The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has put out a call for nominations to acknowledge those who are demonstrating excellence in the general aviation community.
Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of five of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations.
These awards cover five categories:
- The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.
- The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the general aviation industry.
- The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training.
- The FAA Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes an FAA facility or facility staff member who represents the highest degree of customer service and elevates the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools.
- The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years.
The 2011 NATA industry excellence awards winners were:
- Airport Executive Partnership Award – Dave Edwards, president and CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
- Aviation Journalism Award – Ronald Donner, editor, Aircraft Maintenance Technology
- Excellence In Pilot Training Award – Superior Flight School in Kennesaw, Georgia
- FAA Customer Service Excellence Award – Richmond Flight Standards District Office
- ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award – John “Ray” Hartley, formerly with Standard Aero in Maryville, Tennessee
All nominations for these five awards must be received by NATA no later than March 1, 2013. The nomination form is available on NATA’s website. Members may also obtain a nomination form by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282.
NATA, the voice of aviation business, is the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.