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June 27, 2008Daniel Elwell, Federal Aviation Administration assistant administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment, is joining AIA as the vice president of Civil Aviation July 7. At the FAA, Elwell is responsible for the agency's strategic policy and planning efforts, national aviation policies and strategies in the environment and energy arenas. Elwell also directs the agencys annual forecast conference. AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said Elwell's experience in aviation will bring significant expertise to the association. "Dan is extremely knowledgeable about our business," Blakey said. "His experience in government, both at the FAA and on Capitol Hill, his international expertise, in addition to his background in the airline business, will be a major asset as AIA moves forward with the many issues on our plate." Prior to joining the FAA, Elwell was with American Airlines as managing director of International and Government Affairs. He was the corporate representative and consultant to the departments of Transportation and State on bilateral and multilateral aviation negotiations, international dispute resolution and international alliances. Earlier in his career with American, he was a captain with aeronautical ratings in DC-10, MD-80 and B-767 aircraft. Elwell also served as legislative assistant to Sen. Ted Stevens, where he was responsible for Alaskan aviation issues and defense spending accounts as a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee staff representative. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Elwell flew active duty for the Air Force for seven years and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2004. He is also a graduate of the Georgetown Government Affairs Institute Congressional Fellowship Program.