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Job Title: Vice President, Civil Aviation Job No. 22
Division: Civil Aviation
Date Revised: January 8, 2013
Purpose: The VP for Civil Aviation reports directly to the President and CEO of AIA and supervises and manages the Civil Aviation Division which is responsible for addressing common, noncompetitive domestic and international civil aviation issues. Strategic direction for the division is provided by the CEO-level Civil Aviation Leadership Council (CALC). The CALC determines the Civil Aviation Council (CAC) AIA’s top civil aviation policy priorities. The CAC then overseas and engages in the tactical activities of AIA’s committees and working groups on issues such as aircraft noise and emissions, certification, rulemaking and safety, air traffic systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and NextGen. The CAC also serves as a link to other aviation associations and to safety agencies around the world. The Civil Aviation Division’s activities are organized around three primary objectives: promote global competitive trade, support transformational aviation initiatives and technology that advances our industry, and support policies and research that enable sustainable growth of our industry. Activities on global competitive trade involve the advocacy for a fair and unbiased international regulatory framework and fair market access internationally. Activities on transformational initiatives and technology include promoting the development and implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), the integration of UAS in the national airspace system, highly efficient regulatory approaches to product certification and risk-based decision making for aviation safety and security. Activities on the polices and research that enable sustainable growth include support for alternative aviation fuels initiatives, the development of a global CO2 certification standard for civil aircraft. promoting enhanced federal research funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, and pursuing tax policies that encourage private research and development expenditures.
Nature and Scope of Work:
Coordinates the activities of the Civil Aviation Leadership Council (“CALC” – strategic guidance body comprised of member company CEOs with civil aviation interests), the Civil Aviation Council (CAC) and the committees, subcommittees and working groups established to address U.S. and international policies and regulatory issues. These councils, committees and working groups formulate industry positions to be presented to U.S., foreign, and international agencies, bureaus and commissions, or respond to government inquiries dealing with special areas of concern that require industry input.
Provides substantive advice as well as technical assistance.
Represents AIA at various official gatherings, organizing and chairing sessions, speaking or serving as a panelist. Works with other organizations to inform them of the AIA position on various issues and topics and occasionally provides congressional testimony.
Selects agenda topics and speakers for group meetings, and approves expenses; supervises site selection, meeting arrangements, generation of background materials and minutes of the proceedings.
Maintains liaison with senior policy level counterparts in member companies, U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations, other associations, and academia covering technical and legislative matters to define issues and focal points.
Responsible for the successful completion of the Civil Aviation Division’s contribution to AIA’s annual strategic plan.
Ensures that policies are consistent between industry sectors and AIA departments.
Presents AIA positions through a variety of formal and informal mechanisms.
Serves as representative on major government advisory boards and committees, and advises the FAA on matters related to safety of flight, aviation system capacity and aircraft environmental performance.
Staff of 4: Assistant Vice President of Civil Aviation, Director of Civil Aviation Infrastructure, Director of Environment Policy, and Administrative Assistant. The Civil Aviation Division is also assisted by the Assistant VP of Legislative Affairs who handles civil aviation legislative activity.