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 June 17, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 24 
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NATA and Industry Task Force Issued Report on Jet Fuel Contamination

Last week, NATA, in conjunction with an industry-led working group, released recommendations for aircraft operators, fixed-base operators, fuel suppliers, and other stakeholders to mitigate the possibility of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) contamination in jet fuel. DEF is a colorless liquid, injected directly into the catalytic convertor in diesel engine light- and heavy-duty vehicles to meet stringent EPA emission control standards. When mistakenly added to aircraft jet fuel, DEF crystalizes and clogs fuel systems leading to engine failure. 

In three separate instances over the past three years at locations in the United States, including Nebraska and Florida, DEF has been mistaken for fuel system icing inhibitors (FSII), a clear liquid that is added to aircraft jet fuel.

“Safety is central to our mission at NATA. We are committed to working with our members and other industry stakeholders to eliminate the hazard of diesel exhaust fluid contamination of aircraft fuel. NATA encourages all of our members, including aircraft operators, FBOs, and fuel suppliers, to read this report and implement the recommendations as soon as practicable,” said NATA Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Timothy Obitts.

Additionally, the FAA has made efforts to alert various stakeholders, issuing a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) and two Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIBs) in 2018 and 2019, as well as a letter sent by the Office of Airport Safety and Standards to airports providing further background and recommendations.



NATA Conference App Available for Download

NATA is providing an app for all attendees of the Aviation Business Conference and Annual Meeting. This app will help attendees better navigate through the conference. If opted-into, the app will notify attendees of upcoming sessions, conference announcements, exhibitors, sponsors, and much more!

Attendees will also be able to interact with speakers and engage in the discussions via our conference app through anonymous question submissions and by answering polling questions. 

There is also be a feature where attendees can search for speakers, their biographies, and the locations of panels, so they won’t miss out on informative sessions! These speakers are industry experts ranging from other trade associations to governmental bodies of the U.S.

The grand prize winner will be randomly selected on the last day of the conference from the app. To enter the drawing for the grand prize, please download the app here. There is also a QR code provided on-site. The grand prize is a free seat to this year's Aviation Leadership Conference and a one-night stay at the MGM at the National Harbor.

The app is available now! Please contact Courtney Bishop at for more information on this great app!

Let others know you’re attending on social media. Look for a link to the attendee resource page on your confirmation letter, use #NATAABC19.

Click here to view the full 2019 agenda. 


Give back to the aviation industry this year with a donation to the National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) and/or Safety 1st Future Development funds. With your donations, we look to expand upon the efforts of the Foundation to fit the needs of our industry and foster the aviation aspirations of our youngest industry members through our scholarships and grants. On the education and training side, donations to the Safety 1st Future Development fund will be crucial in the progress of the new training platform and upcoming updates as we continue to add more courses and make changes based on user needs.

All NATF donations are tax deductible, NATF is the 501(c) (3) charitable arm of NATA to enhance the safety and quality of service provided to the flying public by assisting aviation businesses in the education and training of their employees. All Safety 1st donations are tax deductible, be aware that 7% of your dues/donations are not deductible because federal lobbying expenses are non-deductible as an ordinary business expense. 

If you wish to donate, please fill out this form so that we can send you or your company an invoice. You may donate to the Foundation, Safety 1st Development or both. Please contact aconnole@nata.aeroif you have any questions.



Register On-Site for 2019 NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference

NATA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference (ABC) takes place from today until Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., kicking off with a reception this evening, including a special exclusive NATA Political Action Committee event tomorrow, and concluding Wednesday afternoon.


The ABC agenda will address illegal charter, cybersecurity and connectivity, GA workforce successes, DEF contamination, 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. For more information, please visit


We also have a resource webpage full of attendee materials, so you can share with your colleagues and customers on social media, as well as an email signature to show that you’ll be in attendance for this year’s conference!


  Association Highlights:

NATA Attends International Aviation Safety Conference


Last week, VP Ryan Waguespack and COO Timothy Obitts attended the 2019 EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference that was held in Cologne from June 12-14. The conference brought together senior aviation professionals from regulators, manufacturers, airlines, and associations from all world regions to discuss global aviation safety issues from the perspective of both the regulators and industry.

This year, under the theme “Regulators Innovating in the 21st Century,” the conference took a closer look at concrete ways for industry and regulators to address fast-paced innovation and emerging risks. The Conference program was structured around three focus areas: ‘The innovation challenge,’ ‘Expanding the regulator’s toolbox,’ and ‘Partnerships for the future.’

Setting the scene, plenary sessions on the first day looked into the regulators’ role in innovation and the challenges of technology. They were followed by a series of panel discussions and technical sessions on a wide range of topics, such as automated Flight Deck, Virtual Towers, Electrical Vertical Take-off and Landing Vehicles, Safety Management Systems, safety intelligence, interoperability of aircraft, certification synergies, and the new Annexes to the EU-US BASA.


NATA P&C Plus Insurance Program | Coverage You Can Count On


NATA’s P&C Plus Insurance Program was created exclusively for you. The broker-driven program provides a full suite of insurance coverage for members and delivers flexible coverage options with a quick and simple enrollment process.

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  - Kidnap Ransom and Extortion

  - Workplace Violence Expense


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Aramark is the Right Fit for Your Business


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Please contact Courtney Bishop at for your special discount code!


Protect Your Pilots with NATA Insurance Program Benefits


Enroll in NATA's exclusive Loss of License Insurance Program to further protect your pilots—a crucial advantage in the current challenging environment for pilot staffing and retention. The Program, designed for Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K, and Part 91 operators, is available exclusively through Harvey Watt & Co.

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 Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost.

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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:

Signature to Provide Skyport Infrastructure for Uber


Last week, Signature Flight Support was named the first nationwide operations and on-airport infrastructure partner for Uber Elevate, the companies announced at the Uber Elevate Summit. As such, Signature will facilitate ground-based operations and skyport infrastructure for Uber Air, as well as be the ground handler of choice for UberCopter services. Uber Air plans to operate a network of electric air taxis in cities worldwide to enable four-person shared flights in densely populated urban markets, initially in U.S. launch markets Dallas and Los Angeles in 2023. Until then, Signature will leverage its involvement in UberCopter, which begins next month in New York City via a partnership with HeliFlite, as a “building block” for Uber passenger handling that could then be scaled up for Uber Air, Signature Chief Commercial Officer Shawn Hall told AIN. For UberCopter, he said Signature will use its existing FBOs and also provide passenger-handling agents at the New York Heliports where HeliFlite operates. Read more.


Gulfstream Nears G600 Approval with Flight Testing Complete


Gulfstream Aerospace wrapped certification flying for its ultra-long-range G600 on May 22 and was in the final throes of the paperwork for U.S. FAA certification in the days leading up to the Paris Air Show, according to the Savannah, Georgia Manufacturer. “Both certification and entry into service are just around the corner,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns reported recently. “The rigor and discipline of our new G600 development program [are] unmatched.” By late last month, the G600 had amassed nearly 100,000 hours of flying in research and development labs and close to 3,200 hours in the air, he said, adding that the testing formula was used for the G500, proving to produce a mature aircraft. Gulfstream completed the G600’s flight-into-known-icing (FIKI) trials in March and followed with function and reliability (F&R) testing in May. The G600 flight-test program accrued close to 850 flights since the first aircraft flew on Dec. 17, 2016. Along the way, the 6,500-nm aircraft has accumulated 11 city-pair speed records. Read more.


Winners of Van Nuys Airport Friendly Flyer Awards Honored


At an awards luncheon held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel last week, Van Nuys Airport (VNY) honored 36 general aviation companies with Friendly Flyer Awards. The awards honor the companies’ outstanding compliance with established noise abatement regulations and achieving 99 percent or greater compliance with all voluntary noise abatement programs at VNY during the 2018 calendar year. “We are very pleased that our Friendly Flyer program contributes to measurable noise reduction at and around Van Nuys Airport,” said Airport Manager Flora Margheritis. “We congratulate and thank each of our award recipients for their commitment to quiet flying practices, which reduce noise and enhance the quality of life in our neighboring communities.” The voluntary Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program for jet aircraft was first established in 1994 to address the community’s concerns regarding jet aircraft noise in neighboring areas. LAWA created the “Friendly Flyer” award in 2012 to acknowledge operators who complied with all noise abatement policies and procedures and had the highest level of success in adhering to the voluntary No Early Turn and Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Programs.




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