FAA Airport Safety and Standards adds some TSA experience

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Chasse Hiatt selected as new FAA Deputy Director of Airport Safety and Standards

 Trish Hiatt comes back to FAA after TSA experience

 Knowledge of Security will aid Part 139 work


NASAO announced (there was no PR issued by the FAA) that Patricia (Trish) Chasse Hiatt has been selected as the new Deputy Director of Airport Safety and Standards for the FAA. Working for Director John R. Dermody, her office’s responsibilities include all airport program matters related to standards for airport design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety, Part 139 airport certification, and airport safety management systems as well as for oversight of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).

Prior to her new role, Hiatt served in various policy, regulatory and senior leadership positions at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since 2002. Most recently, she worked as the federal security director for the North Florida Area of Responsibility, which oversees eight commercial service airports.

Previously, she worked for the Office of Airports for 12 years as an airport certification safety inspector in the Southern Region. From there, Hiatt helped implement the Part 139 program, which established certification requirements for airports serving scheduled air carrier operations with aircraft that seat between nine and 31 passengers.


Hiatt has also served in various positions with the FAA and the U.S. Navy, where she developed a diversified background in aspects of airport safety, airport security, and air traffic.

While at TSA, Ms. Hiatt visited nearby Jacksonville University where she described some of her aviation background to the Women in Aviation members there:

Hiatt’s love of aviation started when she was a child.  Raised by a pilot, she worked for her first airport at 16. Her professional career began with work as an air traffic controller in the Navy, and then after completing her Aviation degree, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has been working for the TSA, founded after 9/11, from its inception, and has held positions in policy development and enforcement, at all levels of the organization. Hiatt was an integral part of the TSA rollout in 2002 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where she served until her transfer to TSA HQs in September of 2010.

Since assuming her current position in June 2014, she has increased the oversight and has assumed responsibility for the TSA’s federal security operations at eight airports in North, including: Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH), Northwest Beaches International Airport (ECP), Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS).

In addition to those responsibilities, she also maintains a working relationship with high-profile, potential target entities such as colleges and universities, U.S. Military Installations, governmental offices and sporting venues including: Daytona Speedway, EverBank Field and TPC Sawgrass.

Welcome, Ms. Hiatt, bringing different perspectives to FAA Airports, especially security, will be a great advantage.


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