The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is the leading organization representing aviation service businesses such as fixed base operators, charter providers, aircraft management companies including those supporting fractional shareholders, maintenance and repair organizations, flight training and airline service companies. Contributing more than $150 billion annually in economic activity and supporting more than 1.2 million jobs, general aviation is a critical lifeline for thousands of communities. Across the country, there are over 5,000 airports of which only 500 have commercial airline service. General aviation and local airports serve as vital lifelines for communities across the country, aiding in business and job growth, and also supporting law enforcement, medical care, disaster relief, fire fighting and nearly every aspect of public safety.