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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    September 18, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 38 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Potential House Vote on ATC Privatization Announced for Early October | Tell Your Representative to Vote No

The controversial House FAA bill, containing the proposal to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system, continues to pose a grave threat to the nation’s general aviation pilots, airports and aviation businesses. Appearing at last week’s Commercial Aviation Summit, DJ Gribbin, Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy, told fellow ATC privatization supporters the House would consider the bill in early October. Also last week, NATA’s President, Martin Hiller, along with the leaders of the major general aviation associations, sent a letter to congressional leaders reiterating their opposition to ATC privatization and requesting at least a six-month FAA extension so as not to halt progress on NextGen modernization or delay critical airport infrastructure projects. 


This is a critical time for general aviation and your voice is more important than ever if we are to prevent the privatization of our nation’s air traffic control system. Utilize the GA industry advocacy hotline, 833-GAVoice (833-428-6423), or visit NATA’s Legislative Action Center and tell your Representative to oppose ATC privatization.


Click here for NATA’s most recent Podcast, which contains the latest information about the FAA reauthorization bill, its status, and how events are likely to unfold over the next several weeks.


Register for NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable | November 7-8

On November 7th and 8th, NATA will hold its annual Aviation Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The Roundtable 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. 


This year, attendees will:
- Gain insight from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta on the current state of the nation's air transportation system and ongoing efforts to improve regulatory consistency across the FAA's regions and offices.
- Receive an inside look at the market and find out what is on the horizon for general aviation from top aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia.
- Hear from CNN political commentator Matt Lewis, on how the Trump Administration is affecting the political landscape in Washington, DC, including the potential impact on proposals to privatize ATC
- Stay ahead of the curve with the latest developments from general aviation leaders in the manufacturing, FBO and air charter sectors.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at $300. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

NATA Seeking Sponsors and 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.


In addition to hosting our NATA members at your facility, your business will be featured on the event’s webpage, signage, in NATA News, and in other advertisement opportunities. In exchange for the use of your facility, your company will be named a sponsor.


Alternatively, paid sponsorship opportunities start at $250. Sponsors and hosts also have the option of promoting their business with marketing flyers and/or giveaways.


If interested in hosting or sponsoring, please contact Karissa Uko at or (202) 774-1513.


Network with Safety Professionals at NATA's Ground Handling Safety Symposium | September 26-27


There’s only one week left to register for the NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium, a new annual event to promoting 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.

On September 26th, attendees will have an opportunity to network with other safety professionals during an evening reception at Topgolf. Join your colleagues for a night of fun and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Transportation will be provided to/from the reception venue. Symposium registration also includes session materials, continental breakfast and lunch both days. 


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 Holds Final 2017 Advanced Line Service Workshop on November 14-15 in Ft. Myers, FL


On November 14th and 15th, NATA will hold its final 2017 Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop at Base Operations at Page Field in Fort Myers, FL. This popular two-day workshop includes discussions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. In addition, attendees will learn advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training.

Ed Sabata of Duncan Aviation described last week's workshop as, “one of the best training courses I have been to. Good refresher training to keep you motivated and on course. A great workshop for any Line Service Rep.”

Register now for the November ALS Workshop in Fort Myers, FL!

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.

Universal Weather and Aviation Continues Operations in Midst of Hurricane Harvey


During Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Universal Weather and Aviation serviced its usual volume of 100 flights per day worldwide, offering trip support, flight planning and handling.The company implemented a business continuity plan — drafted after the 2008 Hurricane Ike — to ensure that customers experienced uninterrupted service. Universal's staff of 30 meteorologists closely followed the storm and the company began putting plans in place 10 days before Harvey made landfall in Texas. While Universal sent most of its 700 employees home before the storm, a dedicated crew equivalent to a typical night shift—50 to 60 people—remained in the third-floor operations center in a six-story building, near NASA's Johnson Space Center, to handle client needs. “We were able to keep our people safe and maintain global operations without affecting any of our customers,” stated Pete Lewis, SVP of Global Operations. “A lot of our customers didn't even know that we were in the middle of the hurricane. For us that is a source of great pride.”


Ten percent of Universal's employees lost homes and/or vehicles in the storm, Lewis said, adding that the company, employees and clients have all stepped up to help. Through the beginning of September, employees had raised $115,000 to assist coworkers. Universal has matched that figure and customers have made donations on the Universal employees' “You Caring” page to help. Read more.


EPIC Fuels and Other NATA Members Supporting Disaster Relief Efforts


As relief efforts continue in Texas and Florida, EPIC’s supply and dispatch teams are working tirelessly to ensure FBOs, government agencies and commercial airlines are supplied with fuel. In addition to the hurricane relief efforts, EPIC continues to dispatch aviation fuels to FBOs and bases supporting aerial firefighting operations in the Western United States. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure fuel is available for hurricane relief efforts, as well as the ongoing fire support missions in the West,” said Lee Jones, Vice President of Supply for EPIC Fuels.


Many of its partner FBOs are acting as distribution hubs for hurricane relief supplies as well as search and rescue operations. NATA member Cleburne Regional Municipal Airport, located an hour south of Fort Worth, Texas collected thousands of pounds of relief supplies and delivered water, food and clothing and other items into the affected area. EPIC has also ramped-up its operations to meet the aviation fuel demand for FBOs in the regions assisting with aerial firefighting operations including members: Redding Jet Center at Redding Airport (KRDD) in California; Edwards Jet Center (KBIL) in Billings, Montana; and Glacier Jet Center at Glacier Park International (KGPI) in Kalispell, Montana. Read more.

Bohlke International Airways (STX) Assists Caribbean Locations Affected by Hurricane Irma


In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Bohlke International Airways (STX) is currently handling military operations carrying government aid and volunteers for locations throughout the Caribbean. Having narrowly missed the eyewall of category-five Hurricane Irma by 43 miles on September 6, Bohlke International Airways’ St. Croix FBO and Part 145 repair station is the closest operating airport to some of the locations most severely affected by Hurricane Irma — including St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Bohlke’s FBO became the staging hub for international relief efforts, temporarily hosting the U.S. Air Force; U.S. Navy; U.S. Marines; Air National Guard; Federal Emergency Management Agency; American Red Cross; Salvation Army; and privately-owned aircraft. Read more.

  From the FAA

FAA Safety Briefing: Avoiding Pilot Deviations


The September/October 2017 FAA Safety Briefing explores the critical role flight instructors play in keeping the National Airspace System safe. Feature articles focus on flight instructor requirements and best practices, as well as the many tools and educational resources that can help sharpen your teaching skills.

   Member Spotlight

Watertown Airport Receives $1M Grant


The Watertown International Airport recently received a $1,017,863 grant to make infrastructure improvements. Funding will go toward reconstructing and improving lighting at the airport’s apron area. Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey said the pavement on the apron was exhibiting “noticeable wear due to the service load over time.” “It’s definitely a needed project to keep our apron from breaking up and causing a safety issue,” Sussey added. Among the repairs will be removing pavement deficiencies and improving drainage. Read more.


Wisconsin Aviation Names Aaron Hall as Avionics Manager


Wisconsin Aviation recently named Aaron Hall as its new Avionics Manager. Hall’s aviation career began in 1993 with the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He’s held technical, engineering and avionic positions with Signature Flight Support, Bombardier Aerospace Jet Aviation, Cutter Aviation, and Avidyne Corporation. Aaron has a Doctorate of Science in Aviation Technology and is an FAA DER. He is a private pilot with over 450 hours of flight time. Read more.

  ACSF News

Grandview Jets Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Grandview Jets, a Washington D.C./Baltimore-based charter operator with a fleet of Phenom 300 light jets, is the ACSF’s newest member. Along with 150 other companies, Grandview supports the ACSF’s vision to advance and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. Learn more.




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