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View HTML Version of Newsletter   February 18, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 7 
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   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Names Jonathon Freye Vice President of Government and Public Affairs

NATA is pleased to announce that Jonathon Freye has been named as the Association’s Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. Freye will lead NATA’s advocacy in Washington, D.C. and will manage the Association’s external and media relations.

“Jonathon brings to NATA both an insider perspective on the policymaking process and a technical understanding of the air transportation industry,” said NATA President Gary Dempsey. “Jonathon’s experience as a strategic communicator will enable the Association to advance policy goals that support the business interests of our members.” Freye most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s aviation subcommittee. Prior to working for Rep. Lipinski, he was the Federal Government Affairs Representative for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He also spent a year as a legislative fellow in the office of Senator Maria Cantwell, then-Chair of the Senate aviation subcommittee. Read more.


Support the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108)

Last week, NATA issued an alert asking for your support in safeguarding the jobs, economic growth, businesses and overall health of our industry that are at stake when the government is shuttered. NATA, along with a coalition of 40 other leading aviation stakeholder groups, signed onto a letter to Congressional leadership in support of the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108). This legislation, introduced by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rick Larsen (D-WA), would authorize the FAA to draw from the balance of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund in the event of a government shutdown, ensuring the continuity of vital agency safety and operational functions.

The effects from the recent federal shutdown are still being felt throughout the entire aviation industry. The House of Representatives will soon vote on this bill and we strongly urge you to contact your Representatives through NATA’s Legislative Action Center and ask them to support the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108). Read more here.


Complying with New Charter Disclosure Rules | Rules Effective as of February 14th

In October 2018, the Department of Transportation issued new regulations impacting air charter transactions. These rules affect on-demand air carriers when working with brokers or directly with customers. NATA Senior Advisor, Air Charter Jacqueline Rosser discussed these new requirements and how to prepare for implementation in a recent webinar, covering 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 compliance best practices

The new charter disclosure rules went into effect on February 14, 2019. Members may view a recording of this webinar for free and nonmembers may purchase access for $25. Contact Courtney Bishop if you are interested in accessing the recording.


Can’t Miss Seminar for FBO Management Professionals | 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

Changes to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Registration Marking Requirements


On February 13, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a change to unmanned aircraft registration marking requirements. In previous rulemaking, the FAA had established an online registration process for operator convenience noting the requirement that unmanned aircraft display the registration number in a readily accessible part of the aircraft. An allowance was made permitting the registration number to be in an enclosed compartment (e.g. battery compartment). That allowance is eliminated by the current new rule. Registration markings for unmanned aircraft must, as of February 25, 2019, be “legibly displayed on an external surface of the small unmanned aircraft.” The new rule is a change to FAR Part 48 (not FAR Part 107) and as such applies essentially to all unmanned aircraft (see Part 48 for specific applicability). The complete final rule can be found here.

   Association Highlights

New NATA Now Blog Post: Schedulers & Dispatchers


Read the latest NATA Now blog post, “NATA Takes Over the Lone Star State at the 2019 Schedulers and Dispatchers.” Learn more about our activities at the Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, including demos of the refreshed Safety 1st online program scheduled for release on March 31st. We also held several contests featuring exciting prizes such as iPads and Visa gift cards.

If we missed you in San Antonio, follow NATA’s social media accounts to see more highlights and photos from the show! Also, please feel free to give us a call at 800-808-6282 or email us with your questions at:, or

We’re here to serve YOU and we are already looking forward to next year’s event in Charlotte!


Free NATA Member Benefit: Market Your Employment, RFP and Hangar Space Opportunities


Want to make an announcement or market your business opportunities to other NATA members and industry professionals? NATA offers a free marketing service to all NATA members via the Classifieds section of The Classifieds section is designed to allow members to post job/internship opportunities, RFPs, and available hangar/leasing space. All classified listings are available for public viewing.

Discover how can work for you today! Click here to see current listings or contact Courtney Bishop at for more information.


Get Life-Saving Alerts from the LifeLine Response Platform

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-  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’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

Clay Lacy Debuts New VNY MRO Facility


Los Angeles-area aviation services provider Clay Lacy Aviation has opened a new 24/7 aircraft MRO facility for its Part 145 repair station at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The complex occupies more than seven acres and features a 66,000-sq-ft hangar and 86,000 sq ft of office and shop space, including an expanded parts and rotables department, interior design suite, battery refurbishment center, client offices, and conference room. “We leveraged our 50 years of aviation experience to create the best one-stop aircraft maintenance center in Southern California,” said Ed Mirzakhanian, the company’s Vice President for Maintenance and Business Development. “Our new Van Nuys facility can accommodate as many as 15 large-cabin aircraft, and the needs of every client, from general inspections to airframe repair, domestic and international Wi-Fi installations to cabin management systems, and complete interior upgrades.” Read more.


Stuart Jet Center (KSUA) Guests Benefit from Addition of Customs


Effective Monday, February 11, 2019, operators flying to Stuart Jet Center will benefit from the convenience of U.S. Customs at Witham Field Airport (KSUA) for streamlined international travel to and from South Florida. “We’ve been continuously increasing our amenities and services to better support a diverse group of operators,” said Dan Capen, President of Stuart Jet Center. “Adding a customs facility on the airport field is a major step to accommodating more needs, particularly for international operators looking for reliable, quality FBO services in South Florida. The addition of customs will be great for the airport, the community and those who visit us.” Read more.

   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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