Dick DeVos is changing things up as part of the new Management Advisory Council appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Last year, the FAA created the council to help with new regulations and policies that it wants to roll out by 2020. The FAA has been facing steep challenges with some areas of the aviation and airline markets, such as employment and advances in flight technology. A report revealed that America is behind other global airlines in flight operations and needs to upgrade its systems in many airports.
DeVos may seem like a weird pick for the council, but he has actually been working alongside the aviation industry for quite some time. In his days with Amway, he led the company in sales and has made key connections around the globe to help get things done. His expertise in aviation also comes from being a pilot and co-founding one of the nation’s top aviation academies located on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport campus.
While DeVos has taken a run at the political life before, his wife Betsy DeVos is the US Secretary of Education. He has supported her run for candidacy as he is also a proponent of educational choice and charter schools. The academy on Gerald R. Ford grounds trains students to become pilots as well as flight operators. Through this experience, he has more knowledge and insight into the world of aviation from business and educational perspectives.
That knowledge will come in handy as the FAA will meet with the council every three months to discuss new regulations, policies, budgets, future growth, and so forth. DeVos has been working with the CEO of Gerald R. Ford Airport for many years. His experience has helped the airport expand over the past 10 years, including a $45 million renovation that will be completed later in 2018.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a historical airport in Grand Rapids, which is DeVos’ hometown. DeVos took an interest in the airport after working with business leaders in the area to improve the jobs and economical status of the businesses in downtown through public works projects and community organizations. It became clear that Grand Rapids had the potential to become a much bigger city. DeVos began to work with the airport as a way to bring in more international travelers and support some of the projects that were going to lead to major growth for his hometown.
Now that DeVos is on the council, he will be helping the FAA create the best policies going forward to achieve new heights in aviation and hopefully kick start a stabilized period of growth for the industry that has faced many challenges in the past.
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