Founded in 1940, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is the leading organization representing aviation service businesses such as fixed base operators, charter providers, maintenance and repair organizations, flight training, airline service companies and aircraft management companies, including those supporting fractional shareholders. NATA's mission is to empower its members to be safe and successful aviation businesses.
NATA is the voice of aviation business. NATA currently represents 2,000 companies and strongly advocates on behalf of its diverse membership on all issues pertinent to general aviation. NATA represents its members' interests to regulators, the media, legislators, and other decision-makers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States, educating them about the vital role that aviation businesses play both in the overall economy and in their communities. Our State Advocacy Network of volunteers help keep us informed and we work hard to defeat unwarranted regulations and other policies that inhibit the growth of the general aviation industry.
We help shape policies and legislation that safeguard our members' ability to win in the marketplace. The majority of our members are small business owners - the backbone of our nation's economy. We help our members deal with issues ranging from airport and land use, security, taxation, aircraft noise and emissions, and other priorities that arise.
At NATA, we work closely with other aviation associations on key issues that affect the entire aviation industry. We are members of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. The Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 5,900 individuals, business groups, agricultural groups, fixed base operators, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups helping to raise awareness about the value of general aviation and local airports - particularly in rural communities.
In addition to giving the association’s constituents a voice in Washington, D.C., NATA membership offers a number of ancillary benefits including its annual Aviation Business & Legislative Conference, Congressional Reception and Air Charter Summit 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.
Facts About the Industry
General aviation's impact: The industry contributes more than $150 billion annually in economic activity and supports more than 1.2 million jobs.
General aviation's reach: 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. In 2008 alone, over 100 communities in the United States lost some or all scheduled airline service.
General aviation aircraft: According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, there are over 360,000 general aviation aircraft worldwide, ranging from two-seat training aircraft to intercontinental business jets flying today. Of that figure 223,000 are based in the United States.
General aviation operation diversity: 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.