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View HTML Version of Newsletter   February 25, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 8 
   This Week's Top Stories 

Transportation Industry Resources to Combat Human Trafficking

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. NATA Compliance Services published a recent article on security risks for general aviation businesses in the Aviation Business Journal to help raise awareness of this important topic. In the U.S., major sporting events, trade shows and other large-scale events can triple the number of instances of sex trafficking. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) initiative was formed in 2012 for transportation and travel industry stakeholders to maximize  collective efforts to mitigate the impact of human trafficking. TLAHT’s focus areas are leadership, training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis. Partners take action to combat human trafficking by issuing leadership statements, protocols, training their employees and conducting public awareness campaigns. 


Can’t Miss Seminar for FBO Owners, Manager and Other Personnel | 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 during a networking forum. This seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators, general managers, new managers, finance personnel and other key employees interested in building a more successful FBO. Attendees will hear from industry experts John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, of Aviation Business Strategies Group, who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing, and training.

Seats fill quickly, register today! Click here to review the 2019 agenda.


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

   -  New! - Future Leader 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.


Give Back to Help Inspire Aviation’s Future

Give back to the aviation industry this year with a donation to the National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) and/or Safety 1st Future Development funds. With your donations, we look to expand upon the efforts of the Foundation to fit the needs of our industry and foster the aviation aspirations of our youngest industry members through our scholarships and grants. On the education and training side, donations to the Safety 1st Future Development fund will be crucial in the progress of the new training platform and upcoming updates as we continue to add more courses and make changes based on user needs.

All NATF donations are tax deductible, NATF is the 501(c) (3) charitable arm of NATA to enhance the safety and quality of service provided to the flying public by assisting aviation businesses in the education and training of their employees. All Safety 1st donations are considered deductible as an ordinary business expense for any contributing business.


If you wish to donate, please fill out this form so that we can send you or your company an invoice. You may donate to the Foundation, Safety 1st Future Development or both. Please contact if you have any questions.


   Association Highlights

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


NATA launched its P&C Plus Insurance Program exclusively for you.

This broker-driven Program provides a full suite of insurance coverage for membersdelivering flexible coverage options with a quick and simple enrollment process.

The NATA P&C Plus Program offers a range of coverages including:

    -   Commercial Property

    -   Inland Marine

    -   Business Auto

    -   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


NATA FAA Medical Certification Services for Part 135 and 91 Operators


The NATA FAA Medical Certification Services Program, administered by Harvey Watt & Co., was previously available only when combined with insurance products or through airlines for their pilots. Now all Part 135 air carriers and their pilots and Part 91 corporate flight departments are eligible for this program featuring a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members will also enjoy a special discount.

Benefits include:

   -  Unlimited confidential access to doctors and nurses,

   -  A subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletin,

   -  Expert representation in submitting documents to the FAA, responding to FAA inquiries, expediting recertification case reviews and appeals, and presenting cases to specialty FAA board hearings

View a sample of the Aviation Medical Bulletin, one of the health-related resources provided by this valuable program.

Get started by clicking here.


RSVP for April NATA Industry Town Hall and Air Charter Forums


NATA's Industry Town Halls provide aviation business leaders across the region the opportunity to sit down together and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities within our industry—including regional matters and a legislative and regulatory update.

April 3, 2019

NATA Member Host: Meridian Aviation | Teterboro, NJ


NATA's Air Charter Forums allow attendees to discuss issues impacting the Part 135 community, including illegal charter, federal excise taxes, the pilot shortage, FSDO relationships and more.


April 1, 2019

NATA Member Host: Boca Raton Airport | Boca Raton, FL


April 25, 2019

NATA Member Hosts: West Houston Airport | Houston, TX


RSVP is required, and complimentary lunch is provided for the town halls and forums. Thank you to GoGo Business Aviation for sponsoring this year’s Air Charter Forums! Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available, please contact for more information on supporting these industry events.


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

Ross Aviation Acquires Rectrix


Ross Aviation added to its network recently with the purchase of Rectrix Aviation and its five FBOs—including the Boston-area Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and Cape Cod Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field and a base at Florida’s Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport. The acquisition brings the chain to 16 FBOs at 14 airports in the U.S. “Rectrix Aviation has done an excellent job of providing customers with luxury facilities and exceptional customer service,” noted Ross Aviation President and CEO Jeff Ross. “We are excited to expand the Ross Aviation footprint on the East Coast and believe the Rectrix locations will be very complementary to our existing portfolio.” Read more.


Jet Aviation Buys FBO in San Juan


Jet Aviation recently acquired full ownership of the San Juan FBO at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico. Jet Aviation has been operating the San Juan FBO under a management agreement with the previous owner, Pazos, since March 2017, when the FBO was rebranded as Jet Aviation. David Paddock, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Jet Aviation Regional Operations USA, said, “Bringing the San Juan FBO completely under Jet Aviation management reinforces our commitment to our customers, our employees and the region. Jet Aviation operates 10 FBOs in the USA and Caribbean. San Juan is a high-performing FBO with excellent long-term growth prospects and we are delighted to fully bring it into our fold.” Read more.


Duncan Aviation Announces New Addition to Avionics Installations Sales Team


This month, Duncan Aviation announced that Marika Brack has joined the Avionics Installations Sales Team at its full-service facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. In her five years with the company, Brack has moved from Wellness Coordinator to Benefits & Wellness Team Lead before being appointed to the Avionics Install Sales Team. “My previous experiences in building relationships, leading teams, and working to help team members here at Duncan Aviation articulate their needs and meet their goals has prepared me well for this new endeavor,” says Brack. “I’m looking forward to learning a new set of skills and applying what I already know to bring value to our customers.” 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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