NATA Hosts GA Industry Forum

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More than 70 aviation business leaders met with key political, policy and financial experts this week at the National Air Transportation Association 2010 NATA Aviation Business Roundtable. The two-day event provided a forum to discuss a number of issues affecting the aviation community, including the results of the mid-term elections, the economy, jobs, taxes, safety and security. Speakers included TSA Administrator John Pistole, who outlined the latest security developments affecting GA; an industry overview from NetJets CEO David Sokol, who also discussed his company's recent purchase of Marquis Jet and a fleet of 125 Phenom 300s; and Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, who offered a review of the political and economic challenges facing GA.

Other speakers included political analyst Stuart Rothenberg, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and John Castellani, president of Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). "This year's Roundtable provided a robust platform for our attendees to learn the latest economic, security and legislative issues that will affect their businesses in 2011 and beyond," said NATA President James Coyne.