Thursday Luncheon Speaker - Steve Hadley, Director of Regional Programs, NBAA

When Steve Hadley, NBAA’s regional program director and Southwest regional representative, meets with state legislators, speaks about air traffic control concern, or promotes the benefits of business aviation, he is speaking from a wealth of first-hand experience.

“My passion for aviation goes way back, as far as I can remember,” said Hadley. He distinctly recalls the sights and smells of his first flight, when a friend took him and his father flying in a Piper J-3 Cub before the younger Hadley had entered kindergarten. “I used to look up at the sky and see airplanes, and knew I wanted to fly them.”

 Despite the difficulty of finding flight training opportunities in his part of Missouri, Hadley went on to become an air medical pilot, chief pilot of a company flight department, vice president of an FBO and director of operations for two charter flight departments, among other aviation positions. It’s this broad experience that makes him ideally suited to lead NBAA’s advocacy efforts at the state and local level.

As NBAA’s Southwest regional representative for the past nine years, in addition to his role as regional program director for the past three years, Hadley is justifiably proud of the role he has played in supporting the many regional business aviation groups in his region, from the Texans for General Aviation (TFGA) to the Colorado Aviation Business Association.