Benefits of Membership

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NYAMA advocates for airports to deliver major positive economic impact by bringing air service, jobs and tax revenue to the state and its communities. Airports are economic engines fueling growth in the communities they serve. According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation and updated figures from the Port Authority of NY-NJ, the aviation industry contributes over $72 billion in annual economic activity in New York State and more than 500,000 NY based jobs in aviation or aviation-related industries. The economic benefits of New York State airports are impressive. As a whole, aviation generates $25 billion in payroll and well over $6 billion in state and local tax revenue annually.

In the past three legislative sessions, NYAMA successfully represented the voice of its members in the Statehouse.

In 2015, a new aircraft sales tax exemption known as the Aviation Jobs Act (AJA) was enacted as a result of NYAMA’s determined and effective
advocacy. The New York Aviation Jobs Act eliminated the sales tax on the purchase and basing of GA aircraft in the State and went into effect
September 1, 2015.

The major victory of the Aviation Jobs Act was followed by last year’s state budget that included Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative for a $200
million investment to revitalize our state’s airports, and an increase to the Aviation Capital Grant Program. These include:

  • $190 Million Competition to Revitalize Upstate Airports that will award fi ve airports approximately $40 million each. Grants will fund projects that enhance safety, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact, create better passenger experiences and leverage private investments;
  • $40 Million of additional funding for the Aviation Capital Grant Program over the next four years that represents a significant increase in program funding available for economic and business development projects at large and small airports throughout the state; and
  • An increase in the Aviation Capital Grant Program per project “cap” from $1 million to $1.5 million to allow for some larger-sized projects to be eligible for a bigger state investment.

Also, a NYAMA initiated bill was passed by both houses of the legislature and signed into law by the Governor to eliminate the Airport Security Plan
Registration Fee, bringing fi nancial relief to smaller airports and lowering administrative costs for the NYS Department of Transportation.

2017-2018 NYS Budget Funding

  • Additional $10 million for airport grants
  • With the new increase in grants, 2017 solicitation will be $20 million and $2.5 million more for AIP state funding match

As a NYAMA Member, you will:

  • Gain an opportunity to exchange ideas with knowledgeable aviation industry professionals at NYAMA’s Annual Fall Conferences. Experts speak on topics such as safety, environmental issues, and community relations.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in NYAMA's legislative, corporate, academic, and training activities through special events and committee membership.
  • Receive regular association communication on timely issues and events, legislative updates, conference announcements, an annual membership directory and access to our association representatives in Albany.

NYAMA Member Benefits include: 

  • Education & Training
  • Advocacy Day
  • Legislative Updates
  • Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to meet with Aviation airport executives
  • Aviation Industry Updates