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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    March 13, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 11 
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NATA Urges Full Funding of Contract Tower Program

On March 9th, NATA and other aviation industry groups wrote House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting full and dedicated funding for the FAA’s Contract Tower Program. The industry is requesting $150 million to maintain operations at all current contract towers and new facilities that the FAA expects to add in the upcoming fiscal year. Currently, control towers are located at 253 smaller airports in 46 states, handling approximately 28 percent of all air traffic control operations. “The Contract Tower Program has provided cost-effective and essential air traffic safety services for over three decades,” the letter states, and is overseen by the FAA to ensure collaboration between federal contract towers and FAA-staffed facilities throughout the country as part of a unified national air traffic control system. The groups note, “Absent this highly successful (government/industry) partnership, many local communities and smaller airports would not receive the significant safety benefits of ATC services.”



2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference Covers the Latest Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting the Industry


NATA's 2017 Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference agenda will cover a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs — including the FAA reauthorization, ATC corporatization, selecting aircraft maintenance service providers, ground handling safety, airport-tenant relationships, and more! 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! Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available, starting at $250. For more information, please visit

Register for NATA’s Air Charter Operators Town Hall | March 21 at PBI

NATA’s free Town Hall series brings regional aviation businesses together for networking and industry updates. Town Halls provide a platform to learn, discuss shared concerns and interact with the association’s Committee members. The next town hall is open to all Part 135 air charter operators.

March 21, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Palm Beach Air Charter Operators Town Hall
Alerion Aviation
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
1000 James L. Turnage Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Phone: (561) 471-7400


Other upcoming town halls:


Air Charter Operators - March 28 at Chicago Executive Airport (Wheeling, IL)


Fixed Base Operators - April 12 at XJet (Englewood, CO)


Free NATA Webinar April 3
Insurance, Liability and Risk | Selecting Aircraft Maintenance Services


On April 3rd, Members of NATA's Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee and other industry experts will lead a free webinar discussion on the factors owners and operators should consider when selecting aircraft maintenance service. The webinar is an important precursor to a more detailed discussion at the 2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference. The choice between using an FAA-certificated Part 145 repair station or independent technician is influenced by not only by cost, convenience and efficiency, but also its effect on the operator’s insurance, liability, and risk. Register today and join the panelists at the June 2017 NATA Aviation Business Conference to continue the discussion.


 Association Highlights

Take Your FBO Customer Service to New Heights at NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop


On April 18-19, NATA will hold its Certified CSR Workshop in Tampa, FL. The workshop will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and skills to 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 this year, attendees may choose to spend an additional day and obtain an Aviation Food Safety Certification on April 20th. This course will cover FBO food handling best practices. Learn more and register here.


Nominate an Exceptional General Aviation Service Technician and Others | NATA 2016 Industry Excellence Awards


There’s still time to submit nominations for the 2016 Industry Excellence Awards and the 2017 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of the following awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations:

Airport Executive Partnership Award 
ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award 
Excellence In Pilot Training Award 
Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award 

The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in June 2017. For more information, please click here. To submit an online nomination form, click here.


NATA Seeking Safety 1st Trainer/Content Manager


NATA is seeking a Trainer/Content Manager. The Trainer/Content Manager is an integral part of the NATA team providing industry-leading online and in-person training to association members and aviation businesses. The Trainer/Content Manager leads in-person general aviation ground handling safety workshops and seminars and assists the Managing Director, Safety & Training in the development, promotion and maintenance of training material. Additionally, the position will serve as a subject matter expert in ground handling safety & training for association members.


The ideal candidate will be well versed in ground-handling best practices and training, understand the intricacies of fuel quality control and handling, have experience in creating training regarding ground-handling and fuel quality control, and understand the fuel quality control audit process. Individuals interested in this position should forward a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Michael France, Managing Director, Safety & Training; For more information, click here.


NATA’s Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program for Charter Operators and Part 91 Flight Departments


NATA is partnering with Harvey Watt & Co. to offer an exclusive Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators. Program participants are able to receive a group rate through the NATA plan, allowing for an easy underwriting experience and premium reductions created by the larger buying pool. The NATA Loss of Medical License Disability Insurance Program includes NATA’s FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional cost. Enroll today to protect and retain your pilots. Interested parties can contact Harvey Watt & Co. to compare options and differences in coverage by emailing or calling 720-746-3261. Learn more.


Increase Revenue with Popular Hangar Subleasing Seminar | May 16-17 in Chicago


On May 16th and 17th, The Essentials of Hangar Subleasing: From Risk to Revenue will return for a second year in Chicago, IL. Facilitated by industry-experts FBO Partners on behalf of NATA, this one-and-a-half-day management development program covers the delicate balance between customer service, risk mitigation and revenue optimization in subleasing hangar space to aircraft operators. this course will teach the best practices, strategies and negotiation skills essential in hangar subleasing, and provide an immediate and quantifiable return for attendees. To view the program agenda, click here. For more information or to register, please click here.


Sign Up for the Next Advanced Line Service Workshop | April 19-20 in Phoenix-Mesa


Register today for an upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop. The next ALS workshop will be held on April 19-20, 2017 at Gateway Aviation Services in Mesa, AZ. The registration fee is only $225/person for this two-day event and space is limited. Register here, download the registration form or view more upcoming ALS Workshop dates.

   Member Spotlight

Atlantic Aviation Completes Major Oregon FBO Upgrade


Atlantic Aviation recently completed its new FBO at Oregon’s Portland International. The new $30 million-dollar complex includes a 12,000-sq-ft terminal, that is nearly twice as large as the former facility. The upgraded facility includes U.S. Customs, a larger lounge with two fireplaces, a cafe area, pilots' lounge with snooze rooms, crew showers, private work spaces, Wi-Fi throughout the terminal and ramp, two conference rooms and 235 parking spaces. The FBO is also a DCA Gateway under the TSA's DASSP access program. The new facility also features more employee space and a pair of new 30,000-sq-ft heated hangars, with an additional 15,500 sq. ft. of shop and office space. Read more.


Rectrix Aerodrome Center at BED Earns DASSP Approval as DCA Gateway


Last week, Rectrix Aerodrome Center located at L.G. Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, Mass. (BED) became an approved “gateway FBO” for general and corporate aviation flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Approved operators may now use Rectrix at BED as their departure point into DCA. The Rectrix FBO at BED is one of several U.S. aviation facilities to comply with strict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security standards pertaining to DCA flights. Rectrix also is approved for DCA gateway operations from its FBO at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). “Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a preferred destination for business and private customers for its convenient access to downtown Washington, D.C. and to federal departments and agencies,” said Rectrix CEO Richard Cawley. “Our state-of-the-art FBO at Hanscom was built to create better, more flexible travel experiences for our customers and we are pleased to be one of TSA’s approved operators to this prominent airport.” Read more.

 ACSF News

Executive Fliteways, Flexjet and Flight Options Renew ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registration


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Executive Fliteways, Flexjet and Flight Options have all renewed their status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “By renewing their standing on the IAS Registry, they have demonstrated their pledge to high standards,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their continued commitment.” Executive Fliteways is proud to have been one of the first FAR Part 135 companies to attain IAS registry. The ACSF audit process enabled us to develop an inclusive, cohesive and comprehensive Safety Management System that has been embraced by our employees and appreciated by our clients. The process of maintaining IAS registry helps us to maintain our focus on safety and the quality of the services that we provide the public. For more information, visit




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