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View HTML Version of Newsletter   November 20, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 47 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Senate Bill Offers Tax Certainty to Aircraft Management Companies

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation to reform and simplify the nation’s tax code. The legislation contains a provision, sought by NATA, clarifying that aircraft management services are not subject to air transportation taxes. The language is based on bipartisan legislation (S.321) sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). NATA President Martin Hiller praised the committee for its inclusion of the provision stating, “Tax reform legislation has a long way to go, but this is an important step and small aviation businesses are appreciative of the inclusion of this provision, which provides them the tax certainty they have long sought. We will continue to work with the committee on this issue as the legislation moves forward.”



Registration Open for Phoenix 2018 Advanced Line Service Workshop

NATA Safety 1st is pleased to continue its unique mix of technical and service training throughout the country in 2018.These popular two-day workshops include discussions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Attendees will also learn about advanced aviation fuel handling and quality control, including hands-on training. The Advanced Line Service Workshop is designed for Line Service Professionals who are experienced or relatively new to the industry. This program can assist managers, owners and even customer service representatives with knowledge and skills that will help them excel at work. Register for the January 24-25, 2018 ALS workshop in Phoenix today!


NATA Safety 1st Seeking Member Photos of Ground Handling Operations

NATA Safety 1st is currently redeveloping its online training content to incorporate improvements and new features suggested by our members and users. As part of this process, we are seeking new photographs of ground handling activities. If your company is interested in sharing photos of ground handling operations at your facilities, and possibly having these images featured in the redeveloped NATA Safety 1st training program, please contact our Trainer/Content Manager, Steve Berry, at


FAA Safety Briefing: Engine Maintenance and Performance Monitoring

According to FAA data, most general aviation fatal accidents are caused by in-flight loss of control. Many of these loss of control accidents are due to engine failure-related factors. Between 2001-2010, 35 of 70 randomly selected accidents had engine maintenance errors identified as a contributing factor. Proper engine maintenance, post maintenance, advanced pre-flight and performance monitoring can go a long way to eliminating this type of mishap. Read more.



  Association Highlights 

NATA Committees Hold Fall Meetings | Discuss Illegal Charter, FAA Reauthorization, Flight Standards and More


Air Charter Committee
The Air Charter Committee meeting included discussion of numerous industry issues, a joint meeting with the Maintenance committee, and a guest speaker from the FAA – Jim Viola, the FAA Deputy Director, Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance. Viola briefed the members on the reorganization of the FAA’s Flight Standards and encouraged an open dialog between NATA members and the FAA. The committee worked on a new data collection tool to provide the FAA with feedback on how the agency’s check-pilot resource program is functioning, and developed targeted actions to provide education on illegal charter and to work with the FAA to increase surveillance and enforcement. Members reported on progress within the FAA/industry working group, addressing how air carrier training programs will aid in the review of new guidance issued from that group.

Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee

The Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee engaged in a productive conversation with Mr. Tim Shaver, Deputy Director of Standards, Flight Standard Service, and in an introductory phone call with Mr. Jackie Black, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division. Mr. Shaver provided the members with an update on the implementation of the Future of Flight Standards and Mr. Black discussed the status of the Aircraft Maintenance Division. The committee followed up with the status of the aircraft conformity check. The committee also named Ms. Shelley Ewalt as new Chair and Mr. Phil Sterns as Vice Chair.

Airport Business Committee

Committee Chairman Robb Bergeson welcomed Josh Hochberg (Sonoma Jet Center, Santa Rosa, CA) as the newly nominated Chairman of the Airport Business Committee. NATA EVP Bill Deere provided a Capitol Hill update on the FAA reauthorization and other industry issues impacting aviation businesses. NATA staff member Megan Eisenstein discussed several potential project ideas, including the development of a quarterly industry FBO Economic Survey and annual FBO Conference. The meeting concluded with an update from the Education Subcommittee. Committee Chair Robb Bergeson informed the members that the Subcommittee is continuing to explore options for developing an NATA FBO Management Certification program.

NATA Concludes Final Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2017


NATA hosted its final Advanced Line Service Workshop of the year last week at Base Operations at Page Field in Fort Myers, FL. The two-day event included sessions on Motivation and Leadership techniques as well as Customer Service training and several other topics. Guest speaker Tim Lewis with GT3 Consulting led a session on Human Factors in aviation ground handling, while John Leonard of Peco-Facet, and Reed Fuller of World Fuel Services covered aviation fuel filtration and quality control. Lee County Health and Safety also provided hands on fire-extinguisher training for the event. NATA would like to thank their guest speakers as well as all the staff at Base Operations for making this such a successful event.


NATA’s Annual Industry Excellence and Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Programs


NATA will soon call for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices and organizations demonstrating excellence in the general aviation community. Each year, NATA presents awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of the Industry Excellence Awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations. The Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award program is open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or other entity that conducts aviation maintenance and supports aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. Stay tuned for more information or contact Karissa Uko at


NATA Compliance Service Offers Drug Program Manager Webinar


NATA Compliance Service is offering a series of short webinars on everything related to Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programs, allowing attendees to focus their time on topics they need a refresher on and that interest them the most. There’s still time to register for three of the webinars.

Mini Series Dates & Times

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 12:00PM Eastern

Random selection process ~ 15-20 minutes

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 4:00PM Eastern

Return-to-duty and positive test result process ~ 15-20 minutes

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 11:00AM Eastern

FAA inspection items and audit preparation ~ 30 minutes


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 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. Mark your calendar and look for upcoming registration details!

  Member Spotlight

West Star Aviation Announces Acquisition of Minneapolis-Based MSP Aero LLC


West Star Aviation announced its acquisition of MSP Aero LLC, a Minneapolis-based company working with avionics, interiors, minor paint and window restoration at KMSP and surrounding areas. "Our relationship with MSP Aero will provide us with a presence throughout the Twin Cities, as well as the Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas areas. MSP Aero will help refine and support our customers' flight departments and strengthen our geographical network for MRO services," said Rodger Renaud, President and Chief Operating Officer, West Star Aviation. MSP Aero will continue to operate under its unique brand while providing support to current and future West Star Aviation customers. MSP Aero LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of West Star Aviation, LLC.


Premier Jet Center Named as Authorized Pilatus Service Center


Minnesota’s Premier Jet Center (PJC) has been named as an authorized Pilatus service center by KCAC Aviation. PJC can now offer authorized Pilatus support throughout KCAC’s Pilatus aircraft sales territory including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Jim Sweeney, President of Premier Jet Center, commented, “Our Minneapolis-based service center provides a talented team that’s excited to begin serving the Pilatus family throughout the territory.” Read more.

  ACSF News 

Registration Now Available for ACSF’s 2018 Safety Symposium | March 13-14 in Ashburn, VA


Register now for the 2018 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The event takes place March 13-14, 2018. The Symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter and business aviation industry where current and emerging safety challenges are reviewed and discussed. Next year’s theme is "Promoting the Highest Levels of Aviation Safety.” For more information, please click here.




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