Helinet CEO, Kathryn Purwin, Appointed to NATA Board of Directors

Helinet CEO, Kathryn Purwin, Appointed to NATA Board of Directors

June 22, 2023

NATA Welcomes Five New Board Members, Announces Anderson as Chair

Washington, DC, June 22, 2023 – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces Board of Directors leadership changes and the election of five new members.

Todd Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of Sheltair, has been elected as the new Board Chair. Todd’s home base is in Orlando, Florida. Todd will take the helm from Clive Lowe, Executive Vice President at Atlantic Aviation, who will continue to serve as Immediate Past Chair on NATA’s Executive Committee.

“I would like to recognize Clive Lowe as he completes his second term as Board Chairman. As Immediate Past Chair, Clive will continue to be a driving force for NATA initiatives that build connections between aviation businesses and diverse talent in preparing us for a bright future,” stated NATA President and CEO Curt Castagna. “We appreciate Clive’s steady hand in guiding the Association through a period of change and support of the investment in the modernization of the look, feel, and function of NATA programs and services.” 

“Under Todd Anderson’s leadership, the team looks forward to continued development and growth of NATA’s initiatives, as well as the introduction of innovative programs,” added Castagna. “Todd’s enthusiasm for elevating the employee and customer experience, ability to view the industry through a different lens, and skill at fostering community will be central to enriching our strategic focus and building upon our success.”

Renewing for additional 3-year terms are Josh Hochberg, President/Owner of Sonoma Jet Center, and Larry Wade, Partner/President of Golden Aisles Aviation. 

Travis Grimsley, Vice President of Aircraft Services at the Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan; Cristine Kirk , President and CEO of Malone AirCharter in Jacksonville, Florida; Mary Miller, Vice President Industry and Government Affairs for Signature Aviation in Washington, DC; Kathryn Purwin, CEO and Owner of Helinet Aviation Services in Van Nuys, California; and Craig Teasdale, Vice President of Operations for Ferrovial Vertiports in Irving, TX, were elected to serve at-large.

“The NATA Board and team are thrilled to welcome these bold and dedicated idea innovators to the Board of Directors – each representing an established or emerging membership segment of the Association. As the industry explores new ways to recruit new talent, foster diversity, conduct business, and advance safety and sustainability, Mary, Cristine, Kathryn, Craig, and Travis will add increased depth to the wealth of perspectives leading the Association and its members to higher levels of excellence and achievement,” stated NATA President and CEO Curt Castagna.                                                                         

Kathryn Purwin, CEO and Owner of Helinet Aviation Services, has been involved in the aviation community for over 30 years and has flown both private jets and helicopters professionally. Kathryn is active in the Los Angeles and Van Nuys aviation community and serves on the Van Nuys Airport Association’s (VNAA) Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), an organization with which she has a long history as Helinet has transported more than 11,000 critically ill children for CHLA. Purwin recently partnered with Urban Movement Labs to explore integrating emerging eVTOL technology into Helinet’s operations, working toward more sustainable and accessible air transportation in Los Angeles. Kathryn graduated with Honors from UCLA with a double major in History and Political Science. Her flight ratings and certificates include Commercial Multi-Engine, Instrument Airplane, and Rotorcraft.

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