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View HTML Version of Newsletter   November 5, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 44 

   This Week's Top Stories 

FAA Part 16 Filing Finds a Massachusetts Airport Sponsor in Violation of its Federal Grant Assurances

On October 30th, the FAA released a Part 16 filing - Boston Executive Helicopters (“Complainant”) v. Town of Norwood, Massachusetts and Norwood Airport Commission (“Respondent”)—outlining the Complainant’s allegations that the Town denied them the opportunity to establish an FBO at the Norwood Memorial Airport. The Complainant alleges the Town engaged in economic discrimination and granted a single FBO an exclusive right on the airport while also “unreasonably delayed and withheld numerous reasonable requests for access to Airport property, as well as permission to conduct an aviation business at the airport.” The FAA’s Director of the Office of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis determined the Town of Norwood is in violation of Grant Assurance 23, Exclusive Rights and Grant Assurance 29, Airport Layout Plan but not in violation of Grant Assurance 22, Economic Nondiscrimination. Due to these violations, the FAA has ordered the Town and Airport Commission to “1) provide BEH any remaining requirements for the FBO permit and promptly complete the permitting process; 2) discontinue leasing practices that provide exclusive rights to a single FBO; and 3) contact the appropriate FAA Regional office and comply with their direction regarding the Verizon property.” The Town and Airport Commission have the right to appeal the FAA’s determination. Read more.


NATA Commends West Virginia and Louisiana Governors for Supporting General Aviation

Last week, NATA praised West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for recognizing the value of general aviation across their states and in their communities through October proclamations. In West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice declared October “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” “General aviation businesses and local airports support economic activity and well-paying jobs throughout West Virginia,” said NATA President Gary Dempsey. “NATA and our member companies across the state thank Governor Justice for issuing this proclamation and recognizing the value of general aviation and local airports in West Virginia.” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also expressed support for the aviation community and declared October “Aviation Appreciation Month” across the state. “Louisiana’s network of airports and aviation businesses are a key part of the state’s infrastructure and support local businesses and communities throughout the state,” NATA President Gary Dempsey stated. “NATA and our member companies in Louisiana thank Governor Edwards for issuing this proclamation and showing appreciation for the different ways general aviation supports the state.”

For more information about these and other proclamations, visit the Alliance for Aviation Across America’s website at


Comment Period for AC 142-SCC Ends November 13

On October 15, the FAA released new guidance that allows Part 135 operators to train their pilots at Part 142 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 approval and qualification process. The group was led by NATA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, John McGraw.

Recently, NATA published "Part 135 Standardized Curriculum: More Dynamic, Responsive and Efficient" a podcast to further explain the update to training guidance for on-demand carriers and how it will result in a more dynamic, responsive and efficient training program. Listen here.

In the meantime, please read the AC and provide comments by the November 13 deadline. For any questions, please email Shannon Chambers at or John McGraw at


Limited Seats Left for Next Week’s NATA Certified CSR Program | November 13-14 in Ft. Lauderdale

Next week, NATA will hold the final offering of its popular Certified CSR Programs on November 13th and 14th 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. Read ABSG’s latest blog post on 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 FAA Medical Certification Services for Part 135 and 91 Operators


The NATA FAA Medical Certification Services Program, administered by Harvey Watt & Co., was previously available only when combined with insurance products or through airlines for their pilots. Now all Part 135 air carriers and their pilots and Part 91 corporate flight departments are eligible for this program featuring a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members will also enjoy a special discount.

Benefits include:

   -  Unlimited confidential access to doctors and nurses

   -  A subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletin

   -  Expert representation in submitting documents to the FAA, responding to FAA inquiries, expediting recertification case reviews and appeals, and presenting cases to specialty FAA board hearings.

View a sample of the Aviation Medical Bulletin, one of the health-related resources provided by this valuable program.

Get started by clicking here.


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


   -  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


Over 100 Industry Leaders to Attend This Week’s NATA Aviation Leadership Conference in DC | Thank You to Our Sponsors!


This Tuesday and Wednesday, 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 features 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: Air BP, Atlantic Aviation, Avfuel, Chubb, 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. Follow NATA’s social media channels to get real-time updates!



Let Your Voice Be Heard | Final 2018 NATA Industry Town Hall


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

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


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.

   Member Spotlight

Alerion Aviation Appoints Paul Fronczak to Director of Operations


On October 23, Alerion Aviation announced the appointment of its new Director of Operations, Paul Fronczak. Fronczak will oversee domestic and international aircraft operations, ensuring compliance with international and federal aviation administration regulations in accordance with company values and financial goals. He will also implement systems and processes that provide for best customer service practices, which balance business needs and operational requirements. “Paul’s experience will be invaluable to continuing the development and oversight of our pilot and aircraft management. I am confident he will add to our culture of commitment to safety here at Alerion,” said Bob Seidel, CEO of Alerion Aviation. Read more here.


Lynx FBO Network Secures Voyager Jet Center’s Pittsburgh FBO


On November 1, Lynx FBO Network announced the acquisition of the FBO assets of Voyager Jet Center at Allegheny County Airport AGC) in Pittsburgh. The acquisition of Voyager Jet marks Lynx's sixth FBO location and third FBO acquired this year. “We believe the Pittsburgh market, and its rise as a global innovation city, is a perfect complement to our growing network of FBOs and we look forward to working with the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), Voyager Jet and the local FBO team to deliver a best-in-class service offering for our customers in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Matt DeLellis, Chief Financial Officer with Lynx. Read more here.


Venture Jets Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation


Last week the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)  announced that Venture Jets joined the ACSF. Along with 178 other companies, Venture Jets now supports ACSFs vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. Venture Jets is a leader in on-demand private jet charter service. "Venture Jets 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,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We are delighted that they will be participating in the ACSF-ASAP program as well.” Learn more at


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