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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    March 20, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 12 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Disappointed Trump FY2018 Budget Blueprint Contains Language to Explore Corporatizing ATC

Last week, the Trump Administration released a budget blueprint, or “skinny budget” for Fiscal Year 2018 that starts on October 1st. The blueprint would reduce overall Department of Transportation funding by 13 percent and includes language outlining support for creating an air traffic control corporation. “NATA is disappointed the budget blueprint contains language to explore corporatizing air traffic control,” stated NATA President Marty Hiller in a press release. “Separating air traffic control from the FAA simply poses too many leaps of faith,” added Hiller, noting that building walls between FAA’s safety functions and air traffic control responsibilities undermines the integrity of the world’s safest air traffic system. Hiller concluded, “NATA will continue to work with the new Administration and Congress toward a more efficient FAA, with a priority on educating them about the risks posed by handing over our nation’s air traffic control system to special interests.” Additional budget details will be released later in the spring.



NATA Responds to WSJ Op-Ed Piece Advocating for Ride-Sharing Applications and Lowering Flying Safety Standards


A Wall Street Journal opinion piece (March 15, 2017 “An Easy Way to Make the Skies Friendlier”), advocating on behalf of on-line ride-sharing applications like Flytenow, suggests helping disadvantaged private pilots build experience by letting them fly passengers for hire. In a response to the article, NATA President Marty Hiller pointed out, “The authors’ proposal allows pilots with as few as 35 hours, no training for flying in poor weather, no insurance, or even the need to file a flight plan, to carry passengers for hire. Supporters of this proposal continue to try and distract readers by focusing on the technology used to communicate, despite clear direction from the FAA and courts that it isn’t the method but rather the intent and outcome of the communication that matters.” Hiller concluded, “Make no mistake about it, this isn’t internet innovation, it’s just dangerous.”

NATA Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court in Support of Bombardier

Today, NATA filed a Friend of the Court brief in support of member company Bombardiers’ request the U.S. Supreme Court review a Fifth Circuit ruling upholding an IRS decision to apply federal transportation excise taxes to the management fees of its then fractional operation subsidiary, Flexjet. The amicus brief outlines the regulatory overreach of the IRS, the conflict created by the Fifth Circuit’s ruling versus other federal courts in similar cases, and the related economic uncertainties the IRS’s varying interpretations is causing within the aviation industry. “NATA’s mission includes supporting our members in instances like these where the Executive Branch has exceeded its statutory authority and the federal courts have created legal interpretations that impact the entire industry. As noted in our filing, the statute the IRS has cited in support of its misguided and inconsistently applied policy is clearly only related to the movement of an aircraft and not its management” NATA President Marty Hiller stated. “NATA hopes the Supreme Court will take up this case and rule in favor of Bombardier. By doing so, the Court will take a large step toward effecting rational tax policy, assisting in efforts to bring certainty to an issue that hangs over our member companies that provide aircraft management services,” Hiller concluded. 


Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s NATA Air Charter Operators Town Hall in Palm Beach, FL


Join your colleagues from across the region tomorrow at Atlantic Aviation (PBI) for networking and industry updates. This free event brings Part 135 operators together to discuss shared concerns and interact with the association’s Air Charter Committee. Attendance is free and includes lunch. RSVP is required.


March 21, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Palm Beach Air Charter Operators Town Hall
Sponsored by: Alerion Aviation
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
3800 Southern Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: (561) 683-4121


Other upcoming town halls:

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


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

 Association Highlights

Awards Nomination Deadline March 24, 2017 | Help NATA Recognize the Best and Brightest


This is the final week 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:

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. Nominations must be submitted by March 24, 2017. For more information, please click here. To submit an online nomination form, click here.

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.


Including Safety in Your FBO Selection


Aircraft operators consider a number of factors when choosing an FBO: available facilities, customer service, fuel cost, hangar availability, location and fees. Another key consideration is safety. With ground handling incidents being a leading cause of aircraft damage, our industry has determined that aircraft operators should be even more proactive when it comes to ensuring ground safety of aircraft at remote locations. Asking “Is your FBO IS-BAH registered and Safety 1st qualified?” is the quickest and simplest means to assess the safety commitment of an FBO. To learn more about Safety 1st Qualification and IS-BAH Registration, visit “The Safety Net” blog — a great place for trainers and administrators to share thoughts on safety and training issues, ask questions, share comments or even make suggestions for using Safety 1st online training more effectively. Subscribe to “The Safety Net” to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st community.


Get Fast, Free and Straightforward Freight Quotes with PartnerShip®


This free member benefit provides access to the most competitive freight rates in the industry. PartnerShip® saves time and money on every LTL (less-than-truckload), truckload, trade show and small package or expedited freight shipment. Get your free quote at and see how much you can save with the industry’s top freight carriers. Learn more.


Limited Seats Left for NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop | April 18-20 in Tampa


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. Limited space is available, register today!


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


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.


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.

 Member Spotlight

Ross Aviation Thermal FBO Appoints New GM


Last week, Ross Aviation announced the addition of Tim Goulet as General Manager of Ross Aviation Thermal (KTRM). Goulet brings 34 years of aviation industry experience to the Ross Aviation team, having most recently worked for Universal Weather and Aviation as its Business Development Manager in the greater Palm Springs area. Goulet also serves as a Board Member of the Southern California Business Aviation Association (SCBAA). “We are excited to have Tim join our team,” said Jeff Ross, CEO of Ross Aviation. “We look forward to working with him in Thermal and benefiting from his expertise.” Read more.


DCA Access FBO Added at Tampa


The Signature Flight Support facility at Tampa International Airport (TPA) is now a Gateway FBO for operators authorized under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). Through the DASSP, eligible air charter and private aircraft can be authorized to conduct operations at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). Among the additional procedures for such operations is clearing a security inspection conducted at a TSA authorized FBO. The list of DCA Gateway Access FBOs is available here and includes the latest addition of the Signature facility at TPA.




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