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View HTML Version of Newsletter   October 8, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 40 

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NATA Multi-Year FAA Reauthorization Bill Enacted into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Following the President’s enactment, NATA President Gary Dempsey applauded the Administration’s support in a press statement. “We look forward to working with the Administration and federal agencies – including the FAA, Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – on implementing many provisions important to our membership,” Dempsey stated. “It’s now time to get to work on executing these important initiatives that contribute to the safety and modernization of our nation’s air transportation system,” noted Dempsey. The Senate passed the legislation October 3rd and the House passed the legislation September 26th. For more information on H.R. 302, and a list of NATA successes, click here.


NATA’s Digital Version of the 2018 3rd Quarter ABJ Available | Buyers’ Guide Edition

NATA's 2018 Q3 Aviation Business Journal is now available online. Highlights from this issue include:

  -  Member Profile – Golden Isles Aviation

  -  Has Your Charter Company Been Damaged by a Competitor Cutting Corners?

  -  2018 Buyers’ Guide

  -  General Aviation to the Rescue

  -  2018 Aviation Business Conference Wrap-Up

  -  NATA Internship: One Path, Two Journeys

  -  Just Culture and Accountability

  -  Safety 1st Update

  -  And more!


In addition, the 2018 Q3 Aviation Business Journal, including NATA’s annual Buyers’ Guide, will be available in the publication bins at the NBAA conference in Orlando. Pick up your copy next week! As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read. 

Hear from NTSB Chairman Sumwalt on Aviation Safety | NATA Aviation Leadership Conference November 6-7 in DC

NATA is pleased to announce that National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt is a confirmed speaker for this year's annual Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC). Since joining the NTSB, Chairman Sumwalt has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation. We look forward to hearing his perspective on aviation safety and the agency's initiatives for our industry.


On November 6-7, senior aviation leaders like you will convene in Washington, D.C. to hear from top aviation government officials and industry experts. The ALC offers many opportunities to network and interact in meaningful discussions on enhancing operations and addressing aviation business issues. Conference attendees will also meet NATA's new President Gary Dempsey. 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. The event concludes Wednesday evening with a Networking Reception. The room block ends this Friday, October 12th. For information about registration and sponsorship, please visit


2019 NATA Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference | Save the Date

Following the success and record attendance of NATA’s 2018 Aviation Business Conference, we hope that you will save the date for NATA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.


Next year’s conference will take place June 17-19 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. Mark your calendar and look for upcoming registration details this November!



This past June, NATA held its highest attended Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference to date. Aviation business professionals from across the U.S. and worldwide came to discuss and learn about the most important issues facing the aviation industry. The ABJ Q3 2018 highlights the event, speakers and award winners that contributed to the event’s success. Read more here.


   Association Highlights

Fuel QC Management System November 2nd Webinar | Hear and See Benefits of the Latest Features Added


On November 2, NATA will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern about the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (FQMS) ­­­­— a cloud-based digital tool for general and business aviation fuel quality management inspections, record keeping and auditing. The Safety 1st FQMS webinar will include a live demonstration showing how FBOs and other aviation businesses enhance the visibility and accountability of their QC process. Attendees will also learn about the newest features of the system since our initial launch earlier this year, including the addition of an inspection platform for GSE (ground service equipment) maintenance. Click here to register for the webinar.

Find out even more by visiting or subscribing to the Safety Net blog.


NATA Attends Revolution.Aero Conference


Last week, NATA President Gary Dempsey and EVP Tim Obitts attended the Revolution.Aero Conference in San Francisco, CA. The event served as a platform for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionizing general and business aviation, both domestically and internationally. NATA participated in the event to meet with new and prospective members and to learn more about emerging start-ups and technology within the aviation business industry — including the impact of eVOTL on the air charter community. For more information, click here.


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 Compliance Services Provides Options for Your Company's Identification Needs


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.


Remaining 2018 NATA Events | Reserve Your Seat Now!


NATA will hold its final two 2018 Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshops on October 24-25 (Long Island, NY) and November 6-7 (Orlando, FL). This popular two-day workshop includes discussions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. In addition, attendees will learn about advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training.

On November 13-14, NATA will hold the final 2018 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.

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. The final 2018 town hall takes place November 15th 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. Upcoming dates: October 30 (Houston, TX) and November 1 (San Jose, CA). RSVP is required for town halls and forums and both include a complimentary lunch.

   Member Spotlight

Cutter Aviation Announces New Staff Appointments


Last week, Cutter Aviation announced the appointment of Chris Muise and Leo Hernandez. Muise was appointed as the new Client Relationship Manager, supporting TBM Aircraft clients, and Hernandez was named as the new Manager of Aircraft Service. Muise’s duties include serving as the liaison for client ownership experience and expediting post-sale maintenance to include managing and coordinating action plans with approved service centers. Muise has been with Cutter Aviation for over four years starting off as a maintenance technician, which set the scene for his Lead Mechanic promotion. Hernandez is responsible for managing all aspects of maintenance operations, including the successful implementation of maintenance projects and cost-effective utilization of department resources to meet or exceed the service and aircraft upgrade requirements requested from Cutter Aviation’s maintenance clients. Hernandez has been with Cutter Aviation for over two years starting off as a maintenance technician for their Part 145 Repair Station in Phoenix, AZ. Read more here.


Bombardier Doubles its Customer Services Capabilities in Florida with New Service Center


This week, Bombardier announced growth for its service network with a new service center at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami-Dade County, FL. The new service center will more than double the company’s current customer service footprint in Florida with new capabilities, including a paint facility for the center’s vast customer base spanning the U.S. and Latin America. Planned for inauguration in 2020, the new service center in Miami will be fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications, avionics installations and aircraft on ground support (AOG) for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. Once the facility is fully ramped up, the new service center will nearly double Bombardier’s employment in Florida to nearly 300 employees.


Titan Aviation Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that the Titan Aviation Group joined as a member. Along with 176 other companies, Titan Aviation 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. Titan Aviation has the shared attitude among its team members that safety, above and beyond what is considered regulatory, must be a core value for the company. “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 its passengers. We are delighted they have joined the Air Charter Safety Foundation,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. Learn more at


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