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Member Benefits

Ten Reasons Why Membership in the National Association of State Aviation Officials May Be Important to You, Your Agency, and Your Constituents


    Since 1931, NASAO has been the recognized and respected voice of state government aviation agencies in Washington, D.C.  NASAO's membership is strictly limited to the states, U.S. Territories and Commonwealths.  NASAO is a consensus driven association of aviation professionals who serve the public interest and is a trusted source of accurate information.  NASAO regularly briefs administration officials, Members of Congress, organizations such as the National Governors Association and federal agency heads. 


    The experienced and knowledgeable NASAO staff, which prides itself on excellent
    service to members, is only a phone call or an email away.


    NASAO played a key role in coalitions which helped pass three of the most important infrastructure investment bills in U.S. aviation history, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, AIR -21 and VISION-100. NASAO will continue to work with congress and the FAA to ensure adequate Airport Improvement Program funding, continuation of the State Block Grant Program (now 20 states), appropriate General Aviation airport investments, and beneficial state apportionment levels.


    Senators, Members of  the House of Representatives, U.S. DOT Secretaries, FAA
    Administrators, NTSB Chairmen, TSA Administrators and Senior Administration officials have all been speakers at NASAO events and are accessible to NASAO members. NASAO staff regularly briefs the Administration, U.S. DOT, FAA, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, the Office of Management and Budget and the Governmental Accountability Office on issues important to the states.


    While there are many associations in Washington, D.C. for the various facets of the
    large and diverse aviation community, only NASAO speaks for the states, protecting and promoting aviation in the public interest.  When necessary, NASAO effectively opposes unnecessary or inefficient regulation or rulemaking.


    Even before DHS or TSA were established, NASAO had an Aviation Security Committee which made recommendations to the federal government in the wake of 9/11.  NASAO was the co-author of TSA's Guidelines for General Aviation Airports. In concert with the aviation community, NASAO has successfully campaigned for effective common-sense security regulations while rejecting those which would be ineffective.  The NASAO staff has met with former DHS Secretaries and current TSA Administrator David Pekoske and has an excellent working relationship with the TSA aviation staff. 


    In 1996, NASAO was an important advocate for the establishment of an Airport
    Cooperative Research Program . Today, NASAO holds a position on the oversight board of the ACRP which conducts important research and has been federally funded at $15 million annually. These efforts are essential to a safe, healthy and productive national airport system.


    All NASAO members receive the weekly members-only electronic newsletter, NASAO Briefs which provides an update on happenings in Washington, D.C., a review of recent NASAO activities, a look at what other aviation associations are doing, and a round-up of state aviation issues and actions.  All NASAO/FAA regions have jointly participated  in monthly, by-monthly, quarterly or semi-annual telecons since 1996. Each year, the NASAO staff produces the association's annual convention and trade show, the annual Washington Legislative Conference, and an EAA-AirVenture, Oshkosh meeting.  Each of these events is designed to keep members informed about the latest policies, programs, legislation, rulemaking, products and services affecting all states . NASAO also offers unparalleled networking opportunities between and among members to share insights, solve problems and discuss issues .


    At the federal level, NASAO maintains a close working relationship with all of the primary agencies engaged with aviation regulation and has an extensive history of productive Memoranda of Understanding with the FAA. Whether official or informal, NASAO focuses on strong relationship building with those involved in regulation and legislation.

    Within the aviation community, NASAO regularly works with and interfaces with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Business Aviation Association, American Association of Airport Executives, Airports Council International - North America, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Airlines4America, Helicopter Association International, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Aerospace States Association, Cargo Airline Association, Airline Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Air Transport Association, Aerospace Industries Association and dozens of other aviation advocates, large and small, across the nation.


    After years of development, the non-profit NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education is proud to provide an introductory training program to state aviation employees across the country. We have designed an educational program to allow employees to gain a basic understanding of the aviation industry as well as to provide an orientation to the complex world of airports.

    The NASAO program offers more than 30 courses!  The modules are:

    Being Aware of the Airport Environment
    Appreciating Key Partners
    Aviation Planning 101
    Environmental Planning 101
    Engineering 101
    Essentials of Project Funding
    1-800 Citizen Hotline

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