FSANA like many trade Associations is
in business to provide service to members who require support and guidance with their business models.
Associations are service providers, aggregators of news, a resource of information, protectors of their members, and much more. This is no different in the aviation sector, and there are a great number of associations that are here to help those involved in the aviation sector.
FSANA is a trade association specifically focused on providing service and representation for the providers of flight training in the aviation industry. There are other aviation associations that focus on interest groups ranging from services for pilots, airport management, corporate aviation, agricultural aviation, electronics and many more. Each plays a role in their respective aviation segments from which their members benefit.
The work requires input from constituents, membership, government and communication.
Over the past year, FSANA has had increased requests from flight training providers who require information, representation, direction or advocacy on specific issues. These requests come from schools the smallest to the largest flight training providers in America.
FSANA has stepped up and helped in each of those cases. In some of these cases, the entities that needed help could have averted more challenging situations had they reached out sooner.
FSANA is busy and getting busier as more flight schools realize the value proposition that comes with membership. For schools that are not members, we will do our best to hear your issue however FSANA members come first.
Trade associations are here to help you when and if the time comes that help is required.
In many cases, it is not a question of if but a question of when. Do not be afraid to reach out when an issue starts to show-up on your doorstep. Addressing issues sooner is always best.
FSANA like most trade associations can not solve every problem. However, trade associations maintain connections and resources that they can call upon to provide assistance and advocacy. We may be able to help solve many problems that members have not encountered previously or been able to solve on their own.
People with Disabilities Can Fly
FSANA recently began helping a member who found themselves a target of an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint due to "refusal to provide training" to an individual who had a hearing disability and was deaf. There are over 300 deaf certificated pilots.
There was no malice or malintent on the part of the training provider, they just had zero experience with providing training for the particular challenge and did not feel equipped to do so.
The school was not aware that it was possible to get a pilot certificate with the particular disability. FSANA was eventually contacted and able to help provide resources and education that may help remedy the complaint, but had the school reached out earlier it might have averted the filing of a complaint and the need to deal with that extra challenge.
Sometimes, it is hard for us to know what we do not know. Reaching out to others in our community and bringing us all together to share information is the best way to avert instances such as this example.
The main benefit of membership in an association is the resources it can provide that any individual entity may not be able to leverage.
Help us spread the importance of membership in FSANA and other associations. The greater the number of flight training providers that are members of FSANA, the more leverage, resources, and experience our association will be able to bring to bear for each and every member. If you are a member, we thank you and stand ready as an association to help wherever we are able. If you are not a member, please join today.
FSANA members know we stand ready to help. So do all of the associations in the aviation industry for their members. If there is one message we can send, it is to reach out sooner than later. If you have questions or concerns your association can help with, call them. Ask for help. There is no shame in it; we all stand stronger when we work together and provide each other with the resources that improve our overall industry.