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View HTML Version of Newsletter   December 26, 2018 — Volume 17, Issue 52 
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   This Week's Top Stories 

Federal Government Shutdown

On December 21st, the United States Senate failed to reach the number of votes required to pass House-approved legislation extending partial government funding through February 8, 2019. As a result, the federal government ceased services at the Department of Transportation and six other departments, except for those deemed essential.

Among the essential services are air traffic control (including contract towers), as well as TSA and Customs operations. The collection of aviation taxes will also continue, and the FAA’s aircraft registration activities will operate normally, however, activities including the issuance of airmen certificates and facility security inspections will stop. 

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NATA will continue to update you as events warrant, follow us on social media to stay informed. Read more here.


Digital Version of the 2018 4th Quarter ABJ Available

NATA's 2018 Q4 Aviation Business Journal is now available online.


Highlights from this issue:

- To the Future! New NATA President Gary Dempsey is Ready for Infinity and Beyond

- 2018 Aviation Leadership Conference
- Viewpoint: NATF Building a Foundation for the Future

- FBOs Above and Beyond

- Selling a Culture

- How to Prepare for the Sale of Your FBO

- We Can Do It: Combating Aviation’s Workforce Challenges

- Insurer’s Gaining Altitude…Barely

- GA Supports Sustainability: Going Solar at Van Nuys Airport

- Maintaining Your Operation’s Safety and Security During Times of Crisis

- Next Revolution in Safety 1st Training

- And more!


As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read.


RSVP Now for Business Jets Fuel Green Event

On January 17th, NATA and a coalition of international industry organizations behind the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) Initiative and the associated Business Aviation Guide launched last May will demonstrate environmental commitment in action through an event at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles, CA. The Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event will mark the business aviation industry’s undertaking to reduce emissions through the development and adoption of SAJF with the goal of a carbon-neutral future for the industry.


The group will host a visually compelling, informative, day-long series of events to highlight the SAJF Initiative and resources, and demonstrate the fuels’ viability – long a priority for the business aviation industry. Please RSVP to let us know if you would be interested in attending the event. Contact Karissa Uko at for event details or Shannon Chambers for media inquiries.


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Early Bird Registration Now Available for NATA’s 2019 Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting

On June 17-19, 2019, NATA will host its Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference (ABC), which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. The event will commence with a reception on 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 is available until Friday, April 12th, register now to save $95! Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available — starting at $250.

Check out what previous ABC attendees had to say about their experience. Interested in speaking at the conference or want to share a session topic we should cover, click here?

   Association Highlights

NATA COO Represents Association at Bombardier Global 7500 Entry-Into-Service Celebration


On December 20th,  Bombardier celebrated the entry-into-service of its award-winning Global 7500 business jet, during a special event held at its recently renamed Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre, in the presence of selected customers, suppliers and representatives from the industry. “Pride and excitement are profound understatements when it comes to the entry-into-service of our flagship Global 7500 aircraft,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This revolutionary aircraft is the gateway to a transformed business aviation landscape and a very bright future. No other aircraft can compare and this achievement demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to deliver revolutionary and high-performing aircraft and provide customers with the best business jet experience in the world.” NATA COO Tim Obitts joined industry colleagues to participate in the event. Read more 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 & Co., 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 Assessments.

   -  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.

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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 & Company. 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.


NATA Industry Town Halls and Air Charter Forums to Return in January

NATA's Industry Town Halls provide 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.

January 16, 2019
NATA Member Host: Aerolease/Aeroplex
Van Nuys, CA


NATA's Air Charter Forums allow attendees to discuss issues impacting the Part 135 community, including illegal charter, federal excise taxes, the pilot shortage, FSDO relationships and more.

January 14, 2019
NATA Member Host: Solairus Aviation
San Jose, CA

January 15, 2019
NATA Member Hosts: Schubach Aviation and Atlantic Aviation
San Diego, CA


RSVP is required, and complimentary lunch is provided for the town halls and forums. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, please contact for more information on supporting these industry events.
   Member Spotlight

Jet Linx Receives Re-Certification For IS-BAO Stage III


On December 17th, Jet Linx, a private aviation company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, obtained the highest level of re-certification from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the benchmark of professionalism and standardization for the conduct of flight operations departments for the fourth consecutive year. Jet Linx first earned IS-BAO certification in 2009, and a Stage III rating in 2015. “We turn to outside audits like IS-BAO to ensure we remain ahead of the curve in safety," noted Jamie Walker, Jet Linx President and CEO. "Once again achieving the highest available IS-BAO rating of Stage III affirms the continuous vigilance of our team and our strong safety culture. Jet Linx is fully committed to delivering the highest level of service. Obtaining our re-certification validates that commitment." Read more here


Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems Expanding Operations


Stevens Aerospace, headquartered in Greenville, SC, with significant MRO operations in Greenville, SC; Dayton, OH; and Nashville, TN, announced they will move their cabin aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior business to the former Bombardier hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN) in Macon, GA. Relocating the large cabin business to Macon will provide more space for Stevens' current large cabin customers as well as provide room for other business as Stevens plans its future capacity options at Donaldson Center Airport. Neal McGrail, Stevens' Aerospace CFO said, "Stevens is pleased to have additional and dedicated space for our large cabin customers and be less dependent on our Greenville, SC facility for meeting our customer requirements in the southeastern US." Read more here.


Naples Full-Service FBO (KAPF) Unveils New Name | Naples Aviation


On December 18th, the sole full-service FBO at Naples Airport announced a name change from Naples Airport Authority to Naples Aviation. Still under operation by the Naples Airport Authority, Naples Aviation has the same dedicated team providing the expert services customers know them for, along with a new fueling option. “We’re excited about the new name, along with all of the changes that come with it,” said Mike Hushek, Naples Aviation’s FBO Manager. “We have launched a new website for easier customer use and are offering competitive rates on jet fuel with Avfuel Contract Fuel.” Read more here

   ACSF News

Summit Aviation Joins the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Summit Aviation joined the Foundation. Along with more than 180 other companies, Summit Aviation now supports the ACSF vision to enable on-demand air charter providers, corporate flight departments and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. “We are pleased to welcome Summit Aviation to the foundation,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “With their passion for safety, a focus on teamwork within leadership, colleagues and employees, they strive for uncompromising integrity in every aspect of their daily safety practices. Becoming a member of ACSF and participating in the ASAP program reinforces their commitment to providing the safest aircraft and flight crews for their clients.”

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