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View HTML Version of Newsletter   November 19, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 46 

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IRS Announces 2019 FET Rates

Last week, the IRS announced the rates for certain fees applicable to commercial air transportation that are subject to annual inflation.

For air transportation in calendar year 2019, the domestic segment fee remains at $4.20, the International Facilities Fee is $18.60 and the fee for domestic transportation beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii is $9.30. The 7.5% tax on amounts paid for passenger transportation and the 6.25% rate for cargo are not indexed to inflation and remain unchanged.

The changed rates are detailed in IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-57.


Sacramento McClellan Airport, McClellan Park, & McClellan Jet Services Assist Wildfire Victims

Sacramento McClellan Airport, McClellan Park and McClellan Jet Services are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to assist and support the tens of thousands of individuals and families in Butte County who have been affected by the Camp Fire, one of California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfires in history. Sacramento McClellan Airport, McClellan Park and McClellan Jet Services will match donations up to $25,000. Sacramento McClellan Airport is the Central Hub for CAL FIRE’s aerial firefighting operations and home to Cal Fire’s McClellan Air Tanker Reload Base, the largest in the world. Click here to participate. “NATA’s members are uniquely positioned to help in any number of emergency situations and we continue to be inspired by their resolve to go above and beyond in responding in times of great need. We applaud this effort and encourage our members to donate,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.


NATA Participates in South Carolina Operator Forum

Last Thursday, NATA COO Tim Obitts spoke at the 1st Annual Palmetto State Charter Operators Forum in South Carolina hosted by SAI Flight Services. The event, held at the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, covered several topics related to air charter, but primarily focused on the characteristics and legal implications of illegal charter. Obitts and FAA representatives from the local FSDO and National Headquarters Office provided an overview of agency and industry initiatives to combat illegal charter, including the efforts of NATA’s Illegal Charter Task Force. Follow NATA on social media to see our latest updates on last week’s event.

Please remember to report instances of suspicious air charter activity to NATA (202-774-1535) and the Illegal Charter Hotline (888-SKY-FLT1).


FAA Releases a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) on Jet Fuel Contaminated with DEF

Last week, the FAA released SAFO 18015, Jet Fuel Contaminated with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) advising FBOs, aircraft operators, repair stations, FSDOs and foreign civil aviation authorities on the recommended actions to take if an aircraft was contaminated or refueling equipment was exposed to DEF.


The FAA issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB) to address previous incidents of fuel contamination with DEF – these bulletins can be found on the FAA’s website at


In December of 2017, NATA released a DEF Contamination Prevention training course through its Safety 1st Supplemental Safety Training program. This course is provided free of charge to anyone in the industry and could help prevent future incidents related to DEF Contamination. For complimentary access to the DEF Contamination Prevention course, please click here. Additionally, NATA provides multiple resources to assist and educate our members on aviation fuel management.


For questions regarding DEF contamination prevention or any of the resources described, please contact



NATA’s P&C Plus Program Takes Coverage to the Next Level


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 (NATACS) 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.


Save the Date for NATA’s 2019 Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting


On June 17-19, 2019, NATA will host its Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. The event will commence with a reception Monday evening and will conclude on Wednesday at noon. Attendees will hear from government policymakers, industry experts and other leaders representing various sectors of the general aviation community – including FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs. In addition, NATA will schedule meetings for attendees interested in meeting with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill. Along with several opportunities to connect with other attendees, NATA will be introducing an innovative structure to next year’s program. Early registration will open November 30th. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for upcoming events or email for any immediate questions or concerns.


GKG Law Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update Provisions Webinar

Keith Swirsky, President of GKG Law and Chair of the firm’s Business Aviation Practice, will lead a comprehensive webinar for NATA members on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 on December 4, 2018 at 2:00pm ET. The webinar will consist of a review of several TCJA provisions impacting business aviation, including the expansion and increase of bonus depreciation to used aircraft and to 100%, respectively; new restrictions on the deductibility of entertainment and commuting expenses; changes to the applicability of federal excise taxes to managed aircraft; and new limitations on aircraft expense deductions. Click here to register for the webinar.


Aircraft Acquisition Planning Seminar Hosted by Conklin & de Decker


Register now for this must-attend event for aircraft buyers, owners and aviation professionals that takes place in Scottsdale, AZ on December 4-5. This seminar will focus on the many areas of concern affecting the aircraft owner during the acquisition process, such as determining and choosing the right aircraft for the mission, financial analysis, tax planning, aircraft management versus in-house flight department and many other topics. Find out more here.

   Member Spotlight

Cutter Aviation Receives Their 20th HondaJet


Cutter Aviation has taken delivery of its twentieth HondaJet business jet. The innovative light-jet was officially handed over during a delivery ceremony on November 14 at HondaJet headquarters in Greensboro, NC by Peter Kriegler, Honda Aircraft Company’s Director of Sales for the U.S. and Canada. “Today is a really exciting day for us,” said Will Cutter, CEO, Cutter Aviation and HondaJet Southwest, “We are very happy to be taking delivery of our twentieth HondaJet. The HondaJet has proven to be an amazing aircraft which our customers have received with great pride and satisfaction. We look forward to a bright future and many more deliveries in the years to come.” Read more here


Alerion Aviation Initiates Aircraft Owner Portal


On November 19, Alerion Aviation officially launched its new aircraft owner portal, which allows users to access real-time information, such as schedules, expenses, maintenance updates and passenger lists at any time. Aircraft owners can look both backward and forward in time to better understand aircraft operations and trends. “A highly functional, interactive owner portal with real time schedules, financial and maintenance information has been the ‘Holy Grail’ of the aircraft management business,” said Bob Seidel, CEO of Alerion Aviation. “I personally have been pursuing a working model for a dozen years. After two years of development, Alerion is excited to make this feature available to our managed aircraft owners and their staffs.”

   ACSF News

Executive Jet Management (EJM) Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Executive Jet Management (EJM) of Cincinnati, OH renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. EJM recently completed an IAS audit and maintains “Registered” status with the ACSF. “By renewing its status on the IAS Registry, EJM has demonstrated its commitment to high standards,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their continued dedication, commitment and support of our standard.” The IAS is the first and only extensive audit program specifically created for on-demand operators by a committee of Part 135 and 91K industry leaders. It is conducted every 24 months and is quite in-depth in its evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against both FAA and international standards.

For further information, go to


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