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View HTML Version of Newsletter   November 26, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 47 

   This Week's Top Stories 

Threat of DOT Shutdown Looms

As Congress resumes its Lame Duck session, the legislative branch has just 11 days to secure funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and six other agencies for Fiscal Year 2019 or risk a partial government shutdown. The DOT and other unfunded agencies — including the Departments of Interior, Financial Services, Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Homeland Security, and State/ Foreign Operations — are currently operating under a continuing resolution, which runs through December 7th.

As President Trump and congressional Republicans are looking to acquire funding for numerous projects before the end of the year and end of a Republican-led Congress, including money for a border wall, Democrats hope to drag out passage of big legislation until the new Congress resumes, unless big incentives are included like immigration reform.

On January 20th, when the DOT and other agencies were very briefly shut down, air traffic controllers and aviation inspectors continued to work while aircraft certification and registration, grant processing, controller training, air traffic control modernization research and development, and issuance of new pilot licenses and medical certificates stopped.

NATA will continue to monitor Congress’ progress to fund the DOT before the deadline and keep the Association’s membership updated on developments.


Impact of NATA’s Maintenance and Technology Committee

Last week, NATA’s Maintenance and Technology Committee held its fall meeting at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE. Topics discussed included Import Export Guidance, best practices regarding Discrepancies and Approval for Return to Service, and the FAA AC published last year on approvals of Aircraft Inspection Programs.

On November 9th, the FAA published a new Advisory Circular, AC 135-44. The AC provides information concerning the placement of aircraft into service for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 135 commuter and on demand operations. It is not mandatory; however, it does describe the process that is acceptable to the FAA to demonstrate the aircraft to be operated is configured to the operational requirements of Part 135.


NATA's Maintenance and Technology Committee was instrumental in urging the FAA to develop policy for the inspector and guidance for industry to assist in adding aircraft to a Part 135 operating certificate. Lack of consistency between FAA offices and delays to add an aircraft based on conformity inspections have been long-time industry concerns. The Association is hopeful the AC and the FAA inspector policy will help solve the perception that the inspector is responsible and will increase consistency and reduce delays in the certification process.

NATA's Maintenance and Technology Committee is participating on the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) product development team — a database that will be designed to contain and streamline all the existing information in the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and capture all the other policy and regulatory documents. Read more.


Early Bird Registration Opens This Week 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 bird registration will open this Friday, November 30th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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


National Air Transportation Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as to association members looking to continue their education.
The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, The Navigate Your Future Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December of 2018.
For more information or to complete your application, click here


   From the FAA

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents Initiative


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. However, Controlled Flight into Terrain or CFIT continues to claim up to 17 percent of all general aviation fatalities. CFIT occurs when an airworthy aircraft, under pilot control, flies into the ground, a mountain, a body of water, or an obstacle. Most often, the pilot or crew is unaware of this looming disaster until it is too late. CFIT most commonly occurs in the approach or landing phase of flight. While there are numerous reasons why a plane might crash into terrain, pilot error is the most common, particularly a loss of situational awareness. One of the problems in reviewing GA CFIT accidents is the lack of human factors data. This is due to the high fatality rate of CFIT accidents, and the fact that most GA aircraft are not equipped with data recording systems.

Click here to learn more about CFIT and ways to avoid  CFIT.

   Association Highlights

Stay in the Know with NATA Podcasts


NATA’s series of podcasts highlight various association events, industry updates, advice and more. The most recent edition touched on Part 135 Standardized Curriculum: More Dynamic, Responsive and Efficient.

Others include:

NATA Safety 1st Program Administration FAQs

Helping Aviation Businesses Grow by Leveraging Social Media

NATA Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System: A Leap Forward in Fuel Quality Control


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.


Next Week Conklin & de Decker to Host Aircraft Acquisition Planning Seminar | December 4-5 in Scottsdale

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.


Free December 4th Webinar: GKG Law to Provide Update on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act


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.

   Member Spotlight

Avfuel Brands Greensboro’s Koury Aviation FBO (KGSO)


On November 21st, Avfuel welcomed Koury Aviation FBO, Piedmont Triad International’s Airport’s new FBO to its branded Network of Independents. Koury Aviation expanded from its charter operations into full FBO services this fall. “We’re excited to be able to expand our services for the general aviation community,” said Bradford Koury, Koury Aviation FBO’s President. “As the independent FBO on the field, we’ll be able to provide the personalized services our clientele requires from a sophisticated operation.” Click here to read more.


Boca Raton Hosts Holiday Toy Drive Next Month


Florida’s Boca Raton Airport will be sponsoring the Toys for Tots Holiday Drive. On December 3rd, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at seven airport locations: the Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support FBOs; Boca Raton Aircraft Maintenance and Reliable Jet Maintenance MROs; Privaira Private Aviation; the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Boca Raton; and the airport authority administration building. “This year, we want to collect more toys than before,” explained Airport Executive Director Clara Bennett. “A simple toy can make a major difference for a child who might not receive anything if it weren’t for generous contributions to Toys for Tots.” Click here to read more.

   ACSF News

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 ACSF Safety Symposium!


Registration is now open for the 2019 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The event takes place March 12-13, 2019. Don't miss out! The 2019 theme is "Promoting the Highest Levels of Aviation Safety".

Register at or call Bryan Burns at (202) 774-1515 to learn more.


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