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NATA is the National Air Transportation Association 

Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.



Upcoming Events


Line Service Supervisor Training – February 17


NATA Safety 1st Management System (SMS) Workshop – March 2, 2009


ACSF Safety Symposium - March 3-4, 2009


NATA Education Week at Aviation Industry Expo - March 9-11, 2009


Professional Line Service Training 

PLST Online provides the most up-to-date training available for line service specialists – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Line service supervisors can conduct the new PLST Online training anytime and from anywhere there is access to the Web.   

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139 Fire Safety Training Online


This training not only meets and exceeds the requirements of 14 CFR 139.321 but also allows you to interact with other students in a group learning environment, receive the very latest NFPA news, watch live training presentations and much more.

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Pre-Employment Screening Exam


NATA is offering the first pre-employment screening exam specifically for line service technicians and FBO customer service specialists.

With predecessor exams already in use at more than 900 companies worldwide, NATA has adapted the most cost effective and revealing pre-employment testing and post employment testing available for FBO use.

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March NATA ASC Meeting To Highlight Cargo Security, Labor Experts
The March 9-10, 2009 NATA Airline Services Council meeting in Las Vegas, NV, will include Transportation Security Administration officials who will address the impact of the Certified Cargo Screening Program on NATA ASC members as well as an expert to discuss labor issues affecting the airline services industry.

Other issues to be discussed during the March meeting include:

  • Airline Bankruptcy Update
  • War Risk and Terrorism Insurance Update
  • Legislative & Regulatory Update
  • Security Issues Affecting NATA ASC Member Companies

To view the complete agenda for the March meeting, please click here.

Members wishing to confirm their participation at the March meeting may do so by clicking here.

For more information on this meeting, please contact Eric Byer.

NATA Congratulates LaHood On Senate Confirmation As DOT Secretary
Retired GOP Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Ray LaHood (R-IL) was confirmed earlier this month by the U.S. Senate as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

LaHood, a moderate Republican, appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and discussed President Obama’s vision for our nation’s transportation system. LaHood highlighted ways in which the department will distinguish itself from its predecessor. He also said he would select a Federal Aviation Administration administrator who will resolve a stalemate between the agency and the air traffic controllers union over labor costs.

“President Obama has made an excellent choice in selecting Representative LaHood as the next secretary of transportation,” NATA President James K. Coyne stated.

NATA Congratulates DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
NATA President James K. Coyne congratulated incoming Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on her confirmation earlier this month by the U.S. Senate. Napolitano is the first woman to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Elected in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006 as governor of Arizona, Napolitano was nominated by President Obama on December 1, 2008, to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after serving on the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Napolitano has an impressive resume, serving as U.S. Attorney, state attorney general and governor in immediate succession.

Commenting on Secretary Napolitano’s confirmation, Coyne stated, “I congratulate Secretary Napolitano on being confirmed by the Senate and look forward to working with her on critical issues facing general and commercial aviation, including the Large Aircraft Security Program, the Certified Cargo Screening Program and other aviation security matters.”

“NATA’s members play a critical role in this nation’s air transportation system,” Coyne concluded. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the new Secretary and her staff in developing security protocol that are appropriate and risk-based while ensuring that the economic impact on the aviation businesses implementing these changes is balanced.”

One of Secretary Napolitano’s first acts was to issue five action directives that essentially require a department-wide review of all its activities. Below is an excerpt of what is required of the Transportation Security Administration:

  • Transportation security. TSA is directed to provide a review to the Secretary of the current strategies, plans and programs for security of the air, surface, and maritime transportation sector, to include a side by side comparison of the threat environment, resources and personnel devoted to each transportation sector. TSA shall coordinate, as necessary, with all pertinent components and offices in DHS, as well as with all relevant outside bodies and advisory councils. An oral report is due Jan. 28.

To view all five action directives issued by Secretary Napolitano, please click here.

Track Important Airline Data Via The Bureau Of Transportation Statistics
One of the little known secrets in the aviation industry is the data compiled tracking airline activity. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics tracks information on air fares, load factors, delays, employment rates and much, much more.

To learn the very latest statistics on the airline industry via the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, please click here.

2009 ASC Meeting Schedule Available For Review
NATA staff recently finalized the 2009 event calendar for the NATA Airline Services Council.

Members may view the revised event memorandum for this meeting by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Eric Byer.

2009 NATA Airline Services Council Brochure Now  Available!!!
The 2008 NATA ASC marketing brochure is available for members to download.

Click here to download the brochure today!!!

If you have questions about the brochure, please contact Eric Byer.

New NATA ASC Logo Available For Member Use
Per the request of members at the last NATA ASC meeting in October, NATA has created a new NATA ASC logo that members can use on company stationery, publications and their Web site. The association recently provided members with two types of logos that members can utilize as appropriate. Members wishing to secure the new NATA ASC logo may do so by contacting Eric Byer.

NATA’s Education Week At Aviation Industry Expo, Las Vegas, March 9-11
NATA is partnering with the Aviation Industry Expo (AIE) to bring you an information-packed week of workshops, training seminars, product and service displays, networking opportunities and motivational events designed specifically to improve the performance and profitability of your aviation business and decrease expenses.

The association will host a variety of seminars and workshops to provide each attendee multiple learning opportunities during NATA’s Education Week. These educational offerings will be led by nationally known industry experts, who will share the latest intelligence tactics and strategies to boost employee performance, ensure safety, increase customer service satisfaction and, ultimately, improve your company’s bottom line.

The Aviation Industry Expo, the only trade show focused on ground support, FBO/aviation services and aircraft maintenance, will bring together over 400 exhibitors to display the most relevant products and services for your business needs. Take time between seminars to access the latest technology products and services, experience hands-on equipment demonstrations and attend networking opportunities on the AIE show floor.

Stephen Hopson will deliver an inspirational keynote address on overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of success. Hear how he persevered to become the first instrument-rated deaf pilot and went on to encourage others to realize their dreams and achieve success despite overwhelming odds.

Click here to view a clip of Stephen Hopson.

NATA’s Education Week Opportunities:

Visit the events calendar at for schedule and registration information






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