NATA Aviation Leadership Conference Room Block Almost Full | Make Your Hotel Reservations and Register Now (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 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 engage 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 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, Lynx FBO, NATA Compliance Services, Pentastar Aviation, Phillips 66, Priester Aviation, Ross Aviation, Solairus Aviation and TAC Air. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, starting at $300.

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


Register Now for NATA’s Popular Certified CSR Program | November 13-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL


On November 13-14, NATA will hold the final offering of its popular Certified CSR Program at Banyan Air Services in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The two-day seminar will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation.

The upcoming Certified CSR Program will be instructed by Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) founders, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson. Ron and John are industry experts who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing and training. Check out ABSG’s latest blog post about running a successful FBO business. Reserve your seat today, this seminar sold-out twice last year. Click here for the most recent seminar agenda to see what the workshop will cover. 

   Member Spotlight

Jet Aviation Becomes First in Puerto Rico to Achieve IS-BAH Registration


Last week, Jet Aviation’s San Juan location announced its completion of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration. San Juan now joins the eight Jet Aviation FBOs in the U.S. and the 13 FBOs in EMEA and Asia that have achieved IS-BAH certification. The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS). The IS-BAH follows the long-established structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. As one global industry code of best practices, IS-BAH will provide standardization to handlers and operators around the world to meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Learn more about IS-BAH here.


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