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 July 8, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 26 
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NATA Teams with the University of Maryland to Tackle Foam Fire Suppression System Discharges in Aircraft Hangars

NATA and the University of Maryland signed a sponsored research agreement to review the causes, hazards, and associated costs of accidental foam fire suppression system discharges. The project will also address high-expansion and low-expansion foam systems, in addition to determining the historic reason for the requirement of foam systems included in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 for aircraft hangars. Anecdotal data indicates the risk of accidental discharge of these systems is high and such discharges include significant costs related to clean-up, aircraft damage, and possible environmental damage.


“NATA is very pleased to contract with the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering and Dr. James Milke to collect and analyze existing data to address the industry’s questions. We believe that this analysis will show what our members have expressed – that the cost of installation, maintenance, and clean-up from false discharges far exceeds the risk reduction of these systems,” NATA President Gary Dempsey stated.


The revision cycle for the NFPA 409 standard is currently underway and NATA’s proposal and industry comments are due by November 14, 2019. The next edition of NFPA 409 will be published in early 2021. Read more.



FAA Committee To Tackle Part 135 Pilot Flight, Duty and Rest Rules

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the Part 135 Pilot Rest and Duty Rules Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) charter, signaling the beginning of a new effort to revise the long-standing, existing rules.

Congress mandated this ARC in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 15-254, Sec. 315).


According to the FAA charter, the ARC will be limited to twenty members including representatives from Part 135 and fractional ownership operations and pilot unions, as well as other safety experts.

The ARC will be led by an FAA Co-Chair and an Industry Co-Chair selected from the Part 135 operations community.


Once the ARC members are selected and meetings commence, they will have 16 months to review the regulations and submit recommendations for any changes to the FAA.


NATA has a history of representing the interests of the Part 135 industry on prior ARCs concerning these rules and will continue to advocate for reasonable regulations that protect against crew fatigue while accommodating the unique aspects of the industry, as directed by Congress in creating this mandate. 


NATA, its members, the FAA, and other regional groups are holding events nation-wide to cover opportunities and challenges for the Part 135 community. Central to many of these gatherings are educational sessions on the risks of illegal charter, what can be done to combat illegal charter, what the attendees are seeing in their region, and updates on industry efforts. One of these meetings recently occurred on June 19th and was hosted by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and more are planned in other areas throughout the remainder of this year. NATA Vice Presidents John McGraw and Ryan Waguespack spoke at the South Carolina event and distributed NATA's recently updated air charter  informational resources. Waguespack stated, “We are pleased to see the industry engage in discussions and initiatives to combat illegal charter activities. These forums are reaffirming the conviction that together we can put an end to these risky practices.”


If you are interested in hosting an event addressing illegal charter with your local FSDO, please contact



Remembering Former NATA Board Member John D. Kelly of Shoreline Aviation

John D. Kelly, who operated the first commuter seaplane flights between Manhattan and East Hampton in the 1990s, died of cancer last Thursday at home in Guilford, Conn. He was 72.


Described by his family as a legend in the seaplane community, Mr. Kelly spent many years flying between Manhattan’s 23rd Street seaplane base on the East River, known as one of the most complex and congested air spaces, to resorts and islands in the Northeast. He trained more than 1,000 pilots who are now flying a variety of aircraft around the world and served on the board of directors of the National Air Transportation Association.


A celebration of his life will be held at the Shoreline Aviation hangar at Tweed New Haven Airport on July 27 at 4 p.m. The family has suggested that memorial contributions for a scholarship fund that will be set up in Mr. Kelly’s name to help women and low-income students pursue a degree in aviation studies be sent to Shoreline Aviation, 60 Thompson Avenue, East Haven, CT 06512.


  FAA News:

FAA Releases Update on Policy for ADS-B Equipped Aircraft Performance Requirements


On July 3, the FAA released a policy statement regarding certain operations of ADS-B OUT equipped aircraft if performance requirements cannot be met due to conditions outside the operator’s control. In brief, providing assurance to operators that it will not consider degradation in Global Positioning System performance due to conditions outside the operator's control that results in an operation falling below ADS-B rule requirements to constitute non-compliance, provided the operator has exercised appropriate due diligence prior to conducting an operation. Operators of ADS-B OUT equipped aircraft operating in ADS-B airspace after the implementation date of Jan 1, 2020 are urged to review the policy to ensure compliance with relevant requirements. 

   Industry News:

California Mandates Zero-Emission Shuttles at its Largest Airports 


Last week, California mandated a switch to nonpolluting shuttles and buses running short hops at its largest airports. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously passed the policy, the first of its kind in the nation. It requires by 2035 a switch to zero-emission vehicles at 13 airports: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, and Ontario International, along with commuter airports in Orange County, Burbank-Hollywood, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Fresno, and Santa Barbara. It affects vans and buses carrying people to airport parking lots, rental cars, and nearby hotels. "Shuttles are a vital part of airport activity," said Richard Corey, CARB's Executive Officer. "The transition to zero-emission shuttles not only provides consumers with clean, quiet transport but will help further expand the reach of this ultra-clean technology into the heavy-duty transportation sector." Read more.

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Remaining 2019 NATA and Safety 1st Events Calendar


NATA has multiple events throughout this calendar year across the country. Review the remaining 2019 events calendar and don’t miss your opportunity to network within the industry, enhance your professional/technical skills, and let your voice be heard.


Conferences and Symposiums
2019 Ground Handling Safety Symposium

October 1-2 | NTSB Training Center | Dulles, VA


2019 Aviation Leadership Conference

November 5-6 | MGM Hotel | National Harbor, MD


Town Halls and Forums
Air Charter Forums
September 26 | International Jet Aviation Services | Denver, CO

October 3 | Teterboro, NJ


Industry Town Halls
August 6 | International Jet Aviation Services | Denver, CO
September 12 | West Houston Airport | Houston, TX
October 1 | Boca Raton Airport | Boca Raton, FL


Professional/Technical Development

NATA Safety 1st Certified Quality Control Inspector Workshop

September 10-11 | Aeroplex/Aerolease | Van Nuys, CA


NATA Safety 1st Advanced Deicing Workshop

October 1-2 | Jet Aviation | Bedford, MA


NATA Certified Customer Service Representative Program

December 10-11 | Chateau LeMoyne – French Quarter | New Orleans, LA 


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:

Bombardier Launches the Learjet 75 Liberty


Bombardier is proud to unveil the Learjet 75 Liberty, offering more light jet operators than ever before the opportunity to step up into the iconic platform that launched business aviation in America. The Learjet 75 Liberty will be offered at a list price of $9.9 million U.S., with first deliveries expected in 2020. This exceptional value proposition represents a new frontier for the Learjet brand. “The Learjet 75 Liberty represents a step up for customers in the light jet segment, with unprecedented spaciousness and Bombardier’s renowned smooth ride,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. Read more.


Clay Lacy Aviation Awards Two More Pilot Scholarships


Last week, the California-based aircraft services provider and FBO operator Clay Lacy Aviation announced the latest recipients of the Clay Lacy Pilot Scholarship at Orange Coast College (OCC). The company founded by legendary pilot Clay Lacy initiated the scholarship program in 2017 to recognize the dedication and hard work of four OCC aviation science students each year, awarding them funds to help lower the costs of flight training, allowing students to earn their private, instrument, or commercial pilot license. “When companies like Clay Lacy are involved, it helps us hone our program so our students are better prepared to enter and succeed in the workforce,” said Daniel Schrader OCC’s Dean of the School of Technology. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Clay Lacy as we educate the next generation of aviation professionals here in Orange County." Read more.


Duncan Aviation Sees Growth in Mx Internship Program


Duncan Aviation’s opening of a maintenance hangar in Provo, Utah, earlier this year means the MRO provider has seen its summer avionics and maintenance internship program grow by 23 percent, to 37 interns. The paid interns are spread between Provo and Duncan’s other main facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, Michigan. “Over the last two years, we’ve put a lot more focus on our internship program, and it will continue to grow with the expansion of our third full-service MRO facility in Provo,” Duncan Human Resource Team Lead Jennifer Monroe said. Since 2017, the program has proved especially valuable in recruiting new hires at a time when the availability of maintenance and avionics technicians is tightening. Read more.




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