Aviation Affiliation Definitions

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Professors of the various Aerospace and aviation fields, aviation researchers, or University Officials who are consultants to government aviation agencies.

Air Transportation Users

Representatives of users of the air transportation system or business that are directly affected by travelers, such as corporate travel managers, travel agents, meeting planners, cruise lines, amusement parks, state and city tourism departments, and air freight executives.

As a Secondary Affiliation, Air Transportation Users would include the general aviation segment and business aircraft operators.


Environmental groups, local advocacy groups, and local noise commissions, such as the Sierra Club, O'Hare Noise Commission, and NOISE - National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment.

Government Federal

Federal government employees, such as employees of the FAA, NASA, DOT, DOC, DHS, DOD, OSTP, or Congress.

Government State & Local

State or Local government employees and associations, such as a state aviation department, local airport authority, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, or National Association of Counties.


Organizations that are not based in the United States, such as foreign governments, EUROCONTROL, International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA), and Airbus.


JPDO staff, principals, consultants, members of a JPDO working group, or JPDO IPT.

Labor Unions

Staff or members of aviation labor unions, or transportation labor unions, such as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Professional Airways System Specialists (PASS), Air Line Pilots Association, and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.


Journalists, reporters, and editors.


Executives for airlines, such as United Airlines, Southwest, etc.

As a Secondary Affiliation, Operators can include local government airport authorities or associations that are dedicated to segments involved in operating aircraft such as the Air Transport Association, Airport Council International, Regional Air Line Association, and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.


Executives of aviation manufacturing companies, suppliers of aviation components, or suppliers of air traffic management hardware/software, such as Boeing, GE Engines, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

As a Secondary Affiliation, Suppliers include staff or members of associations that are dedicated to the interests of aviation manufactures.

Trade Association

Staff and members of associations that are dedicated to specific industry segments, particularly those with strong ties to aviation issues. Examples of these associations are Air Traffic Control Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association, Aviation Safety Alliance, and the American Airport Association of Executives.