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 January 11, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 2 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Congressional Opinion Leader Speaks Out in Opposition to Air Traffic Control Corporation

Writing last week in the influential Washington, DC publication Politico, Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita came out strongly against proposals to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation labelling it a “troubling surprise for the general aviation industry.”  Representative Pompeo recently led the NATA-supported effort requiring a study of the current diversion of aviation tax dollars to the highway trust fund.  In the article, Pompeo educated readers on the importance of general aviation, describing it as a “lifeline to thousands of communities where airlines do not fly.” He went on to name the financing methodology of the proposed air traffic control corporation, user fees, as one of the proposals most concerning elements, noting the current system of fuel-based fees as the “most fair and accurate way to distinguish between heavy and light users of the system.”  While NATA agrees the FAA could certainly stand the injection of more private sector practices, it is gravely concerned by the unknowns associated with corporatization particularly to aviation businesses.


NATA Attends General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) Meeting

Last week, NATA staff attended a GAJSC meeting in Washington, DC to focus on advancing general aviation safety through data-driven, consensus-based risk reduction efforts. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, reviewed the status of the Safety Enhancements (SE) from the Loss of Control (LOC) and System Component Failure – Powerplant (SCF-PP) working groups and discussed recent general aviation safety data. The committee was given a briefing by the FAA on the recently adopted Compliance Philosophy and also discussed the updates revolving around the General Aviation Issues Analysis Team (GA IAT). The next GAJSC meeting is scheduled for late March.

FAA Bans GA Operations in DC for State of the Union

The FAA has issued a NOTAM covering the Washington, DC area for tomorrow’s State of the Union Address (January 12). Under the NOTAM, general aviation operations are banned from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field, Potomac Airfield and College Park Airport from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on January 12. The prohibition includes general aviation operators who are typically authorized to fly into DCA, meaning DCA Access Standard Security Program participants.


NATA Offices Closed Next Monday for Federal Holiday

NATA’s Washington, DC headquarters will be closed Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our office will reopen Tuesday, January 19th.

  Association Highlights

Applications for 2016 AMT Employer Award Program Now Available


NATA is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program now through February 26, 2016. This award program is designed to recognize companies that employ aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) and encourage and support AMT training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs that participate in qualifying training events. The AMT Employer Awards, along with the Industry Excellence Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2016. For more information on the program, or to download an application packet click here.


Increase Your Business’ Exposure, Advertise with NATA in 2016!


Looking to increase your visibility to aviation businesses? Consider purchasing an advertisement with NATA. Advertising with NATA is a great way to put your company and products in front of thousands of aviation decision makers and end users — including aviation business Owners, CEOs, Chairmen, Principals, and Presidents. There are multiple advertising opportunities available including: NATA’s quarterly Aviation Business Journal (ABJ), NATA News, our website and more! For more information, contact Shannon Chambers at

  Industry News

IS-BAH Workshops Kickoff in Ft. Lauderdale


This week, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) will hold its first 2016 International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Workshop on January 13th and 14th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The IS-BAH, a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS). The IS-BAH follows the long established structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. To register or for more information, click here.


Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA and general aviation groups, including NATA, launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. A LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. This month’s #FlySafe looks at the best glide speed and distance. For pilot tips or for more information, click here.


First Installment of the 2016 Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program Begins in February


The Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program is an online course designed to provide anyone who trains line service professionals the basic knowledge and skills to understand, teach and implement training programs, including Safety 1st. The CTP is comprised of six instructor-led, online classes that are approximately an hour and a half in length and occur over a three-month period. As an online course, the CTP saves participants time away from work and the cost of travel typically associated with in-person seminars and training classes. Investing in trainers pays dividends in all areas including safety, morale and customer service. Advance the development and growth of your trainers by registering them before February 17th. To learn more, click here.



Don’t Miss Out: March 2016 FBO Success Seminar


This year’s FBO Success Seminar will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 8th and 9th, 2016. Attendees will learn new FBO management techniques and gain essential aviation operational and service knowledge, while sharing experiences with new friends in the FBO industry. To register or for more information, click here.


Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference Is Now Open


NATA's 2016 Aviation Business Conference will take place June 8th-10th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference will kick off with a reception Wednesday evening, June 8th and the conference will conclude Friday afternoon, June 10th. Early bird registration will run through Friday, April 8th. Please visit to register and save today! 


 ACSF News 

ACSF Symposium


Registration is now open for the 2016 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Dulles, VA on March 8–9, 2016. The event theme is Safety: A Smart Investment for a Rich Future and will touch on the following subjects: system safety, reducing risk, safety metrics and much more. Visit for more information and to register online today!



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