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 May 20, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 20 
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Global Business Aviation Coalition Showcases Viability of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels

This past Saturday, at TAG Farnborough Airport, the coalition of business aviation organizations behind the sustainable alternative jet fuel initiative joined forces to take the next important step in its journey towards reducing carbon emissions.


Participating in the EU Sustainable Energy Week under the theme “Shaping the EU’s Energy Future,” global business aviation leaders discussed the path forward for the continued adoption of SAJF in Europe during a day-long, multifaceted event.

Aircraft from major manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Gulfstream, Cirrus, Embraer, Piaggio, Dassault and Textron Aviation, fueled up on SAJF at airports across Europe and the United States--including TAG Farnborough Airport, England (EGLF); Caen - Carpiquet Airport, France (LFRK); Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden (ESSA); and Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY (KFRG) at Sheltair--for demonstration flights showcasing the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuel.

The event clearly demonstrated three key points:
   - SAJF is safe and does not impact aircraft performance. 
   - SAJF offers great impact and benefits to the airport and the community, including reduced particulate matter.
   - SAJF reflects the commitment by business aviation to aircraft carbon reduction.

“The Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) message is being spread far and wide thanks to an ever-growing coalition of aviation business stakeholders. NATA and its members are proud to support efforts that demonstrate SAJF in practice and the commitment of our industry to corporate and environmental responsibility,” said Gary Dempsey, NATA President. Read more.



Make Your Sponsorship/Exhibitor Selection and Hotel Reservation for the 2019 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Deadlines This Friday and Monday

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.

Friday, May 24th is the last chance to select your sponsorship or exhibitor opportunity—starting as low as $250! 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 at the ABC. 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!

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 networking activities. To learn more about why you should attend, please read feedback from previous ABC attendees.


Record Numbers of Aircraft Fly to EBACE on Alternative Fuels

Today, business aviation leaders attending EBACE celebrated the record number of airplanes that arrived fueled by sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). In all, 27 aircraft traveled to Geneva Airport (GVA) for the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) using 10,646 US gallons of alternative fuels.


The development of SAJF has been promoted by a coalition of industry organizations, including the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Learn more about the SAJF initiative at


“Each milestone of the SAJF initiative represents progress in education and awareness and exemplifies the dedication and commitment of our industry and coalition members,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.  Read more.



FAA Issues Letter Provided Guidance on Handling the Inadvertent Use of DEF Instead of FSII in Aircraft

The FAA’s Office of Airport Safety and Operations released a letter in October 2018 providing guidance and awareness on addressing the inadvertent use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) instead of Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII) in aircraft. The letter was in response to an incident that occurred in August 2018 where several aircraft at an executive airport were serviced with jet fuel containing DEF. 

The FAA writes, “The fueling agent inadvertently used DEF instead of FSII on a refueling truck and injected into the fuel with the truck’s FSII injection system.” The letter outlines several recommendations for the industry to follow in order to help prevent such incidents from occurring. 

Please contact Mr. Dale Williams, Office of Airport Safety and Operations, AAS-300 by email at with any questions or concerns you may have.


  Association Higlights:

NATA Attends GAJSC Meeting


On May 14th, NATA attended a General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) meeting at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) headquarters in Frederick, MD. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, received a general aviation safety performance update from the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention (AVP), reviewed the status of several Safety Enhancements (SEs), and were provided an update briefing from the Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Working Group. In addition, the committee also discussed several ongoing Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) studies and the upcoming InfoShare events happening later this year for the University and Corporate communities. The next GAJSC meeting is scheduled to occur in August in Washington, D.C.


Participate in NATA’s Compensation Survey and Receive a Free Copy of the Results


There is still time! We encourage your participation in NATA’s 2019 Compensation Survey (member number required) – 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.

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

To get started you will need your membership number and the necessary compensation/benefit information that can be found on the survey outline.

Please email Jake Legere at if you want to participate.

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


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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.


Train Your QC Team or Enhance Your Understanding of Fuel Quality Control | Become a Certified QC Inspector with NATA Workshop


This fall, the Certified QC Inspector Workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive advanced education in fuel handling topics. From September 10-11 (Van Nuys, CA), 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. To register, read testimonials, or for more information, including the agenda, click here.

   Membership Spotlight:

Jet Linx Furthers National Expansion by Acquiring Elliott Aviation's Private Jet Management Business


Jet Linx continued its national expansion and furthered its record-breaking growth by acquiring Elliott Aviation's private jet management business. The acquisition was completed at the end of last week. The announcement was made by Jamie Walker, President & CEO of Jet Linx Aviation. Mr. Walker said, "both Jet Linx and Elliot Aviation are respected family businesses and industry leaders that have enjoyed a thriving partnership for more than two decades. This acquisition will enable Jet Linx to expand our operations in the Midwest, as well as provide private jet management services and jet card offerings to Elliott Aviation's clients, allowing Elliott Aviation to continue serving our aircraft owner's maintenance, paint, and refurbishment needs while focusing on the development of its core business. This is not just an acquisition, but a significant expansion of our twenty-year partnership." Read more.


Dassault Falcon Service FBO Achieves IS-BAH Accreditation for Ground Handling Operations at Paris-Le Bourget


Dassault Falcon Service’s Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) at Paris-Le Bourget airport has been awarded an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage I certificate, a key milestone in its commitment to guarantee the safest and most reliable handling services in the industry. “Ground safety is becoming increasingly important for regulators, airlines, business operators, and insurers alike,” said Pierre-Etienne Aubin, General Manager of Dassault Falcon Service. “The IS-BAH standard is a pledge of reliability that allows operators to mitigate risk and avoid costly compliancy audits. We are extremely proud to be among the very few FBOs in this leading European business aviation airport to receive IS-BAH certification.” Read more.


Jetscape Services Supports the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Airshow with Fuel and Ground Handling


The 2019 Fort Lauderdale Airshow took place at Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 4 and 5. For the second time, Jetscape was honored to support the seven Blue Angels F-18’s Hornets, two F-22 Raptors, a C-17 Globemaster, and a C-130 Hercules (Fat Albert) during their rehearsals and the event. Jetscape had the privilege to become one of the sponsors for this event. They made a great location to support the event thanks to their satellite ramp located just west of their base terminal called Jetscape Alpha. The location provided ample space for tall-tail aircraft, a discrete ramp, and the ability of converting the ramp on/off secure area by closing the fence enabling the media to traverse the ramp freely without escort. “It was a privilege and honor to support our military during this event. All the team members were the best of the best and incredible to work with to produce an amazing airshow.” Says Troy Menken, President. Read more.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation: 

Northern Jet Management Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registration


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that Northern Jet Management, Grand Rapids, MI, has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “We congratulate Northern Jet Management on renewing their status on the IAS Registry,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “They have once again demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement.” 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 Supporting materials are available at Operators wishing to initiate the audit process should contact Russ Lawton at 1-888-SAFE-135 (888-723-3135).




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