Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Contamination Risk | NATA Fuel QC Training and Resources Available

Our industry has seen several incidents in recent months where DEF was accidently injected into jet fuel instead of FSII, causing significant aircraft damage. Although none of these incidents led to an aircraft crash, there is a substantial risk of engine failure in aircraft fueled with DEF contaminated fuel. NATA urges its members that utilize Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII or Prist) to review their storage, handling and personnel training procedures to prevent dangerous fuel contamination.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that addresses the dangers of DEF contaminated aviation fuel.

In December of 2017, NATA released a DEF Contamination Prevention training course through its Safety 1st Supplemental Safety Training program. This course is provided free of charge to anyone in the industry and could help prevent future incidents related to DEF Contamination. Current Safety 1st users have the ability to assign the DEF Contamination Prevention course to their employees utilizing their Safety 1st training account. Companies that are not current Safety 1st users should contact us for complimentary access to the DEF Contamination Prevention course.

Current Safety 1st Users – click here for directions on assigning courses

Non Safety 1st Users – click here to contact us at safety1st@nata.aero

Additionally, NATA provides the following resources to assist and educate our members on aviation fuel management:

For questions regarding DEF contamination prevention or any of the resources described in this alert, please contact safety1st@nata.aero.

FAA Clarifies 139 Fire Safety Training Requirements

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued National Part 139 Cert Alert 18-06 to clarify the requirements for  hands-on portable fire extinguisher training provided in conjunction with approved 139.321 (e)(1) supervisory fire safety courses. In April, the FAA issued Cert Alert 18-03, appearing to indicate that hands-on fire extinguisher training required the extinguishing of an actual fire – a position that conflicted with long-time industry practice allowing simulated fires when actual fires were prohibited or impractical. Based upon feedback from NATA member companies, NATA staff met with FAA officials to discuss the impracticality of requiring actual live fire during all training.

Now, Cert Alert 18-06 specifically allows for the use of realistic training devices when live fire is prohibited or impractical. Additionally, Cert Alert 18-06 provides details on other requirements of hands-on fire extinguisher training.

Any questions regarding Cert Alert 18-06 or FAR 139.321 training should be directed to safety1st@nata.aero.

A New Award Recognizing Line Service Professionals

It has been 13 years since I started working as a line service technician and I can still remember the first time I heard my job referred to as a “ramp rat.” I was offended then and would still be offended today. The people I knew who worked on the ramp put in long hours often in less than ideal weather, and did so with an attitude of dedication and customer service. These individuals worked hard every day to provide the FBO’s customers the best possible experience whether they were based tenants, overnight guests or just a simple drop and go.

Because of these experiences, I am incredibly proud that NATA is adding to its list of Industry Excellence Awards a Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award. This award will be given to a line service professional who demonstrates outstanding efforts to increase safety, service or business processes. The individual who receives this award will be recognized at the association’s annual awards luncheon along with the winners of the Airport Executive Partnership, Excellence in Pilot Training, FAA Service Excellence and GA Service Technician awards.

Across our industry, line service professionals make a positive difference every day.  This award will help honor more than just a single individual, I hope it will honor the hard work and dedication of line service professionals across the country and around the world!

Michael France

Director, Safety & Training – Former Line Service Professional

Nominations for the Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award must be made by the NATA member company with which they are employed.

Click here to download a nomination packet

A Busy Time of Year!

As it is for many of you, fall is a busy time at NATA Safety 1st with Safety 1st Committee meetings, training events, the NBAA annual conference and finalizing preparation for the upcoming year. We know how busy everyone is and want to provide a few quick informational updates.

FAA Releases 2014-2015 Deice Holdover Tables

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about snowy weather! This week the FAA has released the deicing holdover tables for the 2014-2015 winter. The tables can be found at:


Don’t forget, this is a great time to have your team brush up on deicing safety and operations with the Safety 1st Deicing/Anti-icing training program. At only $155, or less per student, this training is a great late fall investment in safety! Click the link below for more information.

NATA Safety 1st Deicing/Ant-icing Training

FAA Launches Airport Safety Information Video Series

This video series is designed and produced for airport operators, but contains useful safety information for anyone that is operating at an airport.

Visit the FAA Airport Safety Information Video Series Webpage

Begin to think about next year!

Safety 1st is putting the final touches on our 2015 schedule of events which we plan to announce in mid-November. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Expanded Advanced Line Service Regional Workshop schedule – We are excited to be holding four regional ALS workshops next year, to help you and your team reduce travel costs while still obtaining top-notch in-person Safety 1st training.
  • Safety 1st Certified Trainer Program – NEW FOR 2015 – A good trainer is vital to any training program. The Safety 1st Certified Trainer program will provide trainers with in-depth knowledge and skills that will make them more effective and better leaders. This program will be a live on-line course consisting of 6, 1-hour courses that cover topics from customizing the PLST for your location to the fundamentals of on-the-job training. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new program.

Submitted by Michael France, NATA Director of Safety and Training

FAA Issues CertAlert – Increases in GSE & Vehicles Hitting and Damaging Aircraft

Yesterday the FAA Airports Office issues a National Part 139 CertAlert titled; Increase in the Numbers of Vehicles and/or Equipment Inadvertently Hitting and Damaging Airplanes in the Ramp/Gate Areas. FAA CertAlerts are a publication designed to “ provid[e] additional guidance on Part 139 Airport Certification and related issues to FAA inspectors and staff” but are also available to airports, industry stakeholders and the public in the interest of increasing safety.

In this CertAlert FAA notes that:

 “There have been several recent accidents in the non-movement area of airports involving vehicles such as food service trucks, airplane tugs, baggage tow vehicles and their carts, and other wheeled vehicle and equipment used to service aircraft. These accidents resulted in people being killed or injured, and/or damaged aircraft.”

Some of FAA’s recommendations include:

a. Conduct a comprehensive review of the Airport Driver’s Training Program and any assigned tenant driver’s training programs for vehicle operations in and around the ramp or gate areas. Continue to emphasize that only those vehicles and vehicle operators necessary to conduct airport/air carrier operations are authorized on the ramp areas.

b. Review, and consider implementing as appropriate, applicable items from the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s (ACRP’s) Synthesis 29, Ramp Safety Practices. You can access the report at http://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/166314.aspx.

c. Review any existing Letters of Agreement or Memorandums of Understanding involving vehicles and vehicle operators that the airport has with airport tenants, Fixed Base Operators, and airport contracted services. Ensure only essential vehicles have access to the ramp area and operators are appropriately trained.

d. If practical, reduce the number of non-essential or infrequent vehicle operators to lessen the exposure and risk for incidents on the ramp. For example, an airport may wish to review and limit a tenant’s operational area to further reduce potential accidents in the ramp environment.

e. Implement and/or increase the periodic vehicle spot checks by airport operations staff or associated airport law enforcement officers to raise awareness of safe vehicle operations on the ramp area.

The full CertAlert can be downloaded here

The FAA CertAlert webpage is located at:


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