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View HTML Version of Newsletter   March 6, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 9 
   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Leadership Participates in NAFA Conference and HELI-EXPO This Week

Yesterday, NATA President Gary Dempsey join AOPA President Mark Baker and NBAA COO Steve Brown to discuss the “State of the Aviation Industry in 2019” at the National Aircraft Finance Association’s 48th Annual Conference. The event is taking place from March 3-6 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Also, this week NATA COO Tim Obitts will attend meetings and visit with member companies at HAI’s HELI-EXPO at the Georgia World Congress Center. 

If you would like to connect with Tim at HAI's HELI-EXPO, please email Ellen Miller at Visit NATA’s social media channels for event photos and updates.


Million Air Debuts New FBO at Westchester County Airport (HPN)

Last Thursday, NATA’s COO Timothy Obitts and Vice President Ryan Waguespack attended the grand opening of Million Air’s new facility at the New York-area business aviation hub, Westchester County Airport (HPN). The event culminated 20 months of construction on the 29,000-sq-ft, two-story Adirondack-inspired building - the first new FBO terminal to be built at the airport in decades.

Roger Woolsey, President and CEO of Million Air, said, “Our job is to be the first and last impression for the Westchester community and greet these market makers. We have taken every consideration into account to make sure all amenities reflect Westchester in a beautiful light.” Million Air marked the formal opening of its new facility by inviting an estimated 400 guests to a celebration. 

Read more here.Visit our social media channels to see event photos.


Bombardier Completes the Longest-Range Business Jet Flight in History

Bombardier announced that on March 3rd, its Global 7500 aircraft completed the longest-range business jet flight in history, traveling from the Singapore Changi Airport to the Tuscon International Airport - a distance of 8,152 nautical miles. 

“The Global 7500 aircraft was built to break all the records,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “It achieved the industry’s longest mission ever in business aviation after only two months in service. We’ve demonstrated its unequaled long-range and high speed capabilities, but also its ability to break records confidently with healthy fuel reserves remaining, once again, confirming its unsurpassed performance to customers.”

The flight is also awaiting validation by the NAA for setting a record for speed over the longest range. For more information, please click here.


Reserve Your Hotel Room Now for FBO Success Seminar

NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand! Our preferential hotel room rate ends March 11th.  Join your colleagues from 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.

NATA will also host an evening river cruise reception on March 26th for attendees—courtesy of our wonderful sponsors: AC-U-KWIK, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, World Fuel/TotalFBO, EPIC and Baldwin Aviation. The room block for the seminar ends next Monday March 11, please make your reservations before the deadline to receive discounted room rates.


   Association Highlights

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


Nomination forms are available for the Industry Excellence Awards and the 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.


WellVia Provides Telehealth Services to Members


NATA recently entered into an agreement with WellVia, a nationally recognized Telehealth leader, to bring its wellness and nonemergency medical care services to the general aviation community. Members across the U.S. now can participate in a program with 24/8 access to board-certified physicians for nonemergency care via mobile app, web or phone.

Members can interact with a doctor in three simple steps.

1. Request a Consult

2. Speak with a Doctor

3. Pick up Your Prescription

Get started 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 fuel handling topics. 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

Paragon Partners in Fundraiser for Veterans


On February 28th, Paragon Aviation Group and the Houston, Texas-based company’s network of independent FBOs joined the Houston Regional Aviation Professionals (HRAP) to raise money for Camp Hope, which provides interim housing for veterans who were wounded or are suffering from combat-related PTSD. “Paragon Aviation Group and our network FBOs are delighted to be a part of this campaign to give back to those who serve our country,” said Megan Barnes, president of Paragon Aviation Group. Read more here.


Dan Gallogly, Phillips 66 New Director of General Aviation Value Chain Optimization


Phillips 66 Aviation is pleased to announce that Dan Gallogly has joined the company as Director, General Aviation Value Chain Optimization (VCO). “Dan’s had a remarkable career in aviation, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to Phillips 66,” said Lindsey Grant, Manager, General Aviation, U.S. “As a seasoned sales executive, his expertise will be invaluable to the General Aviation team. He will play a significant role, helping the organization grow and further solidify our position as the leader in aviation." Read more here.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation

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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