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October 14, 2019 — Volume 18, Issue 40 
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NATA Responds to Fatal Suspected Misfueling Aircraft Accident

Last week, the Association released a statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report regarding a fatal aircraft accident that, possibly, was caused by misfueling.


“NATA was saddened to learn of a recent preliminary report of a fatal accident related to a suspected misfueling. Aircraft misfuelings are preventable through proper training and eliminating these incidents is a top priority for NATA and our membership. NATA’s Misfueling Prevention Program can be accessed free of charge at and includes learning tracks for line service professionals, customer service representatives, FBO managers, and pilots,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. 


NATA has updated the resources on the General Aviation Misfueling Prevention webpage. For any questions, please contact Safety 1st at



2019 Girls in Aviation Day Events Inspire Nearly 20,000 Young Women Worldwide


On Saturday, October 12, NATA VP of Marketing & Communications Shannon Chambers supported the Girls in Aviation Day, hosted by Women in Aviation International at the Culpeper Airport in Culpeper, VA. The event was part of the 20th Annual Culpeper Air Fest.

With 118 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s October Girls in Aviation Day 2019 reached approximately 20,000 attendees. Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States but in 17 other countries in Canada and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Girls were introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools.


Aviation Business Leaders Come to One Place This November


NATA is pleased to announce the agenda for this year's annual Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC), featuring sessions on the epidemic of sex trafficking, the economic forecast of business jets, enhancing company culture, and more!


On November 5-6, senior aviation leaders will convene at a new venue location, the MGM National Harbor just outside Washington, D.C., to hear from top aviation government officials and industry experts including:

    - Philip Langford, President, North America, International Justice Mission

    - Rollie Vincent, Creator, JetNet IQ


The ALC also offers many opportunities to network and engage in meaningful discussions on enhancing operations and addressing aviation business issues. 


The deadline to select a sponsorship opportunity is Friday, October 18th. For information about registration and sponsorship, please visit



NATA's 2019 Fall edition of the Aviation Business Journal is now available online.


Highlights from this issue:

- Aviation’s Greatest Revolution


- NATA’s Fifth Annual Aviation Business Conference


- Insurer Integrity in a Tough Market


- Marijuana and Safety-Sensitive Functions Don’t Mix


- Air BP: A Growing Emphasis on Sustainable Aviation Fuels


- Victor: Flying Carbon Neutral


- 2019 NATA Buyers’ Guide


- And more!


As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read.


  Member Monday:

NATA Member Monday! | Chantilly Air, Inc.


NATA’s Member Monday series highlights the diverse businesses that make up the Association's membership to show the positive impacts they have on their communities, the aviation business industry, and the world at large.


Chantilly Air is an Aviation Services Company providing Aircraft Maintenance, Charter, Management, Storage, Ground Support, and Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions. Chantilly Air holds the highest ratings available for their exemplary safety record, superior equipment and processes, and strict adherence to best industry practices.

Chantilly Air began as a single jet, corporate flight department in 1990 and has enjoyed tremendous success and growth over the years expanding its business offerings to include aircraft charter, management, maintenance, hangar, and ground support. The company was originally established as a corporate flight department to support the diverse business entities of the owners who have enjoyed an established business reputation in the Washington, DC metro area for over 75 years.


Read more here, and search #NATAMemberMonday on our social media for more stories like this in the upcoming weeks.

   Association Highlight:

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 $6.6 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.


Join NATA for Our Certified CSR Program | December 10-11 in New Orleans


On December 10-11, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program in New Orleans, LA. The two-day seminar will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation.

The Certified CSR Program is instructed by Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) founders, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson. Ron and John are industry experts who have decades of experience in FBO services, marketing, and training. Check out ABSG’s FBO Connection Blog to get insights on how to enhance your operations.

Don’t miss out, reserve your seat today!

   Membership Spotlights:

Enticknap Earns His Master Pilot Stripes


Aviation services veteran John Enticknap has been honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at a recent monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club.

Enticknap has held positions of increasing responsibility with Beckett Aviation and DynAir Fueling and was the president and CEO of Mercury Air Centers. He also has substantial military flying experience.

The award was instituted by the FAA in 2003 to recognize pilots who have demonstrated safe flight operations continuously for 50 or more years. The award was presented by Roger Williams, FAA safety team program manager and Michael O'Harra, FAA southern regional administrator.

Enticknap, president of Aviation Business Strategies Group, started flying in 1966 and has accumulated more than 8,200 hours. He holds ATP, Commercial and CFII certificates and is a single engine, multi-engine, instrument, and rotorcraft rated pilot. Read more.


Paragon Aviation Group Continues Successful "Fly for a Cure" Campaign


The Paragon Network continues to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer with their “Fly for a Cure” campaign during the month of October, the official National Breast Cancer Awareness month. “Breast cancer affects all of us on some level because we know someone, whether it’s a family member, friend or coworker, that has dealt with this disease,” stated Megan Barnes, President of Paragon Aviation Group. “I am honored to be affiliated with this generous group of amazing FBOs. Our goal is to contribute to the ongoing efforts towards finding a cure and to raise awareness on the importance of self-examinations and regular screenings.” Read more.                                              


APP Jet Center Manassas Completes Full Renovation and Begins Hangar Expansion


APP Jet Center, an aviation company that owns three fixed based operations and a portfolio of airport real estate, is pleased to announce that the full renovation of its FBO at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in the Washington, DC market is complete. “We are very excited to provide our Manassas clients with a fresh, new, upscale experience at APP Jet Center,” Thom Harrow, CEO of APP Properties, Inc., said. “This entire project was designed with our clients’ needs top of mind.” Read more.


Jet Aviation Announces Opening of New Teterboro Hangar and Renovated FBO


Jet Aviation announces the opening of its new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar and completely renovated FBO in Teterboro, NJ. The company held a pre-opening celebration at the hangar in August 2019 and has now received its final operating approval. Built to meet growing demand for long-range business jets, the new hangar can accommodate most large aircraft. The construction is part of Jet Aviation’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network of 35 locations. The company is investing heavily to ensure its facilities are designed and equipped to meet all the business aviation needs of its global customers. Read more.
    ACSF News:

AEM Aviation Joins the ACSF and ASAP


Orlando, Florida-based AEM Aviation ( has joined the ranks of more than 210 other safety-focused aviation companies as a new member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation ( The ACSF is a non-profit aviation safety organization that provides programs to enable the highest levels of safety in personal, charter and business aviation.

In addition to reaping many of the safety-focused benefits that participation in the ACSF provides, AEM Aviation’s crewmembers will also be able to share in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), which is administered by the ACSF in partnership with the Federal Aviation Authority. 

“AEM Aviation has always taken a ‘safety-first’ approach to our operations, and our participation in the ACSF is yet one more indication of how important safety is to our day-to-day functioning,” said AEM Aviation President, John Valliant. “We’re eager to become an active ACSF member, and that means actively participating in the ASAP as well.” Read more




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