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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 10, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 49 

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NATA Recognizes FAA Efforts to Combat Illegal Charter

On December 6th, the Association and its Illegal Charter Task Force (ICTF) welcomed news from the FAA that the agency is continuing its crackdown on those who conduct illegal for-hire charter operations. Last week, an FAA press release announced a proposed $624,000 penalty against a California company for allegedly conducting illegal passenger-carrying flights.

Since launching the Illegal Charter Task Force earlier this year, the Association has engaged with FAA staff at the agency’s headquarters and in the field to educate them on the proliferation of improper aircraft leasing schemes and encourage meaningful action to address the illegal charter problem.

“We have had nothing but positive reaction from air charter operators and the FAA on the efforts of NATA’s Illegal Charter Task Force,” explained NATA Vice President Ryan Waguespack. Read more here.


NATA Participates in ADS-B Equip 2020 Meeting

Last week, NATA staff met with FAA representatives and industry at the Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting. During the meeting, the Working Group discussed FAA and industry educational outreach efforts, privacy issues at the aircraft level, the ADS-B rebate program, and the Section 505 ADS-B Mandate Plan. FAA personnel also provided updates to the plenary on the general aviation rebate program, call sign mis-match statistics, current ADS-B Out equipage and avionics performance data, ADS-B related guidance publications, and discussed the proposed outline and timeline of the pending report to congress for ADS-B implementation. For the latest information and news on the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, please visit the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website. The next Equip 2020 Plenary & Working Group Meeting will take place in March 2019. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein at


NATA Continues Support of WWII Commemorative Program

Last week, NATA signed on to a letter supporting House passage of S. 3661, the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Commemoration Act. The bill directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II veterans. The co-signers state that the program will “seize public imagination, reflect on our nation’s ability to rally together to preserve our national interest, and be a defining moment in remembering the historic significance of the sacrifices of our veterans and Nation during World War II.” In late November, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation and is currently in the queue for House consideration. “Congressional action to ensure DOD (Department of Defense) participation will give considerable weight to these efforts and ensure an anniversary celebration worthy of veterans and our nation,” the letter states. 


New Features to Be Showcased During This Week’s Safety 1st FQMS Webinar

On December 13th, 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 can enhance the visibility and accountability of their QC process. Attendees will also learn about the newest system features since our initial launch earlier this year, including the addition of a ground service equipment (GSE) inspection platform for GSE maintenance.

Find out even more by visiting or subscribing to the Safety Net blog.


   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. A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. Accident investigators say a pilot’s unrealistic expectation of the aircraft’s performance, especially for an aircraft that operates at the edge of its weight and balance capabilities, causes some accidents. Most GA aircraft do not have the dedicated automated flight data recording devices that the commercial operators have, but there are other ways to monitor performance. Today, some manufacturers are offering self-contained flight data and visual data recorders for GA airplanes and helicopters. But, even without dedicated equipment, pilots can track engine power, fuel flow, oil temperature and pressure. Read more on how to calculate aircraft performance.


FAA On Guard: Illegal Charter Operations


Illegal charter operations pose a serious safety hazard to the traveling public, and the FAA works aggressively to identify and shut down rogue operators. The agency also provides information and resources to help passengers ensure the company they hire is legitimate. Charter operations — also known as commuter and on-demand operations — require a higher level of pilot training and certification, aircraft maintenance procedures and operational safety rules than operations that private pilots conduct. The agency formed a special focus team to investigate complex cases; partners with the air charter industry to help identify possible illegal operations; and is starting up a new team to collaborate with industry trade associations to educate pilots and operators to ensure they understand all the rules that apply to charter operations.

The FAA encourages people to thoroughly research operators they are considering hiring and to report any suspected illegal activities to the agency. If a member of the public has a concern about the legitimacy of a charter operator, they should contact their local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Read more here.
   Association Highlights

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:


   - 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


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 soon!

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

Skyways Renamed Fly Jet Center by New Owner


Under new ownership, Huron Regional Airport’s (KHON) sole FBO announced  on November 29 its new name: Fly Jet Center. Previously known as Skyways, the FBO at KHON is getting more than a fresh name — the operation is focused on providing a premier customer experience out of a newly-renovated facility featuring a pilot’s lounge, conference room, flight planning room with internet access, wireless internet, pilot supplies, a passenger lobby and heated hangar space.

“The new name is representative of the developments we’re making at KHON,” said Tanyika Sims, Fly Jet Center’s President and COO. “We’re thrilled to be able to serve South Dakota’s aviation market — as well as those visiting for a quick tech stop — with the quality services they deserve in a facility of which the Huron community can be proud.” Read more here.


Cullman Regional Airport Celebrates 60 Years of Service


On November 30th, Cullman Regional Airport in Alabama marked 60 years of service to its community. When the airport opened in 1958, the then 87.9-acre complex was already the culmination of more than 20 years of effort. In a discussion earlier this year, Airport Manager, Ben Harrison told The Tribune: “We are an economic development driver for the city of Cullman and for all of Cullman County. We don’t do economic development, but we host the companies that are coming in, that are doing economic development here. I would say, pretty much all the large industry, at some point in time, have had someone come into the airport several times per year, whether it be executives, whether it be air cargo that they need, whether it be people coming in to do business with them. So, constantly, we have someone coming in that deals with all the local major suppliers.” Read more here.

  ACSF News

Sun Air Jets Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration


On December 7th, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Sun Air Jets, Camarillo, CA, has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “By renewing their standing on the IAS Registry, they have demonstrated their pledge to high standards,” said ACSF president Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their continued commitment.” “Sun Air Jets is proud to be a part of the Air Charter Safety Foundation team,” said Sun Air Jets’ President and COO Brian Counsil. “The recent audit by ACSF helped improve our practices and safety culture as we continue to pursue the safest operation possible.”

For further information, go to


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."

View attendee testimonials. | View past event details and topics.

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


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