Alexandria, VA, October 6, 2010 - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing the seventieth anniversary of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). House Resolution 1669 highlights the association's rich history and contributions to improving the safety of general aviation.
Representative John Duncan (R-TN), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, introduced the resolution that acknowledges the association's mission in representing the legislative, regulatory and business interests of its members and providing education, services, and benefits to its members to ensure their long-term economic success.
"The resolution recognizes the foresight and resiliency of the association founders, William A. Ong and Leslie H. Bowman, NATA's first two presidents, as well as the important contributions of George E. Haddaway and John L. Gaylord, who were instrumental in the organization's formation," stated NATA President James K. Coyne.
The House Resolution congratulates NATA on its 70 years and specifically states that the U.S. House of Representatives "applauds the National Air Transportation Association for creating programs and resources to enhance the safety of general aviation operators; and commends the National Air Transportation Association for being instrumental in bolstering the general aviation industry during a time of turmoil in the 1940s."
"It is a true honor for the association and its members to be recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives," stated Coyne. "I would especially like to thank Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. for introducing House Resolution 1669. Congressman Duncan has been an active and steadfast supporter of the association and its membership, and continues to be an outstanding leader on general aviation issues in the House of Representatives."
"We are thrilled that Congress has highlighted the important role NATA plays in the aviation industry, recognizing its members for their steadfast support in ensuring the growth and durability of the general aviation community," Coyne concluded. "NATA looks forward to the next 70 years as it continues to represent and support the thousands of small businesses that make up the backbone of our national air transportation system."
NATA, the voice of aviation business, is the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.
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