Resources – Strength in Numbers
Links to Websites to Help Make the Case for GA

When developing an outreach plan to communicate with your local, state and federal officials, it is important to prepare background information on the importance of general aviation in your community and around the nation. In addition to NATA’s Major Policy Issues sheet, these links will provide you with statistical and informational resources that will help you make the case for general aviation:

NEW! Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013 - NATA, along with seven other major general aviation associations, recently unveiled an industry-wide report detailing the economic contributions of general aviation to the U.S. economy. The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, is invaluable to our efforts to demonstrate to policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels the impact of general aviation to communities.

NEW! The Wide Wings and Rotors of General Aviation - A supplemental narrative report, developed by the participating associations of the above study, that captures the stories behind general aviation's economic contributions to the nation. 

Alliance for Aviation Across America – The Alliance for Aviation Across America consists of businesses, individuals, FBO’s, small airports, aviation groups and elected officials whose goal is to raise awareness about the value of general aviation and local airports, particularly for rural communities. The Alliance provides state and local economic impact data, news, issues and relevant information on activity.

Air Charter Safety Foundation – The Air Charter Safety Foundation strives to enable on-demand charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. The Foundation will lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available to allow the charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public.

Congressional General Aviation Caucus - The Congressional General Aviation Caucus consists of 248 Representatives and 41 Senators who support general aviation and the industry's contributions to businesses and communities in their districts and states. Find out more about the caucus' efforts and if your elected officials are on one of the largest caucuses in Congress. 

Department of Homeland Security – The newest of the cabinet-level federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Aviation is particularly affected by Border and Transportation Security, one of the four directorates within the agency.

Department of Transportation  – The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the parent agency of the Federal Aviation Administration and is responsible for oversight of all modes of transportation. Links to other DOT agencies and numerous transportation statistics are available on the agency’s website.

Federal Aviation Administration – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is charged with ensuring the safety of air transportation in the United States. This agency regulates all aircraft operations and maintenance as well as administers federal airport development grants and operates the U.S. air traffic control system. With about 44,500 employees, the FAA is a large organization. For that reason, the local FAA office is a good starting point to obtain further information about the agency. FAA contact information including current and proposed regulations, publications, advisory circulars and other guidance material is available on the agency’s website.

MultiState Associates – MultiState Associates is the leading government relations services company providing lobbying expertise and political analysis to companies, coalitions, cities and counties as they navigate the state and local government relations arena. MultiState services include state lobbying, local lobbying and legislative tracking that enable businesses to achieve their government relations and government lobbying goals. 

National Association of State Aviation Officials – The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) represents the state government officials who serve the public interest in aviation and works with state and federal governments to maintain the safest and most efficient aviation system on the planet.

National Conference of State Legislatures – Since 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has been the champion of state legislatures, helping states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems. NCSL has fought against unwarranted actions in Congress and saved states more than $1 billion. The conference has conducted workshops to sharpen the skills of lawmakers and legislative staff in every state.

National Transportation Safety Board – Since its inception in 1967, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been tasked with investigating every civil aviation accident in the U.S. in addition, the Safety Board focuses on all other forms of transportation under certain conditions, normally where fatalities, major property damage, or the release of hazardous materials occur. Additionally, the NTSB is charged with determining an accident’s probably cause and issuing safety recommendations for preventing future similar accidents. The NTSB is not involved with regulatory matters or enforcement actions.

Transportation Security Administration – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in November 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Tasked with implementing and maintaining security measures to ensure the safe movement of people and cargo via air and surface transportation, the TSA commenced operations in January 2002. The TSA continues to be involved in any decisions to establish no-fly zones in the U.S., based on security concerns. Notifications of restricted airspace is communicated by the FAA via Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS).