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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    July 10, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 28 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Discusses FAA Reauthorization at Tarkio Air Show

On Saturday, NATA EVP for Government Affairs, Bill Deere, joined the leaders of other major GA associations at a pilot town hall meeting in Tarkio, MO, hosted by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO). The biannual event draws pilots from all over the country and discussion this year centered on the House Transportation Committee’s proposal, H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system.


The House Republican leadership and Trump Administration have begun whipping Members of Congress to support ATC privatization with a vote expected as early as the week of July 17. The vote is anticipated to be close. It is critical that aviation businesses and their employees immediately contact Congress through NATA’s Legislative Action Center and express their opposition to the legislation.


During the town hall, GA association leaders were adamant in their opposition to privatizing ATC, describing it as the potential death knell for GA in this country. Discussion included the tactics used by airlines in support of the privatization proposal, highlighting many of the outrageous justifications employed by airlines to, in effect, turn over the ATC system to them. It was also noted that ironically GA has been the sector of aviation leading the way in innovation and equipage. Audience members were skeptical of the proposal with several commenting on how the privatization of ATC in Canada has contributed to a major decline in GA activity in that country.



GA Opposition to Privatizing Air Traffic Control Growing


Nearly 50 general aviation groups from across the country have joined NATA in opposing H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, which creates a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation. The House of Representatives will vote on this proposal as early as next week, making it urgent that you immediately contact your Congressmen and Senators in opposition.

GA groups note that establishing a corporation, controlled by the airlines, “will produce uncertainty and unintended consequences without achieving the desired outcomes.” Instead, the groups urge support for reforms that promote modernization of the airspace system and create predictable and stable funding for the FAA. “Any structural or governance reforms that require protections for an important sector of users is fundamentally flawed,” the statement notes.


NATA needs your help to mobilize the general aviation community to act in opposition to privatizing the nation's air traffic control system. Please consider sharing this public service announcement on your own website so that your customers can join you in this effort, click here. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Shannon Chambers at


Visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center at this critical moment and ensure your voice is heard  and follow NATA’s Social Media Channels to get updates on this proposal and other industry issues.

Agenda Now Available for 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.

To review the agenda, click here. Reserve your seat 
today, this seminar previously sold-out in April. See what seminar attendees had to say about the NATA Certified CSR Program.


RSVP for an Upcoming NATA Air Charter Town Hall 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. RSVP for an upcoming town hall using the links below:

August 3 (Dallas/Ft. Worth –
Alliance Aviation Services)

August 23 (Portland, OR –
Global Aviation)

August 24 (Seattle, WA –
King County International Airport)


 Association Highlights

NATA Offers Lifeline Response Platform


The LifeLine Response app provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide by providing vital, life-saving alerts and resources:


- Global Threat Analysis: Geopolitical instability, local security, terrorism, disease and kidnap/ransom threats sourced directly from International Government agencies and threat analysts.  

- Geo-Fenced Mass Communication: Communicates relevant threats or updates based on geographic location down to street level. 

- Live Heat Map: Monitor real-time movement of users on the map, and use predictive analytics to forecast trends and locate where assistance may be needed. 


Learn more and find out why this platform is entrusted by Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations with a mobile workforce.

Speak with Your Broker About NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program

NATA's Workers Compensation Insurance Program, underwritten by global insurance leader Allianz, provides members with an additional workers compensation insurance option — including NATA’s signature “Good Experience Return,” which provides additional savings based on group performance. Visit to get started or have your broker contact Chuck Couch of Allianz at (678)-393-4019 or


Everyone Has a Stake in Preventing Misfuelings


The NATA Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program provides awareness training for Pilots, Line Service Professionals, FBO Managers, Customer Service Representatives and more. This free, online-based awareness program is comprised of four different tracks and conforms with standards from the Energy Institute and the Safety 1st Operational Best Practices. The misfueling prevention program can be found at

 Industry News

New CBP Facility Opens at San Antonio International


Last month, San Antonio International Airport (SAT) opened its new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility for general aviation. The airport was approved as a U.S. entry port in 2009, and the facility has been in the works since 2012. Last year, CBP processed more than 22,000 international GA passengers and over 4,200 general aviation aircraft at the airport’s temporary facility. “We’ve seen as many as 83 general aviation flights in a single day,” said CBP Port Director Lois Hunter. The city negotiated a public/private partnership with Innova Aerospace to expedite construction of the new 5,000 square foot facility. Innova Aerospace invested nearly $3 million to design and build the facility, while the city’s aviation department constructed the apron and taxiway improvements to provide airside access to the building. To accommodate Global Entry members, the location offers a pair of kiosks to process trusted travelers. “CBP is happy to partner with the San Antonio International Airport on this facility, which will accommodate the growing private and general aircraft industry here,” noted Judson Murdock II, CBP’s Director of Field Operations. Read more.


FAA Safety Briefing


The July/August 2017 FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the new BasicMed rule, which offers pilots an alternative to the FAA’s medical qualification process for third class medical certificates. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course every two years, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions.


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

Jet Linx Surpasses 100 Aircraft Milestone in Private Jet Fleet


Last month, Jet Linx Aviation surpassed its 100th aircraft under management, with 90 aircraft on its FAA certificate and another seven pending to add to its certificate. The Jet Linx fleet also includes four Part 91 aircraft. “Surpassing 100 aircraft under management marks a milestone we are honored and proud to celebrate with our valued aircraft owners, amazing team members and great industry partners,” said Jamie Walker, President & CEO of Jet Linx. “We set out 18 years ago to provide a more personalized approach to guaranteed private jet travel solutions, and this milestone is the ultimate validation of our business model. This achievement truly reflects the quality of our programs and the commitment by our people to provide the best service in the private aviation industry.” In 2016 alone, Jet Linx added 38 aircraft to its fleet, 250 members and two new city Base locations. Jet Linx marked this momentous industry accomplishment with a series of private events in Omaha with its team members and industry partners — the celebration will continue this Fall with events for its Aircraft Management and Jet Card clients across the country. Read more.


Industry Veteran Mark Ozenick To Head Dassault Aircraft Services


Dassault recently hired Mark Ozenick to serve as President of Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS). In his new role, Ozenick will be responsible for Dassault’s Falcon Jet service center network in North, South and Central America. He is the founding president and CEO of HeliFlite Shares and co-founder of HeliFlite Aviation Services, Ozenick has nearly four decades of experience, including —senior positions with Aero Mechanical Industries, Valair Aviation, SSA & Company, Elite Aviation and American Eurocopter, among others. He will report to Geoff Chick, Senior Vice President of Customer Services at Dassault Falcon Jet. “Mark brings extensive industry experience to DAS and has a proven commitment to providing a superior customer experience and best-in-class quality of service,” Chick said. “Mark’s broad expertise in customer and operational support will undoubtedly serve him extremely well in this role.” Read more.




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