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 April 29, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 17 
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Former FAA Executive Director Dorenda Baker to Receive NATA’s Distinguished Public Service Award

Last week, NATA announced that Dorenda Baker, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Executive Director of the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR), will receive the Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Baker 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 special annual honor is given by NATA's Board of Directors and members, recognizing outstanding public service and contributions to the industry.

“The National Air Transportation Association is honored to recognize Dorenda Baker’s 32-year tenure with the FAA. Dorenda’s commitment to aviation is marked by her esteemed public service record. Her tireless work, knowledge, and relationship with the general aviation industry improved the aircraft certification process for our membership and other stakeholders,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.

In Baker’s role as the Executive Director of the AIR, she was responsible for type certification, production approval, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet. 

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



NATA’s Political Action Committee Raises Our Voice on Capitol Hill

NATA advocates on behalf of our diverse membership and leverages allies on Capitol Hill. NATA is continuing to grow its resources to raise our voice on Capitol Hill through NATAPAC. NATAPAC is the Association’s political action committee and one of our most important tools. A political action committee is a group of individuals with a common interest who wish to contribute to the advancement of goals through targeted, strategic relationships with Members of Congress.


NATAPAC is a vital component of NATA’s government relations efforts and enables us to elevate the Association’s voice during key discussions. It gives us an opportunity to educate lawmakers on the important contributions that our industry makes on the nation’s airspace system. The PAC allows us to effectively deliver the message and find champions of favorable legislation and assistance on regulatory issues. Read more in COO Tim Obitt’s Aviation Business Journal (ABJ) column.


Further, NATA will be hosting an exclusive NATAPAC evening event on June 18th in conjunction with the Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting occurring June 17-19.


Learn more about NATAPAC and how the Association plans to leverage this committee in the Spring edition of the ABJ. For advertising inquiries related to our upcoming ABJ Summer edition, please contact Shannon Chambers at


Limited Seats Still Available for Next Week’s NATA Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop in Chicago

On May 8-10, NATA will host its Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop at NATA member Priester Aviation’s facility in Chicago. Join us next week 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 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.

Check out the agenda and read what previous FBO Safety Manager Workshop attendees had to say about their experience. Limited seats are still available, register now at



NATA's Obitts Participates on Environmental Panel at ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA

NATA COO Tim Obitts spoke on a panel titled, "Greening Aviation: Funding and Regulatory Drivers," during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on April 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. The workshop explored incentives, technologies, and policies that are spurring a “greening” of the aviation industry. It also emphasized 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 panel discussed how and why the top funding and regulatory drivers of the industry are pushing for airport operators to reduce emissions and purchase more advanced vehicle and energy technology.

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. Learn more.


  From the FAA:

FAA Sets Public Workshops for South-Central Florida Metroplex


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has scheduled public workshops on proposed new air traffic control procedures developed under the South-Central Florida Metroplex. The project aims to replace dozens of existing flight procedures with satellite-based routes, enhancing safety and efficiency of flights over the state.

The South-Central Florida Metroplex proposes new procedures for Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL), Orlando (MCO), and Tampa (TPA) where operational efficiency directly affects flights throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The project also proposes changes for St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE), Palm Beach (PBI), and several satellite airports.

The workshops will be in an open house format where FAA experts will share preliminary designs of the air traffic procedures and answer questions. The agency will accept written comments at the workshops and through a link posted on this webpage: South Central Florida Community Involvement. Read more.


The FAA Would Like to Hear from You | 41st Annual GA & Part 135 Activity Survey


If you have received a postcard in the mail inviting you to take an FAA GA survey, we urge you to complete it. This survey will help the FAA to understand more about general aviation activities, assess the impact of general aviation activities on the National Airspace System, and determine the need for increased traffic facilities and services. Federal, state, and local governments; general aviation associations; and private industry and individuals use the summary data for safety analyses, planning, forecasting, and research and development. Even if you were sampled last year, it is very important that you respond to the survey this year. Please call the GA Survey help line, at 1-800-826-1797, or email:

The responses received from the survey will NOT be publicized.

For more information, click here.

   Association Highlights:

NATA P&C Plus Insurance Program | Coverage You Can Count On


NATA’s P&C Plus Insurance Program was created exclusively for you.

The broker-driven program provides a full suite of insurance coverage for members and delivers flexible coverage options with a quick and simple enrollment process.

Coverages include:

  - Commercial Property

  - Inland Marine

  - Business Auto

  - Storage Tank Liability - TankSafe® 

  - Premises Pollution Liability

  - Cyber Liability

  - Management Liability – Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Fiduciary

  - Crime Coverage

  - Kidnap Ransom and Extortion

  - Workplace Violence Expense

Speak with a Program representative today by visiting


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


NATA’s outstanding 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 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 for more information on the credit incentive.


RSVP for NATA’s May 29th Air Charter Forum in Chicago


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. NATA Member Priester Aviation will host the next Air Charter Forum on May 29, 2019. RSVP is required, and a complimentary lunch is provided. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, please contact for more information on supporting these industry events.

  Member Spotlight:

Bombardier Donates Aircraft to Canadian Institution


Alongside the opening of Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced last Thursday the donation of the CRJ200 aircraft to the institution. The aircraft is to be used in the education and training of emerging aerospace professionals. “Advancement and innovation have always been at the forefront of Bombardier’s values,” says Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, “which is why we are honored to present Centennial College with this CRJ200 aircraft. This donation represents not only an opportunity for the Toronto aerospace sector to grow but rather for the whole of Canadian Aerospace, which will surely benefit from it today. We are at a crucial moment in Canada where the aerospace industry is building up steady growth and the demand for skilled workers is also rising. At Bombardier, we want to do anything we can to help and improve present and future generations of aerospace workers in Canada.” Read more.


Duncan Gifts Over $50,000 to Western Michigan University


On April 15th, Duncan Aviation announced that the Duncan Family Trust gifted $56,000 to Western Michigan University for the ongoing annual award of a Duncan Aviation Maintenance Scholarship. With this endowment gift, WMU will make available an annual scholarship of up to $2,500 for a student enrolled in the university’s four-year aviation maintenance program. In addition to receiving the scholarship, the chosen student will participate in a paid internship program at Duncan Aviation’s full-service Battle Creek, Michigan, Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) location. “Given the workforce issues that plague business and commercial aviation, we believe it is vital to maintain a strong relationship with Western Michigan University and its students,” says Andy Richards, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Duncan Aviation’s Michigan location. “We have had excellent luck in the past with this scholarship and decided it would make sense to set up the funds for a long-term endowed award program. We have long advised WMU on curriculum development and many graduates of their program have become excellent Duncan Aviation team members.” Read more


VNY Taxiway Reaches First Milestone


California business aviation hub Van Nuys Airport has completed the first phase of a $26.3 million, nine-step rehabilitation project on Taxiway B. The work at the Los Angeles-area gateway included a full-depth restoration of the north end of the taxiway, along with enhanced markings, installation of embedded and elevated LED guard lights, a new blast fence east of Runway 16L, and upgraded signage.

Runway 16R/34L, which has been shortened from 8,000 feet to 5,600 feet during the construction, will return to full length in early June, after which Runway 16L/34R will be closed and used as a taxiway, allowing work to progress on other sections of Taxiway B. That runway is expected to reopen by mid-December.

The project, which began in January, is expected to take 14 months to complete and will extend the taxiway’s usable lifespan by a minimum of two decades, as well as increase its safety. Read more.




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