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   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Highlights Negative Effects of Government Shutdown on Industry – Share Your Stories

As the shutdown of the federal government enters its fourth week, NATA released a Member Alert highlighting the toll the shutdown is having on the aviation industry. From furloughed TSA workers and air traffic controllers forced to work without pay, to the inability for member companies to receive permissions and permits from the FAA, the aviation community is feeling the effects of a closed government. The alert highlighted examples of companies who are not able to perform the basic duties that help them operate, including a company and its client who cannot gain the permits needed to transport surgeons and organs in a timely manner, preventing them from saving lives. NATA legislative and regulatory staff are on hand to answer questions and document stories during the shutdown.


Please call (800) 808-6282 or email Rebecca Mulholland, Director of Legislative Affairs, at or Megan Eisenstein, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, at

Civic, Aviation Leaders Showcase Viability of Alternative Jet Fuels In Live Demo

On January 17th, a coalition of international business aviation organizations joined Los Angeles-area civic leaders and 130+ industry guests to mark a milestone in the initiative to promote the development and adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) through Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability.

“Today’s ground-breaking event demonstrates that National Air Transportation Association (NATA) members across the supply chain—from fuel suppliers and distributors to aircraft owners and operators—are committed to a future of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. “Van Nuys Airport was the perfect backdrop for today’s activities, and we appreciate the support of the Van Nuys Airport Association, Los Angeles World Airports and the other coalition members in making ‘Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability’ a reality. We look forward to continuing to spread the message of the impact and benefits of SAJF throughout the industry and across the world.”


Read more here. Click here to see a recap of the event.

NATA Remembers IBAC's Michael W. Hohm 

On January 15th, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) announced the passing of Michael W. Hohm.


As IBAC Director for Liaison to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Michael played a key role as the business aviation industry representative on the Air Navigation Commission (ANC) at ICAO and was responsible for day-to-day relationships with the ICAO Secretariat and national delegations to ICAO.    


“Michael was a tremendous advocate for our industry and a dear colleague to all of us at IBAC and to all our Member Associations,” commented Kurt Edwards, IBAC Director General.  “He will be missed dearly, especially for his sincere dedication and passion for aviation, and his kindness that fostered so many relationships throughout the industry during his career.”


Read more here.


Complying with New Charter Disclosure Rules Webinar | Register Now

Please register for NATA’s “Complying with New Charter Disclosure Rules” webinar, to be held on Jan 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST. In October of 2018, the Department of Transportation issued new regulations impacting air charter transactions. These rules impact on-demand air carriers when working with brokers or directly with customers. Hear from NATA Senior Advisor, Air Charter Jacqueline Rosser as she discusses these new requirements and learn how to prepare for implementation ahead of the February 14, 2019 deadline.

Attendees will learn more about the following:

  - How the regulations impact Part 135 air charter operators

  - What the changes mean for charter brokers

  - How to manage customer refund provisions

  - Tips for best practices as the compliance deadline approaches

Registration is complimentary for NATA members and costs $25 for nonmembers. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar and all registrants will receive a complimentary recording post-webinar. 


   Association Highlights

Meet with NATA Staff at Schedulers and Dispatchers for Demos and Several Chances to Win!


NATA will be on hand for both scheduled appointments and walk-up meetings during the 2019 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference (Booth 400)Make your appointment now to visit with NATA staff and view demonstrations of the Association’s new and updated products and services.


Visit us at Booth 400 to be among the first to preview the NATA Safety 1st refresh and updates to the Fuel Quality Management System (FQMS). We'll also be available to discuss other Association offerings and benefits such as NATA membership, policy committees, our Workers Compensation Insurance Program, 2019 events, advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and more! 

For the second year in a row, we are co-exhibiting with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) and CrewID® who support the needs of our industry with badging, background checks, online TSA Security Training, drug program management and other aviation HR compliance solutions.

Here is a summary of this year's prize giveaways for NATA and NATACS:

    -  When you stop by to say hello, be sure to enter our digital business card drawing onsite for a chance to win: an iPad, a pair of airpods, an Apple watch or Yeti cooler! 

    -  Attendees who make an appointment in advance and show up to their scheduled time will be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card.

    -  Let us know you're attending Schedulers and Dispatchers on Twitter and include the hashtag #NATAatSDC19 for a chance to win a complimentary registration to our June 17-19, 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference in Washington, DC.


It’s Time to Speak with Your Broker About NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program


NATA’s outstanding Workers Compensation Insurance Program underwritten by QBE Aviation offers tangible annual savings in the form of a Good Experience Return (GER), which often equals or exceeds membership dues. Recently, over $5.5 million in GER was returned to Program participants.

NATA now offers an added credit incentive for new Workers Compensation Insurance Program joins. Take advantage of this promotion and receive either a credit towards Safety 1st Training or NATA Compliance Services offerings.

Learn more at or email to find out more about the credit incentive.


Get Life-Saving Alerts from the LifeLine Response Platform


LifeLine Response provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts:

    -  Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from international government agencies and threat analysts. 

    -  Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

    -  Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed.

Learn more and find out why this platform is entrusted by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.


NATA P&C Plus Insurance Program | Coverage You Can Count On

NATA launched its P&C Plus Insurance Program 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.

    -   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

Learn more at

   From the FAA

FAA Releases Proposal that Would Allow Drones to be Flown Over People and at Night


Despite the government shutdown, last week the FAA released a much anticipated proposed rule that would allow small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be flown commercially over people and at night without obtaining a waiver. The FAA notes how the rulemaking “would also require remote pilots in command to present their remote pilot in command certificate as well as identification to certain federal, state, or local officials, upon request, and proposes to amend the knowledge testing requirements in the rules that apply to small UAS operations to require training every 24 calendar months.” For an operator to fly at night, they must complete knowledge testing or training, which includes new information on operating at night, and the small UAS must have an anti-collision light visible for at least 3 statute miles. To fly a small UAS over people, the FAA proposes three categories “based on the risk of injury they present.” The FAA is not currently seeking comments and the information in the proposal will be posted to the Federal Register later.


Enhance Your FBO Success and Service | FBO Success Seminar Returns March 26-27 in Savannah


NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand! Join your colleagues March 26-27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Savannah, GA to learn new FBO management techniques, gain essential operational and service knowledge, and connect with fellow attendees at a networking forum. This seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators, general managers, new managers, finance personnel and other key FBO employees who are interested in building a more successful FBO. Attendees will hear from industry experts John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing, and training. Seats fill quickly, register today!

  Member Spotlight

Global Airways Set to Open New FBO at Cardiff International Airport


Global Trek Aviation, previously established at Belfast International (EGAA), they are expanding their brand by opening a second Executive Jet Centre at Cardiff International Airport (EGFF) – the Capital Airport for Wales. Gordon Bingham, Chief Operating Officer of Global Trek Aviation, commented, “we are delighted to be opening this all new facility at Cardiff International Airport as it offers tremendous potential with its ideal strategic location. We are investing in building a bespoke, state-of-the-art facility on the south side of the airport with dedicated VIP lounge, private offices, crew briefing center, flight ops facilities and a fully integrated security screening suite. Read more here.

   ACSF News

Precision Aircraft Management Joins the ACSF, Enrolls in ASAP


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that the Denver-based Precision Aircraft Management joined the ACSF. The firm is yet one more aviation-based company that will participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) created in cooperation between the ACSF and Federal Aviation Administration.

Along with more than 185 other member companies, Precision Aircraft Management (PAM) supports the ACSF’s vision to advance and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs.

The voluntary, self-reporting Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) helps identify and reduce possible flight safety concerns as well as mitigate risk. The ASAP uses employee input to identify significant safety concerns and issues, operational deficiencies, non-compliance with regulations, deviations from company policies and procedures, and unusual events. Each report is investigated, and corrective actions are determined based on a non-disciplinary approach to flight safety.

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