American Aero FTW, an FBO based at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas became the first FBO in the world to earn a new Stage III safety and ground handling certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration is a global, voluntary code of best practices for business aviation ground handlers. IS-BAH is a joint program between IBAC and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). It incorporates the NATA Safety 1st ground audit program and a safety management system (SMS) in all aspects of FBO operations and is aligned with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). In 2015, American Aero FTW was the first FBO in the Western Hemisphere to the earn IS-BAH Stage I registration. In 2017, the FBO was one of the first in the world to earn Stage II.
“When I created American Aero FTW, I set forth to redefine the FBO experience for passengers and crews and deliver an exceptional customer experience at every touchpoint,” said American Aero FTW founder Robert M. Bass. “This milestone reflects that vision and demonstrates our commitment to deliver unparalleled safety and service.” Read more.
Continuing its leadership role in driving general aviation ground handling safety initiatives, NATA concluded the second annual Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) on September 12, 2018. The NATA GHSS is the first industry event dedicated solely to general aviation ground handling safety and includes expert speakers, open forum discussions and industry incident case-studies to provide attendees an interactive experience.
Attendees explored the dynamics between just culture and individual accountability, the challenges of managing safety in a multi-generational workforce and the role of risk management in dealing with fatigue on the ramp. During the open forum sessions, moderated by members of the NATA Safety Committee, attendees discussed the common challenges affecting safety management system implementation, fuel contamination prevention, on-ramp usage of personal electronics and more.
In addition to the great sessions, discussions and case studies, NATA GHSS attendees were able to network with other safety professionals from across our industry at the networking event held at Top Golf in Ashburn, VA.
The 2018 NATA GHSS was made possible with the support of ServiceElements International, Facet Filters, Baldwin Aviation Safety, FBOPartners, Chubb Insurance and CrewID.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 11-12 in Ashburn, VA (IAD), attendees of NATA’s Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) will participate in open forum discussions focused on the operational safety needs of FBOs and other GA ground handlers. In NATA’s latest podcast, hear more about how we’re expanding opportunities to collaborate and share what’s happening in the world of ground handling safety. For more information or to register, please visit www.nata.aero/ghss.
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:
- 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
- Ground Handling Fatigue Management & Fitness for Duty
- Just Culture & Accountability
- Generational Leadership
- Addressing Turnover and Talent Acquisition
Individuals interested in presenting at the 2018 NATA GHSS should contact Michael France, Managing Director, Safety & Training at email@example.com 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.
NATA Safety 1st is currently redeveloping its online training content to incorporate improvements and new features suggested by our members and users. As part of this process, we are seeking new photographs of ground handling activities, such as aircraft fuel and oil servicing, quality control checks, and towing operations. If your company is interested in sharing photos of ground handling operations at your facilities, and possibly having these images featured in the redeveloped NATA Safety 1st training program, please contact our Trainer/Content Manager Steve Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAN Aviation, of Lagos, Nigeria is the first African company to receive the Safety 1st qualified designation.
To read more about EAN Aviation’s latest achievement, click here.
The FBO/Ground Handler Status Map launched in April to highlight FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and/or (IS-BAH) registered. View the map at www.fbostatus.com.