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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    August 29, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 35 
  This Week's Top Stories 

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

NATA is pleased to announce that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta is confirmed to speak at the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear Administrator Huerta’s insights and perspectives on the current state of the nation’s air transportation system. The Roundtable, held in Washington, D.C. on November 9th and 10th, is the premier event focused on senior aviation leaders — featuring opportunities for executives to tap into a wealth of industry knowledge from business and government policy experts. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the first time — starting at $300. For more information, please visit



EAN Aviation Becomes First African Safety 1st Qualified Location to Appear on NATA’s Global FBO/Ground Handler Status Map


EAN Aviation, of Lagos, Nigeria is the first African company to receive the Safety 1st qualified designation. “We are pleased to see the Status Map gain traction globally with the addition of the first African Safety 1st qualified aviation business. We commend EAN Aviation for their strong commitment to safety and we look forward to seeing more international companies join their ranks,” stated Tim Obitts, Senior Vice President at NATA. The FBO/Ground Handler Status Map launched in April to highlight FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and/or (IS-BAH) registered. View the map at

Take Your Customer Service to New Heights

Your Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are the face of your operation, the NATA Certified CSR Program advances your team’s customer service skills and gives your business an advantage over the competition. Presented by NATA and the Aviation Business Strategies Group on September 27th and 28th in Long Beach, California, this new certification program starts with an online fundamentals module followed by a robust two-day workshop, where attendees engage in an interactive learning experience. At the program’s conclusion, participants receive the designation NATA Certified CSR. Review the full agenda here and click here to register.


Allianz Workers Compensation Insurance Program Tailored for Aviation Businesses


NATA’s Aviation Workers Compensation Insurance Program, underwritten by trusted international insurance company Allianz, features competitive rates and NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return” that provides additional savings by rewarding companies with excellent safety records. NATA’s strategic relationship with IFBOA continues to allow members to participate in IFBOA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program with QBE — providing you with options to best fit your business. Learn more at


 Association Highlights

NATA Attends GAJSC SAT Meeting


Last week, NATA attended a General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Analysis Team (GAJSC SAT) meeting in Washington, D.C. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, reviewed the status of several Safety Enhancements (SEs) pertaining to System Component Failure — Powerplant (SCF-PP) and Loss of Control (LOC), and the current status of the general aviation safety metric. The SAT also discussed on-going activities related to streamlining general aviation equipage, including the angle of attack (AoA) policy, Non Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) policy, and the Part 23 proposed rulemaking. The next GAJSC meeting will convene on October 12th at NATA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. 


NATA Submits Comments on Order 8000.RCCB


On August 25th, NATA submitted comments on Order AFS 8000.RCCB — establishing the Regulatory Consistency Communications Board (RCCB) within the Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Service. As a member of the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation (CRI) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), NATA supports the FAA’s development of the draft Order defining the RCCB’s purpose and responsibilities. While supportive of the Order in its current form, NATA also recommends the FAA implement a periodic review of the program to ensure its effectiveness.

   Member Spotlight

Aeroplex/Aerolease Group Welcomes A New Member to the Team


The Aeroplex/Aerolease Group welcomes Songyun “Steffi” Qian to its growing workforce. Qian — a recent graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration and a minor in business — will support the company’s marketing and social media promotion efforts. She is an active student member of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and served as treasurer of the organization’s student AAAE chapter at CSULA. Learn more.


Twelve Jets Join Clay Lacy Aviation Fleet


Clay Lacy Aviation added twelve business jets to its expanding fleet since the start of 2016. The new additions include seven long-range, large-cabin aircraft, two super-midsize jets, and three light jets from Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer and Gulfstream. Nine of these aircraft will be available for private jet charter. Learn more.


Conklin & de Decker Releases Update for Aircraft Life Cycle Cost 16.2


The 16.2 upgrade for Conklin and de Decker’s financial planning and budgeting software includes research for the Embraer Legacy 450, Piper M600, Daher TBM 930, Airbus Helicopters BK117B2-850, Robinson R44 Cadet and the Diamond DA42-VI. It also features a five-year format from the Aircraft Cost Analysis program that provides a side-by-side analysis of either three different aircraft or the same aircraft in three different acquisition forms. The newest version features more than 7,000 updated aircraft costs that cover fuel, crew salaries, aircraft inspections, overhauls and retirement items. Learn more.


Signature Reopens FBO at Chicago Midway


Signature Flight Support reopened its FBO at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) on August 17th. The four-month renovation project expanded the facility’s lobby by 1,700 sq. ft., with a new fireplace, internet bar, modernized customer service representative workspace, upgraded sound system and bathrooms and improved coffee bar. The pilot’s lounge, shower facilities and flight-planning areas were also expanded. Learn more.


Prepare for Winter Now | NATA Safety 1st Advanced De/Anti-Icing Training in Salt Lake City


September 20th and 21st, NATA Safety 1st will hold its Advanced De-Icing Workshop at TAC Air in Salt Lake City, Utah. The workshop will provide instruction on safety protocols associated with de-icing procedures, advanced de-icing techniques and hands-on de-icing training. All attendees will be provided the Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing Online Training module which must be completed in advance of the workshop. The preliminary agenda is available here. For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Nicholson at (202) 774-1532 or


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Opens September 7th


Save the date for NATA’s 2017 Aviation Business Conference. Next year’s conference will take place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mark your calendars, early bird registration opens next week!

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