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Dickson Named FAA Administrator

The Hon. Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in Monday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

With almost 40 years of aviation industry experience, Dickson is widely respected and takes on the role of FAA Administrator during a critical moment for aviation safety, according to an FAA press release.

As Administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He will oversee a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and focus on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry, the press release continues.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance,” said Captain Dickson, a retired Delta Air Lines official and former U.S. Air Force officer and F-15 pilot.

Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will continue his service to the FAA as Deputy Administrator.  

Photo:  Federal Aviation Administration file photo.

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FAA Issues Errata for Airport Pavement Specs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued errata for advisory circular, AC 150/5370-10H, the agency’s standard specifications for airport construction. 

Gary Mitchell, ACPA Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology, says the document mostly corrects typos and clarifies language. He adds one notable revision is language that allows an additional option for collecting straightedge data using a rolling inclinometer.  Click here to see a “landing” page that includes a link to the complete list of errata, as well as the revised AC in both Word and PDF formats. 

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Meeting Focuses on Collaborative Airport Pavement Research

Officials from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, ACPA, and CP Tech Center met in Atlantic City this week to discuss ways the three organizations may work collaboratively on applied research for airfield concrete pavements.

“We appreciate the warm reception, tour, and generous amount of time we spent with Dr. Michel Hovan, FAA Airport Technology Manager and Jeff Gagnon, FAA Airport Pavement R&D Section Manager,” said ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt. “It gave us greater insights into some of the research the FAA is doing in the area of airside pavements.  The meeting also afforded ACPA and the CP Tech Center the opportunity to discuss research efforts with the FHWA and ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which have included specific airport pavement and highway pavement research programs.”

The meeting included an overview and discussion of current FAA research projects; CP Tech Center’s highway research & tech transfer efforts; and ACPA’s ongoing Federal advocacy efforts. 

“We discussed funding and how ACPA has worked with Federal agencies such as the FAA, FHWA, and Military Tri-Services, as well as elected officials in Washington, D.C.,” says Gary Mitchell, VP of Airports and Pavement Technology. “Our efforts include both highway and airport programmatic funding, but provisions that directly support funding for applied research.” This includes the long-standing AID-PT program, as well as a similar research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 (Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies). 

Mitchell serves on the FAA’s Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Subcommittee on Airports, which supports the development of the FAA‘s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation. ACPA’s Chairman Mack, P.E., (CEMEX) has recently been nominated to serve on the Subcommittee as well and is waiting conformation from the current Administration.

“In the near term,” Mitchell explains, “We will continue the dialogue as we also continue to push for funding to support research for airfield concrete pavements.  Longer term, our goal is to partner with the CP Tech Center and work collaboratively on  applied research projects with the FAA.”


Photo:  Top photo (L to R) shows Dr. Michel Hovan, Gary Mitchell, Jerry Voigt, Dr. Peter Taylor, Gordon Smith, Jim Mack, Leif Wathne, and Jeff Gagnon at the Hughes Technical Center. The photo below shows one of two accelerated load facilities at the FAA’s research center.  Mitchell explained the two ALF machines are capable of simulating wheel loads of virtually any fixed wing aircraft in the US fleet. The machine shown also allows testing under various climatic conditions.

*  The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

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FAA’s REDAC to Develop Long-Range Plan

The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center will soon be developing a 10-year plan, according to Gary Mitchell, a member of the airport subcommittee of FAA’s REDAC.* 

Mitchell met with other submcommittee members late last week at the technical center, located just outside of Atlantic City, NJ.

The plan will encompass the 2020-2030 Research Landscape for the National Airspace System and will include input from the entire technical center. 

The plan is being developed in consideration of current and future changes facing the aviation industry, including unmanned aerial vehicles, spaceports, aircraft changes, infrastructure materials, air space challenges, terminal needs, etc.

“The FAA has requested the subcommittee develop a list of research drivers that we see will drive airspace and airport research over the next 10 years,” Mitchell says. The FAA will be relying in part on the asphalt and concrete pavement industries to provide input about where we envision the future of airfield infrastructure lies, he adds. 

* The Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) supports the development of the FAA’s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation.

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Elwell Named FAA Deputy Administrator

FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell. (Photo courtesy of Stangarone & Associates.)

Dan Elwell has been appointed as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator, according to an FAA press release.  Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Elwell is the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring aviation safety and air traffic control services for the nation. 

Elwell returns to the FAA during what the agency calls an “historic period of safety and change as air traffic control reform is being considered to speed airspace modernization and new entrants like unmanned aerial vehicles and commercial spacecraft are integrated into the airspace system.” 

“Dan’s insight and experience will serve the FAA and public well,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.  “He has a strong background as a military and civilian pilot, as well as holding key leadership positions within the aerospace industry.”

Elwell previously served as FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Environment from 2006 to 2008.  Most recently, he has been serving as the Senior Advisor on Aviation to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. 

Before returning to public service, Elwell was President and Managing Partner of Elwell and Associates, an aviation consulting firm.  Elwell also was Senior Vice President for Safety, Security and Operations at Airlines For America and Vice President at the Aerospace Industries Association.  Elwell graduated from the United States Air Force Academy.

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