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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    December 19, 2016 — Volume 15, Issue 51 
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NATA Commends FAA Action to Block Evictions at Santa Monica Airport

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an Interim Cease and Desist Order to the City of Santa Monica, California. The agency’s action comes in response to attempts by the City to evict two aeronautical service providers, including NATA member company Atlantic Aviation, currently operating at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). In September, NATA filed in support of Atlantic Aviation’s continued operation at SMO. NATA President Marty Hiller stated, “NATA thanks the FAA for its continuing diligence in this important matter. The agency’s action is consistent with defending a regulatory structure that recognizes and preserves the integrity of airports, and encourages operational safety and healthy airport businesses. As the FAA noted, the closure of SMO would create significant congestion of air navigation in the greater Los Angeles area and impose a significant burden on the flying public.”


Highlights from the Congressional “Lame Duck” Session


On December 9th, the 114th Congress adjourned after a brief post-general election “lame duck” session. Before adjourning, Congress unveiled, and quickly approved, legislation to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The legislation will allow the FAA and other agencies to fund fiscal year 2017 projects and programs at current levels. It includes legislative language allowing for uninterrupted work on NextGen and necessary funds for the agency to maintain critical safety activities. The 115th Congress will convene on January 3rd and both chambers will begin developing legislation to reauthorize the FAA, renewing the air traffic control corporatization debate. NATA will continue to educate lawmakers on the need to improve consistency of FAA decisions across the agency’s offices and regions, streamline the FAA certification process to better reflect today’s pace of innovation, and assist the agency in operating as efficiently as possible.

NATA Part 135 Air Charter Operators Town Hall Next Month in Long Beach, CA

An NATA Air Charter Operators Town Hall will be held January 18th at the Long Beach Airport. The Town Hall is open to all Part 135 air charter operators. Join your colleagues from across the region for a day of networking and industry updates. This event brings operators together to discuss shared concerns and interact with the association’s Air Charter Committee. This is your opportunity to be heard. 

Topics will include discussion of regional matters, as well as legislative and regulatory updates.

TSA Names Wisniewski As Industry Engagement Manager for GA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Paul Wisniewski as the General Aviation Industry Engagement Manager in the agency’s Aviation Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. Wisniewski serves as the primary engagement contact for the general aviation (GA) industry for operational and security issues affecting the GA community. He joined the TSA in 2002 holding numerous aviation operations positions within the agency. Wisniewski was the Federal Security Director (FSD) at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport and at Dayton Cox International Airport and most recently served as the Western Branch Manager in the Deployment Division of the Office of Security Capabilities.

From the FAA

FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards


As FAA Administrator Michael Huerta discussed at NATA's recent 2016 Aviation Business Roundtable, last week the Federal Aviation Administration announced a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The agency’s new Part 23 rule changes the FAA’s traditional prescriptive design requirements to performance-based standards. During Friday’s news conference, Administrator Huerta stated, “The rule is a model of what we can accomplish for American competitiveness when government and industry work together and demonstrates that we can simultaneously enhance safety and reduce burdens on industry.” The new Part 23 rule will go into effect in August 2017.

Association Highlights

Happy Holidays from NATA


Everyone at the National Air Transportation Association wishes you a safe and happy Holiday Season! Thanks to the support of members like you, we are able to provide education programs, events and advocacy that connects people and improves our industry. May the holidays be joyful and the coming year be prosperous. We look forward to serving you in 2017!


The NATA Headquarters will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of the Holiday.


NATA News will return on Monday, January 2, 2017.



Deadline Approaching for National Air Transportation Foundation 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 and the NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 and the deadline to apply is the last Friday in December. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


Sign Up for the Next Advanced Line Service Workshop

Registration is now open for the first Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2017. The ALS workshop will be held on January 18-19, 2017 at Galaxy FBO in Houston, TX. The registration fee is only $225/person for this two-day event and space is limited. Click here to register or download the registration form

Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 FBO Success Seminar


NATA’s FBO Success Seminar returns by popular demand. Join your colleagues March 7-8, 2017 at the Chateau LeMoyne French Quarter in New Orleans, LA, to learn new FBO management techniques, gain essential operational and service knowledge, and connect with fellow attendees at a networking forum. This seminar is designed for FBO owners, operators, general managers, new managers, finance personnel and other key FBO employees who are interested in building a more successful FBO. Please visit here for agenda, hotel information and registration details.

Member Spotlight

GMAA Honors Don Campion

The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) honored Don Campion, President of Banyan Air Service, with the Edward Rickenbacker Award. Campion was recognized for his dedication to aviation and leadership in building Banyan Air Service over nearly four decades. The award was presented at the GMAA at the 89th Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Gala and Awards Ceremony. Learn more.


Phillips 66 Aviation Website Wins Top Honors from Lantern Awards


The new Phillips 66 Aviation website earned the Award of Excellence from the Business Marketing Association (BMA) of Houston during its 2016 Lantern Awards Gala Exhibition and Dinner. Visitors can now tailor their experience based upon whether they are an FBO, pilot or flight dispatcher. The site also features an improved FBO locator that provides fuel pricing. View the website here.


JetSuiteX to Introduce Service for Everyone at Santa Monica Airport


JetSuiteX began selling seats last week for flights to and from Santa Monica, CA, starting February 6, 2017. Destinations include Las Vegas, San Jose and San Diego County. JetSuiteX offers fares for the new routes start from $29. JetSuiteX will soon offer four weekly flights between San Diego County (Carlsbad) and the Bay Area (San Jose), with a stopover in Santa Monica. 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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