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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    May 8, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 19 
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NATA Highlights Consequences of Corporatizing ATC to House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee

Last week, NATA President Marty Hiller participated in a GA Roundtable hosted by the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee led by Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ranking Member David Price (D-NC). The Subcommittee provides the FAA with its annual funding and its members are largely skeptical of the need to corporatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Hiller outlined the unique mission of NATA member companies and ways the Subcommittee can work with NATA to help make the FAA more responsive to the needs of aviation businesses. On ATC corporatization, Hiller emphasized the unintended consequences corporatization poses to a very safe, stable air traffic control system — including the fact that many of the privatized systems touted by proponents are significantly smaller and less complex than the U.S. system and make only incremental changes to their systems utilizing off-the-shelf technologies. NATA has recently unveiled a related fact sheet on ATC corporatization that debunks many of the common assertions cited by its proponents as “facts.”



Registration Now Open for New NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium | September 26-27 in Ashburn, VA


The NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium is a new annual event developed by the NATA Safety Committee to promote safety at FBOs and other businesses utilizing general aviation ground handling. Held September 26-27 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, the symposium is designed for safety professionals, directors of safety, line service managers or operations managers — anyone who is responsible for making sure that aircraft are handled safely.


The theme of this year’s program is Building a Better Safety Management System and includes: The Big Picture, Safety Management & IS-BAH; Practical Approaches to Risk Assessment; Safety Promotion and Your Organizational Culture; Safety Reporting & Employee Buy-In; The Intersection of Safety & Service; Emergency Response Basics for FBOs; and Data & General Aviation Ground Handling.


The registration fee is $295/members and $370/nonmembers. Click here for more information or to register.

Update on PRIA Advisory Circular Available

The FAA released an updated advisory circular (AC) containing guidance on the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA). Since 1997, PRIA has required air carriers to request and receive various pilot records prior to placing a pilot into service with that carrier. AC 120-68H, Pilot Records Improvement Act and the Pilot Records Database provides detailed guidance to help operators meet their obligations under PRIA. The AC also provides information on the eventual transition to the Pilot Records Database (PRD).  Legislation approved in 2010 requires the FAA to establish a central database for pilot records. Once the PRD is deployed, carriers will use it as the source for all checks.


NATA to Discuss Minimum Standards at This Week's AAAE Conference


On May 10th, NATA Executive Vice President Bill Deere will speak on a panel at AAAE's 89th Annual Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, California. Deere will be joined by NATA Board Member Curt Castagna (President/CEO of Aerolease Group) and NATA Airport Business Committee Member Jeff Kohlman (Managing Principal of Aviation Management Consulting Group), who will moderate the panel, Minimum Standards for a Changing Business Environment. The panel will discuss the importance to aviation businesses of minimum standards, how to keep them up to date and effectively involve various stakeholders, and how to deal with mobile maintenance provided by OEMs and “sharing economy” concepts applied in aviation. Follow NATA’s Social Media Channels to get updates on the event.


 Association Highlights

Hotel Rooms Are Filling Up for the 2017 Aviation Business Conference | Room Block Ends May 23rd


The NATA Aviation Business Conference takes place June 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. For 2017, NATA is providing conference participants an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives to discuss the issues impacting aviation businesses — particularly the airlines’ proposal to create a user-fee funded air traffic control corporation. The conference agenda covers a variety of topics impacting FBOs, airports, air charter operators and MROs. Make your hotel reservations online now, as limited hotel rooms are available under the NATA room block, which ends May 23rd. Once the room block is sold out, the room rate will increase by $100. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


NATA Urges Members to Contact Congress on ATC Corporation Proposal

NATA recently launched its revamped Legislative Action Center, making it easier than ever to communicate with elected officials about the important issues impacting aviation businesses. Members are encouraged to visit this convenient site and urge your representatives and senators to oppose the airline industry proposal to create a user-fee funded air traffic control corporation. New features to the Action Center include the ability to amplify your message through social media and sharing with friends. You are the best representative of the aviation business community and your opinion carries significant weight with elected officials. Just a few keystrokes will allow policymakers on Capitol Hill to know exactly how you feel about a proposal that poses significant concerns to general aviation.


Free Safety 1st FBO Status Map


The FBO Status Map is a web-based resource that assists aircraft operators in locating FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered. NATA created the map to supplement the existing processes used by aircraft operators when selecting an FBO. The map is searchable by airport ID, company name, address and allows for additional details for each operation. Safety 1st participants can enhance their existing record on a yearly, per location basis. The listing enhancement includes adding their website, logo contact information and more. Interested businesses can get started by emailing Safety1st@nata.aeroView the map at or


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


NATA partners 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.


Limited Space Available for Upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop | May 23-24 in Reno


Register today for an upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop. The next ALS workshop will be held on May 23-24 at Civil Air Patrol in Reno, NV. ALS workshops are designed for Line Service Professionals, both experienced or relatively new to the industry. This workshop also assists managers, owners and even customer service representatives with knowledge and skills that will help them excel in their respective areas. 

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.

Agenda Available for Commercial Operators Tax Seminar | June 28 in Scottsdale


Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA continue to offer the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar looks at tax issues that you face every day in your operations, including:        

 - Federal Excise Taxes

 - State Taxes 

 - Audits

 - Depreciation and Passive Activity Loss Rules

 - International Fees 

Are you concerned with recent audits by the IRS on management and charter management companies relating to the application of the commercial FET to owner flights and management fees? This seminar will provide insight on this and other IRS opinions and how to prepare and survive an IRS audit. For the seminar agenda, click here. Register today!
   Member Spotlight

NATA Member Hawthorne Global Adds Iowa FBO to Network


Hawthorne Global Aviation Services recently acquired JetSun Aviation Centre at Iowa's Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field. The location, which includes an FAA Part 145 repair station with extensive avionics capabilities, has more than 100,000 sq. ft. of hangar space. Its terminal features a large, executive reception area, eight-seat conference room, pilots' lounge with snooze room, on-site car rental, flight-planning area, crew car and Wi-Fi. “The Sioux City FBO is a key addition to our growing FBO network, now with six FBOs located across the U.S. East Coast, Midwest and South,” said Hawthorne Global Aviation Services President and CEO Bryon Burbage. Read more.


Air BP Appoints New Global GA Sales and Marketing Manager


Air BP recently appointed Irene Lores as Global General Aviation Sales and Marketing Manager. Irene will be based at Air BP’s offices in Madrid, Spain and will be responsible for the company’s global sales and marketing activity in general aviation. She brings over 17 years of experience to the role from within Air BP and parent company, BP. Commenting on her appointment, Irene said “I am pleased to be taking up my new role at a very exciting time for general aviation at Air BP and look forward to further growing our business. I am passionate about general aviation and look forward to serving our customers in the very best way possible.” Read more.


Premier Jet Center Named Cirrus Service Center at Flying Cloud Airport KFCM in Minneapolis


Last week, Premier Jet Center (PJC) announced its designation as an authorized service center by Cirrus Aircraft Corporation. “The designation from Cirrus expands our service offerings and gives the local and regionally-based owners and operators access to quality authorized services,” says Jim Sweeney, President of Premier Jet Center. “We are thrilled to be selected by Cirrus for this opportunity and look forward to many years of success, growth and collaboration between our companies.” adds Sweeney. To commemorate the designation, PJC will be hosting an open house on June 9th, featuring a brand new 2017 SR22T G6. Read more.




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