Call for Nominations – 2014 NATA Industry Excellence Awards

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces a call for nominations to acknowledge the individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service to the general aviation community.

Each year, NATA presents seven awards to the exceptional individuals and companies that have helped to improve the general aviation community. The recipients of five of these awards are chosen based upon NATA member-submitted nominations.

These awards cover five categories:

The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.

The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training.

The FAA Service Excellence Award recognizes a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility or facility staff member who represents the highest degree of professionalism and elevates the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools.

The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award 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.

New this year: The Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award recognizes the achievements of certified line service professionals on an annual basis thereby raising awareness of the positive impact that they have on safety, service and business success.

All nominations for these awards must be received by NATA no later than January 9, 2015.

NATA members may obtain a nomination form by calling the NATA headquarters at 800-808-6282.

The awards will be presented during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards presentation lunch in June 2015.

The 2013 NATA industry excellence awards winners were:

• Airport Executive Partnership Award – Bill Welstead, airport system director, City of Fort Worth

• Excellence In Pilot Training Award – Mike Paulson, Fargo Flight School manager, Fargo Jet Center

• FAA Service Excellence Award – Eastern Michigan Flight Standards District Office

• ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award – Jack Vazquez, director of maintenance, Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc.

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