NBAA Adds to Regional Staff

 - January 31, 2007, 10:08 AM

NBAA has redrawn the five geographic areas served by its five regional representatives to create a new central region that will be assigned to former association director Durwood Heinrich.

The regional representative program was established to build working relationships with business aviation organizations at the state and local levels to provide support for operators of business aircraft in the public affairs, legislative and policy areas. The regional representatives work directly with state legislators, staffs for various state aeronautics agencies and other policymaking entities.

Before Heinrich’s appointment, NBAA divided the 50 states among five regional representatives. Heinrich’s territory includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Along with a tremendous amount of energy, Durwood brings to his position experience as a corporate flight department director and a flight instructor,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are excited to have such a highly qualified individual taking on this important new assignment.”

Before his appointment as central regional representative, Heinrich was a member of the NBAA’s board of directors from 2002 to 2004. He was director of aviation and chief pilot with Texas Instruments from 1973 to 2004.

An Air Force T-38 instructor pilot from 1968 to 1973, Heinrich has more than 14,000 hours of flight experience and is a CFI. He holds a master’s degree in management and administrative sciences from the University of Texas and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University.

The other regional representatives are Dan Burkhart, Western Region and program director; Dean Saucier, Northeast; Harry Houckes, Southeast; John Balsinger, Midwest; and Paul Smith, Southwest.

“Across the country, a voice is needed when policies are being developed that affect access to airports and airspace, operational safety and aviation security for business aircraft operators,” said Bolen. “NBAA and its regional representatives have long provided that voice for our members at the federal, state, local and municipal levels.

I am pleased that we are strengthening our advocacy efforts by expanding the regional representative program, and I’m delighted that Durwood Heinrich has been selected as representative for the Central Region.”

Even with the addition of Heinrich, each representative is responsible for a large territory, and NBAA continues to support the formation of local and regional business aviation associations. Speaking before the newly organized Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, Bolen noted there now are only six people to serve 50 states. “You can do the math on that and realize the level of in-depth coverage that we can provide is going to be limited,” he told the group.