WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) celebrated its 75th year as the voice of aviation business Dec. 28.
As a response to military efforts in 1940 to ground all private flying in America for the duration of World War II, activists moved to prevent the cessation of general aviation activity — in the process forming the association known today as NATA.
“NATA will forever be indebted to William A. Ong, Leslie H. Bowman and many others whose vision and dedication remain the hallmarks of our association. However, these great leaders truly owe their success — and the continuing success of NATA — to the scores of current and former volunteer leaders who over these past 75 years generously donated their time and resources to actively help guide our efforts. These volunteers include NATA board members, committee members and the many others we call upon to provide their expertise and insights on a host of issues,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks.
Today, the association has grown to nearly 2,300 members throughout the United States. NATA continues to represent the interests of the general aviation business community before the Congress as well as federal, state and local government agencies.
NATA also provides products and services to the industry, including Workers’ Compensation Insurance and the Safety 1st training program.