Minnesota Aviation Trades Association Creates Mentorship Program For Member Businesses

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018

The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA) has created a new “mentorship program,” which is available exclusively to member businesses, whose owners or managers need some advice or guidance on various business matters from time to time.

Volunteer members with expertise in business, fixed base operator and airport legal matters, flight training, or risk management are available to consult with members to provide basic information and answers to questions, and can refer them to resources which can further assist them in addressing a particular question or issue.

Members may contact MATA board member and MATA Mentorship Program Chairman Bill Mavencamp of St. Cloud Aviation with their initial request. Mr. Mavencamp will then direct the member to the appropriate person who can help.

To take advantage of the MATA Mentorship Program, or to become a mentor, email Bill Mavencamp at billmavencamp@mac.com for additional information.

The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association was founded in 1945 to represent the interests of aviation businesses in the state, and to assist members in operating strong, ethical and competitive businesses to serve Minnesota communities and the aviation community. A nine-member volunteer board of directors meets bimonthly to discuss and take action on issues affecting aviation in the state.

MATA works closely with the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minnesota Office of Aeronautics, Federal Aviation Administration, local aviation authorities and other trade organizations, to address key issues important to aviation in the state and its members. MATA actively lobbies the Minnesota legislature, and is heard in Washington, D.C. as an affiliate member of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Additionally, each year a representative of MATA goes to Washington with representatives of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) and Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) to meet with congressional leaders in an effort to help keep them informed on aviation issues affecting Minnesota and the nation.

Within the state, MATA members are encouraged to participate in “Minnesota Aviation Day At The Capitol” each year, whereby they meet with state representatives to likewise inform them of pressing issues affecting aviation in Minnesota, and to be a resource on aviation matters.

MATA sponsors a “scholarship program” to help students at MATA-member flight schools achieve their career goals in aviation. For details, email mnavtrades@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is June 30.

For additional information on the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association and its programs, visit www.mata-online.org, and read about MATA’s accomplishments and member activities at https://midwestflyer.com/?s=minnesota+aviation+trades+association.

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