Gary Dempsey, President of the National Air Transportation Association
Gary Dempsey was named the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) 9th President in September of 2018, dedicating efforts to assuring aviation businesses have a voice in Washington DC. Dempsey is also tasked with ensuring Aviation Business best practices are shared. Gary adheres to NATA’s mission of never compromising safety as well as supporting, inspiring, and continuously improving aviation businesses.
In July 2018, Gary retired as Jet Aviation’s Vice President of Sales Americas — a position he held for two years. Prior to this appointment, Gary was appointed President of Jet Aviation Holdings USA, INC, in July 2006. Based in Teterboro, New Jersey, Gary previously led networks of high-quality fueling bases, aircraft management services, satellite line maintenance centers, air carrier charter divisions, South and Central American operations and the aviation staffing company Jet Professionals.
Before joining Jet Aviation, Gary was Vice President of Service Center Operations for Gulfstream Savannah and General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS). Prior to Gulfstream, Gary led some of the top-rated FBOs and service centers in the U.S. and dedicated efforts to serving the general aviation transportation industry.
Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Wilmington College. Additionally, Gary is an FAA licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and he is also an A&P technician with FAA inspection authorization. Gary was a member of NATA’s Board of Directors for the past 6 years, serving as Board Chair in 2014. He is a former member of the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council, a Wings Club member, and a strong supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Gary was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 for his contributions in the field of business aviation.
Gary is married to Tamara and they have 3 grown sons.