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 May 6, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 18 
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NATA Announces Recipients for 2018-2019 Industry Excellence Awards

Last week, NATA announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards, presented annually to individuals and organizations that demonstrate superior service to the aviation business community. Award recipients 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. This year, NATA will present the FBO Customer Service Award to Kristine (Krissy) Ross, Supervisor of Customer Service with Pentastar Aviation; the NATA Future Leader Award to Michael Hushek, FBO Manager with Naples Aviation; the Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award to Scott Seber, Line Technician III with Naples Aviation; the ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award (sponsored by Aircraft Technical Publishers for over 30 years) to Douglas Levangie, Vice President of Maintenance Operations and Advisory Services with Pentastar Aviation; the NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award to Flora Margheritis, C.M., Airport Manager at Van Nuys Airport (VNY); and the NATA Excellence in Pilot Training Award to Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation. Read more.



FAA’s Annual Aerospace Forecast Predicts a “Stable to Optimistic” Outlook for General Aviation

Last week, the FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2019-2039, highlighting the long-term outlook for general aviation as “stable to optimistic, as growth at the high-end offsets continuing retirements at the traditional low end of the segment.” The report states that the active general aviation fleet is forecasted to remain relatively level between 2019 and 2039, with continued growth of the turbine and rotorcraft fleets due to steady growth in both GDP and corporate profits, while the fixed wing piston aircraft fleet continues to shrink over the forecast. According to the forecast, the number of general aviation hours flown is expected to increase an average of 0.8% per year through 2039. As for general aviation fuel consumption, the forecasted consumption of avgas is projected to decrease by 0.6% each year from 2019-2039 versus the projected growth per annum of 1.7% for jet fuel.


Join NATA to Discuss Air Charter Challenges and Opportunities | Forum for Part 135 Operators 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 in Wheeling, IL, just outside of Chicago. Share your concerns and interact with other air charter operators in the Chicago region. RSVP is required, and a complimentary lunch is provided. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, please contact for more information on supporting these industry events.



FAA Safety Briefing May/June 2019 Issue is Now Available

The May/June 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing centers on the future of aircraft certification. Feature articles discuss the advent of performance-based aircraft certification standards for general aviation that are helping to usher in a new era of innovation and safety. Read to take note of what the changes to Part 23 mean for the future of the industry, and also explore the benefits policies like NORSEE (Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment) can have on existing aircraft owners. Read more.


  Association Highlights:

NATA’s Insurance Programs Provide Strength in Numbers


In an effort to bring value and savings to our members, NATA is proud to offer several cost effective and high performing Insurance Programs. NATA works to protect your place of business and employees by offering the following:

   -  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. Over $5.5 million in GER was returned to Program participants this year!
   -  P&C Insurance Program provides a full suite of insurance coverage for members. This broker-driven program delivers flexible coverage options with a quick and simple enrollment process. Coverages include Commercial Property, Business Auto, Cyber, Crime, Tanksafe, and more!
   -  Loss of License Insurance Program further protects your pilots — a crucial advantage in the current challenging environment for pilot staffing and retention. 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. 

Email or fill out this form to contact a Program representative today.


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Only 3 Seats Left for This Week’s NATA Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop in Chicago


Limited registration is still available for NATA’s Certified FBO Safety Manager Workshop from May 8-10 at NATA member Priester Aviation’s facility in Chicago. Attendees will learn how to enhance their 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. Follow NATA’s social media channels for photos and updates from the workshop. Register now at

  Membership Spotlight:

Bombardier Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and New Direction for Aerospace


Last week, Bombardier announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2019. The findings are in line with the preliminary results published on April 25, 2019. The Company also announced that it will consolidate its aerospace assets into a single, streamlined, and fully integrated Bombardier Aviation business unit, which will be led by David Coleal. “We are very excited to announce the strategic formation of Bombardier Aviation,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “It is the right next step in our transformation. The consolidation will simplify and better focus our organization on our leading brands, Global, Challenger, Learjet, and the CRJ. It will also allow us to better support our customers and generate value for shareholders.” Read more.


NATA Member Van Nuys Airport Hosts Aviation Career Day


On Friday, May 3rd, 1200 students from around the city of Los Angeles participated in the 14th Annual “The Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day” at NATA Member Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Over 40 exhibitors with interactive and static aircraft displays were in attendance, and students were also able to hear from various industry professionals about pursuing careers in the aviation industry. “Aviation Career Day allows us to share our passion for airports and open kids’ eyes to the wide variety of careers available in our profession,” said Flora Margheritis, VNY Airport Manager and recipient of NATA’s 2018 Airport Executive Partnership Award. “Whether they’re into art, science, math or writing, there is a career path for these students in the aviation industry, and we want them to know that we want them to be part of our team.” “NATA applauds the efforts of our members, like the Van Nuys Airport, who are dedicated to promoting workforce development and inspiring students to pursue careers in aviation,” said NATA President Gary Dempsey. Since the inception of “Aviation Career Day” in 2006, VNY has had nearly 20,000 students participate in the event. Read more.


Cutter Aviation Promotes Taylor Butterfield


Last week, Cutter Aviation announced the promotion of Taylor Butterfield to the role of Flight Department Manager for Cutter Aviation’s Charter and Flight Management Department based in Phoenix, AZ. In his new role, Mr. Butterfield will have the opportunity to lead a team tasked with growing Cutter’s charter flight operations and aircraft management services for their domestic and international client base. Mr. Butterfield joined Cutter Aviation as a pilot in early 2016. Since then, he has flown as a dedicated team member for Cutter’s HondaJet and King Air clients. Cutter Aviation’s charter operation manages a fleet of six aircraft based in the states of Arizona and Texas. Read more.


Avfuel Brands Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (KLBX)


Avfuel Corporation and Brazoria County are pleased to announce their new partnership as the fuel supplier brands Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport— a FAR Part 139 Certified and general aviation reliever airfield owned and operated by the county. “We’re proud to serve Brazoria County as a gateway to our community and an economic engine for our region,” said Jeff Bilyeu, director of aviation for Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport. “Part of that means providing an exceptional service with safety and care always top of mind to continuously draw in customers. We believe our decision to partner with Avfuel will help to drive more opportunities for the airport and those who benefit from its services.” Read more.

  Air Charter Safety Foundation:

FlexJet Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Flexjet, of Cleveland, OH, has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. 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 an in-depth 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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