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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    October 17, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 42 
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NATA Aviation Business Roundtable Almost Sold Out | Hotel Room Block Ends Today

Less than five seats remain for the 2016 Aviation Business Roundtable. Hotel reservations must be made by close of business today. This year’s exciting speaker lineup includes FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta, NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, the senior leadership of Dassault Falcon Jet, John Rosanvallon and Aerion Corporation, Ernest (Ernie) Edwards, top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, political commentator Matt K. Lewis and other business aviation experts and leaders! Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available — starting at $300. For more information or to register, please visit or contact Karissa Uko at



NATA Safety Committee Meets at Headquarters


The NATA Safety Committee met on October 13th at NATA headquarters. The Committee discussed the launch of new online Safety 1st content, topics for a 2017 ground handling safety symposium, and IS-BAH initiatives. During the meeting, the Committee introduced three new members Rick Boyce Director of FBO Safety & Operations at Million Air, Clyde Lipford Operations Manager at Volo Aviation and Brandon Popovich General Manager, Wilson Air Center in Charlotte. NATA is a member-driven association and volunteering to serve on one of the association’s policy committees is a great way to give back to the industry. For more information on volunteering, contact Megan Eisenstein at

NATA Staff Attends EBAA Air Ops Europe Conference

Last week, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) held its Annual Air Ops Europe event in Cannes, France. NATA’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Tim Obitts and Managing Director of Safety and Training Mike France attended the international ground handling convention to meet with members and promote Safety 1st and IS-BAH initiatives. Visit NATA’s Facebook and Twitter for event pictures.


NATA Participates in GAJSC Meeting


On October 12th, NATA attended a General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) meeting in Washington, D.C. Committee members, comprised of industry and government representatives, reviewed general aviation safety data and discussed the status of ongoing safety enhancements (SEs). NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart discussed general aviation safety data and the need for greater collaboration between the NTSB, FAA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Chairman Hart is confirmed to speak at next month’s NATA Aviation Business Roundtable, where he will share his insights and perspectives on the Board’s aviation safety priorities. The next GAJSC meeting will convene on January 11th in Washington, D.C.


 Industry News

Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule | Webinar Recording Available


Today, representatives from the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division held a webinar to help businesses prepare for the overtime final rule. On May 17, 2016 the Department of Labor announced its final rule raising the overtime exemption from $23,660 to $47,476. The final rule also establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the exemption level every three years. In 2015, NATA filed in opposition to the proposal after consulting with our membership on its possible impacts.The webinar included: 

    -The basics of the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),

    -Resources and guidance available for employers

    -Question and answer session covering compliance assistance

To view a recording of this webinar and other past Overtime Final Rule webinars, click here.

   Association Highlights

2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project | NATA Welcomes New Participants Marathon Jet Center and Marathon General Aviation


NATA’s 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project runs through the end of the month. Once again, project participants can 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 Veteran’s Airlift Command and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. NATA thanks our current (18) participants: Above All Aviation, 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, Marathon General Aviation, Marathon Jet Center, Montgomery Aviation, Inc., Napa Jet Center, Pentastar Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Stuart Jet Center and Sun Air Jets. For more information, click here or contact Shannon Chambers at to participate.

   Member Spotlight

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services Welcomes New Director of Human Resources


Last week, Denise del Pino joined Hawthorne Global Aviation Services as its Director of Human Resources. With more than 10 years of experience working in Human Resources (HR), del Pino will oversee all of Hawthorne’s human resources initiatives including organizational performance and culture, compensation and benefits, staffing, training and employee relations. “Denise is a great addition to the world-class team that we have at Hawthorne, bringing a depth of human resources expertise,” said Bryon Burbage, President and CEO of Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. “She will help drive our HR strategy to ensure we have the best talent, engaged employees and a high-performance culture.” Read more.


JetSuiteX Launches New Flight Service Between Carlsbad and San Jose


Last month, JetSuiteX introduced service between Carlsbad and San Jose, California. JetSuiteX’s new service will connect McClellan–Palomar Airport with Burbank Mineta San José International Airport with four weekly roundtrip flights. "We are thrilled to introduce service between San Diego County and the Bay Area, adding yet another JetSuiteX destination," said JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox. "Our new route is the first publicly available non-stop service to the Bay Area in at least 20 years.” The public charter operator launched service in April, and offers regular flights in major west coast markets. Read JetSuite’s member profile in the second quarter Aviation Business Journal.


Signature Flight Support Signs Agreement with Enterprise and National


Signature Flight Support and Enterprise Holdings Inc. recently signed an exclusive five-year deal to extend Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental’s services across Signature’s global network. “Our long-term relationship with Enterprise Holdings has been exceptional and the services that they offer to Signature customers add to the premium FBO experience that Signature Flight Support is known for,” stated Maria A. Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer at Signature. Sastre continued, “Enterprise understands the general aviation industry and Signature’s customers’ needs and is uniquely positioned to fulfill them.” Read more.


EPIC Fuels Appoints New Chief Financial Officer


EPIC Fuels recently announced the appointment of Marla Beckham as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Beckham will be based in the Irving, Texas headquarters and report directly to EPIC Fuels President Kevin Cox. “After a nationwide search, we are extremely proud to have Marla join our team as our Chief Financial Officer. Marla’s wealth of financial expertise combined with her vast experience in the aviation marketplace are a perfect fit for EPIC.” commented Kevin Cox, EPIC Fuels President. Beckham’s leadership background includes accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, investor relations and procurement in the general aviation industry and is a licensed CPA. Beckham will replace long-time EPIC CFO Jim Green, who is retiring after more than 21 years with the company. Read more.


Protect Your Aviation Business During an Emergency | ERP Workshop December 5-6 at NTSB Training Center


As a leader in your organization, it is important to protect your business by learning when and how to respond to an emergency event. While taking care of people, managing perception (communicating effectively internally and externally), and participating in the investigation are key objectives, there is often little guidance for management and staff on how to be most effective in these areas. The Back to Basics: ERP Workshop for Aviation Businesses will help you and your team develop a fundamental understanding of how to develop and manage an effective Emergency Response Program (ERP). View the full agenda here. To register or for more information, click here.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Is Now Available!


NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6th-8th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference kicks off with a reception Tuesday evening and concludes Thursday afternoon. Early bird registration is now open and runs through Friday, April 7th — save $95! For more information, please visit

 ACSF News

Save the Date for the 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium


The 2017 ACSF Safety Symposium will take place March 7-8, 2017 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Topics will include Reducing Risk, Emergency Response Plans, Leadership, Ground Handling and more. ACSF members can register for $675 (nonmembers $795). Registration includes admittance to the two-day event, all scheduled group meals, breaks, and social functions, and transportation to and from hotel to events. To learn more or to register, click here.




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