The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has promoted Ryan Waguespack to executive v-p. In this role, Waguespack will continue to steer the organization's regulatory, industry, and member outreach efforts and programs, further its preparation for the future of flight, and help build on its safety programs. To that end, NATA has also just named long-time FAA official and former association adviser Keith DeBerry senior v-p of safety and education.
A former charter and management executive at Summit Aviation, Waguespack joined NATA in November 2018 as senior v-p of aircraft management, air charter services, and MROs. Since then, he has spearheaded several initiatives, including its General Aviation Advancing America effort, which involved airport town halls throughout the U.S., as well as NATA's activities to combat illegal charter, including collaboration with the FAA. He also oversaw the expansion of NATA’s training platform across multiple industry segments.
“Ryan’s enthusiasm for aviation and his ability to rally membership engagement across a range of issues—including workforce recruitment and development, air charter safety, and infrastructure and innovation support—are both inspiring and invaluable to the association’s success,” said NATA president and CEO Timothy Obitts. “He is proactive in his approach to member outreach and always has a finger on the pulse of what is happening in the industry. His leadership skills, industry knowledge, and can-do spirit make him an ideal executive vice president.”