General Aviation Advancing America

NATA’s General Aviation Advancing America (GAAA) gatherings kicked off in 2020 with the goal of bringing airport, aviation business, civic, and business leaders together. These events created an interactive forum for comments and ideas on how aviation and local stakeholders can all work together to demonstrate and communicate the significant, meaningful contributions of our industry. These meetings helped foster important connections and revealed a number of truths about our industry to community and regional stakeholders, particularly as the impact of COVID-19 is continuing to be felt. General aviation airports and their tenant businesses are economic engines for their communities; aviation businesses are always ready and available to assist in transporting people, goods, and supplies; a number of these locations are self-sufficient and some even provide renewable resources in their own operation and help to power their communities; these businesses help develop public-private partnerships that create important links between our industry and the public; and they all provide jobs and opportunities for workforce development across the nation.

Past Event Locations:

  • Alabama
    - Bessemer, AL
  •  California
    - Bakersfield, CA
    - Oceano, CA
  • Colorado*
    - Loveland, CO
    - Longmont, CO
    - Salida, CO
    - Meadow Lake, CO
  • Florida
    - Tallahassee, FL
    - Marathon, FL

    - Ocala, FL
    - Jacksonville, FL

  • Illinois
    - Wheeling, IL
  • Michigan
    - Waterford Township, MI
    - Kalamazoo, MI
  • Minnesota
    - Minneapolis, MN
    - Brainerd, MN
    - St. Cloud, MN
  • Montana

     - Bozeman, MT
   Cut Bank, MT

  • Nevada
    - Elko, NV
    - Salt Lake City, NV
  • New Mexico
    - Farmington, NM
    - Moriarty, NM
  • North Dakota
    - Fargo, ND
    - Minot, ND
    - Grand Forks, ND
    - Williston, ND
  • Oregon
    - Hillsboro, OR
  • South Carolina
    - Greenville, SC
  • Tennessee
    Alcoa, TN
  • Wyoming

    - Buffalo, WY 
    - Cut Bank, WY

GAAA Press:

NATA Highlights How General Aviation Advances America at Regional Airports Across the Country – Business Air

Fargo's Aviation Community Leaders Join the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) for the General Aviation Advancing America Initiative 

Industry leaders discuss critical role of airport and aviation businesses – Williston Herald

GAerospace programs race to fill workforce gap – SA Business Report 

General Aviation Community Collaboration Discussed in Eden Prairie – Sun Sailor

The Importance of Regional Airports – Fox Carolina

National Air Transportation Association to Discuss Economic Development with Local Leaders – ABC Bakersfield

Stakeholders discuss moving the aviation industry forward – Fox Fargo

Airport officials meet at TLH to discuss importance of airports as travel re-starts following pandemic – WCTV Tallahassee

Industry leaders discuss aviation – The Mountain Mail Salida

Experts Visiting NOCO Regional Say General Aviation Staying Aloft Despite VirusReporter-Herald Loveland

Association's latest GA initiative hits the roadBusiness Air News

GA Advancing America Lands in ColoradoFlying Magazine

NATA’s General Aviation Advancing America Initiative Highlights Regional Airports in Elko and BakersfieldAviationPros

NATA GA Airports Initiative Reaches Colorado – AIN

Impact Of General Aviation Being Held In Minot North DakotaMontana News

RAI Jets Hosts NATA General Aviation Advancing America Meeting at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International AirportNew Haven Register

National aviation leaders discuss business opportunities at Brainerd airport with expansions plannedPine and Lakes Echo Journal

Industry leaders to discuss economic role of airports, aviationBrainerd Dispatch

National experts visit Fargo to discuss rural aviation – ABC Fargo

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Contact NATA SVP Ryan Waguespack at if you would like to host an upcoming General Aviation Advancing America gathering at your airport.
View upcoming GAAA locations here.


Registration space is intended for local businesses only, numerous events will be held throughout the country.

As safety is foremost in NATA’s mission, the event will adhere to all health safety operation protocols outlined in the Safety 1st  Clean standard.

*Combined, these four airport locations above and their tenants create 1,879 jobs and bring in over $143M in annual revenue for their local communities.