Political Appointee named to face Challenging In Box of Policy issues

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Another Key Political Appointee named

Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment 

Laurence Wildgoose, well qualified

The next four years of aviation policy decisions will be more momentous as the recent past. The FAA position focused on many of those issues is the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment (APL-1), a political appointee. Fortuitously, the announcement of the confirmation of Secretary Buttigieg as leader of the DOT and its modal administrations

Senate Buttigeig confirmation vote






and that directed attention to political executives at 800 Independence Avenue. Then, it was discovered that Laurence Wildgoose had been appointed as the FAA  Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment on January 23, 2021[1]. The job description is long and replete with significant assignments:

The Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment (APL) leads FAA’s efforts to increase the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner. We lead strategic policy and planning efforts, coordinate FAA’s reauthorization before Congress, and are responsible for national aviation policies and strategies in the environment and energy arenas, including aviation activity forecasts, economic analyses, aircraft noise and emissions research and policy, environmental policy, and employee safety and health.

What We Do

We focus on civil aerospace system policies, goals, and priorities; international programs; and, national aviation policy relating to environmental and energy matters, which includes noise and emissions.

Some of the issues which may find the top of Mr. Wildgoose in box:

Europe is still not satisfied with ICAO’s environmental goals as to Carbon reductions; they may demand more. APL-1 will lead a response.

The MAX 8 mess involved multiple elements and one is a deteriorated relationship with the world’s CAAs. Rebuilding the FAA international relationships will be an important mission for Mr. Wildgoose.

Noise, NextGen impact, Stage 5, and Noise measurement: this is such a high profile issue on the Hill that Members asked that the APL-1 be filled with someone with skills to resolve local issues. He will also face dealing with conflicting Congressional mandates to promote SSTs and to reduce noise.

Reinvigorate the APL-1 network

The full agenda, as defined by the Secretary and the Administrator (?), will be challenging. Mr. Wildgoose has the education, experience and expertise toAPL-1 in box address his all-too-full in box!!!








Laurence Wildgoose

Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment

Mr. Wildgoose

Laurence Wildgoose was appointed as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 2021.

In this role, he is responsible for leading the FAA’s policy efforts to improve the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner. His focus is on assisting with the FAA’s reauthorization efforts, improving the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System, and advancing innovation-friendly policies related to the safe integration of new entrants, including unmanned aircraft systems. In addition, Laurence oversees the agency’s international activity, including advancing the FAA’s global leadership on safety and environmental initiatives.

Prior to joining the FAA, Laurence served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, Transportation, where he handled aviation safety and security issues related to the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. He most recently served under the leadership of Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), after joining the committee under then-Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Laurence earned an M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a B.A. from Florida State University.

[1] The list of 29 new DOT non-career positions was in alphabetical order. Mr. Wildgoose was 29th!

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