2nd Annual NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium Call for Speakers

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The NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) is the only industry event focused on the needs of FBOs and other general aviation ground handlers from an operational safety perspective. Entering its second year, the NATA GHSS has distinguished itself as the key annual gathering for GA ground handlers to investigate, explore and discuss the latest issues and trends in ground handling safety.

NATA is seeking industry professionals willing to participate in the GHSS through sharing their experiences and expertise. The following needs have been identified:

  1. FBO or GA ground handling personnel willing to provide a 15-20 min presentation on an actual ground handling incident, or near miss, including a review of the root cause analysis. The purpose of these sessions is to engage GHSS attendees in reviewing trends and issues occurring within our industry.
    • These sessions will be closed to the press and attendees will be required to agree to confidentiality
  2. Ground Handling Fatigue Management & Fitness for Duty
  3. Just Culture & Accountability
  4. Generational Leadership
  5. Addressing Turnover and Talent Acquisition

Individuals interested in presenting at the 2018 NATA GHSS should contact Michael France, Managing Director, Safety & Training at mfrance@nata.aero by Friday, July 13. Symposium speakers receive:

  • Complimentary event sponsorship,
  • Complimentary 1-day registration
  • And a discount on registration to attend the full event.

For more information on the 2018 NATA GHSS, please visit www.nata.aero/ghss.

2018 NATA Aviation Business Conference

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The NATA Safety 1st Team is here to tell you about a can’t miss opportunity to enhance your knowledge and network, the upcoming 2018 NATA Aviation Business Conference (ABC). The ABC is the only conference in our industry dedicated to meeting the needs of professionals working in a variety of aviation businesses, including FBOs, Part 135 operators, airports and MROs. On June 12-14, you will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with government officials and industry experts on the issues that affect your business and career. Here are just a few of the topics of interest to aviation safety professionals:

• Combating Workforce Challenges: Attract and Retain Future General Aviation Professionals
• The ROI of SMS
• The FBO Leadership Gap
• Reducing Hangar Rash
• Ethical Standards and Consequences within Aviation Businesses
• Airport Lease Agreements – The DOs and DONTs I Wish I Knew
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You also have the opportunity to participate in meetings with your Members of Congress to discuss important industry issues, the value your business brings to the community and the contributions it makes to the national economy.

Registration is $945 and includes a Welcome Reception, two Breakfast meals, Networking Reception, and Awards Presentation Luncheon.

This year, NATA is excited to offer a reduced registration fee (50% off) for young professionals under the age of 40, please contact kuko@nata.aero for more details.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and register today at www.nata.aero/abc.

Gammon Technical Offering New Decals for DP Gauges Free of Charge

Gammon Technical Products recently announced they are offering free status indicator decals for their differential pressure gauges (0-30 psi scale range). The decals feature a color-coded system that make the gauge easier to read: green is good, yellow indicates concern, and red means STOP!

For ease of use, the decals can be affixed to the side of the scale not being referenced (psi or bar), so that the red color starts at the critical change-out number. In most cases, the change-out number will be 15psi, 1 bar or equal.

The decals are being offered free of charge through June 30th, 2018, and will cost $3.25 each as of July 1st. To order (Part # GTP 9721) contact Gammon Technical Products at (732) 223-4600 or info@gammontech.com.

For questions on differential pressure and selecting your change-out number, contact sberry@nata.aero.

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Filter Vessel Maintenance Doesn’t Stop at Replacing the Elements 

In our previous SafetyNet blog post, “The GamGram”  we told you about The GamGram and what a great resource it is for anyone involved with aviation fuel handling. In the latest GamGram #69, Gammon Technical Products addresses some of the filter vessel maintenance concerns that often get over-looked. Many facilities may think that filter vessel maintenance is pretty much limited to changing filters and monitoring differential pressure. While these tasks are very important and great starting points, there are many other components of filter vessels that can lead to bigger problems down the road, if neglected. Check out GamGram #69 Filter Vessel Concerns to learn more.

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Most folks in the aviation fueling business are familiar with Gammon Technical Products (GTP) whether they realize it or not. GTP is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of aviation fuel quality control and handling products. In fact, if you’ve ever observed a filter differential pressure reading there is a good chance the gauge you read it on was a Gammon Gauge.  Something you may not be aware of though is the excellent educational resource known as the GamGram. Every year GTP issues two or three GamGrams in an effort to share their wealth of knowledge with the industry.

There are currently 69 GamGrams in the GTP library, all of which are free of charge and offer expert advice in everything from filter sumps to misfuelling prevention, and jet fuel “bugs” to filter vessel concerns. One of the best thing about the GamGrams is that while they are written by experts, with expert technical advice, they are written in a way that is relatable and you don’t need an advanced degree to comprehend. If you receive, store, handle, or pump aviation fuel we highly recommend you check out the GamGram library at:  http://www.gammontech.com/gamgrams.htm.  You will either learn something you didn’t know before, or at the very least get a refresher on a topic you may have forgotten about. Check it out!

Tips: Securing a Spot on The FBO Status Map

Companies that are qualified to be listed on the FBO Status Map must have all of their line service personnel enrolled or certified in a PLST or Supervisor program. Also, their training status must not be listed as “lapsed” or “expired”.

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To ensure your spot on the map, here are some general tips and guidelines to follow:

  • Keep your “all students” list clean.
    • If there is someone that no longer works for you, mark them inactive. We won’t know a student no longer works for you if they are on your active all students list.
    • If there are employees who do not and will not use training, they should not be on your active all students list.
  • Utilize groups to organize your “all students” list.
    • To be listed on the FBO Status Map, only your line service personnel must be enrolled or certified in a PLST or Supervisor program. To make sure we can see who is classified as line service and who isn’t, keep your students organized in groups. The groups function is found under the Student Management tab and then the “Organize Students” icon.mceclip0
      • Ex. Have groups of your students titled:
        • Line Service Personnel
        • Customer Service Reps
        • Management
  • Keep your students as up-to-date as possible with their training!

When it comes time for an FBO Status Map update and you get a notification email that you have questions or concerns about, feel free to contact us at safety1st@nata.aero! We would be happy to discuss how to make sure you are included on the Map.

NATA Hosts Second Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2018 | Next Workshop March 20-21 in Denver

NATA’s Safety 1st Advanced Line Service Workshops are in full swing for 2018! Our latest workshop was held at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. The two-day event included sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training, misfueling prevention, SPCC training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling.

Guest speakers Rick Spencer of Peco-Facet and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 also led discussions on aviation fuel filtration and quality control. Attendees received hands-on fire extinguisher training during a live fire demonstration conducted by Hedrick Fire Services.

NATA would like to thank Greg McQueary, Valerie Boes and all the staff at Ross Aviation Long Beach for making this event possible.

NATA is hosting 5 more ALS workshops throughout the country in 2018. Click here for dates and registration information.