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July 29, 2011     null     Volume 10 Issue 7
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 nullAirline Services Council Meeting Concludes Today

Hot Topics: Ground Handling Entities Becoming Regulated By The Federal  Government And IATA Standard Ground Handling Agreement

The NATA Airline Services Council has been meeting over the last two days in Herndon, Virginia, to discuss two critical topics affecting the ground handling community: whether ground handling companies should become regulated by the federal government and revisions to the IATA standard ground handling agreement. This special meeting comes as a result of discussions during the May 16-17, 2011 meeting where attendees highlighted some of the potential benefits of ground handlers becoming regulated parties under the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Minutes from this week’s meeting, along with all other information on the NATA Airline Services Council, can be found at:

For more details, please contact Eric Byer on the NATA staff.

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 nullChairman’s Message -- Handling Emergencies

Do you like the movies? I think you can learn a lot from the really good ones. Take for example “Twelve O’clock High” with Gregory Peck as Brig. Gen. Savage. It’s a great study in leadership. So much so, that we show the movie and discuss it at all of our supervisor and manager training sessions.

In the movie, Gen. Savage has been sent in to take over a bomb wing in England early in World War II. The bomb wing has become known as the Hard Luck Group because of a series of misfortunes. Gen Savage, rather than coddling them, takes a firm hand, gets them back to basics, and turns the unit around. You can really learn a lot about leadership from watching the movie.

Another one of my favorites is “Braveheart” with Mel Gibson as William Wallace. Wallace was the rebel that brought the Scots together to fight against an oppressive English king. If you go to Edinburgh Castle in Scotland today, the only real memento of Wallace is a small stained glass window high up on one wall. One of the best lines from the movie is when Wallace is trying to steady his meager force against a superior English army by telling them it’s a chance to stand-up to tyranny. The Scots do, and they win!

In Hollywood, smaller forces and even lone individuals are often the victors when they stand up to overwhelming force, but can it be done in real life? Some will say no and just go with the flow. A few will realize that part of the American dream is that every individual counts, but we need to stand up if we’re going to be counted.

The country’s economy is in dire straits. Denigrating general aviation isn’t going to make it better. As businesses, we need to come together and be counted. That happens within the NATA.

NATA Airline Services Council member companies employ over 90,000 employees and have a combined revenue of over $5 billion. If you add in all of the FBOs, this becomes a sizeable potential voting block in the U.S. But to be heard, we have to come together. To paraphrase William Wallace, one man standing alongside a whole host of his countrymen can make a difference.

Let your politicians know that the aviation industry is a significant driver of the U.S. economy and “blaming” corporate jets will not make it better.

Jack Evans
NATA ASC Chairman

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 null2011 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now Available For Member Use

NATA has updated and published its NATA Airline Services Council brochure. This brochure provides information on the latest activities that the council is undertaking, including issues, meeting schedule and member listing.

Members interested in receiving professionally printed hard copies of this brochure may contact Eric Byer on the NATA staff.

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 nullNew NATA ASC Logo Available For Member Use

NATA has created a new NATA Airline Services Council logo that members can use on company stationery, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can use as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

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 nullNATA’s Safety 1st Safety And Health Training – Now Online

Recently, NATA Safety 1st launched 18 new online safety and health training modules. These modules were developed using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards and regulations and are specifically designed to train employees at aviation businesses.

NATA’s 18 modules include back safety, bloodborne pathogens, cold stress, ergonomics, fall protection, fire extinguishers, forklift safety, hazard communication, hearing conservation, heat stress, ladder safety, lockout tagout, machine guarding, office safety, personal protective equipment and respiratory protection. Companies can buy only those modules applicable to their job. From office workers to maintenance technicians, line service personnel, pilots and more, the modules allow the user to create a curriculum that best meets their job requirements. Each module averages 30 to 45 minutes in length and all 18 modules can be completed in approximately 10 hours.

NATA’s Safety 1st Safety and Health Training for Aviation Facilities Online Training features…

  • Anytime, anywhere availability
  • The latest best practices and industry standards
  • Lessons illustrated with high-quality photos and diagrams
  • Electronic reporting of student progress
  • Universal login for PLST Online participants

Online Training Allows You To…

  • Put safety first
  • Instruct to one standard
  • Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Ensure safe employees and service
  • Track student progress automatically; eliminate tedious training paperwork
  • Stay current with the latest regulations
  • Minimize time away from work

Additional information can be found here.

NATA’s E-Learn Summer Fuel QC Webinar Series Featured Walter Chartrand and Frank Clark
NATA’s Quality Control (QC) webinar was well received by more than 15 FBO locations attending to hear Walter Chartrand, Air BP Aviation, and Frank Clark, Facet International, discuss “If you didn’t write it down, did you actually do it” and “contaminants in fuel and how to detect them.” Chartrand stressed that when you perform your QC checks you must write them down. Otherwise, how can you prove you did them? Chartrand also had sage advice on the use of wing decals, nozzles, and forms/online recordkeeping as well as the key to maintaining a sharp QC attitude. Clark covered the leading causes of contamination and what your operation can do to prevent or stop future occurrences.

Attendees posed many pertinent questions such as, When is the best time to sump tanks? and Our hydrant carts were contaminated by surfactants but our fuel trucks were not (loaded from rack off same fuel system); what are the suspected causes for the contamination? Additional questions were asked by attendees and may be reviewed on the recorded webinar.

There’s still time to join the last two QC webinars in August. Take advantage of valuable industry advice and ask pertinent questions during the live webinars August 3 and 17.

You may also want to view and listen to the first two recorded QC webinars. Single webinars are available for purchase or take advantage of the special package pricing on the entire series. The Fuel QC webinar series lineup includes:

August 3, 2011, 13:00-14:00 Eastern
The Straight Scoop On Additives by Carl Hammonds with Hammonds Companies and Filtration And Separation Options by Frank Clark with Facet International.

August 17, 2011, 13:00-14:00 Eastern
An Aircraft Operators View Of QC by Trace Talley with Flight Options and Filter Equipment Maintenance Procedures: How And Why – What ATA-103 Requires by Frank Clark with Facet International.

Previously held/recorded webinars in this series include the following:
Fuel Receipt Procedures by Reed Fuller with Ascent Aviation and The Basics of Aviation Fuel Filtration And Mandatory Specifications by Frank Clark with Facet International.

If You Didn’t Write It Down, Did You Actually Do It by Walter Chartrand with Air BP Aviation and Contaminants In Fuel And How To Detect Them by Frank Clark with Facet International.

Visit to view individual webinar and package pricing and to register today!

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 nullSupport Congressional Candidates Essential To Airline Services Companies Join NATAPAC Today!

In the past, NATA has successfully contributed to Members of Congress who have proven their leadership in supporting general aviation. NATAPAC supports the congressional campaigns of Members of Congress who look out for the interests of aviation businesses, regardless of party affiliation. With political fundraising and campaign activity at an all time high, we cannot afford to allow other interest groups to define the issues that will impact our members.

To stay informed about NATAPAC, fill out the authorization form located in the NATAPAC brochure today. NATA must ask for permission to solicit its members, as required by law. Because NATA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization, we must obtain written approval from NATA’s member companies before soliciting contributions for NATAPAC. Completing and returning the form in no way requires you to make a contribution; however, signing the authorization form allows you to stay informed of congressional candidates NATAPAC supports and contribute to NATAPAC if you choose.

To view the NATAPAC brochure, including authorization form, please click here.

Additional information regarding NATAPAC can be found at

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 nullSign-Up To Receive NATA’s Weekly Political Update

NATA offers its members a political update on specific items that the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the White House are working on each week. This weekly update provides detailed information on hearings, legislation that was introduced or debated in committee, and any issue that NATA is following within Congress or the White House. The update’s purpose is to provide members a more comprehensive view of the legislative matters on which the association is working. The Weekly Political Update is sent out via email only to NATA members who request to receive it. To view past weekly updates, please click here. If you wish to receive these updates, please click here

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nullAre You Paying Too Much For Uniform Services?

NATA has negotiated a program with ARAMARK Uniform Services to provide association members access to a discounted uniform rental and leasing solution. This money- and time-saving membership benefit was negotiated to provide added value to your membership.

NATA members may take advantage of these valuable and convenient savings:

• 20% off rental and lease uniform rates
• 20% off facility services (mats, towels, mops, restroom supplies, etc.) 

To learn more about ARAMARK and the products and services that are available, please click here.

To set up a meeting with an ARAMARK representative to review your uniform and facility services needs, please call Tania Allaire at (818) 973-3906 or Drew Coffey at (781) 204-9067. You may also send an email to

Please mention source code # 197336.

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