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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    October 24, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 43 
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NATA Aviation Business Roundtable Almost Sold Out | Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Only a few seats remain for the 2016 Aviation Business Roundtable and the deadline to select a sponsorship opportunity is Monday, October 31, 2016. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available — starting at $300. 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, Aerion Corporation, Ernest (Ernie) Edwards, and Embraer Executive Jets, Scott Kalister, top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia, political commentator Matt K. Lewis and other business aviation experts and leaders! For more information or to register, please visit or call (202) 774-1535.



NATA’s 3rd Quarter Aviation Business Journal Is Available | Introducing President Marty Hiller and the 2016 Buyers’ Guide


The third quarter Aviation Business Journal is available in digital format. In this issue: a profile on NATA President Marty Hiller, the 2016 Buyers’ Guide, a wrap up of the 2016 Aviation Business Conference, articles on Aviation University and College Programs, Fatigue Risk Management and Airport Revenue Diversion; 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 third quarter ABJ.

Town of East Hampton, NY Issues Criminal Summons to Part 135 and 91 Operators Over Alleged Airport Noise and Curfew Violations at HTO

NATA members have alerted the association to the fact the Town of East Hampton, New York has issued criminal summons to several Part 135 and Part 91 operators alleging potential violations of the Town’s noise and curfew ordinances at HTO. NATA has long-opposed these restrictions, arguing that they violate the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) and FAA Grant Assurances. The noise and curfew restrictions, if allowed to stand, will also have a detrimental impact on HTO-based aviation businesses and will result in reduced local revenues, investment, and job loss. A criminal summons and the corresponding potential guilty plea may impact the operator’s equipment leases and/or insurance. Members who have received such a notice and wish to discuss options for responding may want to contact Shelley Ewalt ( at McBreen & Kopko, at (703) 399-6078. The firm is involved in fighting the HTO noise ordinances and is already representing several operators who have also received a criminal summons.


NATA Supports Runway Expansion Plans at Cleveland TN Regional Jetport


Last week, NATA submitted a letter to the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority in support of the runway expansion at Cleveland TN Regional Jetport (RZR) in Cleveland, Tennessee. NATA President Martin Hiller stated, “Expanding the runway will enhance operational safety, support current and prospective RZR-based aviation businesses by allowing additional aircraft to utilize the field, and create additional opportunities for regional investment and job creation.” NATA also pointed out the proposed runway expansion will benefit both the local and national economy with Hiller concluding, “In Tennessee alone, general aviation generates $1,388M towards state GDP and sustains 15,900 total jobs. The expansion of the runway at RZR will contribute to this exciting trend.”


 Committee Updates

FAA Releases Draft AC for Repair Station Internal Evaluation Programs


Last week, the FAA issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 145-5 CHG 1, Repair Station Internal Evaluation Programs. The AC offers guidance material for repair station certificate holders operating under 14 CFR Part 145 to design and implement an Internal Evaluation Program (IEP). As there is no regulatory requirement for an IEP, the agency does encourage such a program to help promote continuous compliance with the regulatory requirements and operating practices. The draft AC includes additional information on FAA compliance inspection results, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), FAA resources and assistance for certificate holders, new online resources, and updates terminology and references. NATA’s Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee will review the draft AC and submit comments if needed. Comments are due on or before November 17th, 2016 to Sarah Sansolo at

   From the FAA

Free FAA Webinar to Explain Airman Certification Standards


The FAA, NATA and others in the aviation industry are working together to create the Airman Certification Standards (ACS). These documents will replace the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for select certificates and ratings. On November 15th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the FAA will host the Airman Certification Standards Explained webinar to provide some historical perspective about the ACS and describe how it is used during a practical test. Attendees will also be able to submit questions to panelists. To register for the upcoming webinar, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA, along with NATA and other general aviation groups, 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 result when an aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. This month’s topic focuses on the FAA’s new Compliance Philosophy.

 Association Highlights

Still Time to Support NATA's Flag Pins for Veterans Project


NATA’s 2016 Flag Pins for Veterans Project runs until October 31, 2016. 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.


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

USAIG Names John Brogan as New CEO


USAIG recently announced that Chairman and CEO David McKay will retire, effective April 3, 2017, after nearly 40 years with the company. Upon his departure, John Brogan, President and COO at parent company United States Aviation Underwriters, will become President and CEO at USAIG. On November 10th, Brogan will join NATA as a panelist for the 2016 Aviation Business Roundtable. To read more about USAIG’s leadership change, click here.


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 $685 (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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