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 February 8, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 6 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Unveils “No Corporation” Grassroots Campaign Against ATC Privatization

Last Friday, NATA launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation. The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered Thursday, February 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. NATA created a special webpage —  — providing additional information and easy steps general aviation businesses can take to contact their elected representatives in opposition to this proposal. NATA President Tom Hendricks urges the general aviation community to support this fight stating, “The hour has rarely been graver for general aviation and we are calling on all aviation businesses to join us. Your immediate personal outreach to your elected representatives is critical to staving off the corporatization of ATC and the imposition of user fees on segments of general aviation. We want make it clear that industry insiders don’t get to decide the future of our nation’s air traffic control system.”


NATA Participates in Unleaded Avgas Meetings

Last week, NATA staff participated in several meetings related to the development of unleaded aviation fuel through the Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative (PAFI). On Tuesday and Wednesday, the PAFI Steering Group (PSG) discussed the progress, plan, and schedule of Phase I: Lab Tests, Emissions & Toxicology Assessments and steps for Phase II which include full scale engine and aircraft testing. Phase II testing is scheduled to occur toward the end of 2016 into 2018. NATA also attended the “New Unleaded Avgas Deployment” meeting on Thursday with FAA and industry representatives. During this meeting, the FAA and industry addressed deployment issues related to the transition from 100LL to unleaded Avgas. For more information, please contact Megan Eisenstein  

Tom Hendricks to Discuss ATC Corporatization at 2016 AACA Convention and Tradeshow

NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks will speak tomorrow at the Alaska Air Carrier Association Convention and Tradeshow. All convention attendees are invited to a presentation by Tom at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9th. Tom’s presentation will cover the FAA reauthorization, the House proposal to create a user fee-funded ATC and NATA’s grassroots campaign to fight the proposed legislation. For more information about the convention, please visit


NATA’s 75th Anniversary Social Media Contest | January Winner

In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, we held our first monthly contest for our social media followers to win a free Safety 1st online training course. In January, individuals that followed the “The Safety Net” blog were entered in a drawing for a free Safety 1st online training course. The winner of the contest is Sound Aircraft Services in NY. For February’s contest, one of our Facebook followers will win a $200 voucher that can be used toward NATA products, services or events — so make sure you’re following us at

  Association Highlights

Safety 1st Encourages Misfueling Prevention Awareness


NATA Safety 1st continues its bi-weekly series of blog posts featuring frequently asked questions and answers about our online training. The latest installment covers the recent launch of the free Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program: Awareness Training for Pilots, Line Service Professionals, FBO Managers and Customer Service Representatives. More information about the program can be found on the “The Safety Net” blog or by visiting The Safety Net blog is a great place for trainers and administrators to share thoughts on safety and training issues, ask questions, share comments or even make suggestions for using Safety 1st online training more effectively. Subscribe to The Safety Net to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community. 


Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference Are Now Available!


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now available for NATA's 2016 Aviation Business Conference. The conference will take place June 8th-10th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The event will kick off with a reception Wednesday evening, June 8th and will conclude Friday afternoon, June 10th. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early bird registration is also open and will run through Friday, April 8th. To view our 2016 Aviation Business Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.


Deadline for Industry Excellence Awards Extended to February 22nd


There’s still time to submit nominations to NATA for the 2015 Industry Excellence Awards. Help NATA recognize 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


First Annual Meetings Underway for Several NATA Committees


NATA’s Airport Business Committee met last month in Tampa, FL. The committee discussed subcommittee goals for membership and new education tools, new NATA and Safety 1st products, and agenda items for the upcoming 2016 Aviation Business Conference.

The Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee meets at NATA headquarters this week. Agenda items include regulatory updates from two FAA Flight Standards Service (AFS) managers and the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), who will review the consistency of regulatory interpretation implementation. Additionally, committee members will continue developing session topics for the 2016 Aviation Business Conference. 

  Member Spotlight 

NATA Members Aviation Dynamix and Wichita Airport Authority to Build New Hangar


Aviation Dynamix, an aircraft and helicopter ferrying and delivery company, plans to build a hangar at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. Under a separate limited liability company named Hangar Dynamix, the company will use the 22,000-square-foot hangar to store airplanes and helicopters for delivery as well as transient aircraft, President Andre Grosvenor said. The new hangar will be located roughly east of the new terminal at Eisenhower. Grosvenor said he plans to move into the new hangar in the next six to eight months. For more information, 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


Don’t Miss Out: Other Upcoming Safety 1st Events


Certified Trainer Program (Online) – Registration closes February 17, 2016
FBO Success Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana – March 8-9, 2016
Advanced Line Service Workshop in Dallas, Texas – March 15-16, 2016
Essentials of Hangar Subleasing in Augusta, Georgia – May 10-11, 2016

Click here for information on NATA events and links to register.

  ACSF News 

ACSF Symposium | Extended Date for Discounted Room Block Rate


Book your room by February 15, 2016 to receive the special discounted rate for ACSF Symposium attendees. Over the course of two days, attendees will explore trending and emerging safety challenges facing aviation businesses and consumers today. Join your colleagues March 8-9, 2016 to stay informed and learn from industry leaders on system safety, reducing risk, safety metrics and much more.

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