NATA Announces Industry Excellence Award Recipients To Be Honored March 28

Ronald Donner, editor of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine, will receive the Aviation Journalism Award.

The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award (sponsored by Aircraft Technical Publishers) acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years. The award will be given posthumously to John (Ray) Hartley for his long-time career at StandardAero and work as manager and chief inspector - QA inspection at StandardAero's facility at LAX. Hartley's talents, knowledge and experience as well as his enthusiasm, commitment to the industry and willingness to lend a hand are but just a few of the attributes that qualify him for this honor. His family and colleagues will be on hand to celebrate Hartley's professionalism, knowledge, humor, kindness, and friendship.


David Edwards, Jr., president and CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, is this year's recipient of the NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award. The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for his or her outstanding efforts to foster relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators. Recipients of the award must illustrate leadership in the "partnership" between airport operators and airport tenants. With more than 20 years of airport management experience, Edwards has strong credentials in the areas of business development, properties, government affairs, operations and international marketing. He has been an instrumental player in working with the General Aviation Infrastructure Investment Coalition (GAIIC), a group formed by FBOs to increase positive economic growth in long-term investments at airports by encouraging private sector investments. Direct results of this growth will be upgraded facilities, job creation, and essential services to the aviation community.


Joseph Gravalec and Robert Kintner, Jr., owners of Superior Flight School, will receive the Excellence In Pilot Training Award for their outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training. Gravalec and Kintner have helped countless new pilots understand the meaning of being a professional pilot, regardless of whether their goal was to pursue a career as a professional pilot, use the flying skills as a tool for their business or just use the skills for a recreational hobby. They teach their students and renters how to have fun with their new skill as well as the importance of always looking for ways to improve. Superior Flight School is described by many as a well-managed organization with a knowledgeable staff connected and responsive to the needs of their clients.


"We look forward to honoring the best in the industry and ask that you join us," added Coyne. "The awards dinner and presentation is included in day one of the FBO Leadership Conference, but tickets are also available separately for those only able to attend the evening's festivities."


Contact Elizabeth Nicholson at for more information on NATA's Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Presentation and to secure tickets.   


NATA, the voice of aviation business, is the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before the Congress and federal agencies.


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