Wed, May 14, 2003
Small FBO Earns NATA's Top Award
Thomas Slavin, president of Million Air Cleveland, a fixed-based
operation (FBO) facility, has received the Distinguished Service
Award from the National Air Transportation Association
(NATA). The highest award bestowed by the NATA on an
individual or organization, the award recognizes outstanding
service and ongoing contributions to the aviation industry.
NATA President James K. Coyne presented Slavin
with a plaque in front of an audience of approximately 100
attendees at the annual Aviation Services and Suppliers Supershow
(AS3), currently taking place at the Las Vegas Hilton.
To determine the 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Service
Award, nominations were solicited by NATA members and then voted on
by the NATA board members.
Slavin was nominated based on two factors:
- He played a key role in the creation of a
certification-training program – Safety First –
designed to teach line service technicians how to operate equipment
safely. While originally launched at Million Air Cleveland, today
there are more than 500 FBOs that have adopted the Safety First
- Slavin has played an integral role in setting up focus groups
with renowned experts to discuss security measures at general
aviation airports and FBO facilities. The purpose of the focus
group was to discuss how general aviation might take a proactive
role in addressing security and regulatory concerns resulting
from September 11.
"As the operator of a small FBO, I never thought I
would be in the running for such a prestigious award," Slavin said.
"Collectively, staff and management have strived mightily to make
our FBO an industry leader. Receipt of this award is the greatest
recognition I could ever imagine."
Slavin is in elite company as a winner of this award. Previous
recipients have included Jane Garvey, then-administrator of the
Federal Aviation Administration (2002) and John Duncan, chairman of
the U.S. House Aviation Sub-Committee (2001).
"One of the elements that makes Million Air an extremely
successful chain is our extraordinary team of FBO owners who go the
extra mile and make good things happen," said Roger Woolsey, chief
executive officer of Million Air Interlink, Inc., the franchise
operating company. "Not only has Thomas provided exceptional
service to his regular customer base in Million Air Cleveland, he
has been a dedicated contributor to the general aviation industry.
I am privileged to be on his team and to have him as a part of the
Million Air family and congratulate him on this outstanding
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