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September 29, 2008Marinus Heijl has joined the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations as that organization's first representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal. Marion Blakey, who chairs ICCAIA and is also president and CEO of AIA, said Heijl will provide a much-needed voice for manufacturers at ICAO, the globally recognized U.N. body governing civil aviation. "Civil aviation is going through a transformational period as Europe and the United States both develop new air transportation systems and the industry addresses global climate change," Blakey said. "Marinus brings a strong suite of skills to the table ensuring that the manufacturing industry is well represented." Heijl retired from ICAO in December 2007 after a 27-year career. He served as acting director and deputy director of the Air Navigation Bureau as well as chief of the Air Traffic Management Section. He joined ICAO in 1980 as a technical officer. During his career Heijl managed the panel that demonstrated the feasibility of reduced vertical separation above flight level 290, now widely implemented. He was also a member of ICAO fact-finding teams concerning the downing of several civil aircraft, including commercial airliners Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 and Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988. Established in 1972, ICCAIA represents the aircraft manufacturing associations from Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States.