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   This Week's Top Stories 

Next Week NATA and ABSG to Host 12th Annual FBO Success Seminar in Savannah

In 2008, Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) originally developed the concept and curriculum for the FBO Success Seminar, making it NATA’s longest-running professional development program. Since its initial offering, more than 300 FBO owners, operators, managers and supervisors have attended the seminar with many returning for additional training. This year's FBO Success Seminar (March 26-27) will be held at the Embassy Suites in Savannah's historic district with a special networking dinner cruise scheduled for March 26th along the Savannah River.

According to ABSG's Principals, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, the goal of the seminar is to help FBOs learn and adopt winning strategies by focusing on four aspects of improving their operation: maximizing profits, reducing expenses, creating a better customer experience, and improving bottom-line performance. Each year, ABSG updates the curriculum and adds new content to keep pace with current FBO industry trends. Mike France, NATA’s Managing Director, Safety and Training stated, "the FBO Success Seminar offers a professional training program that is well-received by our member companies and other industry attendees who have reported success in their operations after adopting strategies taught in the seminar." Read what previous FBO Success Seminar attendees had to say about their experience and check out ABSG’s latest blog post about hiring and retaining FBO technicians.

Limited seats are still available, register today!


Successful ACSF Symposium Included Update on Part 135 Training AC

The Air Charter Safety Foundation held its 2019 Safety Symposium on March 15th at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Over 135 industry leaders attended this year’s event, many first-time attendees. During the symposium, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to soon release a final Advisory Circular (AC) that will allow for a new standardized training curriculum for Part 135 operations. The Part 135 Training AC is the product of the FAA’s Air Carrier & Contract Training Working Group led by NATA’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw.

The symposium provided an overview of the modifications for Part 135 training through Part 142 centers. Last fall, the FAA released the draft AC that industry executives believe will enable one of the most significant changes in training approaches for charter operations in years. Under the approach, a collaboration of industry experts and the FAA will jointly develop a standardized curriculum for each type of aircraft for which simulator training is available.

“The draft AC, based on the recommendations of a government/industry aviation rulemaking committee, drew about 200 comments, resulting in a few changes,” said FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, Mark Valette. While progress slowed slightly during the government slowdown, David Underwood, Regional Director of Regulatory Affairs for FlightSafety International, said he expects the final AC to be out shortly.

The two-day symposium, themed "Promoting the Highest Levels of Aviation Safety,” also addressed safety culture, the new charter broker rules, data and analytics, stick and rudder skills, a deeper dive into recent accident case studies, and an update on the ACSF’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Read more here.


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

New classified posting available! All classified listings are available for public viewing—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.

Discover how can work for you today! 

Click here to see current listings or contact Courtney Bishop at for more information.


General Aviation Impact: Nominate FBO Customer Service Representatives and Rising Professionals

NATA is excited to add two new honors to its Industry Excellence Awards Program in acknowledgement of the contributions of FBO customer service representatives (CSRs) and the next generation of aviation business leaders. We’re calling on our members to help identify individuals whose efforts positively impact the aviation business community and deserve recognition. Read more about the newest distinctions—the FBO CSR Award and Future Leader Award—on the Association’s NATA Now blog and view a full list of awards open for nominations.


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 deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, March 25thFor more information, please click here. To submit a nomination, click here.



   Industry News

FAA’s CORSIA Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Program Now Available


Last week, a Notice of Availability was posted in the Federal Register announcing the FAA’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) program. As of January 1, 2019, all ICAO Member States who have aircraft operating international flights need a MRV system to track CO2 emissions from those international flights under CORSIA. The agency’s voluntary program acts as the United States’ MRV system for U.S. carriers, those who operate under 14 CFR Parts 91, 121, and 135, to “submit certain airplane CO2 emissions data to the FAA to enable the United States to establish uniformity with the CORSIA Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).” For further information describing the CORSIA MRV Program, including its scope and applicability, please click here

    Association Highlights

WellVia Provides Telehealth Services to Members


NATA is pleased to work with WellVia, a nationally recognized Telehealth leader, to bring its cutting-edge wellness and non-emergency medical care services to the general aviation community. Members across the U.S. can now participate in a program with round-the-clock access to board-certified physicians for non-emergency care via mobile app, web, or phone. 

Connect with a Doctor in three simple steps:

     -  Request a Consult

     -  Speak with a Doctor

     -  Pick up Your Prescription

Get started at Click here to learn more.


Enhance Your Pilot Benefit Offerings with NATA


Enroll in NATA's exclusive Loss of License Insurance Program to further protect your pilots—a crucial advantage in the current challenging environment for pilot staffing and retention. The Program, designed for Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K, and Part 91 operators, is available exclusively through Harvey Watt & Co.

All participants are treated as one entity through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. The NATA Loss of License Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost!

View more pilot program offerings at


NATA Wants to Hear From and Meet You | RSVP for April Air Charter Forums and Town Hall


NATA's Industry Town Halls provide aviation business leaders from 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 a 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.


Train Your QC Team or Enhance Your Understanding of Fuel Quality Control | Become a Certified QC Inspector with NATA Workshop

Next month, the Certified QC Inspector Workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive advanced education in fuel handling topics. On April 23-24 (Ft. Worth, TX), 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. NATA will offer this workshop again on September 10-11 in Van Nuys, CA.


To register or for more information, including the agenda, click here

   Membership Spotlight

Gulfstream Makes First Alternative Jet Fuel Sale


Gulfstream Aerospace has made its first sale of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to a G550 operated by a U.S.-based multinational corporation, the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer announced today. The customer purchased 20,000 pounds of SAJF from Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California facility. The sale comes about six weeks after Gulfstream participated in an industry-sponsored event led by NATA, Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California. For that event, Gulfstream set a city-pair record, flying its SAJF-fueled G280 from Savannah to Van Nuys. “This sale is a direct result of our efforts to increase the visibility and availability of sustainable alternative jet fuel for our customers,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns. “We are committed to helping promote increased use of SAJF throughout the industry.” Read more here.


Naples Jet Center Receives Certification From ANAC


Naples Jet Center, a premier aviation service provider located at Naples Municipal Airport (APF), has received certification from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) to perform maintenance operations on aircraft registered in Brazil. The approval from ANAC allows Naples Jet Center to provide airframe, engine, and avionics services to certain models of jet and turboprop aircraft registered in Brazil. “The ability to service Brazilian-registered aircraft is vital to our continued growth in southwest Florida,” said Matt Hagans, CEO and Founder of Naples Jet Center and parent company Eagle Creek Aviation. Read more here.


Bombardier's Challenger 350 Marks Delivery Peaks


Bombardier has once again captured the title of the most delivered multi-engine business jet in 2018, handing over 60 of its Challenger 350s. Last year was the second year in a row that Bombardier claimed that mark, handing over 56 of the models in 2017. In the business and general aviation jet category in 2018, the Challenger 350 was outpaced only by the $2 million Cirrus Vision Jet single-engine personal jet—with 63 delivered in 2018. The Challenger 350 deliveries represented 58 percent of the super-midsize segment, the company added. Both Challenger types were on the upswing in 2018. Not only did Bombardier hand over four additional 350s in 2018, but the Canada-based manufacturer also delivered two more of its Challenger 650s for a total of 23 in the year. The airframer further began deliveries of its flagship Global 7500 and said that was “the first in a much-anticipated string of Global 7500 business jet deliveries expected to follow in 2019.” Read more here.


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