Two AOPA leaders were among 22 industry leaders named to the new committee formed to advise the federal government on aviation safety and certification in the aftermath of the Boeing 737 Max crashes.
AOPA Board of Trustees member William Ayer was nominated as Chairman of the Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC), representing the interests of business aviation operators on the committee. With an extensive aviation background beginning in 1981, Ayer has served on the FAA Management Advisory Council and as chair of the NextGen Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the, NBAA Board of Directors, and serves on the Board of Honeywell International. Ayer also spent much of his career at Alaska Air Group, where he served as CEO through 2012, then as chairman through 2013.
In an April 10 letter to Secretary Elaine Chao, AOPA and NBAA encouraged the secretary to nominate Ayer and deZevallos to represent the general aviation industry as each offers significant expertise that would help guide the SOCAC.
AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker congratulated the nominees: “Both Bill and Shelly are extremely qualified individuals whose outstanding ability and experience will serve the committee well as they represent the interests of general aviation.”
Along with union, airport and trade association officials, the board includes leaders from: Delta Air Lines, GE Aviation, United Airlines, Bell Textron, Garmin, Wing Aviation LLC, Pratt & Whitney, and Gulfstream Aerospace.