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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    January 23, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 04 
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NATA Town Halls Provide Forums for Members to Discuss Industry Challenges and Opportunities

Last week, NATA kicked off the first in a series of Air Charter Operators Town Hall meetings at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA, with more than 20 charter operators and industry participants in attendance. The open forum allowed discussions covering pilot shortage and training, FAA FSDO inspections, security, illegal charter, the effect of per-seat charter business models and the IRS’s mistaken application of the federal excise tax to aircraft management fees. RSVP today for the next Town Hall in Greer, SC on January 31st.

NATA Southeast Air Charter Operators Town Hall

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
SAI Flight Services | Greer, SC

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport


NATA Pens Letter to Long Beach Mayor Supporting User Fee Clearance Services at Airport


Last week, NATA submitted a letter to the Mayor of the City of Long Beach in support of Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) application to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a User Fee Airport designation. Customs services were available at LGB until 2006, and NATA believes the reinstatement will allow aviation businesses to maximize their operations, resulting in direct and indirect returns to LGB and the surrounding community. NATA President Marty Hiller stated, “From a national perspective, the creation of Federal Inspection Service facilities at airports results in a more efficient utilization of general aviation aircraft, thereby enhancing the value proposition of aviation businesses like those we represent at LGB. In this instance, we also note the reinstatement of federal inspection services at LGB will further enhance operation safety in the Los Angeles region and mitigate the environmental impact of regional general aviation operations.” 

FAA Releases Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its Fly Safe campaign. The campaign aims to educate the GA community on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance while operating within established aircraft limitations. FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta stated, “The FAA and industry are working together to prevent LOC accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our Fly Safe campaign. Each month on, we’re providing pilots with a LOC solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions — some of which are already reducing risk. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.” 

NATA Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 AMT Employer Award Program


Applications for the 2017 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program will be accepted through March 24, 2017. This award program is designed to recognize companies that employ aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) and encourage and support AMT training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs that participate in qualifying training events. The AMT Employer Awards, along with the Industry Excellence Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2017. For more program information, or to download an application packet click here. 

Request for Proposals

City of Maryville, MO Seeks RFPs for FBO at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport


The City of Maryville, Missouri has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to qualified parties interested in providing FBO services at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport. This RFP document provides background and general information on the requirements, qualifications and airport. Proposals are due by March 3, 2017. Interested parties can contact Bryan Gregory with any questions at

Association Highlights

Nomination Forms Now Available for 2016 NATA Industry Excellence Awards


NATA issued a call for nominations to recognize individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their fields and the highest levels of customer service to the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. Nominations for these awards must be received by NATA no later than March 24, 2017. The online nomination form is available by clicking here. Members may also obtain a nomination form by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282 or by e-mailing Karissa Uko.


Build A More Successful FBO with 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.



Develop Successful Customer Service Skills at NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop

On April 18-19, 2017 in Tampa, FL attendees will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will create successful customer service experiences. Attendees will also learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and turn a marginal customer transaction into a fulfilled client transformation. New for 2017, NATA is excited to partner with Air Culinaire Worldwide to provide attendees with an Aviation Food Safety Certification. This one-day course will instruct on handling food safely and best practices specific to the unique situations of food handling at FBOs. Learn more and register here.

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

Member Spotlight

Jet Aviation Acquires Dulles FBO from Ross Aviation

Last week, Jet Aviation announced the acquisition of the Ross Aviation FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport. The FBO facility includes six hangars, ten acres of ramp space and a newly renovated terminal that includes on-site customs and immigration services, VIP lounge, flight planning center, executive conference room and on-site car rental. Read more.


U.S. News & World Report Names Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as the World’s Top Online Educator


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for best online bachelor’s degrees. Embry-Riddle has appeared on this list for four straight years, including last year when Embry-Riddle tied for first as the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program for Veterans. Learn more about Embry-Riddle at



Summit Aviation Adds Regional Sales Representative


Last week, Summit Aviation announced the hiring of Matt Tarczynski. Mr. Tarczynski will be responsible for the sales of custom Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms for law enforcement and government organizations using rotor and fixed wing aircraft. Mr. Tarcyznski holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with Airplane Single & Multiengine Instrument Rating and has flown over 4,000 hours conducting personnel transports, speed enforcement and criminal surveillances. 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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