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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). Visit with NATA staff and see demonstrations of the Association’s new and updated products and services.

For the second consecutive year, we’re co-exhibiting with NATA Compliance Services and CrewID®. Stop by Booth #400 for a chance to win one of several BIG prizes including: an iPad (2 available), an Apple Watch, AirPods and more! NATA staff will be answering questions about membership, Safety 1st, insurance products, events and other Association offerings. Schedule your appointment now to meet with NATA and NATACS at S&D! Those that schedule an appointment with NATA in advance and show up for their scheduled meeting will be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card.

NATA can be reached by phone at 800-808-6282 or via email at, and, we look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


Nominate Exceptional Aviation Businesses and Colleagues | NATA Award Programs Call for Nominations

Nomination forms are available for the 2018 Industry Excellence Awards and the 2019 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of the following awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations:

   -  Airport Executive Partnership Award
   -  ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award 
   -  Excellence In Pilot Training Award 
   -  Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award 

   -  New! – FBO CSR Award


The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference in June 2019. The nomination deadline is March 22, 2019.


For more information, please click here. To submit a nomination, click here.

Government Funded until Feb. 15 | NATA Continues to Monitor Long-term Effects of Shutdown

On Friday, President Trump signed a measure to temporarily fund the government until February 15, 2019. The legislation was passed swiftly by House and Senate via voice votes. Although federal employees are returning to their posts, the industry can still expect delays in the processing of certificates, permits, permissions and other documentation as work gets underway to catch up on all administrative and other functions that have been delayed or on hold for the past 35 days.

When the shutdown entered its fourth week, NATA released a Member Alert highlighting its toll 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 felt the effects of a closed government. NATA’s staff is available to answer questions and document stories regarding the shutdown. 

As the affected federal workers return to work amid backlogs, deadlines and the uncertain threat of another looming shutdown, NATA will continue to monitor developments and the impact on aviation businesses. Please call (800) 808-6282 or email Shannon Chambers, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, at or Megan Eisenstein, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, at


Watch the Archived Livestream of the January 17th Business Jets Fuel Green Event in Van Nuys

On January 17th, the business aviation community joined Los Angeles civic aviation leaders for a day of demonstration at Van Nuys Airport (VNY), CA, to showcase the viability of alternative jet fuels and the future of sustainability. For the official press release, click here.


Recordings of live streamed video coverage are available below:

 -  SAJF Workshop & Business Aviation Guide Overview

 - SAJF Demo Flights and Static Display

 - SAJF Official Ceremony and Media Event


The event was hosted and sponsored by NATA along with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Other event sponsors included: Avfuel, World Fuel Services, Bombardier, Gulfstream, PCS Energy, Phillips 66, Jet Aviation and Signature Flight Support.


To stay informed on the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative, please visit and follow business aviation’s commitment to alternative fuels on Twitter and Facebook at #Sustainability and #FlySustainable.

   Industry News

Know Before You Go


Last October, NATA along with 5 additional major aviation associations jointly released the “Know Before You Go" best business practice. The joint release outlines a series of communications best practices—including publishing an online list of potential prices, fees and charges that pilots may face when landing at an airport. It also recommends customers contact FBOs directly, “so that operators can ask questions, know and evaluate their options, and make informed decisions.”

Since the joint release, several FBOs have implemented online posting of prices, fees and other potential charges. However, NATA has received questions seeking guidance regarding how to best achieve the Know Before You Go best business practice. NATA’s Airport Business Committee is working on providing additional guidance and tools to further enhance communications between FBOs and their customers.  

To help in this process of communication, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently updated its website to allow FBOs the ability to enter and update pricing, fees and charges and achieve the Know Before You Go best business practice. This can be found at For those FBOs interested in posting on AOPA’s website, please click here for instructions.

If you have questions regarding Know Before You Go, please contact Mike France, NATA’s Managing Director of Safety & Training at

NATA also seeks to recognize those FBOs that go above and beyond in their commitment to implementing best business practices and providing exemplary service to customers and communities. Contact Shannon Chambers at to share your story and visit to learn more about how FBOs work to make general aviation even better each day.

   Association Highlights

NATA COO Obitts Discusses Business Aviation in America at Corporate Jet Investor


Today, NATA COO Tim Obitts served as a panelist at this year’s edition of Corporate Jet Investor in London. The session titled, “America – Making Business Aviation Great Again,” explored the impact of the government shutdown on aviation businesses, the effects of tax reform and more. Joining Obitts were Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor; Jonah Adler, Jet Edge; Nicholas Cerretani, QS Partners; Johnny Foster, OGARAJETS; Dave Labrozzi, Global Jet Capital; and Jim Simpson, First Republic Bank.

Visit NATA’s social media channels for event photos and updates.


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.

Learn more at


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.

Visit or email to learn about the credit incentive.

   From the FAA

FAA Issues Super Bowl LIII™ Special Air Traffic Procedures for Atlanta Area


Due to the large number of aircraft expected for Super Bowl LII™, the FAA has announced special traffic management procedures to ensure safety and minimize air traffic delays associated with the increase in game-related general aviation flights that local Atlanta airports will experience. The FAA is not imposing a slot requirement; however, all aircraft will require an FBO ramp reservation for arrivals and departures in the days preceding and following the event. Operators planning flights to airports in the vicinity between January 29 and February 5, 2019 should contact their preferred FBO to secure space as soon as possible. Operators should also remember that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) typically announces flight restrictions 3-5 days prior to the game. 

Click here for a list of Atlanta area airports impacted by the Super Bowl LIII™ NOTAM.


Facet Filters to Host Free Aviation Fuel Handling Workshop


Facet Filters will host a no-cost aviation fuel handling workshop in Ashburn, VA on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The workshop will provide attendees with the latest information and updates on various industry specifications, regulations, technology and procedures. John Leonard of Facet Filters will present a complete overview of aviation fuel filtration—including the latest on EI 1583 and the on-going filter monitor issue. Guest speakers from Liquid Controls, Cla-Val, Phillips 66, Meggitt, Reelcraft and NATA will also discuss topics ranging from refueling equipment selection and maintenance to aviation fuel quality control (QC) best practices and QC management. Seating is limited for this free event. Click here for further details and registration information.

  Member Spotlight

Jetscape Celebrates Construction of New Facility Ground-Breaking Ceremony


On January 25th, Jetscape Services celebrated the upcoming development of its new 25,000-square-foot FBO terminal and two 40,000-square-foot hangars located at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (KFLL). The location of this new facility will be on the West side of the airport, allowing for a more central location on the field, conveniently located just off the main runway. The new location will offer expanded ramp space and a closer proximity to the GA customs area. “Over the last 16 years, we have outgrown our original leasehold. With the purchase of Victory Aviation’s facility last year and this new 25-acre project, we will be able to accommodate all Jetscape Services’ customers”, said Troy Menken, President of Jetscape Services. Read more here.

   ACSF News

Precision Aircraft Management Joins the ACSF, Enrolls in ASAP


The 2019 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium brings together the top professionals in the aviation industry. Register now for this can't miss event at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA, taking place from March 12-13, 2019. Don't miss out!

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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