NATA Unveils Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System – Breakthrough Tool Enhancing Industry Safety and Efficiency

Demonstrations of this new system at upcoming Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Wednesday, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) unveiled the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System (Safety 1st FQMS), a cloud-based digital tool for general and business aviation fuel quality management inspections, record keeping and auditing. NATA will demonstrate this breakthrough tool during the upcoming Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach, CA, at NATA’s Booth 840 on February 7th (3:30pm – 4:00pm) and 8th (2:00pm – 2:30pm). You may also schedule an individual appointment to view this and other NATA products and services at

The Safety 1st FQMS replaces traditional pen and paper record keeping with an intelligent system that increases management visibility, employee accountability and operational safety. Key features include digital storage and access to all quality control (QC) records; an easy-to-use, mobile-optimized inspection platform; and Compliance Sentry technology that provides a 24-7 eye on your QC system. Location and date/time-stamping of inspections increases team accountability by enabling managers to verify where and when inspections were performed.

“As an association that works to continuously enhance safety best practices and provide value to its members, NATA is pleased to offer the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System — an important advancement in fuel quality management,” stated NATA President Martin H. Hiller. “The Safety 1st FQMS enables FBOs and other fuel providers to leverage technology to increase efficiency and visibility into their fuel quality management efforts and affords Part 135, Part 91 and Part 91k operators the ability to remotely audit fuel quality control.”

“The Safety 1st FQMS is offered at an affordable, monthly rate to NATA members, allowing even the smallest FBOs to benefit from this technology,” added NATA Managing Director of Safety and Training Michael France.

Visit NATA at the upcoming NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Booth 840, or go to for more information or to schedule an online demonstration today!

Click here to view the full press release.

The Winning Ticket

Just recently, the Safety 1st team set out on a mission: to complete a procedure manual. Wow! Who ever thought writing a procedure manual could be so difficult?? You never really appreciate the work you do on a day-to-day basis until you have to write it on paper! After about 6 months, we can honestly say – if the Safety 1st team won the lottery and didn’t show up to work the next day, someone could step in and do our job. Not that anyone wants to feel that they are that easily replaceable!

I started thinking about our members – could you say the same thing about your staff? If everyone at your facility won the lottery, could you hire a new staff and have them start working the same day? Can you pick up your procedure manual and explain to new hires how to do the job they were hired to do?

I was trying not to plug one of our products/services during this blog, but I just can’t help it. The Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard. The standard was established by industry experts to create a consistent operational safety standard for FBOs, airports, and other facilities while increasing the overall safety level of these operations. One of the main aspects of the standard is not just proving that you do a great job, but documenting how you do that great job. The standard won’t necessarily help you write your manual and SOPs, but it will help you organize your thoughts and give you a starting point – it also gives you a goal to get them done!

This might seem very overwhelming and it can be, but going into the process knowing that you won’t get it done in a week is key. I’m sure you have quite a bit of “common knowledge” available from your employees that have worked there for years – these are the people you need to tap before they win that dreaded lottery. As I mentioned at first – this process will take time and it will take a lot of effort but once it’s done you WILL be immensely proud! Trust me, I know.

Happy writing!

By Elizabeth Nicholson, NATA Safety 1st Program Manager

For information about the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program, please click here.