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United States: FAA appoints new security director

Starting in 2022, Billy Nolen will lead team of 7600 employees

The US Federal Aviation Administration (Faa) announced that it has appointed Billy Nolen to the vacant position of director of the authority's safety office yesterday. His mission will begin in 2022. He will lead a team of more than 7600 employees. The former vice-president for safety and quality at Canadian airline WestJet Airlines takes place of Ali Bahrami, who resigned in June of this year, after harsh criticism he received from relatives of the victims of the two fatal accidents involving B-737 MAX aircraft. 

He is someone who "understands aviation safety and understands that our path requires constant vigilance and continuous improvement", said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. The new director began his professional career in 1989 as a pilot for American Airlines, then went on to handle corporate safety and regulatory affairs at the same company. 

For the US Aviation Authority, this is an important appointment that comes at a very sensitive time in the history of US Department of Transportation regulators. FAA's safety efforts were the focus of harsh criticism between October 2018 and March 2019. As a result, in December 2020, the US Congress passed legislation to reform the certification process for new airplanes and to reduce the scope for manufacturers to delegate.

On the same topic see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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