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Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

General and Business Aviation Groups Highlight Industry’s Capabilities and Experience in Emergency Response

Washington, DC, March 17, 2020 – In a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, a coalition of five leading business and general aviation associations highlighted our industry’s vital role in responding to, and assisting in, mitigating the challenges of COVID-19.

The letter states, “The general and business aviation industry is comprised of a diverse fleet, capable of rapidly responding to needs in every part of the country and transporting time sensitive supplies, medical and testing equipment, organ transplants, and key personnel and patients to over 5,000 general aviation airports.”

Further, it emphasizes the vast experience of our collective members in the country’s times of great need, “In times of crisis, the businesses our associations represent have assisted with disaster relief by providing evacuation flights, delivering supplies, and surveying damage. The missions our member companies undertake are vitally important and they have considerable experience operating during emergencies.” 

Each of the organizations offered their ongoing support and expertise in continuing to educate our members, the agencies, and the public during this fluid and challenging time.

The coalition includes, the National Air Transportation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, and National Business Aviation Association. 

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.