Last week, NATA kicked off its 2018 Advanced Line Service (ALS) Workshop training series at Gateway Aviation Services in Mesa, AZ. The two-day event included sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service best practices, misfueling prevention and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Guest speakers Rick Spencer of Facet Filters and Reed Fuller of World Fuel Services also instructed attendees on aviation fuel filtration and quality control. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Fire Department provided hands on fire-extinguisher training during the workshop.
NATA would like to thank Matt Nebgen, Shannon Jones and all the staff at Gateway Aviation Services for hosting the association’s first 2018 ALS workshop.
Register now for NATA’s next ALS workshop on February 21-22 at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. Click here for upcoming dates and registration information.
ALS attendees strategize on risk mitigations for Human Factors that affect aviation ground handling.
Reed Fuller with World Fuel Services leads a session on aviation fuel quality control.
One of our ALS attendees extinguishes a live fire with the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Fire department.
NATA’s New Safety 1st Subscription Program
Expand your training program, not your budget
NATA is pleased to announce the industry-wide launch of its Safety 1st Subscription Program — offering unlimited use of all NATA Safety 1st training at a fixed annual cost and eliminating the additional training expenses incurred by employee turnover. This new program includes a budget-friendly option for monthly billing of the annual fee.
Until now, Safety 1st training has been offered solely on a license-based system, requiring seats to be purchased per student, per course. With 30 online training courses to choose from, the administrative burden of purchasing, assigning and keeping track of licenses can quickly become overwhelming.
The new Subscription Program allows users to access all Safety 1st training at any time, an opportunity to broaden the skills of your staff as you see fit. Courses including health and safety, deicing and hazardous materials are now included in your subscription price. Training your supervisors or line service technicians in 2, 4, 6 or more different disciplines no longer changes your annual training costs and allows your employee to receive even more benefit from their Safety 1st training.
NATA’s Safety 1st Subscription Program also eliminates one of the biggest stressors of the license-based system — paying to train new employees resulting from turnover. Now, the departing employee is simply marked inactive in the system, opening that training slot to your new hire — reducing your additional training expense to zero.
Fixed annual training costs, unlimited use of all Safety 1st training, an option for monthly billing of the annual fee and the elimination of employee training turnover expenses — this new approach is quickly becoming the preferred method of training!
For more information on NATA’s Safety 1st Subscription Program, contact us at email@example.com or listen to our podcast!
In recent NATA Safety 1st blog articles, the association posted International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Energy Institute (EI) communications on the future of aviation fuel filter monitors. On January 22nd at 2:00pm, NATA will address this issue during a live webinar: Filter Monitors: Recent Changes and What You Need to Know. NATA staff will be joined by expert panelists from Airlines for America (publishers of the ATA Spec 103) and Facet Filters who will provide a brief background on filter monitors, explore the recent changes and discuss how those changes will affect current industry standards and practices. The webinar will also offer insights on the future of filter monitors and address audience questions. This live webinar is open to all NATA members free of charge. If you are not an NATA member and would like to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In light of the recent industry changes concerning filter monitors, Gammon Technical has issued the following instructions, which detail how to set the maximum differential pressure (DP) on their GTP-8980 DP limiting device. As per ATA 103 v2017.2, DP limiting devices are required on all filter monitor vessels and set points must be adjusted to reflect the 15psi limit by no later than January 31, 2018. If your facility uses a different DP limiting device, you should contact your manufacturer for specific instructions.
For more information on this issue, please see our other blog posts concerning the recent industry changes for filter monitors.
This month, Airlines for America (A4A) published bulletin 2017.2: Modified ATA 103 Requirements for Filter Monitors, and released a revised ATA 103 (v2017.2) which includes updates from the bulletin and will replace the previous 2017.1 revision. The bulletin and revised ATA 103 come after the IATA SAP Special Interests Group’s position statement regarding filter monitors. Key highlights of the bulletin and revised ATA 103 include a reduction in the maximum differential pressure (DP) for filter monitor elements to 15psid and the addition of section 3.17 to the ATA 103 which details an Aircraft Fueling Nozzle Strainer Cleaning Procedure for Fueling Equipment with Filter Monitors.
Key highlights of the bulletin include a reduction in the maximum differential pressure (DP) for filter monitor elements to 15psid and the addition of section 3.17 to the ATA 103, which details an Aircraft Fueling Nozzle Strainer Cleaning Procedure for Fueling Equipment with Filter Monitors.
Last month, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) issued a position statement from their special interest group on Super Absorbent Polymer or, SAP (the media used in EI 1583 filter monitor cartridges), which recommended that filter monitors be phased out of all aviation fuel handling systems. The announcement came after eight separate, documented incidents in which SAP was found downstream in engine/airframe fuel system components.
Following the initial position statement from IATA, several leading industry groups have issued their own statements. As such, Parker’s Velcon Aviation Filtration Division issued Service Bulletin 1217-1, which seeks to clarify the various current positions. The bulletin includes the collective “best practices” of IATA, A4A, JIG, and EI along with Parker’s “go-forward” actions for their EI 1583 qualified monitor elements.
The recommendations include:
- Fuel filter monitors to meet new 7th edition criteria from the Energy Institute (Implementation period TBD)
- Maximum allowable monitor vessel differential pressure-15 psid (1 bar) *This is an important reduction from the 22 psid outlined in the latest revision of ATA Spec 103.
- Differential pressure switches for use on fuel filter monitor housings
- Change all nozzle hose end strainers to 100 mesh
- Regular cleaning of the hose end strainer (final procedure and timing TBD)
This is an ongoing issue and NATA will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments as they become available.
By Alexandra Connole, Membership Services Coordinator
As the industry-leading ground handling safety training program, NATA Safety 1st is used by over 1,500 companies globally. With all of these users, we understand that questions about utilizing our training system occasionally arise. But not to worry, as Membership Services Coordinator I have the answers. If I have not spoken to you already, my name is Alexandra Connole and when contacting Safety 1st by email or over the phone, I am your point of contact. It is my goal to make sure you, as Safety 1st users, can easily and efficiently use our training.
As a resource for all Safety 1st users, myself and Managing Director of Marketing & Communications Shannon Chambers cover some of the most frequently asked questions about the administration of the Safety 1st program in NATA’s latest podcast episode.
Some of the topics included in our podcast are:
- Resetting passwords
- Accessing training
- Printing certificates
- Employee turnover
To access our podcast, listen here or read the transcript.
Looking for more answers? We have another great source of information on our support website. Here you can navigate through step-by-step articles for more technical questions, including articles for either administrators or students on purchasing and transferring your training.
If you are looking to reach somebody in person, you can always email email@example.com or give us a call at (202) 774-1532 and I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.