Associations are the life blood of any industry, aviation included.Picking the right association will save you time, money and frustration.Many aviation associations represent the individual pilot, mechanic or enthusiast, while others represent your business and offer guidance, advice, forms, manuals, and checklists to assist you and your business in meeting the regulatory requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The following information is a list of aviation related associations.The description of the goods, services, and representation is from their respective website for your added benefit in selecting the association which best fits your business needs.
The list is not all inclusive but as we become aware of an association we missed, we will edit the list and provide you with their contact information.
ARSA promotes laws and regulations that establish reasonable aviation safety standards. It encourages the development of regulatory guidance and interpretations that are clear, concise, consistent and applied uniformly.
In fulfilling its mission to aid the industry in achieving public safety goals, ARSA works to:
·Raise the legislative and regulatory profile of the aviation maintenance industry;
·Provide policy guidance to lawmakers and regulators;
·Provide training programs, advisory materials and news services to meet member needs;
·Offer technical and legal expertise to analyze and respond to government actions; and
·Represent the industry to the FAA and other federal regulatory bodies.
The Aerospace Industries Association, founded in 1919 only a few years after the birth of flight, is the premier trade association representing the nation's major aerospace and defense manufacturers.
Today, more than 100 major aerospace and defense companies are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry from commercial aviation and avionics, to manned and unmanned defense systems, to space technologies and satellite communications.
In addition, the association has more than 175 associate member companies, all of which are leading aerospace and defense suppliers.
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. AEA membership also includes instruments facilities, manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, and educational institutions.
The mission of the Aircraft Electronics Association is to be a worldwide, self-sustaining organization committed to enhancing the profitability of its members by providing effective leadership to its members by facilitating the communications between members and with their various constituent groups; encouraging members to establish quality processes; furthering the education of its members and their various constituent groups; influencing the applicable legislative and regulatory processes.AEA provides a wide variety of benefits and services to our membership, including the monthly magazine, Avionics News, as well as regulatory representation
Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is a recognized industry association dedicated to improve sustainability within the commercial aircraft industry. With specific attention to the safe and environmentally responsible management of the world's aging aircraft fleet - AFRA's efforts focus on:
·Safe and economical return of aircraft to revenue service;
·Safe return of engines and parts to the world fleet; and safe return of reclaimed materials (composites, aluminum, electronics, etc) back into commercial manufacturing.
Founded in February 1997, the members of the Air Carrier Association of America have brought affordable airfares to the American traveler. The deregulation of the airline industry was based upon new entry, open markets, and a level playing field. Our goals include enhancing security and safety requirements while improving the travel experience.
In order to expand opportunities for airline competition, the Association works with airports, business travelers, consumer groups, and local officials to eliminate barriers that block meaningful competition by low-fare carriers.
ATXA is leading the revolution in personal air travel at greatly reduced prices – expanding the market for air travel by taking people off our crowded roads and into our open skies on next-generation aircraft. Backed by leading air taxi companies, our mission is to speed the adoption of the air taxi models so that more businesses, individuals, and communities of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of direct, personal flights.
Our new community and member-centric website enables you to connect to the discussion forums, post professional information and build your industry network. ATXA.com serves as a community for air taxi discussion and knowledge sharing among leading companies, suppliers, and industry participants as we advance the industry together.
Founded in 1936, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA) is the nation’s oldest and largest airline trade association, representing the nation’s leading airlines. Since its inception, it has played a major role in all the significant government decisions regarding aviation, including the creation of the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, the creation of the air traffic control system, airline deregulation, and recently with the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on America.
By working with members in the technical, legal and political arenas, ATA continues to lead industry efforts to fashion crucial policy and supports measures that enhance aviation safety, security and the vitality of our aviation system. ATA employs experts representing a wide range of industry disciplines, and provides an array of services to its members, including committees designed to deal with issues related to fuel, airports, engineering and maintenance, the environment, training, security, ground safety, medical issues and international affairs, among others.
ADMA was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1943, with the express purpose of representing the common interests of this market.The association strives to further the development of the aviation marketplace through the services and products produced and distributed by members through awareness of the advantages of the aviation marketplace and the resulting benefits to the customer.
Members benefit from the knowledge, contact and dedication of the Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association - committed to developing a long-term, business relationship for Distributors and Manufacturers through the promotion of service and strategies consistent with the dynamic and ever changing aviation marketplace. ADMA provides the unique opportunity for CEOs and Executive Management to discuss pertinent business issues face-to-face.
Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) is a not-for-profit trade association, representing companies that buy and sell aircraft parts. ASA focuses on regulatory and legal matters that affect the aviation parts supply industry.
GAMA is a national trade association representing manufacturers of fixed-wing aircraft, engines, avionics, and components. GAMA member companies also operate aircraft fleets, airport fixed-based operations, pilot schools, and training facilities across the nation. General Aviation aircraft range from two-seat training aircraft to intercontinental business jets and regional airliners.
HAI is an international trade organization providing its 1,590 members in more than 74 nations with services that directly benefit their operations, and to advance the international helicopter industry by providing programs that enhance safety, encourage professionalism and economic viability while promoting the unique contributions vertical flight offer society.
Founded in 1984, LAMA is a nonprofit national trade association representing manufacturers of light aircraft, engines, avionics, parts/subassemblies, and suppliers and distributors to the light aircraft industry and community.
The manufacturers and suppliers of aviation ground support equipment formed the International Aviation Ground Support Association in 2003.The organization unites ground support equipment manufacturers and suppliers influences associations that represent the industry's customers provides the industry voice to global governing authorities
MARPA is the non-profit trade association that represents the Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA*) community.
MARPA's mission is to promote uniform, outstanding standards within the FAA PMA industry. MARPA speaks with a single, powerful voice to the entire worldwide aviation community to elevate awareness and acceptance.
MARPA works with government authorities throughout the world to seek a regulatory atmosphere that promotes high levels of safety without imposing needless resource burdens on the industry. This is just one of the many factors that allow PMA parts producers to produce parts that are significantly less expensive than their competitors.
* A PMA is an FAA design-and-production approval that verifies that the design of the aircraft part meets FAA safety regulations, and the fabrication inspection system meets FAA quality standards designed to assure that every part actually produced continues to meet the FAA-approved design.
The National Aircraft Resale Association is a professional trade association made up of firms that specialize in aircraft sales and brokerage.
The Association was organized for the specific purpose of promoting a consistently high set of ethical standards in buying and selling business aircraft and to communicate those standards to the marketplace.
Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members’ prosperity.
NATA works hard as The Voice of Aviation Business. NATA's focus is simple and straightforward: to protect the interests of aviation businesses through aggressive and professional representation.
NATA is best known for its advocacy role in Washington, D.C., and throughout the nation. NATA fights hard to ensure that aviation businesses receive equitable treatment in both the legislative and regulatory arena. NATA's Government and Industry Affairs Department represents the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the FAA, as well as other state and federal agencies. Locally, NATA actively supports a growing airport network so that aviation businesses can continue to prosper.
For more than 60 years, NATA has focused on representing the interests of aviation businesses and will continue to work hard carrying out this mission. Our dedication will continue with the support of our members and staff and lead to the further growth of air transportation
Founded in 1947, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. Our goal is to create an environment that fosters business aviation in the United States and around the world. We pursue that goal by constantly striving to be a world-class organization that enhances safety, security and professionalism; provides operational assistance to our Members; shapes public policy; projects a positive image of our industry; and hosts leading aviation shows and conferences.
RAA represents North American regional airlines, and the manufacturers of products and services supporting the regional airline industry, before the Congress, DOT, FAA and other federal agencies.
With more than 15,000 regional airline flights every day, more than one of every five domestic airline passengers now travel on regionals. Operating more than 2,700 aircraft, the regional fleet comprises about nearly 40 percent of the US commercial passenger fleet. Most notably, regional airlines serve 650 communities across the country and in 442 of those communities -- 70 percent of the US-regional airlines provide the only scheduled service.
Founded in 1975, Washington, DC-based RAA also provides a wide array of technical, government relations and public relations services for regional airlines. The association's 43 member airlines and 305 associate members represent the key decision makers of this vital sector of the commercial aviation industry.
RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues. Organized in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, RTCA today includes roughly 335 government, industry and academic organizations from the United States and around the world.
RTCA functions as a Federal Advisory Committee. Its recommendations are used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the basis for policy, program, and regulatory decisions and by the private sector as the basis for development, investment and other business decisions.
Founded in 1928, AAAE is the largest professional organization for airport executives in the world, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public use airports nationwide. The American Association of Airport Executives' primary goal is to assist airport executives in fulfilling their responsibilities to the airports and communities they serve.
AAAE membership is truly representative of airport management throughout the country. It places equal emphasis on large and small airport concerns, reflecting a membership comprised of executives from large and medium size airports, as well as hundreds of managers from smaller airports used exclusively by general aviation or commuter airlines.
With a membership base of more than 415,000, or two thirds of all pilots in the United States, AOPA is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.
AWAM is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of championing women's professional growth and enrichment in the aviation maintenance fields by providing opportunities for sharing information and networking, education, fostering a sense of community and increasing public awareness of women in the industry.
EAA’s membership represents the grassroots community of aviators and innovators who’ve been sharing their passion and experience with one another for more than 53 years.
Membership also provides opportunities to go flying at local aviation events, attend EAA regional fly-ins, participate at local EAA chapter, and give youngsters their very first flight through our world-renowned Young Eagles program.
Being an EAA member puts the association’s 50-plus years of hard-earned flying know-how right at your fingertips in our monthly magazines, members-only website, e-newsletters, and staff of on-call experts.
If that’s not enough reason to join, membership offers valuable resources, makes flying more affordable, and protects your right to fly.
The National Aeronautic Association has been around nearly as long as powered flight--it is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. NAA is a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) "dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation in the United States,” as stated in our Mission Statement. The core of NAA is its membership-thousands of individuals and dozens of organizations representing all segments of American aviation belong to our organization.
NAA's scope encompasses all areas of flight - from skydiving and models to commercial airlines and military fighters.
The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) represents more than 1,300 members in 46 states. NAAA member operator/pilots are licensed as commercial applicator-operators that use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and bio-fuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests. Furthermore, through its affiliation with the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF), the NAAA contributes to research and educational programs focused on enhancing the efficacy and safety of aerial application.
PAMA aims to promote a high degree of professionalism among aviation maintenance personnel; to foster and improve methods, skills, learning, and achievement in the field of Aviation Maintenance; to conduct national, state, and local meetings and seminars; to recognize achievement in our field; to publish, distribute, and disseminate news, technical bulletins, journals and other appropriate publications dealing with the trade of Aviation Maintenance; to collaborate with other organizations in aviation; to address the queries of governmental agencies pertaining to maintenance rules and guidelines.
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