The Management Advisory Committee was created by the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996. Congress established this body to provide the practical insights which those individuals who work in the private sector can give to the Administrator and the Secretary. Ten very able, knowledgeable leaders were named by Secretary Foxx. They are:
· Steve Alterman, president, Cargo Airline Association;
· Bill Ayer, former chairman, Alaska Air Group;
· Montie Brewer, former president and CEO, Air Canada;
· Ray Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Co., and president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes;
· Craig Fuller, president, the Fuller Co. and former president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA);
· Jane Garvey, Meridiam Infrastructure/MITRE board member and former FAA administrator;
· Mayor Michael Hancock, City of Denver, Colo.;
· Lee Moak, president, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA);
· John “Jack” Potter, president and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); and,
· Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO, Space X.
Certainly the Honorable Jane Garvey, who has sat in the office at 800 Independence Ave.,SW, which overlooks the Mall, will bring to bear her knowledge of how the FAA does or should work. Steve Alterman is one of the most able aviation association’s representatives (and an inveterate Washington Capitals fan; so he has a high tolerance for frustrations!). Craig Fuller, a well-known Republican and the immediate past President of AOPA , should have sound guidance on how to deal with Congress, especially the House.The other seven members all appear to be extraordinarily qualified to advise Mr. Huerta through his travails.
MAC is a great asset. In the past, some Administrators have not only listened to its Members, but have given them specific conundrums for which counsel was needed. Once, however, the “clerk/secretary” of the advisory group made it clear that other than “looking good on the members’ resumes, it had little value to the FAA.” The immediate FAA horizon is filled with aerial potholes; Administrator Huerta should look upon these ten stars as great guides through the FAA’s immediate, tortuous future.Share this article: