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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    November 14, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 46 
This Week's Top Stories 

NATA to Work with Trump Administration and Congress on Pro-Aviation Business Agenda

In response to Tuesday’s election results, NATA President Marty Hiller reiterated the importance of aviation stakeholders, the new Administration and Congress working in concert to positively impact the general aviation community. "Aviation businesses congratulate President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence and their team. We are pleased to have a person in the nation's highest office who appreciates the contribution of business aircraft to the nation's economy.” Under the new Administration’s regulatory and tax reform agenda, Hiller stated, there are many opportunities to resolve issues important to aviation businesses, including clarifying that federal excise taxes should not be applied to aircraft management services as well as ensuring that aviation taxes are deposited into the aviation trust fund. “NATA and its members look forward to meeting with the transition team to discuss these and other issues that we can work on together."


Successful Roundtable Covers Pressing Aviation Business Issues, Including ADS-B Equipage

On Thursday, senior executives of the NATA membership gathered in Washington, D.C., for the association’s annual Aviation Business Roundtable. Members discussed issues confronting the aviation business sector with their peers and leading aviation policymakers, industry analysts and political pundits. The Roundtable kicked off with a breakfast keynote address by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The Administrator’s remarks were very well received and covered a wide-range of issues important to aviation businesses including the agency’s initiatives on regulatory consistency, its new compliance philosophy and ADS-B equipage. Huerta noted that while great strides in equipage are occurring, a key part of the transformation of air traffic control to satellite based navigation is dependent upon this new technology. He urged users to schedule time for the upgrade as some avionics shops are now booked several years in advance.

IFBOA Workers Compensation Insurance Program Announces Good Experience Return of 27.5%

Last week the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) and QBE Aviation of QBE Holdings (QBE) announced the IFBOA Workers Compensation Safety Group Program’s inaugural year, 2011, closed with a final Good Experience Return (GER) of 27.5%. “The centerpiece of our program is the belief that safety performance should be rewarded by substantial savings. Clearly, a 2011 GER of 27.5 percent demonstrates the IFBOA membership’s ongoing commitment to operating businesses that place safety as their highest responsibility,"stated Tim Obitts, Executive Director of IFBOA. With over 700 current participants, the Program continues to grow – thanks in part to the strategic alliance between IFBOA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The IFBOA Workers Compensation Safety Group Program is open to NATA’s membership and NATA members in good standing may ask their broker for a quote from QBE for IFBOA’s Program in addition to their organization’s current insurance program. Learn more about the QBE Program here.

NATA Submits DHS Regulatory Review Comments

Last week, NATA submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s triennial review of regulations to be considered candidates for improvement, streamlining or repeal. The association's comments included the need for “CBP to initiate a process to define charter operators in a manner consistent with FAA regulations and separate from airlines, re-evaluate the regulations, particularly those of 19 CFR 122, and re-assign these operations to the rules applicable to private operations. We note that CBP already defines ‘private aircraft’ and ‘scheduled airline’ in 19 CFR 122.1,” stated Bill Deere, NATA Executive Vice President of Government & External Affairs. Deere added, “The growth of technology to enable near instantaneous communications to nearly every location should be leveraged to eliminate inconsistencies that result in confusion, additional burdens and higher costs for all parties.” To view NATA’s table highlighting several key regulatory areas that the association supports for streamlining, revision and/or elimination, please click here

Committee Updates

NATA Airport Business Committee Meets at Headquarters

The NATA Airport Business Committee met on November 9th at NATA headquarters. The Committee discussed the new State Liaison Network, FBO Regional Forum events, and the Certified FBO Professional Program. The Committee was joined by Board Chair Andy Priester and Board Members Curt Castagna and Gregory Schmidt. 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 Jake Legere at 
Association Highlights

Sign Up for the Next Advanced Line Service Workshop


Registration is now open for the first Advanced Line Service Workshop for 2017. The ALS workshop will be held January 18-19. 2017 at Galaxy FBO in Houston, TX. The registration fee is only $225/person for this two-day event and there’s limited seating – don’t hesitate! Click here to register or download the registration form.


2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Early Bird Registration Available

NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 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 7, 2017 — save $95! For more information, please visit


2017 NATA Events Calendar Is Available

NATA is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Events Calendar. As EVP Tim Obitts notes in his latest Aviation Business Journal article, NATA is driving additional value to the membership with an increase of safety-related events and additions of symposiums and forums specific to the air charter, maintenance and ground handling sectors. Click here to view the 2017 Events Calendar and we hope to see you at an upcoming NATA event! For more information, please visit
Member Spotlight

West Star Aviation to Overhaul Embraer Phenom 100 And 300 Landing Gear

West Star Aviation and Embraer recently entered an agreement to accomplish Phenom 100 and 300 96-month landing gear overhauls. West Star will dedicate two facilities to the overhauls, one in Grand Junction, CO (GJT) and the other in Chattanooga, TN (CHA). GJT will expand their current landing gear shop into a 21,000-sq. ft. state-of-the art facility that will include chemical processing, plating capabilities, machining and additional painting operations. CHA will work from their existing facility to include landing gear overhaul. Learn more.


Sonoma Jet Center Adds New Hangar

Sonoma Jet Center completed construction on a new 21,000-sq. ft. hangar for corporate aircraft, capable of sheltering the latest ultra-long-range business jets. The addition increases the available hangar space at the Signature Select location to 30,000-sq. ft. The new building, adjacent to the existing FBO, includes office and workshop space, a fully equipped gym with showers, meeting spaces and lounge areas as well as direct roadside access and a gate to accommodate rampside vehicle access. Learn more.  


Dassault Falcon Service Inaugurates Bordeaux-Mérignac Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility

Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, unveiled its new maintenance facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac last week. The facility intended to meet the increase in repair and overhaul services for the Falcon 7X and other new Falcon models. Located at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, the new complex will add 49,000 sq. meters of additional Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) space, including a 7,200-sq. meter hangar, and can accommodate up to six Falcon 7X, 8X or 5X aircraft at a time. Learn more

Register 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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