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NATA to Participate in South Carolina Aeronautics Commission’s Air Charter Event

The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) South Carolina Flight Standards District Office and the South Carolina Aviation Association, will host a day-long event highlighting the importance of legal air charter services. This program is part of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Aviation Safety and Educational Outreach program. The purpose of this Educational Outreach event is to inform attendees regarding the criteria for Part 135 operations, the risk of utilizing illegal air charters, and of the benefits that FAA certificated Part 135 operators bring to our local airport environment. NATA is pleased to sponsor this year’s event that has grown and evolved from the initial edition in 2018. NATA Vice President John McGraw will participate as a speaker, discussing the risks of illegal charter and how NATA’s Task Force is working to combat these activities industry-wide.


For more information, click here to see the agenda or contact Ericka Thomas at



Register for NATA’s Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting

This year’s conference takes place from June 17-19 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., kicking off with a reception Monday evening, including a special exclusive NATA Political Action Committee event on Tuesday, and concluding Wednesday afternoon. The ABC agenda will address illegal charter, cybersecurity and connectivity, GA workforce successes, and more! 

Other conference highlights include: NATA’s Industry Excellence Awards Presentation and Luncheon, Capitol Hill meetings, and other interactive networking activities.


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


Earlier this month, NATA welcomed Willa Hart to our D.C. offices as the new Membership and Marketing Intern. Willa comes to us from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she studies Philosophy and Science, Technology & Society. Willa first became interested in non-profit operations after becoming President of the UMich student group, Blood Drives United, a volunteer organization which works closely with the Red Cross. Here at NATA, Willa will be working to provide general support for the organization, including assisting the membership and communications departments and preparing for our upcoming annual conference.


If you are interested in NATA’s internship program, please send us an email at



Congratulations Eric Nelson – 2019 Recipient of the Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship Winner

The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is proud to announce Eric Nelson as the 2019 award winner of the Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship. Eric, a student at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), found his passion for aviation during his time in the United States Marine Corps while working with Marine and Naval aircraft. His career goals include becoming a flight instructor at UCM and eventually a Designated Pilot Examiner so that he is able to give back to the aviation community by creating more pilots!


You can read Eric’s full bio here.


Information on all our NATF Scholarships can be found here


  Industry News:

AMT’s Next Gen 40 Under 40 Nominations Close June 14


Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Awards. If you know someone that deserves recognition for their efforts as an aircraft maintenance professional — it’s your chance to help them get recognized! Whether you work in general aviation, business aviation, airlines, MRO, rotorcraft, military, or academia, let the industry acknowledge you or your colleagues for dedication to the aviation industry. Nominees must be under 40 years of age as of June 30, 2019.

To nominate, visit: Nominations are due: June 14, 2019. AMT will recognize 40 individuals under 40 in the August/September 2019 issue. For more information:

   Association Highlights:

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Call PartnerShip® at 800-599-2902 or email with any questions..


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:

Wheels Up Acquires Travel Management Company


Wheels Up, the membership-based private aviation company, announced the acquisition of Travel Management Company (TMC), with an effective closing date of May 31, 2019. TMC, the largest wholesale-focused light jet operator in the U.S., operates an owned and leased fleet of Hawker 400XP aircraft in North America. This strategic acquisition is in response to increasing demand from Wheels Up Members for high-quality light jets that meet Wheels Up's stringent safety and operational standards. As a complement to the current Wheels Up fleet of 93 aircraft, TMC's fleet of 26 Hawker 400XP aircraft will further strengthen the Wheels Up Light Jet offering and growing Charter Marketplace. "This acquisition is a foundational piece in our continued brand evolution and mission to provide our members with a total private aviation solution, and we are thrilled to be welcoming TMC into the Wheels Up family," said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. "TMC and their light jet fleet are a perfect complement to our anchor partner, Gama Aviation, and their pilots, who will continue to operate the aircraft in our Wheels Up fleet and provide our members with the same high level of safety and service that they do today." Read more here.


Chantilly Air Breaks Ground on New D.C.-area FBO


Virginia-based aircraft charter and maintenance provider, Chantilly Air, broke ground last week on a new FBO at Manassas Regional Airport, the state’s busiest general aviation airport. The nine-acre complex, which is in addition to the company’s current 4.5-acre leasehold, will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of new hangars, more than doubling the company’s existing aircraft storage space, as well as an 11,000-sq-ft terminal with a passenger lounge, fitness center, conference rooms, and crew planning area. There will also be another 19,000 sq. ft. of offices available for the company and tenants. Chantilly Air, which has had a presence at the airport since 1990, currently provides fueling services for its managed aircraft and hangar tenants, and after the $13 million facility opens in the first quarter of 2020, it will expand that service to transient aircraft. “The Chantilly Air team looks forward to growing general aviation activity at the Manassas Regional Airport by providing comprehensive aviation services,” said COO Tim Sullivan. “Our goal is to create a memorable experience for passengers and crew. Superior customer service is at the core of who we are, and our expanded facilities will allow us to provide this to anyone flying into the airport." Read more here.


New York’s ExcelAire Earns IS-BAO Stage III


Long Island, New York-based private jet charter provider, ExcelAire, is the latest aircraft operator to receive Stage III registration under the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO). The program, launched in 2002, is a voluntary set of industry best practices that embraces the safety management system (SMS) culture. Companies must successfully pass audits to advance through the program. “Our commitment to the highest safety and performance standards provides our customers the kind of assurance and peace of mind afforded by only the finest operators,” said ExcelAire president Rob Sherry, noting the company maintains its ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman status and is also working to join the FAA’s SMS Voluntary program, which would grant the agency oversight over the carrier’s SMS protocol, adding another level of supervision to its safety program. Read more here.


Clay Lacy's OXC Site Gets Part 145 Approval


Clay Lacy’s newest MRO—at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) Oxford, Connecticut—has secured FAA Part 145 certification. The approval gives Clay Lacy its third FAA Part 145 repair station, joining others at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD), both in California. This approval comes a little more than a year after the West Coast-headquartered Clay Lacy opened the OXC location, expanding its reach into the maintenance market and giving it an MRO anchor in the Northeast. Its OXC site spans 65,000 sq ft and houses factory-trained technicians and capabilities to provide service on Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Cessna, Embraer, and Hawker airframes. “Clients can rely on a highly skilled and trusted local resource for AOG support, line maintenance, avionics troubleshooting, and repairs, and interior updates and reconditioning,” said Chris Hand, Senior VP for Clay Lacy. Read more here.

   Air Charter Safety Foundation:

L.J. Aviation Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registration


Last week, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that L.J. Aviation renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “We congratulate L.J. Aviation 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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