Cullman Regional Airport’s Harrison appointed to NATA committee

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Ben Harrison / Photo courtesy of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, www.cullmanchamber.org

VINEMONT – Cullman Regional Airport General Manger Ben Harrison has been selected to serve on the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA’s) Airport Business Committee. Harrison will serve a three-year term.

According to NATA, the Airport Business Committee is made up of people who work at aeronautical businesses and are familiar with issues that arise as part of owning and operating that business. As such, members on the committee are tasked to promote the interests of the association's airport businesses by addressing regulatory and legislative issues and industry concerns. The committee members represent the diversity of operations at airports by working on a variety of issues such as community relations, leasing, minimum standards, environmental, security, miscellaneous business concerns and regulatory compliance issues.  

“The committee helps serve as the voice of aviation businesses and I am honored to be invited to join the committee,” Harrison said.

Committee members support the NATA strategic plan as it relates to on-airport businesses, including working in a cooperative manner with NATA staff, Congress and the various regulatory agencies in the monitoring of regulatory and legislative proposals.   NATA’s advocacy is member-driven, utilizing a committee structure encompassing the members’ lines of business to ensure a progressive and proactive advocacy agenda.

Harrison is expected to attend three meetings per year.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Harrison on the NATA Airport Business Committee. His years of experience in airport management and his passion for aviation will be invaluable to our committee.  We look forward to having him on board,” stated NATA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Tim Obitts. 

For more than 75 years, NATA has ensured the needs of this critical Industry segment are appropriately represented by the staff. NATA member companies provide fuel, on-demand air charter, aircraft rental, storage, flight training, aircraft maintenance, parts sales, line support and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management, and including FBOs run by airports.

Cullman Regional Airport is jointly operated by the City of Cullman and Cullman County.  More than 80 aircraft are based at the facility that boasts a 5,500-foot runway and parallel taxiway.

Harrison has worked at the airport for six years and was promoted to general manager in 2014.

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