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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) today announced that two senior policy leaders have been appointed to critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory committees. 

Vice President of Space Systems Mike French has been named Vice Chair of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

COMSTAC provides “information, advice, and recommendations to the FAA administrator on critical matters concerning the U.S. commercial space transportation industry,” according to the FAA. French has served on the committee since 2020. French joined AIA in 2019, after serving as the Senior Vice President for Commercial Space at Bryce Space and Technology. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Staff for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he advised the NASA Administrator and White House and other government leadership on national space policy issues. Learn more about French here.

Vice President of Civil Aviation David Silver has been reappointed to the FAA’s Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee (AAAC), on which he has served since 2019. 

The AAAC works to integrate drones and advanced air mobility operations safely and efficiently into U.S. airspace. Silver joined AIA in 2017 after a long career at the Boeing Company, most recently serving as the Director of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs. At AIA, Silver leads the organization’s efforts around aviation certification, safety, environment, and emerging technologies. Learn more about Silver here.

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