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.
Last week, NATA held its first Certified QC Inspector Workshop at Wilson Air Center in Charlotte, NC. The two-day event focused exclusively on aviation fuel quality control and how to deliver clean, dry and on specification fuel to aircraft, through proper receipt, storage, and handling procedures.
The workshop was led by Steve Berry, NATA’s Trainer and Content Manager and Keith Clark, Phillips 66’s QC Technical Representative. Through classroom and hands-on sessions, attendees learned how to setup and organize fuel quality control records and documentation for the receipt of fuel and QC inspections. Attendees were also provided an industry update by Scott Drafall of Facet Filters on the status of the monitor filter issue.
NATA would like to thank Phillips 66, Facet Filters and Wilson Air Center staff for making this event possible. For more information on other upcoming NATA events, please visit www.nata.aero/events.
QC Technical Rep Keith Clark demonstrates the free water test using a Velcon Hydro-Kit.
Attendee Josh Matekovic of Clovis Airport in Texico, NM participates in the quarterly external water defense check of a filter/separator vessel.
Scott Drafall of Facet Filters provides attendees an industry update on the status of monitor filters.
Last week, NATA Safety 1st launched its new Safety 1st OnSITE program. Safety 1st OnSITE is a supplementary training resource that allows users to customize a one, two or three-day in-person safety and operational training experience at their location.
Built upon the NATA Safety 1st online training foundation, Safety 1st OnSITE goes beyond the industry standard and provides aviation businesses customized training that will improve safety, operations and team morale.
Safety 1st OnSITE provides users the ability to create their custom in-person training experience from any of the following course topics:
- Aviation Fuel Quality Control & Misfueling Prevention
- Safety 1st Training Program Review
- Safety 1st Towing Safety Program
- Ground Handling Human Factors
- General Ramp Safety
- Customer Service Excellence
- Hazard Communication
- Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure
- Fire Safety – Classroom & Hands-On
Safety 1st OnSITE is open to any company that currently participates in the NATA Safety 1st program.
For pricing or more information, contact NATA at Safety1st@nata.aero. To view the press release for the Safety 1st OnSITE launch, click here.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.