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   This Week's Top Stories 

Oversight and Renewal Requirement for Certain Designees Impacted by the Government Shutdown

On January 28th, the FAA issued a memo to all Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification Offices to allow for the deviation of the FAA Orders and Policy that address training, oversight and renewal requirement due dates for certain designees impacted by the December 2018 government shutdown.


This deviation allows FAA personnel to extend the due date for designee recurrent training, oversight and renewal for those due on or after December 22, 2018 to April 30, 2019. This means that designees in good standing, including Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) holders, may continue to perform authorized functions in an active status. Read more here.


NATA Remembers Pradeep Panikar - Longtime FBO Industry Colleague and Friend

Pradeep Panikar served as the FBO Line and Customer Service Manager for Napa Jet Center, now owned by Lynx FBO Network. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and Mark C. Willey, former CEO of Napa Jet Center, who recently retired when the FBO was sold in June of 2018, issued statements in honor of Pradeep's memory.

"NATA was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Pradeep Panikar. Pradeep was well-known throughout the industry for making an instant and lasting connection with everyone he met," stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. "Pradeep was a champion for safety and excellence in FBO service and set an example for others—the industry has lost a true friend."

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NATA Partners with CrewID® to Integrate With Its Safety 1st Program

On January 30th, an agreement was made between NATA and CrewID® to integrate NATA's Safety1st Training Program into CrewID®'s Global Credentialing System. This integration will provide Safety1st participants online access to real-time eBadges that manage and verify their Safety1st training credentials, status and company position. Additionally, through this collaboration, Safety1st and CrewID® will provide Safety1st participants who have successfully completed their Safety1st training with a CrewID® badge at no-cost.

Gary Dempsey, President of NATA, stated, "The decision to integrate with CrewID® makes plain sense. Our members will benefit greatly with the ability to easily and quickly show their training certificates/qualifications at any location they access and work." Read more here.


NATA at Schedulers and Dispatchers San Antonio, TX

Last week, NATA attended the 2019 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, TX. NATA staff were available to visit with member companies, participate in industry events and answer conference attendee questions related to Safety 1st, membership, workers compensation insurance programs, events and other Association product/service offerings.


NATA also provided two live demos of the newly-refreshed Safety 1st program. The Association co-exhibited with the National Air Transportation Association - Compliance Services (NATACS) and CrewID® for the second consecutive year.


NATA held several prize giveaways including its annual digital business card drawing, social media contest and an appointment-based competition. Follow NATA's social media accounts to see highlights from the show and more!


   Association Highlights

NATA Airport Business Committee Holds Winter Meeting in San Antonio, TX


On January 29th, the Association's Airport Business Committee convened at NATA member Million Air's facility in San Antonio, Texas. Committee Chairman Josh Hochberg (Sonoma Jet Center) welcomed the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) VP of Airports and State Advocacy, Mike Ginter, to the meeting to discuss the "Know Before You Go" initiative on recommended best practices for the communication of prices and fees and to demonstrate how the AOPA Airport Directory can be an effective tool for achieving that objective. The Association appreciates the open dialog with AOPA in collaborating on initiatives that promote continuous improvement of customer service and the means to highlight this commitment. NATA will continue to work with the Airport Business Committee to outline the varied options available for participating as a best practice FBO in this and other operational areas.  NATA encourages our members to participate in the industry-wide "Know Before You Go" initiative by choosing one of the many options for making prices and fees available online.

Also, at the meeting, NATA staff members provided an update on proposed guidance changes to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 - Standard on Aircraft Hangars and discussed the latest FAA Draft Order 5090.5, Formulation of the NPIAS-ACIP. The draft order aims to establish guidelines for managing and maintaining the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP). The committee will reconvene in June during NATA's annual Aviation Business Conference in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in joining NATA's Airport Business Committee, please contact Megan Eisenstein (

Joe Dalton Becomes Director of Security | National Air Transportation Compliance Services


Last week, Joe Dalton joined the National Air Transportation Compliance Services (NATACS) as the Director of Security. Dalton joins NATACS after serving as Director, Aviation Security for NetJets Inc. and previously Manager, Security for NetJets International over the last 17 years. He represented NetJets on a wide range of global security efforts and achieved regulatory compliance with five foreign and four domestic security programs.

In his new role with NATACS, Dalton will oversee the security and regulatory efforts for NATA Compliance Services, working closely with the technology and operations teams to expand and deploy security initiatives that serve the commercial and corporate aviation communities.

"We are proud to have Joe as part of our NATACS Team," says Michael Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer. "Joe brings robust experience and a deep knowledge of our customers and their needs, along with his work with industry stakeholders including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency." Read more here.

Recognize 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.


NATA's FBO Success Seminar Instructors Report: FBO Fuel Survey Notes Positive Sales in 2018

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 Aviation Business Strategies Group's industry experts John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing, and training. Check out their recent report indicating positive FBO fuel sales in 2018.

Seats fill quickly for the FBO Success Seminar, register today!


NATA's Certified QC Inspector Workshop | Two Locations, Two Dates


The Certified QC Inspector Workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive advanced education in everything fuel handling related. On April 23-24 (Ft. Worth, TX) and September 10-11 (Van Nuys, CA), attendees will enhance their knowledge on fuel characteristics, filtration, sampling and testing, maintenance, and setting up a conformant inspection program. Additionally, this course will cover the importance of QC record keeping and documentation, along with how to prepare for a QC audit. To register or for more information, including the agenda, click here.
   Member Spotlight

Request for Proposal at Danville Regional Airport (KDAN)


The City of Danville, Virginia is seeking an FBO to provide aviation user services at the Danville Regional Airport (KDAN). Services to be provided and terms and conditions for the contract are to be proposed by responders. The Request for Proposals (RFP) document containing further details and information related to this business opportunity may be found at, or by contacting Ronald F. Price, QED Airport & Aviation Consultants, at or by telephone at (904) 310-6220. Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to Mr. Price. Proposals are due March 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. local time." To view this and other open RFPs, please check out NATA classifieds—a resource available to members by logging onto Interested companies can either post their own job/internship opening, available hangar space or RFP/RFQ, or send them to NATA at


World Fuel Services Introduces Loyalty Program Tiers


Last week, World Fuel Services announced enhancements to its World Fuel Rewards loyalty program including new status tiers and simplified methods to earn points. These changes along with participating location program improvements will be rolled out in April of this year. Malcolm Hawkins, SVP of North American Sales at World Fuel Services said: "Over the last year, we listened to customer and partner feedback. As a result, we upgraded the program to reduce confusion and speed up rewards. We added status and dramatically expanded eligible products." Read more here.

   ACSF News

Have You Registered for the 2019 ACSF Safety Symposium?


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 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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