NATA names Suran Wijayawardana as chairman of Air Charter Committee


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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has named Suran Wijayawardana chief operating officer of Alerion Aviation as chairman of its air charter committee.

NATA represents the interests of some 2,000 aviation businesses and advocates on their behalf on all issues pertinent to general aviation. NATA represents its members’ interests to congress, federal agencies and the media in Washington, D.C.

Thomas L. Hendricks, president and chief executive of NATA, said: “Suran’s expertise, enthusiasm and devotion to the success of the air charter industry are hallmarks of his prior work as a member of the air charter committee. Suran is a strong advocate for NATA and I am pleased to welcome him to this new leadership role.”

Having served on the air charter committee for close to a decade, Wijayawardana has been actively involved in advocating for charter operators through his participation in a number of key initiatives such as FET legislation and air carrier training. He currently represents NATA as a member of the part 135 Training Working Group on the FAA’s current air carrier training aviation rule making committee.

Wijayawardana said: “It is an honour to continue serve NATA and its membership in this new role. Both the organisation and the charter committee have provided strong guidance to Alerion and our industry. I look forward to working to further enhance NATA’s value proposition for its membership as an advocate on active regulatory and legislative changes that will affect our industry.”