Dick Devos was appointed to the Management Advisory Council for the Federal Aviation Administration in September 2017. He has been working with other business executives as well as transportation authorities and airline executives to advise the FAA on its next phase of policies and regulations. The FAA has come under criticism in the past for not helping the aviation do more to be competitive and advanced in the digital age. There have been increased security problems, as well as an unstable airline market that have created many issues in the past five years.
Devos was one of the 13 new members to join the civilian council. While the idea is to just advise, the FAA is looking for help on a number of new policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth ideas. Devos has plenty of ideas being that he has been working with the airline industry for many years, and he is an avid pilot himself.
Devos’ relationship with aviation started when he was younger. Now as a successful business leader and entrepreneur, he has also co-founded an aviation academy on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds. The new school is right next to his hometown of Grand Rapids, where he has been contributing as a business leader and philanthropist for many years.
Many people don’t realize that Devos has been heavily involved in the expansion of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. While it used to be a small landing strip back in the early 1900s, the airport has grown considerably and will be undergoing a renovation throughout 2018. The new airport will be unveiled later in the year. Renovations cost around $45 million for the new business traveler center, food court upgrades, and additional technology in terminals for passengers.
Most people praised the appointment, including the CEO of Southwest and CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Devos’ business acumen can help the FAA make better decisions when it comes to airlines and airport security as well. However, it may be his affiliation with a school that drives home how much of a versatile member he is to have in the council.
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