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 April 4, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 14 
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FAA Announces Selection of Two Unleaded GA Fuels for PAFI Phase 2 Testing

In the ongoing effort to develop acceptable unleaded fuel(s) for general aviation, last week the FAA announced Shell and Swift Fuels were selected for Phase 2 engine and aircraft testing. According to the agency, “test data will help the companies obtain an ASTM International Production Specification for their fuels and allow the FAA to authorize the existing GA fleet to use the unleaded replacement fuels.” The testing will begin this summer and conclude in 2018. NATA continues to participate on the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), a government and industry collaboration and will provide updates on the progress of the development and deployment of a new unleaded aviation fuel(s). For further questions or concerns, please contact Megan Eisenstein at


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

In celebration of the association’s 75th Anniversary, NATA held its third monthly contest providing an opportunity for one lucky social media follower to win a prize. In March, individuals that completed NATA’s Safety 1st Misfueling Prevention Awareness Training Program were entered in a drawing for a free training session from the recently launched Safety 1st HAZMAT Will Carry, HAZMAT Will Not Carry or Regulated Garbage. The winner of the contest is WestJet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota — a 9-year NATA member. For April’s contest, one of our LinkedIn followers will win a complimentary seat for The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue — so make sure you’re following us at


The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: 75th Anniversary Special Pricing

In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, the association is offering $400 off the registration fee for The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue. The one-and-a-half-day management development program covers the delicate balance between customer service, risk mitigation and revenue optimization in subleasing hangar space to aircraft operators. Facilitated by industry-experts FBO Partners on behalf of NATA, this course will teach best practices, strategies and negotiation skills essential in hangar subleasing, and provide an immediate and quantifiable return for attendees. The seminar takes place May 10th and 11th in Augusta, GA. To view the program agenda, click here. For more information, please visit


NATA Participates in the General Aviation Safety Summit

On March 31st, NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks joined other industry leaders at the FAA’s annual General Aviation Safety Summit. Hendricks highlighted the association’s contributions to improving general aviation safety through NATA’s Safety 1st Ground Handling and Misfueling Prevention programs along with the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s FAA-approved Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Following the summit, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker stated “The United States has the largest and most diverse GA community in the world and we are all working together to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve safety. While the fatal accident rate is beginning to decline, too many lives are still being lost. While we still have more work to do, the GA Joint Steering Committee’s work on voluntary safety measures is making a difference.”

  Industry News

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA and general aviation groups, including NATA, have launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. LOC can happen when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. The March/April 2016 FAA Safety Briefing focuses on helping pilots better identify loss of control warning signs, as well as fine tune mitigation strategies and recovery techniques that can improve flight safety in these situations.

OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Update Eye and Face Protection Standards


On March 25th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that “updates eye and face protection requirements in OSHA’s general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, long shoring and construction standards. The changes involve incorporation by reference of the latest ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 (American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association) standard on Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices and removal of the oldest ANSI (Z87.1-1989) version of the same standard.” The final rule will be applicable for workers at Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MROs) and goes into effect on April 25, 2016.


FAA Notice Impacts Some 135 Operators


FAA Notice 8900.345 clarifies the proper process to grant operators authority to use weather observations from a location other than the actual takeoff/landing site. This deviation authority is provided for in §135.213(b) and listed in OpSpec A005. OpSpec A010, Aviation Weather Information, is issued to operators holding this deviation authority. Principal inspectors of operators currently holding OpSpec A010 will, within the next six months, review whether the deviation was properly granted and re-issue OpSpecs A005 and A010 if appropriate. Should the inspector determine the operator was incorrectly granted authority, the process to remove the deviation will begin. Impacted operators should carefully review Notice 8900.345 and plan for the review.
  Association Highlights

NATA Attends General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Meeting


Wednesday, March 30th, NATA staff attended a General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) meeting focusing on advancing general aviation safety through data-driven, consensus-based risk reduction efforts. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, reviewed general aviation safety performance data for FY16, discussed the status on several ongoing Safety Enhancements (SEs), and received an update from the Safety Analysis Team (SAT). The FAA also provided an update on the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) through a technical program overview. NATA’s Managing Director of Safety and Training, Mike France, briefed the committee on NATA’s Misfueling Prevention Awareness Program. The next GAJSC meeting is scheduled for June in Washington, D.C.


Opinions on ATC Corporatization from NATA Executives


Catch the latest blogs posts from NATA President and CEO Tom Hendricks and Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs Bill Deere. The President’s Message offers Hendricks’ view on the aviation business industry. “Not the Answer for Air Traffic Control” is a full-length response opinion piece by Tom Hendricks’ excerpted by the Denver Post.

The Policy Playbook monitors Congress and federal agencies and lets readers know what new legislation and rules are in the works, how they will affect aviation business and what can be done about it. The recent addition from Deere, “Airlines…..Unplugged,” comments on the U.S. Chamber’s annual Aviation Summit recently held in Washington, D.C.

 Member Spotlight

BBA Aviation Agrees to Sale Six FBOs for $190 million


BBA Aviation recently announced the sale of six FBOs for $190 million, as agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice under the terms of the regulatory approval for the acquisition of Landmark Aviation. In connection with the transaction, KSL Capital Partners partnered with Jeffrey Ross, the former president and CEO of Ross Aviation, who will manage the Divestiture Assets following the closing of the transaction. The transaction is still subject to customary approvals. BBA Aviation was required to sell legacy Landmark FBOs at: Westchester County Airport, New York; Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Scottsdale Airport, Arizona; Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska; Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, California; and part of the Landmark facilities at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. For more information, click here.


Million Air Dallas President, Jack Hopkins Retires


Million Air Dallas announced that Jack Hopkins, president of Million Air Dallas, recently decided to retire. Following this decision, Richard Rogers, owner of Million Air Dallas, appointed Bob Schmidt, vice-president and director of operations, as the new president of Million Air Dallas effective immediately. Hopkins joined Million Air Dallas in 1984 and held various positions of management before becoming the company’s president in 2002. “I am grateful to have spent 32 years with this great company, and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead the highest level of private air transportation in North America,” states Hopkins. Schmidt joined Million Air Dallas in October of 2005 bringing over 30 years of aviation experience to the company. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and has over 14,000 hours of flight experience in domestic and international operations. “With the continued support of our team of employees, I plan to lead this company to even higher levels of achievement as we go forward,” Schmidt said. For more information, click here.


Registration Ends This Week for 2016 Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program


Tuesday, April 5th is the last day to register for the first installment of the Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program (CTP). The CTP 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. It 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 April 5th. To learn more, click here.

   ACSF News

New ACSF Member | U.S. Aviation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that United States Aviation, Tulsa, OK is the newest company to join the ACSF. Along with 136 other companies, U.S. Aviation supports ACSF’s vision to promote and enable the highest levels of safety across both the personal and business aviation industries. United States Aviation is an FAA certified air carrier that has been in operation for more than 29 years.




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