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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    June 26, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 26 
  This Week's Top Stories 

House Poised to Act on ATC Privatization Proposal

Last week, the House Transportation Committee unveiled the 21st Century AIRR Act, FAA reauthorization legislation that will create a user fee funded, privatized air traffic control corporation. The Committee will consider the legislation tomorrow with House floor action in mid-July. It is urgent that NATA members immediately contact their Congressmen and Senators in opposition. Immediately following the legislation’s release, NATA joined the other major general aviation associations, AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NBAA, in opposition noting the proposal, “will produce uncertainty and unintended consequences without achieving the desired outcomes.” In a press statement, NATA President Martin Hiller noted the association “continues to view the proposal as requiring general aviation and rural America to take an unnecessary leap of faith, including posing risks to stability of the world’s safest air traffic control system.” Read more



NATA Commends Senate FAA Proposal, Acts in Best Bipartisan Traditions of Senate


On June 22nd, the Senate Commerce Committee released S.1405, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017. In contrast with the House bill, the Senate proposal does not create an air traffic control corporation. Instead, the legislation assists the agency toward a more efficient operating structure, including provisions acting on ideas proposed by NATA. The Commerce Committee is expected to consider the legislation this week. NATA President Marty Hiller praised the authors of the Senate legislation, Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) for the development of an FAA reauthorization bill “that all aviation stakeholders should support.” “The Thune/Nelson bill is in the best bipartisan traditions of the United States Senate,” Hiller continued, “and we look forward to working with the Committee leadership toward its swift approval by the full Committee and entire Senate.” Read more.

NATA Names New Board of Directors Chair and Members

On June 7th at its annual Membership Meeting, NATA announced the election of Greg Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, MI, as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. Reelected to serve an additional term were Curt Castagna, Aerolease Group and Guy Hill, Jr., Hill Aircraft and Leasing Corporation. Additionally, NATA elected four new members to its board of directors: Randall D. Berg, Airport Director, King County International Airport; Dennis Fox, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations, Executive Jet Management; Larry Jorash, Senior Vice President Operations, Signature Flight Support; and Larry Wade, President and Partner, Golden Isles Aviation. Read more.


TFSSP Operators Should Verify Watchlist Compliance


TSA Hosting Webinar Tomorrow, June 27

At the recent NATA Aviation Business Conference, TSA representatives alerted operators under the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) that compliance with Watchlist vetting is an inspection emphasis item. Accordingly, TSA is encouraging all TFSSP operators to review their vetting procedures. To aid operators in Watchlist vetting compliance, TSA is hosting a Watchlist Webinar on June 27, 2017 at 2:15 EST. TSA highly recommends that Aircraft Operator Security Coordinators (or their representatives) participate. TFSSP operators should contact their TSA-assigned PSI to receive a link and phone number for the Webinar. Additional information about Watchlist compliance inspection outcomes and the upcoming Webinar is available in the June 2017 TFSSP Newsletter.

 Association Highlights

NATA Legislative Alert: Act Now to Prevent Privatization of the Air Traffic Control System


Last week, NATA issued a legislative alert to aviation businesses across the country, urging them to contact their Senators and Congressmen in opposition to privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system. Congress is expected to begin debate on the issue this week. Aviation businesses are encouraged to visit NATA’s revamped Legislative Action Center immediately 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.


NATA Participates in Air BP Product Quality and Operations Seminar

On June 20th, NATA’s Trainer/Content Manager Steve Berry participated in Air BP’s Product Quality and Operations Seminar in Grand Rapids, MI. Berry provided attendees with an industry update on ground handling safety, the latest in the Safety 1st redevelopment process and information on the IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) program. The one-day event included hands-on fueling procedure demonstrations and offered insight on aviation fuel filtration, product quality assurance, microbiological contamination, misfueling prevention, and fuel system maintenance. For more Safety 1st news, please 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.


24/7 Emergency Inflight Support: NATA-Med powered by AirDocs


NATA-Med powered by AirDocs improves operational safety and provides inflight assistance 24/7. This brand-new Program — resourced by actual flight surgeons — was created by Harvey Watt & Company, in conjunction with former NASA/Space Shuttle Recovery Team Senior & Chief Flight Surgeons, and US Space Command/USAFR Senior Flight Surgeons. The Program delivers aid to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91 and Part 91K operators before, during and after flights:


- Preflight coverage includes the creation and maintenance of on-board medical kits appropriate for each aircraft and its mission, crew medical kit training, flight planning with real-time medical and travel information for locations on itinerary and Go/No Go Assessments.

- Users receive inflight emergency advice, provided by flight surgeons.

- Post flight, the Program can coordinate ground medical assets and evacuations when appropriate and incident documentation reporting will be provided to management within twenty-four hours of the event.

Learn more at

 From the FAA

FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The FAA, along with NATA and other general aviation groups, have launched a national safety campaign this flying season called #FlySafe to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. Fatal general aviation accidents often result from inappropriate responses to unexpected inflight events. Humans are subject to a “startle response” when they are faced with unexpected emergency situations and may delay action or initiate inappropriate action in response to the emergency. The FAA offers training and preparation guidance to help reduce startle response time and promote more effective and timely responses to emergencies. Click here to learn more about responding to inflight emergencies.


Commercial Operators Tax Seminar to Take Place This Week


On June 28th, Conklin & de Decker Associates and NATA will hold the only tax seminar designed for commercial operators. NATA’s Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Megan Eisenstein and other expert speakers will be on hand to offer operators guidance on tax issues, including: federal excise taxes, audits, depreciation and passive activity loss rules, and international fees. Attendees will also learn about 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. Thank you to our sponsors: JSSI, Priester Aviation, Priority Jet, and Taughannock Aviation.


Develop Your Trainer and Customer Service Team This Summer


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 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. Click here for the Dallas/Ft. Worth ALS agenda. 


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.


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.
 Member Spotlight

Winter Haven Municipal Airport Plans to Add More Hangars


The Winter Haven Municipal Airport plans to add 160 hangars over the next two decades. The plan is broken up into short-, mid- and long-term projects for the city commission to consider. The short-term projects are expected to be undertaken by the 2017-18 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. Mid-term projects are planned for 2018-19 and 2022-23. Long-term projects are slated for between 2023-24 and 2033-34. Short-term project suggestions include runway lighting, fencing, taxiway design and construction, a new terminal access road, and two jet hangars to house larger planes. "Right now, we're kind of limited with the size of the aircraft we can accommodate," Airport Director Leo Treggi said. "We have a lot of requests for people who want to relocate to Winter Haven, but we don't have the space." Future projects include three 10-unit T-hangars, additional master plan updates, and rehabilitating three taxiways and one conventional hangar with parking. Read more.




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