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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    September 11, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 37 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA Legislative Affairs Team Discusses ATC Privatization

The House FAA bill, containing the controversial proposal to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system, still poses a grave threat to the nation’s general aviation pilots, airports and aviation businesses.


Listen to a podcast with the NATA legislative affairs team who were recently interviewed about the legislation, its status and how events are likely to unfold over the next several weeks.


NATA has provided resources for our members to join the fight against ATC privatization:

  1. The GA industry has come together to establish an advocacy hotline to reach your elected officials via telephone – 833-GAVoice (833-428-6423)
  2. NATA’s Legislative Action Center will provide the resources for you to write your elected representatives and contact them via social media. Visit more information.

This is a critical time for general aviation. Your voice is more important than ever and we urge you to act right now and oppose the bill.



FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable


NATA will take the opportunity at this year's annual Aviation Business Roundtable to recognize FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta for his public service and contributions to the aviation business community. 

Administrator Huerta will then join NATA President Martin H. Hiller for a conversation on the current state of the nation’s air transportation system.

The Roundtable, held in Washington, D.C. on November 7th and 8th, is the premier event focused on senior aviation leaders like you — featuring opportunities for executives to tap into a wealth of industry knowledge from business and government policy experts.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at $300.


For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

Contribute to NATA’s Disaster Relief Campaign

NATA thanks our members who are assisting in disaster relief efforts around the nation. NATA has established a webpage to support American Red Cross efforts for areas impacted by natural disasters.

From generous humanitarian donations to collecting supplies and providing fuel, food and other amenities for emergency service crews, NATA aviation business members throughout the country are doing their part to assist in disaster relief.

NATA members are also offering their facilities as staging areas for emergency crews and providing ramp space for evacuated aircraft.

Share your story with NATA so that we can highlight the important work, brave efforts and generosity of the aviation business community. If you haven’t done so already, please join NATA and our members in making a contribution today. Donations go directly to the American Red Cross.


Two Weeks Left to Register for NATA's Ground Handling Safety Symposium | September 26-27


The NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium is a new annual event to promote safety at FBOs and other businesses utilizing general aviation ground handling.

Developed by the NATA Safety Committee, the event will be held September 26th and 27th 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.


Listen to NATA's podcast to find out more about the origin and theme of this event


For more information or to register, please visit

 Association Highlights

NATA Staff to Attend EBAA’s Air Ops Europe Conference


On September 20th and 21st, NATA Managing Director of Safety & Training Mike France will participate in EBAA’s Air Ops Europe Conference hosted at NATA Member and Safety 1st participant Sky Valet in Cannes, France. During the international ground handling convention, he will meet with members and promote Safety 1st and IS-BAH initiatives. Contact NATA if you will be attending the conference and would like to meet with Mike. 


Visit NATA’s Facebook and Twitter for industry event updates and pictures.


NATA Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee Supports Two Draft Advisory Circulars (AC)

NATA and its Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee recently reviewed two proposed draft ACs with comment periods ending September 5, 2017. The FAA’s new draft Advisory Circular 91.21-1D Use of Portable Electronic Devices (PED) Aboard Aircraft provides aircraft owners, operators, and the public with information and guidance to comply with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 91, § 91.21 — established because of the potential for PEDs to interfere with aircraft navigation or communication systems. The draft AC consolidates and describes the required information and processes for an operator to substantiate that the use of a particular PED is acceptable. NATA supports the FAA’s decision to combine the information into one AC, making it easier for owners/operators.


The second new draft Advisory Circular, 119-RFID Operational Use of Radio Frequency Identification Systems Onboard Aircraft, offers guidance for aircraft operators on installing radio frequency identification (RFID) systems and using them in operational/maintenance environments as an alternative means of performing specific aircraft maintenance tasks. This AC allows commercial and general aviation operators to perform or report completion or accomplishment of inspections to confirm components’ identification, configuration, utility, and the security of installation — such as life vests, access panels and other equipment, requiring a security seal for restricted access. NATA praises the new RFID guidance, which will create efficiency and reduce maintenance costs over time while continuing to ensure airworthiness.


NATA Safety 1st ALS Workshop to Take Place in Lincoln, NE This Week


NATA Safety 1st will hold its Advanced Line Service (ALS) Regional Workshop September 12th and 13th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Attendees will gather for the two-day event hosted and sponsored by Duncan Aviation. The final 2017 ALS Workshop will be held on November 14-15 at Base Operations at Page Field in Ft. Myer, FL. Seats fill quickly, register now!


Part 23 Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards Now Effective


Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a final rule to overhaul the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The agency’s new Part 23 rule became effective August 30, 2017, changing the FAA’s traditional prescriptive design requirements to performance-based standards.


During its development, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta discussed the rule with NATA members, describing it as a direct result of collaboration between the industry and government to enhance safety and reduce burdens on GA — enabling faster installation of innovative, safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, while reducing costs for the GA community. New certification standards were also included to address GA loss-of-control accidents and in-flight icing conditions, and to comply with similar new rules already in effect in Europe.


Register now for this year’s annual Aviation Business Roundtable to hear Administrator Huerta’s insights on the agency’s initiatives, including NextGen modernization, ATC reform, and the FAA's ongoing efforts to improve regulatory consistency across the agency's regions and offices.


NATA Seeking Training Facilities for 2018 Events


NATA is currently seeking FBO locations to host our 2018 training workshops, professional development seminars and regional town halls. Please note, the training space must have room to fit a minimum of 20-25 attendees comfortably. This is a great opportunity for FBOs looking for direct contact with our members. In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the event’s webpage, in NATA News, and in other advertisement opportunities. If interested, please contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513.

  Member Spotlight

Avfuel Covers Fueling Needs for FBOS Impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma


In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma — in addition to the numerous wildfires throughout the western portion of the country — Avfuel’s logistics and supply departments are providing FBOs with fuel for evacuation, search and rescue, and relief efforts. “Our redundant supply situation and sophisticated logistic systems allow our definitive experts to handle unforeseen emergencies like Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires occurring in California,” said Ben Spence, Avfuel’s Logistics Manager.


“Many of our network locations are serving as strategic hubs for relief efforts, requiring multiple loads of fuel per day — we’ve seen up to almost 10 fuel loads per day at some locations to support their operations,” said Matt Matthews, District Manager for Avfuel. Read more.

NATA Members Participate in 7th Annual JETNET IQ Business Aviation Summit


Last week, several NATA members participated in panel discussions during the JETNET IQ Business Aviation Summit. Charlie Priester Chairman of Priester Aviation and Pat Epps Owner of Epps Aviation served on the “Business Aviation’s ‘State of the Union’” panel, while Brad Nolen VP Marketing and Communications for Bombardier Business Aircraft and Jim Hurley SVP of Eastern U.S. and Canadian Sales with Dassault Falcon Jet offered insights during the “Business Aircraft OEMs” session. The summit featured other business aviation experts with unique perspectives on the industry’s present and future. Photos from the event can be viewed on NATA’s Twitter profile.


Fargo Jet Center Launches New Website


This month, Fargo Jet Center announced the launch of its newly designed website Fargo Jet Center (FJC), headquartered in Fargo, ND (KFAR), is a leading aviation service provider. Premier Jet Center, based in Minneapolis, MN (KFCM) is a subsidiary of FJC and serves as a base for the Exclusive Aircraft Sales team. Both FJC-operated FBO locations are members of the Avfuel-branded FBO Network and the Paragon Aviation Network.

  ACSF News

Epps Aviation Renews ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registry


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Epps Aviation, Atlanta, GA has been added to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry for another two years. “By successfully completing the IAS for a second term, Epps Aviation has demonstrated their continued commitment to high standards,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. “We congratulate them on their dedication.” Anton Coy Epps Aviation, Director of Operations added, “I am very proud of our charter team and their pledge to be listed amongst those Part-135 operators already listed on the ACSF Industry Audit Registry.” Learn more.




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