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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    May 29, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 22 
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May 31st Deadline to Register for Capitol Hill Meetings | 2017 Aviation Business Conference

Confirm your participation in NATA’s June 7th Senate meetings by contacting Rebecca Mulholland, Director of Legislative Affairs, at or (202) 774-1525 no later than this Wednesday, May 31st. Aviation Business Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Senate offices to discuss critical issues impacting aviation businesses, including the airlines’ proposal to take over our nation’s air traffic control system. NATA encourages all attendees to visit with their elected officials – constituents are the industry’s best representatives and it has never been more important for the voice of aviation business to be heard in the corridors of power. Confirm your participation now, or (202) 774-1525. 



Speaker Roster Available for 2017 Aviation Business Conference


This two-day event, held steps from the United States Capitol, is tailored to the issues impacting the many segments of aviation business including air charter, maintenance, FBOs and more. The NATA 2017 Aviation Business Conference, June 6th-8th, kicks off with an opening reception and includes sessions on aviation business best practices, the importance of relationships with local government and airport authorities, how to raise operations safety and visibility, a conversation with CBP, leveraging data to improve safety, the impact of technology and much more. Plan on participating in the industry's most comprehensive policy and networking event designed to help you succeed in today's complex and challenging marketplace. Click here to view speaker roster.

Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal Reduces FAA Funds, Assumes Creation of ATC Corporation

Last Tuesday, the Trump Administration released its full budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, including recommendations for funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The proposal reduces FAA funding by almost $300 million below current levels for the fiscal year beginning October 1st. The proposal also assumes the creation of a separate air traffic control corporation beginning in FY2021. Responding to the budget proposal, NATA President Marty Hiller called for continued investment in the nation’s aeronautical infrastructure, noting it is as important to the country’s long-term economic prosperity as tax cuts and increased defense spending. “We cannot make the justification for ATC privatization a self-fulfilling prophecy by making cuts to important programs that need immediate funding,” Hiller stated. “We urge Congress to continue to appropriately fund a modernization program that is delivering real benefits and to increase the investment in our airport infrastructure.”


NATA Announces Complete List of 2016 Industry Excellence Award Winners


Last week, NATA announced the full list of 2016 Industry Excellence Award winners who will be recognized during a June 7th luncheon in conjunction with its Aviation Business Conference. In addition to the Ong and Distinguished Service Awards to be given to Ed Kilkeary and David Todd Duncan respectively, other honorees include: Denis Arbeau, Manager Crew Training at Solairus Aviation (Excellence in Pilot Training Award); Jerry Marolt, Senior Crew Chief at Flexjet (General Aviation Service Technician Award); Bill Hutto, Airport and Aviation Center Director at Auburn University Regional Airport (Airport Executive Partnership Award); and Michael Heilpern, Operations Manager at Monterey Jet Center (Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award). 

This year, NATA will also present Distinguished Public Service Awards to former FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, The Honorable Margaret “Peggy” Gilligan and former FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, The Honorable Eduardo “Eddie” A. Angeles. Read more.


 Association Highlights

NATA Headquarters Closed in Observance of Memorial Day


NATA Headquarters is closed today, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day. The association thanks our men and women serving in the U.S. military, past and present, and wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.


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.


Registration Now Open for NATA Certified Trainer Course and Certified CSR Program

On July 18-19, NATA is bringing back its in-person Certified Trainer Workshop. The workshop will be held at Sporty’s Pilot Shop in Cincinnati, OH. The trainer course will provide your employees with invaluable tools that empower them to make a measurable difference in your organization. To register or for more details, click here.

On August 22-23, NATA will hold its popular Certified CSR Program in Chicago, IL. The two-day seminar 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. Reserve your seat today, this seminar previously sold-out in April.


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!

Build a Better Safety Management System | 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.

Register for Upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop | August 1-2 in Dallas/Ft. Worth


Register today for an upcoming Advanced Line Service Workshop. The next ALS workshop will be held on August 1-2 at Alliance Aviation Services in Ft. Worth, TX. 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.

 Member Spotlight  

IBAC Announces Initial IS-BAH Stage II Registrations | Congratulations to NATA Member Sky Valet


The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) formally announced the initial Stage II registrations for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). The announcement confirms the first Stage II registrations issued in May 2017 to Sky Valet of Cannes-Mandelieu, France; SRC Aviation, New Delhi, India; and TAG Farnborough Airport, Farnborough, UK. All three organizations have successfully shown that the systems, processes and procedures assessed at Stage I are maturing and continue dynamically to improve safety performance within their ground handling activities. Read more.


Cutter Aviation Welcomes Bob Boudreau as Regional Sales Manager at Phoenix Sky Harbor


Cutter Aviation is pleased to announce Bob Boudreau’s appointment as Regional Sales Manager based at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. In this position, Mr. Boudreau will have responsibility for prospecting and growing Cutter Aviation’s pre-owned piston, turbine and jet aircraft sales in the Southwest. Additionally, Bob will work with Cutter’s current maintenance customers and also develop new relationships with aircraft owners and operators needing the broad range of service maintenance offerings available from Cutter Aviation’s three FAA Part 145 Repair Stations. Read more.

 ACSF News

Milliken and Company Joins ACSF


The Air Charter Safety Foundation is pleased to announce that Milliken and Company has joined as a member. Milliken, a global leader in textiles and specialty chemicals, embraces new ideas in fabrics, plastics, and chemicals by combining science with design and insights. “The flight department attributes the company’s outstanding safety record to a culture that starts at the top, exceptional employees, and relentless training,” added Milliken Pilot & Safety Manager, Scott Gordon. Read more.




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