The Force Is With Them

What does NATA Safety 1st staff do when surrounded by 500 students? Give them light sabers and teach them how to marshal aircraft! We were very fortunate to have been invited to the launch of the Flying Classroom, a digital global flight curriculum designed to help students excel in Math, Science, Reading and other core subject areas. School children from Washington D.C. and Baltimore journeyed to Signature Flight Support at DCA for the Flying Classroom and Aerospace Career Fair. Students visited 27 aviation-related tabletop displays and heard from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Congressman Sam Graves, Fabio Alexander from Executive Aircraft Services and finally Captain Barrington Irving, founder of Experience Aviation.

Kim and I had a great time at this event! The children were interested and eager to learn about marshalling signals, including come ahead, left turn, right turn and stop (especially the emergency stop).



By Elizabeth Nicholson, NATA Safety 1st Program Manager

To learn more about the Flying Classroom, please visit

First U.S. Fundamentals of IS-BAH Workshop Underway Today

The first U.S. fundamentals of IS-BAH workshop is underway today at Flight Safety in Atlanta, GA. The fundamentals of IS-BAH workshop gives FBOs and ground handlers an overview of the IS-BAH standard and practical advice for implementation of the standard into existing business practices.


The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS). The IS-BAH follows the long established structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. As one global industry code of best practices, IS-BAH will provide standardization to handlers and operators around the world to meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

For more information on IS-BAH please visit

Savannah Safety 1st Aviation Management Workshop A Great Success

This year’s Aviation Management Workshop, presented by Safety 1st and Aviation Management Consulting Group, took place in Savannah in conjunction with NATA’s Fall Committee Meetings. Attendees spent the past two days learning proven leadership principles and best practice approaches from Paul Meyers and Jeff Kohlman, both founding Principals of Aviation Management Consulting Group. Stay tuned for dates for next year’s events, including the 2015 Aviation Management Workshop.

amw2014savannah Thank you to the Aviation Management Workshop sponsors for making this event possible!

  • Air BP
  • FltPlan

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