The National Air Transportation Foundation

In order to achieve its mission, NATA established a second organization called the National Air Transportation Foundation. NATF’s mission is to enhance the safety and quality of service provided the flying public by assisting aviation businesses in the education and training of their employees. To accomplish its mission, the foundation will:

  • Foster relationships with colleges, universities and technical schools so that the education and training needs of aviation business are included in courses of study.
  • Develop specific education and training materials and programs, not otherwise available or affordable, to help aviation businesses better serve their customers and thereby succeed.
  • Support the Safety 1st program to promote safe handling of general aviation aircraft.
  • Maintain and provide up-to-date education and training information.
  • Develop apprenticeship and internship programs to provide general aviation businesses with a steady flow of qualified personnel, while providing affordable career opportunities.
  • Award academic and flight training scholarships, thereby assisting outstanding candidates to pursue careers in aviation service businesses. Click here to visit NATF Scholarships and Grants page.
  • Provide information to high school counselors, vocational education centers, technical schools and community colleges on career opportunities in aviation service to ensure the future availability of qualified personnel.
  • Promote the benefits of aviation in the community by partnering with other organizations having similar goals.
NATF Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. James Sweeney
Fargo Jet Center
3801 20th Street North
Fargo, ND  58102
Vice-Chair of the Board
Mr. Michael Scheeringa 
President & CEO, Flight Support
BBA Aviation
201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1100-S
Orlando, FL  32801
Thomas L. Hendricks
National Air Transportation Association
4226 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Ms. Marian Epps
Chief Financial Officer
Epps Aviation
1 Aviation Way
Atlanta, GA  30341
Mr. Todd Duncan
Duncan Aviation
Lincoln Municipal Airport
P.O. Box 81887 
Lincoln, NE 68501
Mr. Andy Priester
President & CEO
Priester Aviation, LLC
1061 South Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL  60090
Mr. Gary Dempsey
President, Flight Services - The Americas
Jet Aviation Holdings USA, Inc.
Teterboro Airport
112 Charles A. Lindbergh Drive
Teterboro, NJ  07608