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   This Week's Top Stories 

NATA and Industry Aviation Coalition Support Extension of Biodiesel Tax Incentive

On Friday, NATA led a coalition of top aviation organizations in penning a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden in support of an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive under Section 40A included in the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act (S. 617). The letter was jointly issued by the Air Line Pilots Association, Airlines for America, the Cargo Airline Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Transportation Association, the National Business Aviation Association, and the Regional Airline Association.

Sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) are eligible for the now-expired biodiesel credit, and the industry has leveraged the credit to make important advancements in fuel efficiency. The letter states that “an extension of this credit will provide the industry with the stability necessary to continue investing in technology that will generate economic and environmental benefits with globally significant impacts.”

“NATA is proud to be a driver of initiatives that encourage economies of scale for sustainable alternative jet fuels and provide the industry stability to continue investing in technological advancements that produce global environmental benefits,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. Read more


NATA’s Highest Honor Awarded to Renowned Aviation Business Leader and Past Association President Martin H. Hiller

Last week, NATA announced the recipient of its highest annual honor. The William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award will be presented to NATA Director Emeritus and former President Martin (Marty) H. Hiller.  Marty Hiller is a renowned entrepreneur with nearly 40 years of experience in owning and managing aviation business. The award will be presented during the June 18th Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. The William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award is named in honor and memory of the Association’s co-founder and first President and given for extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.

“NATA and its membership are proud to recognize Marty Hiller with the Ong Award for his illustrious aviation business career and his devotion to NATA as a former President and long-time member of the Association and Board of Directors,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.

Contact NATA at or (202) 774-1535 ext. 6 for more information on the Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon and to secure tickets. Registration is also available for the full Aviation Business Conference at Read more.


Next Week NATA to Host QC Inspector Workshop and Air Charter Forum in Texas

Next week, 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. We appreciate Facet Filers for sponsoring both QC Inspector Workshops!


NATA Member West Houston Airport will host the next Air Charter Forum on April 25, 2019. 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. RSVP is required, and a complimentary lunch is provided for the forums. Thank you to GoGo Business Aviation for sponsoring this year's Air Charter Forums!


NATA's 2019 Spring Issue of the Aviation Business Journal is Available

NATA's 2019 Spring edition of the Aviation Business Journal is now available online.

Highlights from this issue:

- GA Supports Sustainability: Business Jets Fuel Green

- Through-the-Fence Maintenance


- Impact of 2018-2019 Partial Government Shutdown on Aviation Businesses


- General Aviation Community Promotes “Know Before You Go”

- Practice and Guidance Improves Conformity and Consistency


- NATA Support Level Companies List


- And more!


As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read. 


   Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Stabilized Approaches


Following the investigations of related accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a Safety Alert last week called Stabilized Approaches Lead to Safe Landings, which discusses how failing to establish and maintain a stabilized approach, or continuing an unstabilized approach, could lead to landing too fast or too far down the runway, potentially resulting in a runway excursion, loss of control, or collision with terrain. The alert provides pilots tips to avoid these situations.

View the NTSB accident reports, safety recommendations, and supplemental information here.

    Association Highlights

NATA to Present at ACT Expo in Southern California


NATA COO Tim Obitts will speak on a panel, Greening Aviation: Funding and Regulatory Drivers, during a workshop at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo next week at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. The workshop emphasizes the millions of dollars of funding available today for deploying alternative fuel and advanced technologies at airports, from ground support equipment to aircraft to airport shuttle buses. The ACT Expo is North America’s leading conference and expo showcasing the real-world application of the latest transportation technologies, drive trains, and clean fuels. Read more.


See How Your Operation Stacks Up | Participate in NATA's Compensation Survey


We encourage your participation in NATA’s 2019 Compensation Survey – providing valuable information that NATA members can use to ensure compensation and benefits are competitive with others in the industry. All information will be kept strictly confidential and cannot be tied back to the respondent or reporting location by anyone (including NATA), and will be reported only in aggregate with other responses. To get started you will need your membership number and the necessary compensation/benefit information that can be found on the survey outline.

Members that participate will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results.

Completed survey results will help you:

- Stay competitive in your region

- Assess your current benefit and salary offerings

- Take an in-depth look at your operation from every position

The deadline to complete the survey is May 15, 2019. View the survey outline here and participate by contacting Jake Legere at Thank you to all who have participated so far, we greatly appreciate your time and effort in helping with this initiative.


Agenda Now Available for NATA's Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop | May 8-10 in Chicago


The agenda for NATA's Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop is now available! On May 8-10, join us in Chicago to learn how to: 

- Enhance your safety leadership and communication skills,

- Analyze return on safety investments and benefits of safety programs

- And develop and effectively administer a safety management system (SMS). 

The workshop will also cover implementing industry standards such as the Industry Standard Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). This workshop includes independent coursework, as well as a final exam leading to certification as an FBO Safety Manager.

   Membership Spotlight

Phillips 66® Partners with Afton Chemical to Create UL100

A new site called “Trusted Fuel” provides background information and details regarding the current industry efforts to create an unleaded 100 grade aviation gasoline (UL100). The site, was created by Phillips 66 Aviation, and includes the latest information from Phillips 66 and Afton Chemical regarding their work to develop a fully compatible unleaded replacement fuel. “The future of avgas is a complex subject,” says Ryan Manor, Director, Quality Control & Technical Support for Phillips 66 Aviation. “We created this site to help our customers – and the general public – gain a better understanding of the pressure to remove lead from avgas and the process of creating and commercializing a replacement fuel. We hope this serves as a valuable online resource.” Read more.


Elliot Aviation to Host Upcoming Career Fair

Elliot Aviation will be hosting a career fair on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to 12pm at their Moline, IL location. Elliot Aviation is a well-established company operating for over 80 years, seeking to meet increasing demand. Available positions include Aircraft Painters, Interior Installers, Cabinet and Finish Technicians, Avionics Technicians, Wiring Technicians, and Service Technicians. Job descriptions, event contact information, and event instructions can be found here.


Universal Aviation Expands in Latin America


Universal Aviation, the worldwide ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. (Universal®) has expanded its presence in Latin America, with the addition of Universal Aviation Argentina. “Over the last few years, Argentina has become an increasingly popular destination for business aviation, particularly among operators who travel between Argentina, Brazil, and Chile,” said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal®. “We heard from our clients that there was a need for increased standards and service levels in the country. With the recent opening of Argentina to foreign companies, we were able to expand the Universal Aviation worldwide ground support network into Argentina to elevate standards there and better ensure the success of our clients’ missions there.” Read more.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation

Executive Fliteways, Inc. Renews IAS


Earlier this month, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Executive Fliteways, Inc., headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY renewed their status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry for the fifth time. The IAS is the first and only extensive audit program specifically created for on-demand operators by a committee of Part 135 and 91K industry leaders. It is conducted every 24 months and is in-depth in its evaluation of regulatory compliance and the operator’s SMS program against both FAA and international standards. Customers should look for the ACSF IAS registered logo and encourage their preferred charter provider to participate in the program. The ACSF makes its operator registry and key company details available at no charge, so verification of IAS registration is quick and easy.  Charter consumers can view the registry at


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