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NATA Award Celebrates Don Campion–A Leader in Aviation Business and Community Outreach

Last week, NATA announced Don Campion, President of Banyan Air Service, as this year’s NATA Distinguished Service Award honoree. Campion will be recognized during the June 18th Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.

The NATA Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or organization still active in general aviation on a regular, day-to-day basis and recognizes outstanding service and ongoing contributions to the industry. Campion’s celebrated 40-year aviation business career is also hallmarked by his philanthropy and community service extending beyond general aviation and his business locality. He has been a long-time member of NATA and previously served on its Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002.

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.



Alert: Aircraft Owners and Operators Participating in FAA’s GA Survey

For some operators, a postcard inviting them to take an FAA GA survey may have contained incorrect information. If you were one of the operators impacted by this issue, you will receive a corrected letter and paper survey in the mail within the next few days.

If you have questions, please contact Tetra Tech at 1-800-826-1797 or email You may also email the FAA directly at

The FAA has once again contracted with Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, to conduct the survey. Critical information from this survey is used by the FAA, NTSB, and other federal government agencies—as well as industry, trade associations, private businesses, and universities. Many aviation associations use and support this survey, including AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI, LAMA, NAAA, NATA, NBAA, and RACCA.


Seats Filling Up 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 at NATA member Priester Aviation’s facility 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.

Register now at


NATA Co-Hosts Summit Addressing Illegal Charter in Tennessee

NATA participated in an Illegal Charter Summit on April 11th in Nashville, TN. The Association co-hosted the summit, the second of its kind, with the FAA and NBAA to discuss concerns with illegal charter operations. Part 91 and Part 135 operators, in addition to representatives from the FAA’s Flight Standard Office and frontline inspectors attended and addressed the challenges of educating consumers and enforcing the regulations. It was suggested that operators and passengers can help report instances of suspected illegal charter activity via the Illegal Charter Hotline. The hotline was recently directed to Ryan Waguespack, NATA Vice President of Aircraft Management, Air Charter Services, and MROs who was in attendance.


Click here to review NATA’s efforts and resources to help avoid illegal charter.


   Industry News

Comment Period Open for Revision to Part 147 NPRM


The FAA issued a supplement to the FAA 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Part 147, aviation maintenance training schools. The revised proposal would provide for "competency-based training and satellite training locations," and "replace national passing norms with a standard pass rate." The NATA Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee is reviewing the proposal and will provide comments before the mid-June deadline.

    Association Highlights

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Participate in Industry 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.


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Learn more and find out why this platform is entrusted by Fortune 500 companies, universities, and organizations with a mobile workforce.


This Week, NATA to Host 40 Attendees for Texas QC Inspector Workshop

On April 23-24, NATA will hold its Safety 1st Certified QC Inspector Workshop in Fort Worth, TX. Attendees will gain a comprehensive advanced education in fuel handling topics—including enhancing their knowledge on fuel characteristics, filtration, sampling and testing, maintenance; setting up a conformant inspection program; and preparing QC record-keeping and documentation for an audit. NATA will offer this workshop again on September 10-11 in Van Nuys, CA. We appreciate Alliance Aviation Services for hosting the this week’s event and Facet Filters for sponsoring both QC Inspector Workshops!

   Membership Spotlight

Universal Aviation to Assist in the Development and Management of Costa Rica’s First GA Terminal

Aeris Holdings has selected GAT SJO, a consortium composed of Universal Aviation Costa Rica and local partners, to manage a new general aviation terminal (GAT) at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (MROC/SJO). The new GAT facility will be exclusively available to international private operations and is the first facility of its kind in Costa Rica. The GAT will operate under the name GAT SJO General Aviation Terminal. “We are thrilled that the Costa Rican government, airport authorities and Aeris recognized the need for a dedicated GAT to improve the privacy, experience, safety, and security of private operators at MROC/SJO,” said Adolfo Aragon, Senior Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean, Universal®. Read more.


Phillips 66 Joins Effort to Commemorate D-Day, Fly Vintage Warbird Alongside D-Day Squadron


On June 6th, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Phillips 66® Aviation and Phillips 66® Lubricants will support the “Miss Montana to Normandy” mission to fly a historic C-47 warbird in Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to commemorate the day the Allies invaded Western Europe in World War II. Phillips 66® Aviation is contributing fuel, and Phillips 66 Lubricants is supplying aviation engine and hydraulic oil. “Phillips 66® contributed many significant advancements during the war, including a high-octane fuel to increase power and efficiency for long-range flight,” says Lindsey Grant, Manager, General Aviation, U.S. “We’re excited to celebrate and honor all of the heroes and veterans that served, as well as the role aviation played in the Allied victory.”  Read more.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation

Silverhawk Aviation Proves Itself ‘Nebraska Strong’

Recent spring floods were catastrophic for Midwest, where heavy rainfall and rapid snowmelt caused nearly unprecedented flooding across the Missouri River Basin. So devastating were the floods that, in Nebraska alone, three quarters of the state's 93 counties declared an emergency in their wake. 

With so much storm-related devastation and dislocation, one local Air Charter Safety Foundation member decided to live up to the state’s unofficial motto of “Nebraska Strong” and exhibit some real generosity. This past March, during the height of the flooding, the Lincoln-based charter operator, Silverhawk Aviation, took some action that changed the lives and welfare of hundreds of the state’s farmers and families. 

When rising floodwaters isolated residents of Fremont—a small community in eastern Nebraska—11 Silverhawk Aviation pilots and crew used five of the company’s airplanes to make dozens of emergency flights between Fremont and Lincoln—completely free of charge to the passengers on board. During the flooding’s aftermath, and over the course of a weekend, Silverhawk flew a total of 30 legs, helping to transport approximately 170 people and supplies into and out of communities that were desperately in need of assistance. Read more.


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