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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 17, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 50 

   This Week's Top Stories 

Congressional Committees Taking Shape for 116th Congress

In preparation for what is expected to be a busy year, House and Senate leadership are slowly beginning to publicize committee assignments and leadership for the 116th Congress. In the House, it is anticipated that the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will grow substantially in size, to as many as 72 committee members. Incoming Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) will be busy battling numerous debates that will contribute to a massive infrastructure package. A Democratic majority means Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) has taken control of the powerful Appropriations Committee, with Kay Granger (R-TX) serving as Ranking Member in the coming year. In the Senate, incoming Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) will have to work with Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on revamping legislation related to driverless cars, currently not scheduled to be completed this year. The Senate Appropriations Committee leadership will remain the same, with Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) continuing to head the panel. NATA will continue to monitor more committee leadership and membership assignments and will work with them to ensure issues important to aviation businesses are included in legislation in the 116th Congress.


Congress Debates Continuing Resolution Options as Shutdown Deadline Approaches

Congress has until midnight on Friday, December 21st, to fund seven agencies whose spending bills have not yet been enacted into law, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), or risk a partial government shutdown. The delay in passing any appropriations legislation centers around border wall funding and the question of who will budge in foregoing what they want—either President Trump not getting his desired $5 billion to dedicate for the wall, or Congressional Democrats going against their party and relenting to the President. Late last week however, President Trump indicated that he might be willing to delay border wall negotiations until January to prevent a shutdown and allow Congress to do what is necessary to keep the government running past next Friday. Time will tell—under a new Congress, with Democratic leadership in the House, the President will have even more of an uphill battle to secure funding for the wall. Questions remain over whether Congress will agree to pass a Continuing Resolution of current funding levels for the seven unfunded agencies or an omnibus spending bill, a comprehensive package of seven mini bills that will provide new funding levels for the unfunded agencies for FY2019. If Congress and the Administration cannot agree on a path forward, a partial government shutdown will occur and many programs under the DOT’s purview, including the FAA, will be affected. Follow NATA’s social media for up-to-date information on Congress’s next steps.


NATA Remembers Aviation Business Pioneer and Patriarch William “Bill” R. Cutter

The Association joins William “Bill” R. Cutter's countless friends and colleagues in honoring his devotion and lifelong contributions to the aviation business community: “Bill Cutter will be remembered as a successful industry pioneer and affectionately as a patriarch in the aviation business community. He and his company developed a higher standard in aircraft sales, service and support for Beechcraft Aircraft Sales and many other OEMs. As a long-time champion and mentor within the industry, Bill received NATA’s highest honor, the William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award, in 1996,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. “His son Will and the exceptional team at Cutter will continue the family’s legacy of providing exemplary service, following the principles of respect, trust and integrity that have been instilled from the company’s first day of service in 1928. The Cutters joined NATA in 1950 and have remained active members for nearly 70 years.”


Happy Holidays from NATA

Everyone at the National Air Transportation Association wishes you a safe and happy Holiday Season! Thanks to the support of members like you, we can provide education programs, events and advocacy that connects people and improves our industry. May the holidays be joyful and the coming year be prosperous. 

NATA Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019. During this time, NATA News will be sent Wednesday, December 26, 2018 and will return Monday, January 7, 2019. 

Read NATA President Gary Dempsey’s holiday message reviewing the state of the Association and what is on the horizon for 2019.


   From the FAA

Shaffer Named FAA Associate Administrator for Airports


Last week, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell announced D. Kirk Shaffer as the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports. According to the FAA, Shaffer will be responsible for overseeing national airport planning, airport safety, standards, airport design engineering, regulatory compliance and the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Shaffer most recently served as the principal for D. Kirk Shaffer, PLLC and as senior counsel with Crowell & Moring, LLP where he provided strategic policy planning, expert testimony and support to airports, air carriers and other aviation stakeholders. Shaffer’s FAA post is effective as of today, December 17th. Read more here.


FAA Safety Briefing November/December 2018 Issue


The November/December 2018 “Birds of a Different Feather” issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores the tremendous diversity of general aviation and encourages pilots to expand their aviation horizons and appreciate the many ways in which they can “enjoy the ride.” The issue also focuses on the new perspectives and skills pilots need to consider when moving on to different type of flying. The Aircraft Performance and Monitoring fact sheet created by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), include casual factors resulting from unreasonable expectations of aircraft performance – especially when operating at the edges of the aircraft weight and balance envelope. The GAJSC Loss of Control Work Group suggests improvement in pilots’ understanding and calculation of aircraft performance and performance monitoring. Read more here.

   Association Highlights

NATA Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients | Assisting Candidates in Reaching Their Aviation Goals


Last week, the National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) proudly announced the 2018 winners of the Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, NATA Business Scholarship, Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship, Pioneers of Flight Scholarship and Navigate Your Future Scholarship. NATF awards annual academic and flight training scholarships to assist outstanding candidates in their pursuit of careers in aviation service businesses.

“NATA is proud to have these talented individuals represent our Foundation. We wish them all the best as they continue their careers in aviation and hope that their stories will inspire others to join in their success,” said NATA Director of Member Relations Alexandra Connole. “We also thank our member companies for their financial contributions to fund our scholarship opportunities each year. We rely significantly on their support to empower the next leaders of our industry,” Connole added.

Read more here.


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.


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.


2019 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar


NATA recently concluded its 2018 event season. Visit for details and updates on the upcoming 2019 events schedule. Registration is available now for the town halls and forums, stay tuned for the remaining events registration details!

Highlights include:

5 NATA Industry Town Halls

7 NATA Air Charter Forums

The 2019 NATA Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference

The popular FBO Success Seminar

The NATA Safety 1st Certified Quality Control Inspector and Advanced Line Service Workshop

The 2019 NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium and more!

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are also available.


Click here to view the 2019 NATA and Safety 1st events calendar.
  Member Spotlight

Yingling FBO Adds Hangar Space in $4 Million Expansion


On December 13th, Yingling Aviation, an independent FBO and MRO at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (KICT), acquired the lease of former Hawker Beechcraft Services hangar that allows Yingling to expand its MRO activities and, for the first time, add aircraft paint services. The 50,000-sq-ft hangar is north of Yingling’s main facilities at KICT and includes a paint booth large enough to accommodate up to a Hawker 800 midsize jet. “That's been the one missing aircraft service from our menu for a long, long time,” Yingling owner Lynn Nichols stated. Click here to read more.

   ACSF News

Register for the 2019 ACSF Safety Symposium Today


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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