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  June 6, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 23 
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Onsite Registration Available for This Week’s Conference | June 8-10 in Washington, DC

Registration is still available for the NATA 2016 Aviation Business Conference, held steps from the United States Capitol. Plan on participating in the industry's most comprehensive policy and networking event. Register today at or use this registration form. Onsite registration is also available at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in the Congressional C/D room. Follow #NATAABC16 on social media for conference event updates. Share the conference hashtag on Twitter or Facebook for a chance to win a $100 voucher to use toward NATA products, services or events.


NATA’s 2nd Quarter Aviation Business Journal Is Available | Highlighting This Year's Industry Excellence Award Winners

The second quarter Aviation Business Journal is available in digital format. In this issue: profiles on NATA Industry Excellence Awards Recipients, IS-BAH: What Can It Do for You?, Member Profile: JetSuite’s Sweet Spot, Playing Well in the Airport Sandbox, TSA Civil Enforcement Actions: Special Considerations, Slow-Onset Hypoxia, Program Status Update on PAFI  and more. The printed ABJ should arrive in your mailbox soon. As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to access the digital second quarter ABJ.


FAA Aircraft Certification Service Launches “AIR Transformation” Public Website

Early last week, the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) announced the launch of their “AIR Transformation” public website in their quarterly external newsletter Spring Update. The Director of AIR, Dorenda Baker, states in the newsletter, “The Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) continues to pursue the vision of AIR:2018 through a holistic transformation to a more efficient and effective organization. This issue highlights recent initiatives that remove barriers in the certification process, reduce the FAA’s level of involvement in the critical path, embrace innovative, safety-enhancing solutions, and increase AIR’s agility.”


FAA Releases Draft AC on Additional Maintenance Requirements for Part 135 Air Carriers

Last week, the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300) released draft advisory circular (AC) 135-7B, Part 135: Additional Maintenance Requirements for Aircraft Type Certificated for Nine or Less Passenger Seats. The draft AC applies only to 14 CFR part 135 certificate holders that use aircraft that are type certificated for nine or less passenger seats, excluding the pilot seat. Comments on the draft AC are due on or before July 5, 2016.

  Industry News

FAA to Implement Private Pilot Airplane and Instrument Rating Airplane Certification Standards this Month


On June 15th, the FAA will implement the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for Private Pilot Airplane (PAR) and Instrument Rating Airplane (IRA). The Practical Test Standards (PTS) documents for PAR and IRA will be cancelled as of that date. The FAA highly encourages students and instructors to review the ACS material published on the Airman Testing webpage. The Airman Certification Standards webpage offers the latest information and updates and provides an ACS briefing, FAQ and an information brochure. For further information on the ACS, please contact Megan Eisenstein at

   Association Highlights

NATA and Fireside Partners Present A New ERP Workshop


The “Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses” will be held September 13-14 at the NTSB Training Center in Northern Virginia and is a training event designed to provide a fundamental understanding of Emergency Response Programs (ERP) for all aviation businesses. The program covers regulatory requirements and industry "best practices," using a combination of classroom learning and practicum exercise. The workshop will include both general sessions addressing the commonalities of building successful ERPs and cultures within any aviation organization, and breakout sessions to provide in-depth learning relevant to each specific line of business. Register here.


Seats Filling Fast for Safety 1st Regional Advanced Line Service Workshop in Hayward, CA


NATA Safety 1st is pleased to bring its unique mix of technical and service training to Hayward, CA on July 12-13, 2016 at APP Jet Center. The Safety 1st Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop is a two-day training event designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to make your line service team succeed and become new leaders within your company. Register now before seats are gone! Additional dates and locations for this workshop are available here.


Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA Bring Refreshed Commercial Operators Tax Seminar to Omaha


On July 13th, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. and NATA will once again offer the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. This year, the Tax Seminar is tailored as a one-day session and will be held at the Jet Linx headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar looks at tax issues that you face every day in your operations including: federal excise taxes, state taxes, audits, international fees, and depreciation and passive activity loss rules. For the seminar agenda, click here. To register for the tax seminar, click here. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Shannon Chambers at


Popular Aviation Leadership and Management Workshop Returns in August


On August 2nd and 3rd, the Aviation Leadership and Management Workshop, presented by NATA and Aviation Management Consulting Group, will provide the knowledge and tools you need to be a better leader — whether you are a general manager, customer service manager/supervisor or you are aspiring to be a manager. During this two-day workshop, you will learn proven leadership and management principles, best practice approaches, innovative strategies, and creative techniques from industry experts who have decades of experience leading and managing people and making business decisions. Click here to register for this exciting workshop, before it’s too late!

  Member Spotlight

Business Aviation Veteran Tim Maystrik Joins Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.


Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced that business aviation and trip support services industry veteran Tim Maystrik joined the company as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Before joining Universal®, Maystrik’s previous experience included 30 years with Air Routing International and two years with Rockwell Collins. Universal Chief Executive Officer Ralph Vasami stated, “I’ve known Tim for more than three decades and he always was a respected competitor. He will bring a unique way of looking at things to Universal. I’m looking forward to combining Tim’s knowledge and expertise with our global resources to enable us to better support our customers and the industry.” Read more.


Rodger Renaud Promoted to President of West Star Aviation


West Star Aviation announced that their current Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rodger Renaud, has been named president of West Star Aviation. He will work with Bob Rasberry, Chief Executive Officer, to continue with West Star's growth. "We have been lucky to have Rodger. He has been an effective leader in his role as COO for three years and I am confident he will excel in his new position as president. He will be working with more of our strategic initiatives while still handling operations during our robust growth," stated Bob Rasberry, CEO of West Star Aviation. Read more.

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