NATA Hosts GA Industry Forum
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.