NATA Spring Training Week Breaks Records

Alexandria, VA, March 2, 2011 - The 2011 NATA Spring Training Week at the Cygnus Aviation Expo in Las Vegas started strong on February 21 with increased attendance and finished full steam with positive participant response. The 2011 Spring Training Week lineup included National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Line Service Supervisor Training, Environmental Compliance and Safety 1st Trainer seminars. From top-notch training and quality speakers to friendly competition and a fun locale, the 2011 NATA Spring Training Week had something for everyone.

NATA Director of Safety and Training Amy Koranda said, "We applaud our members for sending a record number of line service personnel to attend the NATA Spring Training Week Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST), Safety 1st Trainer and Environmental Compliance seminars. There were ample opportunities for supervisors and managers to learn something new and receive a great reminder of how vital their job is and that it must be done judiciously."

Each seminar featured talented speakers who came to share their unique expertise and industry experience. Todd Dewett, Ph.D. of Wright State University, offered several great stories and advice on leadership to inspire line service supervisor/manager thinking and people skills. Mario Martinez, Ph.D. of Service Elements, gave good input on coaching and management styles to help participants understand how their style affects others at their operation. Walter Chartrand of AirBP Aviation Services, supplied sage advice on customer service tips as well as cultivating a great, safety-minded team. Reed Fuller of Ascent Aviation Group, and Mike France, NATA director of regulatory affairs, provided technical reviews on fueling, quality control, refueler maintenance and fire safety.

On the morning of February 24, Koranda, Jim Ballough of JBallough Global Aviation Solutions, and transportation safety consultant John Goglia led a lively panel discussion on where Safety Management Systems (SMS) is today and provided the audience information on free SMS resources, several of which can be found on various Web sites including,, and

"Given the large number of positive evaluations and enthusiastic attendee remarks, investing in safety training at Spring Training Week is an excellent choice," added Koranda.

Wednesday, February 23

Mark Scheifele (Gift Card)

John Douglas (E-Learn Webinar Registration)

Thursday, February 24

Jeremy Van Dyke (Gift Card)

Greg Scott (E-Learn Webinar Registration)

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