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 May 27, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 21 
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  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Provides Support for Events in Europe

Members of the NATA Executive Team were busy in Europe last week attending the Business Jets Fuel Green event in Farnborough and the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. The activities kicked off at the TAG Farnborough airport where the global coalition of aviation associations and businesses gathered to promote the use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF), including a panel led by NATA COO Tim Obitts on the use of SAJF (the same panel discussion was also held a few days later at EBACE). Aircraft from major manufacturers, including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Cirrus, Embraer, Piaggio, Dassault, and Textron Aviation, flew through TAG and several other airports in the US and Europe to fuel up on SAJF on their way to EBACE. In all, 27 aircraft arrived at Geneva Airport (GVA) for EBACE, using 10,646 US gallons of alternative fuels. You can read more about this achievement here.

NATA also met with many of our members who attended EBACE, including Fargo Jet Center and Euro Jet. While at EBACE, NATA’s Managing Director of Safety and Training, Michael France, joined the annual IS-BAH Standards Board meeting to review public comments and proposed edits to the standard. IS-BAH, a joint Program between NATA and IBAC is the world’s only consensus standard for general and business aviation ground handling. Images and articles describing last week’s events can be found on our social media pages.



Room Block Deadline Extended to Tuesday for the 2019 NATA Aviation Business Conference

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 deadline has been extended to Tuesday, May 28th—room rates and types are limited, please make your reservations online today 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.


Third DEF Contamination Incident Highlights Need for Additional Training

Earlier this month, another jet fuel contamination event occurred at an FBO in Southwest Florida. This latest incident marks the third time in less than two years that Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) has contaminated the fuel supply of a jet fuel truck. In all three cases, multiple in-flight engine failures occurred, with the possibility of significant damage to aircraft fuel systems and engines. Fortunately, none of these cases resulted in an aircraft crash.


Following the first contamination incident in late 2017, NATA, through its Safety Committee, reviewed the risk of jet fuel contamination with DEF and created a free DEF Contamination Prevention training course. This most recent incident, however, highlights yet again, just how serious the DEF contamination risk is, and how it is still a very real threat. FBOs and aircraft operators must be diligent in ensuring that staff are not only properly trained, but that company policies and procedures used to prevent DEF contamination are being followed. 


Click here to see answers to frequently asked questions and key information all FBOs and fuel providers should be aware of.



This Wednesday NATA to Host Air Charter Forum in Chicago to Discuss Part 135 Issues

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.


  Association Higlights:

NATA 2019 Annual Meeting of Members


Each year, NATA executives and Board of Directors provide the membership with an update on the activities of the Association and its plans going forward. The Annual Meeting of members is held in conjunction with the Association's Aviation Business ConferenceClick here to view the June 18th Annual Meeting Notice.


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) Provides Options for Your Company's Identification Needs


NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) has over 15 years of experience with crew identification. Since its start in 2002, NATACS has printed over 63,000 badges and continues to provide solutions for the Aviation Industry, such as the Known Crewmember® (KCM®) Program and CrewID®. The KCM® Program is a risk-based screening system that expedites flight crew movements through TSA security, while CrewID® facilitates movements for both flight crews and ground crews. To be eligible for the Known Crewmember® Program, companies must hold a Part 135 or Part 125 certificate, as well as a Twelve-Five (TFSSP) or Private Charter (PCSSP) Security Standard Program with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). CrewID® is available to any legitimate aviation business that needs identification and has been created to meet the standards set by ICAO Annex 17, Annex 9 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309. Whatever the scope of your operation, NATACS has two great options to meet your needs.

Click here for more information.


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 three proven Programs:

   -  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 speak with a Program representative today.


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. On 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:

NATA Member, Euro Jet, Continues Growth with NATA Safety 1st Training


European and Asian ground handling provider Euro Jet is celebrated its continued growth last week at EBACE 2019, with the expectation of serving more than 10,000 flights in 2019 throughout its core region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The company has been expanding over the past year and has plans for continued exponential growth moving forward. At its flagship location at the Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport, Euro Jet also became one of the first ground support providers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to have its 72 handling personnel certified by NATA’s Safety 1st Professional Line Service Training course.

“Every year I have watched our flight volume increase significantly year-on-year throughout our core region and in other parts of the world," said Gareth Danker, director of the Prague-based company’s global sales and marketing. "The strong global economy continues to allow the private aviation industry to grow and we are feeling all the positive effects as the demand for superior customer service in both flight coordination and on-the-ground support continues to climb to an all-time high.”

Read more about Euro Jet’s growth here.


Gulfstream Receives FAA Safety Certifications


Gulfstream has received FAA certification on its G650 and G650ER for steep approaches, the airframer announced last Monday at EBACE 2019. After successfully demonstrating its steep-approach capabilities last year, the type can now access challenging airports such as London City, which requires the additional certification due to its short runway and noise-abatement requirements. “This approval enables our G280 operators to land in more weather conditions, limiting delays or rerouting," explained Colin Miller, Gulfstream’s recently-named Senior Vice President of Innovation, Engineering, and Flight. “The Gulfstream EVFS significantly improves safety by increasing a pilot’s situational awareness at night and during low-visibility conditions.” Read more.


TAC Air Nears Debut of Its Newest FBO


TAC Air is planning to open its 15th FBO in August in a more than $100 million redevelopment of the former Braniff Airlines Operations and Maintenance Base and Braniff International Airways headquarters. The maintenance hangars and offices have been undergoing a conversion to the Braniff Centre, whose tenants will also include Flexjet; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s company, Blue Star Land; and Reed Enterprises and its auto dealership Planet Lincoln, the latter two of which are converting a multi-level parking garage adjacent to the center into offices and an automobile dealership. Another feature of the center is 100,000 sq. ft. of space for uses that are expected to include restaurants, retail shops, and offices. “We really had to get thoughtful in the design of the center,” Greg Arnold, Chairman and CEO of The Arnold Companies, TAC Air’s parent. Read more.


StandardAero Reaches 1,500 PT6 Milestone in Gonesse


StandardAero’s Gonesse, France facility recently handed over the 1,500th Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine that it has serviced. The Gonesse facility achieved the milestone nearly 45 years after processing its first engine in 1975. Located between Le Bourget and Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the MRO is a Pratt & Whitney Canada designated overhaul facility for both the PT6A and the larger PW100 turboprop engine. “The team of MRO specialists at StandardAero Gonesse is proud to reach this milestone 1,500th engine, reflecting our long-standing support of PT6A operators across Europe and beyond,” said Laurent Cluzel, General Manager of StandardAero's Gonesse facility. “We have an extensive heritage of supporting the PT6A and PW100 turboprops at Gonesse, serving military, governmental and civilian operators, and look forward to extending our PT6A capabilities with the introduction of a dedicated service center later this year.” Read more.




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