Desert Jet Center Receives NATA’s Safety 1st Clean Standard


Palm Springs/Thermal, California, December 8, 2020Desert Jet Center, the desert’s newest and highest customer-rated Fixed Base Operator (FBO) located at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Thermal, California, is pleased to announce its status as Safety 1st Clean Certified. The clean location certification received earlier last month adds to the FBOs exemplary safety accreditations, which include IS-BAH Stage 2 registration and NATA Safety 1st certification.

The certification demonstrates the commitment of Desert Jet Center to both its customers and employees by conforming with Safety 1st Clean, an infectious disease response cleaning standard for Fixed Base Operators developed by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The cleaning standard, developed by the NATA Safety Committee and COVID Task Force, provides guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting, and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard FBO team members, corporate assets, and the general flying public.

“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world brought the entire aviation industry to a grinding halt in a way that many of us were unprepared for,” stated NATA Senior Vice President Ryan Waguespack. “As flight activities continue to increase, NATA felt it was critical to develop and provide Safety 1st Clean for free to the entire business aviation community to maintain safe and successful operations moving forward and to be better prepared for future outbreaks.”

“As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, our team will carry on and implement the best practices recommended by health care professionals,” commented Roman Mendez, Desert Jet Center General Manager. “NATA Safety 1st has done a great job providing guidelines to assist in our mission to adapt and offer the safest environment when traveling. The well-being of our team, customers, and community will continue to be of the utmost importance.”

NATA and its members are committed to helping mitigate the risk of the spread of contagious diseases, but also understand that no cleaning and disinfecting standard is failsafe. This standard represents industry best practices and government agency guidance.

About Desert Jet Center

Desert Jet Center is a world-class independent FBO serving the needs of the business and the general aviation community at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM). Desert Jet Center’s new 32,500-square-foot executive aviation facility features a state-of-the-art, cutting-edge terminal, modern amenities, and the only air-conditioned hangar in the entire Coachella Valley. Desert Jet Center is the only FBO in the Southwest Region to have earned both the prestigious IS-BAH safety registration (Stage 2) and NATA Safety 1st certification simultaneously and is the preferred FBO at KTRM by the Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP) and non-profit organization, Angel Flight West. Desert Jet Center offers hangar space that accommodates aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650 and Global 7000, jet maintenance provided by the onsite FAA Part 145 repair station, FAA-compliant aircraft detailing, and NATA-certified Customer Service Representatives on staff. 

For more information, visit the Desert Jet Center website at, or contact us at or at (800) 338-KTRM.

About NATA

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines, and the military, and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.