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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    July 3, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 27 
  This Week's Top Stories 

ATC Privatization Proposal Advances in House: Act Now to Protect General Aviation!

Last Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved, on a partisan vote, H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, creating a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation. General aviation pilot Todd Rokita (R-IN) was the only Republican to join in opposing the legislation. The full House of Representatives will vote on this proposal in mid-July, making it urgent that you immediately contact your Congressmen and Senators in opposition.

The coalition of GA groups opposing the proposal is growing. On Friday, 33 other GA groups joined NATA in opposing the House proposal that will “produce uncertainty and unintended that consequences without achieving the desired outcomes.”

Visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center and ensure your voice is heard on Capitol Hill! After taking action, please consider sharing this message on your own website so that your customers can join you in this effort, click here



NATA Praises Senate Commerce Committee's Approval of Consensus FAA Reauthorization Legislation


Last Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved by voice vote S.1405, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation reauthorizing FAA programs through September 30, 2021. NATA President Martin H. Hiller applauded Chairman Thune (R-SD), Ranking Member Nelson (D-FL) and the other Commerce Committee members for “approving consensus legislation benefiting the entire aviation community.” Hiller contrasted the Senate markup with the nine and a half hour, partisan, divisive markup by the House Transportation Committee.

Hiller also expressed appreciation for the inclusion of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) amendment directing the FAA to report on its efforts to combat illegal charter. “Her amendment will help us better understand the scope of the issue and what future steps the Committee might need to take to protect passengers and legitimate businesses. This, and other NATA supported recommendations included in the bill, will allow the agency to continue to move toward a more efficient operating structure.” 

Take Your FBO Customer Service to New Heights at NATA’s Certified CSR Workshop | August 22-23 in Chicago

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.

See what seminar attendees had to say about the NATA Certified CSR Program.


NATA Air Charter Town Halls to Return This August


NATA’s free Air Charter Town Hall series for Part 135 operators returns this summer, bringing regional aviation businesses together for networking and industry updates. The next town halls are scheduled for:

August 3 (Dallas/Ft. Worth –
Alliance Aviation Services)
August 23 (Portland, OR –
Global Aviation)
August 24 (Seattle, WA –
King County International Airport)

More details and registration information coming soon, for questions please contact Karissa Uko at



Aeroplex/Aerolease Group President and CEO Offers Insights on Airport Safety


All airport businesses are stakeholders in the process to preserve safety and security. While one size does not fit all, working in collaboration to adopt uniform best practices is a preferred alternative to imposing strict regulations. When best practices for vehicle/pedestrian deviation prevention and access control are founded on common goals and solid consensus, the result will be feasible, reasonable and specific requirements that are aligned with the airport’s overall operational and economic goals. NATA Board Member Curt Castagna, President and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group provides guidance on developing security infrastructure that works for airports and their tenants. Read more.

 Association Highlights

NATA Headquarters Closed in Observance of Independence Day

NATA Headquarters is closed today, July 3rd and tomorrow, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The association wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Digital Version of the 2017 2nd Quarter ABJ Available


NATA’s 2017 Q2 Aviation Business Journal is now available online.

Highlights from this issue:

  - Member Profile – Priority Jet: A Wholesale Charter Focus, An Industry Advocate
  - Spotlight: NATA Industry Excellence Awards Recipients
  - Building the FBO Terminal of Tomorrow
  - Ground Handling Safety for Aircraft Operators
  - Jeopardy! Goes to Aircraft Maintenance
  - Aircraft Management Fees Susceptibility to Federal Excise Tax

Click here to read.


Accessible and Economical | NATA Part 135/91 Training Center 


Developed by industry experts, the NATA Part 135/91 Training Center provides online training in a standardized, easy-to-use format to train the entire team. The training library includes over 50 courses specifically designed to assist air charter, corporate and fractional operators in meeting regulatory training requirements. The system is offered by subscription with unlimited access for a fixed annual fee. Request a demo at


Get Fast, Free and Straightforward Freight Quotes with PartnerShip®


PartnerShip® provides access to the most competitive freight rates in the industry. This free member benefit 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 Space Left 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.


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

Golden Isles Aviation Opens Hotel and FBO Complex at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport


NATA member Golden Isles Aviation joined forces with MMI Hospitality Group to build a new 88-unit Home2 Suites by Hilton® at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI). The complex is the first of its kind in the United States. “There are lots of places where a hotel is located on or near a commercial service airport,” noted Larry Wade, NATA Board Member and President of Golden Isles Aviation. “We wanted to offer that same convenience as well as some special amenities for pilots at a general aviation airport.” The FBO has rental cars and rental bikes available at the hotel. Read more.


Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations for 2018


Nominations for the 2018 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame will be accepted until Monday, July 31, 2017. Winners will be announced this Fall and inducted during the Lone Star Flight Museum’s annual gala on Saturday, May 5, 2018. “To be selected as an inductee into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, a candidate must be either a Texan who has made extraordinary contributions to aviation, or a Texas aviator who has made an extraordinary contribution to the United States or the world in another field.” To nominate a candidate, please send his or her name (or group name) along with description of life and work of the suggested honoree as well as a statement as to why you believe that person or persons is deserving, to by July 31, 2017.




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