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View HTML Version of Newsletter   October 15, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 41 

   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA and NBAA Welcome FAA’s Move to Streamline Training for On-Demand Operators

Today, NATA and NBAA welcomed new guidance from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) allowing pilots at Part 135 operators to train at certified training centers using a standardized curriculum. The guidance, published in draft Advisory Circular 142-SCC, was issued in response to recommendations from an industry working group to streamline the relationship between training centers and air carriers, reducing inefficiencies in the approvals and qualification process.


“It is great to see the FAA respond to the industry’s recommendations and provide a much needed update to training guidance as well as administrative relief for on-demand air carriers, which will result in a dynamic, responsive and more efficient pilot training program,” said John McGraw, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and Chair of the working group.


The new guidance on standardized training curricula will be the focus of a special education session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9:15 a.m. The session will be moderated by McGraw with panelists including FAA and other working group members. Air carriers, training providers and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Read more here.


Former Trump Administration Head of Legislative Affairs to Detail Impact of Mid-Term Elections | NATA Aviation Leadership Conference November 6-7 in DC

NATA is pleased to announce that Marc Short is a confirmed speaker for this year's annual Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC). Short previously served as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House under the Trump Administration. We look forward to hearing his unique outlook on the mid-term elections and Capitol Hill the day after the mid-term elections. 

The full Conference agenda is now available, featuring sessions on air charter, aviation workforce strategies, FBO pricing and access, GA fuel, and more!


On November 6-7, senior aviation leaders 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 deadline to select a sponsorship opportunity is Wednesday, October 24th. For information about registration and sponsorship, please visit  


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of FlySafety International’s Bruce Whitman

Last week, FlightSafety International announced the passing of its President, CEO and Chairman, Bruce Whitman. Whitman was a highly-respected professional and held in the utmost regard by all who knew him. His remarkable life, accomplishments and contributions to the aviation industry will not go unnoticed. Whitman served in the United States Air Force, supported veterans and those who currently serve, and was dedicated to educating and fostering patriotism among young people. His outstanding leadership has enabled FlightSafety International to become one of the world’s premier aviation training organizations. In addition to his business accomplishments, Whitman created a culture within the company of customer service, quality, trust, respect and family. NATA joined Whitman's countless friends and colleagues in honoring his lifelong contributions.


NATA Participates in NBAA Conference | ABJ Buyers’ Guide Edition Available

NATA will participate in events and meet with members during this week’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando. 

If you would like to schedule a meeting with NATA’s President Gary Dempsey or EVP Tim Obitts or other members of the association staff, please contact Managing Director of Marketing and Communications Shannon Chambers at Shannon will also be available for media inquiries. Other staff attending can be reached using the following links: Mike France (Managing Director of Safety and Training) and Jake Legere (Manager of Marketing and Membership – Products and Services).


In addition, the 2018 Q3 Aviation Business Journal, including NATA’s annual Buyers’ Guide, is available in the publication bins at the NBAA conference. Pick up your copy this week!


   Industry Updates

FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate


Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it is relaunching its $500 ADS-B rebate program effective immediately and through Oct. 11, 2019. The Agency is making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.

As of Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft flying in airspace where a transponder is necessary today will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.

“The ADS-B mandate is not going away. We are about 15 months from the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline and now is the time for aircraft owners to equip,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. For more information, click here.

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


Following the success and record attendance of NATA’s 2018 Aviation Business Conference, the Association will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference on 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



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

NATACS Appoints Bailey Wong as Director of Customer & Communications


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), the aviation industry’s prime personnel compliance and credentialing solution provider, is excited to announce the appointment of Bailey Wong as its new Director of Customers and Communications. Wong’s promotion is due to her proven achievements in the development of NATACS’s marketing, social media, internal and external communications, and corporate brands. In this new role, Wong will oversee sales, marketing and communications. Wong’s promotion is due to her proven achievements in the development of NATACS’s marketing, social media, internal and external communications, and corporate brands. In this new role, Wong will oversee sales, marketing and communications. When asked about this promotion, Wong says, “Whether it be enhancing the delivery of current services or launching new services that benefit our industry, I am dedicated to the success of this company and our clients. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the upcoming challenges and achievements.” Read more here.


Heber Valley Airport (HCR) Request for Proposals for Second FBO Operator


Heber City, Utah, the owner and operator of the Heber Valley Airport (HCR), formerly known as the Heber City Municipal Airport – Russ McDonald Field, is soliciting qualified proposals from entities to develop, build, and operate a second fixed base operator on an undeveloped parcel of approximately 9.5 acres at the airport. The city’s primary goals through this proposal are (1) to improve the products and services available to light general aviation users of the airport; (2) introduce competition with respect to the products and services provided to airport users; and (3) increase revenues by generating additional income from currently vacant airport property. Heber Valley Airport is the Gateway to the Wasatch Back and the most convenient airport to Park City and Deer Valley resorts. 

NATA classifieds is a resource available to members by logging onto Interested companies can either post their own job opening or RFP/RFQ, or send them to Jake Legere at


Long Beach Airport (LGB) Celebrates Runway Reconstruction at Long Beach Airport


On October 11, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at LGB to celebrate the completed reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, which is primarily used for general aviation. Runway 26L is Long Beach Airport’s shortest but busiest runway. “We’re fortunate to have our own airport in the City of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This construction project makes our Airport more efficient and improves safety on the ground and in the skies above our great community.” On Oct. 5, Runway 8R-26L officially reopened to aircraft. To commemorate the reconstruction completion, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews joined pilot Curt Castagna, C.M., President and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and President of the Long Beach Airport Association, for a ceremonial first flight. Click here to read more.


Sonoma Jet Center Announces Stage II of International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Safety Certification


Recently, Sonoma Jet Center became the first FBO in Northern California and one of a handful in the country to achieve successful implementation of IS-BAH Stage II. IS-BAH Stage II certification demonstrates Sonoma Jet Center’s commitment to safety and innovation for customers, employees and the public at large. IS-BAH contains a set of global industry best practices for business aircraft ground handlers and features, at its core, a Safety Management System (SMS). IS-BAH Stage II Certification is the second of three levels of the highest possible safety standards that an FBO can have. Josh Hochberg, President of Sonoma Jet Center says, “This is a huge achievement by a dedicated team committed to safety. We are very proud of this endorsement of our FBO, safety culture and processes. And, we want our customers to know that we are making an ongoing investment in safety that only a handful of other companies have done in North America thus far.” Read more here.


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