Pelton Representing GA on DOT Aviation Advisory Panel
Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton was tapped yesterday by Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to sit on the agency’s future of aviation advisory committee. Pelton is the sole member of the 19-person committee representing general aviation interests; unsurprisingly, many of the members are affiliated with the airline industry. The advisory committee was established in March to provide information, advice and recommendations to the DOT Secretary regarding the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry and its ability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the national and global economy. “Aviation is essential to our nation’s economy and our ability to compete in international commerce,” LaHood said. “This committee, which represents a broad cross-section of the aviation community, will begin the important conversation about how to ensure the industry remains vital and competitive.” Susan Kurland, assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the DOT, will chair the committee. The advisory board will meet for the first time on May 25 at the DOT headquarters in Washington, D.C.