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NATA – National Air Transport Association
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.
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.