AOPA & NATA Presidents Address Aviation Business Leaders At Minnesota Aviation Trades Conference

(L/R): Doug Evink, President, Tanis Aircraft Products, and Director, MATA; Roy Furhmann, Vice President of Management & Operations, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis/St. Paul; Al Lange, Director, MATA; Nancy Grazzini-Olson, President, Thunderbird Aviation and Academy College, and Treasurer, MATA; NATA President Tom Hendricks; and MATA President Greg Reigel of Reigel Law Firm, Ltd. Midwest Flyer Magazine Photo by Dave Weiman

(L/R): AOPA President Mark Baker with MATA President Greg Reigel of Reigel Law Firm, Ltd. Midwest Flyer Magazine Photo by Dave Weiman

BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – Mark Baker, President of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), and Tom Hendricks, President of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), were featured speakers at the Minnesota Aviation Trades Conference, March 21, 2014 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA) sponsors the conference each year.

Other speakers included Cassandra Isackson, Director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics; Roy Furhmann, Vice President of Management & Operations, Metropolitan Airports Commission; and State Representative Michael Beard (District 35A).

(L/R): MATA President Gregory J. Reigel of Reigel Law Firm, Ltd., presents Minnesota State Representative Michael Beard with MATA’s “Public Official of the Year Award.” Midwest Flyer Magazine Photo by Dave Weiman

Rep. Beard was honored during the conference as the “Public Official of the Year” by MATA for his work to strengthen air transportation in the state. Beard was first elected to the State Legislature in 2002 and is not seeking reelection. In addition to serving in the Minnesota Legislature, Beard is a pilot, aircraft owner, and businessman.

(L/R): MATA President Gregory J. Reigel of Reigel Law Firm, Ltd., presents Gordon Hoff, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA), with MATA’s “Distinguished Service Award.” Midwest Flyer Magazine Photo by Dave Weiman

Also recognized during the conference was Gordon Hoff, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA), who received MATA’s “Distinguished Service Award.”

Hoff worked tirelessly to get legislation passed in Minnesota to reduce aircraft registration fees and adjust the aviation tax on jet fuel, so that business aircraft owners are taxed according to how much fuel they consume, and not solely on the value of their aircraft. Hoff is also responsible for organizing “Minnesota Aviation Day At The Capitol” because he realizes the benefits of an active and engaged aviation community.

Topical speakers at the conference included a panel featuring Dan Riservato of Flightdocs, Richard Sedgewick of Target, and Chad Menne of Malibu Aerospace, LLC, who spoke on using technology to streamline aviation businesses; and Tena Petis of TenasciousEdge.com on the topic of social media.

Conference sponsors included Wings Financial Credit Union, Thunderbird Aviation, Allianz, St. Cloud Aviation, Flightdocs, Bolduc Aviation Specialized Services, and Midwest Flyer Magazine.

The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association is comprised of fixed base operations and other aviation-related businesses that serve the Minnesota aviation community. For additional information, contact Nancy Grazzini-Olson at 952-851-0631 (ext 322) (ngo@thunderbirdaviation.com), or Greg Reigel at 952-238-1060 (greigel@aerolegalservices.com).

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