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 May 13, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 19 
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NATA Award Recognizes Employers that Encourage and Support Aviation Maintenance Technician Training

Last week, NATA announced the recipients of the 2019 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Recognition Awards. These annual awards are presented to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees. Award winners receive either a one, three, or five-star award depending on the percentage of employed AMTs meeting the training requirements. This year, NATA is granting awards to 21 companies, including nine recipients that will have been recognized for five consecutive years as AMT Employer Recognition Award recipients.


“For the past seven years, NATA has continued to highlight businesses that encourage and support their maintenance personnel with top-tier training. This award signifies the value of investing in a critical subset of the aviation workforce by providing training that attracts, retains, and grows our industry,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.


On June 18th, the recipients will be recognized at the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon Presentation held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. The full list of 2019 AMT Employer Recognition Award winners is available here.



2019 NATA Aviation Business Conference Deadlines Approaching: Hotel Room Block and Sponsorship Opportunities

NATA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference (ABC) takes place June 17-19, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC, including a reception Monday evening, an exclusive NATA Political Action Committee event on Tuesday, and concluding on Wednesday afternoon. NATA’s hotel room block is filling up fast—room rates and types are limited, please make your reservations online by Monday, May 27th to ensure you are in the building for this can’t miss industry event!

Your colleagues and customers will also be in attendance, and NATA offers the opportunity to make your brand top-of-mind onsite at the conference. Show your support for the Association and our industry by sponsoring or exhibiting, ABC opportunities start as low as $250 and are available until Friday, May 24th.

The ABC agenda will address illegal charter, cybersecurity and connectivity, GA workforce successes, and more! This year, we're also enhancing the attendee experience with an interactive conference app, a business lounge with our featured exhibitors, and multiple opportunities for you to network with fellow attendees. Other conference highlights include: NATA’s Industry Excellence Awards Presentation and Luncheon, Capitol Hill meetings for interested attendees, and other interactive networking activities. To learn more about why you should attend, please read feedback from previous ABC attendees.


May 2019 Aviation Medical Bulletin Now Available

NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services Program is a benefit program that is exclusively available through the Association. It grants an operator’s pilots unlimited and confidential access to doctors & nurses, and a subscription to Harvey Watt’s monthly Aviation Medical Bulletin. The Aviation Medical Bulletin is provided electronically to participants, delivering brief summaries of the latest health research and studies. This month’s issue focuses on heart related issues, impacts of smoking, measles, and more. Read May’s issue here.



NATA Hosts Interviews at University of Dubuque in Iowa

Recently, NATA’s VP Ryan Waguespack hosted interviews at the University of Dubuque for students who are interested in pursuing careers in business aviation. Workforce recruitment and development are vital to the future of our community and are among the top priorities for NATA. Because of this, the Association will provide opportunities to highlight and connect these candidates to our members on our social media channels and the Classifieds section of our website.

Please visit our website to find your next hire.


  Industry News:

NATA and Industry Take Next Steps in the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative This Week


NATA and our partners throughout the aviation business industry will gather once again to celebrate and promote our commitment to the proliferation of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). A multi-day event, called “Fueling the Future,” will begin this week with activities running throughout EBACE2019. In coordination with industry participants including Avfuel Corporation, AirBP, and World Fuel Services, 4 airports from Europe and the US, are delivering SAJF to the BizAv community for what is expected to be the largest European SAJF fly-in into EBACE2019. Additionally, the coalition will hold a dedicated event at TAG Farnborough Airport on May 18th, with high-level speakers from EUROCONTROL, NATA (President Gary Dempsey and COO Tim Obitts), European Business Aviation Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, International Business Aviation Council, and National Business Aviation Association. Other activities that day include OEMs flying in their aircraft to refuel on SAJF, a technical panel, and demonstration flights. As of today, the following OEMs have confirmed participation: Bombardier Business Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace, Embraer, Textron Aviation, Piaggio Aerospace, and Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. 

Learn more about these next steps in the SAJF initiative and register today at

   From the FAA:

FAA ADS-B Rebates Have All Been Reserved


The last few hundred of the $500 Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate reservations offered to general aviation aircraft owners by the FAA are gone. Since launching the program in September 2016, the FAA has offered 20,000 rebates to qualified applicants. Should any of the reservations be returned, the agency will make them available each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on a first-come, first-served basis.

The FAA rebates were made available to encourage owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out avionics, which will be required in certain, controlled airspace by Jan. 1, 2020.

Aircraft owners need to follow five steps to receive the $500 rebate: 

  -  Purchase the equipment and schedule its installation.  

  -  Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  -  Have the equipment installed.   
  -  Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.'
  -  Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code. 

In addition to the ADS-B Rebate reservation portal, the FAA's Equip ADS-B website lists FAA-certified ADS-B equipment and features an equipage database searchable by aircraft type and model.

   Association Highlights:

Visit NATA’s Classifieds to Find Your Next Hire, Opportunity, or Available Hangar Space


New classified postings available—meet eligible candidates like Danica Working! NATA offers a free marketing service to all NATA members via the Classifieds section of classified listings are available for public viewing—make an announcement or market your business opportunities to other NATA members and industry professionals. The Classifieds section is designed to allow members to view and 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.


NATA Programs Assist with Pilot Retention


Did you know that NATA offers three Programs tailored for air charter businesses to help assist with pilot acquisition and retention?

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 FAA Medical Certification Services benefit program is available to all Part 135 air carriers and their pilots, as well as Part 91 corporate flight departments and their pilots, for a budget-friendly flat, per-pilot monthly fee. NATA members are eligible for a significant additional discount.

-  NATA-Med powered by AirDocs is an exclusive program that improves operational safety and inflight assistance, 24/7. NATA-Med reduces liability by giving pilots inflight access to medical personnel. In addition, the service helps avoid costly and unnecessary flight diversions and coordinates ground assets post flight. The program assists before, during, and after flights.


Learn more at


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 nonemergency 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 nonemergency 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


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.

   Membership Spotlight:

Jet Aviation, Gulfstream To Break Ground on PBI Complex


Jet Aviation will break ground next week on an expansion of its FBO at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida. The addition, on the northwest side of the airfield, consists of a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar and 10,000 sq ft of tenant office space, plus a new 30,000-gallon-capacity fuel farm. “The hangar and office space, to be built in conjunction with Gulfstream’s service center, will deliver new levels of service to our customers and new jobs for the community in an important market for Jet Aviation,” said David Paddock, senior VP and General Manager for U.S. regional operations, who will take over as Jet Aviation group president next month. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to the entire region and to the continued growth of the Palm Beach community.” Read more.


West Michigan FBO Joins Phillips 66 Branded Dealer Network


Last week, Phillips 66® Aviation welcomed Tulip City Air Service in Holland, Michigan to its network of more than 800 FBOs. For more than 50 years, Tulip City Air Service at West Michigan Regional Airport (KBIV) has provided businesses, families, and those who love independence with the freedom of on-demand travel, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The operation provides air charter service, aircraft management, FBO and airport management, a flight school, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft sales and acquisition services. Read more.




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