The Executive Team has been traveling to discuss a variety of topics germane to the future of our industry such as illegal charter, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), workforce development, NFPA 409, Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). We’ve covered a lot of ground on each of these issues and initiatives and I am pleased to update you on the Association’s activities.
A series of SAF-centered learning opportunities at BACE this year represents the latest in our industry coalition’s efforts to educate the public and demonstrate our commitment to emissions reduction. Air BP, our member profile company in this issue, is one of our coalition partners in this important initiative. You will learn more about their sustainability efforts, including SAF, Lightsource BP, and BP Target Neutral, starting on page 28. Victor, another sustainability-minded NATA member, also spoke with the Aviation Business Journal (page 41) to provide more details on their market-leading environmentalism in providing on-demand jet charter.
In the past few months, NATA has worked to expand and improve the resources available to our members to protect their businesses from the risks of jet fuel contamination with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). I am very proud of the work the Association is doing to keep our members safe, including updated DEF contamination prevention training, awareness campaigns, operational best practices, and “DEF Only” decals that were created in collaboration with our Airport Business Committee and designed to follow the recommendations set forth by the National Transportation Safety Board. We recently mailed these free “DEF ONLY, NOT FOR AVIATION USE” decals to our member locations. If you haven’t received the decals, contact us at (800) 808-6282. We have a limited supply that we will continue to distribute nationwide.
Other issues of great interest to NATA members throughout the country are illegal charter; NFPA 409—a standard that requires most modern GA hangars to have automatic foam fire suppression systems installed; and revenue intended for airport use being diverted elsewhere despite a federal law requiring those revenues be remitted to the airport for operational expenses and capital improvement. NATA has heard repeatedly from our members on these issues and we acted swiftly to quantify the associated challenges and risks, develop resources, and assist our members in communicating their concerns. Take a look at our advocacy on these issues in Tim Obitts’ column on page 5 and Jonathon Freye’s column on page 7.
As the industry is changing and adapting to new technologies and methodologies, NATA has formed new committees to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the UAM market and workforce development, as well as an Air Charter Broker Committee that is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the air charter broker community, establishing standards, developing and implementing industry best practices, and providing value to business aviation users. We encourage our members to remain engaged and assist in shaping the future of our advocacy and support of these initiatives through committee participation.
Further, in the area of workforce development, NATA was pleased to offer an opportunity for our members to sponsor a student to attend our June Aviation Business Conference. One student attended through the generosity of the Naples Airport authority and another through NATA. You can read about the experiences of these students on page 20 and also more about the conference on page 12.
You won’t want to miss NATA’s second major event of 2019—the Aviation Leadership Conference (ALC). Planned for November 5 and 6 in a new location at the MGM National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C., the ALC provides opportunities for executives to network and interact in meaningful discussions on enhancing operations and addressing many of the aviation business issues you will find in the pages of this edition of the Aviation Business Journal.
We look forward to visiting with you and hearing firsthand how NATA can continue to provide the proactive advocacy and industry-leading service that has been our hallmark for the past 80 years. There are many important issues in each aviation service business area. Please let me know if you think we are on the mark with what we are addressing, or if your needs are in a different direction.
Thank you for your membership with NATA!