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   This Week's Top Stories 

Last week, NATA presented Safety 1st Clean – an infectious disease response cleaning standard for Fixed Base Operators (FBOs). The Safety 1st Clean standard is free to the public and produced by the NATA Safety Committee and COVID Task Force to provide general guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting, and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard FBO team members, corporate assets, and the general flying public.


“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world brought the entire aviation industry to a grinding halt in a way that many of us were unprepared for,” stated NATA Senior Vice President Ryan Waguespack. “As flight activities continue to increase, NATA felt it was critical to develop and provide Safety 1st Clean for free to the entire business aviation community to maintain safe and successful operations moving forward and to be better prepared for future outbreaks.”


The Safety 1st Clean standard also provides a self-certification process that allows FBOs to highlight their conformance to this standard by displaying the Safety 1st Clean logo. Upon completing the self-certification checklist (found in Appendix A), an FBO can send it and other required documentation outlined in the document to to receive the Safety 1st Clean logo.

To access this free standard, please click here. Read more.


NATA Releases Fire Marshal Toolkit and Accidental Foam Discharge Checklist

Last Wednesday, NATA released the Fire Marshal Toolkit

and Accidental Foam Discharge Checklist as part of its Hangar Foam Fire Suppression System Initiative. An educational resource for Fire Marshals, FBO owners, and operators, the Toolkit provides vital information facilitating hangar design and construction conversations and highlighting research and frequency data on inadvertent hangar foam fire suppression system discharges. 


This free online resource provides information on FBO operations and includes detailed information on factors impacting the decision to use foam fire suppression in hangars, including:

   -  Aviation fuels 

   -  Types of foam 

   -  Aircraft hangar fire protection regulations 

   -  Possible environmental issues from foam 

   -  Causes of unwanted foam discharges 

   -  Insurance considerations 


NATA would like to thank Fisher Engineering for its assistance in the development of the Toolkit and for those NATA members and nonmembers who graciously donated their expertise and financial support of the initiative. 


For more information about NATA's Hangar Foam Fire Suppression System Initiative, please visit Read more.

NATA Member Companies to Participate in FAA GA Town Hall

On Thursday, June 18, NATA member companies will participate in a digital General Aviation Town Hall hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


The town hall will include two panels of industry leaders discussing the impacts, challenges and experiences of the general aviation industry during the COVID-19 public health emergency. NATA member companies participating on the panels include Jet Aviation, Textron Aviation, Duncan Aviation, and Signature Aviation.


The town hall will be streamed live on the FAA’s Facebook and YouTube pages from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.


Save the Date | Ground Handling Safety Symposium Goes Digital

NATA will hold its first-ever digital Ground Handling Safety Symposium from September 22-24, 2020. The symposium was developed by the NATA Safety Committee to promote safety at FBOs and other general aviation ground handling businesses/operations. The symposium is designed for safety professionals, including directors of safety, line service managers, operations managers, and flight departments—any stakeholder responsible for ensuring the safe handling of aircraft.


The event will be held over the course of 3 days featuring 2-3 sessions each day, including panel discussions, keynotes, case studies, and town hall-style sharing sessions.


Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for an interactive and informative event.


   Association Highlights:

NATA’s June Air Charter Roundtable: Forging Ahead Takes Place this Wednesday


NATA’s monthly, members-only series, "Air Charter Roundtable: Forging Ahead," takes place this Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00AM EDT. NATA's Senior Vice President Ryan Waguespack will lead the next edition of this series of online roundtables developed to encourage engagement and discussion of topics related to assisting NATA members in forging ahead. Waguespack will be joined by Sheryl Clarke, Director of Safety for Jet Linx Aviation LLC, to bring you the information you need for safe and successful operations moving forward. Register now.


The next Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, July 15th at 11:00AM EDT time.


NATA Senior Vice President Ryan Waguespack will be on the “Illicit Charter: Intentional or Not” webinar panel tomorrow at 1 p.m. EDT hosted by Aviation Week Network. He will be joined by Kent Jackson, Founder and Managing Partner of Jetlaw LLC; Don Riley, Operations Safety Inspector of FAA moderated by Fred George of Aviation Week Network.  


Many expect post-pandemic interest in business aviation to increase as a result of reduced airline service and health concerns related to airline travel. While there are a number of options available to those new to business aviation–charter, jet cards, fractionals, among them–there are other ways to go aloft, such as paying an aircraft owner to try out the travel option with his aircraft and crew or a private pilot for a quick day trip to a business meeting. The problem is those latter options violate federal regulations risking fines and license suspension and void insurance coverage should an accident result.


Register here. For any questions, please contact Aviation Week’s Samantha Howard at

   FAA News:

FAA Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the GA community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety, including loss of control, power plant failure, and controlled flight into terrain.

Stay safe! This series will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight. This month’s topic is the benefit of after-market safety equipment for GA aircraft. They’ll look at some products that can improve safety on your aircraft and explore a few new pathways for installing these devices.


IAWA GA Forum Virtual Aviation Leadership Event


The International Aviation Womens Association is hosting its third annual General Aviation Leadership Forum on Thursday, June 25th in an interactive, virtual sphere. This all-aviation leadership event is exclusively organized and presented by women with exhibition booths from industry-leading companies.


The GA Forum will connect, inspire and lead women across the globe. With unmatched networking and equipping opportunities, this event is not one to be missed. The best part? Registration is free. You can sign-up today to gain access to keynote sessions, panel discussions and exhibitions booths for 24-hours starting 9:00am EST on Thursday, June 25th. For access beyond the 24-hour window, you can purchase a VIP Pass ($147).


NATA Award Programs Call for Nominations | Submit Exceptional Aviation Businesses and Colleagues


Nomination forms are available for NATA’s 2019 Industry Excellence Awards and the 2019 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of the following awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations:

Airport Executive Partnership Award
ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award 
Excellence In Pilot Training Award 
Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award 

   - FBO CSR Award


The nomination deadline is August 4, 2020.


Submit an online nomination here. For more information, please click here.

   Membership Spotlight:

Meridian Earns Dual IS-BAH Approval


New Jersey-based aviation services provider Meridian—which operates FBOs at Teterboro Airport and a recently opened facility across the country at San Francisco-area Hayward Executive Airport—has earned registration for both locations under IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH). “We are proud to be recognized for our continued commitment and conformance to these standards following the audit process that resulted in an IBAC certificate of registration for Hayward, as well as for our TEB FBO,” said Carlos Rodriguez, General Manager of the company’s West Coast facility. “We’re dedicated to providing safe, efficient, and outstanding service in every aspect of our operations. Receiving IS-BAH accreditation shows our customers how much we value them.” Read more.



Jet Linx Applies COVID-killing Formula to Fleet


Jet card and aircraft management provider, Jet Linx, has begun applying the Bioprotectus System to its aircraft and at its network of private terminals. The system, developed by ViaClean Technologies, has been proven by two Centers of Excellence of the Global Virus Network to eliminate and provide protection against SARS-CoV-2, the unique coronavirus that causes Covid-19, for more than six weeks. “Safety is always our utmost priority and there has never been a more significant impetus to utilize groundbreaking technologies such as the Bioprotectus System to safeguard our clients, flight crews, and ground personnel,” said Jet Linx President and CEO Jamie Walker. Read more.


Fargo Jet Center Earns EASA Part 145 Nod


Fargo Jet Center has received EASA authorization for its Part 145 repair station. According to the North Dakota-based company, which also operates an FBO at North Dakota’s Hector International Airport, the certification was granted via a recommendation by the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office. “This certification is a significant step forward in our department capabilities and allows us to provide unique services for our clients based in Europe,” said Mike Clancy, the company’s VP of Technical Services. “The approval is also helpful in supporting our sister company Weather Modification International and aircraft sales division, Exclusive Aircraft Sales, as the demand for special mission aircraft completions and support continues to rise.” Read more.


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