Industry Excellence Awards
Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and organizations that have helped to improve the general aviation community.
William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award
The William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award is named in honor and memory of the association’s Co-Founder and first President and is given for extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or organization still active in general aviation on a regular, day-to-day basis and recognizes outstanding service and ongoing contributions to the industry.
Airport Executive Partnership Award
The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.
Aviation Journalism Award
The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the FBO/Air Charter industry.
Excellence In Pilot Training Award
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.
FAA Customer Service Excellence Award
The FAA Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes a local Federal Aviation Administration (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.
ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award
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.
NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program
The NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program
recognizes aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed (directly or indirectly) by a maintenance organization that participate in qualified training events. An AMT must complete at least 12 hours of training each year to be counted towards the organization’s award percentage.