NATA Delves Deeper in AAM with Events, Staffing

 - November 15, 2022, 11:50 AM
NATA has created a new committee, shifted staffing and responsibilities, and is hosting events as it delves into issues surrounding the incorporation of AAM into general aviation infrastructure and charter operations. (Photo: Hanneke Weitering)

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is stepping up its focus on the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) sector and how it affects general aviation infrastructure and charter operations.

As part of this enhanced focus, Megan Eisenstein, who had been managing director of industry and regulatory affairs for the association, has taken the new role of managing director of industry affairs and innovation. In addition, Ryan Waguespack, the former executive v-p who left the association in a full-time capacity in June, has agreed to serve as senior advisor to help foster the AAM sector in the Part 135 environment.

NATA hosted its first AAM Committee meeting in tandem with its Aviation Business Conference held earlier this month in Miami and is planning its next meeting in January in Washington, D.C.  Further, the association will host a half-day town hall to encourage information sharing on the sector.

“We are excited to expand NATA’s efforts to lay a solid foundation for emerging industry entrants and new technologies,” said NATA president and CEO Curt Castagna. “Megan has a keen understanding of the aviation business landscape, our industry’s sustainability advancements, and the public-private partnerships required to unite key stakeholders and prepare our members by empowering their success. Ryan is invaluable to this effort as he brings a wealth of air charter operation knowledge and an ability to think creatively and build community.”