Greetings from Washington! Having completed my first month as president and CEO of NATA, I want to reflect on some of the significant highlights and provide an update on where I can be found in the coming weeks.
I spent the second half of September getting to know our NATA staff individually to find out what they feel works well and to learn more about areas of opportunity for improvement. We also met collectively to discuss our board’s vision for the association in the coming years. We’ll work hard over the next few months to develop goals and strategies to support that vision. Our main priority, however, is to make sure that this vision is shared and supported by our staff and membership alike.
Early in my tenure, I pledged to continue building on important relationships with industry leaders and government officials to help us fully understand and effectively tackle key issues. In late September, I addressed NATA’s Presidents Council on its monthly conference call to discuss our vision for the association. I was also very pleased to meet with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman, Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole to discuss the importance of general aviation to our economy and pledged to work with all three to craft solutions to industry issues that work for everyone. I am also excited that both Mr. Huerta and Mr. Pistole graciously accepted NATA’s invitation to speak to industry leaders at our upcoming Aviation Business Roundtable on November 13-14 in Arlington, Virginia. And this past week, NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt paid a visit to our offices to meet the staff and discuss opportunities for NATA and NTSB to work together.
Finally, we have been working very closely with Beacon Aviation Insurance Services to ensure that our members are offered the best array of benefits in our new Workers’ Compensation Insurance program set to launch January 1, 2013. To find out more about the benefits of this exciting new program, visit http://www.beaconais.com/NATA/WC.html.
In October, my schedule includes a visit to the 20 Group in Fargo, the AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, and the NBAA Convention in Orlando, and on November 1 a speaking engagement at Auburn University. I look forward to these upcoming opportunities to meet NATA members, and I am excited to get the chance to speak to the faculty and students of Auburn about the importance of aviation now and in the future. I hope to get a chance to meet or talk to each of you soon!