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Fri, Feb 03, 2023

NATA Names New Brass for AAM Committee

Craig Teasdale and Toni Drummond Take the Helm of Advanced Air Mobility Group

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) held an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) themed Town Hall coinciding with its Committee meeting in Washington DC on January 18th.

The event provided a chance for the burgeoning AAM community and NATA's other policy committees, like the Association’s Air Charter, GA Airport, and Safety bodies, to intermingle and discuss operational shifts introduced by the new aeronautical frontier. The forum allowed leaders to discuss operations, ground infrastructure, safety, maintenance, security, and ground handling training relative to AAM.The AAM Committee meeting in Washington, DC, announcing new committee leadership relative to infrastructure and flight operations. 

“With the advent of emerging technologies, the aviation business industry needs a unified approach to modernization of both our infrastructure and operational framework. Communication, collaboration, and cooperation across all aviation verticals over the next decade will be key to creating a healthy and vibrant AAM ecosystem,” said NATA President and CEO Curt Castagna. “On behalf of the NATA Board, executive leadership, and our member businesses, I welcome our new AAM members to the Association and policy committee. NATA appreciates the committees’ work to examine potential challenges, seek opportunities, and identify solutions that will assist our members today, tomorrow, and 10 years from now.”

After the Town Hall, the AAM Committee named Craig Teasdale, Vice President of Operations at Ferrovial Vertiports (infrastructure), and Toni Drummond, President US of Titan Aviation (flight operations), as co-chairs. Finishing off the meeting, the Committee outlined a strategic vision focusing on AAM ground infrastructure and air charter operations development, legislative and regulatory priorities, and fact-based community education and industry relations efforts. 

“The new Advanced Air Mobility Committee is a great addition to advance NATA’s role as the Voice of Aviation Business with the rapid approach of AAM changing the future aviation landscape. I look forward to working with the committee members to help educate and inform the membership on this ever changing and growing industry,” stated Craig Teasdale, Vice President of Operations for Ferrovial Vertiports.

“I look forward to bringing a fresh voice, a diverse skill set, and most of all, a creative spark that will inspire collaboration among the industry stakeholders and experts represented on this committee,” stated Toni Drummond, President US of Titan Aviation.

“NATA was pleased to have a new opportunity to unite its various membership segments toward a common goal. It’s important for all aviation businesses to have an understanding, a voice, and a vision for AAM integration into the current aviation ecosystem. We can’t thank Toni and Craig enough for their willingness to ensure alignment across all sectors of the industry as AAM continues to alter and advance the aviation paradigm,” stated NATA Managing Director of Industry Affairs and Innovation and AAM Committee Staff Liaison Megan Eisenstein.

FMI: www.nata.aero

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