Van de Laar Hired As NATA Manager, Regulatory Affairs

Alexandria, VA, March 23, 2010 - The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) this week announced the hiring of Dennis van de Laar as its new manager, regulatory affairs.

Van de Laar comes to NATA from Southern Illinois Airport Authority where he served as a graduate assistant while completing his master's degree in public administration at Southern Illinois University. During his work as a graduate assistant, van de Laar participated in a host of training and regulatory compliance projects with the airport authority. Prior to his work with the airport authority, van de Laar served as a graduate assistant with the Southern Illinois University Department of Aviation Management and Flight where, under a Federal Aviation Administration grant, he co-authored a Safety Management System manual.

As NATA's manager, regulatory affairs, van de Laar will be responsible for regulatory items affecting aircraft maintenance as well as assisting in issues involving airport and FBO operations and environmental compliance. Van de Laar will also serve as the NATA staff liaison to the Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee.

"We are very pleased to have Dennis join the NATA government affairs team," said NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer. "With his experience and education, we are excited about the impact Dennis will have on advancing NATA's regulatory agenda."

Van de Laar graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and completed his Masters in Public Administration in 2009.