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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    September 5, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 36 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Announces Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program for Charter Operators and Part 91 Flight Departments

NATA is partnering with Harvey Watt & Co. to bring an exclusive Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators. For the first time, all program participants are able to receive a group rate through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. The NATA Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost. Enroll today to protect and retain your pilots. Interested parties can contact Harvey Watt & Co. to compare options and differences in coverage by emailing or calling 720-746-3261. Learn more.



Political Commentator and Author Matt Lewis Confirmed for NATA Aviation Business Roundtable


NATA is pleased to announce that CNN political commentator Matt Lewis is confirmed to speak at the NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. Join us to learn how the political landscape will change as a result of 2016 elections and the impact it will have on our industry. 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

IRS Releases New Guidance on Bonus Depreciation Extension

On August 26th, the IRS issued new guidance on changes to the depreciation rules under Sections 179 and 168 of the tax code that were enacted late last year by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (P.L. 114-113). Under this new guidance, businesses will now be able to claim missed bonus depreciation for assets placed in service in 2015.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Opens Tomorrow

NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference will take place June 6th-8th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference will kick off with a reception Tuesday evening and the conference will conclude Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration opens tomorrow, September 6th and will run through Friday, April 7th — save $95! For more information, please visit


 From the FAA

New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Now in Effect


The FAA’s new operational rules went into effect on August 29th for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Small UAS rule — formally known as Part 107 — provides safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The remote pilot in command must operate the drone only during daylight hours, at or below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), up to 100 mph airspeed, and must remain within the visual line-of-sight of the drone. To review a summary of the small unmanned aircraft rule, please click here. More information on waivers, airspace authorizations and guidance on taking the Aeronautical Knowledge Test required under Part 107 can be found here.

   Association Highlights

NATA 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project


Give back to those who fought to defend our nation and freedom! NATA’s 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project will run until October 31, 2016. Project participants are asked to display American-made flag pins in their operations with signage suggesting a $1.00 donation per pin or make a direct donation to the project. Last year’s campaign raised nearly $30,000 for the Veterans Airlift Command and Medal of Honor Foundation. NATA thanks our current (15) participants: American Jet Charter, Atlantic Aviation, Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd's Aviation, Fargo Jet Center, Gary Jet Center, Inc., Greenbrier Valley Airport, Hill Aircraft, Jet Aviation, Keystone FBO Services, Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Napa Jet Center, NATA, Pentastar Aviation, Signature Flight Support and Stuart Jet Center. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at to participate.


The National Air Transportation Foundation Is Accepting Scholarship Applications


NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as association members looking to continue their education. The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December 2016. For more information or to complete your application, click here.

 Member Spotlight

Banyan Air Service Receives New FAA Repair Station Certificate


Last month, Banyan Air Service Maintenance and Avionics received official documentation to merge Banyan’s individual repair station certificates. Previously, Banyan used one repair station certificate for airframe, limited powerplant, limited propeller, and limited NDT, while the avionics repair station operated separately and had ratings for radio and limited instruments. By combining the repair stations, the MRO will be more streamlined in customer support. In addition to the U.S. Certificated Repair Station, Banyan also has authorizations from EASA, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Columbia, Paraguay, and Venezuela. Read more.


Reynolds Jet to Host Annual Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium


On September 29th, NATA member Reynolds Jet will host Greater Cincinnati-area industry executives for the third annual Cincinnati Business Aviation Symposium. The event will cover key issues affecting local businesses including communications, NextGen avionics and making an impact. For more information or to register, click here.


FlightSafety Announces New Leadership at DFW North Learning Center


FlightSafety International recently named John Healey as an Assistant Manager of the company’s Dallas/Fort Worth North Learning Center. “John understands the unique requirements of our customers, and is committed to provide the highest quality training and outstanding service they deserve and expect,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. Healey joined FlightSafety in 2010 as an instructor in the Bell 412 training program and was instrumental in the startup of FlightSafety’s Airbus Helicopters EC-135 program. Read more.


Take Your Customer Service to New Heights | NATA Certified CSR Program September 27-28


Your Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are the face of your operation, the NATA Certified CSR Program sharpens your team’s customer service skills, giving 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.


Limited Seats Available for NATA Safety 1st Advanced De/Anti-Icing Training in Salt Lake City


On September 20th and 21st, NATA Safety 1st will hold its new 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. Limited seats are available, register now before they are gone! For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Nicholson at (202) 774-1532 or

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