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   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA, Members Assist in Aftermath of Alabama Tornado

On March 3rd, a tornado left a path of devastation throughout northern Eufaula, Alabama, destroying the town's airport, more than 20 aircraft on the ground and multiple hangars. Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs estimates the damage could be as much as $100 million. However, the airport's 5,000-ft runway and Eufaula Jet Center FBO remained undamaged and Mayor Tibbs reported no significant injuries or fatalities. As is common practice throughout our industry, the aviation business community sprang into action in service to their colleagues. World Fuel Services provided the airport a new refueler within 24 hours and Shelley Ewalt, Partner at McBreen & Kopko, offered legal assistance at no charge. In addition, NATA's VP Ryan Waguespack, an Alabama local, remains in contact with Airport Director Eric Langham to offer the association's assistance throughout the recovery process.


NATA Launches New Website

NATA is pleased to announce the launch of its newly updated website on Monday, March 4th. If you haven't already, please visit to see its new look and user-friendly features. The website has all the information you need in an organized and streamlined format. Some of the highlights include:

  -  Responsive format for improved viewing on mobile devices

  -  Homepage industry newsfeed

  -  Social media sharing capability in news and event areas

  -  Website search tool

  -  Buttons for easy navigation

  -  Open access to view classified posts on available jobs, hangar space and RFPs

  -  Member Spotlight blog


If you are interested in learning about advertising opportunities on our website, please contact Shannon Chambers at


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.


Hotel Room Block Ends Today for FBO Success Seminar

NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand! Our preferential hotel room rate ends today. 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 today, please make your reservations before the deadline to receive discounted room rates.



   Industry News

IFR Released on Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft


PHMSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) to revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations for lithium cells and batteries transported by aircraft. Effective on March 6th, this IFR prohibits the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft; requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft when not packed with or contained in equipment; and limits the use of alternative provisions for small lithium cell or battery shipments to one package per consignment. However, it does not restrict passengers or crew members from bringing personal items or electronic devices containing lithium cells or batteries aboard aircraft or restrict cargo-only aircraft from transporting lithium ion cells or batteries at a state of charge exceeding 30 percent when packed with or contained in equipment or devices.

Comments on this IFR must be received by May 6, 2019 and may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal available at or by any of the other methods outlined  here.


FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Loss of Control (LOC) can result when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot. However, with proficiency training, you can maintain and improve pilot performance with respect to many LOC precursors, making it much less likely that LOC will occur. Click here to learn more.

   Association Highlights

It’s Time to Speak with Your Broker About the Annual Returns from NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program


NATA’s 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 the 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.

Learn more at or email to learn more about the credit incentive.


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 Authority | Boca Raton, FL


April 25, 2019

NATA Member Host: 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

Duncan Aviation Expands Its In-House Battery Services


Today, Duncan Aviation has more than doubled its aircraft battery shop space to nearly 1,400-square-feet at its Lincoln, Nebraska location. The expansion includes the addition of a new battery cooler, twice as much bench space, and new advanced test sets, including 2400w programmable DC electronic load banks, lead acid analyzers, and main NiCad charger analyzers. With this extra space, Duncan Aviation’s battery team has increased productivity with streamlined production processes and improved safety by reducing the risk of injury to team members or damage to batteries and equipment. Brian Teeters, Team Leader, says the demand for in-house battery service has multiplied as Duncan Aviation has grown. “When the Lincoln facility added two new maintenance hangars in 2014, the battery shop saw an increase in business from aircraft on-site for maintenance.” Read more.


Net Jets Donates Over $1 Million to the Ohio State University Airport Improvement


Last week, fractional-ownership pioneer NetJets continued its financial support of the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, donating $1.2 million toward an airport-modernization project. NetJets focused its support on the new Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center. Beginning operation during World War II, the airport has filled the role of “learning lab for future professionals, a hub of research, and a highly regarded facility for civilian and small-business aircraft,” according to the airport authority. NetJets Executive Vice President of Operations, Alan Bobo said, “The new observation deck and lobby will welcome passengers to the city of Columbus, where NetJets’ headquarters has been based for more than 50 years.” Read more.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation

The 2019 ACSF Safety Symposium Is Tomorrow!


This is your last chance to register for the 2019 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium! Join top professionals in the aviation industry and stay up-to-date by networking and learning about the industry’s latest issues. Don’t miss this can't miss event taking place at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA.

View attendee testimonials. | View past event details and topics.

Register at or call Bryan Burns at (202) 774-1515.


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