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View HTML Version of Newsletter   February 11, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 6 

   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Urges Full Funding of Programs to Recruit and Train Aviation Maintenance Technicians

NATA, along with a coalition of 40 other leading aviation organizations, urged the Trump administration to seek full funding of $10 million for programs to recruit and train aviation maintenance technicians. These programs were part of the FAA reauthorization bill and must now get funding through the appropriations process before the Department of Transportation can start providing grants.

We are pleased that President Trump has made career technical education a priority. These programs will help achieve the administration’s workforce development goals as long as the money is included in the administration’s proposed budget, which will be sent to Congress in February. 

NATA and the coalition, representing a broad cross-section of the industry, signed onto the letter to the White House and the Secretary of Transportation in support of both the technician and pilot programs and remain committed to continuing to make a strong case for funding of these programs. 

Read more here.


Update Regarding NATA’s Compensation Survey

Unfortunately, we did not receive enough completed surveys from FBOs to make NATA’s Compensation Survey statistically accurate for 2018. We are working to do the initiative again in 2019 and are taking steps to have a statistically accurate number of FBOs to make the survey results meaningful.

At this time, we are asking for all members to help not only NATA, but also the industry by participating. This survey is vital to a company’s profitability by assisting with the management of labor costs and aiding with employee recruitment and retention efforts. The survey provides valuable information that the industry uses to ensure compensation is competitive within the industry. The results of the report are only as good as the quality of the data submitted and the number of companies that respond, please make every effort to participate.

To get started, participants will need an access code and the necessary compensation/benefit information that can be found on the survey outline. Interested parties should contact Participating companies will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results. 

We hope you will take time to complete this survey so that you and others within the community will benefit from this valuable information. Thank you to all who have already participated.


NATA Names New Board of Directors Members

Today, NATA released an announcement on the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Marc Drobny, President, StandardAero in Scottsdale, AZ; Geoffrey Heck, SVP of Operations, Signature Flight Support in Minneapolis, MN; and Mike Magni, President, Monaco Air Duluth in Duluth, MN.

"We are pleased to add these exceptional new members to our Board," stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. "NATA relies on the capability and commitment of the Board of Directors to guide the Association as it grows. NATA’s Board of Directors is comprised of the finest leaders from all areas of the general aviation industry and we appreciate their dedication, leadership and support.” Read more here.


Agenda Now Available for Popular FBO Success Seminar | 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 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! Click here to review the 2019 agenda.


   From the FAA

Help the FAA Provide Accurate Information on Aviation Activity and Safety


The General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is underway! The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only government source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. The data helps determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes and measure aviation safety.

If you were selected to complete this year’s survey, you will receive a postcard invitation to participate. You can complete the survey online or submit the survey form that was mailed to you in the postage-paid envelope. Your responses will be used for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tetra Tech by calling 1-800-826-1797 or by emailing

Previous years’ survey results can be found here.


FAA Safety Briefing | Introduction to Safety Risk Management


Read the latest FAA Safety Briefing highlighting how civil aviation organizations, air carriers and military aviation activities have embraced Safety Risk Management — a foundational component of all safety management systems. Single-pilot operations can also enjoy the benefits of safer, more efficient flying through the application of risk management processes. Risk management is a formalized way of dealing with hazards. It is a logical process of evaluation where you weigh the potential costs of a risk against the potential benefits you may receive, if you allow that risk to stand uncontrolled. Learn more here.

   Association Highlights

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.


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.


NATA to Participate on Free February 13th Industry Webinar on Hangar Foam Systems


This Wednesday, February 13th, at 2 PM EST, NATA’s Managing Director of Safety & Training, Michael France, will be joining a webinar hosted by Willis, Towers, Watson addressing inadvertent fire foam discharges in aircraft hangars and the numerous risks and issues these systems present. 

Hangars are a critical component of aviation businesses and over the years, inadvertent activations of fire foam suppression systems have resulted in significant damage to aircraft and have cost the aviation industry and insurers millions upon millions of dollars.

In this webinar, you will:

    - Understand current efforts by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to change the fire codes that require installation of fire foam systems in aircraft hangars

    - Gain greater awareness of the inequities surrounding fire foam systems

    - Learn how these systems are intended to work and why they fail

    - Develop insight on better ways to mitigate the risks


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

Avfuel Brands Turks and Caicos FBO: Blue Heron Aviation


On January 30th, Avfuel welcomed Blue Heron Aviation (MBPV) to its branded network of independent FBOs, offering operators a gateway to paradise with the benefit of Avfuel programs, including Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP rewards. “Our ethos is ‘Safety & Service First,’” said Roger Murphy, Blue Heron Aviation’s General Manager. “This ethos permeates every decision we make at Blue Heron Aviation—which includes our decision to partner with Avfuel as a branded location, as Avfuel also embraces a customer-first approach. This can only benefit our operation and those who choose to fly in to our FBO. Our customers will continue to enjoy everything they love about Blue Heron Aviation now, but with the added benefit of Avfuel solutions backing our operation, including fuel and loyalty rewards.” 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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