NATA's Coyne Congratulates President-Elect Obama On Historic Election Victory

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne congratulates Senator Barack Obama on being elected the 44th President of the United States.

"Tuesday night was a historic moment with this country's election of Senator Barack Obama as President. With the promise of change on the way, NATA looks forward to working with President-Elect Obama and his administration," says Coyne. "On behalf of NATA and its member companies, I would like to congratulate all candidates on their election to Congress and commend them for well-deserved victories Tuesday night. NATA looks forward to strengthening relationships with new members of the House and Senate, and will continue our efforts to ensure that the interests of our 2,000 members are represented on Capitol Hill."

In addition to congratulating new members, Coyne expresses gratitude for the elected officials who supported general aviation and NATA and who are not returning for the 111th Congress.

"We will miss the support of Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR), John Warner (R-VA), Pete Domenici (R-NM), John Sununu (R-NH), and Representatives Robin Hayes (R-NC), Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), and Steve Pearce (R-NM), all of whom have been ardent supporters of the general aviation industry and fought for issues important to NATA members," says Coyne.

"NATA will continue to be actively engaged on long-term legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, while continuing to educate Members of Congress on important issues affecting our members, including air traffic control modernization, onerous fuel tax collection procedures, and environmental regulations that protect the environment while not placing a financial burden on America's aviation businesses."