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 January 18, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 3 
  This Week's Top Stories 

TSA Seeking Changes to Ground Security Coordinator Training

Comments Due This Friday

Operators subject to various TSA-mandated security programs are encouraged to obtain and review proposed changes to the training required for Ground Security Coordinators (GSC).  The TSA released draft revisions to the security programs that will alter the mandatory training for GSCs under the Twelve-Five, Private Charter and Full All-Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Programs (TFSSP, PCSSP and FACAOSSP, respectively). Operators with these programs should log into their online Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) account to obtain the proposed changes.  NATA reminds operators that these documents are considered Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and that they should be protected accordingly. NATA is submitting comments on the GSC training changes and encourages affected operators to also submit comments in accordance with the procedures outlined by TSA by the deadline, Friday, January 22, 2016.


NATA’s Hendricks Talks FAA Reauthorization with Lawmakers

Last Monday, NATA President Tom Hendricks joined the leaders of NBAA, EAA and the Kansas aviation business community to brief lawmakers from Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, New York, Oklahoma and Minnesota.  Hendricks and the other GA participants discussed the upcoming FAA bill, particularly the potential impacts to aviation businesses and rural America of creating a not-for-profit corporation to oversee air traffic control. The event was organized by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) who remarked, “Improvements to the FAA need to be made in order for general aviation to continue in excellence, but it is crucial that Congress take a commonsense approach to reforming the FAA in a way that strengthens our entire air transportation system. This means focusing on smart solutions to specific problems, and steering clear of Washington’s typical sledge hammer approach to legislating, which only ends up creating more problems than we fix.”

Tom Hendricks and Staff Attending S&D This Week

NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks and staff will be on hand at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference this week in Tampa, FL — meeting with member companies and participating in industry events. For members interested in talking with Tom at the conference, please contact Jake Legere at or (703) 785-5886.


FAA Releases Final Rule on Student Pilot Application Requirements

The FAA has released a final rule on Student Pilot Application Requirements. The rule requires “applicants to apply for a student pilot certificate through a Flight Standards District Office, designated pilot examiner, airman certification representative associated with a pilot school, or certified flight instructor. Aviation Medical Examiners will no longer issue a combination medical certificate and student pilot certificate.” The rule is in response to section 4012 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and allows for security vetting by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prior to the FAA issuing a student pilot certificate. The rule is effective on April 1, 2016.


  Industry News

NTSB Announces 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements


Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The NTSB’s Most Wanted List “highlights safety issues identified from the NTSB’s accident investigations to increase awareness about the issues and promote recommended safety solutions.” Read more.


Bay Area Operators Urged to Make Plans for the Super Bowl ™ Now


Due to the large number of aircraft expected for Super Bowl 50™, the FAA has announced special traffic management procedures for arrivals and departures in the San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley and Monterey Peninsula area. The FAA is not imposing a slot requirement, however all aircraft will require an FBO ramp reservation for arrivals and departures in the days preceding and following the event. Operators planning flights to airports in the vicinity between February 4 and February 8, 2016 should contact their preferred FBO to secure space as soon as possible. Operators should also remember that the TSA typically announces flight restrictions 3-5 days prior to the game. “It’s never too early to book space for what is expected to be one of the most memorable games to ever be played in the Bay Area. We are focused on customer service, ease of transition from Napa to Levi’s Stadium and safety for all of our guests,” explained NATA Member and Napa Jet Center CEO Mark Willey.

  Association Highlights

Recognize the Best and Brightest in the Industry


NATA is calling for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2016. To review the award categories and award nomination form, click here. For more information, please contact Karissa Uko at

  Member Spotlight

EPIC Aviation Adds Konect Aviation to Its Network


NATA Member EPIC Aviation recently announced Konect Aviation as its new fuel provider at McMinnville Municipal Airport (MMV). As an EPIC branded location, Konect Aviation will accept the globally recognized EPIC Card and award Bravo Rewards points on all fueling purchases. “Their professional development of future aviators will be exciting to watch and we will support them as they enhance the general aviation experience at the McMinnville Municipal Airport,” said Steve McCullough, EPIC Senior VP, General Aviation and Business Development. 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.



Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop — Dallas, TX


NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Dallas on March 15-16, 2016. This two-day training event is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your line service team succeed and become new leaders within your company. Register now! Additional dates and locations for this workshop are available at


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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