Bliss Named U.S. Ambassador to ICAO

 - September 21, 2006, 4:48 AM

The Senate last month confirmed Donald Bliss, an attorney specializing in aviation, as the U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The confirmation follows closely a letter sent by 14 aviation trade groups to the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asking for quick action to name Bliss to the position, which has been vacant since Edward Stimpson stepped down last fall. “Having an ambassador in place quickly is crucial,” the letter said, “because of the upcoming election of a new secretary general of the ICAO General Assembly at the end of February.” The U.S. has William Voss in the running to head the General Assembly.