Elwell named US FAA assistant administrator

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Dan Elwell has been named US FAA assistant administrator for policy, planning and environment.

Elwell, who has more than two decades of aviation experience in the military, government and private sector, will direct the development of national aviation policies, requirements and plans to implement the FAA’s goals and priorities, says the agency in a statement.

He also will advise the FAA administrator on national aviation environmental and energy policies.

“Dan [Elwell] brings his deep and varied aviation background to the FAA at a critical time,” says acting transportation secretary Maria Cino. “His leadership will be instrumental in helping to build the aviation system of tomorrow.”

Elwell joins the agency from American Airlines, where he has worked for six years. As managing director of international and governmental affairs, he was a representative and consultant to the US DOT on bilateral and multi-lateral aviation negotiations, international dispute resolutions, and international alliances.

He also worked as a pilot at American before working as a legislative assistant on aviation issues for Senator Ted Stevens between 1999 and 2000. He also retired from the US Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 2004.