Great loss—Edmond Boullay

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ARTICLE: ARSA Remembers: Edmond Boullay (1943-2014)

The flag of France has lost a great advocate, Edmund Boullay. This career servant did a fantastic job from his position at his country’s Embassy here in Washington and later as the Civil Aviation Attaché for EASA.

The word “bureaucrat” originated in la belle langue and was originally intended to be a pejorative term. However, the individuals, who occupy positions within the République française, are highly educated, well trained individuals who revere their missions. Edmond fit all of those those specifications with excellence and he was the consummate diplomat. The positions between the FAA and the DGAC were at odds occasionally ; the relationships between Monsieur Boullay and his many FAA counterparts were always cordial.

A pilot and an engineer, he was able to address technical issues on both the sovereign-to-sovereign level and a technical wrench level. His smile and his joie de vivre contributed greatly to his and more importantly, his government’s positive impact on global aviation.

He will be greatly missed. Au revoir, mon ami !

From ARSA :

Due to the overwhelming affection shown to Edmond’s family in his passing, they have planned a memorial service open to all at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 26th at Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

U.S. CREST is also working with Edmond’s dear friend Julian Hall to put together a book of remembrance from his fellow professionals to present to Edmond’s wife Roberte and his sons Emmanuel and Alexandre. You may send messages for inclusion to or to U.S. CREST, 1400 Key Blvd, Suite 420 – Arlington, Virginia 22209.

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