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  View HTML Version of Newsletter    October 16, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 42 
  This Week's Top Stories 

NATA President Discusses the Dangers Airlinization of Air Traffic Control Poses to GA

Last week, NATA President Martin H. Hiller joined a panel of general aviation association leaders to discuss the airline industry initiative to take over the air traffic control system. The panel took place at the No Plane No Gain Media Kick-Off Breakfast held during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.


The focus of the discussion was H.R. 2997, legislation authored by Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Hiller described the legislation as “the airlinization of air traffic control. Under the bill, the corporation is completely funded by the airlines and in the eyes of the airlines, there is no difference between a 737 and a piston twin. The reality is that it's a long-term plan where the airlines want to cost-shift. In that construct, the death of GA [General Aviation] comes not abruptly the day the bill is signed into law, but rather like dusk turning to night. Within a few years, you will no longer recognize GA in America.”


Hiller encouraged all members of the general aviation community to continue calling or communicating with Congress using NATA’s Legislative Action Center or by calling 833-GAVoice (833-428-6423). Read more



Register for NATA’s Aviation Business Roundtable | Hotel Room Block Ends Tomorrow, October 17


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. 


NATA’s hotel room block ends tomorrow, October 17, 2017. Please make your arrangements soon as the hotel may sell out.


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, D.C., including the potential impact on proposals to privatize ATC.


For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

2018 NATA Aviation Business Conference | Save the Date

Save the date for NATA’s 2018 Aviation Business Conference. Next year’s conference will take place June 12-14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. Mark your calendar and look for upcoming registration details!


NATA Members Impacted by California Wildfires


NATA sends its thoughts and prayers to our member companies and their employees recently affected by the wildfires in California. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations, as the impacted areas work to rebuild their communities.


 Association Highlights

National Air Transportation Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications


NATA awards several scholarships throughout the year to aviation college/university program and flight training students — as well as to association members looking to continue their education. The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is currently accepting applications for: The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and The NATA Business Scholarship. Multiple awards are available from $1,000 to $2,500 with application deadlines in November and December 2017. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


NATA Podcast: Safety 1st Program Administration FAQs

In NATA’s latest podcast episode, our Member Services Coordinator Alex Connole answers the most frequently asked questions about the administration of the Safety 1st program, including resetting passwords, accessing training, printing certificates and more. As the industry-leading ground handling training program, NATA Safety 1st is used by over 1,500 companies around the globe. The Safety 1st Learning Management System (LMS) provides all of the features needed for an effective training program, and is built to serve a diverse set of businesses. Listen here or read a transcript of this podcast.


NATA Digital Version of the 2017 3rd Quarter ABJ Available | Buyers’ Guide Edition


NATA's 2017 Q3 Aviation Business Journal is now available online. Highlights from this issue:

- Member Profile — Sheltair: Expansionary Mode

- Introduction to NATA’s 2017 Board Members

- 2017 Buyers’ Guide

- NATA’s Maintenance Committee Assists FAA with Standardized Compliance Checklist

- 2017 Aviation Business Conference Wrap-Up 

- Guidance on ADS-B Compliance

- Selling Your FBO

- Safety 1st Update

- And more!


As always, we thank our advertisers and Member Support Level participants. Click here to read.


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.


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, on 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.

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 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 about advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training.


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

Sheltair Announces Plans to Develop New Corporate Hangars at Fort Lauderdale’s FXE Northside Properties


Last week, Sheltair announced its plan to develop the last remaining open plot of land on the north side of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in Florida. With an expected spring 2019 completion, the development of the airport’s Northside will include 157,000 square feet of hangar space and an additional 31,000 square feet of office and shop space. Banyan Air Service will provide fuel handling services to aircraft at Sheltair’s new development. “The opportunities at FXE continue to grow year after year,” said Todd Anderson, Sheltair’s Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development. “With an extensively large leasehold and presence of hangars and offices on the south side of FXE, we’re excited to develop this last remaining parcel of land to further support the general aviation community and surrounding Fort Lauderdale area.”


Along with its developments at FXE, this fall, Sheltair will open its Westside Hangar Complex at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)—featuring eight hangars ranging from 13,500 to 20,000 square feet each—and its executive hangar complex at Tampa International Airport (TPA)—featuring 32,000 square feet of space. Read more.

Jet Aviation Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary


On October 11th, Jet Aviation marked its 50th anniversary with a gala event. “We will celebrate the past while focusing on the future,” said Group CEO Rob Smith. The company is taking the opportunity of its 50th anniversary to rebrand its logo and implement consistency amongst its 25 locations. In 1967, Carl Hirschmann founded Jet Aviation as a maintenance hangar in Basel. The Hirschmann family ran and expanded the business until selling to the Permira private equity fund in 2005, which grew the business further and sold it to General Dynamics three years later.

“Jet Aviation had grown up as a family-owned company,” Smith adds. “Some of that atmosphere has changed; we’re now very process driven, but we still want customers to feel our warmth and heartbeat.” Read more.


ACI Jet Breaks Ground On $17M Corporate Headquarters, Adds Fourth Hangar at SBP


ACI Jet recently began construction on the company's new $17M corporate headquarters at San Luis Obispo Airport in California. The 35,000-sq-ft office complex will include a new 25,000-sq-ft hangar. "We are bursting at the seams in our current facility," stated ACI Jet President and CEO William Borgsmiller. "We're adding staff members at an increasing rate with the launch of several new services exclusive to ACI in the works, and this new workspace cannot come soon enough."

Read more.
  ACSF News

USAIG Welcomes ACSF’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) to its Performance Vector Safety Initiative


Last week, USAIG welcomed the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) to its Performance Vector safety initiative. Performance Vector delivers valuable, forward-looking safety support for USAIG-insured operators of turbine aircraft. Eligible policyholders can choose annually from a range of programs and services delivered by leading providers.

“We are pleased to partner with USAIG on this important safety initiative, which has a proven track record of improving safety in those organizations that embrace the ASAP philosophy of using submitted reports for the sole purpose of improving safety,” said ACSF President Bryan Burns. Read more.




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