WELCOME TO CAPTAIN HENDRICKS IN HIS NEW ROLE IN THE AVIATION POLICY AND SAFETY ARENA

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ARTICLE: Tom Hendricks Takes Left Seat at NATA

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The aviation industry runs the gamut from large and sophisticated enterprises, like AIA and A4A, to individual pilots, like AOPA. The National Air Transportation Association occupies a middle ground with members offering Part 135, FBO and all manner of on-airport services.

The NATA perspective also includes large repair stations and small entities at GA airports. NATA’s diversity has not inhibited it from being a participant in the formulation of aviation issues in Washington.

Jim Coyne’s strength and focus led the organization to more of an emphasis on big policy issues. Tom Hendricks, with an impressive operational history (USAF pilot who also was assigned to an aircraft carrier for a tour of duty, Delta pilot/director of line operations and A4A SVP) can be expected to emphasize the technical needs of his new organization’s membership. As noted in the attached interview, he recognizes the importance of the Hill and the Executive Branch to his mission:

“I need to hear our members, our business owners, our operators and understand what their challenges are. But I’m still struck by the similarities across the aviation spectrum that we all face. We’re all concerned about excessive legislation, regulation that doesn’t add value, doesn’t increase safety or doesn’t increase security.”

Sounds like a fairly daunting set of goals and we wish him good luck in his new role.

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