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   This Week's Top Stories 

John McGraw Discusses FAA's Move to Streamline Training in Latest Podcast

In our latest podcast, NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw discusses the FAA’s recently issued guidance, which allows Part 135 operators to train their pilots at certified training centers using a standardized curriculum. On October 15th, the FAA issued the new Advisory Circular (AC) for public comment in response to recommendations from an industry working group led by McGraw. NATA encourages operators to review the AC and provide comments, questions and concerns to the FAA by the November 13 deadline. Hear what the FAA’s much needed update to training guidance means for on-demand carriers and how it will result in a more dynamic, responsive and efficient training program. Listen to the podcast here.


General Aviation Industry Announces Event to Reaffirm Commitment to
Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel

Last week, NATA along with a coalition of international aviation organizations announced an upcoming event to reaffirm the industry’s commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The event – Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, scheduled for January 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California — will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today’s general aviation aircraft. Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available for use across the airport during the event, as operators fuel up and fly with the sustainable product — VNY’s four fixed-based operators (FBOs) have collaborated to participate in this initiative. Read more.



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

On November 13-14, NATA will hold the final offering of its popular Certified CSR Programs 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 how to turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation.

The Certified CSR Program is 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. 


NATA’s Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC) Sponsorship Deadline Ends This Week, Limited Seats Available for Registration | November 6-7 in DC

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


The deadline to select a sponsorship opportunity is Wednesday, October 24th. For information about registration and sponsorship, please visit


   Industry Updates

FAA Reauthorization is Over... Now What?


On October 5, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law No. 115-254) was signed into law. The newly enacted law reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation taxes for five years and provides important policy guidance from Congress on numerous issues including those related to aviation businesses – click here for more information about the Act’s journey to enactment. NATA and its member companies secured many provisions important to aeronautical service providers, from aircraft certification reform and regulatory consistency to a review of the illegal charter hotline as well as financial support for aviation workforce development programs. Now that Congress and President Trump have signed off on this massive deal, what is next? Read more on NATA's Policy Playbook blog post. 

   Association Highlights

Speak with Your Broker About NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program


NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program, underwritten by global insurance leader, Allianz, provides members with an additional workers compensation insurance option — including NATA’s signature Good Experience Return (GER), which provides additional savings based on group performance:

   -  Competitive rates

   -  Additional savings for participating companies in the form of a Good Experience Return

   -  Underwritten by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

New joins into the Program are eligible to receive a Safety 1st Training credit! Put this program and its historical GER average of 20% to work for you. Visit to get started.



NATA to Participate in ProJet's 13th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo


This Friday, NATA will participate as a corporate sponsor in ProJet’s 13th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo at Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia. Over 700 students, educators and parents are expected to attend the event, featuring keynote speakers, live demonstrations and static displays with representatives from over 70 aviation organizations. During the expo, more than $388,000 will be awarded in aviation education and flight training scholarships. NATA's Courtney Bishop, Alex Connole and Ellen Miller will be on hand to speak with attendees and represent the Association. NATA is committed to supporting the next leaders of aviation business by participating in industry events for high school and college students and through the efforts of our Workforce Committee. For event photos, please visit NATA’s social media channels.


Let Your Voice Be Heard | Final 2018 NATA Industry Town Hall and Air Charter Forum


NATA's Industry Town Hall provides 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.

November 15, 2018
Banyan Air Services
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

NATA's Air Charter Forum allows attendees to discuss issues impacting the Part 135 community, including illegal charter, federal excise taxes, the pilot shortage, FSDO relationships and more.

October 30, 2018
Wing Aviation
Houston, TX

RSVP is required and complimentary lunch is provided for the town halls and forums.


Fuel QC Management System November 15th Webinar | Hear and See Benefits of The Latest Features


On November 15, 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.

   Member Spotlight

Deadhorse Aviation Center (DAC) Safety Achievement | 100,000 Incident-Free Hours


Last week, the staff of DAC was recognized for their outstanding achievement of working over 100,000 incident-free hours since it became operational in 2012. The milestone is even greater when considering that the DAC, clients, and contractors have been incident-free since its initial construction in 2009. Located in Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska, the DAC operates in a harsh and relentless Arctic environment and serves as the main hub for ConocoPhillips and BP’s crew changes. “I attribute DAC’s success and strong safety culture, in large part, to the collaboration between our team and DAC’s great contractors and clients,” says Rick Fox, CEO of Fairweather, LLC who is part owner and operates the DAC. Six incident-free years at the DAC have been the result of an unwavering commitment to safety from its employees and leadership. Click here to read more. 


Phillips 66 Aviation Donates $22,000 via Corporate Angel Award Sponsorship


Phillips 66® Aviation awarded $22,000 to longtime partner, Corporate Angel Network (CAN). CAN’s sole mission is to arrange free transportation to medical treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers. The organization does this by utilizing empty seats onboard business aircraft during routine business trips. The donation is a part of Phillips 66 Aviation’s sponsorship of the Corporate Angel Award, a unique program that recognizes corporations and their flight departments that have demonstrated outstanding dedication as participants in CAN. The award recognizes four corporate flight departments each year. This year’s Corporate Angel Award recipients are ConocoPhillips, Honeywell, Ultimate Jet Charter and Dow Chemical. There are more than 500 major corporations that participate in CAN. “These days, the fight against cancer is personal – for everybody. I’m honored to present this check to Corporate Angel Network on behalf of Phillips 66 Aviation and to recognize the incredible corporations that help make CAN’s mission achievable, through the Corporate Angel Award,” said Lindsey Grant, Manager, General Aviation. "We encourage other corporations to join Corporate Angel Network to provide even more empty seats to cancer patients and their families. Together, we will fight on.” Read more here


Congratulations: American Aero FTW Becomes First FBO to Earn IS-BAH Stage III Registration


NATA would like to congratulate member and Safety 1st Qualified participant, American Aero FTW for recently becoming the first FBO to earn IS-BAH Stage III Registration!

American Aero FTW, FBO serving flight crews and passengers at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, TX, became the first FBO in the world to earn a new Stage III safety and ground handling certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration is a global, voluntary code of best practices for business aviation ground handlers. It incorporates a safety management system (SMS) in all aspects of FBO operations and is aligned with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). “When I created American Aero FTW, I set forth to redefine the FBO experience for passengers and crews and deliver an exceptional customer experience at every touchpoint,” said American Aero FTW founder Robert M. Bass. “This milestone reflects that vision and demonstrates our commitment to deliver unparalleled safety and service.”

Click here to read more about American Aero FTW’s accomplishment. Check out the FBO/Ground Handling Status Map to see what other service facilities are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered. To find out more about the IS-BAH program, please visit


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