NATA: France Promoted To Director, Regulatory Affairs

Alexandria, VA, December 1, 2009 - The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) today announced the promotion of Michael E. France to director, regulatory affairs. France previously served as manager, regulatory affairs.

Since joining NATA in March, France has been responsible for handling issues that affect the association's FBO and general aviation airport members as well as all environmental matters. In addition to those membership segments, France has also taken responsibility for flight training issues and is currently working towards his private pilot's license.

"Mike has been a fantastic addition to the NATA Government Affairs team," stated Eric R. Byer, NATA vice president of government and industry affairs. "He has taken on all of the issues we hired him for and then some, including some very technical flight training matters."

France, who attended Ball State University, previously worked with Volo Aviation in Manassas, VA, as a quality control and training coordinator. During his tenure at Volo Aviation, France was responsible for regulatory compliance issues and the development of operational manuals. Prior to Volo Aviation, France worked as the lead line service technician/quality control inspector for Next Flight Aviation in Manassas, VA.

"Mike's ability to research and address issues, in addition to developing relationships with key federal officials, has made him one of our shining stars at NATA," explained Byer. "Mike has now also started training to obtain his private pilot's license, a life-long dream and an invaluable experience when representing our members on flight training issues."

"We are truly fortunate to have someone of Mike's caliber representing our membership and have seen a tremendous impact in advancing our regulatory agenda over the last several months," concluded Byer.