NATA: The Leading Voice of Aviation Business
Founded in 1940, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) represents the interests of the general aviation business community before the Congress and federal, state and local government agencies. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military. NATA members range in size from large companies with international presence to smaller, single-location operators that depend exclusively on general aviation for their livelihood. Smaller companies account for the majority of NATA’s membership and most NATA members have fewer than 40 employees and are designated as small businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
NATA Members – The lynchpin of the general aviation system
Often behind the scenes but requisite to a vibrant general aviation sector, NATA members provide fuel, on-demand air charter, aircraft rental, storage, and flight training. Other services include aircraft maintenance, parts sales, line support, airline baggage and cargo handling services as well as business aircraft or fractional ownership fleet management.
NATA Membership – Empowering safe and successful aviation businesses
Beyond its interaction with governmental entities, NATA membership offers a number of important safety and business benefits including its annual Aviation Business Conference and its highly regarded Safety 1st Professional Line Service Training (PLST) program. Considered the industry standard in line service training program, the PLST program has instructed over 16,000 line service specialists in safe aircraft handling procedures over the past 13 years. Through the association’s partnership with NATA Compliance Services the industry has access to special services, including the Known Crewmember Program (KCM), drug testing, background screening, and fingerprinting for employees of aviation-related businesses in accordance with all current FAA and TSA regulations.
General Aviation – A critical sector of the American economy
Contributing more than $150 billion annually in economic activity and supporting more than 1.2 million jobs, general aviation is a critical lifeline for thousands of communities. Across the country, there are over 5,000 airports of which only 500 have commercial airline service. General aviation and local airports serve as vital lifelines for communities across the country, aiding in business and job growth, and also supporting law enforcement, medical care, disaster relief, fire fighting and nearly every aspect of public safety.