NATA Business Roundtable Meets Key Policy Makers

 - November 12, 2009, 9:42 AM

At the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Aviation Business Roundtable Monday and Tuesday, more than 65 aviation business leaders shared their concerns about critical issues with FAA, DOT and TSA leaders and political, policy and financial experts. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt assured attendees that the agency is working on the lack of standardization of regulatory interpretations, adding, “Consistency with regulations should be addressed so safety isn’t compromised.” Babbitt and DOT secretary Ray LaHood acknowledged that FAA reauthorization is a priority but that Congress is focusing first on health-care reform. The next layer of the NextGen ATC system is implementation of the en route modernization system, which “will replace the core system controllers use at high altitudes to track aircraft,” according to NATA. At the Roundtable, NetJets founder and former CEO Richard Santulli received NATA’s President’s Award. In accepting the award Santulli said, “I have worked with the greatest people over the last 25 years.”