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Record Attendance Expected for the 2018 Aviation Leadership Conference | 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 Aviation Leadership Conference (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 discussions with Marc Short former Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House under the Trump Administration, NTSB Chairman Robert L Sumwalt, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety John S. Duncan and Wheels Up EVP – Head of Corporate Sales Sean McGeough. The Conference will also include sessions on air charter, aviation workforce strategies, FBO-airport relationship developments, GA fuel and more.


This event would not be possible without our full Conference sponsors: Atlantic Aviation, Avfuel, Jet Aviation, Lynx FBO Network, NetJets, Phillips 66, Ross Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Sonoma Jet Center and World Fuel Services. Thank you for your support! We also appreciate the following companies for sponsoring various Conference activities: ACI Jet, Boca Raton Airport Authority, Bakersfield Jet Center, Duncan Aviation, NATA Compliance Services, Pentastar Aviation, Priester Aviation, Solairus Aviation, Stuart Jet Center and TAC Air.


Justice Department Involvement in FAA’s Illegal Charter Case Spotlights Consequences for Aircraft Owners

Last week, NATA and its Illegal Charter Task Force outlined continuing efforts to increase awareness of the dangers posed by illegal activity and educate aircraft owners, consumers and operators on the importance of compliance with safety regulations. In a move that highlights the serious consequences when aircraft are found to be operated illegally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has referred a high-profile enforcement action to the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO).

“Such a referral is not common and speaks to the significance of the violations,” stated NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw. “The FAA’s decision to involve the Justice Department sends a clear message to aircraft owners and the industry that the government takes noncompliance seriously; particularly when unauthorized air carrier operations occur.”

“This case should give all aircraft owners pause and demonstrates that engaging in illegal timesharing, participating in improper leasing schemes or establishing so-called flight department companies creates significant risk for aircraft owners,” said McGraw. “We are pleased to see the FAA taking action to ensure aircraft are operated in accordance with the applicable safety regulations and we expect to see more in this area as our Task Force continues its outreach efforts.”

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

On November 15th, NATA will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern on 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.


Limited Seats Left for NATA’s Popular Certified CSR Program | November 13-14 in Ft. Lauderdale (Agenda Now Available)

On November 13-14, NATA will hold the final 2018 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 seminar agenda to see what the workshop will cover. 


   Association Highlights

NATA Safety 1st Recap: Long Island Advanced Line Service Workshop  


Last week, NATA wrapped up another successful Advanced Line Service Workshop (ALS) at Mid Island Air Service in Ronkonkoma, NY. ALS workshops include a unique mix of technical and service training with sessions on Motivation and Leadership, Customer Service, Spill Prevention Control and Counter Measures (SPCC), and how Human Factors impact safety in aviation ground handling. Attendees heard from John Leonard of Facet Filters and Reed Fuller of World Fuel Services, who led sessions on aviation fuel filtration, quality control and misfueling prevention.


NATA would like to thank our ALS sponsor Facet Filters, as well as Vince and Gail Mancuso, Jim Orehosky and all the staff at Mid Island Air Service, for making this event possible.


The last ALS workshop for 2018 is November 6-7 in Orlando, FL. Click here for the agenda and registration information. 


Coverage You Can Count On | NATA’s P&C Plus Program


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 discuss details with a Program representative.



Enhance Your Pilot Benefit Offerings with NATA


Enroll in NATA's exclusive Loss of License Insurance Program to further protect your pilots — a crucial advantage in the current challenging environment for pilot staffing and retention. The Program, designed for Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators, is available exclusively through Harvey Watt & Co.

All participants are treated as one entity through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. The NATA Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost

Click here to learn more.


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


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


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.

   Member Spotlight

Aeroplex/Aerolease (VNY) Announces Environment-Friendly Commitment


Last week, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) joined with local elected leaders and aviation executives to further embrace sustainable energy with the announcement of solar power generation at Van Nuys general aviation Airport (VNY). VNY business tenant Aeroplex/Aerolease Group showcased the recent operational launch of its solar rooftop and canopy installation. This is the first at VNY and six other business tenants also unveiled their solar energy project commitments. 

In addition, a coalition of international aviation organizations recently announced that an event will be hosted at VNY in January to reaffirm the general aviation industry's commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). "Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability" will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today's general aviation aircraft. Click here to learn more.


Hawthorne Global Aviation Services to Open New Corporate Facility


Today, Hawthorne Global Aviation Services announced there will be a corporate hangar and office facility opening in November 2018 at Chicago Executive Airport. This project increases Hawthorne’s total leasable space at KPWK to nearly 75,000 sf for business and corporate aircraft operators. David Annin, General Manager of Hawthorne Global Aviation Services (KPWK) said, “The addition of the newly constructed corporate hangar and office facility will allow us to better meet the demands of our corporate tenants based at our Chicago facility. Bryon Burbage, President and CEO of Hawthorne added, “The overall development of this project has been completed in an effort to offer our clients a superior option that matches the exceptional service and amenities that Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is known for.” For more information, click here.


NATA Member SAI Flight Companies to Host November 15th Event for South Carolina Air Charter Operators


NATA Member SAI Flight Companies will host an event for air charter operators to discuss illegal charter, flight standards, safety management systems and more! NATA will be attendance to speak about our efforts to tackle the issue of illegal charter and to hear how we can best help operators within the region. Attendees will also be joined by the South Carolina Flight Standards District Office Manager Randy DeBerry and Aeronautics Commissioner James Stevens. We look forward to supporting and speaking at this event. For further information or to RSVP, please contact the event coordinator Steve Wiley, Flight Ops Manager with SAI Flight Companies at 864-655-5330.


The Air Charter Safety Foundation Announces the Addition of Vaerus Aviation and ACI Jet to Its Aviation Safety Action Program


This month, ACI Jet joined the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The ASAP program provides a process and platform for flight crew members to voluntarily self-report actual or potential safety risk without the worry of retaliation. At its core, the program seeks to gain as much insight into the real world of flight operations at every level and to encourage open discussion for the creation and improvement of training and flight policies and procedures. ASAP provides a systematic approach for employees of aviation companies to promptly identify and correct potential safety hazards. To accomplish this objective, ACI Jet joined the ACSF ASAP program, which holds the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FAA.

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) also announced that Vaerus Aviation joined the ACSF. Along with 177 other companies, Vaerus Aviation supports the ACSF’s vision to enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. Vaerus Aviation has the shared attitude among their team members that safety above and beyond what is considered regulatory must be a core value for their company. The entire operation utilizes a safety management system to assess and mitigate risk. Vaerus has a comprehensive pre-flight risk assessment process that ensures strict adherence to international aviation safety standards. “We are delighted that they will be participating in the ACSF-ASAP program as well," said ACSF President Bryan Burns.

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