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View HTML Version of Newsletter   November 27, 2017 — Volume 16, Issue 48 
  This Week's Top Stories 

Senate Returns to Debate Tax Legislation Containing Important Provision for Aircraft Management Service Companies

The U.S. Senate returns from its Thanksgiving recess today and will begin debate on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation to reform 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. Last week, NATA briefed numerous press outlets on the provision, addressing charges the provision represents a “tax break for private jets.” 

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NATA Safety 1st Launches Subscription Based Pricing | New Podcast

In response to member and user feedback, NATA is revamping pricing for its industry standard Safety 1st program to provide companies with the flexibility to address employee turnover, training more employees across a wider range of subjects in a manner that is easier for businesses to budget. In NATA’s latest podcast edition, NATA’s Managing Director, Safety & Training, Mike France, discusses the origin and benefits of this exciting new program, including reducing the cost of employee turnover.


Catch up on previous podcasts, including Helping Aviation Business Grow by Leveraging Social Media, Safety 1stProgram Administration FAQs and more.

Registration Open for Phoenix 2018 Advanced Line Service Workshop

In 2018, NATA Safety 1st will continue to offer its unique mix of technical and service training at locations across the country. 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


  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 of 2017. For more information or to complete your application, click here.


NATA’s Loss of License Disability Insurance Program Protects Pilots and Their Families and Gives Operators A Crucial Staffing Advantage


NATA partners with Harvey Watt & Co. to offer a Loss of License Disability Insurance program to Part 135, Part 125, Part 91K and Part 91 operators. Harvey Watt & Co. began the first Loss of License Insurance program in 1951 to protect professional pilots and their families from devastating financial loss due to disability. By enrolling in this program, operators now have the means to further protect and retain their pilots — a crucial advantage during these challenging times of pilot staffing.


This exclusive NATA program delivers:

- Loss of license insurance which covers pilots who lose their FAA medicals providing them income replacement during this period.

- Lower group rates leveraging our nearly 1,000 charter operators

- A la carte plan options can be employer or employee paid

- Comparable plans to commercial airline offerings

- FAA Medical Certification Services at no additional charge


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

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

Sheltair To Add Hangar at Northwest Florida Location


Citing current and anticipated aircraft storage needs at its Panama City, Florida, location, Sheltair expects to break ground next month on a new 20,000-sq-ft hangar, which will be able to accommodate the latest large-cabin business jets, and more than triple the site's current aircraft storage space. The $2 million, nine-month project will also add an acre of ramp and 100 extra car parking spaces to the facility, the lone service provider at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). Read more.


Luxaviation Group Enters U.S. FBO Market by Joining Forces with The Paragon Network™


Last week, Luxaviation Group announced a strategic collaboration with US Paragon Aviation Group™, the facilitator of The Paragon Network™, creating a FBO network of 52 FBOs around the world of which 25 are in the USA. The strategic collaboration includes Luxaviation Group FBO management company, ExecuJet, Paragon Aviation Group™ and BAA (owned by CMIG Aviation and part of the China Minsheng Investment Group), which provides high-level aircraft management services for business jet owners in the Greater China region. The ExecuJet Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) will join the Paragon Network™ in the coming months, herewith doubling the size of the Paragon Network™ and providing a substantial international presence. Read more.

  ACSF News 

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


The 2018 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium takes place at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on March 13-14, 2018. The theme will explore "Promoting the Highest Levels of Aviation Safety.” The Symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter and business aviation industry where current and emerging safety challenges are reviewed and discussed. Register at




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