NATA in San Jose

It’s seems like just yesterday we traveled to New Orleans for the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers convention! Now, again, we’re heading to the convention to visit our friends and colleagues in San Jose.

NATA will have a strong presence at the show this year. We’ll be handing out our valuable Safety 1st counter cards on Tuesday during the set-up hours. If you receive one, please display it proudly!

NATA staff will also be on hand in our booth (#1511), so stop by to say hello. We have many new programs you might be interested in from the new Safety 1st Digital Emergency Response Program to the new NATA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program™.

We hope everyone travels safely to San Jose and we look forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by Elizabeth Nicholson, Manager, Safety 1st Programs

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Everything You Could Ever Want to Know About Fuel Handling

I remember back to my early days in working at an FBO, I was still struggling to find a direction to my career in aviation. I found that direction in aviation fuel handling and I can remember searching high and low for informational sources so that I could learn more about the processes, procedures and equipment that our industry uses to make sure that fuel is delivered clean, dry and on-specification. I remember reading the old, blue covered, NATA Fuel Handling guide and the Gam-Grams from Gammon Technical Products.

A new resource on aviation fuel handling became available late last year from the Energy Institute; the second edition of EI 1550, the Handbook on equipment used for the maintenance and delivery of clean aviation fuel. I am reading it now and it is a valuable reference for anyone involved in the handling of aviation fuel. The handbook is available directly from the Energy Institute here.

While we are on the subject, there are a number of other great resources on fuel handling including the Gam-Grams I mentioned earlier and:

There are likely other fantastic resources out there. Please don’t hesitate to let me know other resources that you depend on!

Submitted by Michael France, NATA Director of Safety and Training

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2015 is the Year of the Trainer!

Happy New Year from Safety 1st! We hope you and your family had a great holiday season. With 2015 just a few days old we wanted to take a moment to remind you of an exciting new Safety 1st program beginning in just a few weeks, the Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program.

Trainers are vital components to the morale, efficiency and safety of any ground handling operation as they have an impact on how every team member views and performs their job. With that in mind, NATA Safety 1st has introduced the Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program for 2015. This program provides your trainers with the basic knowledge they need to take your training program to the next level.

The Certified Trainer Program is a live, instructor led, online learning experience consisting of (six) 1 to 1.5 hour online courses conducted over a three-month period. Each course will cover a vital area of knowledge and experience necessary to be an effective trainer.

Certified trainers will also receive access to ongoing coaching sessions that provide them access to industry experts as well as collaboration with other trainers across the country and around the world.

Since there is no travel involved, the cost of the Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program is very affordable at only $650 per student for NATA member companies.

For more information or to register, visit the NATA events page at or click here.