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RTCA President and NextGen pioneer announces retirementRTCA President and NextGen pioneer announces retirement

After logging nearly 10 years in the aviation standards business, Margaret Jenny, president of RTCA, announced her pending retirement in August. RTCA was founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. According to RTCA's website, the private not-for-profit corporation advises the FAA and has helped provide "the foundation for virtually every modern technical advance in aviation."

RTCA President Margaret Jenny, seen here at a 2009 AOPA Summit with then-AOPA President Craig Fuller, has announced she will retire in August after 10 years of service. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Jenny has held positions with many renowned aviation entities including ARINC, the MITRE Corporation, and US Airways. She also has served on a number of boards and advisory committees including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Transportation Research Board Committee, the FAA’s Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee and the NextGen Institute’s Institute Management Council. She is an officer of the Aero Club of Washington Board of Governors, and a member of the Women in Aerospace Board of Directors.

During her tenure, Jenny was instrumental in spearheading the agency’s Task Force 5 in 2009, which laid the groundwork for the current NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), which aims to modernize our nation’s air transportation system.

AOPA President Mark Baker, who serves on the NAC, spoke highly of Jenny, saying, “Margaret’s leadership and expertise is applauded by the entire aviation community including stakeholders, airports, communities, policymakers, and manufacturers. Her work with RTCA has addressed some of the industry’s greatest challenges, and we thank her for her dedication to improving our national airspace system.”

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen also had complimentary words for Jenny, calling her work at RTCA foundational for the development and implementation of NextGen. Her work helped turn a massive and complex issue into something clear, measurable, and beneficial to the aviation community and general public. 

RTCA’s Board of Directors, which is headed by former AOPA President Craig Fuller, will initiate a search process to identify a successor for Jenny.

AOPA Communications staff

Topics: Aviation Industry, Aviation Organizations, Technology

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